BKLYN, Hot times in Somerville, and a real live artist's studio

Greetings to everyone from our penthouse condo where the thermostat currently reads 90F. That's indoors. Although we're in the thick of the hazy/hot/humid days of summer in Boston, I'm trying to make the most of the great evening light for photos. And eating a ton of popsicles.

At the beginning of this month, I ponied up and bought some new RAM and a solid state drive to speed things up inside the ol' laptop. The 24MB files coming out of my new camera are full of great photo information, but my hardware couldn't keep up. The DIY install of the hardware went smoothly, but - long story short - I lost the photo organization and editing software I have been using for the past few years. MAJOR bummer here at Winter Hill Studio. After about 10 minutes of research I decided to join Team Lightroom. And here we are! So far, all I can say is: I hope to find and register for a Lightroom class in the very, very near future. 

Without further ado, let's see some photos!

At the very beginning of the month, Paul and I traveled to NYC to see our friend, Borbay, off as he moved away from the city. We booked an Airbnb in the East Village and walked all over, including in Brooklyn. This was my first foray into Brooklyn and it was just as I suspected: big. Can't wait to go back and chip away at more of the neighborhoods (and see some friends!). 

Many of our activities this month have included getting out of our house to beat the heat. Somerville continues to provide no shortage of interesting photo ops (lucky for us photographers). Well, one of these is actually in Brookline. 

On a recent trip to the park with our dog, Charlie, we took note of a small patch of earth in a parking lot next to the commuter rail tracks where some neighbors have cultivated and planted a fruitful vegetable garden. So impressive. We loved how these folks saw this opportunity and simply seized this unused land. Now they have zucchinis. 

On short notice, we set up a quick photo shoot in Paul's home studio to produce some images for a potential mention on Forbes.com. Since the evening is the only real opportunity I have for photography during the week, it was a race against the fading natural light and a tight deadline to get these in. Here are some of the extra takes. Hopefully I'll have a link to share next month!

Stay tuned next month for results from a couple of scheduled photo shoots where people have actually asked me to take their photo. 

If anyone has any Lightroom tips or a suggestion on a helpful class to take, I'm all ears. What photo editing software do you use? Is it separate from your photo organization software? Tell me about it in the comments below!


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