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February 29, 2008

Mister Rogers

There are a few shows from my childhood that stuck with me into adulthood. Chief among them is Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Not only did Fred Rogers host nearly 1000 episodes of the show, he composed all the music for them, did all the puppet work, and championed congressional funding for PBS programming. One of the most inspiring youtube videos I've seen is Mr. Rogers testifying at a congressional subcommittee, explaining to all the staunch politicians how important it is that he get his message out to children. (video below)

Mister Rogers rocks, need I say more? If Mister Rogers were still around today, March 20th, 2008 would be his 80th birthday. The nonprofit company started by Rogers back in the early 70s is asking that people take this day to remember Rogers. All you need to do is bust out your favorite sweater. I already have my knit zip up sweater picked out, and I'm looking forward to wearing it on March 20th! (video below)

And yea, I'll be sending my self portrait to them.

February 27, 2008

Downtown Seattle

Here is another HDR shot, this time taken from the outdoor viewing area on the space needle, looking toward downtown. I was a little annoyed that most of my EXIF data went away after I saved a photo using photomatix, so I started to play around with ExifTool to copy over the original EXIF data from the raw files. It couldn't be easier!

$ exiftool -tagsfromfile IMG_xxxx.CR2 IMG_xxxx_tonemapped.jpg
In this case, the HDR is constructed from three shots, +/- 2 EV from the center, metered one. EXIF data for this center photo has been copied to the final HDR jpg.

Downtown, Seattle, WA

February 25, 2008

Space Needle

I'd like to think is my best attempt at an HDR picture yet. My someone special took me on a trip to Seattle this weekend for my birthday. The weather was fantastic, and as you can see in this shot, it was actually sunny! I had a great time.

Space Needle, Seattle, WA

February 20, 2008

Tour of California

Yesterday I sat outside in the cold rain waiting for a hundred plus guys in spandex to speed by on their bikes. I positioned myself at the last corner before the sprint finish, hoping everyone would be going crazy trying to get to the front of the pack and get the sprint points. If they were, they rode past too quickly for me to see.

Downtown Davis, CA

February 05, 2008

Super Tuesday

I voted.