Here’s a fun one from last night on my way to meet Heather.  There was one hell of a storm moving through and the clouds over Versailles were amazing.  

This is a composite of five individual photos stitched together.  From a distance it looks ok, but once you get farther down to pixel level you can notice inconsistencies in focus and alignment.  Oh well, considering it was shot hand held I can’t complain too much.  

Hope you enjoy!

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As a nice change of pace from my usual routine I’ve been touting my Canon 20D and the always exciting Plastic Fantastic 50mm f1.8 II.  Not to mention the beautiful old Manfrotto tripod that my dear friend Hal Gober sent me as a gift some months ago.  My Nikon V1 has been with me as well but not the main focus.  

It’s interesting, the difference between camera capabilities.  I have gotten so use to the IQ of the Nikon, and the versatility the raw files show during post processing.  The Canon raw files, on the other hand, are significantly less cooperative.  

That’s not to say decent results can’t still be achieved, just that the effort required to get there is noticeably greater.  

So, I’ve included some of my favorites from the last couple of days.  

Also, I don’t think I’ve announced it here, but Heather and I are getting Married!  So I have included a couple of shot of the two of us.  

Hope you all enjoy!

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This young man ran up to me earlier today while I was out for a walk.  He was with his dad but had no qualms about enthusiastically asking me to take his photo!  

He carefully placed him self in front of the crates with out my asking, and this is the result.  

Side note: this is with my Canon 20D, for the first time after almost 6 months.  

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Todays photo I decided to have fun with the colors.  

As an update, I decided to go back to OSX.  The hardware support with Linux was almost there, but the few little quirks that remained became too much of a drag.  So, back to Mountain Lion, Aperture 3, and “just works” functionality.  The complete fresh install seems to have worked better than before.  

On a plus side, I’m still using Corel AfterShot Pro, but only as an external editor for Aperture.  The Nostalgia Film Simulator plugin is outstanding as well as significantly cheeper than the likes of Alien Skin software (only $5!!).

So, I’ve managed to keep the best of both worlds.  Let’s see how long that lasts.  I only want to be able to continue shooting editing!

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