Random photos – and pretty bad ones at that


I haven’t learned anything much since before the holidays, so I haven’t done what I wanted to be, and meant to be, a weekly Sunday post. Ah well, ignorance is bliss, right?

I might have learned that taking photos while driving is easier when I’m in the passenger seat, as about to be evidenced below.

Here’s a blurry pic of me going to work in freezing fog. This was taken going the opposite direction but in the same stretch of read that these were taken.

Through a lens, you can tell that despite my admittedly aggressive driving habits, I don’t bully other drivers by getting too close, especially when the weather is bad and I can’t see and there’s no damn way I can overtake. No point in getting that close, is there? I’m talking to you, car three. Back the fuck off of car two before we all get in trouble, willya?

Wow I’m having déjà vu while writing for the blog. That’s… unsettling.

Same three damn slow-ass cars in front of me, still. I also have no idea why the sky changed colour. I didn’t putz about with these photos. You’d think it would get brighter with time – and, I’m driving directly into the sunrise, if there actually was one – instead of deeper blue. It was really, really foggy; perhaps coming into a town and the heaviness of the smoke-laden air made a difference?

This is Friday morning, the coldest this year so far at -2.5 before I left the house (C, in F that’s about 27.5), but it was dry enough the two days previous so no worries about ice (a worry that’s been much alleviated for me since we replaced the two front tires on the Mini). It turned sunny later and the sun itself was absolutely gorgeous on the way in to work! If I had time, and any place I could have pulled over, and our ‘real’ camera, I would have had an award-winning shot at one point. As it was, my screen-washers froze up and I had a hard go of it seeing anything through the smeary muck on my windshield. You can clearly see that this is not a clear photo. It was clearly not fun for me, either.

ComI home on Friday. It was…WOW…for about three minutes. Shame these are so blurry. I didn’t mess with these pics, either.

Ok now for some pics I did putz about with, because the colour was waaaay wrong and/or they needed some cropping. As if the others didn’t…

The reason why Spot is named Spot.

Neko is blowing her coat. She looks like she has the mange, or like a really old and well-loved stuffed toy. My floors just look like the Old West – tumbledogs everywhere.

Finally, finally! A pair of socks I got for Christmas. Either they have no idea where the knee on someone who wears a size 8-to-10 (approx 10-12 in US women’s sizes!!!) sock is, or I’m a friggin’ giantess.

27 responses »

    • Thank you, Harry, and nice to meet you. It’s hard not to be blurry when one handedly-clicking, and holding the wheel still (sort of) while actually doing the speed limit. Which felt horrendously slow.

      • Then suddenly the conception of the photographs means a lot more than just taking a photograph. Aha, I like it a lot. Maybe you should go a bit faster next time…stay safe though, please 🙂

        • Oh, I doubt I will. I’m over double what you’ve got under the belt so far, and I’ve still not learned not to do stupid things when they are soooo much fun to do 🙂 If you read back a bit, you’ll see that on this terrible, 80KPH road I consistently drive over 100K. There’s a reason Minis are used as rally cars! I’m surprised I got any good shots like the ones I did on the way to Donegal, actually.

  1. That is the problem with point-and-shoot cameras. They are nice, but… they aren’t as automatic as we’d want them to be.

    You don’t want to use a flash in a car, because all you’d see on the picture is the flash, and nothing else. And even if there wasn’t a glass in front of you to reflect the flash, the flash wouldn’t light up the scene at all as everything is too far. Well, when you turn off the flash on a point-and-shot camera, it suddenly assumes it needs a very, very long exposure time, which makes the back lights of cars 3 inches across on the picture.

    Why did the sky changed color? Because it did. It was a sunrise, so the sky was gradually changing color. But you can’t barely notice it when you are there, because your eyes adjust to the changing light condition, and you brain does color adjustment on the fly so that the color always appear constant. That is why a green shirt appears green even if you change lights or get in a darker room; your brain compensate so the colors look constant. However, your camera doesn’t make any such adjustment, and your brain doesn’t make color adjustment neither because the light condition in the room you are in hasn’t change in between viewing the two pictures. Colors on pictures never seem the same as when you were there, not because your camera is crappy (it it might be a reason as well) but because your brain doesn’t make the same color adjustment it did when you were there.

    See? You’ve learned something now. You’re good for this Sunday 🙂

    Oh, by the way, you are driving on the wrong side of the road.

    • Hahah! You always make me laugh at the end, Tom. Good closer! These were taken with my iPhone: the older model with no flash or I’d never try to take a shot while driving (if I had to try to turn it off every time, that is).

      I thought it was odd that they sky got darker as the day got later – time frame is about 8:25 to 8:45 am, in progression, and I was driving into the invisible sunrise. I’d expect a different shade of blue if the weather was to blame?

      I’ve gotten used to driving on the left, shifting with my left hand, etc. I might well be in trouble the next time I drive overseas.

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