Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Endless Day" by Vander Yacht

Via Daydream Lily, via Vander Yacht (blog with animated version) from Time-Life's Life Nature Library - The Poles (1962) by Willy Ley.

I've finally gone full frame!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Mouille Point

More pictures from today on my flickR.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New lens!

Before there was the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L... there was...

The Canon EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM.

2009/12/22 Loot

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Every monkey was kung fu fighting...

I don't like reblogging unrelated news, but every now and then an article comes by that you just can't ignore:

Taekwondo monkeys attack their trainer

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Don't die on me 350D!

Following my previous blog post, I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to plug the USB cable in again. And, again, the camera froze, and after taking the battery out and putting it back in, refused to start up.

I tried leaving it without the batteries in for 15 seconds, a minute, 10 minutes, 5 hours, 12 hours. Nothing. At this point I started getting desperate.

I searched for a step-by-step photo guide on how to open my Canon EOS XT/350D up and got the link above. After every photo I tried putting the battery back in just in case the camera changed it's mind.

After taking the 5 screws out at the bottom, I put the battery in, and the screen powered up! Rejoice! I tried to set the date and time but... no buttons responding?!

I take out the battery, put it back in, and no signs of life.

I continue dismantling the camera, getting as far as removing the back cover. If you are going to do this, be VERY careful, as there are ribbon cables attached to it (for the LCD screens). The last camera I took apart, the LCD screen ribbon broke because once you remove the plastic casing of the Samsung ES10, the only thing supporting the LCD screen is it's incredibly fragile ribbon cable. Thanks to eBay, I was able to get a replacement and fix that camera.

Now with the back cover removed, and holding it carefully in my hand, I inserted the battery back in, and tried the power switch. Nothing. Then I remembered that with the back cover off, the CF card compartment's door cannot trigger the microswitch telling the camera whether the door is open or close.

Holding down the microswitch with my hand, I turn the switch on, and SUCCESS! I manage to set the date and time, and get to the ready-to-shoot mode. I don't have any CF card or lens on at this moment, so I of course get the "No CF card" and "f/0" on the displays. I switch the power off, and let go of the microswitch.

Carefully I assemble the camera back together, and put the battery, CF card, and lens back on. Everything works perfectly.

Now to cross fingers and hope it doesn't stop working again before I have enough money saved to buy a replacement.

I'm not sure why it started doing this. I almost always use a card reader to download photos instead of using the USB cable to copy them off. I have used it before, and I've used the USB cable as well to shoot tethered to my PC, but it's not something I often do. Maybe something was loose or just needed a little nudge in the vicinity of the USB port? Who knows.

And my camera is still working now :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Canon EOS XT/350D wont' start up!

So earlier, having forgotten my card reader at work, I plugged my camera into my PC to download the photos off. PC saw the camera but wouldn't see the photos on it. Weird...

Anyway I unplug the camera, and the top LCD stays on. I turn the power switch off. The display STAYS on. I take the battery out, and put it back in, and try to turn the camera on. Nothing goes on. I try my other battery, same result. PANIC! I really don't want to have to replace my camera.

After some Google'ing, I stumble across this thread on DPReview, specifically this thread by JohnB47 more than 2 years ago:


A previous poster gave the following sequence as a possible cure for lockups etc. I know that this worked for at least one person. You need to follow the sequence to the letter. Worth a try.

1.) Turn off the camera.
2.) Remove both camera batteries.
3.) Close battery cover.
4.) Turn on/off switch to "On".
5.) Let camera sit for at least 15 seconds.
6.) Turn on/off switch to "Off".
7.) Re-install both batteries and turn camera on.

I decided to take everything off (lens and CF card as well) just for good measure.

My camera is working again.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wishlist (Camera Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (Cheap enough to get new)

Canon EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (Old but cheap & good)

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM (Biggest problem...)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Delerium - Myth

it's a weird game

i nudge life,
like an unborn child

a dream inside...

i'm living in your dreams
i'm where you cannot be
i'm way out of your reach

i'm living in your dreams,
i'm where you cannot see
is it you or is it me?

i can't protect,
what you can't forget
but now i live behind your eyes,
you recognise me
as only a memory that comes through

i'm living in your dreams
i'm where you cannot go
beyond everything you know

i'm living in your dreams
you won't find me anywhere,
i've vanished in the air

Delerium featuring Joanna Stevens - Myth

Tuesday, December 1, 2009