Thursday, September 28, 2006

Super mega angry

So my notification of flashy flashy came. My vehicle was allegedly travelling 56 mph in a 45 zone.

The problem I have with this is that 45 was the speed limit on an interstate highway. I was trying to find the part of the DC laws that explains where an interstate freeway can have a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

DC's code website is, however, not searchable, apparently.

Security through obscurity - challenge not the state, comrade! Her will is divinely blest.

Yeah, done spending money in DC.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday, September 25, 2006

Now that's fast!

bass fingers

This is what happens when you invest too much time in one creative hobby.

And yes, it WAS challenging to take a picture of my right hand with an SLR.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I forced myself to take and share a few more pictures over the last couple of days.


While not inspired compositionally speaking, I like the colors. I actually processed that out of raw, in the hopes that something did something. It was a pain, and it reminds me why I like shooting in JPEG. I will say this - one of the other ones that I had composed the parking lot into (thanks, zoom) was better overall because I was somehow able to cram more dynamic range into it.

Anyway, the remainder are located here.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Why I'm not taking as many pictures:

This is the sort of thing I have to deal with now when I'm at work - not the employee, but the Professor she talks about:

So apparently I jinxed myself with [name removed] When I went to retrieve, she was busy with a student but I noticed she pretty much took off the back of the wireless keyboard and dumped all the batteries out. I didn't question it and just put everything back but as she's leaving, she goes, "By the way, the wireless keyboard didn't work. Next time, you are not to leave until everything is up and running." and she pretty much walked out the door without giving me a chance to respond.

The part I'm leaving out of the quote is the part where [name removed] decided to go ahead and dismiss our tech (after already wasting ten minutes of her life with inane tasks like "tie the network cable around this table leg so I don't trip on it")without first evaluating everything the tech had set up for her.

Yeah. So um, now that we've got instructors abusing our employees, I have to deal with it. And if my coworker doesn't talk to her, and I have to, it won't be pretty and I'll probably lose my job.


Pentax released a new road map yesterday:

I like the idea of a D FA 300mm. I like that cause it would work on film. And it'll have the onboard aperture ring. If, in fact, it's a 35mm format lens, anyway - not 645.

Also, the new zooms are encouraging; depending on price, that DA* 60-250 f4 would be enticing, but not if the planned 300 would be an f4.5 rehash of the old FA* lens. I'd gladly save the weight and space by going straight for the prime. Then my kit could be complete.

Here's the news about the DA* zooms. Even the 16-50 f2.8 is tempting, but I wouldn't get that as an addition to my current gear; it would have to replace my 16-45, and I'm not sure I want to do that.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006





Credit goes to Jeff for setting up the second shot. And yea, I had to hit the flash button... no way the shot was going to happen at 1/60th.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Green Theme

I got bored with my jellyfish. I changed it to a slightly modified groundhog.

Also, all of the red is green now. I think.

Otherwise, everything is the same.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Cats Back for Everyone

Finally, a real gallery. I was on campus today to do work yet again, so I took advantage of the breaking cloud cover to do some pictography. Some of the pictures are from several days ago (the hawk, the flowers next to where I wait for the bus), but most are from yesterday afternoon (the first three with the 28) and today. You can find the collection here. A couple of samples:

First A28 photo
First A28/2.8 photo.

Second A28 photo
Second out of the 28.

A fire hydrant
I like lights and colors.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Once upon a time, this post was about an LCD projector light bulb that exploded in the middle of a class. Now, that picture is gone because I only get 100 MB of space on WAM.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Maybe this week...

Sorry again for the lack of photoproductivity this weekend.

I had to go to the office today to plan monday and answer 11/13 of the emails we'd received since Friday. Then I changed yet more guitar strings when I got home. I would have done something yesterday, but that was pretty much ruled out by not being able to shower till 1.

oh well.

Monday, September 4, 2006

It's a tough choice

This is a tough set of pictures for me to choose one from. I like two of them.



The rest are here. I like taking close up pictures of cats, although now that I have a real lens to do it for me instead of the reversed 50, life's a little easier.

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Happy Fall

Look, it's people!


I took 102 pictures at football today. All but the last two and any of the views of the stadium as a whole in the gallery are DA 50-200 + Tamron MC4 1.4x teleconverter.

That's a picture of a touchdown in progress.

Having the camera at the game was fun sort of, until it came to be too difficult to hold it and the bag with all the people encroaching on my personal space. I didn't have a problem with the reach I had available (282mm before crop factor), but I do wish I had more speed. Shame about the expense of f2.8 200 glass and the difficulty in acquiring 300 f4 glass. Oh well, I had fun and that's what counts.