On the way to work (about 530am) I spotted a place that didn’t have house lights for 1000 yards in any direction. So I decided to pull over and try and get a shot of the Milky Way. I didn’t expect to get a perfect shot due to light pollution from town only 3-4 miles away (bright yellow low left). I was happy with what I got. 

Shot with my Rokinon 14mm @14mm, f/2.8, ISO3200, 20 second exposure.

Link to higher res version HERE

Milky Way

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On my way to work the other day I had to stop for gas, across the street from the gas station is a veterans memorial. I decided to take a couple photos of it, and this is the one I liked. Its the Veterans Walk Memorial in O’Fallon Missouri. Each of the pillars is for each branch of the military, with their corresponding flag. Flanking those is the US flag and the P.O.W. flag with an eternal flame. In front of the pillars are several bronze combat boots that look as they are all about to take a step. 

Veterans Walk Memorialclick for larger image

 

I picked up new lens. Its a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. I mainly wanted this for landscape type photos and night sky shots. The upside to the lens that it is half the price of the Canon EF-S 16-22mm, and 1/8th the price of the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM. Downside, its manual focus, but its a rather piddly downside as most of what I will be shooting with the lens will be at infinity anyway… with a 14mm lens past about 13 feet everything is in focus. 

I played around some and still working on finding where infinity is with the different F stops since the mark for infinity on the lens is, well, shit and way wrong. So here are two shots I took this morning after spending an entire evening messing around with the lens. Of all the pictures I took in the last 12hrs, these two I like best. Couple more days I think I will have this thing figured out and dialed in. 

Early morning shot of traffic. Early morning shot of moon with clouds

Last summer I got a new DSLR camera. I had out grown my point-n-shoot type camera, then it got stolen, so I made the jump to DSLR. Been taking images/photos (what ever you want to call them) and really like it. So have yet another expensive hobby.

I made a section just for the photography stuff that I think stands out. Its over HERE

Well, from the way it looks I have the site pages back to where they need to be. I have learned a few things in the process, mainly BACK SHIT UP BEFORE AN UPDATE. just because the 1000 or so updates before that worked without issue, doesn’t mean the next one wont kill your site. Lesson learned.

Now, to getting my theme back to  the way I like it and working and playing nice.

Well got around to updating the site yesterday, and the update to WordPress ate its own head, on top of that had some issues with FTP and lost some files in the process of trying to fix WordPress. Got WP back up and working, and found my theme is not rel. 3.8 friendly. So I have a lot of work there to get it working.

So… yeah, yesterday sucked.

Running this odd new theme from WordPress until I can get my old theme straightened out.