Saturday, April 28, 2012
I rode by my old friend Robert's house on the way home.
Posted by Chixulub at 9:59 PM
Happy Friday! A few pics I snagged on a rain/cold/wind-shortened Critical Mass. Really okay with me because I was exhausted. It's a fun party, but when you're falling behind, bordering on getting dropped by this crew, you have no legs. I'm way behind on miles for April (on my vague goal of beating my previous year's mileage every month), but after getting up at 4:45 to ride to work when I was already slort of sheep...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Posted by Chixulub at 9:48 PM
Here we see a big-ass Cat moving wood from a pile down by the pond to the side of the road. The next step, no doubt, is to bring big dump trucks in and transfer the wood to that, then haul it off some place where it will likely either be burned or land-filled.
Posted by Chixulub at 9:41 PM
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Posted by Chixulub at 9:39 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I haven't flown model rockets in about three years. My kids seemed to burn out on it, and I got into cycling and other distractions.
I came dangerously close to buying one of these new a few years back. I could have squeaked out the payments while I had the job and commute I did at the time, but a few short months later I found myself in substantially reduced circumstances—and was relieved not to have that monkey on my back. I had other monkeys to cope with as it was. I remember at the time thinking, maybe when someone has put a hundred thousand miles on it, I'll be able to afford it.
Posted by Chixulub at 4:15 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I went to Jazz Poetry Jams with a bit of a mission: get some pics I couldn't get with my old camera.
Not a 100% success, but probably a solid 70%. I never did switch to my 18-105mm zoom lens, though there were moments where I wanted more grab.
These were all taken with a 35mm prime lense. Seems like, depending on my shot, it was my best friend or worst enemy.
Just when I worried I was being obnoxious with my camera, another shutterbug asked me what I was shooting.
A Nikon very similar to the Canon he was shooting with. A model I debated about myself in addition to a Sony that probably has better video capabilities.
But the camera doesn't do the job for you. A pro I know told me there are two types of people who own SLRs: photographers and folks in the professions. Doctors, lawyers, etc., can afford to buy those flagship cameras (which cost more for the body than I paid for my kit).
I still have a lot to learn, but it's fun learning it.
On the way home I stopped and tried to take some long exposures of the tag art in Grinders' alley. Like I say, I have a lot left to learn about shooting with this thing.
And I can't blame the camera when I don't get it. I might not have the right lenses for a lot of things, but the main thing I don't have is the know-how.
I remember going to a photography seminar with a friend who had a Canon 1D, top of the line camera with an extensive kit of lenses. The class was taught by a Nikonian using a D3 or something like that (whatever Nikon's full frame flagship camera was at the time; it was long enough ago it could have been the D2).
The guy teaching the class was an amazing photographer, and my friend decided the problem with is photography was he needed to switch to Nikon. Sell $20,000 worth of camera gear (and take the hit on that depreciation) and then buy a similar amount of Nikon stuff, and then he'd be good to go.
But the guy teaching that class could take a good photograph with a freaking cell phone.
A Polaroid. A Kodak Brownie.
Anyway, the quality of photography here in Lobsterland should go up a tick or two. If it doesn't, it's all my fault.