Month: November 2009

Sunday walk on the Appalachian Trail

Southern Berkeshires

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. David and Loren hiked north on the Appalachian Trail from Kent to Cornwall Bridge leaving a car in Kent. I drove to Cornwall Bridge and hiked south to meet them and then we doubled back and I drove them to their car. I was on my own so brought bigger camera gear and tripod to attempt better shots of these hills.

Field and hill

Something about the two textures: grass and trees looked interesting to me. Nice to have a decent camera and lens to attempt to capture detail.

Field and hill

Appalachian Trail along the Housatonic River

Hiking down the AT to meet David and Loren. The trail is covered in leaves here which aren’t a problem on flat trail but are a serious problem on switchbacks and hills.


Prey is a small application that you install on a Mac or a PC laptop and if that computer is ever stolen Prey will help you track it.

It’s open source and free.

I haven’t installed it yet but it does sound quite useful. Of course, it also seems to allow the folks running the project to see what all of their users are doing but no doubt I’m being paranoid to think that way.

[via Bill Lynn]

The Zone System

The Zone System

Developed by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in 1941, the zone system is a systematic way work with exposure and processing to get the right gradient of tones from white to black.

Most of us are just trying to get a handle on the different light meters in our DSLRs, let alone using them more proactively to create a range of tones but in face, getting a handle on the light meter is exactly what Ansel Adams was thinking about when he came up with this.

Maybe the best way to think about this is in its historical context and when Adams and Archer were working on this there were no film or digital cameras that had a mode dial with “automatic” on it.