Sunday, December 28, 2008

It was raining...

still raining...a lot. Would have been nice to think of it as "melted snow," until the power outage on the 26th, lasting 10 hours for some, still out for others. Allegedly caused by a lightning strike at one of the power plants, but that is conjecture at this time. The circuits breakers popped like they are supposed to, protecting the system from further potential damage, saving us customers time and money.

All kinds of "suggestions" from people. I would hazard to guess that, when the price tag is presented for possible solutions (and it will cost), the answer will be "ne'mind." ("never mind", as in "that's okay").

I think that, for the most part, the residents of this island (O'ahu, Hawaii) handled the situation pretty well. There will always be the "10%"; idiots will always be idiots.

At least it doesn't snow here...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Twas' the day after Christmas..

...and not a creature was stirring at work. Dammit!

Skeleton-crew, minus half the bones. Just me left.

Oh, well.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Too funny!

Was looking at Steven Shankland's CNET post of a D3x parody:

Rather humorous, unless you're Nikon. But maybe they deserve it for delivering a product that is late, over-priced (to the consumer), and not cutting-edge. I am definitely not in the market for this one.

Good luck, Nikon! Maybe it will benefit by driving down the prices of the rest of the line.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A nod to the season...

parking structure lobby tree, fullIt's the holidays!

Kinda lost my appetite for it, though; rather high-stress time for me, and nothing to do with shopping.
On top of that, I figure that a season named after a religious figure should not be so blatantly commercialized. Something not right there. For those that do the remembering what it is about, kudos to you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Seeing the Light! Okay, maybe just a glimmer...

Received and viewed the new Nikon School "A Hands-On Guide to Creative Lighting" DVD. Sat through the whole thing, one pass.

It went through the basics of lighting, some demos, and the field work with Joe McNally. What really got me was 1) how they talked through everything they were doing, even if it went over my head, and 2) that Joe McNally was shooting in Matrix Metering (when he's not blacking out ambient) and multi-light iTTL. And all that grip equipment (the panels and C-stand kits were cool!)!

I really need to rethink lighting... Yes, the Strobist method (manual, off-camera) is really good for static situations when I know what I am doing, but this may take most of the brain-work out of shooting. Mind you, it still requires someone that knows how all the stuff works and goes together to build that great shot, but the automatics take a level of complexity out.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Already December!

Yikes! It's already December! A year older, a year grey-er, don't know about getting wiser.