Kungsängslilja

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On the way to the local climbing crag on Wednesday afternoon we walked past some beautiful Kungsängsliljor (Fritillaria meleagris). Unfortunately I hadn’t brought my real camera so I had to take this photo with my Nokia n82 mobile phone.

Rogan Josh

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Every now and then we feel it is time to try something new for dinner. The other night we did Rogan Josh which turned out quite good. It was maybe a bit weak but I’m sure it will get better with practice.

Strobist

I found the Strobist blog a few weeks back and I was amazed at what one can do with just a few simple strobes. Having found a few sites that used strobes to give more depth and life to climbing photos I figured I would try to get my hands on a few used strobes for myself.

I lost the first auction for a Nikon SB-26 but I found a Canon 540EZ for a reasonable price and later won an auction for a Nikon SB-24. To complement the flashes I ordered a stand, a white umbrella, a mount, and two optical slave triggers. First I thought about buying radio triggers but as I don’t know how much I will use this equipment I got the cheaper optical slaves instead.

This is the photo equipment I have now:

  • Nikon D40
  • Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm D40 kit lens
  • Nikon AF-S DX 18-200/3,5-5,6 G VR IF-ED
  • Nikon SpeedLight SB-400 on camera at 1/128 power pointing upwards to trigger the optical slaves
  • Canon Speedlite 540EZ with optical slave trigger
  • Nikon SpeedLight SB-24 with optical slave trigger
  • 2 meter flash stand
  • Mount for umbrella and hot-shoe flash
  • White umbrella

I’m happy with this setup and it should hopefully last me quite a while. Now I just need to learn how to use it!

Setup

This is what it looked like when I played with the setup a few days ago.

Good morning!

This is a nice shot I got of Ismo yesterday!

Night orienteering

Night orienteering

Last Friday night I helped my club arrange the yearly night orienteering competition. I was supposed to help out with the start which wasn’t to hard, expect for it being a bit chilly being out in the forest for a few hours. I had brought with me my camera and I took some shots which I think turned out quite alright.

You can view the whole set on flickr.

Toys

D40

As a Christmas present to myself I bought a Nikon D40 in January just a few months before they announced the enhanced D40x with a 10 megapixel sensor instead of the 6 megapixel sensor in my ordinary D40. But I’m not bitter for that, 6 megapixel is plenty enough for the limited photoing I do and the D40x is supposed to be more expensive as well.

I’m super happy with my Nikon D40, it’s an amazing piece of work and the photos it produces are awesome. Now I can’t blame the camera anymore then the result is crap 🙂

Nikon 55-200mm VR

The 18-55mm kit lens included in the package I bought is super. However, with the outdoor climbing season starting I want to try to take some action shots from our climbing and I felt I needed to get closer than I get with the 18-55 lens. So then the new Nikon 55-200mm VR lens was announced I felt it was a great lens for the price and I finally placed the order two days ago.

I debated whether I should get the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens or the new 55-200mm one. Ken Rockwell has compared the two. I finally went with the 55-200mm one because it’s cheaper and I have not had any bad experiences with lens changing so far. Hopefully I won’t regret this decision later on.

SB-400 flash

I also ordered a SB-400 Speedlight external flash because I take lots of photos of my cats indoors in crappy light and I wanted the possibility to bounce the flash in the roof to get more natural looking light.

I got my things yesterday! I spend some time playing with them and the 55-200mm VR lens is amazing. I’m totally in love with the Vibration Reduction technology. It’s like magic! I could get clear sharp zoomed shots in the semi-darkness in the living room which I earlier thought would be impossible!

I just took a few shots with the SB-400 flash but the bounce option does exactly what I want so I’m happy with it as well.

Lloyd Braun

The most interesting thing that came out of the big Yahoo reorganization is the background of the name Lloyd Braun, the character that is the nemesis of George in Seinfeld.

According to one comment to the techcrunch post this is how it happened:

Lloyd lost a bet with Larry David on the golf course. The wager was that if Larry beat Lloyd in the match, Larry could use his name in some future project. Several months later Larry decided to use Lloyd Braun as the character’s name on Seinfeld without telling Lloyd first. Lloyd was caught completely off guard. All as told by Lloyd himself at a Sales conference in Palm Springs.

Grymt

Fast vi står ganska långt bak. Så det syns kanske inte så mycket. Men Tomas Andersson Wij rockar!

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New toy!

We figured it was about time to get a crashpad now when the bouldering season starts in Uppsala.

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Update: Köttsaft beställd!