17
Sep
06

Weekend Update

To atone for hardly posting at all last week, I’m posting thick and fast this weekend. On to the first item:

Pirates sweep Mets. What can I say? I love it. The Pirates are now 63-87 (.420) for the season and 33-27 (.550) since the All-Star Break.

In other news, I had my first 3 rolls of film taken with my “new” Pentax K1000 developed today. I got the pictures on a CD, so I can share them with you. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with them. The color isn’t that great and varies a lot in different lighting conditions. I’ll have to learn how to deal with that better. Also, the second roll has strange light-colored bands which are pretty distracting in some pictures. I think I rewound the film in the wrong direction on that roll. Could that be responsible for my problems? I didn’t get that problem on any of the other rolls, so I don’t think it’s a problem with the camera. Anyway, my pictures will be here probably some time later tonight.

I went to MIT’s “Swapfest” today with my friend Scott. This event is generally either called Swapfest or “Flea @ MIT” in the signage that the sponsoring group posts. My wife and Scott’s wife have come up with their own names for it, like “Nerdfest” and “Geekmart”. Whatever you choose to call it, it takes place on the 3rd Sunday of each month April through October. This month I got what is probably the coolest thing ever made: a Telex Caramate 4000.

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What you see above is a slide projector with a built-in viewing screen.  Opening or closing the little door above the screen controls whether the image is projected on the built-in screen or on an external screen or wall.  Not only that, it has a cassette player, remote control, and microphone, so you can host the most awesome slideshow viewing event in history, complete with mix-tape soundtrack and narration by microphone. Now that I have a slide projector, I’m going to get some slide film – maybe the Fuji Velvia that Adrian can’t stop talking about – shoot some slides and host some awesome slideshow nights.

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3 Responses to “Weekend Update”


  1. September 17, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, that thing looks pretty sweet!

  2. September 20, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    That thing looks pretty sweet. Velvia is the best color film, period.

    On your photos, some general comments:
    -there are a ton of Elizabeth. She’s very cute, but you might want to take some other photos.
    -generally you can’t hand hold a photo at slower than 1/60 of a second. if you make your body very ridgid, like a tripod, sometimes you can get down to 1/10, but as a general rule 1/60 of a second.
    -birds in the sky are pretty much uninteresting, no matter how cool they look in person
    -reflections in water (and glass) generally look less cool on film.
    -the focal plane on a person should generally be their eyes. between shutter speed and focus, it seems you have a handful that are a bit soft in the focus.

    Some of my favorites:
    first roll:
    -9-17-2006-12.jpg nice self portrait
    -9-17-2006-11.jpg holy crap cute
    -9-17-2006-14.jpg nice framing
    -9-17-2006-04.jpg nice lighting and coloration, though the focus is a little soft (the sofa is more in focus than her face)
    -9-17-2006-20.jpg I have no idea what she’s doing
    2nd roll:
    -9-17-2006-09.jpg nice framing
    -9-17-2006-06.jpg good for a posed picture
    9-17-2006-10.jpg nice framing, though I’d try going down a bit, the same effect with more detail could be had
    3rd roll:
    -9-17-2006-07.jpg nice reflection
    -9-17-2006-16.jpg nice composition
    -9-17-2006-11.jpg I like how you put some of the building (non-reflected) in with the reflection.
    -9-17-2006-23.jpg cute again.

  3. September 25, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    Holy crap. I want one. So bad.


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