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top right drawer

Some of what I have learned about photography:

  1. Light is tricky. I think I have enough but when I look at photos later on the computer, they can still seem dull.
  2. My lens works better when not at full zoom. When the lens is way out there, photos are not crisp.
  3. Some of the best photos with this lens are shot at f 8.0 or so, rather than at the extreme stops. I don’t know why. Could be user error.
  4. My time as a photographer: 30% reading how-to blogs, watching instructional videos online, and reading the manual; 30% arranging stuff and lights; 30% messing with photos in Lightroom; 2% taking photos; and 8% making Tom come look at the photos I’ve taken. He’s wonderful. He always finds something nice to say.

Here’s stuff in the top right drawer of my daughters’ dresser:

life cycle of stuff

We live next door to undergrads. A college student can be one person in my office and quite another when drinking beer on his front porch. I guess the lease was up at the end of July because the kids moved out a couple days ago. The landlord cleaned out the house. I don’t understand abandoning this much stuff. Wouldn’t a mom notice that her son left home with a bed and dresser and kitchen table and chairs and didn’t come home with any of it?

Folks have taken a lot of it by now. The kitchen table went first, followed by the dresser. Guess the mattress and sofa are headed for the landfill.

In the great circle of life, undergraduates are headed back to campus in a couple weeks, in vans and U-Haul’s filled with more stuff.