Tomorrow it’ll be April. Feels just about right this year. The rain this week has washed away all but the most stubborn snow, and the weather tomorrow is supposed to be sunny. Heck, I might even get outside and rake up some of the overwinter crud from the yard. Plus it’s time to reorganize things in the garage so I’ll have room to park my trike out there when I take it off the trainer. Not quite time for that yet, but it’s time to make room.
Pictures? Well, it’s time to use up the last of the ones from the Conservatory so we can do Carousel ones next week. First it’s some kind of plant that collects a little pond of water in it. And bugs and larvae and stuff. I pumped up the colors a little bit, but not as much as you might think. It really was pretty bright, even in the gloomy light of last Saturday.
Then some pretty flowers. The way the lone stalk hung over a wall, isolating the flowers from the rest of the greenery caught my eye. I don’t remember the exact shooting distance, but it was very near the half-metre minimum focusing distance on my lens, and if I remember correctly, I had to shut off the auto-focus because it was trying to make the background sharp. I think I’m going to need to read the autofocus section of the camera’s manual again so I have a better idea of how to convince it to do what I want. I don’t mind focusing manually, but there are times when it’s tough because I’m shooting from a funny angle.
And finally, one of the plaques on the light-posts outside the Conservatory. The place opened in 1915, so I’m not sure what the deal with these plaques are. They look like something from the WPA to me (for no good reason, probably), which is the 30s. They’re not present in the photos from the opening in 1915. Dunno. Maybe one of my readers has a clue?
- It’s time to dump a bunch of photography-related links, too. Here are some Panorama Tools for OS X I mean to check out.
- I don’t read NikonNet as often as I should, especially since every time I do, I find something useful.
- I don’t have a GPS, but if I did, Geotagging: Flickr + Maps, Take 2 would be useful. Heck, it might be useful anyhow.
- I also think I should get a copy of The Art of Fine Art printing, even though I’m not shooting much “fine art”.
- This Photoshop History stops in 2000, but is a good quick article nonetheless.
- This article on Tripod Height actually talks quite a bit about choosing a tripod. I’ve been thinking of upgrading my 20 year old tripod. There’s really not much wrong with it, but it’s a bit light, and definitely too short for me. I’ll have to shop to find out if anyone actually makes a tripod I could use without bending over.
- A co-worker recommended the Minneapolis Photographic Society as a place to learn more. Sounds a lot more organized than our informal walkarounds, but it would probably be worth it.
- The Adobe Lightroom eBook for Digital Photographers is shipping for $22.49, and will be updated with each new release of Lightroom. Cool beans. [photoshop news]
- And finally, since the smoking ban just took effect in St. Paul last night, I found this Quote pretty darned humorous. [endwar]