Friday, September 4, 2009

Egyptian Day Shootout

Linda's back and John and Maggie Mae are glad to have her home again.

The MHPC is having it's monthly shootout at the Rosicrucian Museum of Egyptology in San Jose. The two old buzzards are going. We'll shoot some photos in the gardens first and decide later if we want the pay the $7.00 each (senior price!) to go inside.

At September's MHPC club meeting we learned more about HDR (High Dymanic Range) photographs. The eye can see about the equivalent of 13 f/stops of light. However, your digital camera can only see 5 to 6 f/stops of light. So, some folks came up with some image processing software that let's you take multiple images (better be on a tripod) at different exposures. It then stacks those images, aligns them and maps their tonal qualities to produce a photo with a much higher dynamic range. Mayble we'll put a couple of comparison shots up on the blog after tomorrow's shoot.

John saw that Linda had clipped a Marie Callender's coupon, so he's treating for lunch on the way home from the museum tomorrow.

We just cashed in some of our Mastercard World Points and have ordered a little RCA HD pocket camcorder. Fits in the palm of your hand and actually shoots at true 1080p 60 frame per second HD as well as web quality. Stores video on microSD card(s) and has an HDMI connector so you can hook it directly into your home video for playback. Hoping it arrives before our road trip as we can shoot and post some video as well as our photos. After our trip, it's going to be really nice for "shooting" the grand kids!!

That's about all from the two old buzzards for now!

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