Mar 07 2012
Mar 07 2012
On a recent trip to Ireland, I played around with perspective and depth of field to capture a light house in a link of chain:
I wonder if it would be better as a flatter image, with the chain in focus too…
Feb 13 2011
I just got back from my second Tour de Palm Springs Century bike ride.
Here are some stats:
Avg Speed: 15.0 mph
Max Speed: 38.3 mph
Time in Motion: 06:35:36
Actual Time on the Ride: 08:33:40
I had a small data problem when my bike computer got paused for about 4 miles after the 50 mile lunch and get-a-new-tire-installed stop. Full Garmin stats here.
Compared to 2010:
Average Speed: 14.1 mph
Max Speed: 36.9 mph
Time in Motion: 7h 10m
Actual Time on the Ride: 9h
It was a little chilly, like last year:
There were four of us riding:
Dante, me, Kitchen, and Mike. I’d ridden with Kitchen and Mike last year. This was Dante’s first century and, despite the lack of sunscreen, he finished great!
Just as I was about to ride out in my wave of people, I got a tap on the shoulder. I turned around and a dude says, “You’re Declan!” I said, “yep!” while trying to figure out where I knew him from. I finally asked, nicely, “who are you?” and he said this was his first ride and he’d found my ride post from last year and it helped him a lot. Very cool! Except by then, my riding buddies had taken off and I was all alone! I caught up with Dante pretty quickly, and ditched him trying to figure out his new SPD shoes and pedals. Eventually I caught up with Mike and we stuck together during most of the ride. We never saw Kitchen until we finished. He was riding a fixie, so we knew his pace would be a lot different from ours.
The ride was just like last year, except for more accidents. I saw a really bloody crash in the first few miles of the ride. And I saw at least five others. I wonder of there are just too many riders. The whole ride seemed crowded, and that’s either from the 3000 more riders than the 7800 last year, or I was going a bit faster and keeping up with the pack more.
I’ve been pretty lucky in terms of mechanical difficulties on long rides in the past, but my luck ended at the mile 50 lunch break. There is some dangerously potholed road just before the break, and I felt my bike having trouble as I pulled in. I looked down at my back tire, and it was all swollen in one area. Mike and I had teamed up with another rider named Guido, and he said it looked like the lining in the tire was bad. I took the bike over to the mechanics area, and Guido was right! I was hoping my ride wasn’t finished just half way through, so I asked how much a new tire would be. $10!!! WOW! That works!
KHS Bicycles ran the mechanics stop and I’m very grateful for the low cost repair. And the no cost service! It took about 15 mins to wait for the tech to get to me, then about 5 mins for the fix! Yay SAG stops!
Here are Guido and Mike at mile 72:
After the mile 92 SAG stop, Guido and I ditched Mike and shot out ahead. I was dog tired and just wanted to get to the end. Guido eventually got ahead, and we all finished within 40-50 mins. Guido even waited to cheer me on!
Then my real cheering section yelled at me to come hear them!
That’s Dante’s fiance Mercedes, Elaine, Erin, and Elaine’s mom Donna.
Kitchen got to the end about 15 mins before I did, then Mike showed up about 15 minutes after me. We never knew what happened to Dante, but I think I spotted him today:
Elaine rode the 56 mile ride and did great! If she ever blogged or tweeted, you’d hear ALL about it…
Aug 07 2010
Gabe and I attended the Amateur-Professional Models and Photographers and More SD meetup run by the energetic, friendly Britt. We met at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach right at sunset.
The models were running late, so Britt got down on the sand and helped us set up our lighting and shots. I quickly figured out that coming straight from work was a bad idea… My dress pants and shoes are now full of sand. I also got a great workout squatting and kneeling to get the best angles.
That’s Ashley, the first model who showed up. I was able to get a little sunset action, but it was pretty cloudy:
Gabe enjoyed the whole experience:
Marisa showed up next:
Then Angel came a bit later:
There were about 10 photographers:
The models would pose and move their eyes from one lens to another. I learned a lot about how to give direction by listening to the other photogs. Britt was also very helpful in how to talk to the models and help them give you the best shot.
I had a great time, well worth the $15 Britt charges for the event. She is one of the most friendly people I’ve met and loves helping. She gathered some of us after the shoot and we headed to Pizza Port for a couple beers and she talked even more about the craft. Lots of fun!
May 27 2010
Elaine’s been off in the Midwest for a few days, visiting her Mom. Her flight was delayed a bit, so I headed to one of my favorite views of downtown San Diego which is right across from the airport, and shot this:
I’m pleased! Which is saying a lot…
ED: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether this is the sun or the moon. It’s the moon. I took a really long exposure with a small aperture – that’s what causes the starring of the moon.
Thanks for all the positive feedback! It makes we want to take more pictures. SOME day I’ll even sell one!
Feb 05 2010
Sorry the blog’s been ignored lately. Look at these pretty sunset shots I did a week ago and feel better!
Nov 15 2009
It all started innocently enough… After stumbling out of In-n-out in a DoubleDouble induced coma, we decided to check out the low rent gift store that seemed to be squatting in the corpse of what used to be a Mervyns. What was the harm in a little shopping? Friends, there are some things that, once seen, can not be unseen. Read on only if you are brave…
First we saw some cute animal pottery. Look, a monkey:
Pigs, cats, dogs, cows funny:
Wait, why is that frog caged in wire? Are those flies? Hmm, well, cute little wood flies. I guess that’s ok. We should have taken this as a warning… The panda led us into a false sense of security:
Awww! Panda cute!
Here is where the story becomes frightening. Sensitive views need to turn away because:
ARGHHHH!!! WTF is THAT?!? Why is it leering at me?!? What does it know? Why???
Maybe I need to back up and take another look:
NO! That doesn’t help!!! What is going on? What is that expression? Smug? Knowing? And, for the love of all that is holy, what is that puppy doing there? Oh, the answer became clear as we continued deeper into Dante’s Gift Store…
Here was our first real hint that all was not right in this falsely friendly store. Here is clear coercion of a stuffed, um, penguin? koala? lemur? Either way, there was a tiny army forcing these innocents into subservience. If only it was just that because turning once again around a corner reveals:
OMG!!! Fluffy, and all the Fluffy family?!? CARNAGE!!! Heads strewn about! I couldn’t look at it… had. to. look. away.
GAH!!! That look says, “Where is my body? I was your best friend. And apparently I have a conjoined twin who also deserved this fate?!?” Poor Beagley! Can it get any worse?!? Oh yes, my friends:
Oh, the humanity!!! Caninity? Either way, who lops the heads off of two fluffy dogs, then ties a bow on one? And why??? Where will it end?
OH NOES!!! Horsey!!! It seems even crueler to leave them two legs as a mockery of their former glory….
I must certainly have reached the bottom of this pitted hell, but no, my friends. The saga continues (and if I weren’t so lazy I’d pretend this had something to do with hell’s layers, but that’s not gonna happen)…
You must be thinking, as I did before I lost all innocence, “Where are all the feet in this charnel house?” Please… don’t look…
Yes, they make a joke of pedal amputation. Ok, it’s kinda funny, but, sadly, I’ve lost all sense of humor at this point. Feet and legs were not done being abused:
Why do the evil candy corn (which is redundant if you ask me) and the fat penguin have spindly legs? Do penguins even HAVE legs? And WTF did they do to this turkey to make it bleed from the eye?
Think we’ve hit the bottom? Do ya, really? NO. 7 words: Sea Turtle Nipple Piercing and Fish Suspension… Yes, friends, I documented the abuse:
And I think they’re endangered or something. Now you know why…
Ok, if you haven’t chosen to avert your eyes yet, this next image is going to rip your heart out:
Yes, they ripped his heart out. Then they installed a zipper so they could do it whenever they pleased. This is Vladimir Harkonnen level evil, friends. (Go Google it. Then watch that other nightmare, “Dune”.)
So, they defile dogs, horses, teddy bears… but they’d never hurt a bunny, right? Please, no. NO BUNNIES!!! WHAT’S IN THE BOX?????
NO!!! Make it stop!!! Ah, a nice kitty!
Finally, some kindness in this dystopia… but, Kitty, why do you have that odd expression? WAIT!!! What did they DO to you KITTY??? NO!!!!
They scooped out yer brain and made you into a single serving tea pot?!? WTF is a single serving tea pot??? How many times can one blog post say WTF??? But really, W.T.F??!
A billion disembodied Santas scream at the injustice. Scream on, Santa. Santas. Or are you laughing? Are you IN ON THIS?!? Who is THIS guy?!?
How can he be happy?
Oh no, there are MORE of them! These are the minion of the Master, enslaving masses… indoctrinating:
And heaven can not help you if you fail:
I must escape! I must get the word out! I don’t have time to fight the boss level. I sneak, soundlessly toward the door. I’m almost there. Then… NO!!!
I knew it… St. Francis is finally getting back for all of the Assisi jokes. The world is doomed. Save yourself.
Good thing I had the iPhone with the WordPress app to send all this before I was smoted. Smited? app needs spell check…
Aug 29 2009
I’m late to the contest, but I thought I’d give it a shot.
Here’s what the image looks like on SoCal Photo Contest’s page:
Doesn’t look as good rendered as a tiny thumbnail!
Jun 03 2009
Last Sunday I attended the 2009 Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA.
I’ve always wanted to go and Elaine and I were up in SF for the weekend, so I made it! I walked into the building above and assumed that was the whole thing. It was an enormous place with tons of exhibits.
The first one that caught my eye was a dude polishing a piece of glass for a telescope mirror:
I didn’t quite get how it worked, but it was fascinating to watch.
Next I saw a huge living sculpture of old plastic 2 liter bottles:
There was a line and pulley system that caused the ring of bottles to undulate in a wave.
There were many robot sculptures:
and scary vacuum guns!
These bike wheel LEDs were very cool! I almost bought the kit, but resisted… My birthday is coming up, hint hint…
I think this was part of The Long Now’s 10,000 year clock. I just thought it was cool:
Next I saw Tesla coils! They set up a board with hot dogs along a wire for the current to pass through:
Then there were more robots:
Some of the robots got all evil and started decapitations:
SOLDERING IS NOT A CRIME!
I was getting hungry by this point, so I stepped out of the building to get some food and discovered that there was 4x more Faire to cover:
This one was giving me the eye:
I want to try hanging a camera from a kite! Can I borrow your camera?
The robots were really being mean to children even…
Then they went all cyborg on this poor innocent:
This is the robot conversion factory:
The humans allowed to live had to pass through a life sized Mousetrap Game:
One hall was full of crafts and the witches who ply their trade:
and odes to their false idols:
ok, that’s a pretty cool ode – a yarn FSM!
And what would a trip to NoCal be without hippies and their dirty habits:
It’s sad what happened to some of the humans:
but I will admit to eating all the chocolate and vanilla ribbon off of the Hostess Cupcake car! Mmm, delicious!
Sheep lady’s twittering about seeing something stranger than her:
What could it be?
WOOP, der it is:
Some brave humans fought back the robot horde:
But in the end, who can fight robots?
Especially when they use child sympathizers:
I blame the XBoX generation for this madness.
But wait! There’s hope!
Mentos and Diet Coke save the day! And we all fly away:
and eat mushrooms:
and wear awesome coats:
Oh yeah, I ran into Andrew, Kim, and Site Con #3 (dammit, I can’t remember his name. Nice kid… )
More pix here: