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Kitchen Floor Pt. 2

We began the new year at home with a bang. The clack of hammers againsts pry bars and cracking tile echoed throughout the house. We were in bed by 10:30 on New Year's Eve after spending the afternoon ripping up the carpet in the kitchen. To our surprise there were hardwood oak floors underneath the carpet and plywood that was used to level the two surfaces in the room. 

 The following day we began removing the tile in the rest of the room and found that the hardwood floors continued throughout the space. We we're not surprised to find that the wood floors ceased to exist in the "kitchen" section of the room. 

In our homes past life this one room was actually three separate rooms, or so we think. This explains the gaps in the flooring. You can clearly see where the walls creating the rooms once stood.  

After uncovering the oak floors we briefly considered restoring them and returning our vinyl plank flooring to Home Depot. However the general state of the wood, the gaps in the flooring, and the fact that it was not consistent throughout the room ultimately quashed that idea. 

As of this blog post the sub-floor is already in place. We spent all of yesterday (Saturday) installing them and doing some general prep work. As it stands we're planning to install the floor this coming weekend. You can expect another post about the sub-floor in the next few days. You can also check out the before pictures here.


A quick note about the photos. The entire series below was made with our Google Pixel 3's.  Again, this year I’m impressed at how well the camera works. The Pixel is increasingly becoming an important part of my workflow for documenting everyday life.

- This one was taken by Victoria and it is my favorite of the bunch. I'm amazed at how well the Pixel 3 can capture fine detail, even in low lighting situations.
- Mysterious concrete slab...More on this in the next post.
- Obligatory puppy photos

Hot, With A Chance Of Storms

Hazy Afternoon

We just finished a wild week of seven straight days of rain here in the Northeast. These photographs were taken this past Tuesday when we had a small break in the rain. It was a particularly hot day, and a thick haze blanketed the area. I tried to capture that in the photos below. It was one of those afternoons where you just knew a thunderstorm was going to roll through, and sure enough it did.

What The Weather

Somehow all of my posts tend to mention the weather in one form or another. If it gets to be too much don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. My fascination with meteorology comes from the idea that you have to spend your time observing the current conditions and taking note of them. I can make a correlation between that in photography but I’ll save that for another day. I should mention that I used to watch the Weather Channel as a kid, tracking severe weather as it happened, I was borderline obsessed. I used to be afraid of storms as a child and I remember many a sleepless night as the flashes of light and cracks of thunder would keep me awake. These days I enjoy watching storms roll across the landscape from the west. It’s an interesting process that creates all kinds of atmosphere and drama, prime conditions for good photographs. We are fortunate to have a great big view of the sky from our dock, something I elaborate in greater detail here.

Foggy Mornings, Twenty Years Later

Foggy, condensation filled mornings are a common occurrence at our homeDrenched windows make for an interesting subject, and I tend to stop and photograph them whenever the opportunity arises. I'm hoping that by the time I'm fifty I have enough misty window content to publish a photo book on them. I can see it now... Moist (Gl)ass: The Michael Mroczek Story. I know I have your interested piqued however,  the book is still a little over twenty years away so, for now, the foggy photographs below will have to suffice.

Washington Lake Park

Yesterday we decided to brave the cold and Victoria's cold, to take the pups out for a little walk somewhere new. Tori knew of a dog run in the next town over in Washington Lake Park so we packed the dogs up in the car and set off. I brought my X-Pro2 & the Fujinon 23mm f1.4 lens to snap some photos while the dogs ran around. The park was virtually empty so the whole trip was nice and relaxing. I wasn't feeling particularly inspired but it was nice to use my camera in a different setting and capture something new.