Thursday, September 30, 2010

New Autumn Colour?

If "wet" was a colour, that would be the colour of autumn here in Ottawa. We're approaching a record rainfall for the month of September. *sigh*

I'm really hoping that the weather prediction for the weekend at least stays as is -- cloudy -- so we can take a drive up to the Gatineau mountains and visit the lookouts to enjoy the real autumn colours. Of course, I will be bringing my camera along.

Keeping fingers crossed...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Jupiter on NBC

This afternoon I received an email from an NBC Nightly News rep asking for permission to use my shot of Jupiter on a segment about Jupiter sightings. I said they could, as long as I was given credit.

Here's the short segment; my ~15 seconds of fame. :)

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A visit with Jupiter

According to, jupiter is the closest to earth since 1951. Mother nature cooperated and gave us a clear sky tonight so I decided to finally try out the T-ring adapter for my Canon T1i/500D.

I power my wife's laptop from my truck's cigarette light adapter and connected my camera directly to the laptop so I had a decent LiveView, rather than having to stare at the tiny LCD on the camera. This worked quite well.

I started with using just the T-ring adapter on the camera and fired off a few shots of the moon.

Next, I went looking to get jupiter in the scope. It was easier than I expected. Focusing, on the other hand, was not as easy. Lots of trial and error, but I did get a few decent shots.

I tried adding a 10mm eyepiece between the adapter and the camera, which turned out not to be such a good idea. I could't get jupiter in my sights, not could I even find the damned moon.

I then gave the 2x barlow lens a try.

I found the moon and got some good shots.

I then managed to find jupiter. Focusing was hell, but I ended up getting a couple of nice ones.

That shot is cropped, which makes it look a little larger than it was in the original shot.

Overall, it went pretty good. I would have really liked to use the 10mm eyepiece though. If we have any other clear nights this month, I might give it another shot.

Oh yeh, I was pretty happy about was the tracking motor. I managed to get the scope lined up pretty good and the tracking stayed pretty true which made it easier to tweak the focus on the telescope without losing jupiter.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DIY Lightbox Project

I picked up a pair of clamp-on desk lamps today from Canadian Tire for $7.99 each, along with two GE Energy Smart 26W Daylight Compact Fluorescent bulbs (equivalent of 100W each) for $12.99/pair.

I set up my lightbox in the basement and grabbed a few Hot Wheels cars to shoot. For my first attempt, I think the results were pretty good.

I'll take a little tweaking until I figure out the best location for each light, and possibly change the paper (or even remake the lightbox from scratch) Regardless, I'm happy with it and plan on finding more things to shoot in the coming weeks.



I came across another site that lets (i.e. helps) you sell your photography on different types of media:

So, I thought I'd give it a shot. I uploaded some of my fav shots and we'll see how it goes.

You can find my "gallery" here.

Again, I'm not thinking I'll get rich off this. Just hoping to make a few bucks to add more toys to my collection. :)

On a different note, I built my light box last night. I'll post a pic or two of it once I start using it. First, I need to pick up a couple of small lamps for lighting. We checked them out at Canadian Tire this evening and I found one that I liked, but there was only one and it was an open box.

We'll have to try another location or see what other stores have to offer.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Light Box Photography

I've got a new project in the works.

I'm going to try my hand and light box photography. There's all sorts of different DIY instructions on the web. I'll probably try one of the more disposable ideas using a cardboard box ideas first and see how it goes.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Trailer-Sized Camera

I can’t believe the amount of work this guy puts into taking a single shot. The end results are pretty cool though, and unique.

John Chiara and His Amazing Trailer-Sized Camera 

Be sure to check out the video of the entire process.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Things you may not know about Gmail (or GoogleMail)

Did you know that is the same as

Yep. If you have a Gmail or GoogleMail email address, you can use either domain name suffix in your email address. It would appear that at one time, was a U.K. only domain for Gmail and then Google gave users the option to switch it to

Did you also know that Gmail (aka GoogleMail) ignores all periods in the email address prefix for Gmail/GoogleMail email addresses?

Yep. This means that "", "", and "" are all the same addresses.

Every once in a while I get an email intended for another Scott Paterson, whom I believe lives somewhere in the U.K. It would appear that the other Scott Paterson is using the "scottpaterson AT" email address.

Unfortunately for that Scott, he'll never get any email intended for him because I happen to have the "scott.paterson AT" email address and anything sent to him shows up in my inbox.

This makes me wonder if the other Scott ever tries to read his email, or if he just uses it to prevent receiving spam, because I can't see how he could ever log into Gmail to read the email. From what I read in the first link I posted above, he would have had to click an option to make the change from to If that’s the case, I’m kinda surprised that it was allowed since I’ve had the “scott.paterson AT” for a long time.