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June 6, 2011

Postcards From Nowhere: Fog City

The photo above is the last photo that miserable Canon EOS 40D ever took. The camera had a nasty habit of freezing up when it should have been shooting 8 frames-per-second. This male house finch turned to the right, gave me a perfect shot with a nice profile with red-head-on-green-background with the smoothest bokeh you've ever seen. It was a beautiful shot. Or it would have been. But when he turned, the 40D froze up and he flew away. I decided I'd had enough. In about a tenth of a second I removed the lens and the cf card, stepped out of the parked truck, and smashed the camera onto the asphalt twice, as hard as I could. So, the good news is, that 40D will never screw up any more of my shots. The bad news is, I'm down a frame.

This issue aside, my run of bad luck with cameras has not abated. My with ET-83C hood fell off while I was driving down Larkin Street in SF and a truck ran over it. Canon refused to repair my 7D under warranty. Just got this back today and it cost me a grand to get it back in action. Canon has not been able to successfully repair the 40D after several tries and yesterday, that camera pissed me off for the last time.

This slideshow features a song is a song I heard last night on an Asics commercial. The song really pulled me in so I decided to try to cobble together a slideshow. Ostensibly, it's my SF photos from May, but it also contains photos from Colorado from the first week of June. Some of the photos are of geese and goslings. Some photos show Jennifer and Katarina dressed as hoboes in the canoe with their paddles raised. These were separate incidents. The girls fed the ducks and geese lots of bread. They were just screwing around with the paddles, posing, at the other end of the lake.

The images were all captured on one of these frames [Canon 40D or 50D] and one of these lenses [Canon image-stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) or (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM)].

The soundtrack is 'Ten Thousand Lines' by Electric President.

Parental Warning: There is one swear-word (g0d@m1t) in the soundtrack at 2:55.

The images are compiled into a 10 Meg (5:38 Adobe Flash slideshow (lines.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 (lines.exe), and it allows you to play, pause, skip forward, backwards, etc.

Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro.

Lyrics in the extended entry.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

Electric President
Ten Thousand Lines

We paint the future from this bedroom.
With lots of progress; cold and heartless.
And nothing lives, just twitches and moves.
It's all synthetic, but it's all we've got.

Thousands of wires spread through the halls.
Thousands of eyes live in our walls.
And now they can see just what we've done (oh no)
Now they can see what we've become.

No sun. Just radiation here. Get it by the lungful.
No time. No way to count the years.
Except by the creaking sounds in your bones.

They've got your name. They've got your number.
They've got your hopes, your dreams, your future.
They've got your loved ones by the throat.
And soon enough they'll let you know.
And I've learned enough to keep my mouth shut.
I've learned enough to watch my back.
And I've learned enough to become wallpaper.
And blend in with the cracks.

(We've thought too much; said nothing.
We've heard it all; there's nothing new.
We've seen the way to our undoing.
And the way to yours as well.)

Ten thousand lines run from our minds.
And ten thousand plans spread from our hands.
And now we can see just what we've done (oh no)
And now we can see what we've become (oh no)
And now we can see just where we stand.

Posted by Rob Kiser on June 6, 2011 at 7:01 PM


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