Thursday, March 29, 2007

I should give up now


The bus stop is always good for entertainment. Here are some more. The one that's really blown out... that's what happens when you overexpose something by more than four stops! Also, my backpack picture is evidence of what happens when I do close-focus photography.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Daffodil Party

daffodil party

Pentax Day?

I don't know, the internet seemed to think I needed to go take pictures today, so I granted its request.

flower thing


rails to capitol

I shot raw today and processed them. I uh... I don't know, it was a lot of work, and I think the pictures looked better before I saved them or something, I can't actually tell.

Here are the rest.

Oh yeah, and my camera's fourth birthday happened today; I was screwing around with self portraits, though, and I forgot I had the camera on manual mode from having my 135 out for the old people under the flowers. The result was terrible. Happy fourth birthday anyway!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Did somebody say magnification?

Earlier comment some of you may or may not have read by me:

BLAH BLAH BLAH close focus NERD BLAH 1.67 to 1.

This got me thinking — if I reverse my 24mm and put it in front of my 1.4x teleconverter, what kind of magnification would I get? Theoretically, the 24 should give me greater magnification than my 28, right? Take the center part of that image, spread it out a bit, and we get something ginormous:

Guitar string

That's the E string on my guitar. It's a 46 gauge, which means, after a bit of multiplication, I achieve a 2.56:1 magnification ratio with that setup. Dial set to 22, flash set to 1/16 output. What's scary is that I could get a bit better than that, even, if I left the filter attached to the threads between the camera body and the reversing ring.

By the way, unless you like feeling really inadequate in your dusting skills, don't take pictures at that depth of field setting with that sort of magnification. It's just depressing.

Update: I finished testing. Using this basic math process:
28 by itself
3008 pixel image width, 268 pixel string width
8.9 percent image width
23.5mm sensor width, 2.09mm width on sensor
reproduction ratio:
2.09/1.17 = ~1.78:1

I have taken pictures of the known quantity, the low E string on my guitar, with all possible lens combinations (except the reversed 24 by itself, which I forgot until just now; that one, I have interpolated, because the 1.4 multiplier holds for the other two lenses). Data? Grandmother!

reversed 24+1.4x... 2.56:1
reversed 24........ 1.82:1
reversed 28+1.4x... 2.50:1
reversed 28........ 1.78:1
reversed 50+1.4x... 0.71:1
reversed 50........ 0.50:1


Here's something else I picked up with the 24:
Oregano leaves!

Here's the leftovers.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Annual Tradition

I get to entertain myself a lot. Today, I wanted to go walk around the tidal basin and do whatever it is I would have done down there, but sadly, the blue/orange lines were running with a heavy delay and it didn't mean so much to me that I wanted to walk over a mile and a half to get there.

So, I picked up something I did last year. The day after St. Patrick's Day, I was at Murphy's of DC. I remember that because they still had french fries instead of cottage fries. Seemed like a good thing to continue doing.


Best meal of all time, right there - Irish stew and "Mooney's Irish stout" at the bar.

Edit: I pulled the metro picture as a threeaweek because A) it sucked and B) I took a better picture.

Friday, March 16, 2007


One of the things I'm doing with my idle clock cycles today is figuring out whether or not I can convince jalbum to ignore embedded ICC profiles on jpeg images I touched with photoshop, and then condensing all of my camera output into a centralized album by the end of the day.

The album would be 1702 images.

Point of interest: Rendering the album on a 3.2 GHz quad core Mac Pro took 19 minutes 12 seconds. Rendering a 1000 image gallery took 22 minutes on a dual core 2.4 GHz conroe system.

Also, oh goodness is the IO performance on that machine ever fast.

I want one.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007



Levels corrected and higher quality of the last picture in the below gallery.

Hey, look what we found

The HP Color LaserJet 8550 at work killed its fuser... when we pulled out the old unit, among the piles of little plastic things, we found rubber pieces too.

Here's what the inside of it looked like:

As Jon said: "Kids, that's what a fuser gone bad looks like."

Here's some other views of same and some pictures of my Dr Pepper straw.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Hey, look what we got


We had a 46" LCD TV installed. For whatever reason, it's been approved for basketball use.

There you go.

Happy post 400.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007


If you've never had my chicken chili, here's what you're missing:



mmm... pile of meat.



If you go to Virginia, you too can pay 50 cents for ... well, one of the most horrible things I've ever seen come out of a little plastic egg.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Workplace tour


I decided to take pictures of work today. I'm not sure why. There's a photo tour here.

Sunday, March 4, 2007


bass preamp

I was practicing earlier, and switched basses from my Corvette FNA Jazzman to my discount Rockbass Fortress 5. The fortress is so much louder than the corvette that I had to wonder why it was so low. A lot of active preamps for basses have output trim pots, so I went in looking for one. That's what I found - no trim pot, so no volume adjustment.

Instead I took a picture Josh's way - Aperture 11, exposure 2 seconds, flash about 8 inches off to the left set to 1/32 output, 24mm coverage.

Saturday, March 3, 2007



I thought this was a really impressive monument.

Eventually, we heard a Huey warming up in the not-so-distant distance, and I just sort of checked out, staring at the area around me.


I liked the sunlight on the pyramid of concrete cannonballs.

Vultures can be so unknowingly poetic.

PA monument
It's so ... simple.

Less than nothing to shoot at.

Here are the rest. Note: if you like red headed woodpeckers, go to Gettysburg. I saw probably two dozen right next to the Pickett monument. Red breasted nuthatches, I guess, a bunch of hawks and stuff. If I had had less wide angle lens ADD, I probably would have tried to get more of the birds.

What's this?

Warm weather and sunlight on a Saturday?

I'll be back in a few hours!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Bowing out


See, this one, it deformed there before it popped. Also, there's a big crack around the back.