March 21, 2006

this and that

The woes of work have me feeling really on edge today, but it might have something to do with the fact that I had such a splendid weekend hanging out with Erik, and the contrast is so evident that it leaves me bitter sitting here at my work desk.

After a long lunch at the local Goleta McDonald's Restaurant on Saturday, we spent some time at Borders Books searching for some French & Saunders DVDs (heh heh, I've got Erik hooked!), and picked up one of those and the new DVD release of Miyazaki's animated classic, My Neighbor Totoro (a definite recommendation if you haven't already seen it). We then took in a mid-day viewing of the film V For Vendetta. While it wasn't the best movie I've seen in awhile, it was entertaining enough. We got back to his room and watched the newly-acquired DVDs and ate pizza. Doesn't get much better than that.

Sunday we woke late and headed out for a little photo-taking afternoon. This led us to a variety of places just above Santa Barbara, including a quick walk up to Nojoqui Falls off Alisal Road (off the 101), a short drive through Solvang, a ubiquitous visit to the Ostrich Farm near Buellton, and a trip up a new road (to us, at least) on the coast just north of Gaviota State Beach.

erik shoots ostrich
Erik shooting an ostrich

As you can see (both above and here on my Flickr page), I'm having a lot of fun with my new Canon DSLR camera. I shot something around 450 photos on Sunday, and even after deleting the obviously blurred or unusable ones before loading them to my iMac, I still ended up uploading over 300. Yet I only posted around 16.

This photography thing is just as difficult as I imagined it would be. Composing a shot isn't too hard for me, as I believe I have an eye for at least that, but figuring out proper exposure settings and post-processing for the desired online effect still remain a bit of an unwieldy mystery to me. Why try? Because every once in a while I get that single spectacular shot that I want to make everyone look at. It fills me with such a warm sense of pride - something I don't get from anything else.


posted by julie at March 21, 2006 02:44 PM


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