Archive For June 29, 2014
By one “Hot” Daddy
According to eMedicineHeath.com:
When to Seek Medical Care
When to call or see the doctor
A fever has many possible causes. Most commonly, a fever is part of a viral infection that will go away on its own. However, there are some reasons to be concerned or worried about a fever; do not hesitate to call or see a doctor for any high fevers.
- Call the doctor if any of these conditions exists.
- If the temperature is 103 F (39.4 C) or greater
- If the fever lasts more than seven days
- If the fever symptoms get worse
You can probably imagine how my weekend went… (Actually midweek through the weekend). Brain exploding migraines, being able to cook off my forehead, and seeing the world like it’s constantly swaying back and forth like a ship. I felt like I was on the S.S. Minnow with Gilligan at the helm…only without the hotnesses of Mary Ann and Ginger to console me…When I took my temperature Wednesday afternoon (and several more times after seeing the results), I decided it might be time to see a doctor lol. I drove myself, and miraculously didn’t kill anyone (or me) in the process. The doctors ran tests, drew some blood, and came up empty handed….Awesome. Well, I figured, if I was going to go by way of a new virus, I’d have it named after me ;-).
Apparently I read some people get delusional, hysterical, lethargical, etc….a lot of “al” words. I’m pretty sure for the most part I was lucid and coherent….well, as much as I am on a normal basis anyway. My wife commented that whenever I get sick, I’m always quiet. I never whine or complain, so when I was grasping my skull with tears in my eyes from the monstrous migraines that fever was giving me….she could tell I was really hurting.
In any case, Saturday rolls around, and I don’t know if maybe it was the antibiotics the confused doctors threw at me, or perhaps the alternating of large doses of Tylenol and Motrin, or if the virus finally got a good look at my head and had second thoughts on further invasion plans….but my fever broke. It still hovered from 100-102, but compared to 104.7, It was like making a miraculous recovery in my book.
I hadn’t taken any artsy photos of my son in a while…and it was due to working, tiredness, laziness, and being….well, a dad. I was determined to get out and get some shots…even if it killed me lol. I figured fresh air would do me good.
I always wanted to do a shot with my son with a “Huckleberry” type theme. The image in my head (whether during a lucid moment during my head’s revolt with viral reinforcements, or a hallucination), I always wanted to do was a setting with him in overalls, standing on a wooden raft in a stream. Unfortunately with him just getting ready to turn 3 years old on the 3rd, that one got vetoed by myself AND my wife.
I instead settled on a country woods theme.
Setup shot below. I used two Yongnuo flashes inside of a 28″ softbox mounted with a Phottix Multi-boom.
The photos were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens with a two stop ND filter, shooting at f/1.2, ISO 200, 180/s shutter speed, in RAW.
The resulting shots. My son was a “willing” participant. It only took him 2 packs of gummy snacks, and a bag of Cheetos to “convince” him to play long. Of course during the shoot he was having a good ol’ time with the harmonica and was moving around to his tunes. I’m lucky I got the shots I did.
Disclaimer: No woodland animals were harmed in the making of these photographs…..but many….many…..MANY mosquitos met an untimely death. My son and I have the battle scars to prove it.
Update 7/11/14: Looks like Phottix Journal liked one of these enough to make it their Weekly Photo. 🙂
One from this series also won People’s Choice on Viewbug.com, and was selected out of 3,299 other submissions. Yay. The contests on Viewbug.com are voted on by members. The top voted images then become finalist. a Panel of judges then picks the “Grand Jury Winner”. The “People’s Choice” winner is the photograph that received the most votes by members.
“Upgrading” from a 21 megapixel Full-frame DSLR to a 16 megapixel APS-C mirrorless.
In my last post I mentioned I sold off my Canon DSLR gear and was left with only the Canon EOS M. I was freeing up funds, and diving head first into the Fuji X series platform. I’ve read review upon review of their system, and felt like it would be a better fit for me.
My favorite go-to combo was always the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 lens. At one time I did own several lenses, but slowly started selling them off because I got tired of hauling all of it around. It’s kind of like the picture I snagged off of the Fuji website…
I wasn’t necessarily the guy on the far left. I was more like the middle guy. Doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but when I’ve got a rambunctious 2 year old (well, almost 3 now), it does tend to weigh me down. The less I had to carry, the happier I was, (and the faster I was able to keep up with my son).
I’m not going into any reviews over the Fuji X-T1 or the lens, as you can find more in-depth reviews scattered across the internet. I’m merely documenting my switch, and my reasons for doing so on my blog.
As mentioned, I loved the small, unobtrusive size. The quiet shutter was a bonus as well. It’s like a finely built machine. I originally wanted the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 lens since the 35mm equivalent on a crop sensor ends up being about 53mm, so it would have been what I was used to with the Canon 50L. Anyway, I tried ordering it at the beginning of the month, only to have it STILL on backorder. I cancelled it and ordered the 23mm f/1.4 instead….and glad I did. For the last 3 years I’ve seen nothing but the 50mm focal length, and I felt like switching to a somewhat wider 35mm field of view would be a good change.
Since I only got the lens this past weekend, I don’t really have anything to post other than my test shot of some dandelions in my back yard taken at f/1.4. I think it’s safe to say this lens and camera body are both keepers….and I need to get off my ass and cut the grass…
I have a confession…
No sooner did I get this lens, did I find out that Zeiss had a sale going on. I packed up the Fuji 23mm lens, and bought the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens, as well as the 12mm f/2.8 lens. The 12mm lens went up for sale immediately as I’m not a wide angle person (and coincidentally sold almost immediately). Now I hear that combo is sold out at Zeiss USA, so lucky me ;-). It seems to still show as available at Amazon
, but you’d better hurry. It doesn’t seem like U.S. retailers are going to get replenished.
Since I named this post “X-Rated”, it’s only fair I show you some Camera P0rn with the lovely (and talented), Fuji X-T1 with her Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens.
Considering one of the only downsides is the rather short battery life…