COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 44004.75

Combating boredom.

A fresh and new week. It’s officially summer. I’m officially cooking meals on the gas grill. Healthy, no. Tasty, yes.

We had a wonderful time on Fathers Day (yesterday), with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson visiting in a proper social distancing manner in our back yard. Glad I refinished my deck. I don’t look like an old worn out dad who can’t do anything.

Been sifting through images for stock photos. I got about 10 good shots from my week at the cabin. I’m also motivated to continue going over my archives from last year and before that. There are still plenty of shots to find. There’s been some industry hubbub over Shutterstock restructuring their payouts and it’s more or less about Shutterstock skimming profits from photographers to boost their dividends. Not that it makes much difference. I’m slightly above last year from this time and even above the year before that, so as long as my profits don’t take a nose dive I can pretty much count on it being an up year to some degree. Shutterstock has been my top sales site for the past 3 years, but Adobe and Getty are right on the heals and I’m thinking that with the free creative cloud I get from Adobe for being a top contributor, I may actually be coming out ahead with Adobe when all the fringe benefits are calculated. Adobe is the most consistent and pays the best of the big three.

I ordered a new lens today. I’ve been stewing on this decision for a while. It’s hard to justify such an expensive piece of equipment when one isn’t working much, but I’m picking up the camera bag again and I need to update stuff from time to time. Purchased a new Nikkon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR lens, which was more or less made for the Nikon D810, and it will probably be the last lens I buy in that focal range for quite a while. Until it breaks or I find something better, ha!

Happy thought inventory.

Happy that I’m healthy and the wife is healthy and that mom is doing great at 93 years old. Hunkering down hasn’t been a major issue, just something that requires extra thought and a few more conservative decisions when having to go interact with Zombie Land. I call the outside world Zombie Land because from my view of the road, all I have to do when I’m out is not let idiots eat my brains.

Laundry is folded but I need to bring it up from the laundry room.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.