March 22, 2011 - Remember ...

I shoot so often with my 35mm f/1.8 DX Nikkor (52mm FX equivalent) that I had forgotten that I had another lens. While using Flipboard to flip through the Flickr stream of my contacts ( and aptly named app - oh oh, the puns are flowing ) I suddenly realised I had not done any macro shots in a while. I don't have a dedicated macro lens but I do have a Nikkor 18-55mm VR lens that I bought to replace my kits lens. It was around 6 PM and I had just arrived home from work. I had not taken the camera out all day. I swapped lenses and photographed the first thing that caught my eye. I had photographed these last week with the 35mm. To add a little difference to the photos I processed this one as a HDR from a single RAW image.

Software : Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Photomatix Pro

March 21, 2011 - Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

The kids and I got a book for the three of us. I can't wait to start some of these projects and create mayhem in our home. When I was a young boy doing these sort of projects in my room meant small (and large) eruptions of chemicals, burn holes in the rug, and the smell of burning electronics in the air. I had a blast making explosive material from sugar and sulphur, cross breeding fish, and turning my Dad's perfectly functional electronics into something else. Much of what American kids are exposed to in science class is nothing more than well executed demos. No wonder kids think science is boring. I want to kindle the spark of creativity and inquisitiveness that I discovered as a young boy.