Monday, August 30, 2010
That's all laid out in this book and then some. Understanding the relationship between these settings will improve your photography.
Your camera is nothing more than a simple machine. This book explains how that machine works, and how to use it.
It's that simple.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The car show was a lot more fun than I anticipated. First, I was happy to find that it was still foggy when I got there, which gave me some great light. Second, I ran into an old friend, giving me the opportunity to chat and get caught up on things.
There were lots of cars and the atmosphere was very relaxing. A great way to spend the day with a camera.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This meant that the story-lines weren't as fully explored as they could have been, and there was a lot less content.
All of that detracted from an otherwise entertaining show.
Moving on to Season 3....
Friday, August 20, 2010
It's funny, but when I look at photos I took a long time ago, my reaction is often to think about what I'd do differently.
In this case I'd either take the phone line out via Photoshop, or just try and find a better angle to shoot this truck.
Composition and light... essential and important, always.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
It was a pleasant surprise to be sucked into this show from the first episode. I wouldn't consider myself a sci-fi or comic book fan, but I found this show to be completely engaging. So much so, that I spent a solid week watching all of season one.
I loved everything about this show. The characters, the story, the actors, the sets, the premise, etc.
I highly recommend this to you sci-fi/comic book fans... but you've probably already seen the show.
I started in on season two last night, so I'll let you know what I think.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Time to take a hard look in the mirror and get our priorities straight. If we don't, we're doomed!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
The product is the Roku HD-XR Player, here's the review I wrote about it:
This product is nothing short of a modern marvel. They aren't kidding when they say that this device only takes minutes to set-up.
I got tired of the cable channels and wanted something more in line with the 21st century, meaning something that could get content via the internet. Watching movies on a computer is ok, but I'd rather watch them on my television set, as that's why I bought the widescreen.
After doing a little research I decided on the Roku HD-XR as it fit perfectly with my existing network/TV. Five minutes after taking this device out of the box it was up and running.
It was very simple to add Netflix, Amazon Video, Pandora, and Flickr to the device. I'm truly impressed. I can only see this product getting better.
It's not often that you get a well thought out device that delivers on its promises. I've already recommended this the Roku Player to several co-workers.
If you're tired of the offerings on the movie channels, this is a device worth considering.
Technology is best when it works well, and this product does.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
In a State that claims to be on the cutting edge of technology, we've certainly got our heads in the sand.
We need to modernize, and we need to do it NOW. Is that happening? No!
The unions have such a stranglehold on things, that it's nearly impossible to make changes or get things done.
Christopher Edley, Dean of the Law School at the University of California, Berkeley, is trying. Here's the link to the story.
I agree with his vision and support his efforts.
Let's hope people get behind this before it's too late.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
There is one thing which isn't working like it used to, and that is geotagging. I've been using an igot-U geotagging device which embeds GPS coordinates into my EXIF data.
This made mapping on flickr a snap. Just click add to map, click ok, and you were done.
It isn't working like this any longer. Though flickr sees where an images belongs on the map, you actually have to move the image a bit before it registers the location and allows you to say ok.
This seems to be a drawback, and something I hope gets fixed soon. The whole point of adding the GPS data to my images is to make mapping easier and more accurate.
I'm sure others have noticed this issue and pointed it out to flickr. Let's see how long it takes to get resolved
Friday, August 6, 2010
This year I thought I'd try something different, so rather than just setting my camera on a tripod and shoot at slower shutter speeds, I mixed things up.
Since I was shooting moving subjects in fading light a higher ISO was needed to allow me to keep the shutter speed at a higher rate.
I was concerned about too much noise, but that turned out to be less of an issue than expected.
The combination of higher ISO and faster shutter speed were such that I could hand hold my camera, giving me more flexibility than I would have had using my tripod (which I did have with me).
Had it been darker, I would not have had this option.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I like to go to the dress rehearsal of the Fiesta dancing at the Mission. It's not very crowded, meaning I have easy access to photograph the dancers.
The year a group of feral kids were having the time of their lives dancing in front of the stage, and sometimes just at the edge of it.
This presented me with an enjoyable challenge... It wasn't too difficult to shoot around them.
What can you do? Enjoy the show and go with the flow.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The nice thing about technology is that it opens up the world and allows one to create and share content like never before. The downside is that it doesn't always cooperate, today being one of those days. Most everything I'm used to doing, from blog updates, to uploading and mapping photos has required an extra bit of work and a lot more patience.
Makes me want to take the day off, and go out and shoot. *Sigh * - not able to do that....