July 25, 2014

Just a nice photo I took two months ago, getting coffee with the old team.

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July 24, 2014
Coding induced temporary aphasia

This was the night I was supposed to get on the bart, but was so distracted and out of it from work, I got on the bus and came home instead. Coding induced temporary aphasia. Sophia and some other folks were already at the bar, so I walked. Nice sunset light, why not?

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the yips

There’s a component to my photography that’s all about just trying to see what’s in front of me, the beautiful, the strange, whatever. People us fishing or hunting analogies; but really it’s a physical sport, looking for and catching these things. Can you see the line in time to get your camera to your eye? Is your muscle memory tuned to remember where the buttons are, the knobs turned right as you’re getting ready to shoot?

Lately, and I’m not sure why, but all the accrued skill that I have seems to have taken leave, and I haven’t made any really signifigant photographs in months. It’s possible that my concentration is just elsewhere, focused on the watch project, and my other skills are deteriorating. I don’t think it works that way, but maybe it does. Spend to much time in an analytical mindset, and the ‘relaxed concentration’, the zen modes, seem to go away. Maybe I just need to get out and shoot some more. Ferry tomorrow, we’ll see if that helps.

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a lot of cranes

My adopted home has, ove the past year, gotten a construction habit. Maybe I just didn’t notice it when I was visiting. There are a shit ton of them.

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July 17, 2014
brunch in style

Man, Portal. This was many moons ago, and I don’t remember the specifics. One of the problems of a two month delay between shooting pictures and getting them put up here is that the little details sort of slip away. Maybe I should take notes or something, keep a daybook. Anyway, what I do remember is that it was a good afternoon, sitting in the sun for hours after a great meal with good people all around.

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July 15, 2014
more on scale

I may or may not have talked about this before, but there’s a whole lot of my photography that’s a love affair with the city. It is a place full of wonders, and ad the same time a place that can crush you for a simple case of bad luck. It is a big place, and getting bigger by the minute. These photos are some of my exploration of that, I suppose. All but the last one, which was good in a completely different way.

You may have noticed I’ve been neglecting this blog; it’s beacuse I’ve been working on another project. While that isn’t done, it is at least in a good state for now. I’m waiting on boards and parts and tools to make version two. I won’t bore you with details, except to say you’ve probably never seen a toaster oven used this way before.

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May 20, 2014
the scale of the thing

A friend of mine pointed out on twitter that an “arbitrary set,” in mathematics, is possibly infinite. I lind of like the idea that the sea of hipsters in austin that night was infinite. I certainly couldn’t see an edge. Anyway, before all that, there are some nice pictures of the folks I was with, Quin and Serena and Soph.

You may have noticed a bit of a gap in the posting here. It’s been for very nerdy reasons. I saw a link on the Adafruit blog about the Open Source Watch and knew right away that I wanted to build one. Not just build one, but go one better, make it more extensible, and clean up the rough edges.

There’s nothing more personal to me than the watch that I wear; I’ve been wearing one for the better part 25 years, after pestering my mom to buy me one sometime around age 4. It’s not just a status symbol, a beautiful toy; a watch is a hand-hold on reality. It says “This is now,” and “It’s only been 5 minutes,” and “I really did sleep 5 hours on that plane,” and “T-minus 5…”

Then there’s the maker’s credo, that you don’t own something until you can hack on it. It’s beyond the skills of a lot of people to do surface mount soldering or board layout or the half dozen other skills required to build a watch for the 21st century. None of it is terribly hard by itself, but it’s all over, different bits of knowledge to cobble together from different parts of the web. Once it’s done and you can program it over bluetooth or plug it into a USB, something wonderful happens. Everyone can hack it.

I don’t want a watch for the future, I mean a watch for right now. Somthing that gives you a better grip on reality. It says: “You’re here, right now, and this is where you can go.”

The author swears this was going to be a dry feature list and blow-by-blow of the design process, but it’s late and he’s feeling inspired — Ed.

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May 12, 2014
an arbitrary set of hipsters in austin

So, Austin. Hipsters. It’s a thing. Except for the first photo, I don’t know who any of these people are. First one is Sophia getting her Scissortail tattoo. The rest, you know as much about them as I do. My memory of the evening is a little fuzzy, you might say. At least there are pictures.

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May 7, 2014
clouds, for reasons

I know I promised pictures of the wild hipster here next, but tonight ended up being a long fight with laundry and the kitchen sink. My arms are tired, and so are my hands. So here are some nice pictures of clouds, which I don’t have to think about too hard.

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May 6, 2014
another borrowed camera, another vacation

I dealt O.K. with not having a camera most of the time. I kinda had to, as with the move and everthing, I simply couldn’t afford a new one. I carried my nikon, made a few pictures here and there, and mostly just waited. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do a real trip with just my iphone, a camera, and a few rolls of film, so I rented another camera, this time the Fuji XT-1.

The first couple hours were a complete love-fest. It’s a great little camera, and I do mean little. Smaller than my Xpro by a little. The EVF, the main thing I was worried about, wasn’t really laggy at all, it seemed, and fine enough to make compositions on. Signifigantly better than the EVF of the Xpro. Also, ergonomically, it’s a slam dunk. I was able to get it up and running in about five minutes of fiddling: turn off auto review, turn off beeping, turn on RAW, forget and then remember to turn off the focus assist light. After a little while, I set up the custom screen setting. There are half a dozen or so things I like to know at a glance; the battery level, the exposure setting and ISO, focus distance, exposure comp, stuff like that. No histograms. No gridlines.

Anyway, I shot with the camera over a long weekend. Not enough to really live with it, but long enough to get a feel for it, anyway. When it came down to it, there really wasn’t enough difference for me to justify buying one over another Xpro. I liked it, but there wasn’t a signifigant difference in the things that mattered to me.

First is shutter lag; they’re both excellent as long as you’re prefocused. Focus itself is a bit faster on the newer body, of course, but not fast enough to make a difference outside a sports stadium (and incidentally, the only long lens I own is manual). In low light, the XT was a bit better, maybe a stop, but it’s hard to say without doing a side by side test.

The real killer is the viewfinder. Yes, the EVF is really good, better than any I’ve used so far. It still lags a little bit; optical viewfinders never do. Also, I really like the rangefinder style. You get a little more around the edges, yes, and there’s a bit of parralax error, but that helps. Somehow it makes visualization more real.

More about the vacation in the next post, were there will be actual photo sof hipsters in austin.

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