Saturday, February 25, 2006

Mount Tam

On Saturday I hiked from Muir Woods up to the east peak of Mount Tamalpais, the highest point in the Bay Area. It took about 2 hours and 15 minutes to hike up with an elevation change of almost 2000 ft. There is another trail at the peak that goes all the way around offering a fantastic view of the bay when its clear. At one of the points is a view point that juts out. As you can see we are above the low clouds down in the valley.

Technical Specs: Leica Digilux 2, 22.5mm, f/5, 1/4000s, ISO 100.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Lonely Tree

A little late this week. Thats because I had a hard time finding a potw. So last week, it was pretty cold here (well as cold as the Bay area tends to get). The snow line was down to a shocking 1500ft. So on Saturday I drove my car up to Henry Coe state park, and as I went up the mountain it started snowing. When I got to Henry Coe, the snow was coming down pretty good. I was pretty excited, not having seen actual snow since my last winter in Ontario. I tried to take pictures, but none of them turned out. Anyway, between Henry Coe and Morgan Hill and Henry Coe lays Anderson Lake County Park. So I stopped there and took a picture of this tree, hence thats what you get for the potw. I'll have to do better next week.

Technical Specs: Leica Digilux 2, 10.4mm, f/8, 1/400s, ISO 100.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fuzzy Orion Nebula

This week I had the chance to play around with the telescope due to some nice clear skies. Unfortunately the moon is also in the waxing gibbous phase, making seeing much difficult. However I still wanted to go checkout the site I had picked out. So on Thursday, Kim and I drove up to Henry Coe State Park and setup the telescope. The Great Orion Nebula was very nicely visible (we also managed to see Saturn and Mars). However you can see there are many problems with this image, mostly my fault including: forgetting to use the focal reducer, forgetting to reset the diopter on the camera, and not getting perfect polar alignment. However, these are things I can fix, and hopefully next time will be better. I also hate trying to focus with the 20D. I want to see if I can do better with either the 5D or the 20Da.

Technical Specs: Canon 20D, 8" LX90 (prime focus), 12s, ISO 1600.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

A Day in L.A.

This week's potw has a little story. The last time Dan was down here from Waterloo (about 3 weeks ago) we thought we should drive down to L.A. the next time he came, to relive our El Cholo experience from Siggraph 2001. So on Saturday morning, we left San Jose at 8 AM. We stopped at the Montecito Cafe (a favourite dining spot in Santa Barbara for Kim and myself) for lunch and managed to make it to Santa Monica by about 3. After some shopping we went to the Santa Monica El Cholo location for dinner. Then at about 8 PM we started our long drive home to arrive back in SJ at 2 AM. It was a long trip, but worth it. El Cholo was all I remembered it being (arguably even better), and I would highly recommend you stop by there if you are in L.A. or Santa Monica.