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September 28, 2007

I've Got
Friday. We took Mr. H to dinner last night with the usual crew to celebrate Mr. H's leaving the old company next week, dinner at the Brazen Head Restaurant in San Francisco at the suggestion of Ms. A after meeting at the 19th Street Station here in Oakland then BARTing to Harrington's in San Francisco to hook up other reprobates of our acquaintance before a cab ride to the restaurant. A good and interesting evening, back to BART by midnight to catch the last train, home before one in the morning - just two, not three, sheets to the wind - so the morning was reasonable when I got up at ten. “Up at ten.” Say that softly as other members of our group had to be at the office by eight. Or nine: the company was always civilized about those things.

A first last night: I always keep the cameras on the floor to avoid dropping them off chairs or tables. On the floor under the table at 19th Street Station where someone who shall remain unnamed knocked the two glasses of Guinness over on Mr. Nikon and Ms. M. Well, the Nikon was wet but waterproof - part of what all the money is about - and seemed to survive. No damage I can see. Ms. M, who is also waterproof, got the bulk of it and took it in good humor. We hope. We hoped. Not a good way to start an evening. Many variations by all involved (including Ms. M) on the theme of pheromones the rest of the evening: was it attractive or extremely attractive to remind a crowd of alcohol addled men of nature's perfect beverage? A weighty question for a Thursday evening don't you think?

Nikon, by the way, is releasing a new digital camera, the D3, in November. The D3 image sensor is the size of a frame of 35mm film, but contains the same number of pixels as the smaller sensors in my current D2X and D2Xs cameras. The difference seems to be in the size of the sensors (a larger area, so the hardware recording the individual pixels can be larger and engineered to gather more information) which results in less noise (distortion) when shooting at high ISO's. This is an example of a picture taken with the camera set at ISO 6400. If it shoots anywhere near this quality in the real world the color is absolutely incredible. I won't buy this new model, but a camera that fast getting that kind of color makes me envious. Silly, don't you think? I'm not good enough or ambitious enough to take advantage of the very good equipment I've got. Here in Oakland.

The photograph was taken at Jack London Square in Oakland with a Nikon D2Xs mounted with a 18 - 200mm f 2.5 - 5.6 Nikkor lens at 1/250th second, f 5.6, ISO 100.