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Month: May 2011

Learning

Learning

Tonight, I learnt 3 things.

  1. If you want to take a photo of a passing satellite, you need more than 2 or 3 minutes notice. noticed on Twitter that Envisat was due overhead.  I rushed out to the car to get the tripod, got set up (having changed lens; the right lens is never on the camera when you need it), pointed in the general direction, just in time for the prescribed flyover time to pass.  I didn’t even see it with my eyes, never mind the camera…
  2. A 300mm lens really isn’t long enough to take very good pictures of the moon. Yes, you can see what it is, and you can make out the details, but that’s quite a severe crop up there, and it’s really quite soft.  Bah.
  3. My tripod is rubbish. It’s better than handholding, but only just.  It’s so wobbly.

Anyway, having failed to take a photo of my intended target, I thought I’d go after a rather larger target.  Behold, cliché photograph #84773.

Tree Top Drop

Tree Top Drop

Just in case anyone has managed to avoid seeing this all over Facebook, here’s a little video clip of Mary throwing herself off the vertical drop slide thingie at Wildwood, our local wildlife park.

The slide is good fun, though you wouldn’t know it listening to the shriek of fear in this clip…

The video is from my HTC Desire HD, which does a half decent job when I stop waving it around like an idiot.