New Cameras and Sites and Stuff

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So, today I took my new camera to South Mountain to get some photos. Oh, wait, did I tell you I got a new camera? Hey, guess what? I GOT A NEW CAMERA. (It’s really hard to express how excited I am about this…)

imageAnyway, I got a Sony Alpha SLT-a65. It’s a translucent mirror (Single Lens Translucent) camera, similar to an SLR, but it has a translucent mirror (doh), which allows most of the light to pass through to the sensor and reflects the rest to the autofocus sensor to allow for full-time phase detection focusing. You’re probably not overly interested in all of the technical stuff, but here’s the wiki page just in case.

Instead of going with the kit lens, I decided to purchase a Sony 35mm prime. I got a fisheye adapter to play around with, as well. I’m planning on getting some more lenses, namely a good wide-angle and a zoom, but I’ll have to save a bit before I do that.

Back to South Mountain.

My friend, Jeff, and I went up there to see what it looked like after the chilly weather hit (it doesn’t get too cold down here, so freezing weather is a fun anomaly). I got a few decent pictures, but my main goal was to get some good images for HDR processing. One of the problems with experimental photography is that a large volume of photos are taken, and a very small number of usable photos result. I’ll have to wait until Spring to really get some good shots because everything was a light shade of green or brown. Here’s a glimpse of part of the trip, though.

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StolenLogoOn to the major news. I’ve started a new photography blog, stolenpixels.com! My goal is to post one picture every weekday. I’m going to limit the amount of text in each post, so the blog will mainly be limited to daily photos. Go check it out, and if you like what you see, hit the follow button! You can also follow Stolen Pixels on Facebook here.

~ Chris

New iPad Changes Lives, One Happy Person at a Time

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Is your life a highly engaging social euphoria? Are you happy with the way things are? Are you living a fulfilled, steady life? Apple doesn’t like that idea. The Cupertino-based company announced today that they have released yet another miracle device for the common man. According to Apple’s new iPad advertisement, you need their newest life-enhancement product. Whether you are satisfied with life or not, your life will not be complete until you buy the New iPad, and Apple will do everything in their power to convince you of this fact.

Image Source: Apple Tech Specs

The New iPad is an amazing device that no person can live without. The last two versions of the iPad may have been breath-taking, but this incarnation is unsurpassed by any of its predecessors. Even though the New iPad looks the same as the iPad 2, Apple has assured us that they have added features that are being hailed as “steps-forward” and “minute improvements.” Apple has decided that even if the upgrades are small, they are necessary to the living of a happy life, and by no means will the company allow the size of the changes to affect the price increases. Remaining loyal to their policy of charging slightly more than what anyone could possibly justify, Apple’s leaders stand firm in their core values.

“We want complacently happy people to watch the advertisements for our newest devices. We want them to soak in all that we can do to improve their life. We want people to come away from our video convinced that they will be miserable without an iPad. […] After all, that’s what an iPad is; it’s a improvement on life. We want to show people how miserable their current lives actually are without the New iPad.”
~ Anonymous Apple Spokesman*

Apple has broadened their target audience from the elite niche crowd to the entire Western population. Deciding that the rich are not the only ones who need expensive toys to be happy, Apple has proposed that everyone needs their life-altering devices. This wonderful improvement isn’t free, however. Apple is certain that money does not equal happiness, and the company will happily sacrifice their happiness by exchanging their devices for your petty currency.

With stunning new features like a screen that makes videos even more real than life, the camera that takes pictures with quality nearing that of many cell phones, and support for two-year-old wireless technologies that allow people to connect to the internet while walking around, this version of the iPad is certain to improve and shatter the lives of many innocent people. So what are you waiting for? Go watch the video, pre-order your miracle device, and wait in certain unhappiness until the moment you open that wonderful white box.

I bid you good day,
~ XK

* Please note, this article may or may not be a parody with no actual quotes from any actual Apple employees. Just throwing out that little disclaimer.