Merry Christmas Eve everyone.
We often spend Christmas with the Reimers (we celebrated Christmas dinner with them back in November) and with Lee and Brittany (we got together with them last night) It was just us this morning and we had a nice morning around here.
The boys were up early and after the Christmas stockings were handed out and opened, Jordon handed out some gifts to each of us. Now that Jordon has written about Christmas Eve, early Christmas morning, and Christmas Day, I thought I would write a bit about my day here.
Jordon gave me a Sigma 19mm Art f2.8 DN lens. With my Olympus Pen camera, it means that the focal length is 38mm which is still a bit wider than Jordon and Mark’s 35mm’s (their lens is wider but Pentax cameras have a magnification factor of 1.54 which means their focal length is 48.5mm). It’s a prime lens which means that it doesn’t zoom but the images will be sharper and the bokeh will be pronounced. Sharpness and bokeh are both good things. An aperture of f2.8 should let me do some more early morning and evening photography. While not as bright at the 45mm f1.8 I used at the Atlas Coal Mine and Nuit Blanche, it should let me get some good low light shots.
Oliver gave me a set of Oster Baldwyn knives to replace my old crappy knives that I have accumulated over the years. He also got me a J.A. Henckel chef knife that should last me for decades. I am really excited about both of them. Not only are they an upgrade to my existing knives, I get to get rid of my old ones which means more space in the kitchen. More space is a good thing.
Mark gave me a pair of Sennheisser headphones. I was pretty shocked to get them and happy with them.
To go along with my lens (and living in Saskatchewan) pair of Thinsulate photography gloves that will make winter photography a lot easier. He also gave some cheese knives that I am excited about.
Along with the cheese knives, he gave me two bamboo cutting boards. One will go into the kitchen for daily use and the other will go great with my charcuterie board I am making today for lunch.
Santa Claus gave me the same pair of binoculars that he brought Oliver and a super bright 130 lumens Police Security LED flashlight to go inside my go bag.
I know the flashlight is pink. I think Santa Claus was trying to troll me this Christmas. The flashlight is great and Jordon, Mark, and Oliver also got them. That is okay but I would have preferred a 1000 lumen spotlight and them having a 4 lumen penlight. I’ll take this up with Santa in the New Year.
Maggi and Hutch bought me a pair of moccasins to replace my old and worn out pair of slippers. Maggi also promises to chew them up later. At least she is being honest.
The plan is to head downtown this morning with some new camera gear. Jordon, Mark, Oliver and myself got some new gear that we all want to check out. Exploring downtown Saskatoon on Christmas Day is a lot of fun as the only ones that are out are the occasional beat cop and those outside taking advantage of the quiet that only comes on Christmas Day.
Hope your Christmas is a good one.