Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Cool Laser swirls

Here's a really interesting photo. I was sitting out back by the fire, tonight, and I brought out my 75mw green laser (from to mess around with. I waved it back and forth in the smoke of the starting fire and I managed to capture this *way* cool image with my iPhone. Sort of an improvised "Frankie Goes To Hollywood" kind of thing. I've been experimenting with whatever unique tricks I can come up with using the iphone's camera.

Yes, in terms of the camera I use when I'm really playing "photographer", the iPhone camera is crap. Since I always have it with me, I have plenty of time to mess with it, no matter how good or bad it is. In bright light, it's not too bad
for what it is.

Stay tuned for some very cool tricks I've discovered with this camera.

Closeup of some beautiful eyes

Here's my favorite picture from a recent series I took of my daughter. I was specifically trying to get a good shot of her eyes. The afternoon sun was perfect, and they way she was sitting really made it easy to line her up for a good set of shots. She doesn't much like the sun in her eyes (who can blame her), but, she managed to keep them open long enough to get a few good open-eyed pictures.

This was taken with a Canon 20D and a Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens. It was shot at 1/800th sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 at 70mm. I left off the b+w circular polarizer for this shot.

I go through phases when I don't shoot for weeks, then, all of a sudden, I shoot 1,000 images in three days (which is exactly what I just did). I'm in the process of sifting through them all to find the keepers. Anyway, comments are always welcomed. Positive comments are welcomed more :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Video: Mojo the Pit Bull Snoring and Snuggling

The text of the YouTube description says:

Here's Mojo. I don't think he was actually asleep, though, he sure sounds it. My daughter snuggles up with him to watch TV and he usually just enjoys it. This time, he stretched out, gave her some kisses and got up. Mean, killer pit bull??? I think not. Say something bad about pit bulls and my daughter will be first in line to tell you the real truth.

Monday, May 26, 2008

My daughter and an 8 week old pug puppy

We were out rollerblading today and we came across one of our neighbors and their new pug puppy, not so imaginatively named, "Pugsly". Nice dog, though. Perhaps, a little E.T.-ish, but, still, nice.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Slurp, yum

Here's my pit bull, Mojo, licking his chops. I'm not even sure why,
but, it made for a funny picture.

Watching TV with a Pit Bull

From the title, this picture might not be what you would expect, that is, unless you yourself are a pit bull owner. After a nice breakfast out on the deck, I came inside to watch the rest of a Discovery show about Amazon Mega-fish. Mojo wasn't interested and he assumed his usual TV position, laying across my lap, asleep. Such a lover!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mojo after an hour of frisbee

Here's my pit bull, Mojo, after we played frisbee for over an hour. I bought him one of those nylabone dog frisbees. He loves to chase after it and try to catch it. He is getting better at the catching part. He does bring of back to me, too. The thing is, he still won't let go of it when he comes back without some amount of tugging. Clearly, we can't be playing tug-of-war over the frisbee. You're never supposed to let the dog win those kind of games, and it's really hard to get a
hand hold on a slimey frisbee. He's getting better at giving it up, but he's not there yet. In any event, we had a very fun time. He got totally tired put and covered in mud, too.

Right after I took this pic, I brought him inside and gave him a thorough bath. Of course, he hated it, but, he was a pretty good sport about it after all. It's after midnight now and he's asleep next to me and he smells nice and clean.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Storm is a-comin'

I wish I had my DSLR to shoot this one. The storm is just now rolling in and it's making the sky have such an interesting range of colors and cloud shapes. This iPhone camera isn't too bad, but, it's no DSLR. Anyway, enjoy.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Higway the pit bull

This is Highway, my neighbor's rescued pit bull. He gets his name from being found lost wandering on a highway. I believe he was hit and they brought him home and nursed him back to health. He's quite a sweetie.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Opsrey picture

Here's an Osprey picture I managed to get yesterday while I was out testing the b+w CP filter. I realize I'd have had better luck with a longer lens, but, I did what I could.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Great Blue Heron

This was *not* taken with my iPhone. It was taken with my Canon 20D and a Canon 24-70L lens with a shiny new b+w CP filter. I went out specifically to try out the filter. In short, I love it. Comments welcomed.

Pit Bull Tree Service Pic & Video

Here's a pic I took this morning of Mojo while I was out in the yard doing some clean-up work. He's looking up at his quarry - a large tree branch that's hanging down within reach. Click the link to see what he does.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Video: Celebrity Pit Bull Massage

Posted a video, "Celebrity Pit Bull Massage". Weird dog, Mojo.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What's wrong with this picture

I took this pic in Atlantic City. It's a dune restoration project. I
find it *really * weird that there's a manhole cover in the middle of
the beach. Yuck!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

8-string bass headstock

Here's what the headstock and tuning pegs look like. They're arranged like they are on a Rickenbacker 12-string.

An 8-string bass guitar

I went over for my usual Monday guitar lesson and my teacher had this to show me. It's an 8-string bass with each pair tuned like a 12- string guitar, except in this case, four pairs instead of six. It has a really unique twangy sound. I don't generally play a bass, but, this is sure fun to mess around with.

Friday, May 2, 2008

My daughter at the tennis court

I had planned to put away the "technology" since I was at the park with my daughter. As soon as I did that, someone invited her to play tennis over at the adjacent courts. They lent her a spare racket and off she went. This pic was too cute to pass up. If she ends up loving it, I'll have to buy a racket and I'll end up being asked to play with her. We'd probably have fun, now that I think about it. She probably won't want to play with her dad forever ;)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Only in NJ

The owner/creator of statue owns the ice cream stand next door. I'm told he made this to attract attention to the business. The thing is, it's on HIS lawn, not in front of the ice
cream stand. I can't Imagine putting that ok my lawn. Now, if it was a giant Sta-puft marshmallow man, that might be a different matter.