Hope every one is doing o.k. on this fine, first week of 2008. :)
We started the year off with a flat tire on the new car and the old one is refusing to run although it tries. *sigh*
Christmas was a nice time at my sister's place with a nice buffet dinner. I made a cauliflower dish which was so-so since dinner started kind of late and it got a bit- mushy you could say.
New Years were pretty quiet as we were both sick although hubby is worse off than me- he was close to getting pneumonia it turns out. He got antibiotics from the doctor today...
My sniffles are almost gone.
I am updating my web site's photo galleries and tutorials pages but this is kind of slow going as I am trying to be systematic about it- photos from 2005 first, then 2006, then 07. The tutorials for graphics are pieced together from existing ones but they have to be broken down to fit into the format I've chosen for my web page- can't just post those huge files that my art site allows!
Tomorrow I will go to the printer and get some photos done up to send as (kind of late) gifts...and hopefully the sun will be out so I can start taking pictures that actually look cheerful!
The above is an example of a panoramic image I made and just recently wrote a tutorial about at Deviant Art. The tutorial is here for anyone who is curious about this kind of picture. I happen to have specialized in panoramics because generally the expansiveness of a view can't be captured by standard lenses and I'm not a big fan of wide angle lenses. Actually, the truth is I happen to dislike switching lenses altogether but realize that most highly variable zoom lenses are going to lack in quality at one end of the extreme or other- so my best bet is keeping a moderate zoom lens as my standard and having 1 or 2 really good quality lenses along for photo jaunts.
On the last day of last year I headed out to Mission, B.C. rather late in the day and missed one of the most beautiful lighting spectacles I've seen in quite some time. The road leading up Stave Lake is a nasty one to begin with full of potholes, but now it is also covered in snow. This was the closest I got to 4 X 4ing in the new Jeep but I was actually a bit scared and barely had room to turn the car around on the slippery, lumpy logging road. I barely got any shots coming in and none going out- it took 23 minutes to drive the 6 km back to Dewdney Trunk Road. Horrid.