Archive for September 13th, 2011

Night shooting.

Funny, but following on the heels of my Words without equivalents post, aliceaitch over at DPUD passed on the following link, enough to make a father quiver.

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters.  Hats off to Michael Mitchell, the author.  Damn that saccharine-ey sweet list.   Does it have to be right?

#7 seems appropriate.  #47 is going to.

Not fair, aliceaitch… not fair.


No, not with guns.  Cameras!

It’s been a full moon and it has also been the perfect opportunity to break out the tripod and take some long exposures.

Not bad for focusing in the dark.  It was midnight in Michigan – definitely dark except for the moon.

F/5.6, 15sec, ISO400.  Bit of postprocessing of the raw image and in photoshop.  I’m doing something wrong with my colorspace handling, which is why it looks bluer than it did when I was processing it – sort of how film processing labs went overboard on the blue to make people’s blue skies look really blue when it was actually pretty darned hazy-grey.  I’ll run that issue down and re-post the image.

Considering I went outside and took four shots, two of the moon and two of the driveway, I wasn’t too unhappy with the exposure and focus side of things.  I’ve got a very great deal to learn, as you can see.  I think I really need to crank the aperture down some more but we’ll see tonight after I shoot some more.

I’m REALLY going to run down that color issue.  More I look at it the more I hate it and want to kill it with fire.

This was a better one.  Same camera settings, looking up at the moon.

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Words without equivalents.

A friend of mine who no longer works with me sent a link to words that have no English equivalent.

One that isn’t in the very top but is my favorite:

Nervio:  A feeling of such intense affection that one trembles or grits his teeth with restraint so as not to harm the object of his affection.

I think this word is the perfect word to describe how you might feel when giving your kid a hug goodnight or when you are greeting them when they come home.  When my daughter isn’t being a rodent (and sometimes when she is, admittedly) this is a regular thing.

Things you feel about that intensely, those are the things you would die or kill for.

No, I’m not planning on dying or killing – there’s no hidden meaning here.

Anyone else got a word that they’d add?


But, it’s for the children

President Obama told an audience in Ohio that poor ventilation systems that make students sick is a reason to pass his jobs plan, the “American Jobs Act.”

“Some of the schools, the ventilation is so poor it could make students sick,” Obama claimed.

“How do we expect our kids to do their very best in a situation like that? The answer is we can’t,” Obama said.

I don’t know just how disingenuous a person can be but this guy is plumbing depths.  Maybe duplicitous works here, too.

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