Binary Fun

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16 bytes (32 nibbles or 128 bits) worth of base-2 binary goodness:

0101.1001 0110.1111 0111.0101 0010.0111
0111.0010 0110.0101 0010.0000 0110.0001
0110.1110 0010.0000 0110.1001 0110.0100
0110.1001 0110.1111 0111.0100 0010.1110

Yeah, it’s a bit juvenile, but I’m thinking it would make a nice T-shirt.

More Photo Tips from Around the Web

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Was digging around in my bookmarks this morning and thought I’d share a few more pages that may help the budding young photographers:

Video tutorials to get you going from Panasonic. Landscapes, Macros, the mysterious Manual mode on your camera, night photography, etc.

Improve your photos 60 seconds at a time with iDigitalPhoto’s guides.

– PhotonHead’s Beginner’s Guides to photography. All about modes, exposure, aperture, digital cameras, etc. Very good information with some sample photos to compare exposure and aperture.

10,000 BC: A Brief Review

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I’m tapping this out while I’m watching 10,000 BC. Well, watching isn’t the best term — perhaps I should say, “suffering through.”

Here’s a brief review: Mind-numbingly stupid.

Story, acting, cinematography, CGI, effects, premise: horrible.

Well, I suppose if you suspend all belief in logic, reality, even fantasy, then it might be an enjoyable movie.

Only thing I can figure is that the marketing department watched it themselves, became terrified, then hyped the hell out of it to try to get people to drop their money opening weekend.

Good thing the DVD rental only cost $1.00 from Redbox.

Photography Stuff

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Largest photo-sharing website in the world. Nice thing is that there’s a Camera Finder section so you can see what other people have done with a particular camera model.
My Flickr page — I don’t use it much (don’t have the $25/annual pro account) so I’m limited to 200 photos in my album. What I really like about the Flickr site though is the Favorites…
Photos that other people have taken that I like. I’ve marked a bunch of shots that other people have taken that have a subject or style that I like. I’ll someday reverse engineer them and try to figure out how to do the same kinds of shots myself. Note: Don’t browse around the kiddo — there are some nudes in there. Although, I think you need to log in with a Yahoo account (or create a free Flickr account) to see those anyway.
So, where to I keep all of my publicly-accessible photos online? My .Mac gallery site:
Some of the things that I learned about photography during my One a Day project:
The actual One a Day project, well, its results are here:
This was the site that sent me over the edge and really got me into learning about aperture, exposure, lighting, composition. The introductory lesson is herehttp://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html but all the good stuff is in the drop-down menus on the right side of every page. The site is only about two years old but is all about off-camera lighting and never (or rarely) using the on-camera flash. David Hobby, the founder of Strobist, has negotiated with a photography supplier to get some amazing deals on starter kits for off-camera lighting. They can be found at…
Source for Strobist lighting kits that consist mostly of some combination of a speedlight (battery-powered flash), light stand, a way to trigger it from your camera, etc. The Strobist Kits are the only thing I buy from them; the rest of their stuff is a bit pricey.
Hey, it’s a catch-all place to pick up filters, reflectors, and accessories specific to your camera. For example, I found a kit with a set of filters (UV, Polarizer), a reasonably good tripod, and a cleaning kit, and a wide angle + macro lens adapter for about $90. I think it was this one http://tinyurl.com/5eamd2 or something very much like it (the lens that comes with the Nikon D40 uses a 52mm filter thread).
They’re based in NY and, now that I’ve actually gone to their site this month, they have the lowest price on the D40… with a two-lens kit, not just the single lens. Hell of a deal at $550! See here: http://tinyurl.com/59hxob I’ve purchased reflectors and generic flashes from them in the past.
Now, if only I had models so I could do some more portraiture.