San Francisco Roundup

Thanks to everyone’s suggestions (including some write-ins over email), I had a great time in San Francisco!

Thursday night Matt and Marta surprised me with pickup from the airport and a late night Thai food run.

On Friday, I hit up Blue Bottle Coffee and got some personal stuff taken care of. Then rode the cable car up to the Cable Car Museum. I walked down to Fisherman’s Wharf by way of Lombard Street. I played in the Musee Mecanique, “one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines” — also known as an engineers dream. I took the trolley and then switch to a bus to meet Audrey and Griffin for dinner at the food trucks.

Matt cajoled me into running a trail race Saturday morning. While he and his cohorts opted for the half-marathon, I stuck with the 5 mile and placed first in Males 20-24.

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I can only presume this is a typo since I’m actually 27, but they’re sending me an award ribbon!

Taco’s and late night apres dinner beer and desert conversations with some of Matt’s friends rounded off the evening.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. But to quote the former governor, I’ll be back.


Moon at 600mm

Even now, I still love gazing at the moon. It takes light 1.3 seconds (on average) to go from the moon to me. So close, yet so far.

I took this picture with The Beast.


Blue Angles at Seafair

Pictures from Seafair have arrived! I worked really hard to cut the field down with this batch. Of the 921 pictures taken, only 29 made the final cut (3.14%).

The shot I really wanted was of the Blue Angles in front of Mount Rainer, I got a couple of good photos, but I want to try again another year. I think I need to be a bit closer to the action in order to get the framing I want. I’m not sure exactly where I’ll need to be, but it will have to be north of I-90 and on the west side of the lake.

All of these pictures were taken on my D7000 with a Nikon 600mm f4.0D AF-S II VR (which I affectionately call “The Beast“) that I rented from Glazers. It was sort of a spur of the moment thing. I literally walked into the shop and asked for the largest lens over 300mm. It was either this or a 400mm zoom lens. Rachel pushed me to get this one, and how could I say no! She was advocating me spending more money on a cool toy! The Glazers rental guys upsold me on an L-mount, which was actually worth it.

I have some video too, but will need to spend some more time to edit it.

I also want to spend some time maturing Aerotags to include some standardization for military planes. I found an amazing collection of military serial/bureau numbers from Joseph Baugher’s that can be searched with Jeremy’s Aircraft Serial Number Search. It takes a little bit of leg work to understand the numbering scheme, but it’s pretty easy to figure out the full serial/bureau number with just the last three digits of the number and the type of aircraft it is.


Shooting the Blue Angels with the Beast

The Blue Angels are back in town! Yesterday, I got to see them take off from the flight line (one of the many job perks). Today I went out with Rachel and took pictures using the Nikon 600mm f4.0D AF-S II VR that I rented yesterday. The thing is a beast:

Getting ready to shoot the blue angels. Photo by Jacob Blount.

They were all out of the 18mm wide angles. Photo by Jacob Blount.

I got some pretty good shots, but I think there’s a lot of atmospheric crap in the way (i.e. all the air, dust, pollen, etc between my lens and the air planes). I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that, but I’m definitely going to try again tomorrow.

Update: Another picture Jake took, going for the “Rear Window” look…


The Setterstrom Wedding (on a farm!)

Note of Business: I’m testing out a new way of displaying pictures. Typically, I upload photos to Flickr and then include them here on the blog. It’s a time intensive processes that involves multiple steps, multiple applications, and lots of labor. I’ve eliminated some steps by designing a plugin that takes the Flickr Picture ID and grabs the photos and all the relevant stats, but it still requires that I copy and paste every single Flickr Picture ID I want displayed here.

This method was originally born Back In The Day™1 when WordPress didn’t have nearly as good as a media management system as it does now. Granted, I still think that WordPress has some work to do; but it’s getting there. If you have any thoughts, let me know. For comparison, see An Atkins Wedding!

  1. circa 2005