Have You Heard the One About the Brass Monkey…?

Posted by Les Becker on April 1, 2007 in Photography, The Walk-About |

… and the freezing off of certain appendages…?

That’s about how cold it was in the Sault yesterday morning.

"Sunrise, Catchart Street"March 31, 2007 - 7:07 AM

“Sunrise, Catchart Street”
March 31, 2007 – 7:07 AM

It looked so nice out, that I thought it would be a good time to go out on a Walk-About, and play with the Not-Crappy Cam I now have in place of the Crappy Cam. I planned on going down by the waterfront/Civic Center area and see what I could see, and I was out the door by 8 AM.

My Tree-Climbin' Clothes

My Tree-Climbin’ Clothes

…Ripped-up ol’ Walk-About clothes…? Check.

…Shades, against the sun/wind causing my eyes to stream…? Check.

…Hankie, for when the shades don’t work…? Check.

…Medium Tim’s®, black, double-cupped, ‘cuz I am a Saultite, and Saultites don’t go anywhere without a Tim’s® in their hand… (not to mention, these are “Rrrrroll-Up-the-Rrrrrim to Win” Days)? Check.




Now, the Not-Crappy Cam (Fuji FinePix A400) has pretty much the same specs as the camera I drowned, but it seems to be a much better piece of equipment, considering all the buttons were in different places, and I couldn’t feel my hands. I consider myself (and Louie, the Not-Crappy Cam owner) to be extremely lucky that I didn’t fry this one with coffee, too; my hands were that numb.

It really is a good little camera, though – better than the drowned one in so many respects. I didn’t bother unpacking the tripod, and I know my hands were shaking half the time, but it seemed to compensate well. The R607 was a great one for blur, in my hands.



And the optical zoom seems better, too. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t had a camera to play with lately?



Globelight Zoomed

Globelight Zoomed

I LOVE this building!

I LOVE this building!

Mystic Messages

Wonder if they knew this was coming?

Normally, a walk to my Mom and Dad’s takes about 45 minutes. What with all the Walking-About and button-pushing, it was just coming up on 10 AM when I reached the east-end version of that “other” coffee-spot…

Country Style Billboard

And I was cold enough to be ready for another coffee…

Country Style - No Coffee

Oh, you’ve gotta be joking.

So, instead, I picked up donuts and knocked on my Mom and Dad’s door. And, after running my hands under hot water for 10 minutes… and drinking two pots of tea… and having lunch, and a nap on the couch, I played around with the zoom a little more.

Plant Pillar

Are you calling me a “Doric?”

…and admired the macro function, which did not bitch at me every time I didn’t manage to “half-press” the button.


Instead, it took a macro shot. Just like I wanted.

I napped a little more. I accepted a supper invitation, and ate a really good beef stew and dumplings.

And I took the bus home.

Random Song for the Day: “The Blinding” – Babyshambles


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