#whisky #weekends A sip in time

11 11 2017

It’s another weekend and the news is always bleak from the South. The USA seems to struggle with its former greatness. Once mighty and a world power never questioned is mostly a daily news item of scandals and conspiracy, a political grasp so tenuous its as gossamer thin as a reality show’s plot line. I digress.

It’s cold here, though Fall officially I will declare Winter is at the door and it’s open mor than a crack. It’s Remembrance Day. A day we pause to recognize and give thanks for our freedoms, our laws, our governments or at least the right to our democratic process.

Another week gone by and pictures were taken, hands were shaken, coffees were drunk and bonds were forged. Some relationships in place out of necessity while others made stronger just by mere acknowledgements. I spoke, some listened but preparation it’s own reward. Routines maintained and broken but the five days of the modern work week far behind in the rear view mirror and many more on the roads ahead.

Whisky. A complexity whether cask strength or not, bourbon or rye, aged or barely kissed by the oak. These bottles freshly filled with an elixir of warmth. Their beauty in the eye of a beholder, their value set by markets but priceless in the right hands. It thrives locally and beyond nations borders, served in crystal cut glass and paper cups or straight from the bottles depths.

Enjoy the weekend, and raise a glass to those lost, those who are lost, and the hope of the newly found.

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Backyard shots

5 04 2015
This is the only splash of colour in the backyard so far

This is the only splash of colour in the backyard so far. It has been a long Winter and there haven’t been a lot of occasions to step out and shoot.

I was out a few weeks ago and there was nothing but shades of brown as far as the eye could see. This was shot with one of my most finicky lenses, the 60f2.8 macro shot at f3.2 and 1/3200 at a nominal ISO 400. I washed it through Photoshop and added a quick tilt-shift. There’s smidge of boosting to the vibrance and saturation but hey, did I mention I was missing colour?

Looking for more opportunities to shoot non-commercial in the next few weeks although I have some tight deadlines on that stuff.

The birdhouse painted by my 8 year old astronaut. . .she was worried birds might not spot her house from the flyover 😉

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Kids in tune

19 12 2013

Kids in tune, originally uploaded by psuba98.

This photo is popular on Flickr lately and it might just be people missing summer. I know we have a few days left of shorter days and then its all downhill after that (uphill?) We have lots of winter sun coming (I can’t believe its not even Winter yet!?)

So back to children playing in Huntsville. . .it was a beautiful sunny day, lots of rays, music, ice cream, and playing in parks. . .this was one of the outdoor pianos for anyone to play, and my children were instantly attracted.

The photo: Nikon D4, 1/125, f5.6 ISO 100 with the Nikkor 60f2.8Macro





The Double Stabbing

22 04 2013

burgers, originally uploaded by psuba98.

I was in Chicago for the Annual ABA Techshow and sure, I learned some stuff about technology, especially about security issues this year. This was an evening out at Au Cheval in the West Randolph area and the burgers were, pardon the pun, killer!

This was a dark place with small lights scattered here and there and packed with the crowd who knew where to be. . .and us. I took a few random snaps (not my usual Chicago shoot the food and staff from every angle a la Smoque trip,) that I have been known to do. This was strictly “hit and run” on our first trip there that evening. It was too packed to penetrate so we zipped across the street to another place to experience some Angry Birds (the beer not the game,) and relax until we could go full on burger.

This was just something to capture the mood while I dodged waiters, waitresses and patrons. . .not easy in that sardine environment. . .

The D4 was purring as usual and I was able to capture the coup de grace (x2) as this pair of meat meals were…dispatched.

Shot them at 1/50 @ ISO 4500 with my trusty 50f1.4 smooth as the challah buns they were delivered on!

 

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The importance of good oral hygiene

22 02 2012


The importance of good oral hygiene, originally uploaded by psuba98.

It’s good to know that some things you try to teach are taken to heart. Here is a two year old understanding that the recommended 18″ of dental floss noted on the side of the dispenser is never actually enough to finish. Observe the one handed technique while she multi-tasks. Stay tuned for a minor buildup to abatechshow but for now. . .lightness.