If We Were Having Coffee on the 2nd of July, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice, large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a bit wet out there, but, besides an earlier quick passing shower, the rain hasn’t arrived – watching the radar it is somehow going around just my village, to the north and south, but I can’t see how the major storm will miss… Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top and realize I am back in New Hampshire (NH).

I drove back to NH on Tuesday evening, so I had a little more time on Cape Cod since we last chatted. I kayaked, played/walked/swam on the beach, walked in the woods, walked the dogs, ran, exercised, mowed, etc. I had to work on Monday and Tuesday (mowed Monday), but still nice to be there. One thing is that it was very much summer when I left, not just in the feel of the air, but there were many more people out and about.

Since I’ve been in NH I have run, exercised, walked, walked the dogs, had massage, played music (keyboards) and other stuff like that. I do need to mow here, but will wait until next week.

I worked all week, and, as usual, that’s enough of that, though I will say that hopefully things will be a little more sane in July.

One thing on my agenda is photos. I took 800 photos during the two weeks I spent on Cape Cod and another 400 when I was there back in May. I have not even started to dig through those 1200 photos, but I do know I have a few that should be good, including osprey chicks being fed.

At the end of my time down there I discovered that my new method of carrying the camera with the much, much heavier lens puts my thumb on the wheel that changes the aperture. Last night I did a random sampling of exif data and saw how over time I slowly upped the number (decreased the size). I was at f18 before I discovered it! No wonder I was having such a hard time getting photos at 400mm! Well, now that I know, I will watch it. But, darn it, I think I missed a ton of good photos because of that issue.

Anyway, I am sure you all know that it is the 4th of July on Monday. Hmm, of course it is. What I should say is that most of you should know that the people of the US celebrate our independence on the 4th of July. We didn’t win that independence for a few years, and in ways you can say the country wasn’t really created until the Constitution was signed, but the founders of our country first formally declared that they wanted to split from Britain on July 4, 1776 when they signed the Declaration of Independence so that is the day that we celebrate – the day we told the world (and Britain) we were our own country, not a colony.

Besides 4th celebrations, being outside as much as possible and other typical things, I will try to spend the weekend working on photos and making music.

This was a longer coffee chat than usual, so I should go off and do my thing now. Thanks for stopping in and having a bit of caffeine and a chat with me! If you host a coffee chat I will try to stop in for a visit.

Natalie the Explorer is now the host of the weekend coffee share and she is doing a wonderful job. Stop in at this week’s main share page or go to the InLinkz-Linkup to see all of the other shares!

35 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 2nd of July, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

  1. Writing Sparkle

    That is a lot of photographs. I had my camera out this weekend while we were camping. I got a few good family pictures. I didn’t take my big lens and I missed out of some great bird pictures. We went for a hike and found a deck built out over the water with benches. We sat there for a while watching the birds catching fish and bugs from the water.

    Anyway, thanks for the virtual coffee. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Having the big lens sometimes helps me enjoying seeing the wildlife, but sometimes it is nice to just sit and watch (will internally thinking I wish I had the telephoto ;) ).
      Glad you had a good weekend. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a huge amount of photos! I did a quick peak, but haven’t started yet – hopefully I’ll et a handle on it soon… Yeah, the van Gogh works well with most of the natural backgrounds I’ve done for my seasonal coffee share shots.
      Hope you are having a great weekend and have a wonderful week!

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  2. Maria

    Thank you for the coffee! It sounds like you are busy with lots of fun summer activities! All those walks on the beach, and playing with the dogs, it sounds like so much fun! Looking forward to seeing the photos of the Ospreys. Have a fabulous rest of your weekend!

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  3. pfiddlergal

    Hi Trent. It was good hearing about how you are adapting tona ling lens. I admire the persistence and patience of wildlife photographers. Righ now all my pics use my camera phone. I am amazed at what I get and also disappointed by the limitations. I’ll watch your photos with interest. Have a great holiday.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Phone cameras can do amazing things, but there are limitations, to me the biggest being telephoto shots, like wildlife photography. For me wildlife photography is mostly hiking or kayaking with my camera and stopping to take pictures when I see something, so maybe not as much patience as some ;)
      Thanks, I hope you are having a great weekend!

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  4. Natalie

    Trent, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. Sounds like you had a great time on Cape Cod. It’s good that you discovered the camera glitch. Have a fantastic long weekend and enjoy July 4th!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was very nice being on Cape Cod :) Since I have been using a new lens which is much heavier than the one I replaced, I assumed it was just me getting used to it, so glad there was a different explanation of all of the blurry shots, or needing ISO 1600 to take pictures in the bright sunlight ;) Hope your weekend is going well :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do have a pretty good system of narrowing down photos, but it still will take a lot of time. i can’t se being completely finished any time soon, but, who knows.
      I hope you are having a good weekend :)

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  5. Tessa

    That is a lot of photos to go through. I don’t envy you. Unless you like doing that kind of thing. Taking pictures is not my thing. And I lost a lot when my hard drive recently crashed. I am trying to recover what I can and back them up. I don’t have that many at least.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a lot of photos, so I will mostly just skim through and pull out the best. i do have a good method for doing. I also have a pretty good method for backing up pictures, but about 5 years ago I lost over 6 months worth of photos in a hard drive crash. I got some of the best back, but a lot are gone forever…
      Hope your weekend is going well.

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  6. Astrid

    It sounds like you had a good time full of exercise and other physical activity.

    I am pretty clueless about photography, so have no idea what you’re talking about moving the numbers on your camera. However, it sucks having to delete so many photos that could’ve been good.

    Wishing you a happy 4th of July.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was nice to get out and about and exercise a lot. It helps me physically and mentally.
      Only a real camera nerd would understand what I said. lol. The big thing is that the change I unintentionally made forces the camera to take longer to take a photo, and so any movement by me or the subject becomes very noticeable.
      Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! It has been a little work to get used to the new lens since it physically much bigger and heavier than the one it replaces, so I thought the issues where me until I noticed that f18. f18? Ouch! At some point I should have a photo post and will most likely include something on a coffee share.

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  7. willowdot21

    I enjoyed stopping off and joining you for coffee it’s always good to hear your new. Good job you’ve discovered the camera glitch…will you get a new case for it? Have a good week and enjoy the 4th !

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  8. WebbBlogs

    I really shouldn’t admit this but I remember on your last coffee share I had commented something in the lines about my week being non-productive. Well unfortunately I am saying the same thing. My week was boring and very non-productive lol. 🤪🤪😂😂

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