Saturday, May 13, 2006

bored @ work

bored @ work, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Acquisition mode

It was
back to the pawn shop to stock up on supplies...

Picked up the Tamron 28-200 lens i had put on layaway, then picked up a Nikon 35-70 short zoom. A little haggling was done, hands were shook, crisp bills exchanged for da goods.

Then after inhaling a huge chicken katsu plate for a victory lunch, crashed into bed.

Everything within a few blocks of the house. The Mission district, cant beat it.

Another 50 bux (extry battery and memory card maybe), and im done spending on this camera.

For this pay period anyway.
On rotation:

Jean Knight - Mr Big Stuff
Everclear - AM Radio
Smash Mouth - All Star
Spoon - I turn my camera on
Mr Cheeks - Lights Camera Action
Everclear - I've Seen Better Days

Gah. 8^$$^&^% iPod is giving me the sad Ipod icon. Good thing its still under warranty. Well, a good excuse for me to go trekking. Just inconvenient as #&$&#.

The pawn shop felt they did ok, moving some old merchandise at a good profitt. I felt like I made out like a bandit, because I got what i needed at a very good price.

So, now I have an excellent and fast prime, a serviceable long zoom and a under-rated short zoom with a good macro mode. (All for the egrand total of $140 versus 900 bux new) Add a second dSLR body and a nice wide-angle (they have some Tokina 14's in their case, hmmm) and I'll have the basic all-purpose shooting set I need.

*grin* Ahhh.

Is it over? Hah, nah. Not hardly. There is always more stuff to covet and get.

Fast pro-level lenses. Mondo flashes, BIG zooms to stop that surf action in it's tracks, SHARP german primes to make everything everclear, wide angles to bring in everything. Ooh yeah.

But this thought helps to keep me in check - "Never get more stuff than youre willing to carry."

Like Tim told me "Just get what you need, rent everything else so you dont have to worry about working to pay for what you have."

Yup, on the real. Keep things light and simple.

Friday, May 12, 2006

D50 test shot

D50 test shot, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Panning with low shutter speeds in broad daylight.

The camera is so fast (and using a fast lens), it usually catches panning shots without any blur. Tjis is why Im trying this technique.

Plus, the effect looks kinda cool. :)

I dub a dub dub thee..


Why? I dunno. But that is now the name of the Nikon D50.

Well, I was thinking, I may buy another one as I like this one so much - I could keep a lens on one while I put a different lens on another, to avoid the hassle and time to change lenses while shooting. (I'll prolly get a Fuji S2 body as planned before I do that.) While thinking this, the name "Betty" occurred to me.

It's definitely not a feminine camera, but "Betty" just feels right. I dunno why.

Heh, someone online was talking about having a crush on comic book characters. I think I had a slight crush on Betty of Archie comics fame. Pretty, down-to-earth and true blue.

It just fits in my mind.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

balloons for mom

balloons for mom, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Pawn shop lenses

Pawn shop lenses, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

There are a wide range of lenses here, and the knowledgable will be able to find some gems...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Making out like a bandit

Making out like a bandit, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

New York rule #8: Never pay retail.

I saw this in the case and decided that I couldnt pass up a lens with this kind of range & reach, breaking my rule of "good Nikon lenses only", but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Apple Store SF

Apple Store SF, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Lombard Street view

Lombard Street view, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Taken while hanging off a cable car.


I dont expect
many calls. Any, really. Aside from the folk of the front desk of my building.I may or may not pick up.

I dont do answering machines.

Excuse me if Im a bit harsh with folk trying to sell me things or people i dont know.

"Is this Joe?"
"Yes. Who is this?"
"Joe Pennant?"
"Yes. Who is this?"
"Joe? It's V."
"V! Heyhey!"

My favorite JerseyGirl, the Cappy.

Virgo's and Capricorns are supposed to be compatible signs. Eh. But they do have similar, complementary energies. Put simply; Virgo's are the thinkers, capricorns are the doers. And they understand each other.

I've been having problems with motivation lately, to kick off what i know I need to do.

And she got me motivated, which is not an easy thing to do.

Cappy's want to run the world. Virgo's just want things to run right.

Sometimes I need to feel like I want to run the world.

Thanks, V.

Crabs on glass

Crabs on glass, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Where's the butter?

Actually, Im not much for the taste of crab or lobster. People tell me though that Dungeness crab is amazing. I need to try it before it goes out of season.

Cable car pole

Cable car pole, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

It was while hanging on to this that made me realize just how lucky i am to be in a place where i can ride around on historic cable cars in a beautiful city.

I am blessed

Monday, May 08, 2006

Medical advice from Burger King

Medical advice from Burger King, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

I have almost eliminated my cheese consumption to lower my bad cholesterol levels per my doctors orders.

But yesterday, i cheated. I had TWO croissanwiches. Whoo, made me dizzy almost.

i let him eat the crumbs in exchange for his picture

Today's horrorscope:

To do it, you simply have to dream it! Get your imagination working on new goals.

Research and planning is always a good idea, but you may be getting too caught up in the details of it all. Could it be that you're looking for an excuse not to move forward? The time is right to get active -- and if everything isn't crystal clear, just use your imagination to come up with guesstimates that will fill in the blanks and keep you going! If you need to make revisions, you can always work them out as you go along. Today it's important to make a commitment

Hyde Street Pier National Park

Hyde Street Pier National Park, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Cable car

Cable car, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Pecan roll and decaf

Pecan roll and decaf, originally uploaded by Itinerant.