Saturday, March 29, 2008

High-key day






I think there must have been at least a couple hundred thousand people downtown today. I took something like 196 pictures, 80 in that gallery. Um... straight primes kit, 24/43/50 macro/77/135. I actually used all of them, too, although I'm not sure any of the 135 pictures made it in. Good experience, though it would have been nice to have some "here, hold the flash" help.

I even had a few printed... going to Ritz after floating around in that mess of folk was a pain, though, because ritz happens in the mall and the mall sucks. Oh, and now I get to frame things and then clean my sensor.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Where I've been...

So, you may have noticed my activity tailed off for the last however long. Allow me to explain - my dad is in town. In a quest to entertain him, I suggested we attend brewery tours at the two craft breweries whose beers I really enjoy drinking.

Tröegs Independent Craft Brewery - Harrisburg, PA: These guys (and, in fact, Tröegenator beer itself) got me started on craft beer years ago. Hearing Chris, one of the founding brothers, talk about beer was a really good insight into how a homebrewer approaches commercial cooking. They said the entire brewery has something on the order of 10 employees; they pretty much only serve Pennsylvania and parts of the surrounding states. They did manage to have all of their current beers on tap, though, which is quite impressive. I ended up with two cases of beer from them and the most metal drinking vessel ever produced - a 30-some-odd ounce ceramic drinking horn.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Milton, DE: A very different place. The bottling like has 8 people working near it, the office at least 15 if not more. Any given part of the establishment is larger than the whole of the Tröegs brewery. You can tell they ship a lot more beer, and the fact that the tour guide spent less time talking about the actual brewing process is indicative of a different approach to beermaking. He spent more time on fermentation, which makes sense given that DFH prides itself, in a manner of speaking, on funny approaches to the creation of alcohol. Comparing the beers of the two is pointless, as they serve largely different markets. The only overlap comes on the pale ales offered by Tröegs, which still carry characters unique unto themselves. They had fewer beers on tap for sampling, but had a wider variety of their products for sale.

I'm not sure how much I learned, but I had a good time, and I think my dad did too, which is really what counts in the end. If you like beer, I can recommend either as a good way to kill a day.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Then the gallery



this thing


Four miles on the Thru Trail today. Incidentally, if you have $400k to spend, there's a house for sale right at the trailhead for it. 160 years old, two thirds of it stone.

First the retouched photo

car in the woods

Station wagon in the woods, shot with the 77 wide open, desaturated and curves adjusted in Photoshop to give me the black and white.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Are these real flowers?

this thing

Almost spring, I guess. 77 with 25mm extension tube.

Icy ice


Yesterday morning, the top of my car was covered in cool seashell patterns like this. I isolated them because I'm very lazy and wanted to keep shutter speed high, given that I park in a shadow at night. This is with the 77.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Wind damage


This is over at the new development thing behind the shopping center. This is the same process that makes the red shouldered hawks sit next to the road watching for things there instead of what used to be the field right behind them, or the fox that was cruising around our neighborhood in the middle of the fall.

Serves them right, I say.

They should have built on the site immediately after they cleared it in August instead of waiting until the winter.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Modern ruins


I walked around Ilchester for a while. I wanted to go see what was up at the Mt. St. Mary's College site, so I did, but there were people and I don't like them.

Here are the rest. I played with the 43 and 77, so you can basically think of it as "depth of field obliteration game."

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A couple of things, finally

expensive bag
If you know much about Dogfish Head craft brews, you know this was an expensive bag of beer. I'm something of a hop snob, though, so I guess it's "okay."

cat bag
My cat has taken to hopping into paper bags I bring home. This one is from chinese food, so I'm sure he gets some scent benefit out of it, too, but yeah... "make yourself comfortable" means "put yourself into a vessel and fall asleep."

Both with the 43.