It’s light now when I leave work in the evenings. Roll on summer!
Last night was the final night of this term’s DramSoc production, Don Juan on Trial, which I had been roped into doing the lighting design for (by Jude, of course). It was in the round in the concert hall – which made my life harder – but it was still one of the most fun productions I’ve been in recently. Oh, and the lighting was marvelous. Photos to follow.
And that brings me to my final light-related thing – photography. Taking photos for Don Juan was again fraught with difficulties – mainly a lack of light. Which is not surprising, given that it was set in an abandoned chateau at night! I’ve been waiting a while for a new lens with a much bigger apeture, but it hasn’t turned up yet. So the photos were all heavily underexposed, and taken using ISO 1600, in the hope of getting a fast enough shutter to get sharp photos. For reasons that I’m not quite sure of, most compact digital cameras are much better in low-light situations – they ‘force’ the photo by default (i.e. use a reasonable shutter speed, and push the ISO to the limits). It’s a lot harder to persuade my SLR to do it’s stuff when it’s outside of it’s happy zone.
Unless, of course, it’s not.
An interesting read by Richard Feynman, which has a couple of good stories about crappy science. I now know where the term “Cargo Cult” comes from…
Cargo Cult Science.
Last weekend, Dave and I went to the Barnes Wetlands Centre. It’s about 15 minutes walk from our flat, and it’s somewhere that I’ve been meaning to go to for a while (there’s about a million places in London which I Really Should go to). It was about half and half an excuse to play with my new lens.
The only problem is – I’ve no idea what species of birds most of these are! So, then, a small competition – help me out and name those birdies!
Telephone phone number numbers geographic non-geographic premium-rate. http://www.saynoto0870.com/.
(I keep using this website, and keep forgetting its url. I can search my own weblog like a mini-google now!)
I bought a shiny new lens for my camera on Monday – a zoom telephoto. It was only when I bought it that I realised just quite how filthy my current lens is! Hopefully, when there’s a bit more sunshine in the evenings I’ll be able to get some good photos – my 18-55mm lens has got me through 3600 photos, but I’ve often wanted a bit more zoom. I’m still waiting on a new 50mm f1.8, which should help a bit for the low-light stuff I do with dramsoc, but there my tripod will come in useful. As for the ri-dic-u-lous ancient telephoto that I got given at Christmas – which is almost two foot long – well, I’m sure it’ll get me arrested if I used it outdoors. Which is a shame, since it has a 7.5 metre minimum focus!
I was reading an article on public photography earlier today. I’m glad to say that I haven’t had an encounter with the police (yet), but I’m building a collection of “you can’t take photos here” photos – most recently at the Southside shopping centre at Wandsworth. I blame the image of me with an SLR – I would lay money that I will get stopped far more often than an middle-aged American couple with a happy snapper. Hey ho, I’ll just have to name and shame.