Thursday, August 1, 2013
That is lightning glowing in the clouds of a decent sized thunderstorm a few miles to the north of my neighborhood. I had been doing my evening walk, watching the bats flying overhead, when I noticed the storm. I ducked inside the house and grabbed my new camera just to see how it would work under low light. Not too bad, I think. This was shot hand-held at iso 200, f 2.0 at 1/3 of a second. The trees and street lights in the foreground are not sharp, which is to be expected at f 2.0, but the detail in the clouds is excellent. I am liking this camera more and more.
Before my walk I spent about an hour commissioning the new Honda 2.3 hp four-stroke. It came from the factory with oil in the lower unit. I had to add oil to the power head and also buy some regular gas - all my gas was for the old two-stroke with two-stroke oil mixed in. I now have two-stroke gas, plus several small bottles of two-stroke oil, that I need to dispose off.
After a few pulls on the starter rope the outboard turned over and ran at a nice pace. It is quieter than I had expected, and I think more powerful. The powerhead is about 30% larger than the powerhead on the Nissan, which will take some getting used to - though the space it takes up in Spartina is not used for any other purpose. And the brighter, almost silver color makes the outboard more noticeable. I suspect I will notice it until I don't notice it anymore.
I was glad to see the crystal clear water in the bucket after running the outboard for about ten minutes. With the old two-stroke the water would have been cloudy and oily by this time. Having a smaller footprint on the environment is a step in the right direction.
I hope to try out the new outboard on the water this weekend.
Somebody asked about my mid-life crisis, introspection and the need for self-portraits. This is about as close as I'll get for now. Also shot with the new camera, which seems to do well with rich, evening light.
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