Archive for February, 2008

Night Photography

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

For those of you who don’t know yet, Jason upgraded his camera from a Nikon D50 to a Nikon D300.  It’s a pretty awesome new camera he’s got there…

I went out with him a couple hours ago to do some night photography – my dinky Canon SD1000 versus his amazing new SLR.  First, here are two shots my camera managed to pull off with its max of a 15 second shutter at ISO400.  I’ve lightened them in post a little.

Night Photography 1

Night Photography 2

And here’s a shot I took of Jason at work:

Night Photography - Jason

Night Photography - PaulHe pulled off a few good shots, but nothing spectacular, as he was learning new tools and such on the thing.  Testing it out with things that take lots of time, like noise reduction… sometimes took minutes!  Anyways, on the right is an exaggerated shot of me with my super camera, and below I’ve added his best shot at full 12 megapixel resolution with no mod’s.  It’s completely unedited, and the only thing done to it is a transfer out of RAW and a compression to a high-quality web jpeg.  Click on it and see just how darn big his photos are these days:

Night Photography - Full Res from D300

PS: Holy crap – the PNG’s Jason exported from his RAW’s for me to edit up for this post were 50 MB each!

New Post

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

I really have to create a new post already – I’ve left that facebook post up there for four days and it has exploded with comments! So here you go. Something random to help keep the world turning:

Ass Doorbell Bigger

Would you push that doorbell?

Lazy Monday

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Return To House On Haunted HillLast night I was up a little late watching Return to House On Haunted Hill – which was a pretty good sequel I’d say.  Not too shabby of a horror flick.  My Monday afternoon was pretty lazy and consisted of watching the first third of the Academy Awards that we recorded on our PVR.  So far it was entertaining, but nothing super amazing.  I will say that with my involvement in the film industry I’ve been drawn in and am definately 500% more interested in the awards than before.  I can’t wait to finish watching them!

On a very separate note – My floor has been bugging me for some time, as I don’t think I’ve vacuumed in my room for quite some time…  I’ve wanted to do it for a while, and I finally found a few hours where I was able to move my entire room around to get to every little corner to fully-vacuum it out.  Took quite a bit of work, but it was well worth it.  Normally I’ll re-arrange my room after leaving it this long too, but I think I’ve really found a layout I really like these days.

In the evening I volunteered with Shaw once again filming city council meetings.  I took a photo from my perspective behind the camera during the meeting because I was bored:

PoCo Council

I did camera for the first hour, then directed the rest of the meeting.  Council went pretty well – they passed the Dominion Triangle again for the next reading.  It’s pretty set that they’ll be developing towards the river out past the Home Depot and Costco by my place, but they’re just jabbering on about specifics.  Should be all up and done by around 2012 or 2014 I think they were saying.  Definitely the near future like that.  Here’s a sketch of what it might look like.  I find it cool because you can see all the on-and-off ramps for the new bridge to Pitt Meadows!

Golden Anti-Facebook Article

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I got hooked reading anti-facebook articles, searching for one that best sums up why I don’t have an account in a way that people might understand.

This article is gold:



Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I actually broke the string on my bow early last summer, but I got it re-strung back in the fall.  I haven’t had a chance to use it until this evening.  It was such a beautiful day that I took my sister out and later my brother and my dad came out too.  I took a time-lapse video:

HD-DVD is Dead

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

It’s old news now, but if you haven’t already heard – Toshiba was the main and last standing backer for the HD-DVD format, and they announced that they will no longer be backing the format.  They will still support the products they have already made.

HD DVD Player Goodbye

I just shot this photo of my super high quality semi-obsolete upscaling DVD player!  After I get my five free HD-DVD’s from the mail-in rebate, I will certainly have the largest Beta – cough – I mean HD-DVD collection of anyone I know at 14 movies!