Hey Look, Some Photos

October 09, 2007

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Probably obvious by this point, but I'm actually making a little progress in things other than work over the past few days. It's a refreshing change of pace. One example, a couple days ago, I was finally able to get "Gallery" setup so that I can post photos again and managed to do a basic edit and send up some photos I shot at the supershoots.com workshop when I was there with Dennis back in June. Here's the link to the images. The photo below is from the last night. As you can see, things got a little weird, but a great time was had by all. Especially the deer. image


Lorem Ipsum

October 09, 2007

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For those designers of you out there, if you are working on a layout and you need some faux text, the site lipsum.com will provide you with the as much of the good ol' "Lorem Ipsum" standby as you want. I used to use snippets from Augustine's Confessions until I found that site. For those of you lost at this point, here's part of an explanation from the lipsum.com site:

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English.


Nuge in ATL and the 31fd

October 09, 2007

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I've mentioned that I've been traveling to Atlanta a lot over the past few days. On one of the trips, I managed to catch up with Nuge and the wife out at a coffee house where he was playing a few tunes. Here's a snap of him groove'n. Nuge playing in ATL It was a little wild because Amy was playing as well. Literally haven't seen her since High School. Both she and Nuge sounded great. And to complete the wild round up, there was also Stacy who apparently graduated the year before me, but I don't think I ever knew. Here's the two of them. Stacy on the left and Amy on the right. Stacy and Amy Now for some a photo geek tangent: I should mention that these are more shots from my most recently acquired point and shoot which is a FujiFilm 31fd. The primary reason I got this camera was because of the reviews of it's low light performance. I'm really not a fan of on camera flash, but with most point and shoots you pretty much have to use it to get anything. I had a Canon point and shoot before this that offered a "high ISO" setting, but the images taken with that were so grainy they weren't really worth it. I've been really impressed with the little Fuji. This image of Nuge was hand held at ISO 800, f/2.8 @ 1/4 sec. The camera doesn't have vibration reduciton which would have been nice, but since there is no mirror movement, you at least have a chance with longer shutter speeds.


Big Ass Grasshopper

October 09, 2007

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While hanging out at CJ's family place a few miles north over fourth of july, this little guy showed up: Big Ass Grasshopper Took this photo with my most recent point and shoot. I'm pretty happy with the quality.


New look and Cloud photo test

October 08, 2007

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I've updated the "theme" of this blog to a new look. Mainly, I wanted to get a wider base width. If you are on a smaller monitor size, sorry about that, but progress marches on. I'm also using this post to test a photo size (680x510 620x510 if you are wondering) to see how well it fits in the design. It's a shot I took out the window on one of my many trips to Atlanta over the past few weeks. Clounds from a plane


Someday, I'll get to Inbox Zero

October 08, 2007

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I should make Inbox Zero a higher priority. Ironically, I feel like I have too much going on right now to mess with the way I work.


Proprietary Cables and lots of storage space

October 08, 2007

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I'm notorious for taking forever to get my photos in a state where people can see them. In the old days, this meant that I had a lot of film that it would take me forever to develop. (Okay, it's still those days now since I have a lot that I still haven't developed.) These days, in my digital shooting world, it means I take forever to get things either A) downloaded off the camera/cards or B) get them posted on a site so someone can see them. I got a new point and shoot camera a while back with a 2GB card. I'm not sure how many photos it would take to fill, but it's a lot. Probably 800-900. This camera has a different size memory card than my other ones so I was planning to just use the USB cable to pull them off in the sort term. After I took the camera out of the box I took a quick look to make sure it had a USB connection on it then thru the cables that came with it in a box with two or three million other cables since I already keep the standard USB cables in my bag. Turns out, the end of the USB that plugs into the camera is a proprietary Fuji plug. Still USB, just not the same shape. This is one of those things that's really annoying. It doesn't appear to be a size issue since the cable is almost identical to a standard USB. It's just a little bit different. Just enough so that Fuji can sell you their replacement instead of being able to get a standard one off the shelf if you don't happen to already have five other ones laying around. So, I finally dug thru the box and got the cable. I've had the camera for a few months now and have 414 shots on it. The good news out of all this is that I could have continued to shoot for at least a little while at the same rate without running out of space. Most photographers I know have a story about a friend or relative who finished up a roll of film in the good old days and when they got the prints back saw that not only did they have this years 4th of July photos on it, but last years as well. (Nuge just posted a similar thought.) What is increasingly both good and bad for me is that with the amount of storage you can get these days, it's less critical to pull stuff off immediately. This is good because I don't feel rushed, but can be bad since without a deadline I'm likely to leave stuff on a card for a long time.


Even Better Batteries

October 03, 2007

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From an environmental perspective, I love rechargeable batteries. Not throwing old used batteries in a land file is very nice thing. Also, when I some day put solar panels on my roof, there won't even be a carbon cost on the back end to get them juiced up. And, of course, there is the financial aspect that once you pay much less for a set of rechargeables and the electricity for a decent number of charges than you would for a comparable number of one time sets. The one gotcha that the rechargeables I own have is that they don't really hold a charge. The main thing I use the batteries for is to power my small on and off camera flashes. When they are fully charged up, the NiMH batteries do a great job of this. The problem is that I don't shoot that often and with the battery leak, I pretty much have to plan a day in advance if I want to be able to use them. Otherwise, the last charge that I have given them is likely to be a few weeks in the past and the batteries won't have enough juice in them to provide more than a few bursts of light. Enter: Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries and their ilk. I recently saw about them in this Cool Tools post. Looks to have almost all the good parts, but the ability to hold a charge. I haven't purchased any yet, but they will be on the way soon enough. I'm sure the technology will continue to improve, but for me, this is a really significant improvement and hopefully will be the start of a sea change that also means less stress on the environment and less toxic shit leaking from batteries into our ground water.


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