Endangered Species

Endangered Species

1.28.11 – The importance of a good mouse is key for most digital artists, photographers, and designers. Logitech has served me well since as far back as I can even remember. The last brand before Logitech I honestly remember in my hands was an IBM one that came with the first computer my family ever got. I grew up playing around with commercial computers that had black and green screens and required line commands but this computer was a "personal computer", something all nerds lusted for. This was when color computer screens were considered some huge leap in computer technology. "Imagine the power required to produce all those colors!"

The clunky, large white mouse seemed so amazing at the time. Dust would collect in the tracks in a matter of weeks, making you loose control of your pointer. This then forced you to take the ball out and clean each little roller sensor. The cord would knock things over on your desk at times and you had 2 inputs (1 on a mac).

How far we have come. This mouse is ergonomically shaped to form to the human hand in a comfortable position. It wirelessly sends signals to the computer using a laser sensor that can work on relatively any surface and has 10 inputs. Just think what the future holds for us tech-heads if this kind of progress can be made with something as simple as a mouse in such a short amount of time.

The days of the mouse are numbered though. Touch screens and highly advanced motion sensors will become the new age of computer interfaces. What next? Full integration? Ok, I won’t get too carried away. Happy friday everyone.

1.27.11 – I have been wanting to shoot this for a long time now. This giant book was built to allow local graffiti artists to have their way with it. It always reminds me of what in high-school we called "The Rock." It was what I always supposed was originally a giant 4-foot-tall boulder from the mountains. The tradition was to have each class come and paint over the previous lower or upper classes markings. We would have friendly battles back and forth month to month.

Like an old giant tree, this huge blob had hundreds of layers from multiple generations (including my mother). I volunteered as an on-call firefighter for a couple year in high-school and one night we got called out to the station for a fire at the school. Turns out someone had covered in gas and lit the thing on fire. The flames were taller then the people on the scene. No damage was caused, but we always assumed it was a rival football team from the hills. The Rock still stands today with fresh coats of paint from new generations of students.

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365 Day Challenge – Day 5

365 Day Challenge - Day 5

Self portrait – these are hard to do! Focus on this, stand in front of that. Make sure I’m in the right position in the frame. I’m too stubborn to ask the wife to take the picture. No, that means it wouldn’t be a _self_ portrait,. I had to do it myself. I’m just lucky I managed to stand on one of the thirds.

I recently acquired the Alienbee ABR800 ring flash. The experienced can tell by the halo shadow around my image. The background is just the wall. There looks to be a spot of dust on the left near my head. Hopefully it isn’t on the sensor. Vignetting is 100% natural. No Photoshop here!

I’m not a big fan of "fixing up" photos. I believe in taking it right the first time. I guess I would rather be out shooting rather than in front of a computer manipulating pictures. That’s not to say I won’t use Photoshop. It’s just I try to avoid it.

Posted by nelly! on 2009-09-07 08:54:50

Tagged: , d700 , nikon , 70-300mm , alienbee , ringflash , abr800 , me , nelly , nelson , kwok , 365 , challenge , headshot , portrait

Day 11100 – Rainbow

Day 11100 - Rainbow

Day 28 of the 30 day challenge my theme is Computer Macro’s.
(also 271/365 day challenge, which has had various themes).

Another limited DOF (out of focus) shot with real dust and camera noise! This is the cables going into the Power Supply(the same power supply as yesterdays photo)

Posted by EssjayNZ on 2010-09-28 08:08:49

Tagged: , Worth1000 , 365day , challenge , essjaynz , 2010 , computer , macro , 30daySeptChallenge , rainbow , cables , powersupply , limitedDOF

Day 00010 – Cobwebbed Heat Sink

Day 00010 - Cobwebbed Heat Sink

Day 2 of the 30 day challenge the theme is Computer Macro’s.
Day 245 of the 365 day challenge, which has had various themes.

This is the heat sink of a PCI Graphics Card in a Celeron 1000. When I opened the case I was amazed at the amount of cobwebs and dust, especially as it was running ok. The cobwebs were very easy to clean off.

Posted by EssjayNZ on 2010-09-02 01:00:05

Tagged: , computer , macro , 30daySeptChallenge , Worth1000 , 365day , challenge , essjaynz , 2010 , blackandwhite , colour

Day 10101 – Green

Day 10101 - Green

Day 21 of the 30 day challenge my theme is Computer Macro’s.
(also 264/365 day challenge, which has had various themes).
Small green heat-sink on a yellow/orange motherboard, complete with dust. Not as evenly sharp as I would have liked.

Posted by EssjayNZ on 2010-09-21 08:25:03

Tagged: , Worth1000 , 365day , challenge , essjaynz , 2010 , computer , macro , 30daySeptChallenge , green , heat-sink , dust