Happy New Year

My wife enjoys practicing the tradition of burning bayberry candles all the way down on New Year’s Eve. Doing so, the tradition states, will bring love and good fortune in the coming year. It’s malarky, of course, but the candles smell nice and it’s fun to ponder the year ahead as the tapers burn the previous year away 1. This year, the light of the bayberry candles allowed me to put my G7 to the test.

My experiments helped me learn a couple of lessons. First, while a Micro Four Thirds sensor does have trouble in low light I’m able to lengthen my shutter speed to compensate, even when shooting hand-held. The photo below was taken with the shutter at 1/20th of a second, and my untrained eye finds no camera shake. That’s impressive. Second, the lens flares I’ve been noticing are produced by the UV filter I have on my lens. I’m not supposed to be buying any camera equipment in the coming year, but I may find a way to pick up a filter with better coating. I like to keep a UV filter on the lens, it protects the glass.

I’ve got a deep “New Year’s” reflection set to go up tomorrow, but this morning I wanted to take a moment to say, “Happy New Year. May 2018 be filled with hope.”

A bayberry candle burns in the new year.
Panasonic Lumix G7 with 25mm lens • ISO 400 • ƒ/2.5 • 1/20 sec

  1. As a nerd, I have a different sense of “fun.” Just roll with it. 


  1. Peg Horton says:

    You never know when or how God will use your skill of photography so, keep at it.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. And a happy new year to you as well!

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