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30 January 2013

Today should be a (paid) national holiday. It's FDR's birthday, after all. And Michael Tapes's, too. Sufficient grounds, it seems to us, to make Jan. 30 work-free.

Nevertheless we gave it the old college try. Read Ctein's discussion of Professional Criticism (which counts as our continuing ed requirement), then the PopPhoto piece on using a prism (we have a prism laying around here somewhere). Half-heartedly scanned the Canon and Nikon announcements (PowerShots, Coolpixes, 800mm lenses, oh my).

But some days there's no (real) news. Which is a good thing, really, because you can get behind the camera sooner.

If we'd read about prisms 10 years ago, we would have known just where to find ours. But we've moved since then and everything (some 123,892 items) are in new places and some of the ones that escaped the moving boxes seem to have acquired new office space of their own. So we don't know where the prism is.

But looking around for it, we ran across an old good luck charm. A tiny porcelain black sheep.

Our Mascot. At 1/50 second, ISO 400, +2/3 EV and the f5.6 Lensbaby Spark.

Sheep is a funny word. It denotes both the singular and plural as if there were no individual outside the group. But photographers know better. We're all black sheep. A group of individuals.

We shot this with a Canon Rebel XTi using a Lensbaby Spark and both the 10x and 5x accessories lenses. A warm fluorescent bulb was the only illumination. Opened in Adobe Camera Raw and touched it up a bit in Photoshop CS6, sharpening it with Nik Sharpener Pro.

Happy Birthday, FDR! Happy Birthday, Michael!

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