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las aventuras de David Santiago del Bosque
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Picasa Web
Now that I have a real camera again, I've started a Picasa web album (part of the sprawling technoconglomeration by which Google will take over the earth). Yesterday we caught the tail end of the Fuel Systems PumpkinFest, my department's fall picnic thingy. We didn't get there til early evening, but I did get some shots off before we lost what little cloudy light there was left. My D80's kit lens, a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, is great for framing, but doesn't stop up wide enough for shallow depth of field, so I bought a (relatively) cheap Nikkor fixed 50mm f/1.8 that both slurps up the available light and isolates subjects nicely. A little too nicely, as you can see in this shot where Sam's in focus but even Monica, who's only a foot more distant, isn't.

LJ's Scrapbook navigation/UI is a little cumbersome, and Picasa Web autogenerates code snippets that easily insert pics and links like this:
From Fuel Systems ...


So I recommend Picasa Web. You can download individual pictures or whole albums at a shot.

Anyway, this will be a nice way to keep family and friends current in pictures.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: chipper chipper

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restoration86 From: restoration86 Date: October 16th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I looked at the pictures, it's so fun to see what you guys are up to! Thanks for posting them, and keeping us updated!
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: October 16th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, A.

I saw M's email about the fat lady. Sorry about that.
sjepearson03 From: sjepearson03 Date: October 17th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww. I can't wait to see you all this weekend...I'm bringing about 6 girls with me...woohoo and YIKES!
wind_tunnel_bry From: wind_tunnel_bry Date: January 16th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, D, funny thing... someone you know bought the same camera outfit in October. And to think, I could have used you as a reviewer before I bought it. BTW, what do you think of the camera so far? I really like mine, but there are some things that they could have done better.
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: January 16th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey Bry - I actually just sold the 18-135mm on eBay and bought the 18-200mm VR lens. I get reasonably sharp shots handheld down to 1/8~1/10s now. Great for dim landscape/scenery/etc.; not so much for shots of the boys in low light because they move so much. I really still want some f/2.0 or f/2.8 zoom for that, and for subject isolation. Not like that's gonna happen this decade.

Anyway, I like the kit in general. Like the way the D80 sits in the hand, the speed, the viewfinder, the LCD, the DOF preview, battery life, customizability/function access. I really like the kit lens, too, but was willing to pay extra for VR.

What I don't like, primarily, is how the matrix meter handles contrast - it exposes for shadows, and in a seemingly inconsistent way. This is annoying. People all over the web say that, if you're gonna use matrix metering on the D80, you should set exposure comp to -0.7, and then tweak accordingly shot to shot. I thought at first, "there's no way it's that bad," but I do find myself at moving between 0-0.7 a lot. Sigh. There was speculation they'd offer a firmware upgrade to fix this metering behavior, but Nikon doesn't seem to be heading that way. I've taken to using center-weighted and recomposing, which makes me sad. I should be able to use Matrix blindly when I'm in a rush, and it should come out more or less right. The D200 does, and you can get D200 bodies for only like 40% more than a D80 now.

I've also heard about an amp glow issue with the CCD at moderately long exposures - 15-30s. I haven't done any astrophotography or time exposures or anything to check for myself yet.

I'm sure I'm not saying anything you don't already know, but that's the input I have to offer.
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