a teatray in the sky


Posted in 5D Mark II, Defrag, Maryland, Photography by firthefirst on January 27, 2011

so my wish came true and we got snow.  lots of it.  and you know what they say; be careful what you wish for.  because you might just have your wish come true … during rush hour.

it took me, Tina and Scott a total of 5 hours to get home.  from rockville.  to germantown.  that’s supposed to be a 20 minute drive.  5 hours is the time it takes you to drive to new york normally.  5 hours and I could be enjoying north carolina barbeque.  5 hours and we could have dropped Scott off at home and made it back.

5 hours is how long it takes a not-particularly in-shape fellow to complete a marathon.  which, incidentally, is a longer distance than the distance from our office to our home. (more…)

tuesday gear day — Canon Extender EF 2X III

Posted in 5D Mark II, Gearheadedness, Photography, Strobism by firthefirst on January 26, 2011

there are things in life that deserve a bad rep.  they’ve worked hard for them, they’ve deeply aggrieved people, they’ve done terrible things under the flimsiest of pretexts.  like, african dictators.  enron executives.  hippopotamuses.  previous models of the hyundai sonata.  and, of course, tele-extenders.

let’s be honest, ask anyone about tele-extenders (pre-2011) and they’ll tell you the truth: they suck, and are unfit for human consumption.  there’s something about sticking a magnifying glass to the back end of a camera lens that just doesn’t seem to cut the mustard.

but that was then.  this is now.  canon clearly saw, with the advent of the new hyundai sonata, that what was once absolute dreck could be rehabilitated and turned into something astounding.  or maybe canon executives have been watching My Fair Lady.  one way or another, they threw down the gauntlet and made a promise no one thought they were really going to keep: that Canon would release a new 2x extender that not only didn’t suck, but would make photos look good.

here we are in 2011, with the new 1.4x III and 2x III extenders available pretty much everywhere.  was Canon all talk, or did they deliver?


mute city

Posted in 5D Mark II, Defrag, Photography by firthefirst on January 12, 2011

snow at last!  despite being sick I couldn’t resist going out on the balcony and taking a few photos… (more…)

in search of italy

Posted in 5D Mark II, Food, Photography, Strobism by firthefirst on January 10, 2011

tina decided to savor our no-work weekend by doing some thoroughly home-made cooking, and chose to experiment by crafting some spaghetti from near-scratch.  the results were tasty and fairly entertaining, and since there’s a pile of stuff to do I’m ditching the words and letting the photos speak for themselves. (more…)


Posted in 5D Mark II, Defrag, Photography by firthefirst on January 7, 2011

2011 is here.  didn’t invite it to the party but it showed up anyway.  but, like any unwanted guest, the best way to handle the situation is usually to invite them in for drinks and just see how it ends up.

don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not looking forward to 2011.  I think it’s going to be a good year.  honestly, I don’t know that I’ve ever had any really bad years.  I’ve been blessed, lucky, whatever you want to call it, and I know it and appreciate that.  I just sound less-than-ecstatic about 2011 because I feel like I didn’t even get a chance to wrap my head around 2010 before the whole year finished filming, cut the lights, and left the studio. (more…)