An Angel’s Trumpet Calls

Google Photos suggested something I couldn’t refuse: This fragrant flower from the courtyard of our old apartment—15 years ago. Your math is right: March 17, 2008. Better still, the Featured Image comes from one of my most loved and loathed digital compacts: Sigma DP1. Vitals: f/7.1, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, 28mm (film equivalent): 9:44 a.m. PDT.

Something isn’t right that teaches an important lesson about metadata and the passage of time. According to my story about procuring the camera, I didn’t purchase the shooter until March 27, 2008. How could I take a photo 10 days before buying? Oh, these are the mysteries.

As for the DP1, the Foveon sensor delivers rich colors that look more like film than digital. But the autofocus is slow and overall performance sluggish. Oh but what image quality! Hence, my love and loathing.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. We dress up the site in (natural) green (leaves and plants) to celebrate. A tip to help ensure you’re around for the celebration in 2024: As I understand, the refreshing-smelling Angel’s Trumpet is poisonous. Look, don’t touch!