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Shaw
I'm not sure how much snow we got, maybe five inches. But nowhere near what was forecast, thank fuck. I'm sick of snow and back again. In five years, I've seen enough snow for two lifetimes. Currently, it's 12˚F, with a windchill of -7˚F. Fuck. Oh, but it's sunny.

Yesterday I worked on corrections to Chapter Four of Cherry Bomb, which is an extremely nice way of saying I didn't actually, really, and fucking truly work. I did get news from my editor that I can go to 100k words.

Right about 2 a.m. we went out into the snowy night. It was too cold to be out more than five or ten minutes. We snapped a few photographs, which you can see behind the cut. I'm really not happy with this new camera. Sure, you can drop it, and it takes photos underwater, and what the fuck ever, but it doesn't capture the warm orange glow of a snowy night. Or maybe it does, but I'd need a degree in computer science to figure out how to tell it to do that, and then I'd need tiny little insect digits to program it:





2:07 a.m.



2:09



2:09 a.m.



2:10 a.m.

All photographs Copyright © 2014 Caitlín R. Kiernan



Weary,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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cmpriest
Jan. 22nd, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful neighborhood you live in; I love the houses.
lifecubelady
Jan. 22nd, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Love your pictures. As for the 'warm orange glow', Photoshop can help:)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)

There's enough fake in my life.
setsuled
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, great scarf. And nice photos.

and then I'd need tiny little insect digits to program it

Oh, I so feel your pain. I used to know a really good guitarist with fingers about that small, though.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)

Honestly, I don't know what species all these gadgets are beings designed for.
setsuled
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
A race of sentient, industrial looms, maybe.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)

There's an image.
docbrite
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
If you could extrude tiny little insect digits from under your fingernails, that would be cool.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)

Yup.
griffinwords
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
The new camera probably has "auto white balance," a feature you might be able to turn off.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)

I have no idea.
humglum
Jan. 22nd, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)

Yeah. There are a number of settings for "cloudy", "daylight", etc. It was set to AWB. I'm used to the Canon interface, so figuring things out on the Nikon, though not difficult, is a bit odd. I'm fond of "cloudy" on the other camera for the warmth is adds to photos, so that would probably produce the desired effect.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)

I loathe it and back again.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)

I was wonderful the first year. I loved it. I overstayed my welcome, though.
eluneth
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Color imbalanced or no, I do love those photos - you cut a severe yet playful figure against the icy streets.
sovay
Jan. 23rd, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
2:07 a.m.

I still think that's a very good picture. I like the strangely bright-lit and deserted, stagelike second "2:09 a.m.," too.
dipsomaniac
Jan. 23rd, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I am increasingly frustrated with my camera, a basic Canon ELPH, that I've had for a few years. I don't know if I'm just becoming worse at taking photos or what. The photos never seem to look like what I'm actually seeing.
humglum
Jan. 23rd, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)

I had to tweak the settings on our other camera to something unlikely. They seem to all have these weird pre-sets like "cloudy". Cloudy seems to get the richest color indoors in most situations with our Canon. I've also set it to "vivid", which has rid the photos of the washed out look they were having.
It took about 8 months to discover that option.
Maybe you can fool around with the settings some, and come up with something that works for you. Light is so different in different parts of the world, that I'd imagine the settings may respond differently for different locations. "Daylight" in Florida is certainly different from "daylight" the same time of year in New England.
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