No school today…

While on my jaunt through Washington County to find some decent fall foliage, I came across something I wasn’t expecting to see.

And yes, I got a photo of it.

Let me explain.

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A fundraiser for Mack Brin Farms this Sunday

I’m really hoping that everyone within the sound of my blog is able to help on this.

As you know, Mack Brin Farms in Ballston Spa recently suffered a horrific fire that destroyed their main barn and cost the lives of over 100 rabbits, along with some chickens and their prized San Clemente Island sire Chile.

Rebuilding a barn and repairing all the damage can take time.  And it can also take money.

And although there are some gofundme pages that have already raised substantial amounts of money…

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The small world … and the even smaller world…

Among my camera lenses that will successfully integrate with my Nikon Df camera body are two “macro” lenses.  One lens is a vintage Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens which captures the exact size of the object as you can see in the frame.  The other lens is a construction from Hong Kong, a Zhong Yi Mitakon 20mm f/2 lens, meaning that whatever appears in the viewfinder is actually 4.5 times larger than regular size.

Enormous and Gi-normous, I guess.

Using these lenses takes some patience and concentration.  But if you can frame the object just right … you can get some amazing photographs with these lenses.  Sharp focused objects in the foreground, with swirly sweet bokeh in the back.

Let me give you some examples with photos I took over the weekend.

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7 and 7 on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hey everybody, you know what time it is, don’t you?

Yeah.  It’s early.  Go back to bed and get some snooze.

And after you’ve gotten that second slumber, check out these blog posts by some really great writers and friends of mine.

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The hidden trivia opponent

Two years ago, a team of Times Union staffers won an inaugural charity trivia event.  Last year, Trinity Alliance of the Capital District – a team that I participated on – took the title.

So last night was essentially a “rubber match” between both squads, as part of the annual SEFCU charity trivia tournament.  The grand prize?  $5,000 to the charity of the winning team’s choice.

Let’s do this.

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Return to the Salty Mug Project

A couple of years ago, I tried an experiment in which I poured super-saturated salt water into a stoneware mug and hoped that the salt would extrude through the micro-fissures in the mug walls as the water evaporated.  I did get a couple of reasonable attempts with this … but nothing that really screamed for competition season.

Last month, while on my way to Jeremy and Katie’s wedding, I stopped at a church thrift sale in Westerlo.  Not expecting to find anything short of a normal diversion of time, I spotted a stoneware vase.  I checked inside.  No glazing inside.  The price?  All of three dollars.  And no, I didn’t try to haggle it down to $2.50.

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