Sunday, August 27, 2006

explanation

Sorry I didn't have anything to show for myself this weekend.

A) it was hot saturday.
B) I spent saturday night watching Ran's copies of movies.
C) I was put into a VERY bad mood late Saturday night.
D) I woke up in said bad mood today.
E) I chose to go to Ritz, an action I sort of knew would aggravate the mood condition. Ritz in Beltsville no longer has a Rotating Tower o' Filters. Also, they still want 100 bucks for the teleconverter I bought Used for 46, could have bought new for I think 60.
F) I went to taco bell to make up for that. Taco bell, however, reaffirmed my theory that the only good taco bell in existence is in the Union on campus and is closed during the summer.
G) I came home in a fit of rage and decided to watch a bunch of Finnish people talk about being in japan/playing a concert in said country.
H) Then I played my own music sans shirt, very angrily.
I) then I had a Paper Mario break.
J) Now I'm eating Frosted mini wheats and watching star trek.

You make make me into the terrible person I am for that, if need be.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Some other stuff

Forgive the bugs, but that's the most interesting thing to photograph around here.

Dfly

WTF tropics spider lol

Gallery here, if you're interested. There are more spiders. Um... and a new hornet picture. Neat. :-!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bugs and candy?

Hornets

Taffy

Yup. There's a "good" reversed 50 picture. The taffy, that is; the hornets were DA 50-200 and AF-360 FGZ flash.

Here's the new picture:

Spider

DA 16-45 + tamron MC4 1.4x teleconverter + flash

And yeah, new taffy picture, you're not going crazy.

Gallery o' outtakes here.

Monday, August 21, 2006

I don't know which is better...

... as far as search strings are concerned:

vortex[three crazy symbols]hepatitis

or

WAM DRUNK SEX PARTY (apparently typed in all caps like that).

Good job, internet.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Making Amends

So yeah... as was evidenced by the fact that I was replying to comments, I didn't go anywhere this weekend. It was too hot here to hike today, and too poorly lit on Saturday. So, while I was busy rolling about in sweat and Paper Mario, I kept the camera handy for the activity at the feeder.

House Finch

Funny Bird

Sparrow party

I'm fond of the fact that I got that third one to contain a floating bird and one stabbing itself in the face with its feet.

100% crop
Click that for 100% crop, or something.

Gallery here.

Anyway, the shots are, for the most part, GlamorShots soft because I was shooting through the screen. It's "good enough" for entertainment's sake, though.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Snakes

20 some odd dollars in rubber snakes.
a 25 dollar non-official snakes t-shirt.
63 dollars for movie tickets.
28 dollars for pizza.
8 friends at the theater, wearing the same shirt as some other dude and...



SHIRT!

Samuel L. Jackson himself (in the music video at the end).

It took both of us a second to realize, but we knew where we were.

SHIRT! SHIRT!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Here's a phone

Because the last two pictures are horridly soft, here's a phone.

phone

Gomp Gomp Gomp

This is really because of a new thread, but while we're at it, we can all make fun of how soft my 50 is when it's backwards and at f "1.7" (quoted because I don't think the aperture value means anything anymore).

SOFTSFOT

SOERFER F

Album is here. I updated jAlbum here at work, so hopefully it's still working right.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

I hate tourists.

I chose to entertain myself by going to DC today.
HALT!

Um... there's a gallery here. I think the only thing of note, other than my demonstration below, is that the shots in the Metro stations were hand held. Shutter speeds down below 1/20. I don't know how I do it, but I can only do it in Metro stations. Whatever. It goes along with my fascination with taking pictures of things or places you expect to see people, only there are none there! OH NO! They blew it up, they blew it all up.

Now. Here's a couple of pictures, basically the one thing I decided I wanted to do today was to retake a picture I had shot on film earlier this year.

*ist DL with DA 16-45 f4.0 at 34mm (51 and a bit more, 35mm equivalent), August 2006:
digital post office

ZX-L and Agfa Optima 400 with M 50 f1.7, April 2006
Film post office

Both of those are clickable-to-full-size, but I don't know. I like both, and I'm not sure this did anything useful except show me I overexposed the film shot by what, a third or half stop. Neat! If there's a moral here, it's that, for outdoor photography, my ZX-L, 50mm lens, and Optima 400 are at least as pleasing as the *ist DL and DA 16-45. This is, of course, not accounting for how expensive the film was.

Edit: I should probably post full-size comparisons of those two, but it really doesn't matter, and full size on the film shot includes a couple of important differences: like 4000 x 2600 size, and a lot of scratches in the sky.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Monstrosity

So yeah, I put up bird feeders... and real birds started showing up. Jeff's seen Mourning Doves, and today a female cardinal. Then he told me a new bird showed up. I saw it and said "That is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. Time to go get the camera!"

I didn't know what it was until 6 megapixels showed me the following:

UGLY

Yeah, turns out it was a female cardinal with nary a feather on its head.

Lovely.

I apologize for the quality; I was shooting through a screen, then two panes of filthy glass. That said, here's what you could have been stuck with:

washout

Let it not be said that shooting JPEG leaves you with broken images.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Because I was bored

Here's a picture of Testudo ruined by lens flare, a helicopter, and some dude in the middle of the mall.

TEFTHDOODO

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Out West

When I left today at 11:45 am, I had one plan: "Drive West."

I made it to MD rt. 68 when I realized I was sick of driving, so I changed the game to "Drive to the next state park." Well, turns out that was the Western Maryland Rail Trail - not exactly interesting, based on what I saw, so I went the extra half mile down the road to Fort Frederick.

blahblegh

You can see some stuff in the album, but it's largely meh - I went out to interest myself, and the camera wasn't a motivating factor.

Friday, August 4, 2006

Moth Porn

moths 1
smc P-M 135 f3.5 wide open, shutter speed 1/500, ISO 800

moths 2
smc P-DA 16-45 f4 wide open, shutter speed god knows, probably 1/500 or one third stop slower.

I wonder if some ignorant ass managed to step on them. I hope not.

Click them for larger view???

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Oh the carnage

Pretty birdy

I watched a hawk struggle with its rabbit kill. The story (or as much of it as I was able to poorly document with my slow telezoom and 1.4 teleconverter) is awkwardly told over here, due in large part to my propensity to take a million pictures to ensure that at least a couple are good.