More Lomographs

Remember how I said after Halloween that Mei likes pumpkin? Well, here are the pictures to prove it:

 

 

And, while I’m at it, here are a few more lomographs I’ve neglected to post:

 
This was the wintry view that greeted me from the window one day while reading in our second-floor Quiet Room at work.

 
One of my co-workers turned 50 the day after Thanksgiving, so a few of the girls in the office decorated the day before Thanksgiving (after he left work for the day), to make his birthday that much more memorable.

 
Autumn sunset over south Toledo—Tireman, to be exact.

In Sterrie-errie-o, In Stereo!

Holy shit, this really works!

Courtesy of kottke.org (whose coolness I only recently came to appreciate):

To view the images in 3-D, cross your eyes until a composite image forms in the middle (it even works with the thumbnail above). From what I’ve read, a small percentage of you (5-10%) won’t be able to see the effect, so if you can’t get it to work, that might be why.

It took me a dozen times crossing my eyes to make it work right—but now that I understand how to do it, it is such a fascinating effect! The trick seems to be, first, to cross your eyes enough to perfectly overlap the two images. Don’t worry that it’s still blurry. Then, let your eyes relax and slowly focus on the scene. In a few seconds (for me, anyway), the stereograph will focus and pop out.

It’s almost as cool as those black-and-white stereographs you find in the antique stores. Maybe even cooler, since it doesn’t require extra equipment. (Or does it now…?)

Edit: Turns out this is the same concept used by those damned Magic Eye 3D illusions. Well, shit. If someone would have just *told* me to cross my eyes and look at it, I might not have spent ten years looking for the damn sailboat.

Holy Snow

Before I compose my rant on how wrong I was about the weather last night, take a look at how my neighborhood fared.

I took these photos around 6pm, after Aaron had left for work.

  
A view from our front door

  
Aaron shoveled the driveway while I was at work

  
The front yard, as seen from the street

  
*this* was the biggest nightmare: braving our unplowed street

So, let’s just say I’m glad I don’t have to go anywhere tomorrow, and neither does Aaron. We can stay home, open presents, drink some decaf, and enjoy the astronomical electric bill—er, I mean, the warmth. :-/

Topless Drumcorps

As requested… I have delved into the drumcorps archives and dredged up the smuttiest and sleaziest drumcorps photos of the late 90’s! (And don’t forget… you asked for it!)

Here they are, in no particular order:


Here’s a teaser: just a little midriff.


Mmm, some more midriff. Check out that hot… um, chick. Yeah.


Chad shaved his head for Finals in ’95. That’s sort of “going topless”…


When I think of topless drumcorps, *this* is my fantasy. Mmm… tasty.


But these two fine specimens are more of the reality than the fantasy.


And finally: bottomless drumcorps. Or pantsless, if you prefer.

Pumpkin Carving

If I’d had the digital camera handy, I would post a photo of Mei licking the jack-o-lantern lid and loving it. Who knew cats like pumpkin? Anyway, I took a couple shots of her with the lomo, and I’ll post them as soon as I finish the roll and get the pics back.

Edit: See this entry for pumpkin-licking Mei pics!

Lunar Eclipse

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times:

Always have an extra camera battery.

It would also help to remember to turn off your camera after the last use.

Fear not, though: the lunar eclipse photography attempt was not completely in vain. I got some good shots of the partial eclipse (I hope), and a couple good ones of the last sliver of moon before totality. Just as I was ready to take the last photo before the total eclipse, though—that was when my battery finally gave out.

So, no photos of the absolute total eclipse, but that’s no biggie. I’m wagering that my setup wasn’t quite equipped to take photos of totality, since my 2x extender cuts my aperture by 1/2 while it multiplies my focal length by two. Meaning, for the photo-savvy, that my teleconverted telephoto lens wide-open is about a 400mm f/8 lens. For the non-photo-savvy, all this means is that while my gadget makes faraway subjects bigger in the frame, less light can get to the film, making for less successful low-light photography. Like total lunar eclipses.

We’ll see, though. I’ll post photos as soon as I get them back from Dale, and we can discuss.