Monthly Archives: December 2007

Dried Leaf in Snow

Dried Leaf in Snow

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.

New rules for checking spare lithium ion batteries on planes

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.

Gary shooting across Bowling Green

Gary shooting across Bowling Green

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.

Six Megapixels

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]

Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes

Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes

Apple is seeking to patent a system that would make it possible for a person to use a wirelessgadget to place an order at a cafe or fast-food restaurant and pickup the order without waiting in line.

They’ve already got integration with Starbucks with their WiFi Music Store so this looks like a trend. I’d say it’s a great one running parallel to handheld devices like iPhones capable of being the clients in systems like these. This is a great move that will have applications in areas hard to imagine now.

East End of Bee Brook Swamp

East End of Bee Brook Swamp

Washington, Connecticut. A new lookout has been built in Macricostas Preserve and Gary and I trudged through the snow to check it out. It’s ten feet off the ground which gives a photographer or bird watcher a nice perspective of the surrounding landscape. This is the east end of the swamp which is filled with horse tails.

Dried Grass

Dried Grass

Washington, Connecticut. The landscape at Macricostas Preserve is full of photographic possibilities in spring, summer, and fall but winter presents a bit more of a challenge. This dried grass was the first thing that caught my eye and its color was echoed all day as we saw this color and texture in meadows and marshes.

Lake Waramaug at night

North end of Lake Waramaug at night

Warren, Connecticut. Anne (my wife) rolled her eyes when Gary and I announced at 11:30 pm we were making a night run down to the lake to attempt some shots. It was pitch black when I took this but a tripod allowed me to leave the shutter open long enough to capture some light. The lake is frozen over although I don’t think it’s ready for walking just yet. We had a blast.

The Boulders Inn at Night

The Boulders is a classy inn and restaurant on the east shore of Lake Waramaug. They were still "doing business" at midnight and Gary and I thought we heard a bear poking around in their dumpster so we took off.

Salt ‘n Pepper ‘n Bokeh

Salt 'n Pepper 'n Bokeh

Warren, Connecticut. For Kay (mathteacher). Salt and pepper 8′ from me, christmas tree 30′ behind. 135mm at f/2 (wide open). Notice the focus strip on the table which shows you how shallow this is. Believe it or not, that’s Gary on the couch on the right.

Serrated Railing

Serrated Railing

Greenwich Village. New York is loaded with this stuff: seemingly decorative wrought iron the sole purpose of which is repelling humans or pigeons. It’s a well known fact that you can’t pee anywhere in New York and here we have proof that it’s tough to sit down as well.

Lights in Washington Square Park at Dusk

Lights in Washington Square Park at Dusk

New York City. While waiting to get into The Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village we took a walk around the block and bumped into an edge of Washington Square park. The mood that lights at dusk creates reminds me of scenes in the various "Bourne" movies, especially scenes shot in Berlin.