Thursday, May 31, 2012



Sunday, May 27, 2012

Noisy this morning, so grabbed the camera and hit the street.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A bit warm here today... but that's okay...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012



Hey! Did you know there was a launch this morning? I watched the first minute or so on NASA TV, then went outside to see what I could from my porch! Here's the experience!



Monday, May 21, 2012



I love my Canon SX230 HS camera. It is a pocket type camera, and while I love the size and having it always available, I do prefer to have a camera hanging from a neck strap- but as pocket cameras tend to have only one attachment point, intended for a wrist strap usually, I had to work a bit to get it on a neck strap and properly oriented.

First thing was to find a suitable fitting, which I found at the arts and crafts section at Walmart, filed to fit the slight curve of the side of the camera housing, and to make the loop stick out a bit. I used the PC-11 epoxy as recommended by Rolly over at the Homosassa Tru Value, and let it set for 24 hours before touching it.

Then it was a bit of a job finding a proper strap that I could attach to the two very different fittings. I kept thinking in terms of a traditional strap, but finding nothing that would make that work- though I am sure the bits exist, I could find nothing locally, I grabbed a 3-pack of single point neck straps from Walmart for $4.00 and a bit of sewing to put the ends from two onto one, and voila!

A bit later...

Sometime ago, I purchased an after-market 2X lens for my Canon A-1000 pocket camera- which had the great feature of being particularly good for low light video. Unfortunately, it is low rez, so is now rendered fairly useless, though there are some videos I got with it, that are no longer available, such as the Lights of Winter at Epcot.

It occurred to me to see if maybe this lens would work with my SX230. It had come with an extra mounting ring, a very thin circle of magnetized metal that stuck with glue to the camera lens mount, and held the lens on with a matching magnet in its base. So today, I very carefully aligned and attached the mounting ring to the front of the SX230- it is the bright silver ring you can see here.

Here is the camera with the lens mounted.

I then took a shot without the lens and the same shot with it...

As you can see, unfortunately, it is not "tuned" for this camera and offers little magnification and only clear focus in the center. While it might be interesting for some special effects, it will be of no use in general.



Sunday, May 20, 2012



I traveled up to Crystal River Mall on Saturday afternoon, in  search of a new lens cap for one of my cameras, and hopes that a certain store there might have such among their multitude of large drawers of small parts.

As a young lady held the door for me, and I scooted on in to one of the many radiating shop lined halls that flowed to the central circus-tented food court, I was struck  by what could only be live music, and very primal rhythms. After I found disappointment in my targeted store, I headed into the middle of the court to discover a drum circle and two belly dancers performing. Or to be more precise, having just wrapped up their performance. Nevertheless, my arrival, and the natural inclination of musicians to carry on once started, Beethoven's Ninth Law of Motion or some such thing, and they played around a bit  more and I videoed a bit of it.

Home, later, evening, cooler... I decide to step out and hit the lawn with some mowing before it takes over and starts cloning people. I pull my walk-behind out from under the overhang, and fill the tank. As I replace the cap, I note something suddenly go still off in the yard. Isn't it interesting that the exact action meant to hide draws attention? And in the fading light, there, I spot not one, but two yard bunnies! Figuring the roar and approach of the lawn mower would not be seen as welcoming, I decided to forgo the operation and gently walked back around and into the house. I looked, and they hadn't bolted. I got my camera, but I knew if I even opened the door again, they would be gone, so I made my way out to my enclosed deck and though it was a bit higher than I could look through unaided, I was able to  hold my camera up and use its view screen to get two minutes of two bunnies.



Thursday, May 17, 2012

I love weather!

Friday, May 11, 2012



Go full screen, relax and take a moment...

Sunday, May 06, 2012


Friday, May 04, 2012


Tuesday, May 01, 2012



This is a test post for a new blog writing client program.


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