Sunday, June 7, 2015

Experimenting with motion

Trying to get a sense of the best exposure and settings to capture the reeds swaying in the breeze on Plum Island.  Both photos were taken with ISO set at 100.  
The top photo, was taken with an exposure of 1/40, and an aperture setting of 18. 
The bottom photo was taken with an exposure time of 1/80, and an aperture setting of 11.

Personally, I'm a sucker for the deeper tones, I love contrast and really hate losing my colors to overexposure.  Both photos have something to offer, and capture the movement of the reeds in the wind.  I'm particularly partial to the framing of the lower capture, showing more of the water and a richer landscape in the background.  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Where y'all from?

This interesting dialect quiz by Jonathan Katz of UNC is based on multiple data sources - and can get quite specific.  Take the quick 25 question quiz - or the longer 140 question version - and see where you line up.

Mine was pretty on-target - being born in Rhode Island and told on occasion by native Bostonians that I have a Rhode Island accent - my closest city came up as Providence.  I think that's because I pronounce "cot" and "caught" differently. Native Bostonians pronounce them the same.

Here's my results ---

Dialect Results - Auntie Lola

Most Similar Cities
1Providence RI55.6
2Plymouth MA51.8
3Worcester MA49.1
4Lowell MA48.9
5Boston MA48.5
Least Similar Cities
1Pittsburgh PA22.7
2Tulsa OK23.0
3Oklahoma City OK23.2
4Des Moines IA23.5
5Norman OK23.5

I loved some of the questions - crayfish or crawdads?  Sunshowers or liquid sunshine? Kitty corner or catercorner?  Pee-can or Pi-KAWN?  The words merry - Mary - and merry - are they pronounced the same or differently?  Aunt or Ant?  

There's a visual map for every question to illustrate the regional differences and distribution. 

Nice little write-up on i09 here as well.  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bryan Cranston channels LBJ

I was lucky enough to get tickets ahead of time to the ART's production of "All The Way" on it's second night in Cambridge.  For a three hour production, I can honestly say I was riveted the entire time.  Cranston is barely recognizable, so effectively does he inhabit LBJ's persona.

LBJ is the first president that I remember growing up, and Cranston performs him admirably, his accent is very good, and his portrayal of LBJ's mannerisms and down-home crudeness is remarkably on-target.

From a historical standpoint, it's fascinating to watch a master of negotiation deal with Congress and other national leaders during his first year in office, focusing on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Currently the show is sold out, with standing room only tickets available, and there is talk of this show moving on to Broadway.  It's that good.  Fascinating history, remarkable performances.

Boston Globe review here. BostonInno preview here. Boston Inno review here.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Please just go away

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Australian PM Kevin Rudd launches passionate gay marriage defence

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd explains his support of marriage equality.  

[Pastor:] “Jesus said a man shall leave his father and mother and be married … Kevin, if you call yourself a Christian, why don’t you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?”
[Rudd:] “Well, mate if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition … Saint Paul said in the New Testament, ‘slaves be obedient to your masters[.]‘
“And therefore we should have fought for the Confederacy in the US Civil War. I mean for goodness sake, the human condition and social conditions change.
“The human condition and human conditions change. What is the fundamental principle of the New Testament? It is one of universal love. Loving your fellow man.
“If we get obsessed of the definition of that through a form of sexuality, then I think we are missing the centrality of what the gospel — whether you call it a personal gospel, a social gospel or a spiritual gospel — is all about.”

Beautifully done.