Archive for the 'Photography' Category

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Go check this out

Really, you need to click here: Wilma Hurskainen.

Just one sample:

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Lots more, with an explanation.

Scouts and Guns

Old Picture of the Day: Scouts and Guns.

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From the post:

I don’t know about the summer camp you went to, but mine definitely did not have a 50 Cal BMG at the shooting range, although I think it is a great idea. Nothing would rejuvenate interest in Scouting like some automatic weapons at the shooting range!

I got the pleasure of sending about 10 rounds of 50 cal downrange while in the Marines. It was very cool. That gun is amazing. The sound that thing makes ranks with the sound of Ducatis and V8’s.

That blog is well worth checking out.

A few pics of our trip to Florida…

Not certain that everybody will like to see themselves on line, but here we go:

This is Larry.  He’s choosing between fried oysters, fried shrimp or a cheeseburger.  I think the cheeseburger won.

This is the Ace and her cousin.  They don’t look related, do they?

This is my niece and She Who Must Be Obeyed.  SWMBO won’t like the picture.  They were amused by the free watermelon sign.  You could get a hold of someone though if you wanted to make a donation.  Small town.

The Deuce shooting pool.  He’s fourteen and in a bar shooting pool.  The difference between him and me is that my parents owned the bar!

The three oldsters watching the youngsters play pool.  The kids were awful!  I need to get them out to the bars more often.  It was painful to watch.  To think I have teenagers that are that bad at eight ball, it is downright scandalous.

We saw the Tennessee Firearms, a blue grass band, in another bar on another afternoon.  Lots of bars in beach towns in Florida.  Which I believe to be a good thing.  This particular joint was right across the street from the house we rented.

New camera technology…

Take a look at this article from The New York Times: A Start-Up’s Camera Lets You Take Shots First and Focus Later.

Very interesting idea.  I have a lot of otherwise good shots that could be fixed with technology like that described.

The Skipper…

We all remember The Skipper, don’t we?  The leader of that ill fated three hour tour?

It must have been about 1988.  My roommate and I were reading the paper on a Saturday morning while drinking coffee.  It was a Saturday morning in the spring and it was really nice out.  I spotted an advertisement for a boat show at the Arlington Convention Center.  The ad touted an appearance by Alan Hale, Jr., the actor that played the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island.  He was scheduled to appear that afternoon.

I read this out loud, and said we should go to the boat show and see the Skipper.

Woody said, half joking, “Yeah, that’s a good idea, maybe we can get our picture taken with him.”

I laughed, then said, “That’s a good idea.  We get a picture with him and then we can make it into a Christmas card.”

Woody laughed, by this time we were quite amused with ourselves, and said, “It could say Merry Christmas from Mike, Woody and The Skipper!”

More laughter.

Then a long pause…

I put the paper down, looked across the room at Woody, and said, “Let’s do it.  I’ve got film in my camera.”  (Yes this was back in the days when you could still buy Kodachrome.)

We laughed the whole way over to the Arlington Convention Center, we were stupid giddy with the cleverness of our idea.  We had to stand in line for about half an hour.  When we got to the front, we asked Mr Hale (RIP), if we could have our picture taken with him.  He gave us a big smile and said, “Sure!”

I can’t find the Christmas card anymore, but I did come across the picture:

If you know me today; that is one funny looking picture.  I’m way better looking now, just ask me.

It’s a good thing this blog is somewhat anonymous, as I’ve just embarrassed the crap out of my kids.

My wife is long past the stage where she is embarrassed by my antics.

Woody?  He’s in the seminary.  On his way to becoming a priest.  I hope the Bishop doesn’t see this.

Digital Photography Part Deux…

In my previous post about digital photography I complained about the results versions what the manual said I should get.  It gets even worse.  There has been a firmware upgrade that I just found and installed (the upgrade was published in 2006).  Now my problem is even worse!

But look!  I now have a black and white option that was not there before:

That was done with the camera, not photo editing software.  Pretty cool.

Digital Photography.

Photography is the one area of modern life I am somewhat ambivalent about.  Sure you can get a pretty good picture out of your digital camera up on the web for all to see in minutes, but I just can’t seem to master the process.  I have an old Nikon, with manual metering, manual lenses and, of course, requires the use of film.  It’s a Nikon FM for those of you in the know.

Over the years I took some awesome photos with that camers.  I several types of film, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Pan-X, Tri-X and some of the Fuji stuff.  I developed some on my own.  Made my own prints from time to time.  In short, I was pretty good at photography.

Then the future arrives.  Everybody goes digital.  I believe, for taking photos of the kitchens I used to design, need a good camera.  Of course I say this out loud in front of a professional photographer that has a camera for sale as he is upgrading.  So I become the proud owner of a Nikon D2x.

I can’t take a picture for nothing anymore.  I can’t get the exposure correct,  I can’t focus with these auto focus lenses, I can’t get the color correct, nothing.  This camera I have is supposed to do everything for me, and yet also allows full manual over ride of every setting.  I have read the manual, I think I’m a pretty intelligent guy, yet I keep getting lousy results.

I now realize that I can’t believe anything the manual says.  I have to keep trying different settings until I get the ones that work.  For example, the flash unit does not automatically control the white balance.  See this shot of the punk with the white balance set on auto:

I looked at that on the monitor/screen on the back of the camera, decided it was crap and was left wondering what to do to fix the problem.  I go into the camera menu and change the white balance setting to flash, and get this result:

Way better, right?  The color is so much warmer and also much more representative of the evening we were having with family.  That’s my wife’s elbow behind him.  The color of her sweater is that olive drab.  Doesn’t really show correctly in the first picture.  In the second picture it is almost spot on.