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Kingsley and Me

Last Saturday, Kingsley and I went for a hike at Pedernales Falls State Park, which is not to far away. The park’s name is a bit deceiving, if you’re not from around here. There really isn’t a falls, in the traditional sense, but a series of rocky drops in elevation along a section of the Pedernales River, where the water level drops, but the water falls very gradually, over an exceptionally rocky part to the river.

Letting My Mind Rest

I heard my son say that his mind is always thinking, and it never stops. I feel like young (and some older people as well) suffer from a kind of continuous connectedness, a continuous mental engagement, and it’s not uncommon to hear people say their brain is always going.

I remember when I was in college, and I was away from home for the first time in my life. I remember how calm things were at times – I was truly alone. I remember the feeling of peace that I had, and even how lonely I was at times – but it’s not a bad thing, to experience loneliness.

Christmas in Texas

Moving to Texas 5 years ago was an easy choice for my wife and me, however that doesn’t mean I don’t miss some of the things I got used to in the first 56 years of my life.

One of the things that was very difficult to get used to was warmish weather all through the Christmas season. I say warmish because we do have freezing temperatures once in a while. There are times I have to take my cacti (the ones that aren’t native to this part of the country) into the house so they don’t get frost or freeze.

Nikon F: The start of something great.

In 1959, Nikon introduced their first SLR, the Nikon F. It was the beginning of the end for companies like Leica. Previously Leica had enjoyed a top spot among professional photographers, but the Nikon F, although not completely new, did combine several features previously found individually in other cameras, all in one camera. The combination of which made the Nikon F a great success, and the start of a line of top professional cameras which would be number 1 for many years.

Wimberley, TX and my new Lab-Box.

Today, I took a walking tour of Wimberley, Texas. Wimberley is a small town about 25 miles south of Austin, in the Texas Hill Country. The small town center has lots of shops and restaurants, and it’s fun to walk and people watch. I’ve also been wanting to take some medium format shots, since it’s been quite a while since I’ve used my Bronica. These were all shot with my 75mm lens.

Using a Handheld Light Meter

Before cameras had meters built in, you had to use a dedicated light meter (or just know what you were doing). Even if I know what the settings should be, I like to check conditions with a meter, just to be sure. I guess I’m not good enough to trust myself. Long ago, that’s the way it had to work though. You kept your own charts on exposure. Kodak used to include charts in their film boxes (the instructions) that advised of the proper settings for different lighting conditions.