Street photos...

6.30.2009

Mustardy blur, just mustard

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6.29.2009

6.28.2009

I sawed the end off a lens for these shots.

I removed about 3/16" of plastic off my EF-S lens so it would fit into my EF only extension tubes. It still works, auto focus and metering and all. It makes for a nice, light macro lens with a 2X magnification if I get really close. Here are two shots taken on my monitor( text and a photo), and two keys, lit by a penlight.







Food to go-warpspeed-behind the grid

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6.27.2009

Non sequitur # 48

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I went for a ride this morning, the first I've been on the bike since Wednesday morning. So much for riding every day of my vacation. On the other hand, why pressure myself to ride? It is vacation, after all.

6.26.2009

New glass, more money gone

Old lens shot with new one, 50mm @ f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/800 sec.



New lens shot with old one, 50mm @ f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.



I am looking forward to taking night shots with the new lens. This is the fastest lens I can afford. I have spent about $2,000 before taxes on my kit. That's not a lot of money for camera gear, but I do have other priorities :-)

So far I have a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6, the original 18-55mm f/3.5-4.6, a 50mm f/1.8 and a 50mm f/1.4, all Canon. As well, I have extension tubes for extreme close up shots and a polarizing filter along with the usual UV filters.

Canon eyezed

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50mm with 12mm extension @ f/1.8 ISO 200 1/40 sec Cropped

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50mm with 36mm extension @ f/1.8 ISO 200 1/40 sec Cropped

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18-55mm @ 34mm f/4.5 ISO 200 1/15 sec

Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT)

6.25.2009

Feathered bicycle drawers

I went shopping yesterday for things I rarely buy--clothes. I went to five stores and spent $155. For that outlay I got: Two cheap T-shirts, one really nice polo, new shorts, three pairs of Calvin Klein socks, a new pair of PF-Flyer canvas running shoes and from the Army Surplus, a T-shirt designed by Chris (you know, my oldest kid). I got some stuff discounted, some was on sale. Not a bad haul, and a lot more clothes that I have bought all at once in a very long time.

Just another parking garage pigeon.

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These are on a corner nearby my place. The yellow one doesn't get ridden much, I think.

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I almost carried this home. Thought better of it.

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6.24.2009

Brock Street

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6.23.2009

Stir with one of these until the plot thickens.

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29°C/84°F, feels like 32°C/90°F. I walked downtown to shop a few stores and maybe pick up a few t-shirts and some new sneakers. I ended up spending too much time talking with a friend on the street, and then the power went out downtown. A transformer exploded and caught fire, taking out the power for a large chunk of the downtown. No shopping for me. Maybe tomorrow.

I sure am glad my apartment is on the north west corner.

Life amidst the contamination

A Great Blue Heron

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Uninteresting foliage, but I liked the shadow and light from the low sun on the oil tank.

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This sign warns you to keep out, but there is no gate, just fencing sections placed to keep out vehicles. I am quite certain people do go in here. From the late 1880s until 1973 this was the site of a lead smelter and a leather tannery, so the ground is very contaminated. The owners abandoned it in the 80s, and the city owned it until 2007, transferring ownership to the company named on the sign. I had no desire to go in there.

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6.22.2009

Never mind

I was going to post a few photos, but I decided I didn't like them after all. I have more, but I am just too tired at the moment to care. I think I rode close to forty miles today, most of it between 8:20 AM and 12:30 PM. After a shower, something to eat and about four hours of "inactivity" I went back out for a quick ride downtown to get some of the cool late day air. I ended up cycling uptown to Wendy's for supper instead of cooking here.

I may watch a bit of TV tonight. That would be something unusual.

I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I am heading out over this bridge and through some hilly countryside today. I don't know how far I want to ride just yet, or if I'll come back the same way, but it is just too nice outside to be sitting here. I'll finish my coffee, have a shower and shave the bits, and toss some things in a bag and hit the road.

Y'all have a great day, okey dokey?

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I won't be riding past this spot, but it's a pretty one, eh?

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6.21.2009

Boat with two first names

Sorry, I could not pick just one :-) The Alexander Henry has been photographed by me before, but this time I got some interesting reflections, I think.

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Where da beef at?

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And where did that piece of bench evaporate to?

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Just random things I see when I ride...

6.20.2009

Bridge taken, hill not taken

Currently under repair.

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I didn't like the prospect of having to reclimb the elevation, so I turned around...

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6.19.2009

Peeking through the openings

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I'm off now until the 29th. Yay! I hope to spend a lot of time outside, away from the computer except in the evenings after dark. We'll see how that pans out.

6.18.2009

Three Volvos

To me, the biggest appeal of digital photography is being able to play with light and color, changing the mood or the feeling with only a few mouse clicks or slides on a control. Below is a shot I took while in traffic on my bike. I have always been a fan of P1800s.

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Then I dropped the gamma and boosted the contrast, which has the added effect of increasing the saturation. The brick building reflected on the roof of the car is much more apparent.

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Next, I converted it to B&W. Replace those aluminum wheels for the originals, and swap out the Caddy SRX for a potato lorry, and you have Simon Templar parked in a hurry to pop in for a pack of fags.

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6.17.2009

Poetry, prose and plants. Hi, B-e.

Local used book seller...

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