Sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Here in Hackney, we’re in generally good shape. Mrs P’s recovery from her recent cyber surgery is beginning to take shape and in addition to a daily exercise routine, she is now walking around 1km a day. I’m not sure she (or me either) will ever get back to our former 10k steps a day, but that might just be the lockdown talking.
It might also be that I shall be 70 soon.
I’m realising that at times like this, we have to be grateful for our habits and past interests. To date, my daily brain workout (crosswords and Mac-based jigsaws) passes a good couple of hours, to which I add interaction with my school old boys’ WhatsApp group and work here: 4709 – The Ultimate British 2–8–0, which I’ve mentioned before.
That project is now slightly held up, having wanted to move the entire (12 tonne) chassis down from Llangollen to Exeter before the lockdown and been foiled by the restrictions on movement we now live with.
As I have for the last couple of decades, I read the newspapers and interest sites on the Interwebs every morning. Thank goodness for plentiful bandwidth – access to the outside when pretty much everything is closed is a sanity saver we should all be grateful for.
Early on, I decided to spend an hour a day trying to learn Photoshop – a great enterprise that has unsurprisingly, fizzled out.
My plan to start a micro studio to do product photography has also stalled. Several key items – including a 5m USB cable for tethered shooting – has been held up while more important goods are prioritised. I’m in no rush, so that’s fine.
My daily Web trawl has had me visiting captureone.com on an almost daily basis. Should I make the commitment and buy a copy? Should I wait? Despite the 25% discount, I keep thinking that no matter how much I dislike Lightroom, it is the devil I know.
Now might be a good time to build myself a new Web site. Another start-stop endeavour. I keep promising myself that I will build a gallery every day this week and edge closer to live in 2-3 weeks. I’ve done two and really like the big images and layout the template (from Squarespace) provides.
Herding images together to try and make a sensible gallery has been helped a bit by my cataloguing and grading system – more of that in another post. What it re-kindled has been a much delayed plan to delete the dross; thousands and thousands of iffy photographs and way too many embarrassments. And out of the blue, there’s the post title.
What was I thinking? No explanations necessary – I don’t have any and even if I did, they’d be way too embarrassing anyway.
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