Effort. . .

Here’s the moon tonight.  Digi-scoped through the 1200mm reflector with my Samsung Galaxy S4.  If I can struggle enough, I’ll be up to capture the eclipse. There’s a narrow (very, very narrow) window tomorrow morning to catch a shadow on the Moon in Kansas.  Houses and trees will block my view and will require me to drive to clear skies.  I will need to be a morning person (which I’m not), and I’ll need to be on the ball.

If I’m lucky, you’ll see it here.

Here’s a result from my systems check tonight:




There Aren’t Many Like This

Rough day.  I’m under the weather and first up today was a rough test that shouldn’t have been that rough.

But before I stepped out to face the day, I saw a unique glow outside my window–THAT glow.  The glow that appears sometimes at sunrise or sunset–the glow with which mother nature announces “PAY ATTENTION–I have something to show you!”  I do not recall confirming the glow, but I soon had my D300 in-hand and stepped out to capture this sunrise.

After the long day, I returned to the apartment and saw the camera on my desk–a reminder to myself to check the photos.  I’m glad I left the camera where I did.  With everything that happened today, I had forgotten about the sunrise.

Looking at it again, I see how amazing the world is–if we take the time to pay attention.

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?