Monthly Archives: January 2015

more cosmic condensation

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At certain weather conditions, the outside windows in some rooms form condensation.  Sometimes the patterns made by the condensation are interesting so I’ve started a series of photos to document it.  These shots were taken with the D80 with a 25mm extension tube between the body and macro lens. While this camera is not as sophisticated as newer models it can still produce excellent files even with the kit lens.

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cosmic cookie sheet

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If you have been a steady reader (including comments) of 2clicks you may have noticed the large volume of requests for more photos in the cosmic series, particularly the cosmic cookie sheet photos.  You may have also noticed that it has been a very long time since a photo from that series has been posted.  Now I don’t want to give anyone the impression that we ignore our faithful following but things have been very busy here  what with the holidays, the weather and all.  But today we have two (2) photos in the series.  This one you posted here and this one here.  We have been hard at work in the test kitchens and now we are ready to continue the series.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  You can find another cookie sheet here, too.

Eastman House

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This is the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.  I shot this a while back when I was working on a scanning project for them.  The House and adjoining buildings are home to the International Museum of Photography and Film.  If you every find yourself in the Rochester area, this would be an excellent stop especially for those interested in the history of photography.  George Eastman founded Kodak and for years his company dominated the photographic industry.

George was not a fan of outsourcing and he wanted to insure that every component of their cameras, film and chemicals were manufactured by Kodak.  The photo below shows an early Kodak lens with red and yellow filters that fit over it.  I put a US penny in the photo to give an indication of the size.  The lens has 4 aperture positions marked 1, 2, 3, and 4 and shutter speeds of T (time), B (bulb), 25 (1/25 sec) and 50 (1/50 sec).  The lens and filters are on loan from my nephew Mike.  Thanks mike.

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1/15/15

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Occasionally I dip into some old material (in this case very old) of some of what I consider my best photos.  I shot this c. 1980 on Kodachrome 64, my color film of choice in those days.  The slide was transferred to digital with the Wolverine digital converter and further brought to life in Lightroom.  I remember this foggy day simply because I regarded the photo as one of my favorite.  I haven’t shot many like it since.

polar vortex

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We have been having some very cold days here in Western New York but it doesn’t seem to get cold enough for the polar bears.  Maybe if I had a white fur coat like that  wouldn’t mind so much, either.

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need for speed

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I shot this reflection of a warning light in at the bay outlet not long ago.  Alert followers may know I fond of reflections and I thought this would make a nice, stark composition.  It didn’t require much tuning in Lightroom to get the color and contrast right but you may notice that the same image (below) has numerous tiny spots throughout the light and dark areas.  It’s much more noticeable in the full resolution version.  I find the spots distracting so I used the Spot Removal tool in LR to remove them.  I do this with the image enlarged to 100% to get as many of the spots cloned out and it’s easy but time consuming to do.  These files are about 28 MB in the RAW state.  They are converted to the dng format when imported into LR which helps keep the file size down but even at this size it puts a strain on my computer.

I mentioned my computer problems in this post.  On New Years Eve the PC died but I was able to resurrect it with a new power supply and it seems fine now.  The good folks at LyteSpeed Computers had it back to me on Jan, 2, a very fast turn around.  I have decided on the repair rather than purchase a new PC because I would like to wait for Windows 10, Microsoft’s next OS, which will be a better fit for me rather that Win 8.    The new PC will be able to handle this type of editing much faster than I can presently do with what I have now but it’s worth the wait.  Thanks to every one for their suggestions for PCs.  I have a good idea of what the next purchase will be, hopefully in the second quarter of this year.

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