Glass Half-Full: 24.

Motor Vehicles Prohibited: 25.

Static Wave: 26.

Midas’ Purple Haze: 27.

Today I started playing with color: adjusting hue, saturation, and luminance. As with all people with new toys, I’m sure that I went too far somewhere. Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions for improvement.




Best viewed with a bright screen to bring out the upper & lower portions. Not really sure I like it, but it is curious enough to share. 🙂






Red brick building, meet deep blue sky.



Just out for a jog.

I don’t know why, but this picture makes me shiver a little bit inside, and not because of the cold. Something seems about to go horribly wrong…

At any rate, nothing says “bright!” like the veiling flare that old lenses provide.



Here is something that I didn’t expect. I took several of my lenses out for a walk, with the goal of understanding their flare performance. What I found is that I don’t seem to have any reason to carry (or keep) the F70-210/4-5.6 so long as the DA70/2.4 is within arm’s length.

The left image is that DA70/2.4 at f/4 and 300% magnification; the right image is the F70-210/4-5.6 at 210mm/5.6 and 100% magnification. Both crops are from near the middle of each frame. The DA70 was not quite focused to infinity, which is why you see the branches in front of the buildings. (There might be something else to explain it, but I don’t know what that would be.) The only thing I can point to with the zoom lens that is better is that it is able to show its coma better, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Otherwise, resolution is comparable and the DA70 has better contrast. I found the same thing comparing the two lenses when both were at f/8.

I’m thinking that the best walkaround zoom is simply a high quality prime that can be cropped to taste.



…a colorful Christmas and a gnarly new year…