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Day of September 24th 2014
The view of the night sky by Custer Observatory (Southold, NY) is astounding and surreal. (High quality versions available on my Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117232166@N08/ )
The optimal settings for taking shots of the stars are as follows: ISO – Between 3200 and 4000; White Balance – Daylight (or Direct Sunlight for Nikon); Aperture - Between 3.5 and 4; Shutter Speed – 30 seconds or Bulb.
To capture the arch of the Milky Way, it is best to use a wide angle lens. For the shots below, I used a f/1.4 50mm lens; this is a zoomed in lens which is not capable of capturing large zones of the sky.
Deer crossing highways and roads is a serious problem in Eastern Long Island.
I took a long but rewarding drive to Southold.
After much experimentation, I found the perfect settings to take star shots.
My 50mm lens was nowhere as wide as my friend’s 18mm lens. She was able to capture a much larger portion of the sky.
We saw deer waiting on the side of the road on the rural drive back from Southold.
Viggle is a pretty awesome app which gives you points for watching TV, listening to music and watching adverts.
Slidejoy is an app which puts ads on your lock screen and pays you a uniform fee per ad view.
There are SD cards with WiFi built into them. They allow for transfer of files across devices on the same network without having to eject the SD card. I can’t see how this would helpful for anyone who doesn’t use a DSLR camera.
Blur magazine is a magazine which compiles a set of photos from public submission.
The term 4k video refers to 4000 vertical lines of pixels in an image.
There are massively active click-farms (in developing countries) out there which provide tons of likes on Facebook. Buying likes from click-farm sites is against Facebook’s policy, but it appears that when you choose to promote your posts on Facebook with Facebook’s promotion system, the likes come from the same places.
I heard about the Viggle app on a news program covering people who actually seemed to have made a significant amount of money working at home.
I heard about the Slidejoy app on a news program covering people who actually seemed to have made a significant amount of money working at home.
I was looking at Amazon deals on SD cards when I came across the new breed of WiFi enabled SD cards.
I was doing research on what a professional photographer really is and came across sites where amateurs and professionals submit photos.
Adding cinnamon to kichdi (traditional Indian lentil & rice stew) does wonders for the flavor.
Facebook has introduced anonymous logins for users to test apps and the effects of app permissions before applying them to their own accounts.
An expired vehicle registration sticker can land you a parking ticket. Even on Sundays.
The field of view of a 35mm camera lens is similar to that of the human eye.
B&H sells scopes for rifles.
Kichdi is traditionally made when it rains hard because lentils and rice are always in stock. Today’s torrential rains prompted my mom and I to make quick batch. My mom added a stick of cinnamon which I had not noticed earlier.
Mark Zuckerberg made comments about anonymous logins at the F8 conference. The press release and followup reports are analyzing its’ benefits.
My vehicle’s registration was renewed on time, but the registration sticker has not yet arrived. On a Sunday, my car got a parking ticket for having an expired registration sticker. However, it can be pardoned with the proper documentation.
I started looking into a new auto-focus lens for my Nikon D5200. It is very hard to shoot pictures of people and objects in motion with a manual lens. The Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens is just under $200. Scattered bits of research on the lens taught me that it emulates the eye’s field of vision.
While looking for camera accessories on B&H’s website, I found the scopes section. They have a nice selection of (legal) high powered rifle scopes.
When using slang, I use the word “facts” to signify my agreement. In conversation, a friend of mine told me that the word “fax” (which sounds similar when spoken) was derived from facsimile. I found the definition on Google.
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