Today my brother Steve and I took mom out exploring.
For all of our lives, Mom always spoke of their apartment in Hollis, Queens, where mom and dad lived from the day they were married until they moved to our current house on Long Island.
I suggested we go see if the place was still there. Mom thought it sounded like fun, so we got in the car and headed out.
Hollis, Queens, New York, 1:35 PM.
YES!!! It's still there!!!
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/4 at 1/200, 10.7mm (50mm equivalent), A3 AWB, no exposure compensation.
Dad's Rented Garage, Hollis, Queens, 1:36 PM.
If there was any doubt we found the right house, it was dispelled when across the street still lies the same garage my dad rented for his sports car.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/4 at 1/200, 6mm (28mm equivalent), A3 AWB, no exposure compensation.
Since we were scoring so well, I asked about the church in which my folks were married.
Hollis Avenue Congregational Church, Hollis, Queens, NY, 2:03 PM.
Made me look! This isn't where they got married; it's where their choral group practiced.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/2.2 at 1/500, lens at 6.9mm (32mm equivalent), A3 AWB, -2/3 exposure compensation.
First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Gardens, 2:18 PM.
My folks were married here.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/4 at 1/125, lens at 6mm (28mm equivalent), A3 AWB, no exposure compensation.
Stained Glass, First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Gardens, 2:31 PM.
We totally lucked out. As we were peeking in the front door, the Reverend and Sexton Charles were walking by. I mentioned that our parents were married there and also sing in the choir, and of course we were welcomed in.
I don't need no stinking HDR. With Canon Powershots, I just point-and-shoot. They have some sort of magic highlight and shadow optimization that just works — and works a whole lot better than the LEICA M9 which just blows-out its highlights in nasty ways when they get too hot!
Pews, First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Gardens, 2:31 PM.
These pews have also been here since before my folks were married.
Pews, First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Gardens, 2:53 PM.
These shots look great, considering the lights were off and I was simply snapping as we chit-chatted with church members who were around this Wednesday afternoon.
Eskimo, Plainview NY, 4:07 PM.
That was it for the day. We stopped by the grocery store on the way home and relaxed. This is last light, or the only sort of light they get up in Eskimo-country this season. Hmm, time to move to Canada for the winter; I love this light!
Snow Pile in Shadow, Plainview NY, 4:07 PM.
Even though it didn't snow while I was home, it had snowed, and it was so cold that the snow hung around. It was 20-25ºF during the days, much colder than usual.
Cugini Pizzeria and Restaurant, Last Light, Plainview NY, 4:08 PM.
Another great thing about New York is that we leave the Christmas decorations up long enough for everyone to enjoy them. Everyone still has their decorations displayed.
Seven-Layer Birthday Cake, Yay! 6:57 PM.
And what did we get at ShopRite? An impromptu birthday cake, of course! Yay!
I usually go by Kenny; it got truncated to "Ken," since "Kenny" wouldn't have fit on this size cake. You can get to this site via www.KennyRockwell.com, too.
I snapped this with the Canon S90 in macro mode, piece of cake!
I spent the day visiting camera companies in Melville, Long Island.