Day 56—I Need a Five Letter Word for . . .

I start off every morning with coffee and the newspaper and that includes my daily dose of the New York Times Crossword Puzzle which gets progressively more difficult each day the week. On Friday, the puzzle is exponentially more difficult than on Thursday and on Saturday, it’s impossible. When I started it this morning, I quickly filled in part of the upper right quadrant, unusual for me on a Friday and equally unusual, it seemed vaguely familiar. I looked at the puzzle number, 0121, and realized that was the puzzle originally printed in the Times on January 21. I work the puzzle in the Sacramento Bee, printed five weeks after the original is printed in the New York Times. As it happened, on that day, I bought a New York Times at the Houston, TX airport and worked the puzzle while I was on an airplane for several hours, plenty of time to figure it all out.

Since I had already worked the puzzle, I didn’t complete it today. But I thought it would make an interesting white balance challenge. It proved not only interesting, but difficult. The paper was under incandescent light with natural daylight from a window. I tried Cloudy, Sunny, Incandescent and Auto white balance settings with slight changes in the color graphs but all were unsatisfactory. I used the Incandescent setting in this photo, but I still had to warm it up in Aperture.

ISO 800
White Balance set to Incandescent

One thought on “Day 56—I Need a Five Letter Word for . . .

  1. Very good photo!!! I like how the title of the crossword and the “upper right quadrant” are all in focus- great DOF! I’m impressed with your efforts with white balance, but am especially impressed with your daily crossword puzzle- especially FRIDAY’s! I enjoy them, but never enough to do one every day. I also don’t know all the obscure words necessary to be good at it. I think I need to try harder! You will be my role model!!! 🙂

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