Compact Flash madness

Lexar Professional Compact Flash 4GB 133x with Write Acceleration

With two cameras now, I needed a third memory card. Now I have a Lexar Professional 133x 4GB CF card to complement my other two: a 2GB SanDisk Extreme and a 1GB SanDisk Extreme III.

With the announcement of the SanDisk Extreme IV I realized the whole deal has gotten quite confusing to the average photographer, and there are more of us every day.

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stem cell fun

“…just as I am in favor of mandatory abortions (and, of course, recreational abortions), I am in favor of mandatory embryo harvesting. Actually, that doesn’t go far enough I want to create embryos, develop them in a lab, wait until they become fully-formed 14-year-olds (which they absolutely, positively will do in the lab), then steal their organs to give to gay people as wedding presents.”
—SeesThroughIt, commenter on Balloon Juice

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A series of tubes

DJ Ted Stevens and a “Series of Tubes”

Ted Stevens gives us his “wisdom” on the issue of network neutrality:

“They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck.

It’s a series of tubes.

And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material…

Ten movies streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet? I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?
—Senator Ted Stevens (R. AK) describing the internet in support of ISP content segmentation

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50mm luck

The 50mm group has a bi-monthly contest. I threw a photo in and won. My lucky day!

yellow flower backlit
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. :-)
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