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F-stop, etc.

I’m not a great photographer.  I’ve, like, heard of most of the applicable terms, and I have the “For Dummies” book for my camera (but haven’t read it).  So I have to confess that I usually let the automatic settings on my camera do all the work for me.  I think I’m fairly good at seeing the image that should be captured, but the camera kind of knows how to capture it better than I do.

Still, it’s fun to mess with settings once in a while and see what happens.  There was a gorgeous sunset the other night that seemed like a good opportunity to switch away from that automatic landscape setting that is my absolute favorite.

My favorite is the first one, which is, unfortunately, that automatic setting I was talking about.  But the third one isn’t that bad, either, and I think it’s actually a more accurate picture of what the sky really looked like at the time.  I kept the middle one because it’s super eerie.  Obviously it looked nothing like that in real life, but it’s cool that just switching around a few camera settings can cause such a drastic change in the image.

If I were better at photography I would comment on how which settings I changed affected each picture.  I am sorry to say, I can offer no such help!  Maybe if I ever get through that “For Dummies” book …


So, I finally got around to updating the page about me and adding some personalization to this blog.  It’s about time!  The header picture that I added, by the way, was taken at 5AM when we were on a hike in Peru.  (I was sick, so I was pretty much up all night.)  Here’s the full picture.

This hike, by the way?  One of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.  We wanted to do the Inca Trail, but there wasn’t actually any space, so we did a hike through the Lares Valley instead.  I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal — I’m a healthy enough young gal, and the tour guides provided food and set up our tents and everything — but I was totally wrong.  The altitude really does crazy things to your lungs (and, also irritatingly, your head, and even your stomach).  Altitude sickness + no sleep + unable to eat food = very difficult hike.

Got some really great pictures, though!  The lighting in this one is maybe not ideal, but considering it was still almost dark out when I took it, it’s not so bad.  Any guesses as to what those little dots in the foreground are?  They’re the llamas that helped carry our stuff, and camped out right there with us.

Anyway, I did not realize that you needed to buy an upgrade to even use CSS on WordPress.  I was all prepared to dust off my very rusty skills, but although I would really like to change a couple of fonts, I don’t think that’s quite worth $30 to me … yet.

The point of all this (although it may be hard to believe I have one at all) is that Lone Wolf will be released next week, on October 5th!  (If that seems non sequitur, why do you think I finally got around to updating these pages?)  In fact, it’s already on the Coming Soon page at Cobblestone.  Eek!  I can’t believe it’s coming up so soon.