Friday, December 28, 2007

Holga

My beautiful wife got me a Holga for Christmas. I've only just loaded it with film today..and at the moment, I've got three frames left. I'm very excited to see the results.

Holga 120 CFN

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Happy Waiting

Submitted to JPG Mag for issue 15 topic "Split Second". If you like, click through the image to go and vote for it. Thanks!



Sunday, December 16, 2007

Photowalking with Thomas Hawk

I went photowalking with Thomas Hawk and friends today. It was great fun meeting everyone and sharing the time together taking photos. It's a liberating experience going out to shoot in a gang. Click through below for my Zooomr SmartSet of photos from the event. And check back here for some video of the event in the near future. See also Thomas Hawk's blog.



Friday, December 14, 2007

Katonah

I just set up a SmartSet on Zooomr of my photographs of my lovely home hamlet, Katonah.



Click the image above to get to the set.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

New Lens

I received my new Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens last night. Thanks to Amazon, American Express, and UPS!











I have not had much time to get out and really put it to use, but I've been playing with it, and so far I'm very happy. I crank it open to f/1.8 and up the ISO on my 40D to 800, and I can take nice shots in very dim light.

Also, the big aperture makes for a razor thin depth of field, which can be put to good use in many circumstances. Portraits and similar are perfect for this lens.





Keep an eye on my Zooomr site for more shots with this great lens!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

R2 vs R4

Howdy friends!

My eldest son and I just finished our first stop motion video. It's a mere three seconds long, so why not take a look!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Fall Macro

My good friend and co-worker, known on pbase and zooomr as sid6581, lent me his Canon 100mm Macro lens to use for a bit on my new Canon 40D.

It's a stunningly capable lens, and a joy to use. You put it on your camera, look throught the viewfinder, and suddenly, there are new subjects everywhere! Almost anything can be a good photo subject if you can just get close enough. Now I have to save up the $450 to buy one of these for myself!

Click through the image below to see my smart set of fall macro shots. Please add some comments here, or on zooomr if you are a member. If you aren't, and you have a camera, join up, it's free! I'd love to know what you think. Thanks!

Muleskinner Blue

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Date Night Neon

The wife and I got out for a simple date tonight. Dinner (Mexican), and a walk around Mt. Kisco. We had a great time, and I got some great neon shots. Click through the soup for my Neon Shed smart set.

Neon Soup

Croton Harmon Open House 2007

The boys and I went to the annual Open House at Metro North's Croton-Harmon Shop today. It's my fourth visit, and was great as always. But this year, like last year, the lines to get on the free ride up to Bear Mountain and back were to long for me to bother waiting.

I got a handful of interesting shots. Click through the bearings below to see my Zooomr smart set of them:

Big Bearings

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze 2007

We went to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor tonight.

blaze2007_6

It was our first visit, and it was tremendous. Click through above to see my Blaze 2007 smart set.

Read more about the Blaze at their site.

It's been a while since I've posted...sorry for that, if anybody is actually reading my blog...Here's two things I missed blogging when I should have:

First, I recently got a new 17" MacBook Pro. It's my first Mac, and my second ever Apple product. I bought an Apple IIe when I was a kid, that was my second computer after the TI 99/4a. I'm still getting used to it, but I'm very happy with it.

My New MacBook Pro

Second, we went on our annual trek to Montauk, NY a few weeks ago, and I got some great pictures, especially the beautiful sunset below. Click through to the Montauk 2007 smart set.

Montauk Sunset

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Yorktown grange Fair

The boys and I went to the Yorktown Grange Fair for a short while today. The boys of course wanted to go on the rides and play games. I of course wanted to see the old tractors on display. The Somers Iron and Smoke club was responsible for the tractors. There were many nice old machines and they even had a parade of tractors.

There was a cool old hit-and-miss (hit-or-miss?) engine that I got a video of:



I took a handful of tractor pictures too:
Farmall Cub

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Surface Tension

This shot just works for me. The crisp leaves surrounded by water. The muted colors of fall they display while surrounded by the reflection of a clear bright blue sky. And the shadows of their brothers yet to fall.

Click through for a bigger version, and then please share your comments. Thanks!

Surface Tension

Monday, August 27, 2007

Northbound M7

I got a nice video tonight of a northbound Metro North M7 going over the New Croton Reservior:

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

NYC in the Rain

I went to NYC today to get my prosthesis polished. It was raining like early March. Brought my umbrella; it was in bad shape so I tossed it in the trash in Grand Central right after I bought a new one at a shoe shine shop around the corner from Grand Central Market. $15.95, and it's a rather nice one at that.

I had a great lunch with a few pints at the Waterfront Ale House.

Of course, I took a lot of photos. A whole lot of neon. Click through the image below for my zooomr neon smartset.
Moonstruck

And click through this one for my NYC smartset:

Rainy Day Fashion

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bear Mountain

The boys and I went to Bear Mountain State park today. It was way too crowded for us. We're familiar with going to places were you don't see anybody else, and we prefer it that way, but it was an interesting change of pace. The view from the top of the mountain on Perkins Memorial Drive was very nice, and we all enjoyed the zoo as well.

The vast multicultural sea of people we saw was actually nice. Nice in that they were all enjoying a nice day; sharing space, cooking food, playing games, listening to music, fishing, boating, hiking, and more. Nobody was fighting. Such a great contrast to the daily news.

Click through below to my smartset on zooomr for all the sharable photos of the day (man do i need a new camera!):

Coreopsis gigantea

Friday, August 17, 2007

All Cleaned Up

A great crew from Mill River Tree Service (millrivertree@aol.com) came by this afternoon to clean up the tree that fell on my house. Pete and his crew were courteous, professional, and they did a great job. Highly recommended the next time you need tree service.

Big Chip
Big Chip

Lookout Below
Look Out Below

This is what it all comes down to
It all comes down to this

Elm Struck

A big piece of an elm tree just fell on my house. Fortunately, only minor damage, and no one was hurt.

Elm Crack

Elm Struck

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Leica Camera Study

I just posted a study of my old Leica IIIa, which I thankfully inherited from my maternal grandfather. It's a wonderful piece of engineering, and still works great. There's film in it right now; I just need to finish the roll and get it processed. Click on the image below to see the full set:

Leica: Study #1

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Campo Beach

We spent the afternoon at Campo Beach in Westport, CT today. It was a great day to be at the beach. The tide was rising when we got there, and continued to do so for the next two and half hours. That's great because it covers up so much that can smell bad at the beach!.

We all had a great time. The weather was perfect, and the snack bar is pretty good. Kat loves the Lobster Roll!

Of course I took a lot of photos, and as luck would have it, a few turned out better than average:

In Flight

Gull Wash

As always, click through to my zooomr site for more.

Friday, July 27, 2007

OSCON / Portland, OR

Right now, I'm in the Portland, OR airport with lots of time on my hands. The trip to OSCON was good. There were many of great sessions, and the keynotes were excellent this year.

Of course, I found plenty of time to photowalk around downtown Portland. I love Steel Bridge. It is an example of industrial beauty brought to perfection:

Steel Bridge under Clouds

Portland has a lot of great bridges. I also found some time to visit the Oregon brewer's Festival, for my annual mug of Russian River Brewery's Pliny the Elder. It's as great as it is unobtainable on the east coast.

Click on the image to visit my Zooomr set from Portland.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sunset House & Croton Dam

On Saturday, the boys and I went to the Croton-Harmon station, then to Memphis Mae's for lunch, and then we stopped at the Croton Dam on the way home. I got some great shots during this outing. As always, click though to zooomr for more:

Reserved

Lunch

Back in our hometown, later in the day:
Sunset House

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Beyond the Dream at Halle Ravine

Beyond the Dream

We went to Halle Ravine today. It's a former Nature Conservancy site that was transferred to the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy a few years ago. It's a magical place. Good thing so few people read my blog (as far as I can tell), otherwise the place might get trampled.

Everyone had a great time. We saw: A Crane (it was it a Heron?), some large light colored raptor (it was making a lot of noise, and then I finally saw it flying, must have had a 3.5 foot wingspan), a Northern Ringneck Snake, some giant moth I have yet to identify, some Lingzhi, and a lot of other neat stuff.

The weather was wonderful too. Click through below for larger sizes and more images from today. It was a great day to have a camera.

Northern Ringneck Snake

Unkown Moth

Lingzhi

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Asian Festival

Today we all went to the Asian Festival at the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden.

We saw, listened to, and met Kumar Das. He was playing tablas along with Ananda Chanda on sitar. The music was so fabulous to see and hear it from five feet away. And meeting them was great; they were so nice. Below is a closeup of Kumar on the higher pitched of the two tablas. Click through for a couple more shots of the outing.

Peace Beat

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Fireworks!

The boys and I went to the 2007 Westchester County New York Independence Day Celebration at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. We took the train, which was a great idea I got from my sister-in-law, but we should have a taken a later train. We arrived at Valhalla station at about 7:00 and went immediatly to the pizza place across the Taconic State Parkway. After we ate, we headed over to the plaza, a five minute walk.

We went looking for a place to plant ourselves in the sea of people that were in the field closest to the dam. After a short maze like walk through there, I realized that there was no room for more.

We went all the way to the back of that sea of people, and behind the first row of cars. There was a green way full of people there. We found a space between a Honda and a Volkswagen and settled in.

About 20 minutes later, with a lot of light left in the day, I figured we were too close to the noise (for the boys), and the view was too limited by the cars. The boys agreed, so we packed up an went waaaay back, until we found some open lawn. We parked there on the neat sheet and began our long wait until the fireworks start at about 21:15.

The long walk, the long wait, and the slight chill were all worth it though. The show was great, and the boys loved it.

I got some nice pictures. Click through the for a few more on zooomr:







And here is my video of the finale:

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

The family and I went to the
Stamford Museum and nature Center
today.







We had a good time, except for their no photography policy. See below for the message I sent to them regarding this policy:




Hello -

I'm writing to to inform you of my displeasure with you no photography policy in the museum. My family and I just returned from an otherwise wonderful first time trip to the Stamford Museum and nature Center.

We first looked at the geese and ducks in the pond, and then we saw Eddie the Otter. We then explored the farm area. It was all delightful.

Next we entered the museum building through the front door near the NY Central steam engine model. It is a very nice model. We then went around the corner past the docent at the desk and into the room with the telescopes. As I was preparing to take a wide shot of the telescopes with my camera, the docent informed me that photography was not allowed.

I acknowledged this, put my camera away in my backpack, and proceeded to view the objects on display, including the Hubble transparencies.

A few minutes later, i asked the docent to explain the purpose of the no photography policy. She began to explain that many of the items on display actually belong to NASA. I interrupted her to point out that NASA was a public institution payed for by US taxpayers. She then said that she does not make the rules. I replied that I understood that, but that she should understand the purpose of the rules she is enforcing. I then said that photography of the items on display can only serve to promote the Museum. I explained that if I was allowed to take photographs, I would have told my photographer friends that it is a great place to go and shoot, and that now I would be sure to tell them not to go.

I can only assume that the items the docent referred to as being owned by NASA were the Hubble transparencies. If I am not mistaken, all of the images displayed at the Museum are freely available at http://hubblesite.org/ or other NASA websites at resolutions far exceeding what you have on display.

I do not believe the is any logical way to justify your no photography policy and that you should re-evaluate that policy.

For more information on this debate, I refer you to the following article by noted blogger and photographer, Thomas Hawk:

http://thomashawk.com/2004/08/editorial-on-camera-policies-in.html




UPDATE:

I heard from the museum today (2007/07/02) with some good news. It seems that the docent was not telling the whole story. It was just one particular exhibit that the no photography policy applied to, and not the museum as a whole. The next exhibit "The Motorcycle: Italian Style" will be open to non-flash photography. I replied, and applauded their quick response and open attitude. I suggested that they educate their staff more thoroughly on this topic, and that they ask future exhibit participants with no photography policies to re-examine those policies.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cranberry Lake and North White Plains Station

The boys and I had a nice outing today. We went for a moderate hike at Cranberry Lake, and then went over to the North White Plains Metro North station to fulfill Finn's railfain obsession. As always, click on the image to explore more.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Red Dragons

We had a great outing at Mountain Lakes today. We saw a red eft, a pickerel frog, a bazillion tiny little toads, and a bunch of dragonflies. There's more on zooomr... click through an image below:








Friday, June 22, 2007

RHCE Test

I took the RHCE test for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 today. I did pretty well, I think. I'm certain I acheived the RHCT, and I'm hopeful that I've gained re-certification at the engineer level. I'll know by Wednesday.


I took a bunch of photos from the train on the way home. Most of them are crap due to the motion, the intervening glass, and the dirt upon the glass. A couple came out OK though. Click through below to find the other one:



Tuesday, June 19, 2007

zooomr workaround found

I've figured out a workaround for my zooomr upload problems: use Opera.


zooomr problems

I'm very happy with the goals and promise of zooomr. The planned features look to be great. Most of the existing features are great. But the latest incarnation of the upload widget is not working. I hope somebody gets it fixed soon.



Update:

Now that it's fixed, enjoy this shot from Beaver Dam Sanctuary:

Friday, June 15, 2007

Tough Love

The family went to the Bedford Hills Memorial Park to see Jean Bratman tonight, but arrived much too late for her performance. Instead, we walked over to the playground so the kids could play with some friends we met there. On the way back to the car, Kat pointed out the leaf below.



Saturday, June 9, 2007

Luna Moth

I went to the train station with Finn today. Just as we were leaving, I spotted a luna moth on the wall of the warming hut on the platform:



See more shots at my zooomr site. Or at my flickr site. Or at my pbase site.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Birds of Prey

I went with the family today to Green Chimney's Birds of Prey Day. It was packed full of people, and quite a few birds, along with the normal host familiar and exotic farm animals. I've started posting photos of the day on Zooomr.



See my zooomr site for more.