32::AM::21 – 26th Avenue

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32::AM::21 - 26th Avenue

I know a lot of people love the 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 VR, but for me it’s always too fuzzy and I tend to not use it anymore. I took it out this morning and reminded myself why with several shots that were even more fuzzy than this one. I think the problem is the zoom mechanism dragging the focus mechanism when I zoom in and out to recompose after zooming all the way in to fine-focus.

32::AM::18

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32::AM::18

Chris and I met up with Rob to grab coffee and talk tech while Apple unveiled it’s new device, the iPad. Afterwards Chris and I headed off down the great highway to explore more of the damage done by the recent storms. It was did not rain but was overcast for most of the way. I set my exposure to manual, and since the PC-E lenses are manual focus it was a full manual day like I used to shoot every day a decade or so ago… with the bonus of live-view.

32::AM::16 – Tara Spalding, January 2010

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32::AM::16 - Tara Spalding, January 2010

My 365 project was easy this morning as I had a photo shoot with GWOS. Other than that though, my day was less than dreamy. My laptop broke, I forgot my wallet at home, it rained a lot. I did manage to eat delicious, hot chinese food by the beach while the storm made awesome waves on the beach though, so that was nice.

32::AM::13

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32::AM::13

I nearly cheated on my 365 shot for today, and although I didn’t I’ll explain why I nearly did. This is the window in the lobby of Groundwork Open Source where I’ve been doing some work lately. It’s gorgeous, every time I walk by I have to stop and see the new ways that the sky has changed. I took this shot in the morning to fulfill my 365, but in the evening the light was spectacular for about an hour and I took a few shots that I’m much much more happy with, and incidentally required much less post production development. I was going to post one of the evening photos, but decided to stay true to my morning theme. I’ll post the other shot too in a day or so.

32::AM::10

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32::AM::10

It was a wet morning in SF but I decided to walk the six blocks to Mocha 101, hoping for dry warmth and a quiet place to work. The waves on the ocean were amazing, but I couldn’t really capture them with the lens I’d brought. When I got to Mocha 101 it was inexplicably closed, which was very lame. I found another cafe up the street and got a little work done. Still in search of technologist work in SF or SE Asia, and of course photographic work.

32::AM::8 – No Tree X

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32::AM::8 - No Tree X

No, there is no tree, only a sidewalk where once a tree grew wild.

I applied for a technologist position in Singapore today, which would be very interesting, exciting and new. The photography stuff isn’t picking up in SF like I’d hoped, so I’m back to exploring all my options. Moving to Asia would surely make my AM::32 project more interesting.

32::AM::5 – Coding

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32::AM::5 - Coding

As much as I love to get outside, some mornings I just roll out of bed, crawl over to my computer and resume whatever I was doing the night before, in this case writing perl code to find duplicate files from a recovered hard disk crash. I’ve sorted through about 10,000 triplicate files so far, clearing up tons of hard disk space and more importantly, organizing my LR2 library. I do miss having an actual office though… or even a desk, for that matter.

My last day in Binh Hoa

On Nov 22nd we woke up in the familiar Ruby Star, pretty much a third home by this time. My stomach was a little bit upset, probably from the meds, but it was better than the alternative.

The last time we were in town I had seen a building I wanted to check out that looked like a great vantage point to take photographs from. We went out after breakfast and wandered around the streets looking for it. We never ended up finding it though. I had really wanted to take some tilt/shift photos from the top of it, which looked like it might be a restaurant.

That afternoon we caught a bus back to Binh Hoa and managed to score the front seat for once. I enjoyed the ride and the change of perspective from the typical bus rides we get where we have to sit in the back. I thought back to my first bus trip to Binh Hoa which was in the middle of the night. The roads were winding and bumpy with lots of short uphills and downhills. I had thought this was us driving through mountains, but this time I could clearly see in the daylight that it was just bridges over rivers and there were no mountains in sight.

That evening I felt like I may be having some unreasonable side effects from the medicine and so I decided to go off of them. This was a great opportunity for me to finish some wine that Tien’s family wouldn’t be able to, and that put me into a deep deep sleep that night.

The next day was a lazy day spent in Tien’s village. That evening we went out and cruised around the city with her sisters while they were shopping for some stuff. Tien and I spent a lot of time waiting for them to finish what they were doing. We occupied ourselves by looking for cool things to photograph and ended up down by the river. A little while later we met up with her sisters and we all went to eat dinner by the river. I got eaten alive by mosquitoes and the food was only OK. I was in a funk from that, the general mood of the evening and the fact that I’d be leaving the next day. I wished that something would be different, that we wouldn’t be spending the last evening waiting and riding around Long Xuyen on a scooter killing idle time. That’s how it was though, and after dinner we went home to Binh Hoa for my last night in the Mekong on this trip.