**** This Week Through Your m43 (4/07/12) ****
Stan, the first is exceptional. Makes me want to run my fingers through the grass 'Gladiator' style.
I could just eat one of those meringues with a coffee right now...
Depends on your sense of humor, of course, but I find him great. He first came to the Melbourne Comedy Festival http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2012/season/shows/the-vicious-cycle-ben-lomas/ about 10 years ago. I took in his show on that first visit and it was a cracker.
There's this black guy (Nigerian parents, born in England) doing the upper class English thing of telling us descendants of transported convicts that "we in the mother country are quite pleased you".
In the vernacular, he "takes the p-ss" very well, including of himself.
I've seen his show most years since that first one and he has nearly always been excellent value. He had a bit of an off year last year, but was back at the top of his game this year.
He tours all over the place. Worth a look if he ever gets anywhere near Juneau.
If you're into comedy and haven't seen one of the great comedy festivals (Melbourne, Toronto, and Edinburgh -- in reverse order of greatness!) make a date for yourself. Here in Melbourne it runs about three weeks and at any given time of the night, there are anything from a dozen to 20+ shows running simultaneously in venues ranging from 20-30 seats to 2000.
A few years ago, I used to take in three shows in a night; two is about all I can do now. Lots of stand-up, lots of performance stuff, lots of nationalities, and so lots of different kinds of humor.
And it’s all very informal. The leading comics in the world and the greenest beginners doing their first real gig, are wandering around the streets with you, ready to stop and talk, entertainers one minute, happy members of the audience the next.
And because it is all bundled up as a festival which assures audiences, even the top rating shows have very reasonably priced tickets.
Some good looking stage shots of Amos, who I have never heard of. Was he funny?
This is a superb animal portrait. I love it!
Very nice! I'm similarly concerned about the early warm weather. All my fruit trees are all screwed up and it's supposed to freeze here in Pittsburgh tonight.
The blue-eyed marys are out early this year at Braddock Trail near Pittsburgh:
Found a green lace-wing resting on my very dirty attic window yesterday evening. I see these a lot near water, but don't recall having seen one at home before.
The first shot frames the sunset/sunrise nicely. Well seen! Have you tried it in B&W? Since you are not emphasizing the colors of the sakura, then perhaps you might try a more abstract approach? Just a thought about experiment with what you have here.
Thanks. I agree, colors during sunset/sunrise in south part of Japan are rather dull, even less saturated after sun completely gone. Didn't try b&w before, gave a quick try on jpg. Will be experimenting more, once i get desktop pc. But b&w got me interested, now what is left is to find a suitable subject for it.
Would be nice to have same rich and juicy colors during sunsets here, like this. Took this some years ago in my home country. No processing at all and actually it was just first test shots with my new dslr, hand held and high iso of course
Really like smooth water during sunsets, but would like to see a bit more sky. Feels a bit tight on top.
Nice relaxing vibe to these. Stylish too.
This morning I went for a walk in Frederiksberg, bringing along the E-PL2 and two objectives. I do not have that much to share, but here are a couple of shots.
The first objective was the Cosmicar Television Lens 25mm 1:1.9, which is a c-mount lens. People seem to charge $150 and upwards for this, but I picked up mine for just over $25. With a cheap, thin c-mount adapter and two paper washers, I have managed to adjust it to perfect infinity focus. The image circle is not quite large enough for Micro 4/3, but it works well if shooting in 19:6 format. It is not sharp at the corners, but I do like its character:
The second objective - if you can call it that - was a DIY pinhole that I made yesterday from a spare body cap and a piece of aluminum foil. By comparison, I estimate the focal length to be just around 16mm. From judging the hole size comparing exposure times and ISO settings, I estimate the aperture to in the order of f/80. So saying that this photo suffers from being diffraction limited seems an understatement:
The depth of field is impressive, though.