Apples

Apples at the Farmer’s Market
Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-D Nikkor
2022

I’ve been out of town most of this week, traveling on business, with no computer. I decided to take the pressure off myself and skip this week’s Recommended Reading.

I’ve been in sunny San Diego, where it’s surprisingly 10 degrees cooler than central Indiana. I needed a light jacket for the evenings! My company had its first ever conference for people in the industry we serve. We make a software platform that helps medical device companies cut through FDA red tape to bring products to market. I am Director of Software Engineering there, and we engineers don’t get out much. But I thought it would be valuable for me to get to know people in the medical device industry and come to understand the work they do and the pressures that go with it. It’ll help me make better decisions as I lead our engineers.

I’m writing this in advance of the trip, so I don’t know yet if I’ve met that objective! I also plan to bring one of my compact SLRs along with some Kodak Ektar loaded. As I sit here it’s down to my Pentax ME SE with its delightful 50mm f/1.7 SMC Pentax-M lens, or my Olympus OM-2n with its compact 40mm f/2 Zuiko Auto-S lens.

This is the first business trip I’ve made since long before the pandemic, as I don’t usually enjoy business trips. I’m such a homebody. Also, I’ve not enjoyed flying since Sept. 11, 2001, when the TSA instituted security theater at airports and airlines started packing people into planes shoulder to shoulder.

Margaret and I have been going to the Zionsville Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning since it opened this season. We always bring our cameras along. On a recent Saturday I chose my Nikon Df with my cheap and cheerful 28-80mm zoom lens. There wasn’t much produce available yet, as it’s still early in the growing season. But these apples were for sale.

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8 thoughts on “single frame: Apples at the Farmer’s Market

  1. This shot reminds me of an expression my grandma used to use: How do ya like THEM apples! It was like a little verbal victory dance.

    And San Diego weather is lovely.

  2. Summer weather on the West Coast can be surprising if you’re not expecting it. There’s a lot less humidity out here, so the day can be warm but when the sun goes down the temps can drop rapidly. Add the ocean influence in San Diego and you need a jacket or sweater at night. It took a while for me to get used to packing another layer in the middle of summer when the temps get above 80F, as that practice was unheard of in the Northeast.

    At least you are in San Diego and not San Francisco. I spent one summer there years ago and was wondering when summer was actually going to start! Needing a sweater during the day in July was definitely something. I then understood that adage often attributed to Mark Twain: “The coldest winter I have ever spent is a summer in San Francisco.”

    • My boss lives near San Francisco and he describes going into the city in the summer as going from summer to autumn or winter. He sometimes forgets that, and gets on the train in shorts and a T-shirt and regrets it when he arrives.

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