This is my laptop, which I spend many a night in front of, illuminated by it’s screen in a dark room when I am working on a project. Like my ThinkPad before it, and my Dell before that, these amazing little machines have lit my face in dark rooms for many years now. I was working on a project last night and I noticed how cool the lighting looked on the keyboard with the sharp shadows and the black darkness behind the computer. I just knew I had to try and capture it.
I took this photo after being inspired by a close friend’s photo the other night. It’s a lot easier to do a 365 project when people are doing it with you! I decided to expand on my practice of using white paper backdrops, I used that with a flash bounced off the ceiling to light the shot. I then used Photoshop to expand the backdrop uniformly across the photo.
Isn’t it amazing that in my lifetime we went from 5.25″ disks that held less than a megabyte to the 3.5″ disk pictured here at a whopping 1.44MB, to that little blue chip there that holds 16 billion bytes? That’s not even the smallest or fastest memory available now. Technology is amazing ain’t it? This photo was taken on my very, very seldomly used 75-300mm lens, I figured it deserved a piece of the action too!
I spent a large portion of my day today working with math and trying to work out a relatively easy to compute algorithm for finding targets with an ultrasonic rangefinder. While I didn’t actually use my venerable TI-89, it is a much better representative of heavy math than a computer screen! Most engineers my age have some variant of this calculator from college, though I’m not sure how often we use them anymore! I suppose this is my generation’s slide rule, good luck trying to use that with a tie! seen here is more experimentation with the solid white background, which I improvised by laying printer paper under the calculator and shooting tight. I also pushed up the highlights to eliminate ghosts of text on the other side of the paper, it’s not perfect, you can still see it, and a fold where two pages overlap, but it didn’t cost me anything!
I managed to set aside some time this weekend to get out of the house for more than errands and got this photo. You may recognize this gazebo from a photo from a few months ago, it’s at a little beach I enjoy visiting for photography. I’ve done sunrise photos here before, I wanted to try sunset this time as a prelude to a composite photo I am planning. Unfortunately the cloud cover worked against me this time, but I like how this came out.