The 50mm group has a bi-monthly contest. I threw a photo in and won. My lucky day!
Yellow flower backlit
Point Lobos, California
Nikon D70, Lensbaby 2.0, Tokina macro adapter
DxO (lighting, noise), Adobe RAW, nik (pro contast), Photoshop (flipped)
1/800sec @ f/5.4, iso 200, 50mm (75mm)
The key to this shot was a simple vertical flip. I used a small aperture on my Lenbaby to get a little blurring on the edges of the shot. Besides when you are focused this close, you really need as much depth of field as possible.
Unfortuantely, according to new rules I can no longer submit my Lensbaby shots. Whew! Just under the wire.
Continue reading 50mm luck
I’ve owned an LX1 for a while now and a number of my friends were wondering why I admonished them not to purchase it.
Here is why. Continue reading The LX2
As part of my evil plan for world domination and assorted avoidance of doing real work, I purchased a GPS. (There is a reason, but that’ll be a future blog entry.)
During my failed commute, I accidentally had the tracklog turned on. Well I have the data, I better do something with it:
Continue reading I guess the GPS works
I ended up wasting a lot of time trying to get my Garmin 60CSx working on a PC when it turned out I didn’t even need it now. So for one of you out there trying to get maps to work on Mac OS X, this might save you a lot of websearching.
How to get maps onto your Garmin GPS “x” series (microSD-enabled) GPS:
Continue reading Uploading maps onto a Garmin “x”
“When the President wants to dismantle our Constitutional system of checks and balances, what’s the moderate position? To dismantle HALF the system?”
—pericles, a comment on ”The Radical Middle”
…it is not that the “middle” has been forsaken. It is that the vast majority of the American public has been forsaken, left, right and middle…We are all held hostage to system institutionalized bribery of the worst sort…”
—MSheppard, a comment on ”The Radical Middle”
Continue reading The middle
“The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.”
—David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973), Founder of Israel
From “A Beautiful Friendship?: In search of the turth about the Israel lobby’s influence on Washington, The Washington Post.
Continue reading Criticism and debate
“The problem solved by a white lens casing is exactly the one you mock. A black lens heats up at a different rate from the lens elements and other mechanical parts. There are little motors in there, and plastic and rubber parts that can melt. White adds longevity. Every long lens worth owning is a pale color for this reason.
Tamron made a ‘cammo’ color 300mm. It’s still pale green.”
—commenter on a previous blog entry
I understand where he is coming from but my mocking is the purpose of this blog: it is designed to make you think about the reason for things and to back it up with facts. Continue reading More white lens madness
“Five ropes, five robes, five trees.
Some assembly required.”
—Mischa, Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, on what to do about half of the Supreme Court ruling
Continue reading A typical response
“The democratization claims were a lie, an attempt to paint naked imperialism with an idealistic face.”
—emptywheel, “Weakness and Lies”
Continue reading Democratization and Imperialism