kadenza: (nophoto)
I have this Nikon SLR I haven't used in ages, and it still had a roll of mystery film in it which I finally took to get developed last week. It was much older than I expected... March 2003, the second roll of our trip to NZ. Not surprisingly, the colours have shifted a fair bit. I tried to fix it as best I could, but they're still a bit off and I kind of like them the way they are.

5 pics )

Oh well

Dec. 12th, 2008 12:20 pm
kadenza: (nophoto)
I contacted Penega (Montreal-based publishers of the Yellow Pages) with my main email address as they requested, and they sent me back a release form which clearly stated that I would sign over all rights to them and they could use my image for free. I'm supposed to mail (like with a stamp and envelope) the completed form back to them, and then upload my image to their FTP server. The login and password they gave me didn't even work.

I wrote them a quick note back saying sorry, I was under the impression I would be paid for my photo and wished them well with their project. My email was promptly returned as undeliverable, saying that my address had been permanently marked as spam by the recipient's server. So I guess this little adventure has come to an end.
kadenza: (newsflash)
I realize that the subject line makes practically no sense, but I'm too tired to think of another one.

Anyway, I got an email today from the company that produces the Yellow Pages. They found this picture on Flickr, which some may recall is from my first kite aerial photography attempt back in September. They say they want to use it in their publication, but they didn't mention anything about compensation.

I guess I'll write back and ask them in a not so subtle way whether they may be sending some cash my way in return. Or would that make them not want to use it at all? It would really be nice if it turns out my KAP rig has already paid for itself.
kadenza: (kite)
For those nerds among you who might be interested, here is a bit more info about my KAP rig. I am still feeling way excited about it because it's been a dream of mine for about 7 or 8 years. Finally the technology exists for someone who is not that mechanically inclined, such as myself, to get into it with minimal suffering (and soldering). I had to do some drilling and fiddly things with the gears inside servos but it wasn't too bad.

So here are some pics of the rig and the kite and stuff.
snip )
kadenza: (kite)
We launched the kite camera rig yesterday for the first time and it was a resounding success! Of the 230 pictures, only about 3 were blurry. The wind conditions were perfect... strong enough to lift the rig (which weighs about 450 grams) but light enough to keep the camera steady. Exciting!
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kadenza: (test pattern)
I'm testing out Google's new browser today, Chrome. So far so good, but there are a few things I've noticed that need work so have filed a few reports to the almighty G. For one thing, there's no way to add a custom entry to the spellchecker, whereas in Firefox you can accomplish it with a right-click.

Last week I got the urge to fly kites again. I finally have enough time to do stuff I want to do, plus I think Nattie would enjoy it too. I went through the pile of kites and sticks in the basement and untangled a lot of string and organized everything into three categories: Flies, doesn't fly, and might possibly fly with a bit of work. Then we went out on Sunday to Riverdale park and had absolutely no success. There was hardly any wind and it was quite hot and Nattie got sunscreen in her eye and Marshie and I mostly ended up yelling at each other about who was doing what wrong. Such a relaxing hobby.

Yesterday I got my Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) kit in the mail which will supposedly allow me to launch my camera into the stratosphere, something I've been meaning to get into for years. I was so excited. I opened the box and found about a million parts and nuts and bolts and servos and wires and a giant instruction manual, and I seriously almost cried. This is no Ikea bookshelf, but I will give it a go.
kadenza: (Default)
Sore shoulders this morning. I've been wracking my brain to come up with the reason, and I just hit on it: kites, of course. After a disheartening visit to a flooring centre where we learned it will cost, oh, six grand to get hardwood in our living room, kites were the perfect remedy. We went to a waterfront park in Etobicoke to try our luck. The wind was perfect: a steady, strong breeze off the lake. Since I left all the "good" kites in NB, we had only the b-list kites to choose from. These are the kites that are just too big to transport or have something wrong with them, but they all did amazingly well. Pink Floyd flew magnificently and astonished all onlookers from near and far, as always. The Big Giant Box Kite, bought last May and never flown, was also a smashing success.

I also had fun with my photo assignment from CAKE. The deal: they send you a sticker, you photograph it in an interesting location. The prize: free concert tickets for the top 10 winners. My Holga was loaded with a new roll of film, so I was only too keen to get started. The first order of business was to scan and print copies of the sticker, so I wouldn't have to be so careful with it. This proved to be a good idea, because inspiration first struck at the carwash. It's a pure gimmick, but the foaming brushes there produce multi-coloured suds. A surreal pastel mountain of the stuff soon accumulated around the car, and so sticker #1 was sacrificed and photographed, next to a front tire for context.

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