Monthly Archives: May 2005

More from Nora’s nursery

These are more pictures from yesterday’s jaunt over to Nora’s nursery in Cornwall Bridge. Gary tells me this is a baby geranium.
FuchsiaThis is not only the same fuchsia plant I posted yesterday, but the same photograph, cropped to show a different flower.
We ended up buying this baby and it’s hanging in the backyard. More on it soon I’m sure.
I’m told by two good authorities that this is an “ageratum.”

A trip to Nora’s

FuchsiaWe made the first of many trips to Nora’s nursery to get flowers and vegetable starts for our gardens. I wasn’t feeling well today but decided to go along with both 50 and 100mm lenses and camera to attempt to learn how to do the soft focus flower photography of my favorite flickr photographer, rosemary.

This fuchsia was shot with a 50mm lens almost completely wide open at f1.8. It’s overexposed and that’s exactly what I was looking for. This is one of 20 shots I took of this one flower trying to keep track of settings so I’d learn.

Unopened flower podI don’t know what this flower is (will become when it opens) but I liked the green on a blurred orange background so I shot a lot of it. This was with a 100mm macro lens (the pod is very small) not quite wide open at f3.2 and so, the background is a bit less blurred.

What I am most pleased about is that I went on a mission today to see if I could make a few photographs like these and I did it. They’re far from perfect and don’t touch rosemary’s work but I’m getting closer to understanding how to set up shots like these and the dream-like quality that comes from shallow depth of field and soft focus in the background (the burr is called bokeh) is something I’d very much like to get a handle on.

Young blue jay

Young blue jay with seedThis is the same young blue jay that’s been on the feeder for months, among dozens of other blue jays that come. I know him because his tail’s got a problem in some of the center feathers. I’m pretty sure he’s young but my theorizing may be way off.

Young blue jayI noticed here that his feet are more articulated than I thought (I guess all birds have this, I just never looked).

Lexar/Canon compact flash card issues

Lexar compact flash cardIf you use a high speed, high capacity Lexar compact flash card and use any Canon DSLR (Rebel, 20D, or their higher-end cameras) you need to carefully read the following links as there are problems that you will want to know about.

I noticed this a while ago on my Rebel: if I take some pictures and hit the Review button before the buffer is done writing (the red light is still flashing) the camera sometimes loses an image or two. I thought I was going crazy when I copied images from my CF cards to my computer as all the images I remembered taking were not there. I let it go thinking it was my leaky memory but this product advisory supports and explains my experience: it’s the compact flash card’s leaky memory when combined with these higher end Canon DSLRs.

I have two Lexar 1 gig, 80X cards within the serial number range affected by this and at some point soon Lexar will either recall them or offer a download of a flash upgrade for the firmware on the cards.

For more on this:

Problems with Canon SLRs and Lexar cards
Lexar Customer Advisory

I decided to order a backup card and did a bit of research and decided on a Sandisk 1 GB Extreme III Compact Flash Card. Unfortunately they are back ordered at B and H but I found them at Calumet for $10 more so I ordered one through them at Amazon.

Rob Galbraith has an excellent chart of CompactFlash Write Speed – Canon EOS 20D and you can use the pull-down to get a chart for other cameras. This should help you figure out what you might buy as a backup for the Lexar in case the recall involves sending card(s) back to them for re-flashing.

What’s interesting about this is that I’ve had a long time assumption that Lexar was the highest end flash memory and it may be; as these companies invent technologies to help unload pictures faster from cameras problems are bound to crop up. Continue reading

Ground Rules for the Windows-Macintosh War

David Pogue has written a nice piece: Ground Rules for the Windows-Macintosh War.

The Mac-Windows war, though, is especially pointless, protracted, and winnerless. There will always be people on each side who are every bit as rabid and un-convincible as those in any other religious war.

Still, I’d like to suggest, as a starting point of civility, a few pointers for participants in the O.S. war. Consider it one man’s version of, “Can’t we all just get along?”

(Via remaindered links.)

Time’s Up, Einstein

Time’s Up, Einstein: “His paper rocked the physics world — and the space-time continuum. Not bad for a college dropout who critics say may not even exist. By Josh McHugh from Wired magazine.”

This is a terrific article which I read in the paper mag. A sub-thread is a commentary on marginalization: this kid doesn’t look like the typical academic with these kinds of ideas so his ideas are suspect.

(Via Wired News.)

Container Experiment

Container Experiment

I made these containers 30 years ago during my undergrad days at the University of Oregon Art and Architecture school. They are salt-fired stoneware with a temoku (dark iron) glaze that interacted with the salt.

The experiment was mixing media. I was an art student but also a serious rock climber and loved climbing gear so tried to work my love of perlon rope, knots, and Japanese printed fabric into my pieces as well.

These two were two of hundreds of experiments I did mixing other media into my work and the result was both visually interesting and also functional and useful.

This photo was scanned by Kodak years ago from a slide I took even more years ago so it’s not the best, but it’s all I’ve got because of this pair, only the piece on the left remains.