What’s all this, then?

It’s been an interesting week here in the Cariboo. High temperatures around -15C (5F) and significant snow, along with gusty winds to make both those factors ‘more interesting’. I’ve been burning a lot of wood.

What?! Snow?!

Needless to say I haven’t done much; just waiting out the weather. It’s been too cold to take many pictures – the camera actually freezes up (low Wednesday night was -20C). It’s not unusual to have these conditions here, but in January not November!

Marley doesn’t like this.

Funny thing: Amazon sent me a message saying they didn’t know when they could ship my order. This was odd because I hadn’t ordered anything. Checked the info and … the order date was December 9, 2021! Nearly a year old and they just got around to saying they didn’t know when it would ship? I didn’t even remember making it, or why I made it (for a lens case; probably doesn’t matter anymore as evidently I don’t really need it). I cancelled the order. I mean that’s just ridiculous! They should have some sort of automatic cancellation if an order can’t be filled in, say, 30 days.

Cold and snow and wind.

My friend Wally called, said he was coming up this weekend to finish closing up his cabin. I laughed and suggested he didn’t try, what with the weather and all. They certainly aren’t ploughing the road out there! You know what? After agreeing it wasn’t worth it he turned around and came up anyway. I’m not sure, but I think he’s frozen to death somewhere along Wilcox Road. Perhaps I should notify the RCMP, but on the other hand there’s nothing they could do about it either. The last time one of my foolish friends went out there when they shouldn’t have I chased after them in the Xterra – until I couldn’t go any further. They had plunged on into the depths of the snow-filled forest – and suffered for it (although they didn’t die). Why do people persist in going forward when they can see the road is blocked? (That’s metaphorical as well as literal.)

Looks pretty when the sun shines.

Anyway it is now warming up so … time to split more wood in preparation for the next cold spell.

Here’s a boring video of me actually doing something: Clearing Snow

Oh yes: I forgot to make my bi-annual anti-DST rant so … Well just look up any of the past posts relevant to the time change. They are all still valid.

Last of the lake

Here for your enjoyment the last few pictures taken with the Nikon at the lake this year.

Sometimes lens flare adds to the picture.
My favourite photo of this year.
Reflect on this.
Goodbye for now.

Next week I have a medical procedure to undergo, and I don’t know what will be happening other than that.

Landscape trial

Camera Decision says the Canon 1Ds is no good for landscape photography. Their complaints are a lack of live view and low resolution sensor. Naturally I had to give it a try.

Snow-topped mountains.
Across the lake.
The next point over.
Sunset.

These were all taken with the 40mm EF lens, which is fairly sharp but not as good as the old Takumars.

What I found: There’s dirt on the sensor again! Yes, a higher resolution sensor would enhance landscape scenes and a live view LCD would be helpful for framing/composing. I would not call it a failure, though.

I intend to try some more shots, using the 50mm Super Takumar, when I can get to it. Once again the weather is about to turn on me and I’ve got about one more good day which I will use up getting a little work done around here.

Finally back to the cabin

What with one thing and another (especially weather) it has taken me quite some time to get back out in the woods and pick up where I left off rather suddenly last fall.

Yes that’s snow.

Not only was there still snow in the dark shadows and along the road edge, but the road itself was like a lunar surface – after a heavy artillery barrage. The first 4 kilometers could best be described as “shredded”. After that … well they were grading the one section known for staying flat, hard, and smooth so I guess that explains it. No one told them they’re supposed to do the bumpy bits.

Think of it as ready-to-slice firewood.

Although not actually blocking my route, there are plenty of trees down. Again. Some of it will be fine firewood, other bits are just in the way. The notorious “new path” between the two routes is blocked again, as it is every year. Eventually there will be no trees left on that triangle of land.

Dock? Not any more.

Although the lake was not as high this year as last, it has done some damage. As of my arrival the wind was too choppy to put the water line out (I have no desire to be knocked over by a wave and drowned, or even just doused). Perhaps I can get to that tomorrow. When it’s supposed to snow. Spring? Not ’round here, mate!

Mr. & Mrs. Goldeneye (it’s a kind of waterfowl).

I brought along only two cameras this time: the venerable (if cantankerous) Nikon P610 and the Canon 1Ds (to try it out on landscape shots). The weather is cloudy so I didn’t get any beautiful snow-capped mountain pictures on the way in. Besides I forgot my concocted CF card reader so I can’t off-load from the Canon. I also forgot the micro SD adapter so I can’t check the video from my new toy:

New & cheap action/dashcam.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Other than snow, I mean. I have a huge amount of work to do all over the place here. Again. But at least nothing got destroyed over the Winter.

One scene seen six ways

Manual images are fine, but sometimes need some post-processing to make them just right. Or maybe not.

The original. Underexposed, moody. Or is that ‘muddy’?
Automatic equalization applied in GIMP. Better exposure, odd colours.
Auto white balance correction applied in GIMP. Most people would say this is ‘right’.
Exposure corrected using brightness and contrast controls in GIMP. This is the most accurate to life.
Getting artistic: white balance correction with colours “toned down” by ‘fading’.
When all else fails try turning the colour off. Or even if the colour is good it doesn’t hurt to see what the monochrome version looks like.

Experimenting with the Mystery Camera!

This was a nightmare of trying to get things working. To start with, there’s nothing but overcast skies here – and high winds. Then try to use a camera which not only am I unfamiliar with, but clearly some aspects of it don’t work! Like the autofocus, which I am dependent on. Its automatic settings aren’t very good either, and half of these pictures got quite a bit of rework to make them presentable. Half I left as-is. Oh and just to make things more confusing, it was set on ‘RAW’ to begin with which cost a few frames as well. I really hate having to process from RAW!

At this point I won’t tell you what the camera is.

Widest angle.
Maximum telephoto.
Marley the Model.
It was a dark and stormy morning …
Everything about this picture is wrong – except the moodiness.
This one it got right all on its own.

I need better weather and more experimentation before I discuss this device any further. So far it is not terribly impressive.