Category Archives: Naima

More of that Velvet 85

Here is another small collection of some of the first images I took with the Lensbaby Velvet 85 back in January:


Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

I’m still going to go into some detail about what makes the Lensbaby Velvet 85 such a special unique lens at some point. Just not today.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is FACE:


WEEK 295 - FACE
FACE

A FACE image is pretty simple. It is merely a picture where a FACE is a major compositional element. Everybody has access to a FACE. Almost everybody either has a FACE or knows somebody that has a FACE. But not just humans have a FACE. Animals have a FACE. Clocks have a FACE. Even cliffs have a FACE.

Think about the following quote when you are contemplating your FACE image:

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
-Victor Hugo

Happy photo harvesting!

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

At the moment of the publishing of this journal entry, my Covid vaccine will be fully marinated. It will have been two weeks since my second shot. While life won’t return to normal exactly, I look forward to at least, maybe eating in a restaurant, or maybe having a movie night without masks, when the rest of my Movie Night friends have their vaccines fully marinated. It feels pretty great!

After I purchased the Velvet 85 for my Christmas present to myself, I also decided to purchase a wide angle zoom lens in January. I ended up purchasing two more lenses actually, but the wide angle zoom lens was the first.

I purchased the Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens. I’m not going to get into any technical details of the lens, I’m just going to share the first set of pictures I took with it.


Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

I might into the technical aspects of this lens at some point. Just not quite yet.

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

I should point out that I messed up the coding in yesterday’s post. You should go to that post again to see the corrections in the code that allow you to see Kim’s and Shannon’s submissions.

My Christmas present to my self was a Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens. I was going to do a whole thing on it, but I have owned if for going on 5 months now and I think it is just time to share the first few pictures I took with it.

Rather than going into any of those technical details, here is a description from the Lensbaby website:

A manual focus portrait lens from Lensbaby that’s dreamy and delicate — or tack sharp and subtly vintage at 85mm.

Create soulful portraits with our Velvet 85 art lens. Compose impressionistic masterpieces with a velvety glow at bright apertures, straight out of camera. Use darker apertures to bypass glow and make images with a crisp, film-like aesthetic.

Building on the strengths of our bestselling Velvet 56 lens, Velvet 85 combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression and buttery smooth bokeh found in the best 85mm portrait lenses. Use its macro capabilities to capture significant details with new life.

The Velvet 85 design features a solid heft and smooth, dampened manual focus.

Here are the first few pictures I took with it:


Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

I actually have two other lenses I purchased around the same time. Those lenses are more practical, but I’ll discuss them at some point in the future.

Selfie Project – March

THE SELFIE PROJECT PROJECT came to a halt on the day Mom had her heart attack. At this point, I don’t know if I am going to continue it at all or not. My tentative plan is maybe to pick it up again starting in May, but we will see what happens.

Here are the pictures I took in March before I stopped:


Day 60 - March 1, 2021
March 1 – In My Office

Day 61 - March 2, 2021
March 2 – After Voting on the School Bond Issue

Day 63 - March 4, 2021
March 4 – In Graffiti Alley

Day 65 - March 5, 2021
March 5 – Dickcissel Park

Day 66 - March 6, 2021
March 6 – Beeds Lake State Park

Day 67 - March 7, 2021
March 7 – At Church

Day 69 - March 9, 2021
March 9 – Mailing Application to the Boone County Historical Society

Day 70 - March 10, 2021
March 10 – After Haricut

Day 71 - March 11, 2021
March 11 – Pruning Raspberry Bushes

Day 72 - March 12, 2021
March 12 – Dickcissel Park

Day 73 - March 13, 2021
March 13 – John Wayne Birthplace Museum with Mom – Last picture I ever took of her.

Day 74- March 14, 2021
March 14 – In front of the First Presbyterian Church

Day 75 - March 15, 2021
March 15 – Backyard Snow

Day 76 - March 16, 2021
March 16 – In Mom’s Alley

Maybe we will revisit this project in June. Maybe we won’t. Those are the two options.

Dog Day

It has been too long since I’ve had a Naima post. I think there was a period during early pandemic where I was taking way too many Naima pictures. I was becoming THAT person. But then again, you can never really take too many pictures of Naima.

Here is a collection of pictures that I took that were alternates for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme ANIMAL and other were alternates for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme FOOD:


WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

WPC - Food Alternate

This collection of Naima photos almost completes the non portrait images from 2020. I still have a couple of flower posts in the future. Plus, I’m still on the fence about sharing my Christmas Star pictures, but those will probably be share soon as well. Then it is all 202!.

Selfie Project – February 2021

Another month of 2021 is in the books. Which means it is time to share my favorite selfies from last month’s SELFIE PROJECT collection. I don’t want to break my arm patting myself on the back, but I am pretty pleased with the February collection. I didn’t get out that much, but I did get a little bit, and unlike January, I was able to incorporate a few other people in my selfies. Not many people, but a couple people are sprinkled in here and there.

Here are my favorites from February:


Day 32 - February 1, 2021
February 1

Day 33 - February 2, 2021
February 2

Day 34 - February 3, 2021
February 3

Day 35 - February 4, 2021
February 4

Day 36 - February 5, 2021
February 5

Day 38 - February 7, 2021
February 7

Day 39 - February 8, 2021
February 8

Day 41 - February 10, 2021
February 10

Day 43 - February 12, 2021
February 12

Day 45 - February 14, 2021
February 14

Day 46 - February 15, 2021
February 15

Day 47 - February 16, 2021
February 16

Day 49 - February 18, 2021
February 18

Day 51 - February 20, 2021
February 20

Day 52 - February 21, 2021
February 21

Day 54 - February 23, 2021
February 23

Day 55 - February 24, 2021
February 24

Day 57 - February , 2021
February 26

Day 58 - February 27, 2021
February 27

Day 59 - February 28, 2021
February 28

If you want to check out all of the selfies so far this year, click on the link below:

Selfie Project – 2021

Hopefully in March, a couple other people can percolate into my selfies.

Tenderloin Appreciation Society – Working at Home

Would you believe that I haven’t posted a tenderloining post since February 5… of 2020? I mean, that just flat out sucks people. I know there are much worse things that have happened due to the horribly mismanaged pandemic, but throw that log on the dumpster fire too.

It isn’t that I haven’t had any tenderloins in the last year. I’ve been to Cole’s for their tenderloin. Sat outside in a Slater park, re-acquainting myself with greatness. And… that is it. I’ve had a few home tenderloins, but I think that this is the only tenderloin I’ve had from a restaurant.

Now make it a second tenderloin I’ve had since the beginning of the pandemic. Usually on Friday, my Mom picks up lunch from a local restaurant and brings it to me, to eat in the moments when I put down my pick. Usually that means garlic chicken from New China or the Friday rib special from Jimmy’s.

We’ve been trying to branch out in the last few weeks. A couple Fridays ago she brought me the tenderloin from Toby K’s Hideaway. Now this is a tenderloin that I’ve had and enjoyed before, but have never officially reviewed.

It isn’t quite fair to review it under these circumstances, for reasons I will get into, but I think a fair overview of the tenderloin is that it is a good, but not great tenderloin. I’d definitely knock a few of these down, but it doesn’t belong in the Tenderloin Pantheon. So few do.

Here are some cruddy cell phone pictures:


Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway
The problem with properly reviewing this tenderloin is pretty obvious in this picture.

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway
Yes, that is clearly my bathroom in the background. Yes I considered cropping that out. Yes I chose not to crop it out.

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Whenever I review a tenderloin, I order it with what they put on it. There is a proper way to dress a tenderloin and it is the following:

+ Mustard
+ Ketchup
+ Onions
+ Pickles

Look at this picture again:


Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

Now you’ll notice that they have dressed the tenderloin with the following:

+ Mayo
+ Onions
+ Pickles
+ Tomato
+ Lettuce

As you can see…


Tenderloining at Toby K's Hideaway

I went ahead and added the mustard and ketchup. I didn’t hold the lack of mustard and ketchup against them because most restaurants serve the tenderloin without mustard and ketchup. Since they are on the table and you can dress the tenderloin with whatever amounts of mustard and ketchup you want.

I personally don’t believe that lettuce or tomato belong on a tenderloin. A burger. Fine. A tenderloin. Nope.

I don’t hold it against a restaurant that does it though. Well, don’t hold it against them much. Some restaurants will have a menu item called the “Tenderloin Deluxe”. All it is, is a tenderloin that they’ve added lettuce and tomato to the mix. Nice try restaurant. You aren’t getting an extra 75 cents out of me.

Usually when I get a tenderloin with lettuce and tomato, to effectively review it, I will eat the first half of it with the lettuce and tomato and then remove them and enjoy the rest of the tenderloin the way God and the pig intended it.

Here is where it gets problematic. The tenderloin I was presented with included mayo. That would normally be a major strike against it. Maybe you like mayo on your tenderloin. That is between you, the pig, and your maker. But it goes 100% against the standards set by the Tenderloin Appreciation Society at The Council of Nicea.

The problem is, I can’t hold that against the restaurant. Putting mayo on the tenderloin was not their idea. My Mom asked them to add mayo. I don’t know why. She must take me for a godless heathen.

So here is my review, but because of the mayo issue, it is for entertainment purposes only. As opposed to the seriousness you give my normal tenderloin reviews.

THE GOOD

+ Toasted bun.
+ Right kind of bun.
+ Good bun to tenderloin ratio.
+ Good breading.
+ Good cut of meat. Could have been thicker though.
+ Onion rings were delicious.

THE BAD

+ Standard tenderloin is served with lettuce and tomato. Lettuce and tomato don’t belong on a tenderloin.
+ A tad greasy. Yeah, it is a tenderloin, but greasy enough that this should’ve been drained longer.
+ Prefer a thicker cut of meat.
+ Red onions.

THE UGLY

+ Mayo. Not their fault, but mayo!

I hope to have another tenderloin to review in the near future. Even if that means going through the Dairy Queen drive-thru and having a pork fritter. Just kidding! A pork fritter is NOT a pork tenderloin. But, I could get desperate.

Time Lapsed

Back in September, I strapped the Sony RX0 II to the side view mirror of the Camry. Loaded Naima into the car and drove down the canyon road at Ledges taking time-lapse images. Here are a few of them:


Ledges
I’m not sure what happened here, but I absolutely love the result!

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

I never turned them into a time-lapse video, but that was never really the intent. I need to crack that little camera out more.