I spent half of Saturday post processing a bunch of photos. The digital camera does a good job of producing decent photos but it has some limitations, notably with linearity of dark areas. I also noticed that the smaller cameras are harder to hold level than the older 35MM bodies, so my photos are not always level (when I want them to be). So, I spent some time cleaning up a bunch of wedding photos I took at my friends handfasting, and then, since I was on a roll, I decided to clean up many other photos. Before long darkness fell unawares. This morning the snow fell in earnest; we had two inches of white powder which remained on the ground throughout the day. This was the cats second experience of snow, quite a different reaction this time since their first kitten experience. After they played around on the back deck, I took them out for a long walk on the front grounds. They enjoyed pushing through the four inches of snow, which for them was halfway up their bodies, shaking off the white powder then scampering up the trees.
I took this photo June 2004 at my friends handfasting. This idyllic site is typical of the kind of beauty and adornments one would see at a gathering of a clan of the other world, save for the bright orange power cord that snaked behind the goddess statue. My mind's eye did not notice it when I took the shot; thankfully such things can be erased.
Our circle's Yuletide dinner. This was a difficult photo to compose as I had to composite myself in it having taken the photo. I had someone else stand exactly where I took the first photo while I sat down to be photographed in the second shot (That's me left, 2nd from the front). The lighting varied considerably from front to back, so I had to do differential contrast and lighting adjustments, bringing out the rearmost folks out of the murk and toning down the foremost folks from the flash.
An altar has been prepared for a blessing and healing ritual:
Selene took this photo of the sunset from Kirkland looking southwest toward Seattle. It was the day before the snowfall.
I took this shot this morning from the same perspective and direction as the sunset shot.
After the initial shock, the cats decided playing in the snow was a great activity. By afternoon, the snow on the southern deck diminished.