Serenity Now

October 04, 2005

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I just saw Serenity. If you would like to know what I think, read the first comment. Please note, that it may contain a spoiler.


States

October 04, 2005

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For those times when you can't remember the abbreviation of the state you are trying to send a letter to.
http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/usps_abbreviations.html


Not so much with the infrared

October 03, 2005

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It would have been too easy. I'm trying to do some infrared flash photography. The attempt was to take a piece of slide film that had been developed before it was exposed (so that it was black) and tape it over a strobe. The idea being that slide film is supposed to transmit infrared even if the film is totally black.

The problem, it would seem, is that the camera I'm shooting with (a Canon 10D) has an internal filter that effectively blocks the infrared portion of the spectrum from reaching the sensor. So, no go there.

What I'm trying to do is get a setup where I can shoot bands with a strobe setup without having to gun them in the face with a blast of light every time I fire off a shot. If money were no object, I'd just get one of these modded cameras that has a clear filter instead of the blocking on:
http://www.sciencecenter.net/hutech/canon/index.htm

Guess I'll have to make do with either available light or letting the strobe loose.

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New Program and Priority Modes

October 03, 2005

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In the good old days of photography, you put in a roll of film and then had two variables that you could change to control exposure, the f/stop and the shutter speed, for the next 12/24/36 shots. Depending on which generation of film camera you shot with, you would have the following options:
1) M - Manually set the aperture and the shutter speed.
2) A/Av - You set the aperture and the camera automatically sets the shutter speed for you.
3) S/Tv - You set the shutter speed and the camera sets the aperture automatically.
4) P - The camera sets both the aperture and the shutter speed automatically. (There are lots of versions of "Program" mode that tell the camera to try to do different things, but in all cases it handles both settings for you.)
ISO is a constant in all these cases. This makes sense as there was no practical way to change film between each shot (and yes, I'm talking about 35, 120 or other roll film cameras. Don't be a smart ass and say that if you shoot with 4x5 or other sheet film formats you can change ISO with each shot.)
With digital, things are different. The sensor in the camera can be setup to read at any available ISO at any time. Between every shot if you wanted to. So, the question becomes, why not add option 5 to the above list. Call it "PISO".
All three of the variables, f/stop, shutter speed, ISO would be set automatically in this mode. Theoretically, at least some point and shoots do this if you set their ISO to Auto. So, why not kick it into digital SLRs. I'll grant you that I would almost never use it with my main camera. I keep a point and shoot handy when I don't want to think about anything. But, it sure would be a nice option to have, especially when shooting for fun in dramatically changing lighting conditions, or when you've had more than your fair share of drinks.
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Invictus

October 03, 2005

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The name of my high school year book was Invictus. If I ever knew there was a peom by the same name I had forgotten until recently. Turns out, it's a good one.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invictus


Next Digital Step

October 03, 2005

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If someone wants to buy me a really expensive present, this would do just fine:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/canoneos5d/
Full of digital camera goodness.
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View

October 02, 2005

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After watching the Crimson Tide beat the tar out of Florida and then hitting the bars for several drinks, I ended up crashing at a friend's place for the night. This is the view from his apartment. If you have a million dollars you can buy the empty lot in the foreground.
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Buy a Glass

October 02, 2005

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If you work in an office, you may have a scene like this:
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If you are one of the people who uses styrofoam cups, go buy a glass and use it instead.


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