Warren, Connecticut. We took a hike in the woods the other day and found numerous leaves that must have been stuck on trees and had fallen off after a recent snow.
Some of us may miss summer and find winter hard going but let this leaf be your icon for the fact that the winter solstice has happened and the days are getting longer and soon (here on the east coast of the US) it will be 2008 which, if it’s like every other year, will bring spring, summer and fall.
Adventures in Stacking blocks.
I was a block fanatic as a kid, spent a lot of time building things. Later, as a potter I built a lot of kilns with corbeled arches (among other arch techniques like catenary).
Folkstr looks like distributed facebook: a social networking tool that each user installs and customizes.
[via David Clark]
End of Support for Netscape web browsers
It’s amazing how far we’ve come in ten years. Many millionaires were made when Netscape went public and look what happened to their flagship product. Of course, look what happened to AOL.
New rules for checking spare lithium ion batteries on planes
Okay to carry on, not okay to check. Wow, this is an important new rule. Read the link for details.
This means that those of us who are photographers will not be able to check spare LION batteries for our cameras and must carry all of them on. Many of us already do but on a big trip one might want to check some of this stuff.
New York City. Gary and I went into New York last night to ride the Staten Island Ferry and take some shots of the city lights from the water as well as walk around the financial district at the tip of Manhattan. It was a lot of fun but I must say, every photo outing I do with Gary is a lot of fun, including shooting apples on my kitchen table. He’s returning to Oregon tomorrow and I’m going to be sorry to see him go as will my entire family.
The B+W Filter Catalog is useful overview of different types of filters, what their effects on lenses are and how to care for them. I like and use B+W filters but the information in their catalog will be useful for folks using any brand.
More than six megapixels = Noise on a small sensor
The small sensors in compact digital cameras can only hold so many pixels before an artifact of crowding them in affects images: digital noise. Six megapixels is the limit for the small sensors in compact cameras.
One of the many reasons the Canon 5D and 1Ds cameras produce such noise-free images is that the pixels on their full-frame sensors are larger than most. However, there will no doubt be a limit to how much resolution one can get out of a 35mm sensor too, just like the smaller ones.
[via Steve Splonskowski]