Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
We also went back out for an 8pm fireworks show but only a couple of photos turned out.
I had my asa setting off so it's brighter than I would like. The "sun" you see on the right is actually the full moon. Next time I'll take my
filter off the lens as well so I don't get a flare. Oh well. Learning a bit at a time.
I'll post some more later because the other ones I uploaded didn't work for this post.
Friday, February 26, 2010
The spam levels are currently rising again to something like 98% of all email being spam. That's a huge number of millions when the world levels are looked at as a whole. Stupid spam.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Speaking of Shipyard Park; when Dad was up here in the '50s (?) I guess he snapped a photo of some old paddle wheelers which were hauled up onto the shore and no longer in service. That photo was taken very close to where the ice sculptures are happening. I've got a scan of that photo and I keep promising myself I'll find the same spot and take a modern shot and put them side-by-side.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I walked along the ice-bound river again today while the rest of the family went to town. I headed north towards Lake Laberge under blazing blue skies and a bright sun. I walked about 4 kilometres along the frozen shore and stopped just before the entrance to the Lake. If I had gone another two or so kilometres and passed through the big switchback the river makes I would have come out into Shallow Bay where the paddle wheelers used to be housed for the long winter months. Down the river this far there were few sounds. The world seems big and empty; just me, the sky and the snow. It's warm out but not warm enough for the bird to sing or fly freely from tree to tree. Just the big ravens seem more active on days like this.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I tried the astrophotography thing tonight again because the stars are blazing outside with only a sliver of a moon. I used the same settings as last time but I remembered to take off my UV filter before I snapped my shots. I pointed it at one of the most recognizable constellations this time (The Big Dipper) partly because it's so obvious and partly because it was far from the glowing crescent moon. I'm pretty pleased at how well it turned out for using such a basic technique.
Had to do some more work over at the Art Center for the Frostbite Music Festival happening this weekend. I needed to setup a network connection to stream audio down to Vancouver (streaming not done by me) and the only connection I could provide for this was up in the roof about 80-90 feet above the stage. The only way up is to climb a ladder which has two stages to it before it reaches the top. Once at the top it's a long way back down. All the ropes and pullies fix to the roof and run down between the catwalk connecting to all the stage blinds, curtains and whatever else. It's always fun going up there and this time I finally brought my camera. Not many pictures though but at least I got one or two. The guy in the photo is the Other Daren (aka, Nocturnal Daren, even SingleR - he has a few names)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I need one of these things. Well, not need but they sure are cool. It's a little camcorder capable of doing high definition (HD) video. It's small enough to fit in a pocket and gets about 4 hours of playtime from a full charge. A friend at work paid only about $90 for it. Rather amazing what is being developed today when only a short while ago the concept of a video camera was something the size of a building perched on ones shoulder.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
1974. I was seven years old (that's me on the right). For whatever reason I remember this day; sitting under the huge radio tower on a hot and hazey day. I posted this because I was looking for another picture and happened to find this one (thanks Brother - I got it from your vast Flickr repository). The image I am looking for is of the old house back in Cranbrook taken from the '70s. Dad, Mom, and my Uncle were all sitting in front of the house when it was painted a ugly brown and sided with slats of horizontal wood panels. I was going to upload the photo to Google Earth and attach it to the house as it appears now. Quite a difference.
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It's all there. All the basics; the same skyline, the roads, the houses, the school. First thing I noticed were the big changes like the painted school and house. Then I noticed that the lawn of the old house has been leveled out somewhat and the old rock garden removed. The roads are old looking too; cracked and fuzzy with grass along the edges where once they were clearly delineated. There are also some missing trees. Thanks to Street View I don't really feel like I need to go back there now.
while [ $n -le 200 ] ; do
gphoto2 --capture-image-and-download --filename=$n.jpg
Easy. The script will grab an image from the camera every 20 seconds (the "sleep" command) and loop 200 times, incrementing the filename by one each time it loops. Once complete you should have a folder full of .jpg's numbered up to 200.jpg. You can then import those photos into whatever program you choose and create a timelapse.
Tethering can also be used to simply fire the camera once for a shake-free image. Depending on your camera you can also have even more control over it. I have a nice small (but old) X40 Thinkpad with linux on it so sometime soon I'll try a few photos of the stars while tethered. That should work far better than my first attempt using the car roof and shakey shutter release...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My first experiment with photographing stars. I hesitate to call it astrophotography because that would imply some kind of skill or expertise. This blurry shot used some high tech equipment - my camera and the roof of my car. I focused to infinity with the camera set to automatic mode and let the camera do the rest. At some point I'll try to tether my camera to the laptop while using the tripod for stability. I don't need to buy an intervalometer or a remote trigger because I've got a script I worked out to do that stuff. Nice. A higher power lens would be a nice thing too.
I think it was about two weeks ago when Tanya and I suddenly thought of getting a whiteboard to organize the chores and "to-do's". It kind of started because, well, the house was a mess and our videos we rented were over-due by "a bit". So we got one and I put the screws into the wall and mounted it up by the door. Tanya then worked out a schedule for the chores throughout the week - sweeping, dishes, laundry - but I don't think the kids are too thrilled with it. Now that it's up, the house is a bit cleaner, and the videos and library books are all returned...
Bought some snowshoes a while back but weekends being what they are (busy) I've only managed to get out on them once. The day was bright and quite warm even for a place that isn't the Yukon but the wind blew up the River creating a bit of a windchill. I did however, manage to take a few pictures. White snow and bright sunlight are tricky for someone with limited photography skills but I did manage to get at least a couple of nice ones. There is one other photo over in my tiny Picasa site
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