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June 7, 2009

May 2009

Yesterday, I shot my 20,000th image for the year. I've been shooting roughly twice the rate I normally do, probably because I've been traveling so much, but also because I've been getting out a lot now that the weather is nice.

My new EOS-50D is scheduled to arrive in two days, so I thought I'd sit down and collect some of my recent photos and cobble them into a little slideshow. When I get my 50D, I'll shoot my 40D as a backup frame, or possibly for landscape photography. But I'll mount my long lens on the 50D and shoot most of my images on that frame, assuming that the sensor isn't too noisy and I can get clean images out of it.

I shot these photos in May (and the first week of June) in San Diego, Austin, and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

These images were all captured with a Canon EOS 40D with a Canon BG-E2 battery grip. The short lens is an image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM). The long lens is a Canon L-series ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) with an ET-83C hood.

The images are compiled into an 15 Meg (3:34) Adobe Flash slideshow(2009_May.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.). To view the slideshow, just click on the photo above. If you want to view the slideshow as a Windows executable, you can play this version (2009_May.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, backwards, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

The soundtrack is Alone Again by Gilbert O'Sullivan. I chose this because I fell asleep with the tv on and when I work up, they were running a infomercial called "Ballads That Made You Want To Kill Yourself in the 70's" and they were playing this song, which I'd totally forgotten about. My dad used to play this on his turntable when I was a kid and it got me feeling all sentimental and crap.

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Gilbert O'Sullivan (born Raymond Edward O'Sullivan)
Alone Again

In a little while from now
If I'm not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top will throw myself off
In an effort to make it clear to who
Ever what it's like when you're shattered
Left standing in the lurch at a church
Where people saying: "My God, that's tough
She's stood him up"
No point in us remaining
We may as well go home
As I did on my own
Alone again, naturally

To think that only yesterday
I was cheerful, bright and gay
Looking forward to well wouldn't do
The role I was about to play
But as if to knock me down
Reality came around
And without so much, as a mere touch
Cut me into little pieces
Leaving me to doubt
Talk about God and His mercy
Or if He really does exist
Why did He desert me in my hour of need
I truly am indeed Alone again, naturally

It seems to me that there are more hearts
broken in the world that can't be mended
Left unattended
What do we do? What do we do?

Alone again, naturally
Now looking back over the years
And whatever else that appears
I remember I cried when my father died
Never wishing to hide the tears
And at sixty-five years old
My mother, God rest her soul,
Couldn't understand why the only man
She had ever loved had been taken
Leaving her to start with a heart so badly broken
Despite encouragement from me
No words were ever spoken
And when she passed away
I cried and cried all day
Alone again, naturally
Alone again, naturally

Posted by Rob Kiser on June 7, 2009 at 10:37 AM


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