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February 23, 2007

work sucks, but at least my office is sunny

Here's a view of me and my office window. Squirrels frolic on the branches of the oak tree outside. Except when there are Cooper's hawks hunting them. Then they hide.

I like my phallic cactus plantings.

I have the same camera at work that I have at home. How come photos taken in poor lighting conditions with my work camera are always grainy? There's some setting with my work camera that is different from my home camera I think.
sunny day at work
I noticed a tiny yellow-white blossom on a cactus plant in my office today. I've never had a cactus bloom on me before.

Those are acorns in the spillway tray. I happen to like acorns and they matched the terra cotta pot.
cactus bloom

Posted by jimbo at February 23, 2007 2:47 PM


The CCD in the camera is less effective under low light, so they come out grainy. Kinda like the old 800 vs 100 speed film. Less light, more grain. No matter, the subject matters most, so the pictures always come out good.

Posted by: john at February 23, 2007 6:27 PM

The graininess probably comes from a higher ISO setting. Your camera might be automatically raising the ISO in low light. You can probably stop it from doing that, but you might not like the result. To get decent pictures in lower light with lower ISO, you need to (manually) use a lower (more open) aperture setting. If you have a camera with stabilization built in, it might also become less effective in lower light.
Sorry to go on, especially if you already know all this.

Posted by: Jimski in VA at February 23, 2007 7:07 PM

Every time I see one of your photos of yourself, I think this, but this time I'm tellin ya: you are one photogenic man, Jimbo. Me, I know I'm good-looking within reason, yet I go all weird everytime I see a camera, much less try using one on myself. You're a handsome guy, but/and you really shine on film!

Posted by: Chris at February 23, 2007 8:06 PM

Hey Jimski: No, I didn't know that, thanks! I underutilize my camera and it's instruction manual.

Hey Chris: awww, shuks. : )

Posted by: jimbo at February 23, 2007 10:41 PM

Oh, oh, oh...get a picture of the Cooper's Hawk hunting the squirrels!

I love it when the Cooper's Hawk swoops toward our feeder and then catches one of the LBB's in mid-air. The speed, the drama, the explosion of feathers!!! Then I go clean my panties.

Posted by: rodger at February 23, 2007 11:43 PM


Looks like you have a green thumb! The cacti look great.

Posted by: Martini at February 24, 2007 8:42 AM

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