June 30, 2003

Photo Friday

This weeks Photo Friday's theme is angles.
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Photo taken with an Nikon N80, 28-105

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June 29, 2003

Sunday night fun. I got

Sunday night fun. I got some pictures back today and thought I'd put this one up for everyone to see tonight. I really like they way it looks. The print even though it's only 4x6 looks really nice. It's pretty simple but I enjoy the way the focus flows in and out though the image. It's a tiny little cricket on the screen of our patio in the back yard. What do you think?
cricket
Photo taken with a Nikon N80, 28-105, Walgreens 200 speed Film.

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June 27, 2003

Friday 5

Here's this weeks Friday 5 answers.
1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]? I plan on spending as much time with the children as possible. Hopefully lots of time by the pool and/or in the sun.
2. What was your first summer job? Paper Route
3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go? Disney
4. What was your worst vacation ever? Can't remember a bad vacation.
5. What was your best vacation ever? New Orleans


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June 26, 2003

This is a crop from


tall-flower
This is a crop from the original negative. I saw this lone wild flower along the bank of the river while out shooting some pictures. It was probably over six feet tall but since the bank slopes down I was eye level with the top part of the plant. That's where the flowers are anyway so it worked out well.

There are these other wildflowers that I've had my eye on for the past couple weeks. I see them along the side of the road on my way to and from work. I never stop to take their picture because there never seems to be a good place to pull over out of traffic. Erin brought home a few clippings from these flowers and put them in a vase. Last night I shot some pictures of the flowers. I hope I got some decent shots of them. We'll see soon enough.


Photo taken with an Minolta x-700, 50/2.0, Walgreens 200 speed Film

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June 25, 2003

Raising kids to love reading

I found an article on MSN Family about Raising kids to love reading. I think reading is important and it's important to read to your children often. I don't think you can read to them too much. I wanted to list a few links that I got from Google that were not in the article.

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Lomo Style

Here's another shot from my roll of Walgreens 200 speed film. It wasn't much to look at so I decided to try out the Photoshop action that I found over at Redscreen. It's a LOMO effect done in Photoshop. A LOMO is a Russian made toy camera. A popular camera among photobloggers. The camera has a look that's rather unique. It produces highly saturated, very contrasty images. The popularity of the camera has the price up though and it seems a little steep to me considering it's a plastic toy camera. You could argue that any camera in my hands is a toy but that's a different matter.

lomostyle
Photo taken with an Minolta x-700, 50/2.0, Walgreens 200 speed Film

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June 24, 2003

Photo taken with an Minolta


boy with a dog statue
Photo taken with an Minolta x-700, 50/2.0, Walgreens 200 speed Film

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June 23, 2003

Photo taken with an Minolta


statue
Photo taken with an Minolta x-700, 50/2.0, Walgreens 200 speed Film

I took the day off work on Friday and I wanted to shoot some photos. I loaded up my cameras and headed out the door in search of something to put on film. It was a great day. Nice and warm with low humidity which is rare for Indiana. But the light felt harsh. The shadows were hard. The contrast was high. I just couldn't seem to find anything to shoot. I saw a bridge that I'd like to put on film, but the trees are in full bloom and it should be done on black and white. I'll have to go back there. There are some little purple flowers off the side of the road that need to be captured on film but I never seem to pull off the road to take the shots. I've still got some of this other roll that I've not posted yet so I've got a while to get more I suppose.

I've been thinking of what it might be like to go out and shoot 10 rolls of film in one day. Kind of a self project to see what I can capture. Hard to imagine shooting 10 rolls in a day when I didn't shoot a single frame in the past 3 days.

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June 20, 2003

Friday 5

Here's this weeks Friday 5 answers.

1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?Straight, short
2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?It's gotten darker. Some would say it's turning gray now.
3. How do your normally wear your hair?Short, parted on the side.
4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?It would be freshly cut.
5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened? I had a barber that must have been drunk cut my hair and really screw it up. I had to go somewhere else to have it fixed.


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June 19, 2003

Weird Facts for Your Day.....

We all get strange emails everyday it seems. I got one forwarded to me today that contained this list of facts. I thought it might make some interesting blog fodder so I'm putting it on here. It's a list of interesting or not so interesting facts. I guess it depends on the reader. Hard to say how many of them are actually true. Enjoy.

  • Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
  • Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
  • The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
  • No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
  • Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  • Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
  • The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
  • The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
  • A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  • Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
  • The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  • The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
  • Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  • Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
  • All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.
  • Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
  • Pearls melt in vinegar.
  • Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
  • It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
  • A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.
  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  • Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second was William Jefferson Clinton.
  • Turtles can breathe through their butts.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
  • On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.
  • On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
  • Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
  • Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
  • The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."
  • Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. SCARY!!!
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • All polar bears are left handed.
  • In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  • Americans combined eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
  • Almost everyone who reads this email will try to lick their elbow.
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I suppose I could have

I suppose I could have used this for my Photo Friday "Multiples" etnry as well. I like my other entry better though. This photo has some nice color. I bet it could make a decent desktop wall paper with a little work. I think the yellow is a bit blocked up but I like it. I think it's from over exposing the film the way I did.
flowers
Photo taken with an Minolta x-700, 50/2.0, Walgreens 200 speed Film

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June 17, 2003

Hooty Hoot

I'm excited to post the photos from this roll of Walgreens film that I shot the other day over lunch. But, I'd rather spread them out. Let me know what you think of them.

owls
Photo taken with an Minolta x-700, 50/2.0, Walgreens 200 speed Film

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June 16, 2003

Photo Friday

Photo Friday's theme is Multiples.

multiples
Photo taken with an Minolta x-700, 50/2.0, Walgreens 200 speed Film

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Walgreens

I've done a lot of complaining about getting film processed. Consistency would be nice. You can learn to deal with the good or the bad as long as it's consistent. Well, if it's bad processing I'll deal with it by taking my film somewhere else. As was the case with Targets shoddy film processing. But, I've been getting decent results from the local neighborhood Walgreens. I haven't been taking them anything too challenging. I guess I've lowered my expectations. I've switched to using Kodak consumer film so that when it gets run through their Kodak mini-lab the person standing there isn't required to make any decisions. I get my prints back on Kodak paper a few hours after I drop them off for the One-Hour processing.
Walgreens has been pushing this deal on me each time I pick up my pictures. They tell me how they will develop my film for free, and take a dollar off, if I buy this 4 pack of Walgreens film. The first time they asked me I asked if they had any 100 speed film. They didn't so I declined. The second time they asked me I was in a hurry and quickly said, "No thank you." Yesterday I dropped off a couple rolls and decided I'd give it a try. I had to pay for each roll separately so I could use the coupons that limit you to one per order. I ended up with 8 rolls of 200 speed Walgreens film. It turns out that the Walgreens film is actually Agfa film. I'm looking forward to shooting it to see how it comes out. I've read the debates over why someone would or shouldn't use 200 speed film but it was either that or 400 speed. With the harsh sun that you get in the summer time I don't really have the need to be shooting 400 speed. I'll get some pictures posted as I get them back.
*update*I shot a roll of this Walgreens film over lunch at a park down the street. Should be some really nice pictures on there if they come out anything like what I saw in the view finder.

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June 15, 2003

Today was a great Father's

Today was a great Father's Day for me. I got to sleep in a little. Then I was served a breakfast fit for a King. After eating I took my camera out in the yard and messed around a bit. I was playing with manual exposure settings to see if anything I have been reading had sank in or not. Here's a bug on a flower shot for everyone. It's at least something to look at compared to the other shots I took. I got some of a small butterfly but the depth of field is a bit lacking for my tastes. That's quite a problem when you're taking macro photos like these. Enjoy!

Ladybug
Photo taken with an Nikon N80, 28-105, Kodak Gold 100

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Happy Father's Day to all

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!

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June 13, 2003

Friday 5

Friday the 13th. For those of you who suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13. It's just another Friday to me. Since my birtday is on the 13th I had to confront this fear long ago. It's not an unlucky number to me and being Friday actually makes it all the better. But I digress. Here's this weeks Friday 5 questions and answers.

1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have? Travel to Alaska
2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest? Yes
3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened? No
4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why? Hard to say which I'd chose. Probably any in which I would be the hero. Otherwise, I'll stay right where I am already a hero.
5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted? Speak a foreign language


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June 12, 2003

I updated my template to

I updated my template to include a new About Me link. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Harry has setup a new web page so be sure to check out his new site as well. It's pretty slow right now. I'm trying to convince him to get it hosted somewhere else.

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June 11, 2003

Coolpix 5400

5400Nikon has updated it's Coolpix 5000. It's the Coolpix 5400. 5 Megapixels, 4x Optical zoom. 35mm equivilant of a 28-116mm zoom lens. Most digital cameras only go as wide as 35mm so it's a stand out feature to me. It's suppose to be fast. Has a 64mb buffer. Nice timing on the release since Canon just announced the new Powershot G5.
Update
There's a full review of the Nikon Coolpix 5400 posted at DPreview.com. Check it out. I'd consider them the leader when it comes to reviews of digital cameras.

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June 6, 2003

Photo Friday

Photo Friday's theme is Packaging.

packaging
Photo taken with an SiPix Stylecam Blink II Digital Camera.

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Friday 5

Friday 5 time. This weeks questions are all touchy feely and personal beyond what I would like to lay out here on my blog. I'll do my best to play along this week.

1. How many times have you truly been in love? Hard to say when the question contains 'truly'. Looking back on past relationships it's hard to say if it was truly love. Answer to the question, once. The woman I'm in love with now.

2. What was/is so great about the person you love(d) the most? Communication. Respect. Laughter.

3. What qualities should a significant other have? Communication skills. Unselfishness. Sense of humor.

4. Have you ever broken someone's heart? Probably.

5. If there was one thing you could teach people about love, what would it be? Try your best.


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June 5, 2003

Yesterday I traded some emails

Yesterday I traded some emails with a friend of mine that moved out of state. I was telling him how I've got a "jones" on to make some photographs. It's been gray and rainy here in Indiana for the longest time. The weekends have been dreary. It's just plain sucking. Well today the sun is out. The sky is clear and blue. I'm here at work under florecent lighting thinking of taking pictures of sunny days.

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June 4, 2003

New Canon G5

Canon has announced their latest digital camera. It's the Powershot G5. 5 Megapixels, 4x Optical zoom. Lots of goodies. I'm sure it'll be a crowd pleaser. I've seen some speculation that they skipped the G4 name because of Apple. I wouldn't doubt it. However, since it's a 5 megapixels the G5 name seems fitting to me.

Update
I see a lot of people finding my site from Google looking for information on the Canon G5. There's a full review posted at DPreview.com. Check it out. I'd consider them the leader when it comes to reviews of digital cameras.

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June 2, 2003

Happy Monday everyone. I

gnome Happy Monday everyone. I wanted to give a shout out to Gnomar. Everyone should pop over and take a peek at his adventures sometime. He seems to get to do a lot of stuff. Quite the cool guy if you ask me.















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