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Desktops (Wallpapers)

I'd like to begin offering some of the photos I've taken in the new "Desktops" section (see tabs at the top). Currently I'd plan to offer the following sizes: 4:3 Ratio 8:5 (Wide) Ratio ----------- ---------------- 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1152 x 864 1440 x 900 1280 x 960 1680 x 1050 1600 […]

UDSLR Signup Now Available

A sign up form is now available at if you're interested in receiving updates. Current plans are to send only one update and to deliver future updates at the UDSLR site itself. If the logo hasn't clued you in, the general idea is "University" of "DSLR." I still slightly prefer the original idea - […]

I'm waiting quite awhile for the Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW to arrive at either Dodd Camera or Van Tuil. Van Tuil today gave me a line about "it's a new bag, did you know that? They're not shipping them until mid-April." Uhm, what? Huh? I'd just order from B&H - again - except that I'd […]

Spring 2K7 is Here?

Spring must be here. Right? I golfed today, it reached about 76°F, and flowers are blooming. That must mean it's spring, right? Here are some crocus shots I took in about six minutes in the front yard. Used the 24-70 at 70mm, changed the aperture from f/2.8 to f/11 to see how different the changes […]

Still Snowy Presque Isle

Looking forward to some warmer temperatures (highs in the low 60s were predicted today), Carey and I ventured out at about 11am to Presque Isle. I threw my camera in the car with the 70-200 and the 24-70. When I get my bag, I'll likely just take everything. It was 50° in the garage, 42° […]

Grandma’s Framed Shots

After attending the Pens game last Friday, Carey and I went to visit my grandma in Bedford. The primary reason was so that I could take pictures of her for her 80th birthday. The family is throwing a little party in late April for the occasion. I took several pictures, and had only two real […]

Aperture 2.0 Wishlist

Here is my Aperture 2.0 wishlist. I've tried to limit this to features I think we could see. Improved performance. I still have to quit most of my apps (especially Safari) if I don't want minutes of stalling and disk-thrashing. And this is a Mac Pro with a Radeon x1900 with 5 GB RAM. A […]

High Contrast Dead Yard

In an attempt to learn a little more about my camera the other day, I took some pictures of my yard. I didn't really have a goal in mind - just to try to take some interesting pictures in what was basically a very dead yard. It's not yet spring, of course. I constrained myself […]

Penguins Camera Policy

Carey and I are attending a Penguins game tomorrow, and try as I might, I can't find the camera policy for Mellon Arena (for Penguins games) at I called. Point and shoots are fine. No detachable lens cameras. Oh well. At least we have the point and shoot.

The Portrait Business

Imagine you walk into an engraving store to purchase a silver frame engraved with your name and birth date. Imagine returning a week later. The clerk pulls out ten or twelve other engraved items, all permanently engraved with your name and birth date, and tries to sell these to you at exhorbitant costs. You turn […]

Aperture Keyboard

I still have my Final Cut Pro keyboard, but now a company has come out with an Aperture shortcut keyboard. I'd be tempted to buy it, but $59 for a set of keys alone? $99 for a $29 keyboard (with standard keys, of course). Forget it. I'll make due with the Aperture shortcuts PDF. But […]

More Smoke

My first smoke shots were only "okay," so today I set out to improve upon them. First, I stopped down to f/16, giving me about five or six inches depth of field rather than the two inches I had before. I also backed the shutter speed off to 1/125 (from 1/250), though given the actual […]

First Smoke Shots

Thanks to the folks who responded to my previous question about incense I was able to make some interesting photographs tonight. Unfortunately, at f/5.6, my depth of field was only about 0.18 feet, or just over two inches. So, many of my photographs are a bit… out of focus. I set my shutter speed to […]

Lightroom is receiving a comment whoopin' at O'ReillyNet. The commenters dislike Lightroom's modules, praising Aperture for its "uni-module" design which naturally leads to a more cohesive user interface. Aperture, for me - despite having a dual 3 GHz Mac Pro with 5 GB RAM and 200+ GB free space on the boot drive - is […]

I read on one of the many photography forums out there that someone right-clicked on an image and saw the EXIF data. On the Mac, the only two lightweight applications (1 and 2) are written for Intel Macs, and PhotoToolCM hasn't been updated since about the time Steve Jobs returned to Apple. Several other apps […]

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