Monthly Archives: July 2012

Not Breaking News: It Ain’t All About Resolution


My daughter seems to be following in my footsteps.  About a year ago, we gave her a new hand-me-down (new) Vivitar pocket camera (allegedly with a 5MP sensor).  Since that time, she’s been capturing the world around her and has taken over 1,000 photos.  Considering that she’s in elementary school, I am impressed by the quantity of photographs she’s taken–but the quality is decent, too.  I can tell she’s developing her “eye.”

Recently, my wife found an old Kodak DX4330 that she hadn’t used for several years.  I thought it might be a neat (and free) upgrade to my daughter’s somewhat simple Vivitar.  However, the Kodak states plainly on the front that it is a 3.1MP camera.  My wife and I both wondered whether it would outperform the Vivitar.  The Kodak does have a bonus though:  It has optical zoom whereas the Vivitar only has slow, digital zoom.

What to do?  Photo shoot death-match!  I took the following two shots hand-held.  Which camera took each?  That should be fairly easy–since one image posts with EXIF data!  =)

Which image is better?

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Threatened–little more


We watched the radar throughout the day.  We tuned into the Weather Channel to see what we could expect.  They said excess winds (50-75 mph), they said large hail, they said dense rain, they said non-stop lightening.  They even said possible tornadoes.

I stood on my front porch with neighbor Adam and we watched the storm wall advance rapidly toward us.  Camera in-hand, I was ready for nearly anything.  The storm wall approached and as it passed above, the rain and wind were impressive.  The thunder was rolling and nearly non-stop.  But thunder doesn’t photograph well.

Thankfully, we dodged the storm.  But that means that it dodged me, as well.

One of the better shots I got of the advancing storm–nothing further.

I cannot help wishing I had more to show.

A Morning Spider


I stepped outside to check the weather before a run this morning–and that’s when my primal instinct kicked in.  Stretched from a folded patio umbrella to the patio table was this little critter.  He must have worked quite a while on this before the sunrise showed his work in its full glory.  After the run, I stopped by again to get more (and better) photos.  But he–and almost all evidence of his work–were gone.

Near Miss (and MS Ice failure)


Strong and compact storms moved through New York and New Jersey this afternoon.  No direct hit on West Point, but I did catch this neat development just East of the Hudson Valley.

Two frames–a left and a right–are how I must present this image.  30 images, six HDR frames divided into two photos (15 images each).  Microsoft ICE finally failed for me.  ICE did not know how to combine the images on the right with the corresponding images on the left.  I tried several combinations and these two are the best I could do.  So I present a left and a right view of this interesting system.  On the left is a nice thunderstorm within which it seems to be raining internally.  On the right are what I believe are mammatus clouds (again).

Both images fascinate me equally; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Left:

Right:

Rain (finally), Storms, and a Power Outage


Hot, humid day at West Point.  Just before the storm hit, I saw these clouds coming in from the North.

About one hour later, the lightening got much closer and then we lost power for about two hours.  Hard, dense rain fell.  Maybe Luck Reservoir is flowing over the spillway again.

These might be Mammatus clouds: