Sunday, January 25, 2009

Halfway point

Winter has reached its halfway point here in the frozen northlands. Don't worry, I stay warm.


Right now I envy those folks who live in the balmy south. I could use a nice day at the beach.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Someone buy me a tripod

I finally have my Yashica ML 50mm f1.7. So far, so good. I'd still like to get that f1.4, but the 1.7 is a nifty little lens, allegedly based in part on a Zeiss design.
It is a shame that, to my knowledge, Yashica never made an 85mm prime because I'm in the market for an 85mm prime. Though I'm not sure I want to own that many Yashica lenses. I have the 200mm ML f4 C, and I toy with the idea of buying the 135mm f2.8 - but we'll see how these go first.

So how does this relate to a tripod? Well, I think I'm starting to get worn on the hand held nocturnography. It may be time to pull out the old tripod and start with long exposures again. Though I'll need to find a way to backpack it for the summer's biking. Any idea on how to ride a bike with a tripod slung over your shoulder?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New for 2009

I have 2 new lenses on their way. Actually, one is already here. I need an adapter for it, and that probably won't arrive for another week. It is like Christmas in January.

Something else for 2009 is that I have recalibrated my monitors, and they were too bright. I knew that, but now it is hopefully closer to "the truth" and subsequently all my old pictures are now too dark and unpleasing. Does this mean my 2009 output will start to look better? God only knows.

Drainage Ditch Reflections

Is this still too dark for you? Well it was dark.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Night skate

When I see scenes like this, I'm always surprised that there isn't an NHL team in this state. No love for Milwaukee? It is bigger than Tampa. If they came up with a team name and colors that people liked, it would be a hit for sure.


Focusing was, for some reason, difficult with the old Nikkor. This is as close as I got.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Summer party - Winter party

I find summer parties to be a more relaxing affair.

Three amigos

Oh, it can get intense at times. But there isn't the same sense of urgency.


In the winter people have to make it count. We are trying to stay warm. We are cooped up inside and are ready to go nuts.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Start the night out right

I like to be prepared. When shooting in the summer, I pack a light bag. I take a wide angle and a 50mm lens, that's all. In the winter, because I cannot travel by bike, I pack heavier. These days I'm taking it all: the telephoto macro, the normal lens, the wide angle, and the functioning zoom. I even take the holga lens.

Sometimes it is good to prepare in other ways. For the summer, brandy was a good drink. Sometimes the warmth of brandy makes me a bit nostalgic for hot days filled with sunshine.

So this winter I have started a go at whiskey again. I'm partial to Irish whiskey, and I've tried a new brand this year. Finian's Five Provinces is a fine drink. It is very clean, and fairly smooth. It isn't as flavorful as a Jameson or Bushmills, but is a solid performer.

I've met some other whiskeys. Merry's is a brand that is new to me, and one I'll probably drink with my severance money.

I like to start the night out right. Sometimes people are amazed that I shoot with a few drinks in me. Really, it isn't that hard.


It warms the soul!

Friday, January 2, 2009


A recipe for a fun night is 1 part booze (preferably whiskey) to 3 parts fireworks:

Party bag

Yeah, once I loaded that up I knew it was going to be a fun night.



Seize the night.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Years

I hope you inaugurated 2009 well. For me, it was a low light hustling party.


Happy New Year!

Of course there is no better way to ring in the new year than fireworks.




Another night, another year. Sometimes, good lighting comes at you from nowhere. Candlelight partying? Who knew?

Candle light

The good thing about this light is that it wasn't solely candles. There were some small lamps making good ambient light.

iphone DJ

This is what I like about the future. The iphone as a DJ.

This set was all taken with the Canon 28mm f1.8, and mostly at ISO 800.