January 9-15: Photo Project Week 2

The snow melted. We had appointments. We got out of the house. Back to homeschooling and all the other things this week. Ella and I started going to the gym. It was a week of trying to get a new routine, but not necessarily doing well at it because it was also a long weekend. I am pretty proud of how I got the shots I needed. Again, I am no where near a professional. I don’t shoot in RAW, but unless I’m in a hurry, I always shoot manual. I would prefer to get the shot as best as I can and only do a bit of editing, sharpening etc. One of the pics I took through a window screen. Artifacts that I can’t do anything about, but these are my pictures so they are what they are. I’m learning as I go.

January 9, 2022 – A walk down into the little town that’s near our house. The age of things here is so overwhelming sometimes. This gate was built in the 1350s. Mindblowing. And yes people have built houses directly into the wall. Douglas and I were saying that we aren’t sure they would do that now, with historical preservation so important.
January 10, 2022 – Eric had an appointment downtown so I took advantage of being in a city and took my camera along. This isn’t the best shot, but the sky was so blue. It is a rare site, indeed. The crews on the left were cleaning up the remnants of the Children’s Christmas Market. Also the weird trees are Sycamore (Plane) trees. They trim them here to create a canopy, but I feel about these like I feel about Crepe Murder. It’s just so wrong, horticulturally. But no one cares about my opinion, so I’ll just move on.
January 11, 2022 – A friend invited me over in the afternoon. And I brought my camera along with me. It was so grey, but just as the sun was setting, this showed up out her dining room window. It felt like a hug after such an overcast day. A promise. This is the pic that I took through a screen. So you can see the screen, but I still love the blurriness of the shot.
January 12, 2022 – Wednesday and Thursday were so damp and grey that I didn’t want to go and venture out to find subjects. So my ornamental cabbage, a bright spot of magenta, on this day, was perfect.
January 13, 2022 – Thursday. This time a dried (frozen) Hydrangea flower ball called to be framed by the camera. Fall/Winter colour is often just as dramatic as spring/summer.
January 14, 2022 – This shot was a fluke. I let the dog out in the morning and I saw that fog had descended. So I pulled the camera out to see how my new 1.8 lens could do with the darkness and the contrast between the light and dark. What surprised me was that without my tripod, I actually got some definition of the leaves.
January 15, 2022 – Kloster Eberbach. A 12th Century Abbey. I absolutely loved the austerity of the Basilica. But no matter where we go, there is construction and just to the right of the altar area, there are construction fences. The floors are getting re-installed. Douglas and I were a bit antsy to go see something and the kids had no interest so he and I hopped in the car and drove 30 minutes to Eberbach. It was a great little day trip. The hardest part about places such as this is that they are no longer used for the intended purpose. So many buildings like this are now cultural centers or concert venues, not houses of worship. It does make me sad. This one in particular was the location of all the interior shots of “The Name of the Rose” a film from 1986 with Sean Connery and Christian Slater.

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