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More of my Eugene Photos

Posted on Sun Oct 19 08:00:00 CDT 2014

Eugene Court Plaza, Eugene, Oregon. 2014-02 Japanese Garden Sculpture, Eugene, Oregon. 2014-02 Shattered Fountain, Eugene, Oregon. 2014-02

Some of these photos have been seen before, and some are new to you. The plaza outside of the Eugene courthouse, sculptures in the memorial garden for the Japanese internment camps of World War 2, and a fountain made to look shattered on the University of Oregon campus.


People Who Enrich My Life

Posted on Sat Oct 11 08:00:00 CDT 2014

A sampling of the people who enrich my life, some on a daily basis, some monthly, and some only once in my lifetime. And here are more such people. As time passes, there will be more such pictures as I get better at putting people in front of a camera.

My birthday is on the 13th of October, but I am celebrating today on the 11th. And so in this I express gratitude to all of the people who have, at one time or another, accompanied me through life.



Posted on Wed Oct 8 08:00:00 CDT 2014

Bookpeople, 2013-04

Bookpeople, Austin, Texas. 2013-04-20, f/4.5, ISO 800, HDR 1/30s:1/125s:1/8s, 27mm

Oh, the books. Oh, the playground! Oh, joy, that there are so many writers willing to slave their lives over paper, typewriters, and word processors!

Bookpeople is one of only a few independently owned bookstores in the Austin area. It also is a central hub for many book signings and similar events. Neil Stephenson is just one of the many authors who have spent time talking and signing books here.

Also, this is one of the first new HDR photographs that I have done this year. As I said, my toolchain is working again and I'm churning out new work of both the HDR and non-HDR varieties!



Posted on Wed Oct 1 08:00:00 CDT 2014 by Savanni D'Gerinel

Window Altar, 2012 Window Altar, 2012
Summer Altar, 2013 Autumn Altar, 2013

Here are some pictures of altars from the Toltec Center from previous years. We have a wonderful woman in charge of making a new altar to honor the changing of the seasons. These come from Winter of 2012 and from Summer and Autumn of 2013.

In other news, I've managed to get my old HDR toolchain (using pfstools and whatnot) working again! I'll start generating images again and start posting new HDR shots next week, probably starting with Winter of 2013 and Spring, Summer, and Autumn of 2014. And I'll step up the process of reposting all of my old portfolio images.


Equinox Selfie, 2014-09

Posted on Sun Sep 28 17:30:00 CDT 2014 by Savanni D'Gerinel

Justice, 2014-02

New selfie. 2014-09-27, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 1/320s, 50mm

Sure, Equinox was on the 22nd or 23rd this year, but we at the Toltec Center were busy with a retreat. So, we celebrated Equinox late. I got all dressed up, as is my custom, and since they have decent lighting and a full-length mirror there, it was time for a new selfie.

Disappointingly, I'm seeing some definite high-ISO noise in this shot.


Hacker School, part 2

Posted on Mon Sep 8 20:45:00 CDT 2014

I just withdrew my application to the Hacker School.

I am going to drink some and watch a movie. Tomorrow I'm going to start searching for companies interesting enough to catch my attention, or interested in having me do Haskell work.

And that is pretty much all I'm going to say about it.



Posted on Tue Aug 26 12:30:00 CDT 2014 by Savanni D'Gerinel

In which Washburn attempts to defend me from the dangers of my mouse.


Communication Fragmentation

Posted on Wed Aug 20 16:30:00 CDT 2014 by Savanni D'Gerinel

By "communication fragmentation", I refer to the massive overwhelming tidal waves of ways to communicate with people.

I hate it.

It's not that I dislike being able to communicate with a lot of people, it's that I have to check ten or more different locations! I've tried limiting down to just a few, tried teaching people who want to communicate with me to look at those few, but it doesn't really work. And the worst part is that I'm really an emailer. I don't much like the super-short-form communication, and broadcast-style communication, encouraged in Facebook, G+, and the other modern systems.

But, Google has decided I'm a spammer. I basically can't reliably email anyone I don't know. I can't even email the mailing lists at the Hacker School, which I'll be attending in just a month. My emails automatically go to Gmail spam or get rejected as a "bulk sender". Since Google has no "customer support", I don't know that I'll ever be able to resolve this, either. And so, when I send a thorough, thought-out email to someone, I don't know if the lack of reply is because it got spamboxed, they haven't checked their email in a week, or because they haven't been able to answer yet.

Obviously, as much as I love email, email is dead. At least, it is for me.

So, is anyone working on a reliable replacement? Preferably something more resistant to spam-bombing than email was, and with an easier time of verifying sender identities. I could come up with a scheme for such a system, but why bother when gaining adoption would be almost impossible?


From a Garden Party

Posted on Wed Aug 20 08:00:00 CDT 2014

All four of these pictures are some old ones from my previous HDR work. The only thing they have in common is that they are all from a party that I went to some years ago. I wanted to get them back up, though, because I like all of them.

I really miss having a working HDR toolchain. I'm getting closer to having something working with Illuminance, but it's taking forever.


Portland, 2011

Posted on Wed Aug 13 08:00:00 CDT 2014 by Savanni D'Gerinel

I took over six hundred photographs during a week when I visited Portland in 2011. These are the ones that have survived, being interesting enough that I processed them long ago.