Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category
Watch the video about a third of the way down the page. Computational photography is one of those areas that’s infinitely fascinating to me – pulling good data out of garbage isn’t magic, but quite close.
The Satus Pass fire cost me hours of re-routing. You’d think everything along US97 would be done burning in four days, but it wasn’t. You’d think I’d check to see if the road was open before I left, but I didn’t. The new detour I took shaved time off the other one, but it was still hours long.
When I was at the north end of the detour, the road said “closed due to fire”; looking south, I couldn’t see any smoke – nothing but grey sky. Same from the south end looking north (hours later). Once I drove about 30 miles into Oregon, I could actually see the smoke.
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I was contacted this morning by someone asking for rights to a photo I had taken, years ago, of Eric Hertz. Eric was an incredibly decent man with the joie de vivre that carried into all interests h had. A former student pilot, I asked about a model plane on his desk; he said it was his plane, and they gave you a model when you bought one. That plane was located off the coast of New Zealand; Eric and his wife Kathy are presumed dead. Horrible news, best wishes for his family and friends.
Watch the video at the bottom for a look at upcoming sensor technology from Canon; the low-light video quality is astounding.
I bought a 5/16×18 tap and chased the threads on the stainless steel rods; everything assembles smoothly now. I suggest you pick up taps for the two other sizes (1/4×20 and 3/8×16) and chase everything; every single threaded hole on the RhinoSlider needed it.
Back in September, I paid for a Rhino Slider so I could take those cool time lapses where you see something in the foreground move contra the background. As part of the early production run, the teething pains are obvious; I’ll need a couple taps to chase the threads in the rods and legs, as of right now I can’t assemble it completely.
However, after sticking it on a tripod (and regretting not buying the carrying case), I put a ball head on it and the LaRue rail squeezer; it makes for a very smooth rifle support. You can get about 45 degrees of rotation with only minor adjustment of your feet; it’s quite nice to have the rifle move without requiring a new hold. Complete setup will require two more tripods and the complete assembly of the feet, so maybe not in time for Boomershoot. We’ll see.
About 16 for the base platform, then you need to attach a camera to it – the camera is probably as much, again. I very much want a helicopterish camera platform with the speed and endurance of this one.
Andy Filer has, over the years, taken pictures of every single dot on the map of North Dakota. He’s kickstarting a campaign to fund photographing another state; at the top tier, you get a very nice bound book of his North Dakota photo set, plus a bunch of other stuff. I would appreciate your buying in to support a working photographer if the project interests you.