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Sorry about the quietness of late, but, I've been somewhat submerged beneath the project. In a good way, I'm pleased to note - no breakthrough yet (the contour refinement's exhibiting a nuisance of a bug that's causing quite artistic blossoms at some points. I suspect that's due to an early point in the contour simplification process, leading to the process trying to smooth non-contiguous curve segments, leading to.. inaccurate encoding =:), but I might have it next week.

I'm afraid I'm also very behind with LJ. I might not be able to catch up, at this point, but I'll try. Please, if there's anything I ought to've read, nudge me.

As for today - it's around the 30C mark, bright, unending sun. Housemate's safely inside; I took a five mile walk over a leisurely three hours, including one spot of taking a panorama shot. With the Nikkor 300mm f/4. Resulting in about 740 photos, across four rows. =:D Why, yes, that was really stupidly exerting in those conditions - but, with any luck, worth it. ^_^

And purely by chance, one intermediate point of the route took me past a pub I'd enjoyed a particularly good dinner a few months ago. With my black ASB shirt now sporting a cool white pattern of salt, that seemed like a positively excellent place to pause the excursion. Which leads me to this. ^_^ (By way of a pint of Cornish cider, and a local golden ale, in a perfectly chilled beer garden, people enjoying a few pints happily, a couple children enjoying themselves, and a couple even sunning themselves)

Photographically, there've been a few worth posting lately - I'll see if I can get around to that when I'm back in the warren tonight, or tomorrow. I'm finding the 1.4 TC perhaps slightly preferable to the 1.7 - the Sigma's a wonderfully flexible lens, and the stabilisation works beautifully, but the Nikkor's much lighter, which makes a large difference when holding it for an hour or so during bunwatching. And with the D7100's improved resolution, it's effectively a 1.4 TC with no optical degradation. Keeping to 420mm affords a more generous depth of field, too, which is very helpful when dealing with buns, who tend to be rather unpredictable in all three axes, especially in more dramatic shots.

So, what have you been photographing lately? Will you be sharing? ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Which leads me to this.

Was there supposed to be a photo in this post?  I can't find any <img> tags...
Not quite yet, I'm afraid. There are hosts like imgur, of course, but it just doesn't feel the same, having it all hosted externally. With any luck, timberwoof will have it sorted out soon.

There will be images. ^_^
Heh, you still have that ASB shirt you wore to Kuala Lumpur, or is this a new one? :)
Yay! It's like you're still here! =:)

Both, actually. ^_^ They've worn amazingly well, so my original ones are still in commission, plus a couple newer ones Rabbit Valley uncovered a few years later. They remain the absolute best for longetivity of the design and integrity of the shirt itself.
I don't really photograph much these days. I was never too happy about the photos I end up with, and I don't much in the way of bunnies. Also, my camera is being stupid with having a hard time reading cards. I might need to replace it with a newer model.

I did take this photo though, of this bunny mobile I found at the thrift store today. It caught my eye because something about it just seems wrong to me.

Edited at 2013-07-14 07:23 am (UTC)
It looks like some bizarre apparatus designed to drill a hole through the Earth. It just doesn't have that evil super-villain thing quite right - too cute. Though it should work since rabbits are known for their digging, after all.
No worries... great to hear from you even when it's not a mammoth work that takes ultra hours from your schedule!... *hugs wingfully*... Sorry to hear about the melty heat... I hope ya get thru it ok! .... As for photogravy... couple of nutty things :D ... I was at a wedding and made some funny faces with friends in a photo booth... may post them later.. hehheh... (does that qualify?) .. :}
Also... one of my goals for the zillions of years I've been in pro photography, I've collected many formats... but one I've never been able to fully afford was Panoramic stuff... I did find an affordable Russian camera a few years ago that does 120 degree spreads.... but with film on the downslide, I haven't experimented with it muchhhh... BUT... with these smartphones out there, panorama photography has become super approachable .... so I recently 9within the last month) finally got a smartphone... and found a nice app that does 180 degree shots.... so I'm looking forward to getting into that a bit, when the situations call for it... *tailwags*
Take Care!
As you know, I ended up finally with a DSLR (Canon 300D. Oldie I know...) and a 18-55mm lens. The walked into Goodwill and found a $50 30-80mm - and THEN a 70-300mm IS with cover for $10. So took it out with 300mm around Cannery Row and wharf but most of the interesting stuff I just couldn't shoot with that lens.

Maybe I'll take it out again today.

Picked up a 32GB transcend sd card which plugs into a cf carrier and works fine in the 300d. I can shoot a 6.1 megapixel raw image and have it transferred into one of several iPhone apps that handle RAW in about 10sec. Still looking for just one iPhone or android app that has Lightroom like controls.

Oddly, Photoshop Mobile, as great as it
Is, does not handle RAW.

By the way, Rawtherapee is an incredible open-source RAW editor with full non-destructive editing. Really worth checking into if it exists on OS-x.



I suppose it's fair enough - RAW's fairly demanding computationally, and as nifty as iPads et al are, they don't compare to the shark-like resources of a full-blown Intel CPU plus GPU under OpenCL, with umptykagillion bytes of RAM. I recall there are a couple iPad apps that do genuinely engage in RAW processing, but.. to be honest, even if I had such, it'd probably feel like such a compromise. (Still, great to have if you're away from home base, or you've just taken the shot of a lifetime)

So! You're amongst us. =:D Damn, those are some good prices! Could you keep an eye out for anything fun on the Nikon side? I'd be quite tempted by something wide and/or bright, like 28mm f/1.8, especially with a small MFD, with an eye to food photography. Someday, yes, I'd love to lay my paws on the renowned 14-24mm f/2.8, but that's not a cheap lens at all, and for now, I'm fine with staying on the crop side - I don't specifically need full-frame capability.

There are some pretty good iOS apps for photographic processing, but I'll have to dig them up - I'm exclusively laptop-bound there. On the OS X front, Aperture fares very well - cheap, powerful, and blissfully easy.

RawTherapee does seem very well regarded indeed, but for now, Aperture's fine. Similarly, completely non-destructive, and as easy a UI as one could wish for. I'll still have a look into RT - more options are always good. ^_^ (Oo! Indeed, there does seem to be an active port, albeit lagging)

So! Photos! (Which I suppose applies to me too.. it's been a while since I posted much =:P)