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A carved figure in a display case in Oakland

January 18, 2007

To Know This
Tuesday. I'm saying I'll go back to work tomorrow. Too much coughing to get a decent night's sleep last night, we'll see how to goes this evening. Naturally, conscientious I, being home on a work day I'm spending my time being productive: naps in the bedroom interspersed with short trips to the living room to check the computer. Spaghetti for lunch, but it took time and hunger to force me into the kitchen to boil water and heat sauce. Sauce in a can, you understand. Complicated stuff.

Thursday. I didn't go into work yesterday, although I went into work this morning, leaving for home at noon since the cough and the head didn't lend themselves to further endeavour. It's important that they do, of course: lend themselves to further endeavour.

I ran a photograph of the statue above earlier this month, shot with the same camera, but the first with a Nikkor 105mm f 2.0 lens and the one above with a 105mm f 2.8 Micro lens with vibration reduction. Nikon calls their macro lenses “micro” lenses, but they're the same thing, a lens capable of creating an exposure on the CD sensor or film that's the same size as the subject being photographed. If you shoot a bumble bee, the image of the bumble bee can be the same size as the bee itself if you so desire. The vibration reduction thing allows you to hand hold the camera and get something like a three f stop advantage in eliminating out of focus jitter. It works, although you'd only want to use it in specialized situations like the one above. That's quite sharp for a hand held photograph using a 105mm lens at 1/90th of a second. The difference in color I'm going to have to think about. I understand you desperately wanted to know this.

The photograph was taken recently with a Nikon D2Xs mounted with a 105mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR Micro lens at 1/90th, f 2.8, ISO 320.