Friday, March 24, 2006


This weekend, Kim and I decided to go to Las Vegas. Floyd and Nitin were also there for The Serverside Symposium. One of the days we got together and went to the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. FYI, seems they have really jacked up their prices lately, so this will probably be the last time I'll be going there. Anyway, it was a fun weekend, and as usual we didn't have time to see and do everything. I have more pictures in the Las Vegas Gallery and more snapshots in the snapshots gallery.

Since I had just sold my 20D, for the trip we decided to take only Kim's RebelXT and the 17-85 IS along with the 35mm f/2 prime. Naturally the IS was a boon for all the night shots. Even though the lens is fairly slow with IS and ISO 1600 we were able to get a lot of good shots. The 35mm f/2 came in really handy when we were inside the Shark Reef attraction at Mandalay Bay.

Technical Specs: Canon 350D, 17-85 @ 17mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 1600.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Huge Mess

On Friday, my entire floor was to be packed up and ready to be moved to another tower. For someone like me, who hasn't had time to accumulate a lot of stuff, this wasn't a big problem. For others, particularily those who had been in their offices since the building opened they were packing and cleaning out their offices all week. The amount of stuff thrown out was staggering and at its peak our entire kitchen/mail room was filled with stuff.

Technical Specs: Canon 350D, 10-22 @ 10mm, f/5, 1/50s, ISO 400.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

San Jose Airport

This is a picture of Mineta San Jose International Airport. You get bonus points if you can correctly guess from exactly where this was taken. To help you out, here is a google map link for the airport.

This was taken with Kim's shiny new 17-85 IS lens. A RebelXT and this lens makes for an amazingly light weight and useful combo.

Update: Mike guess it correctly.

Technical Specs: Canon 350D, 17-85 @ 85mm, f/8, 1/400s, ISO 200.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Playing Around with HDR

I started playing around with the Merge to HDR features of Photoshop this week. This picture of the kitchen in the apartment has a lot of dynamic range, so is very difficult to adequately capture with just one exposure. Hence I used several exposures to create an HDR image, then played around with the tone mapping algorithms in Photoshop.