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November 7, 2018


Wednesday. Lights out after nine to awaken at five forty-five, plenty of time to listen to both the KPFA five minute news and Democracy Now! to get a sense of what happened with the election returns last night. Another clear skies morning, fairly cold (the eyes watering) on the way to breakfast, arriving before seven to sit and see what the papers had to say, given the fact they have early evening deadlines and won't have much to say.

Ordered the avocado and cheese omelet, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, finishing up not all that long after eight, to then walk home under a bright sun, snapping another selfie in the lobby mirror when I arrived. Nice day, now lets see where the election stands beyond the fact the Democrats have taken back the House and the Republicans have added to their margin in the Senate.

Later. The memory card arrived for the Nikon 1 V3 today and so I was able to take a couple of pictures for the first time to try it out. Hadn't thought about the fact you need to shoot without an eyepiece, but frame the picture instead on the back of the camera display and that the picture therefor would be out of focus for someone (like me) who uses reading glasses: no focus adjustment that an eyepiece camera has, in other words. They made an eyepiece for this camera that you had to order separately, but none seem available on the current market. A couple of hours futzing with it and I still need to read more about setting this thing up, the look feel, menus and everything else is different than the setup and controls on their DSLR cameras.

Which means?

There's some upside. The images are larger and so far seem sharper with better balanced exposure than those I've been getting with the V1 and it gives options to take pictures in what look to be both unique and useful, if I can figure out how to set the camera to take them. I can see why Nikon discontinued the line, but have yet to figure out how I managed to get so far into them.

Evening. The president seems to have not missed a beat, dumping Sessions, but then, from what they're saying, that was expected. Are we going to end up impeaching the man? I remember Nixon's impeachment, spent quite a bit of time when it happened following the proceedings, maybe there's a similar path developing now. Can't do it without the Republicans throwing in, but you never know. Depends on what Mueller has in hand and the state of the weather.

Now, now.

Like the weather, this can't go on forever.

Best you focus on your cameras and keep any politics to a bare minimum..

The 2017 Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival taken with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.