Bus Driver Jim has been an eclectic computer programmer and photographer since the early seventies. A recent twenty year stint in the transportation industry has earned him the handle and this blog is a documentary of his life and travels.
I drove into town this morning to just walk around and grab a variety of shots with my new camera in pure Auto Mode, where the camera gets to make the decisions about white-balance, contrast, saturation and all those other little photography goodies.
For a hundred dollar point-and-shoot, it did pretty good. I’ve had some expensive photography equipment over the decades and now I’m into something I can carry in my front pocket that’s easy to use and doesn’t cost too much.
The results in Auto Mode were slightly on the bland side for my taste so I used my photo re-sizer to apply slight image enhancements to the batch:
Here’s the very first picture taken. It’s titled IMG_0001.jpg. That’s our kitchen counter right after opening up the package. Steph’s old camera is sitting there, she can have it back now :-) Towards the back is Jack’s paperwork, along with screwdrivers to remove his license plates, if I ever sell him. We have to do that here in Idaho…
I’m still tweaking the camera but here’s the first published shot. I need to do some work on the white-balance, but overall, not bad :-)
Here’s another look with a bit more green. Both un-retouched…
Heading to the Fair this weekend so I’ll take a bunch of shots and share them here.
I passed this cool old lighthouse last month, coming up the Pacific Coast south of Carmel, CA. It’s called the Point Sur Lightstation and according to Wikipedia: In 1874, the ship Ventura ran onto rocks just north of Point Sur, and many people died. The captain was drunk, but the absence of a light contributed to this tragedy.
So they built a lighthouse on top of this rock. Here’s the history and you can take a tour.
Here’s a view north from the lighthouse.
Here’s a new mid-sized reference map. (dragable, clickable, you know the drill… :-)
I got a real hankerin to do some fishin today. I really wanted to catch some catfish, which are scarce around here, but I thought maybe the canal flowing out of Mud Lake might cough up some channel cats.
The only gear around the house is for fly-fishing so I went to Walmart in Rexburg first thing this morning. I bought this nice little rig that had hooks and lures and headed to Mud Lake. It’s about 85 miles from my front door to the South Picnic Area boat launch.
I picked up some worms, and a wrap for lunch, in the little town of Mud Lake and bought a one day fishing license at the auto parts store. (hey, it’s Idaho… ;-)
It was great on the lake, no people, just nature. The fishing sucked, just a few toss backs, but it was in the middle of a hot day! This was just an exploratory mission anyway.
If you look at those schools of baby fish, they sure look like catfish!
I’m always looking for an easy way to access the mapping tools I’ve created over the years, so here’s my new Quick Map. You can launch it on the right under Functions.
This is an embedded, dragable, clickable, state of the art Google map. Drag it where you wish then click a spot to center it, zooming in when you want. Once there, click the Bing button under zoom to open a Bing map or click the Red dot to open a Google map.
I can also use this tool to serve up a map to a particular location, example: Las Vegas!
Remember: the Bing button is under zoom and the Google button is in the middle :-)
Often I don’t remember what I had for dinner the previous night, but I remember vividly what I was doing when Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon.
It was a beautiful Sunday in Berkeley, CA three days before my 23 birthday. I’d spent the morning playing tennis at the old Merritt College on Grove St. I guess I was looking cute in my white shorts as I hitch-hiked home because I snagged a ride with a tall, gorgeous UC Berkeley law student.
Instead of heading towards home, we hung out. She took me to a sorority house and introduced me to her girlfriends. All of these ladies were strong, opinionated black women. I really got an education on how they felt about their men back in 1969.
I ended up back at her apartment. I was laying on the floor in front of the TV with my head in her lap, both of us naked, as Armstrong spoke his famous words.
I’ve bought a new little point and shoot camera from Amazon for $100. It has an optical viewfinder, it uses rechargeable AA’s, the DIGIC 4 Image Processor is the same one Canon uses for some of their larger cameras, and I like the price point. Oh, and it’s not a Panasonic! Click the camera photo to see it on Amazon.
The camera is on it’s way, but in an interesting manner. I can’t determine where it was initially shipped from, but it’s first stop was in Kent,WA. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know I lived there for twenty years before coming here and that’s where my son Riley owns his home. The next stop was Sacramento, ok, you can head east anytime now! Currently it’s in L.A. and I suppose the next stop will be Mexico City :-)
The Redtail subdivision was built a few years ago, directly across the street from us. It was a Gillette production and it didn’t quite make it. Not really the fault of Geordie, he just banked on the economy at the wrong time, like a lot of people…
Only two homes were built, both models, both empty.
At least they had a good sign!
They were also going to have a great clubhouse and bar, sigh…