Seeing the big picture by getting small.

Last Monday was spent at a botanical garden in Ann Arbor.

Here, I tried out my new Opteka extension tubes, which all my camera to get even tighter shots on small things.

I started first by trying to focus on the small minds of the Republican media, but even the mighty Canon 7D with a nice 1.8 lens could not see anything worth discussing there, so I instead went on to flowers…simple, awesome, intricate flowers…I am not there yet as a macro photographer, maybe I will never get there, but the first day of the journey left me excited, exhausted and with a couple dozen pics that I was reasonably proud of. This is not really one of them, but, I liked the color. Deal with it..:)

Hell week, otherwise known as the first week of school is over, I survived without being lynched, made progress in some ways, and was sad in others because the cost of said progress was given at the expense of something more progressive than what replaced it…Ce la vie.

One day, I may get to make the decisions, and then, I will listen to the smart people around me when they tell me what they need to be effective at their jobs rather than choosing what I like most and jamming it down their throats.

The orchard continues to grow, the growers, pickers and eaters are happy and productive, and we are now damned to a beet farm, less the humor of Dwight and his idiot brother. I look longingly back at the Orchard taking little solace at my small grove at home. Now, it serves primarily as a reminder of the beets I have to eat and tend at work.

Digital Camera Envy

Jack and Travis get air
Jack and Travis get air

~~ Last weekend, SJ and I were sorting through pictures to find ones to hang in the newly painted living room. I was struck by how many BAD prints from film I had, all of which I paid to get developed from film. Out of focus, overdeveloped, underdeveloped, blurry, etc. It really reminded me how much I love my digital cameras. I owned an Apple Quicktake 100 when they came out originally, but it was far short of film, and very limited, so I never did much with it. I later bought an Agfa 640×480 digital, that I still have some shots that came out OK. the first decent camera, one that made me ditch film, was the little Vivitar 2.1 mpix that I bought before a trip to NorCal, then a Nikon CoolPix 4300 (4.3 mpix) . After that one, I was done with film forever. I now have an older Canon a620 7.1 that takes amazing pictures. SJ has a Nikon D40x SLR that takes even more amazing pictures. Yet, I find myself wanting either a Canon G9 (Yes I know the G10 is out) or the Panasonic LX3. I find myself wondering why, cause the shots taken with either of the two cameras I can use are amazing, limited only by my ability to be ready to shoot and frame the picture better. So, I rationalize. I want the ability to   video, which both of the new cameras do. I want the ability to shoot RAW,   do. I want a better macro focus, one that is idiot proof so I can get better close shots. I really need Noel to upgrade his G9 so he will sell me his cheap (hint hint). No matter, any one reading this who is still using film, just get digital, even the cheapest thing will do. Digital frees you to take a zillion pics, dump the ones that suck ( 90% of mine do) but what is left are probably some of the best pictures you will ever take.