Entries from Absurd Singularity tagged with 'photos'

General Vamp's Quick Recipes #4 - Tomato Toast

After last week's simple udon recipe, this week's recipe #4 is even easier, requiring just a toaster. Not too tough to toast a piece of bread, slather it with mayo and layer a couple of slices of tomato on top....

General Vamp's Quick Recipes #3 - Simple Kamatama Udon

Well this project is taking a lot longer than I originally was planning. Blame it on my well developed sense of procrastination. =p But anyway, after an almost 2 year hiatus, I'm back with Vamp-sama's recipe #3. This particular recipe...

Touchy Feely - Addendum

As I mentioned in my previous post on smartphone-compatible gloves, I had ordered one of the new iPhone Glove by Dots Gloves which was backordered for a couple of weeks. Surprisingly it showed up quicker than I was expecting...

General Vamp's Quick Recipes #2 - Kimchi Jyako Stir-Fry

After last week's successful attempt at Vamp-sama's Simple Tarako Spaghetti, I got ready for recipe #2. Now this one I wasn't looking forward to at all. I'm not a fan of kimchi for starters. And I'm even less of a...

General Vamp's Quick Recipes #1 - Simple Tarako Spaghetti

One of my absolute favorite anime series of the last two years is Tentai Senshi Sunred. Two seasons of short (~10 min.) episodes packed with hilarity that's right down my alley. The series is basically about a slacker ex-Power Ranger...

Getting All Touchy Feely

A month or so ago I came across a posting on Friendfeed listing a couple of smartphone-friendly gloves. The Agloves were the only ones that seemed remotely interesting to me so I sprang for a pair. At $18, I...

Incase Snap Case + Stand for iPhone 4

So a few weeks back I ordered this Incase Snap Case for the iPhone 4 through Apple's "We're Sorry You're Making Such a Big Deal Out of Nothing" program. ;-p It's not that I really needed it, having already...

Do You Believe in Magic?

It may be surprising to hear for those who know me but I don't follow Apple rumors very much. So their newly announced Magic Trackpad came as a complete surprise to me. At first I was like, seriously? A...

ifrogz LuxeLean Case for iPhone 4

With my iPhones I tend to run through a couple of different cases throughout their lifetime. As is typical of every iPhone release, available cases during launch was pretty minimal. It was a little different this time around as...

Bag Roll Call 2010

So last year I took a photo of all the bags I currently had in my possession at the time. Recently I've rejuggled a good portion of my lineup so I figured I'd take another shot. The good news...

Just in Time

So today, practically the entire Northeastern seaboard was expecting to be hammered by the second of two major snowstorms within days of each other. Those of us north of Central Jersey were lucky enough to have avoided the worst of...

365 Days Have Come & Gone

And all I've got to show for it are these lousy photos. ;-p Obviously there were some much better days than others (I'm nowhere near the level where I can crank out stunning shots every day, unlike some other photographer's...

The Boring 50s

With 30 days left in my first 365 Project, I've been looking ahead and pondering whether or not to continue in 2010 with the 365@50 Project. I'm still undecided. Maybe I'll take a year off first. But just in...

Panasonic LX3 vs Canon S90 JPEG Shootout

So I've owned the Panasonic LX3 for quite some time now and overall I like it a lot as my DSLR alternative. The only weaknesses being its limited pocketability and short zoom range (24mm-60mm). For a point & shoot,...

Travel Photo Gear

So, during the time that this blog was down, we took a trip to Taiwan. Our Taiwan trips seem to pretty much fall into the same pattern over the last few years: lunch/dinner with relatives, lunch/dinner with friends, lunch/dinner...

Backpackin'

Devon received a backpack for his first birthday from his aunt and we didn't break it out until recently. As is the case with most toddlers, they love new things and this backpack was no exception. We loaded it up...

Cool

The day I took these photos was notable because it was the first time Devon actually decided it was ok to wear my sunglasses for longer than 2 seconds. Actually it was the first time he let me seat...

Deluge

So I've had my Flickr account for about a year now and for the last month or so I've averaged about 50-75 views per day (if that). I don't put a lot of stuff up since my 365 Project photos...

Brief 24-70 Showdown

Ok, I don't have as much time as I used to in my prior pixel-peeping posts so I'm going to make this quick. I'm posting a couple of 100% center crops at f/2.8 and at 24mm, 35mm, and 70mm for...

New Pixel-Peeping Post Soon

Hopefully. =) Got my hands on one of Sigma's new 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens so will be testing it out against the esteemed Canon and Nikon models post-haste. Physically, Sigma did one heck of an amazing job...

My Bags

It never really occurred to me until Erin pointed it out the other night but I think I may have a bag accumulation problem......

Feeling Droovy

So I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a Drobo to help with my photo archive needs. That $50 rebate was the straw that broke the camels back. Decided to go with it instead of a NAS...

They Are Watching

So I've been futzing around with Web 2.0 social media sites within the past year, sites like Flickr, Twitter, FriendFeed, etc. Now I'm used to individuals owning accounts in social media sites, but it never occurred to me that...

Welcome to 2009!

Hope everyone had a rockin' New Year! Mine was very low key as my lil' one came down with his first cold of the year. Whoo hoo! =p Ah well, we'll make up for it in the future. =)...

Happy Holidays!

As expected it's been a busy month which has zipped on by waaayy too quickly but hoping everyone is having/has had a happy holidays and looking forward to the new year!...

My First Photo Workshop

So a few months back I was alerted to a few photography lectures and workshops that Canon was running. Decided to sign up for the "Flash Demystified" workshop with Bob Davis since I figured it was high time I...

Canon's New Kid on the Block

So the long-awaited Canon 5D Mark II has finally hit the streets. Well, trickling to the streets is more like it. Despite having preordered at 4 different places, none of them came through for me. But luckily a tip...

Light Posting

Work's been busy and will remain so till the end of the year so posting will probably be light for the remainder of the year. Well, not that it was that frequent to begin with. Anyway, just thought I'd throw...

Halloween Loot

Just a few shots of the aftermath of Devon's first trick-or-treating expedition. While taking him around, we would tell him to take only one piece of candy per house which he actually abided by surprisingly enough. But we weren't...

A New Addition: The Lensbaby Composer

So LensBaby announced their new lineup a few months ago and I pre-ordered the Composer and promptly forgot about it until it showed up at work the other day. I had previously owned their 3G version (now known as...

Brick MacBook Pro Unboxing

So, finally got the chance to open up my new MBP late last night. First off, I think the box is getting smaller with every release. As can be seen, the top lid of the box has a piece...

New Computer Smell

Lot of people like the new car smell, I prefer the new gadget smell. Well, ok, I wouldn't mind a new car smell but that ain't happening for a while so new gadget smell is all I can get...

A Few Quick & Dirty Canon vs. Pentax Comparison Shots

So earlier this year I tried out a Pentax K20D and 16-50mm f/2.8 lens for a short while and was pretty impressed by the combination. Back then I had taken a couple of center sharpness comparison shots against my...

How Did It Come To This?

So Devon got a care package from Erin's brother and cousin yesterday. A bunch of little Tomica cars that Devon proceeded to baby for the rest of the day. Even when he went to bed he wanted all the...

The New Canon

No, not the 5D Mark II. Just the bastard stepchild that no one seems to care about. ;-p I figured I'd check out the 50D until the 5D Mark II is released at the end of November. Also thought...

New PJs

Devon, many years in the future, when we're sharing photos of your youth with your bride-to-be, just know that your Dad had absolutely nothing to do with this. You have your Mom to thank 100%. ;-)...

Gorgeous Day for an Outing

We were originally scheduled to visit Sesame Place this Saturday but the remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna squelched that plan by making Saturday incredibly humid from morning til about mid-afternoon and then dumping like half a foot of rain...

Few Quick 50mm Shots

As I had mentioned in this previous entry, Nikon's 50mm f/1.4D lens was surprisingly small. Smaller than Canon's 50mm f/1.4 which is pretty small to begin with. Plopping this on the D700 after the hefty 24-70mm f/2.8 makes it...

POMx Coffee???

'k, so I'm a POM fan and I was pretty shocked to see these start showing up in my local bodega and over at Mitsuwa. From pomegranate juice to coffee??? And coffee laced with an "ultra-potent, 100%-pure polyphenol antioxidant...

The Amazing Orange Tabby

We first came across this tabby late yesterday afternoon while riding around the neighborhood. Devon followed it around for some time and wanted to touch it but we wouldn't let him because we figured it was a wild/stray. But...

Shot in the Dark

Alright, I received a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D lens today so how could I not try to pair it with the D700 and try to see what kind of result I would get in a room with minimal light. So I...

First D700 Shots

Alright, the following are some shots taken with the D700 starting from ISO 200 up to ISO 12800. High ISO noise reduction in camera was set to low, photos shot as RAW, converted to DNG before importing to Aperture (since...

Checking the Grass...

For the past few weeks I've become pretty disappointed with the Canon 5D's AF performance, particularly with subjects on the move. Yes, I know it's not a body that's geared towards that type of photography but because that's the...

Portrait

Hand-holding any lens > 100mm is always a challenge and the AI Focus mode on the 5D seems to be pretty unreliable and/or slow (or most likely I just need more practice) but every now and then you hit...

Visiting Pennsylvania

Took a few days off last week to take Devon and his cousin on a trip to Amish & Hershey country. Kids had a blast, adults were exhausted. ;-) Gazing out the window of the train at the Strasburg Railroad....

Making a Run For It

Dev's been a bit under the weather this past week, coming down with a fever and then an odd rash (leading us to believe it might be roseola) which made him rather clingy and ornery. But then I process...

My Muse

Yeah yeah I'm still waaaay behind on Devon's gallery but I just wanted to put these few up right now. =) Whenever he does anything that he's proud of, he'll clap for himself. It's funny and cute as hell but...

A New 50mm

So earlier this year Sigma announced their new 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens which works on both crop and full-frame bodies. Earlier this month, they started shipping and after seeing some initial reviews I decided to pick one...

All Your Bases Are Belong to Nikon

Possibly one of the worst-kept secrets ever in recent photography history, the Nikon D700 was announced a few days ago for release amazingly, at the end of July. Now this particular camera was expected as everyone figured Nikon would...

The Fabled Canon 135

Hmm... ok I think I can see what the hoopla's all about. ;-)...

Late to the Game

As most of my friends know, when it comes to gadgety things that tickle my fancy, I tend to be an early adopter. The first Powerbook G3, the first Powerbook G4, the first black MacBook, the first MacBook Pro,...

On High School and Hornets

Since we got our bikes earlier this year, I've taken a couple of rides over to my old high school, Hanover Park. Back then, HP was rather different physically from other high schools that I had seen because instead...

Spotty Posting

Posting has slowed to a crawl in the past few weeks due to deadlines at work and a sudden immersion into the massive and slightly disorienting flood of data that is FriendFeed. Why post when people on FF with...

Lensbabied

Bit the bullet and picked up a used Lensbaby 3G and macro kit to play around with. Everything's manual so it'll take some time to get used to. And it'll probably be doubly tough to get shots of Devon...

Devon's First Umbrella

Typically there are two schools of thought when it comes to umbrellas1.    1. Buy the cheapest ones possible. When it inevitably breaks, just buy another one.    2. Search for the most wind-resistant umbrella possible, cost be damned. One of our...

Something You Don't See Everyday

So on Mother's Day I took the family out to a local beekeeper that I found online. Erin's suffering from massive seasonal allergies and I had heard that taking a teaspoon of honey daily for a year or so...

Fun with Stickers

Doing his best mummy impersonation. I approve of Mommy's attempt to keep me busy....

Happy Mother's Day!

And what a fine day it is. =)...

Back on Two Wheels...

So about a month ago, I decided to take Erin's suggestion that we get bikes seriously and we started looking. She had been saying she wanted to take bike rides with Devon when the weather got better since this past...

Devon's First Bike Ride

Despite the cloudy and chilly weather, we took our new bikes along with Devon's new bike seat out for a test run around the neighborhood. As expected, Devon kicked up a massive fuss when we were putting his helmet...

It's Voting Season!

For those of you who I haven't contacted directly already... =) To practice for the presidential elections later this fall, you can cut yer teeth on this "Battle of the Babies" contest: http://z100.elvisduran.com/pages/contest/babybattle/?article=3618017 And vote for "Devon C." =)...

On the Move

Devon achieved another "first" during yesterday's unseasonably warm weather. He went out for a walk with us sans stroller. I wish Erin had brought the TX1 so we could record him toddling around cause it's just insanely cute. I...

Dream Big

Pentax K20D Impressions

WARNING: Clicking on the photos in this entry will load up the rather large (~2-3MB) full-sized versions. All photos except for the very first one originally shot in RAW format and converted to JPEG using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with no...

21FPS Fun

So Pentax has an interesting shooting mode in their new Pentax K20D called "Burst Shooting" which takes 21 frames/second for about 5 seconds. I think it maxes out at around 115 shots before it has to stop. Each shot...

Hopefully Back Up to Speed Soon

Office move late last week/early this week back to our previous temporary space from a year ago. Same building, different offices. Now we have a spectacular view straight down 9th Ave and I can gaze upon B&H (see crappy...

Devon In Another Box

He didn't mind when I put him in, but getting out was a different matter......

Much Ado About Photography

Recently Apple upgraded Aperture to version 2 which is supposed to pack a significant performance increase as version 1 was, to put it nicely, dog slow when working with a large library. However, the one factor that kept me an...

It's All About the Wheels

In his currently short life, Devon likes the following: Mommy, wheels, balls, and cars. While at Toys 'R Us, he wasn't interested in the bikes and toy cars because he could get around faster, he just wanted to touch...

All Things Fishy...

It's going to be fun using this lens. Even though the focusing motor's a little loud without USM. And gotta keep that exposed bulbous element away from curious hands....

Devon Does Bad Things...

When you see this face, you know he's up to something... Then he tries to pretend that nothing's going to happen... But of course he can't help himself......

Up Close and Personal

My first shot ever taken with the 85mm f/1.2 II and attached EF 25 II Extension Tube. The idea of a f/1.2 macro-like lens was too tempting. And then I remembered why I had sold my old 100mm f/2.8...

Quick & Dirty ISO Comparison

The 5D still comes in as the low noise king here which isn't surprising since it's the only full frame sensor of the 3. In the non-darkish areas, the CMOS D300 isn't leaps and bounds better when compared to...

Fleeing the Scene of the Crime

Gee, I wonder who made this mess....

A Look Back...

at our most recent "vacation" in Taiwan. It wasn't really a vacation vacation as we didn't really do any touristy stuff. I guess that's the problem when our reasons for returning the last time and this time have been major...

Delish...

Seven. Seven long years I've waited for the chance to burn my intestinal linings with ma la delicacies once again. Nothing on the US East Coast can compare from what I've heard. This is from one of the 2...

Better Than Just Freefalling...

I don't recall seeing these when I was working in Taiwan back in 2000 but I noticed them this trip. This one was taken on one of the outer walkways connecting the multiple buildings making up the large Shin...

We Don't Torture

unless it's crustaceans. Not for the very, very soft-hearted....

Our View of Kaohsiung

Safe and Sound

As anyone with kids will know, taking them on a plane trip can be quite the experience. Well, we figured if we were going to do it, we might as well do it big so Devon's first plane trip...

Direct...

and to the point. Not entirely correct but what the hey....

Protection

First time I've ever seen a company protect their cans in such fashion. Trés chic. ;-p...

Expectant...

Lens Cap Teether

While Devon's bottom two teeth have already grown out, his top two are just coming in. So even at this age he still considers his mouth his primary exploratory sensory organ. While at Grandma's today he managed to get...

'shrooms!!!

Walking to and from the bus stop in my community, there's a patch of grass along the way that sprouts mushrooms annually. Usually when the weather's been humid for a few days. I always found it rather interesting because...

Gadget of the Day

What??? Mooooiiii..... with an iPhone??? Say it isn't so.... Yeah yeah, came as no surprise to anyone. Anyway, just throwing up some pics now, commentary later....

Ahh.... spring

Finally spring-like weather is upon us here on the East Coast. Past winter has been a bit schizo. If it wasn't dead of winter cold it was beginning of summer hot. This recent chunk of days has stayed at...

Breadmaker in da hizoooussee....

Erin decided to spend her Sunday afternoon trying out a recipe for scallion buns that she found online. This was her very first attempt at baking anything so expectations weren't very high. She was pretty enthusiastic about it though...

My computer needs a maid...

This past weekend I decided it was a good time to give my old desktop a good scrubbing in anticipation of its upcoming delegation to our living room as our backup/data server. This particular unit I hand-built probably around...

Grade School Math

I guess it could've been worse. ;-p...

When all is well...

Devon's a real bundle of joy. I would like to think for the most part he's a pretty happy kid. Baby requirements are generally pretty simple. The only problem of course is when one or more of these requirements...

Our Lil' Ninja...

Felix & Maria's new line of baby clothes is starting to get some press! Rock on!...

Pixel Peeping - 70-200 IS Showdown

In another installment of my lens sharpness comparison series, I now pit the solid, renowned workhorse, the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS with its new younger and more svelte sibling, the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS. The 2.8 IS is big,...

Pixel Peeping - Mid-range Zooms

Following in the steps of my first lens comparison post, I had the opportunity to test out 4 mid-range zooms recently: the venerable, battle-hardened Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L; its younger, lighter and longer-ranged sibling, the Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS;...

Short NYC Excursion...

With Erin down to her last week or so of pregnancy, we decided to take a trip into the city since it's supposedly good for the mother if she does a good amount of walking and/or stair climbing. Plus...

Man's best friend...

This here is Reese, my parent's neighbor's lab. Whenever I visit my parents I'll usually take a bunch of pics of him if he happens to be out and about. Anyway, this one particular picture stunned me when I...

Seasons change...

Despite the freakishly warm weather we've been having for the past month or so, fall is finally here....

Photo update...

Just a few photos taken over the weekend:...

Furballs...

My mother told us about a family of cats that suddenly showed up in her backyard and lo and behold, I caught sight of them late in the afternoon. I first saw the mother chilling out on the ledge. She...

Summer, summer, summertime...

Spent a few hours at the Jersey Shore today. Ventured out with my 10-22mm w/Circular Polarizer and 70-200IS w/1.4x Extender. There were 3 novice surfers playing around, no comparison to the guys we saw on the North Shore of...

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