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Now she walks through her sunken dream to the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen,
but the film is a saddening bore for she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools as they ask her to focus on
Sailors fighting in the dance hall, oh man!
Look at those cavemen go, it's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know he's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Sweet Song of Spring

Out the window at about 1am as the storms rolled through. As always, click to embiggen.

Just some photo neppery notes. This is about the sixth storm I've tried this with and the first time I've gotten any good results. For each image I had something decent to work with, I had about 20 that didn't (man, I love digital). I really wish I had a full manual camera, it's so much easier then. These all were taken with 1 sec exposures, f3.5 (the most open aperture my camera has). I also hate the delay you get with auto cameras (click. Now, um, how should I expose this, okay, and where to focus, okay, open shutter. No, I want click=open shutter). In Orwell I don't often see lightning strikes, but we instead get lots of "Wow, that lit up the clouds" types. So that's what you're looking at. The night sky lit by lightning. I still want to do more of these. I'm looking for a particular effect. All of these are from those long forking lightning branches that last a second or to and tend to rebound. I would depress the shutter button halfway, the camera would decide on the exposure and focus in the dark, and then I waited.


Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

As much as I like my small Sony digital cameras, I missed my Nikon F3 cameras. But no way could I afford a full-frame FX sensor digital Nikon SLR. Until I remembered that Kodak used to make some, and I found the Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n bodies on eBay for about $800.

13.87 megapixel, 24x36mm FX sensor, takes Nikon F-mount lenses, though you need the modern AF Nikkors with the CPU chips for auto exposure. And a full manual mode. And no shutter lag began getting the mirror out of the way. (grin)

Dr. Phil

Steve Buchheit said...

Dr. Phil, I miss my old Minolta T-100. Alas, it was beaten to within an inch of its life over the decade and a half I had it.

I know I can get what I really want. The major obstacle is my own "frugalness".