November 30, 2013

November 28, 2013

November 27, 2013

screech owl

This little owl landed a few feet from the sidewalk with his prey as I arrived at my office this morning.

November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013

November 22, 2013

November 21, 2013

chinese tallow

Our tallow puts on a good show this time of year.

a view from the bus stop

MX-1. Check out the sparrow in the upper right corner. The odd horizontal line in the middle left is the top of the Erwin Center.

November 20, 2013

fawkes and whiskers

K-01, Super Tak 55/1.8.

Brief lens/camera evaluation: the 55/1.8 has oodles of character, but it's not as sharp as the 35/3.5. Haven't used the 135/3.5 or 200/4.0 much, but I like what I've seen so far. The longer focal lengths are just too hard to use with the LCD. I might get more use from them if I get a Swivi. Overall, I got a lot of good old glass for $70.

As for the camera, I like the IQ. The focus peaking feature is nice, but I don't really like using it; I'd rather trust my eyes. The focus zoom-assist is helpful, but all things considered I think I'd be happier with an OVF.

Aspirational? A K-3 with the HD 20-40mm and the DA* 60-250mm, maybe. That combination would run around $3,700. That's not bad when you're talking about quality camera gear, but it's roughly ten times what I paid for the K-01 and four Super Takumar lenses. I think I'm OK for now - but if a blue K-01 fell into my lap, I'd be tickled pink.

November 17, 2013

o&p, xi-xvii-xiii

red oak

me and the boy


For the past year or so our utility district has been rebuilding the neighborhood duck pond to help with flooding; they're not quite finished, but they re-opened it yesterday.

November 12, 2013

cats. like the play.

snippets, 11-12-13

Man I wish I had some gumption.

Still don't know what i was waiting looking for
and my time was running wild...

November 11, 2013

xi-xi-xiii evening


K-01, Super Takumar SMC 135mm f3.5.
This lens would be more useful if I could see the viewfinder.
So yeah I put one of these on my wishlist.

Beautiful day today. Supposed to turn cold tomorrow.


lol - Christmas card!

November 10, 2013

ondine in the garden



apparently this is a common garden weed but it's new to me

mini meet up

who's a little smitten