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Friday, April 23, 2010

Official Camcorder Update

Filed under: | Photography/Video

Well the new Official Camcorder was delivered to the apartment today. My wife was kind enough to unpack it to start charging the battery, and a couple of hours after I got home, I started playing around with it. Fortunately, I can import the .mod files directly into iMovie, and off I go!
But DANG! This camcorder is small, indeed! So look out! New learning curve ahead….

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Official Camcorder

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | Photography/Video

Time for me to move further into a new realm: true video.
I just purchased a Canon FS200 standard definition flash memory camcorder. It’s something I’ve wanted to get for quite some time. And seeing as I’ve received many kudos from The Blogmocracy for the last couple of documentary shorts, I’m taking the plunge. I’ll leave the still photos up to my wife, and she does a pretty good job with that!
So STAY TUNED! I’ve got a little project in the works….

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Evening Water

Filed under: | Photography/Video | The 48th State

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Lake Havasu City & US 93

Filed under: | Photography/Video | The 48th State


Although I managed to drive across the original London Bridge, I couldn’t get a decent shot of the bridge itself because the damn thing was surrounded by tourist traps! Gee I wonder why. Besides, there are better pix at Wiki.
Still it was a fun jaunt up US 60, then US 93 to Interstate 40, down through Kingman, and over to US 95, which went south from that highway to Lake Havasu City. Oh, and it was hotter than Phoenix by a long shot: 116°F at 1730 hours MST! Yes, it’s a drier heat.
On the way back I managed to stop and take a few snapshots of things I saw on the way north, which just goes to highlight the beauty of Arizona.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Private Hitler Photos

Filed under: | History | Photography/Video

The UK Telegraph decided to publish photos from Nazi Germany, specifically of Der Führer himself. This is the least offensive of the bunch. For more photos, click on the image:

Photos such as these are important for historical reasons. Of course, the liberals will take this opportunity to whine “but he was just a man too.”
BULL-S**T! The fact remains that this man was the most EVIL son of a bitch who’s ever lived on this planet. Of course, I’m sure he’s getting gassed over and over and over again for Eternity as punishment for his horrible sins.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Outdoor Fire

Filed under: | Personal | Photography/Video

Courtesy of the Lady E, with whom I share a love of photography:

Turns out she has some very good friends right here in the Valley, whom she had not seen for ten years or so. We both got to enjoy this warm fire on a February desert evening. Good friends, good healthy non-alcoholic drinks, good stories. Can’t beat that!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Difference Engine?

Filed under: | History | Photography/Video

Dang close to one if you ask me….
I just discovered a wonderful online repository of historical photos from the Civil War era all the way into the 1960s! It’s called Shorpy, and the content is absolutely breathtaking!
Here’s a reproduction of a US Census Bureau tabulating machine from 1917. You can either click on the thumbnail for a larger rendition, go to the actual entry, or both!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holding The Bag

Filed under: | Photography/Video

Good thing I haven’t purchased any Canon photo-related products lately. The third-party group which supposedly handled the mail-in rebates has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I feel bad for anyone who’s got a rebate coming to them, as Canon is asking everyone who has received a check and not yet cashed it to hold onto them as the bankruptcy proceedings move forward.
With my recent acquisition of a second 2GB xD card for the Official Camera, I don’t think I’ll be making any significant photo-related purchases for the foreseeable future. All told, I now have 5GB to work with.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

German WWI Color Photos

Filed under: | History | Photography/Video

WOW! Now this presents a new perspective on World War I: color photos from the German side:

Given today’s film speeds and grain quality, I can only imagine that what these guys worked with during The Great War. Unlike a Russian effort from the same era, this was actual color film. Until I do some more digging, I’m going to throw a number out there for the ISO-equivalent speed: 32.

HAT TIP: BMEWS

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

818 Pictures Later…

Filed under: | Photography/Video

Three days ago I coughed up 20 bucks (with Tax included) for a 2GB xD memory card for the Official Camera from eBay. Believe it or not, I got it today, quickly formatted it, and lo and behold! That really IS the number of full-res JPEG photos I can store on this card.
OK, I then decided to turn on the CCD-RAW setting. Result: 185 photos. Holy Fujichrome, Batman! (That’s right, Chum)
And if I want to shoot 640x480 30fps video? I can…for 58 minutes, 41 seconds. Dang! That’s a one-hour TV “special” and then some. I think I’ll go have some fun with this card this weekend!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Filed under: | Photography/Video

Semaj Ovured sent me this link to a German article which debunks the commonly-held belief amongst amateur photographers that more megapixels are better. Any level-headed consumer who pays attention will know that they will want to buy something that fits their needs, and as they grow in skills, to trade up to the next level, and not be caught in the “My [blank] is bigger than yours” game.
I’m fine with my Official Camera, thank you very much.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

‘Cause They’re The Taxmen

Filed under: | Photography/Video

Some not-so-surprising news from the European Union from DPReview: a plan to tax at a higher rate certain digital still cameras which meet all three of the following criteria, thus being classified as “video camera recorders”:

Higher than 800x600 resolution
Duration of video 30 minutes or more
23 fps

The specs on the Official Camera, if they still sold it, would not qualify for this “special” classification because it records video at 640x480, so that stops it right there. The official statement from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) stated that the EU will not retroactively tax any items sold up to this point, and that’s a good thing.
That said, I am not sure how much extra this will end up costing consumers who purchase high-tech devices which always seem to be improving. Besides, the Official Camera was supposedly out of date six months after I purchased it. Nevertheless, I am keeping it for the foreseeable future.
Here’s another thought: is it possible the EU wants to regulate citizen bloggers by this tax’s imposition? Again, not enough information. So let’s keep an eye on this one and see how things develop.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Good Catch Ardias

Filed under: | Photography/Video | The 48th State


One of the recent visitors to Macker’s World comes by way of Pegasus Actual, and he caught an inadvertent error in one of my Photo Gallery posts. Allow me to explain.
I had initally described the sculpture at the gate of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson as F-22 Raptors. Ardias pointed out that these are, in fact, YF-23s, which competed with the F-22 for the Air Force’s next-generation fighter, the F-22 having won and is now in service, succeeding the F-15 Eagle.
Ardias also sent me some photos of the comparison between the two aircraft, and it’s obvious I missed it. My bad. Ardias also said this:

It’s simply that the YF-23 has always caught my eye as a beautiful aircraft that unfortunately may never fly again…unless the project to enter the aircraft in the Air Force’s new interim bomber concept project goes forth.

When I hear “interim bomber” I think B-57, and that was a cool plane for its time (see here for a photo).
Thanks Ardias for catching this. And that reminds me Scott and Dennis…you two live in Tucson, I’m surprised you didn’t catch me!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Pentax Retro DSLR

Filed under: | Photography/Video

I’ve made it known in the past that I like retro designs. I’ve seen it in cars before (Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR), and now, in celebration of its 50th Anniversary in photography, Pentax has taken its K10D digital SLR and applied the technique to it:

What makes this weirddd is the obvious digital interpretation of the 40mm (35mm-equivalent) lens. IIRC, the field of view crop factor is 1.5x, and Pentax would have had to design a lens with a fixed focal length of approximately 27mm. DPReview says Pentax has no plans to put this camera into production, but I’ll bet there will be those who will write in and ask that they do so, just because they too like retro.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Daguerreotype Camera Sold at Auction

Filed under: | Photography/Video

Now here is a real historical find...the world’s oldest daguerreotype camera, languishing in a Munich apartment (which means it survived World War II!), until its present owners discovered it. Once it was authenticated as the world’s oldest camera of its type, it was sold at auction in Vienna for almost 600,000 euros (US$800,000).
Being the photography buff that I am, it would be absolutely amazing to see the types of photos this direct ancestor of modern photography took. Known daguerreotype images exist of Edgar Allen Poe and Abraham Lincoln, and I’m sure there are lots of others.

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