One of the reasons the blog has not been staying updated as well as it might is that I have set a goal this summer of cycling at least 100 miles a week. This is modest by the standard of cyclists but is a good start for me, and will hopefully help me take off some weight. There has been some success already…but also failure with long road trips out of town and good food at my brother’s.
These are the cycling gloves I am wearing these days, and they are literally falling apart. In truth, I already have a new pair, but they haven’t nearly the character of these.
A friend of mine argued with me that the lovely tree in front of my house was not a magnolia, as I have been naming it in recent posts, but rather a tulip tree. Upon consulting another friend who actually works for the Missouri Botanical Gardens, he said it is indeed a variety of magnolia, but not the classic, white Southern magnolia, which incidentally keeps it waxy leaves year round. My best guess is that this tree is a Magnolia liliiflora. Looking at it coming home tonight, even more of its blossoms had cracked open. Did this poor tree have any idea when I moved in that it was to have its own personal paparazzo who would photograph its every mood.
This was taken in the early morning and I have added a lomo effect.
I don’t have nearly a good enough poker face to pretend that I am not excited at being recently “Freshly Pressed” by WordPress for this post. If you are here from there, thank you and welcome to the blog.
Yesterday was the last day of the annual weekend my friends and I take to Chicago every year, to shop and eat and see what we can see. This year we discovered 31st St. Beach and went to it three times, the last time spontaneously choosing to do so as we were driving out of the city on Lakeshore Drive and saw the breakers. A lifeguard at the beach said this was a pretty rare occurrence. It was splendid ending to the weekend.
The effect on the photos is what I have been calling “Matt’s Lomo preset” for Lightroom for the longest time, but which is actually Lomo Arigato (Mr. Roboto), with a little toggling on each photo. And to give this preset its full due, it is the preset I use to get the intense sepia in photos such as “Steel Structures in Sepia” and ones such as “Market Street Downpour” or “Stacked.” I apply the Lomo effect and get the right brightness and contrast I want and then completely turn down the saturation. What appears is this lovely, intense sepia which I use quite often. The secret is out.