A Bad Day With A Camera

Not in the Zone

I thought it would be nice to use today’s lunch break to walk back to Gray Park and see what else I could do with some of the trees there and my Lensbaby Obscura lens that I have recently become infatuated with. Unfortunately, it seems we had freezing rain or fog of some sort last night because everything was coated with extremely slick and entirely invisible ice. One step on my neighbour’s walk and:


I am pleased to report I did not fall and Olympic judges would have given me at least nine points for my awesome 15-foot-long slide on one foot while holding and waving a camera in the air with each arm. I retreated to the safety of the street and looked around for alternatives since I obviously wasn’t going to make it more than a block before dying a violent death by faceplant. The trees in the park looked interesting so that was my first shot.

Trees in the park, Lensbaby Obscura Zone Plate, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-02-08

The pine tree in my back yard seemed like it might be interesting with a bit of snow accumulated so that was my next shot.

Snow on the pine tree, Lensbaby Obscura Zone Plate, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-02-08

Finally, I don’t think it’s possible to take too many pictures of the frost-coloured willow tree in my front yard. At least not when I am this desperate to produce any sort of image.

Frost out front, Lensbaby Obscura Zone Plate, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-02-08

I don’t think I am anywhere close to having a feel for the Zone Plate in my Lensbaby Obscura yet because these images don’t exactly pop. They’re not my greatest work, but not horrible either. It is what it is as people are wont to say.

I’m going to head back out this evening after dark to see what I can get, but I can tell you that I’m driving to wherever I’m going. I’m not trusting a sidewalk again for the next couple of days.

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