London Skyline, Waiting for the Full Moon

London Skyline, Waiting for the Full Moon

Tues. 11.12.19 – Happy November Full Moon for those of you who can see it. Late yesterday evening, I took the Nikon out to the Embankment bridge to photograph the Full Moon rising over The Shard and the Thames. Due to large clouds hugging the first 10-15 degrees up from the horizon, I was out of luck.

While I persevered out in the cold and damp for nearly an hour before I gave up, I was able to take a number of good shots of the storm clouds and the London skyline. The above is one of my two favorites from that hour.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D850 and a 50mm lens on Mon. 11.11.19 while standing on the Embankment bridge waiting for the moon.

View through the Train Window: Reading

View through the Train Window: Reading

Mon. 11.11.19 – One of the best parts about the dark time of the year, particularly in November, is the blue quality of light in late dusk. I turned from taking photos of the London Skyline, as seen from the Embankment bridge over the Thames, to see this Southeastern train departing from Charing Cross station and I was entranced by the yellow light of the inside of the train contrasting with the violet light of the bridge trusses behind the train on top of the blue light of the dusk. The man reading or looking at his phone sitting on the train was a nice extra.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D850 and a 50mm lens.

Nearly Full Moon Rising

Nearly Full Moon Rising, November Edition

Sun. 11/10/19 – Photo of the nearly full moon, aka waxing gibbous, rising by The Shard as seen from the Embankment bridge overlooking the Thames River taken by me with my slightly frustrating Samsung Note 9.

Embrace the Blur, the DFW Landing Version

Landing at DFW, a rather satisfying blurred tarmac

Fri. 11.08.19 – More and more, due to software algorithms, it is hard to get a phone’s camera to achieve a satisfying blur or nightscape. All the recent camera phones want to make dark scenes light and blurred scenes sharp.

Thus, when I am able to get the Samsung in a quick snapshot to achieve a nice blur, as in the airplane skidmarks turned into continuous black lines in the photo above at landing yesterday, it makes me happy.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Samsung Note 9 on 11.07.19 at the Dallas Ft. Worth Intl Airport.

The 3 am Edit

Wed. 11.06.19 – After writing yesterday’s blog post, I was quite happy with the whole post and went off to bed. I woke up at 3am after a bad dream with an upset tummy and quite worried.

So, I did two things:

1) Took some Tums.

Now that Zantac has been pulled off the market, my go to 3am sour stomach meds are a revolving door of new tries.

Tums was a VERY BAD IDEA.

First off, it did not settle my stomach. It made it much worse. At 7am I jettisoned out of bed to have even more digestive excitements. Then my brain said, “Why would tummy meds give you the trots?”

Oh, let’s google if Tums is gluten free.

And… It is not. Thus, the Celiac’s Revenge.

GAH.

I will be very excited when Zantac 75mg is back out on the market, as it works for me to settle my stomach and it gets rid of my hives.

2) After taking the Tums, I spent the hour between 3 and 4 am worrying that a variety of bad things would happen if I left yesterday’s blog post as is.

While I did not write where this happened, it is a place that I frequent often and don’t want it go sour if Old Creepy Guy makes things difficult if he googles my name and finds the blog post. Or the manager of the place gushes about my photos again and says my name.

So, I edited it to take out the detail with sleep blurred eyes; which then killed the irony and the black humor of the whole thing.

As I laid back down to go back to sleep, I got mad at myself that I was caving into the good girls make it easy for creepy dudes to keep creeping.

In the end, I decided that the on going safety of myself at the location in question was more important than a black humor #metoo blog post.

November 5th : National Random Talking Dude Day

Tues. 11.05.19 – Today I had places to be, errands to run, check lists to check off, and friends to visit in LA… Of which, then I had a rash of random men stop me at each errand to talk about something.

The first two men were EV Prius Prime curious and wanted to know if the car was really worth the extra $3k beyond the standard Toyota Prius.

Me: Yes, it really is. Truly. It is amazing. Yes, it is plugged in at this free Volta EV Charger here at this shopping center. Yes, I have gotten up to 124 mpg on a tank of 10 gallons of gas. Yes, in that instance, I drove for three weeks around SoCal without stopping for gas. Yes, the average is around 80mpg when I can’t charge as much. No, I don’t have access to a charger at home.

etc etc etc.

On my third stop, when I had less than 10 minutes before I had to get on the road to drive an hour to LA to visit dear friends, I met the TALKING CREEPER DUDE.

At first Creeper Dude was just overly friendly 65+ SoCal granddad guy, then when I walked out to my car to leave, he followed me and kept touching me.

Ah. No.

I have lived in LA for just over half a century. I know this guy. I have met many iterations of this guy and they all stink.

I very nicely listed off my 36 years of photographic experience from punk rock to rock worlds, published magazines, early digital days, and all the years of Nokia travel – of which was all without his help – and then said:

“Now, I don’t do paid photo work. I drive out to the desert and take photos of the stars as a meditative exercise for me. Not for money, but for me.”

Then the f’er tried to kiss my wrist.

Oh. Hells. No.

I got in my car and drove off.

Then by the Grace of All of the Deities that rule SoCal/LA traffic, I got to Culver City in less than 50 minutes from Huntington Beach. Shocking.