1.02.2022

It's the 2nd of January. It's freezing cold. We had a great swim workout this morning. I haven't bought anything new all year long!!!

shot at Photo Expo, back when Samsung still made dedicated cameras...

So far I've purchased no new (or used) photographic equipment of any kind in 2022. I've resisted the temptation because I'm waiting to see what people might have traded in at the end of last year. What treasures they have disengaged from that might be a perfect fit for me. Mostly kidding. I was hoping a bunch of Leica enthusiasts would believe the rumors that the CL is being discontinued and would rush to trade in their mint condition cameras on some newer, shinier and obsolescence-resistant cameras. So far, no signs of progress there....

The pandemic has caused many changes in everyone's life. In the pre-pandemic days we used to have a swim workout on New Years Day which we labeled at "The Fat Burner" workout. It was generally two hours long and was basically as many yards of swimming as we could get done. It's harder now for the club to find staff willing to work on holidays so one casualty has been holiday workouts and some curtailment of swim practices right before and after big holidays. We were luckier this year. We did have swims on Friday and again today. And the weather could not have been more different. 

On Friday it was a balmy, sub-tropic 82° when I hit the pool for our coached workout at noon. Today, when I woke up, it was a crisp and very windy 23° (Fahrenheit). With the wind chill effect the "feels like" temperature was something like 16°.  Interesting conditions in which to swim at an outdoor pool. A good way to learn to keep one's head down...

I signed up for the 9 a.m. workout. The earlier workout was packed and I expected our session to be less crowded but, apparently, at least in the short term, people are taking their New Year's swim/fitness resolutions as seriously as I am taking my "no camera buying" resolutions. We had a full pool with three or four people per lane. 

Our coach today has a day job as an engineer. He likes math-y things. The workout he "invented" for us was interesting. We got into the pool right at 9 a.m. and, without a warm-up, did 20 x 100 yards on a 1:40 interval. So, Bam! Right off the bat we got our first 2,000 yards in. Then we took a one minute break and then proceeded to do a set of 22 x50 yards on a 1:00 interval. I see what he did there, 20 + 22 or 2022. We knocked out a fun 3200 yards in the hour with a bit left over for a warm down. 

The hard part of the workout was not making all the intervals in the 100s but getting out of the pool at the end. The locker rooms are located about 50 yards from the end of the pool and the wind was still gusty around 25-30 mph. Factoring in the wind chill it was......Damn Cold. That hot shower sure felt great...


At least the pool is heated. That's something...

My year is off to a quiet start. I have nothing at all on the books for the near future. I'd love to do more portraits of friends and acquaintances but I'm not comfortable asking people to come over and hang out without their masks on. Not now during the Omicron spike. I'm hoping that the people who predict all this stuff prove to be right and that Omicron will recede as quickly as it advanced. At least it's something to hope for for the next quarter... In the meantime I'll be showing older work, or stuff from my walks through town. I hope that's okay...

Below is a portrait of Renae. It's one of my favorites. It was done on film. Then printed. Then scanned. I think the tonality made the transition all the way through.

Renae.

Now....if I were to buy anything new in the near future it would probably be the Sigma 56mm f1.4 Contemporary Series lens for the APS-C format. I see that it's available in the L mount and currently on sale everywhere. Does anyone have experience with this lens? Just curious. Not suggesting that I'll be running out to buy it. Just amusing myself with reckless research...

But I can promise you that I will be at swim practice bright and early Tuesday morning. It's not a New Year's Resolution. It's an everyday thing I've been doing for decades. Everyone needs a hobby.

Hope the year is starting well for everyone. Don't Resolution more than you can actually process. At some point all the "big change" self promises fall flat. Better to just resolve to go to practice tomorrow. And then, tomorrow. And then, the next day. And then, the next day. Step by step. Bird by Bird. 

(extra credit if you can cite who wrote "Bird by Bird." One of my favorite books about writing...).

Sorry. No links to any new product. I don't want to "enable."