Aperture and You

October 12, 2008 at 10:49 PMJeremy

Mom's in a photography class.  I'd have taken it with her, but Marci might not have been too fond of me being out of the house every week.  Still, the assignments sound like fun.  This week they were supposed to be learning about aperture and shutter speed, two of the three components (along with ISO) to balance for a perfect exposure.  The aperture is like the pupil of the eye - if it's narrow only a little light gets in; if it's wide open, a lot of light gets in.  One way this impacts photography is in the depth of field, the range of depth that's in focus.  By changing the aperture, you can determine if all the details in a scene are crisp, or if some elements (like the background) are blurry, drawing attention to the subject.

Here's my entry, hastily recreating a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Yeah, I cheated - they're supposed to shoot in Manual, but I did Aperture-Priority so that the camera would figure the rest out for me.

And here's a practical application: at f/4.5, the focus stays on Jonathan, and not the junk in the background (or my wife's sexy legs)

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Happy 50th, LEGO®!!!!!

January 28, 2008 at 10:10 AMJeremy

On January 28, 1958, at 1:58pm, the LEGO® brick was born.  Considering how many countless hours I logged building everything from cars to houses to motorized Technic contraptions to an entire castle scene (that's probably still intact in Mom's attic!), I figured it appropriate to congratulate LEGO on 50 years, with hopes of another 50 (at least).  Out of every toy I ever had, nothing (not even the Wii) could come close to the enjoyment I got from LEGO.  I can only hope to encourage the same passion for imaginitive (and quiet!) play in our little one. . . even if that means that I'm the one cursing in the middle of the night after stepping on some random brick that wasn't put away. . .

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