Fri - September 2, 2005

Scott Miller - 2004 

I got the chance to exercise my Digital Rebel at the concert before the batteries died, and this was my first real use of the 800 ISO setting on the camera. I must admit to being pretty pleased with the camera's performance under the circumstances, though I would favor the 50mm f/1.4 over the 50mm f/1.8 I used to make this shot.... I love Noise Ninja, but I think I might investigate some alternative sharpening methods before trying this type of shoot again. 

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Wed - July 14, 2004

Italy 2004 

Okay, we just got back from our trip to Italy and I have posted three galleries of photo here (look at those thumbnails in the left-hand column). I think that the most interesting set, unless you have Vizachero blood in your veins, is Part II.

...The most interesting set to me, however, is Part III which includes the shots of the family we found. My grandfather and great-grandfather emigrated from Caira, which is a small village near Cassino in southern Lazio. Caira is very near the abbey of Montecassino, as you can see in this next shot. Well, maybe you can see it: Caira is at the bottom of the photo and Montecassino is up on the mountain.

...Anyway, we arrived in Caira late on a Friday afternoon and started knocking on doors (with some invaluable help from Sergio Saragosa , the man who literally wrote the history of Caira ). 

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Sun - June 13, 2004

Italy 2001 

Finally, nearly three years after the trip, I have scanned and published the photos from our trip to Italy.

...Several cities from our travels are completely absent, either because I forgot to take any photographs there or the ones I took weren't very good. All of these images were captured on slide film and scanned by my Nikon Coolscan V. Many of the shots were taken with my Canon EOS RT, but many were taken with my trusty little Nikon Lite-Touch point-and-shoot. 

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Sun - May 30, 2004

Steve - 1992 

Steve and I roomed together my sophomore year at William & Mary, and were more or less inseparable afterwards for a couple of years.

This shot was taken on the roof/balcony of the group house on Randolph Street in Arlington, VA that we shared with Gordon and Lisa.... That's not because of the Christmas lights (who needs a special occasion for those?), but because of the surrounding shots on the roll.

...This one was shot on plain-old Kodak Gold 400 color negative film, and I am not 100% satisfied with the scan and post-processing. I recall using a bounce flash off the side of the house, with a slow shutter speed to try to pull in a little ambient illumination.... I might try it again, but there are too many negatives and too little time. 

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Thu - April 29, 2004

Nancye - 1990 

Well, I couldn't stand to have that 1987 photo at the top of this Blog for another day so here is something a little different.

This photograph of Nancye was taken in early March, 1990 on the campus of William & Mary. 

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Mon - April 26, 2004

Market Crash of 1987 

As the sign suggests, this was taken on 19 October 1987 (the day the Dow dropped 503 points in a single session). I wasn't much of a Dow-watcher then, but my hallmates on Dupont 3rd East apparently were. What an oddball lot of guys we were. I still miss them, and wish I'd done a better job of keeping up with them. 

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