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  • Back Yard, Cheryl's Vest, and the Porch Swing

    Posted on April 24th, 2008 ben 3 comments

    Jean Jacket Down Vest Porch Swing

  • Elliot and Cheryl

    Posted on April 24th, 2008 ben No comments

    Elliot with hat, Elliot with pokey tool, Elliot with Cheryl. Lovely.
    Elliot and Cheryl and hat Elliot with pokey tool After the bath

  • Two more miniature adventures

    Posted on April 16th, 2008 ben 2 comments

    The first picture is in the strawberry patch in our back yard.

    The second and third pictures are down by the Willamette River near where we live. There is a large area heavily populated by spoiled ducks and geese. Elliot was so excited he walked right into the river, and was pretty upset that I kept thwarting his efforts to go grab a bird.
    Strawberry patch Riverbank Riverbank II

  • A sample of today's crop of photos

    Posted on April 10th, 2008 ben No comments

    Here a couple of today’s photos. As always, click the picture to enlarge it. Thanks. Seriously.
    Elliot on front porch in cheese shirt Elliot with bamboo stick

  • Crazy for the new camera!

    Posted on April 10th, 2008 ben 1 comment

    It was a pretty nice day in Eugene, and I had some time to fiddle with the Nikon D40 some more. I took lots of pictures, and after weeding out the badly exposed or blurry or superfluous shots ended up with a 125-picture gain.

    It’s funny to think about the marginal cost of digital photos. If I had to buy hard drive space to store those photos and make two backups of them as well, the cost of those 125 pictures would be about 15 cents. Astonishing. The big hardship now is the time it takes to cull the flubs and tag them with keywords.

    The 50mm lens is going to be difficult to use. The D40 requires motorized lenses for autofocus, and this lens is not motorized. It opens up to f1.8, which means a depth of field of like 20 angstroms. And getting the focus right, manually, under low-light conditions, in which I am likely to open up that iris all the way, is nearly impossible. I might have to do a continuous shutter thing while scrubbing the focus through a plausible range, and then discard all of the blurry shots. :)

    I am still looking forward to the arrival of the cute little bounce flash.

  • First day with the Nikon D40

    Posted on April 9th, 2008 ben No comments

    Our camera arrived today, and I took it out for a spin. I think we’ll have a lot of fun with this camera. Already we are seeing pictures of much higher quality than we ever got from our smaller snappies. I can’t wait to get the little bounce flash and the 50mm lens!
    Here are a few of the shots I took today:
    Elliot on woodpileElliot half profileElliot giving speech

  • We're done with the little digicams!

    Posted on April 6th, 2008 ben No comments

    Cheryl and I have sported a succession of cute little digicams over the years. My first was a Pentax Optio S40 in 2004. Its lens extension motor failed. Since then we have taken around 13,500 pictures and movies with that camera, and then a Kodak V550 (whose lens motor failed), and then a Leica D-Lux 3 (whose lens motor failed after an unexpected trip to the floor) and a Kodak V1253 (which was returned to Costco after it was discovered that it took shitty pictures). We’re sure tired of blown-out photos, blurry photos, noisy photos in low light, etc…

    We really liked the small form factor and the video features of each of these cameras. We have 1,500 little videos. And the quality has made amazing progress; we started out at crappy, blocky 320 X 240 and ended up with much smoother 1280 X 720.

    But it’s time to get some really good pictures, for a change. It’s time to get a more serious camera. So we’re expecting a Nikon D40 in the mail soon, along with a bounce flash and a normal, prime lens. I think we can expect the quality of the pictures to go up significantly soon.

    We will have to look into a little solid-state video cam soon. The Aiptek HD one I tested out last summer worked surprisingly well and took snapshots as well, so it might be a good option. I think that the technology in this area is going to jump really fast right now, so it might be a good idea to buy something on the low end of the market and wait a year or two for things to settle down a bit. We’ll see.

  • Ready To Rake!

    Posted on April 6th, 2008 ben 1 comment

    Elliot found this cute little rake in the shop and wanted to try it out. I tried to explain to him the difference between Spring and Fall, but to no avail.
    Elliot with rake