I'm in Austin, ostensibly for SXSW, but in reality I've spent most of my time at my friend's house, or at Casa, plugging away at my YC demo. The deadline is this Sunday and there's a lot to be done before I'll feel confident submitting.
So that's why I haven't posted yet this week. I intended to post a video of the talk Jason and I gave, but my camera ran out of batteries early into the talk, so I have no video.
My brother, who I wrote about last year, has been in Afghanistan. He's a soldier in the army. Besides shooting with his gun, he's also been shooting with a camera he brought with him. He posts photos to Facebook on a regular basis, and some of those photos have been really fascinating to look at. With his permission, I've reposted some of them here for you to see:
Luckily for Taylor, my family, and myself, he comes home very soon (although we're not allowed to know when exactly)!
With deadlines over on Sunday, I'll get back to writing next week. Thanks for being patient.
It's supposed to rain every single day once I get back to SF! Thinking about going somewhere else to avoid the rain. But where?
I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.
It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.
I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.
This post begins a new weekly segment here on Where Pianos Roam. It should mostly happen on Fridays, but may occasionally come out on Saturdays depending on my schedule. Along with "Early On a Sunday Morning" and "The Video of the Week", this marks the third regular instalment that you can expect to find here on WPR. So now, on with the inaugural post of . . .
I spent a day in Huntsville, Alabama earlier this week for a much needed break from Nashville. I brought Oreo and Buttercup along for plenty of "contemplating along the water's edge"-type-of-stuff. Here are some photos . . . Overlooking some Alabama mountains . . . Also this week, I've been hard at work on my website-revamp. I just added the new video page . Here's a screenshot . . . I've also been reading a new book in my rare spare time. It's called "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield, and it's quite good so far. Here's a hazy photo from my screwy little camera . . . I also recently dusted off my Roland JD-800 Synthesizer/keyboard and been playing on it a good bit. It's going to make an appearance in some upcoming shows. Her name is Olive by the way. Finished a new song with her earlier this week as well . . . Well, that's it for now. There'll be more photos next week!!! More, infinitely so, to come . . . -gordo