Friday, April 28, 2006

Day of the Scorpion

Although you like it when life is complex, now you are searching for the simplest pleasures. There's nothing complicated about wanting to be close to the person you love or appreciating a satisfying meal, a hot bath and restful sleep. If it were really that straightforward for you, all would be so easy. Today the little things can be just enough.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

New Web Site

As of 2:00AM this morning, I will have a new web site, for all things Cory Trese.

Monday, April 24, 2006

My Blog sucks more than your Blog

And I think my brain is about to explode.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

"D201600" -- My First D200 Picture

I have my D200. I love it. It took it's 2,000th exposure today.

My Flickr photostream view counter broke 2,000 general views. I also have a single image on Flickr that might break 100 individual photo views soon (not this one, but Dancer I, in an earlier post.)

Friday, April 21, 2006

No Nikon?

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
As I look back over the last year one of the things I would change if I could would be to have purchased a better camera a long time ago.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ballet Dancer In White I

Ballet Dancer In White I
Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
We had a dance troupe at Standard Register today.

I got my D200 and my neighbor lost his job. The one who should trust me does not.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

160GB HDD Deal ... 160GB SATA For $30 Until 4/30/2006

160GB Harddrive From Tiger, $30 after rebates! 

They have a rebate plan that makes it automatic to get the rebates back faster.  Very easy to use, try it out!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Instructions on How to Do What???

I was doing some quick research today on a camera project I am planning, and to see if anyone had done and documented the same project, I checked the How-To Wiki you may or may not be aware of this site, but it can be useful.  Some of the more populate how to documents can be found here, at the popular page list.  Including gems like "How to Make a Goldfish Live for Decades".

Phantom Vibration?

I saw this story on the web about phantom vibrations from cell phones.  It made me laugh because, while I had experienced this, I didn't think it had a name or people who studied it.

Who knew?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Thanks Google

I just had a short chat with my mother via Google Talk from Google Mail while I was at work and she was checking her e-mail.  That's just wonderful I think, that Google has created a friendly non-invasive chat system that is accessible enough that my mother doesn't mind using it.  Thanks Google!

Photographs, Numbers and Big Bumble Bees

Big Bumble Bee I
Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
This image is shutter release 8381 on my Nikon D50. That is also my house number.

For my eight thousand three hundred eighty first photograph I captured a big fat bumble bee harvesting a pink and white flowering tree near my apartment on eight thousand three hundred eighty Lions Gate Way.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Overexposed Myself

Overexposed Myself
Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I might buy a D200 tommorrow. I know it is stupid but I cannot help myself. It is a gadget I have forced myself to believe I need.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Sunlight Flowers I

Sunlight Flowers I
Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I've been testing out my AF 50mm Nikkor f/1.8 D on some flowers on my lunch break.

This image was post processed.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Nikkor 50mm AF 50mm f/1.8 D

Today I received my new Nikkor 50mm AF 50mm f/1.8 D lens.  Amazon did not have it in stock, but I got it in under 5 days from J&R Computers.  Good shipping, packaging and very quick.  I was pretty happy that they had the f/1.8 in stock, most everyone else did not.  This will free up the f/1.4 for the D200 I am going to buy tomorrow.

I did a lot of test shooting this afternoon (200 frames) and I was pretty happy with the results.  The 50mm lens + D50 seem to skew cool in dim light worse than any other lens + D50 combination I have, so I may end up running the 812A filter all the time for this lens to deal with that.

All in all, it's really sharp, fast and while the focus is loud, it is very quick and feels certain of itself.

On a side note, regarding those jokers over at ShopCartUSA, see this link too.

Monday, April 10, 2006

ShopCartUSA Is A Scam

ShopCartUSA Sucks

ShopCartUSA is a Scam

This place and all the other names this company goes by is nothing but a con-game.

I attempted to purchase from this company which goes by more than 35 different names. This is a NY mill designed to separate money from people. Under no circumstances will they sell you a popular item at the price they advertise on their web-site without requiring that you also purchase unwanted add-ons or un-needed warranties.

They go by more than 35 different company names and even own their rating system called ShopCartUSA. They post their own reviews for make-believe purchases to many of their company web-sites. They no longer allow any negative reviews to be posted, only their shill positive reviews that's why there are no dates on the reviews. They go by other names such as Royal Camera, A&M, Digital Liquidators and Broadway Photo.

For a complete list of their shell companies check-out ShopCartUSA. This place is a scam and should be avoided at all cost.

I challenge anyone to purchase a popular product at the low price shops listed, and actually have it arrive at your doorstep for the price advertised without upgrading. I hope resellerratings posts this review because consumers need to be made aware of these types of disreputable people and businesses.


I accumulated some dust on the CCD sensors in my Nikon D50.  I cleaned the low-pass filter and the mirror assembly today, by hand and without the help of an authorized Nikon repair technician.  It was very nerve racking, knowing one slip could destroy the D50.

A destroyed D50 would make me very sad and I would have to purchase a D200 immediately.  Maybe I should give the D50 a good poke in the eye.  Or perhaps not ... I think I'll keep my D50 in working order as a (very nice) 6.1MP backup camera once I get my fingers around that sweet D200 body I've been lusting after.  Only $1699 for the body ... if you can manage to find it in stock!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Cox Arboretum, Sunshine and D50

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I created a new set, Parks of Ohio on Flickr. I spent about an hour on Saturday walking around a park near my apartment taking pictures.

This particular picture was taken in a small rock garden next to a small pond. The set also includes, of all things, some good pictures of ducks.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Nikon, Nikon and More Nikon!

My camera buying spree is really starting to get going!

This week I bought:
  • 1 x SB-600 Nikon Speedlight Flash
  • 1 x EL-EN3e extended life Nikon (D200/D50/D70) Batteries
  • 2 x SanDisk eXtream III 1Gig SD cards
This month I bought:
  • 1 x 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor prime lens
  • 2 x Additional Lens Cleaning Tools, Blowers and Lens Cloth
  • 1 x Nikon Capture 4.x
  • 1 x 62mm Tiffen Filters (812 warming, UV, Circular Polarizer) for my Nikkor-Zoom
This year I bought:
  • 1 x Nikon D50
  • 1 x Nikkor 18-55mm Lens
  • 1 x Nikkor 70-300mm Lens
  • 1 x SanDisk 1 Gig SD cards
  • 2 x EL-EN3a Nikon Batteries
  • 1 x 52mm Tiffen Filters (812 warming, UV, CP)
  • 1 x LCD Protection Film
  • 1 x Nikon D50 Field Guide
  • 1 x Understand Exposure
  • 1 x Mastering Digital SLR
  • 1 x SLIK Tripod
And probably a bunch of other things.  I am really enjoying all the equipment.  Each piece makes my camera into a bigger, faster, meaner image capturing device. 

All your image are belong to us.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

New Flickr Set ... Best of What's Around

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I've been working on a new set of Flickr will contain files that I did post-processing on (for more than 5 minutes) and images that I consider my best work.

I have included one of this set's landscapes with this post.

Enjoy your weekend!