Well, this was different.
I’ve never experienced a brownout here or anywhere else, for that matter. But, about 6pm on a cold January night, the snowy-sleet that had been lasting for at least a good six hours must have caught up to something, somewhere. We have solar panels, but we’re still tied to the grid.
Suddenly, the electricity was mostly out. Pretty much out… but a couple of lights would dimly shine if turned on (we left off), and few appliances blinked a “low power” message. We turned them off, too.
Well, we are “carry on-ers.” 🙂 It was a pizza night, after all.
I also grabbed my camera to experiment with candlelight and camera settings. Here’s a handful.
Photos taken with my Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Camera.
Bread by Candlelight
This loaf literally came out of the oven as the brownout started. Good timing.
Practicing with Candlelight – Greenery 1
Practicing with Candlelight – Greenery 2
Kitchen Hutch by Candlelight
Homemade Pizza Night Will Not Be Thwarted
In the Cold Wind: The Grill and Mr. Gordon
Safe Travels, Mr. Snowplow
All in all the brownout only lasted for a couple of hours. We were very fortunate. But, it’s a reminder that things are very fragile and taking something as “simple” as electricity for granted is never a good idea. Since this post is really about letting the photos tell the story, I’ll save the preachiness. 😉
I do need to really work on my understanding of camera settings because this photo below is taken with my “plain ol’ iPhone camera” and it’s pretty dang good.
Just a Quiet Brown(out) Night by Candlelight
Before you go…
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I’m glad it only lasted for a couple of hours! It is so easy to take things like electricity and running water for granted. I think if I had to go without one over the other I would choose to go without electricity. There are ways to create light and heat, but not so many ways to gain access to clean water.
I hope that is the last brown out you have for the season.
Have fun practicing with your new camera! What a great gift 🙂
Hi Bekah! I am in agreement. The electricity I can get by without for a bit, but the water is crucial. We’re on well water, however, and our water system has an electric pump. So no water when the electricity goes out. We keep three gallons of water for “bathroom activities,” ahem. We also have a five gallon water cooler in the kitchen for drinking water. We’d be out of luck for bathing and laundry if the water was off for more than a day or two. Unfortunately our stove is electric (wish we had gas stove), so thank goodness for a grill!
Thank you for coming by!
I love learning different things about my camera! It’s just a simple matter of playing with settings-ISO, F-stop, aperture, etc. You did well!
Thank you, Kristin! I appreciate the encouragement!