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Stealing Light

As you probably can tell, this image is not recent.

Stealing Light

It was taken in 2005 with my then new Nikon D70. It was also a JPEG. I was too new to the world of photography and didn’t know anything about shooting RAW and the power of post-processing.

It was one of those cold morning when I could not sleep and decided to drive my car, myself and my camera down to the shore to wait for the sunrise.

In hindsight, it was a pretty stupid thing to do. You see, my city has always been famous for not been a very safe place to walk around by yourself with a very expensive camera in the wee hours of the morning.

Thankfully nothing happened.

I love the way the tree branches seem to pull the light from the clouds and hence the name.

I have been playing lately with a bunch of applications: Topaz Studio 2, Luminar 3 with Libraries and my new favorite Capture One.

As such, I have been exploring old images like this one to see if the new applications can rescue photos from the depths of my archives.

Also, the idea is to learn new things and shorten the learning curve. Massage the old grey cells like Hercule Poirot used to say.

These apps have not disappointed. Even old images (the Nikon D70 had 6.1 Megapixels) seem to come to life with a little TLC.

This is one of the reasons why I almost never delete any photo. The world of photography has changed immensely and the applications we use to edit photos are becoming more and more intelligent.

When Kodak introduced their first camera, the world of photography changed for the hundreds of photographers that were using techniques like wet collodion and glass plates.

There is a big push for what is called computational photography, where technologies like machine learning can help us and the general public to make better pictures.

We now see a similar shift in the world of digital photography and it can only get better…

Selling Tags - an American Tradition

Companies in the United States and around the world all have something called Records Retention Policy.

The Idea is that every seven years they go through the process of eliminating records that are not been used or that they don't need to retain. An oversimplification but all in all a great idea.

As humans, we tend to accumulate things at an always increasing rate.

The word  "hoarder" has entered our vocabulary and is now a psychological and treatable ailment.

In terms of possession, I always say: "If you have not used it in five years, either throw it away or give it to charity ". 

The Americans came up with a better solution...

They call it a Tag Sale or Yard Sale, depending on where you are. The concept is that you set up tables in your front lawn and place the items that you will like to get rid off on those tables with a ticket price or Tag. Usually in the range of 50 cents to $10 dollars.

Is one way of getting an extra income on something you were probably going to throw away.

This Saturday we had our first Tag sale in a really long time!

Setting up the tables...

Setting up the tables...

Through a process of word of mouth, some strategically placed banners, and some social media savviness, people started coming by before we had time to set up all the tables.

It was a multi-family affair

It was a multi-family affair

My wife and I live on a Condo and they don't allow tag sales due to the fact that our street is a Cul-de-sac; so we had our multi-family tag sale at my sister-in-law's house in Stratford.

Customers roam free

Customers roam free

These sort of thing always attract all walks of people and sometimes you get really weird ones. In this case, we had a lady that decided to go into the house like it was hers. We had to politely ask her out for trespassing!.

Breakfast Tacos!

Breakfast Tacos!

My brother-in-law prepared some delicious breakfast tacos as this was a family affair and some of the kids were hungry. We had some chorizo-bacon-eggs-hashbrown tacos that were absolutely delicious!! Thank you Mark!

Thankfully we had a really nice day

Thankfully we had a really nice day

It turned out to be a really great day. Without this turning into a party, it was a great family gathering with a successful outcome. The weather had finally cooperated and we had clear skies all day. I even got a slight tan.

This worked out to be a success!

This worked out to be a success!

After all was set and done, all we had left was ½ of the items we set out to sell and my wife tells me we are doing it again next weekend. I can't wait!