March 3rd, 2014

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Some January Shots

In Fall of 2012 I started shooting 35mm film again. First up was using a Nikon F4s with a 28-200mm f3.5-5.6D AF-NIKKOR all-in-one lens. I shot 4 rolls of 24 exposure with it, had it developed and scanned at Walgreens, only because they're convenient. The negatives are capable of better pictures, but the scans are adequate. The fourth roll was processed in March of 2013.

The F4s has an MF-22 data back and is supposed to imprint the date. Somehow it didn't. But given the subject matter, I'm pretty sure this first shot from the fifth roll is from the March 2013 snowfall -- 2014 isn't the only year with snow this time of year.

This is Kodacolor 400 MAX.


Once these were mighty trees just off of 84th Avenue. Then they knocked down the old farmhouse and took out the trees. In stages. Either this is Sauron's version of shade trees or the world's largest bonzai trees wintering over. (grin) (Click on photo for larger.)
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This is the Allendale Physical Therapy clinic I use back in January -- note the single handicapped space and the unshoveled walk. You gotta work on your rehab. (grin) (Click on photo for larger.)
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A week after the previous shot, this is the access road from behind PT and the Burger King straight into a whiteout of GVSU 5 o'clock traffic on 48th Avenue at M-45 Lake Michigan Drive. Because of the boulevard on M-45 and the "Michigan left turn", the line of traffic trying to make a right turn is both traffic heading east into Grand Rapids and those going west as well. (Click on photo for larger.)
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January 23rd, I saw brilliant sunshine at the SE corner of the 3rd floor of Rood Hall. 1pm, just coming from my hour stint in the new Physics Help Room and the F4s was in the walker's basket. So... worst case scenario -- shooting into the sun with brick and snow. 28mm and 1/3000th of a sec at f5.6. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Vertical shot to add in the sun. Adjusted to try to pull in some of the blue sky. Same camera settings as before. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Going home, this was the view out of the Blazer's front window. 105mm setting -- the dark blur at the bottom is the top of my steering wheel, so I am shooting up. The handicapped sign is about eight feet high, so that's a big snow pile. (Click on photo for larger.)
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More F4s and N2020 pictures coming.

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When You Wish Upon A Star...

Back on 9 February, I wondered if Randall Munroe of xkcd would do a web comic on the ICE/ISEE-3 probe (DW). Well he did!
One wonders whether Randall Monroe of xkcd will immortalize this moment in human exploration history as he did with the Mars rover Spirit. Or if this abandonment will be one more reason for Skynet to hate us come the Singularity. (grin)

UPDATE 3/3/2014: He did! (grin) http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hack.png I am happy now.
Never underestimate the power of wishful thinking...



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