Still off the air (sort of)

Well, with the geographic relocation finished, we are now waiting on the arrival of our furniture (next week Tuesday) and the installation of the internet (Saturday) to return things to normal.  As to the missing post from yesterday, I am not sure why the queued ones did not publish past Monday.  I remember writing them, but did not see them in the WordPress interface once I logged in.  In any case, my apologies for the extended absence.

During the interim, I am able to get intermittent access through an open wireless connection emanating from a city access point apparently positioned some distance from our condo unit.  Since it’s so intermittent, I will likely hold off on posting for the remainder of the week and resume things as regularly as possible come next week Monday.  I do get email though through my cell phone and the sporadic logins from the AP, so feel freee to keep sending the awesome messages (thanks to Jen, Chris, Andy, Jason, Mike, Stephen, Scott, Tracy, and all the rest that have been keeping in touch during this transition.

In the meantime, I will share a little tidbit that others may or may not know about:  This Week in Technology with Leo Laporte is an excellent broadcast talk show, put out on various radio stations, on XM Radio, and available through podcast on a week delay basis.  I downloaded about 10 shows and listened to them back to back during my drive across the country.  I enjoyed them so much that the time literally flew by.  I even called in on Sunday and made it on the air!  I am the Jason that called in to ask a question about SEO on WordPress.  Give it a listen if you have an interest and some spare time (it’s a two hour long podcast).  I’ll get a link up to that probably next week, but if memory serves, it’s something like for their main page.

Until next week then, happy shooting and watch those apertures!

(I’ll have a few neat pano shots to share once I get a steady connection again where I can upload high res images, so stay tuned for that…)

Monday Mailbag

In lieu of an actual post, I am writing this in advance and taking the time to answer some email and comment questions that have built up over the past few weeks.  My apologies to those that have not had their questions answered yet. but here we go:

  • First up is Joel.  Joel asked if there is a way to attach a set of binoculars or some other device t your camera for increased magnification without having to buy the expensive zoom lenses.  The answer is a partial yes.  You can do such a thing, but your image quality will drop accordingly.  You may want to do some Google research (or just hit Wikipedia like I did) to read up on the practice, called digiscoping
  • Next up is Amy.  Amy wrote in to ask what the best lens would be to get to expand her range of shooting capabilities.  She is shooting with an XTi and is using the kit 18-55 lens.  Here, it really depends on your needs and budget.  The kit 18-55 is actually a pretty good wide angle lens for the price.  Granted it’s no “L” lens, and the angle of view is not as wide as some true wide-angle lenses, but it gets close.  When you look at the lenses available, and see that the widest goes to a 12m before getting into fisheyes, this is fairly good.  Granted, it’s limited by the 1.6 crop factor, but still a good lens.  So, having the wide to medium range covered, my suggestion would be a zom lens.  The 70-200 is a good lens, and if you want speed and or quality, you can upgrade to the 70-200 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8 IS respectively.  Fair warning, the prices increase exponentially.
  • Lastly, Captain Obvious asked in the comments if I could change the page title for Canon Blogger.  Since I am not sure where that is, I deferred back to him for an answer and have not heard yet.  I did find one area in the WordPress admin panel where there was a space, and have now removed that.

Anyway, that’s it for this “robot post” on Monday.  I am arriving in Longmont today, so should be back online tomorrow, but just in case, a Tuesda Tutorial is scheduled.  Until next time, happy shooting and watch those apertures.

Off the Air

Hey all, it’s Friday night, nearing on midnight Eastern time, and our “D-Day” is about 9 hours away.  As the immortal words of John Denver “My bags are packed and I’m ready to go…”  Well, not really, as I still have the computer stuff, photo stuff, and food stuff to pack in the cars, but that should take a mere 30 minutes or so, perhaps an hour, and then we’re off into the wild blue yonder.

Since I am not sure if I will have internet access initially, and being that this is Friday, I’ve planned ahead and taken care of a few days of material in advance.  They are set to auto-post around 6am of every day for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  If I have an internet connection anywhere while en route, I will check in on the comments and email so keep ’em coming!  (For those of you that wonder if there is ever any email or stuff I get from people that doesn’t make it to the blog – check back in Monday for a special treat!)

Here’s what’s up ahead next week:

Monday:  Canon Blogger Mailbag

Tuesday:  Two-minute tip

Wednesday:  Roll out the welcome wagon

So, keep clicking those cameras, happy shooting!  We’ll catch back up on the tail end of our journey!  Until next week (from the Wild West!)