December 10th, 2011


Ah... Pecans... and Stromboli's!

Rescheduled Visit

Mrs. Dr. Phil's Mom, aka Momcat, and Joe were were going to come up for Thanksgiving, but given a variety of things on both sides of Lake Michigan, that didn't happen. So they came up this weekend. Moving into December means that (a) Mrs. Dr. Phil begins to bake batches of stollen and (b) we get an annual box of lovely Arkansas pecans from her Little Rock cousins. This year, the pecans were apparently very happy with the weird weather and are simply gorgeous and plentiful.

The pecans come already rolled, so the shells are cracked. Huge advantage. Momcat is now sorting the pieces and picking the meats from the shells.

Smile for the Kodak, Momcat!

Dinner From Stromboli's

Stromboli's Pizza on M-45 in Allendale MI is one of the few real restaurants in Allendale and it's a favorite to boot. When company comes, we frequently call in a big order and have them deliver. Might as well show you what the fuss is all about.

Clockwise from bottom: Meatball sub (footlong), Seafood Stromboli (black tiger shrimp, crab, side of Alfredo sauce), Pasta Funghi e Vino (Penne in mushroom sauce w/ basil, garlic and mozzarella, Spaghetti Con Salsiccia (known by the staff as Pasta Susie -- w/ sauteed onions, green peppers, sausage and meatballs) and Mostaccioli (w/ added meatball).

And out guests Joe and Momcat digging in.
For the technically minded, first two pictures taken on the Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n with the 28mm f2.8D AF-Nikkor and Nikon Speedlight SB-28DX, the rest with the Nikon D1X with the 18-55mm VR DX AF-Nikkor at 18mm -- which gives an effective 28mm focal length on a DX camera -- and Nikon Speedlight SB-80DX. So I guess this is all a 28mm party. (grin)

Dr. Phil

Sunlit Brass


I was sitting the bathroom and happened to notice how the sun was gleaming off the brass doorknobs. So when I was done I went and grabbed a camera -- and the sun disappeared behind the only damned cloud in the sky. For seven minutes. Finally the sun came out again.

The real problem is that the camera doesn't have the dynamic range to show what I could see. So I took two shots. Sometime I'll try to Frankenstein them together, but the first one gives you something of the drama.

Nikon D1X and 18-55mm VR DX AF-Nikkor at 55mm, 200 ISO, exposed for the door edge, brass underexposed. (Click on photo for larger)

The second lacks the impact of the first, but gives you some idea of the surrounding details.

Nikon D1X and 18-55mm VR DX AF-Nikkor at 55mm, 200 ISO, exposed for the side wood, brass and edges overexposed. (Click on photo for larger)

Frankly, now that I see the two pictures by themselves in the LJ preview, I definitely like the first one a lot more than when I had too many choices from the frames I shot. With auto exposure and image software, we get so used to getting our way that one tends to forget that there were things that film, even great film like Kodachrome 64 Professional, couldn't get right. The eye has a really great sensor... (grin) And the embedded software can make both fond memories and excuses out of anything. (double-exposed-grin)

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