First Elinchrom Shots

Elinchrom in the studio

No doubt, there are many disadvantages to having a birthday near Christmas. But, as it turns out, there is one advantage; I can often get my “best” present early, especially if it’s something photography related. This year was no exception, and today I unpacked a 2 light studio flash kit from Elinchrom. But before going … Read more

I Ride My Bike

Riding in December

I think Rules #5 and #9 are related. Today’s bike ride photo, taken in that spirit. Also, the 15th day in a row that I rode my bike. And, 108 miles until I break 2000 miles for the year. It’s tough but possible I think. I will note that dark clouds with winds just under … Read more

First Formal Flash Foray

Studio Mike

I’ve decided to learn how to take photographs under more controlled lighting conditions using external light sources. I usually shoot outdoors, in available light, and focus mostly on landscapes and scenic shots with few people present. I do use an on-camera flash for holidays and birthdays, but those are casual shots, usually not posed, and … Read more

20 Gallon Planted Tank

20 gallon planted tank with new driftwood

I had the week of Thanksgiving off from work, and early in the week began setting up a new aquarium. It’s been 10 years since we dismantled our tanks before moving back to Lindsborg and I’ve successfully fought the urge to set up tanks since then, but this time I gave in. I’m doing something … Read more

Keep Your Day Job

Keep on Truckin' On!

Wo-oah, what I want to know, where does the time go? So goes the plaintive refrain of Uncle John’s Band and today I have the same question. It really does seem like just yesterday that I changed my commute, from driving up 101 to the Whipple exit on my way to work at GTE Lenkurt … Read more

All the Pages Changes

All the Pages: New Lightbox Display

In the last 48 hours I’ve made a number of changes to the site. I’m writing this post to capture all of the changes, starting with the most visually obvious and ending with some notes about a fairly big behind the scenes change. One change is obvious throughout the site; I changed the color scheme … Read more

Foggy Smoky Soft Light

Foggy Smoky Hill River Bridge

I went for my ride late in the afternoon, just as a fairly thick blanket of fog was enveloping Lindsborg. I was especially enamored with the views of the Smoky Hill River. The light is so soft and delicate. These scenes remind me of old paintings. And of course there’s one image that has been … Read more

A Fine Fall Sunset

Coronado Sunset

Photos taken north of Lindsborg, looking towards the west at Coronado Heights. (Larger versions available on Flickr.) [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” … Read more

Wobbly Windows not Wobbly?

Fractalius Yarn Zen

If you’re running a current version of KDE (v4 as of this writing) and are having trouble getting Wobbly Windows to work this how to tip may help. It worked for me on CentOS 7 and KDE 4.10.5. It’s simple really. To immediately enable wobbly windows, simply enter the following command: KWIN_COMPOSE=O2 kwin –graphicssystem raster … Read more