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Coward of the Camera [Aug. 18th, 2009|12:05 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Through no fault of my own, I got home from work at 2330 last night. Suffice it to say that this was due to a combination of miscommunication/non-communication and worst case scenarios playing themselves out. Because of this, my review of G.I. Joe amongst other recent films will be delayed at least two days. I have a town hall meeting tonight night I need to attend and have more important articles that need to be written plus more work.

In preparation for the DC trip coming up next moth, I finally broke down and bought a camera choosing the Nikon S560 as pictured here:


First Shoot - 297
picture of S560 taken with blurry camera phone


Hopefully I have taken my last picture with the camera in my phone, which, I might add, I could probably count the number of photos taken with the camera phone on my fingers.


First Shoot - 296
Boxtop


I'm already unhappy with this purchase. It takes too much to set the white balance and with the little playing I got to do with the camera I don't think it's going to take pictures as fast as I would like. This camera seems to have one mode, the "Are you retarded?" mode. I've already contemplated gnawing my arm off. The fun part is that I was going to take the camera to the town hall tonight and try to get a few snaps in case there was something to write home about, but I think I'm going to need to get to know this machine better first before I attempt to use it in public.

ehowton said that he wanted to see my posts filled with pictures that I have taken. He also wanted more pictures of me.


First Shoot - 293
ehowton, I don't want any bitching about this


So I've been asked to be a venue manager at Sidewalk this year. I asked if I could manage the Sidetalk venue and moderate the panels, but alas, someone else has claimed that job. Ironically, they are going to be showing film there this year as well and that's what they need me for. But as venue manager is nothing but a glorified slave, I would not be able to see any films nor would I be able to get any screener DVDs, so I guess I'm back to deciding if I want to take off two weekends in a month.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Maybe take that back and get a Canon PowerShot? Something in the A-Series perhaps? You might be much happier.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 02:39 pm (UTC)
Perhaps. I'm hoping that this is more a thing of me not knowing how to use the camera right out of the box rather than a flaw of the machine itself. I'm a Nikon man. I want a D series whichever body I end up with. Both of my friends have Nikons and they wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

Yes, it's possible I'm being narrow minded, but once I have a real camera, these problems will go away--problems, I might add, that I knew I would have going in. (Well, ok, not the inability to rapid fire, but other things like setting the white balance for instance.)

It does seem to be the case, however, if you turn off all the automatic shit, the machine is much usable, but as I'm not a photographer (I don't feel qualified to call myself one at this point in time) it's possible that this product wasn't marketed to someone as dumb as me. Then again, perhaps it's all the Fisher Price hand-holding bullshit that makes this product unsuable.

Edited at 2009-08-18 02:41 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 02:50 pm (UTC)
I hope you didn't pay a lot for that camera. My Canon uses a High-Density SD card and snaps back-to-back like a bobcat on booze when in 'Continuous Mode.'

Also, if you can't figure out a P&S, you're head is going to explode trying to figure out a DSLR. That being said dude, I don't think its the camera.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 02:51 pm (UTC)
Neither do I. Didn't I just say that perhaps I have a ways to travel on the learning curve?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 02:57 pm (UTC)
Didn't I just say that perhaps I have a ways to travel on the learning curve?

You didn't actually. That was in your edit, which I read after my comment was posted. If you like, I can provide copies of the original, as well as the edit for comparison.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 03:00 pm (UTC)
And this was after I told you in our IM conversation not to respond yet because I was editing. Words mean shit.

And to think that you actually wrote for a paper. Wow dude. Just wow.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 03:09 pm (UTC)
Now that's funny! Because I saw you type that - I read it, but given that we were corresponding about something entirely different on AIM, I actually wondered aloud at my desk, "What the fuck is he talking about."

So yeah, I wrote for a small town paper.

But your lack of context in communication is known far and wide, and I dare say, the inscription on your tombstone when, God forbid, that time comes, will likely read: "He was a dumbass."
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 03:13 pm (UTC)
No, I think the problem is that in your old age, you can't concurrently process like I can.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 03:26 pm (UTC)
Its precisely these assumptions which fuel your notoriety for lack of context. Obviously I wouldn't be able to accomplish what I do were it not for precisely the thing you assume I no longer have.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 03:32 pm (UTC)
I do find it odd that the only place you can apply this skill is at your workplace where no one here in the real world can verify. Very Clintonesque.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 03:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, dumbass. Clinonesque. What I do is not the real world. Delivering pizza - now that's the real world. Ergo, I'm a liberal.

Wait...what?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 03:51 pm (UTC)
Who is this pizza delivery guy you keep talking about?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 02:58 pm (UTC)
As for price, I'm $250 all in with a year's warranty, two 4GB HD cards, an extra battery and a soft-hard shell carrying case. I was advised by a photographer here to get the faster cards, but when I asked at the store, she said I wouldn't see a difference with this camera. He seemed to think that there would be a nominal difference but gave me good advice: next time I need/want a card, get a faster card and see if there's a difference in speed just like he did when he was starting out.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-08-20 04:54 pm (UTC)
the canon g10 is probably the p&s i'd get now, i'm going to get the g11 when it comes out, but the g10 has lots of swell manual features and a hot-shoe, which means you can use studio strobes with it (don't know if you would, but i'm excited about that). the d-whatever is going to rock your world when you get it. have fun shooting. & let me know how it goes.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-20 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'll keep you posted, pun intended! ;)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 01:32 pm (UTC)

BECAUSE THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS WITH MIRRORS ANYWHERE NEAR YOU, EVER

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 02:51 pm (UTC)

Re: BECAUSE THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS WITH MIRRORS ANYWHERE NEAR YOU, EVER

You know I just did this to piss you off. Actually, it pissed me off, because I saw what I wanted on the LCD screen, but I had to figure out how to turn the flash off which took much more time than it should have. Then I had to adjust the color compensation, etc. to finally get the same image I saw on the LCD screen. But I got it finally.

When I boot up my laptop later today, I'll post a more exposed picture, but honestly, I think that my original instead of this overblown, grainy image was actually quite a cool picture.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 04:09 pm (UTC)
What did you think of the boxtop photo?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 08:17 pm (UTC)

Because Howton's all huffy

First Shoot - 291a
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-08-18 08:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Because Howton's all huffy

HUFFY NO MORE!

That's awesome dude.
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2009-08-18 01:41 pm (UTC)
Have fun with the new camera...sounds like you're off to a great start ;)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-08-18 02:53 pm (UTC)
It's possible that it's the n00b user that's the problem, but I agree that if I learn how to properly use this tool it will come in handy and increase the effectiveness of my posts.
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