A Bad Day With A Camera

Crunched Lunch

My one hour lunch break was cut in half again as it was another day with customers setting their hair on fire. It seems like this is only happening on the days that end in Y now. Sigh.

Trepidatious lunch hour walk, Gray Park, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-29

It is also worth mentioning that the weather has gone straight to shit again this week. This is what was hanging over me as I walked along the west side of the not yet filled irrigation canal along Thomas Drive, with little drops of moisture hitting me in the face and a cold wind reminding me I chose the wrong jacket out of the closet. I made it as far as the poplars opposite Tom Sadler Bridge and settled in there to work the catkins that pop at this time of year.

Poplar catkins out for a whirl, Gray Park,
Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-29
Unexpected treasure, Gray Park, Strathmore,
AB, 2024-04-29

I was using my Helios 44m-2 58mm f2.0 in combination with my Canon EOS R5 again to try to get some unusual images of the catkins. It turned out to be harder than I thought, as I’m still fighting with the learning curve on this piece of glass. The image at above left was the best I could do with the red catkins that were still in good shape as they were all poorly placed. I had better luck with the not quite matured catkins shown above right.

The wind and the bits of rain hitting me were intensifying, so I turned around and headed back home. A few pictures are better than no pictures.

Today’s cameras were my Canon EOS R5 with my Helios 44m-2 58mm f2.0 for the catkin images and my Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra mobile phone for the skylife.

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