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Svea Winter Formal


2-28-2015 ~ Blog # 716



Svea went to the Hoban Winter Formal dance with a group of friends on Saturday.  She said it was even more fun than the homecoming dance. She won the "cool shoes" prize.  Well, not really, but they are pretty sweet.








Annika's Scaffold Fort

2-28-2015 ~ Blog # 715



Annika climbed up on the porch construction scaffold, started moving things around and made a reading nook.  Not long after this photo was taken she semi enclosed it, added a mattress, sleeping bag and made it into a fort.  She even spent several nights in it just for fun.  Now it is our go to place to look when we can't find her.



Wilsterman's Visit


2-28-2015 ~ Blog # 714



John, Jean drove up from Shellman Bluff, GA and Kira flew up from Decatur, GA for a very short weekend.  The storm scared them home a day early.  Somehow I ended up with only one photo of Kira to prove that they were here.





Fashing (GFS Mardi Gras)


Fashing (GFS Mardi Gras)


2-21-2015 ~ Blog # 713



Joan and I attended the German Madi Gras, or "Fasching".  A snowstorm cut down the attendance, but those who came had a great time.  Joan won for best costume.  I got to test my camera for the first time in real world low light conditions.  View a few pages of photos here: Fashing (GFS Mardi Gras)









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2-18 -2015 ~ Blog # 712



I finally did it; I bought a new camera.  My D200 was coming up on being 10 years old.  Although it still functions, I find myself struggling with it's lack of capabilities.  An ISO max of 1600 (3200 extended) forces unreasonably slow shutter speeds at maximum aperture quite often in the conditions I often find myself shooting under.  My new Nikon D750 can crank the ISO up to 12,800 and it can extend to 51,000.  Three stops is a huge difference and four stops on the extended range just blows my mind.  The other huge feature of the D750 is the full frame sensor.  I have, love, and use a number of old film era manual focus Nikon lenses that were designed to fill a 35mm negative.  Crop sensor cameras don't use all of the full frame glass, are harder to focus manually and don't produce as much of a shallow depth of field.  All of the advantages of full frame sensors that I've read about matched my shooting style.  Actually shooting with one has been delightful; it's everything I hoped it would be.




Above: Abby at f/2, ISO 6400 with an 85mm manual focus lens (1/1250 sec.).

Below: Joan with the same lens and settings (faster shutter).




My Tokina 11-16mm lens is made for crop sensor (DX) cameras, but will work on a full frame (FX) camera at 16mm without losing the corners.  This image, below, should be about 97 degrees in width.



Below: Svea at ISO 25,600 (f/2.8, 135mm MF) illuminated by her iPad.


Below: Junior Youth Group Group Photo

85mm f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-6400


Snowman Birthday

2-17- 2015 ~ Blog # 711



The girls made this snowman on January 17th; it is still standing tall a month later!

(Edit: still standing on March 2nd!)





Maskenball (GFS)


2-15 -2015 ~ Blog # 710



Click here for Maskenball photos.




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Arctic Cat

2-5 -2015 ~ Blog # 709



The replacement for the 43 year old Ski Doo Olympic that conked out is a 36 year old Arctic Cat Pantera.  It starts better.  It does not need ether at all, let alone every single time it starts.  It is way less tippy.  It actually turns.



Ski Trail Stomp

2-1 -2015 ~ Blog # 708


The Ski Doo died; the main drive cogs broke.  Many of the bolts are so rusty I'm pretty sure I will break parts trying to get the track off to replace the cogs.  I've resorted to screwing some old ski bindings to a couple scraps of plywood and stomping the trail down.  The process is time consuming and tiring, but very effective.  I figure it takes about 4,000 stomps per set.






Random Photo

I thought it was funny how this random Crayon that ended up on the stove blended in when melted.


A Night In Vienna (GFS)

1-31 -2015 ~ Blog # 707


Svea participated in GFS's Night in Vienna, a formal dress, waltz performance.

A few pages of photos from A Night In Vienna






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