Just before sunset today, I took my camera and went for a walk down to St. Joseph’s Lake, and was promptly attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes. I thought I was being smart by wearing long sleeves and long pants, but apparently the bugs are wylier than I’d imagined: in the course of about 5 minutes my hands were bitten 11 times, and the bites had started to swell somewhat alarmingly. Most of them have gone down somewhat by now, since I applied some toothpaste (which, btw, is a fairly decent home remedy) as soon as I got back, but my left pointer finger is still a funny shape, and I’m itching away as I type (must not scratch…must not scratch…)
On the flip side, I got some really nice shots and was able to somewhat successfully practice adjusting shutter speed and aperture width (which I’ve been learning about recently). I found that I had to do very minimal post-processing afterwards (mainly just tweaking contrast, saturation, and color balance). On some photos, I even managed to get my exact, desired exposure while shooting and didn’t have to do any pp’ing at all. I was quite proud of myself. So I suppose the mosquitoes were worth it!
Here are a few of my favorites:
And – just for kicks – a favorite shot from a party I went to this weekend (the hostess has the most beautifully decorated apartment…)
I’ve posted more pictures of my lake walk on picasa.