Archive for October, 2009

Rapid-fire is a neat capability on digital SLR cameras- hold the shutter release button down and you can get 3 or more shots per second!.  That gives you some great possibilities for capturing athletes in motion, air shows, etc.  After reading some advice from Ken Rockwell (www.kenrockwell.com), I discovered that it also helps you get less blurry shots at slow shutter speeds.

Here’s how: I can generally hand-hold down to 1/60s with my Nikkor 18-55mm non-VR kit lens.  There’s usually enough motion introduced in olding the camera, pressing the shutter release, and in releasing it that I get blur in anything slower.  If you go with rapid-fire to get a burst of 4 or 5 photos, usually at least one of them will come out clean, down to 1/20 or 1/15, effectively gaining you 3 stops or so.



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Hello world!

After getting into Facebook and Twitter, and finding them rather fascinating ways to meet folks with common interests and hobbies, I’ve decided to start a blog.  I’m not really enamored with the idea of crunching out daily or weekly updates on some sort of schedule, though- I mainly want a scratchpad where I can leave notes that won’t fit into a tweet.  I expect that most of my subjects here will be directly related to my interests: forestry, geographic information systems and remote sensing, photography, camping and hiking, greyhounds and greyhound adoption, and general technology “geekery”.  One day, you may look in this space and see a note about proper database structure for capturing forest stand data juxtaposed with a post about waterfalls.  I’m just asking not to be held to any standard of consistent thematic content here.  I may stray off into thoughts on NC State Wolfpack football and basketball, but there are plenty of other sources on the internet, both blog and otherwise, that do a far more comprehensive job covering the ‘Pack than I hope to do here.

With that intro, welcome to my Notes from the Woods- and, “Hello, World!”, indeed!

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