Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

True Ramblings of a rambling mind

Posted Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 10:12 AM
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  • Our dogs loved the snow, I wish I had a video cam. Our collie mix figured that for traction he needed a wider "wheel base." Watching him try to chase the birds was hysterical. At 50+ pounds his weight did not break the ice crust, so he slipped and slid -legs at full speed, but forward motion was very slow. Our boxer-lab mix watched from the porch to assess the situation. She hit the ice crust with her rear tucked low and her front legs stiff with a great high stepping "lick." Her stance and gait allowed her to move easily across the yard. She's a TN dog and I guess she's a "Tennessee Walking dog!" We will not discuss how my other half navigated the ice to bring in more wood. Sometimes he reads what I write and it's not right to laugh at the person who bravely goes out and bings the wood in to heat the house.

    -- Posted by amalphia on Sun, Jan 31, 2010, at 12:18 PM
  • I think we get the picture amalphia but I appreciate YOUR appreciation of the commitment we guys give to keep the house warm.

    It was the first real snow for three of our pets and yes, they all seemed to have as much fun as children. Taking a still picture does not get the point across as well as a video. I fumbled with my camera to try to figure out how to do it, but the shot was gone by then.

    By the way, I forgot to mention in my original post that I was shooting through a 25-200 foot zoom lens. Since it was meant for an SLR camera I guess the digital did not compute.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 31, 2010, at 12:42 PM
  • I have one of the "low" end dSLR's and absolutely love it. I have taught myself so much in the past year that I've had it...I've always wanted to get into photography, but the expense along with processing just wasn't in my budget thru the years. Digital has changed that. Unfortunately I've taken so many "good" ones (and even came in 2nd place in a contest) that I need a few more walls in my house! :) And what a beautiful morning to take a walk! The ice twinkling in the sun made for some awesome sights! We may not have had church this morning, but we were enjoying God's gifts for sure!

    p.s. I have also seen that film lens swap, but can't remember what it all entailed either.

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Sun, Jan 31, 2010, at 2:53 PM
  • Yes, Neighborhood mom, the iced trees were beautiful. I said they looked like they were covered in sparkling diamonds. I asked if a still shot could capture the sparkle. My other half is the photographer in the family and he said, "No." It's the subtle movement of the frozen tree limbs that causes the light to refract off the ice. He's so factual sometimes - I like my diamond trees better. Still would like to try to get a shot of them before they are all gone.

    -- Posted by amalphia on Sun, Jan 31, 2010, at 5:08 PM
  • amalphia, you can get the sparkle by using something called a crosshatch filter. And Steve, I just got my first DSLR with a 1000 mm lens and I'm totally blown away. Using it right now with regular lens to convert all my old slides to jpegs. Got a lot of beautiful ice tree shots today and one picture of a goliath woodpecker in flight.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Sun, Jan 31, 2010, at 7:08 PM
  • 1000 mm! Holy Cow, that is a powerful lens. In the old days, you would need a caddy to carry that around for you, how much do the new ones weigh?

    What brand DLSR did you get?

    Because of all the lenses I have I am locked in to Nikon, but I have read that there are adapter rings, anyone use them?

    I would think you could probably put a crosshatch filter in front of a plain digital. I kept trying to create the effect in Adobe Photo Shop but never got what I wanted. I probably should call our daughter. She would know if I PS has a filter to do that.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 3:41 PM
  • Steve, my camera is an Olympus e-520 and the 1000 mm lens for it weighs about 12 ounces. And they make adaptor rings for almost everything. I just made a frame for the camera to re-shoot all my slides. With a piece of translucent plastic behind the slide and a small flurescent behind that it works very well. What wow'd me is it holds 2 ram cards, one of which holds 3200 large format pictures, and the other will do panorama shots.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 7:17 PM
  • I'll take a look. Thanks!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 8:59 PM
  • I'm in Alabama, safe and warm, not dealing with the snow YAYYY!!!!!! I hate the snow so I'm enjoying spending my time with my fiance and his family cozy and semi-warm unsnowed in down here :) It's nice to go to the store and not have to deal with all the ice. Icckkkk! Steve, post pics of your animals in the snow soon. Can't wait.

    -- Posted by freakyfriday on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 9:01 PM
  • Wow, that's awesome cherokee2! My longest is the 70-300 and I love getting some close bird shots with my Nikon. I can't imagine 1000mm! I will have to check out the crosshatch filter also!

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 5:48 PM
  • What kind of Nikon neighborhoodmom?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 10:20 AM
  • The D60...basic, but it does the job for me. My brother bought the D5000 and has no clue how to use it. I've been tempted to drive to KY and snag it from him...but my camera being used is worth more than his sitting on his shelf!

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 12:20 PM
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