Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Vulture party

Every black vulture in Howard County was drying off at the 29/108 interchange Tuesday... I took a picture of these two:
bv dryout

282mmm (50-200 + 1.4x teleconverter) at f10 (7.1 indicated). At least the 300mm FOV will be relatively good for me, if I can ever afford the lens.

Friday, April 25, 2008

State of Flux

Bear with me for a while - attaining the Labels meant upgrading my template, which meant throwing away all of my earlier work.

I'm eating dinner before I kick up on making it home.

uh...

Welcome to the new digs, I guess.

I'm going to set about figuring out the layout issues surrounding labels tonight. We'll see how that goes.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wam no more

I've been publishing material at wam.umd.edu/~natkuhn since Spring 2001... just over seven years now.

According to this, I'm being relocated.

I don't know when the change is officially going into effect, but this weekend, I will be republishing all of my material at the following address:

http://www.glue.umd.edu/~natkuhn

There will be a placeholder page here once I do that, so you'll know when it's effective.

If what they do to switch things around behind the scenes breaks blogger, I may consider implementing some changes, but I'll only cross that bridge when I get there.

It's been a good run.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Behind Bars

bug

I don't know what this is, but it was upset about the rain yesterday. Check the point of focus carefully and you'll see I (somehow) got its eye as the subject.

Reversed 28 on 25mm tube, f11 (I believe) with flash off camera, 1/4 output.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Fun with Macro Flowers

43reverse
I finally strapped the 43 onto the camera in reverse. Took me long enough, eh?

50macro
This is through the 50 macro at about f16.

Why? Well, someone on DPreview's pentax board asked what a teleconverter or extension tube might do for their ability to use the 77 limited as a close-up lens. The light on campus was good today, so I went for the example photos.

If you're interested, I posted the comparison shots in gallery form. They're all explained in the notes.

Woop.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A threefer

trainthing
I don't know what this represents half of, but it was the first tag of its kind I saw on Sunday. I walked the tracks from Ilchester tunnel to the old Grist Mill.
Curve adjustment, slight level bump. My camera captured a lot more detail than what my eyes were seeing under the overcast light, which I'm guessing was just me being fooled by the relative brightness of the flat gray of the rocks.

blossom
These smell awful, but they're not bradford pears. I'm guessing it's an "apple" tree of some sort.
Again, a curve adjustment to win up some extra contrast.

nobody
Finally, here's someone's remnant iced mocha. If I were into titling my photos, I'd call it "Portrait of Nobody" or "Where they used to be." Let's all be thankful I'm not.
Another curve adjustment here, but far less drastic. I just more or less used it to kill detail in the highlight portion of the walls (i.e. in the center above door). Also, a slight color balance shift. The photo needed to be less yellow, apparently.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Oh boy, I went outside!

tulip
43 by itself

branchthing
43 with 25mm extension tube

bee
Again, 43 with 25mm extension tube

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Accidents happen

bloombee

Accident because I went out to try to take a picture of the dog, kind of failed, took a picture of the tree, then realized when I got inside that I got one of the bees around it, too.

Edit: For comparison's sake, I'm posting the following two pictures so you can see what the scene might have looked like wider open, and a wider view of comparable bokeh setup so you can see how ugly the tree is. It's worth mentioning that I think the tree is a bradford pear, so I guess that's another good reason to hate on it.

77v2
77-2.2-1/4000


43
43-2.5-1/4000