Still No Eggs!

Posted 2009.08.27 15.22 in Aquaria by Stephanie

My big blue snail has started sneaking up out of the water again – but still she isn’t laying eggs.

Leaving the Water

Here she is just starting to climb out of the water, but she foolishly chose to climb the filter. So an inch above the water she finds… more water!

From here, she went on to check out the tank above the water-line a few more times, but appearantly she is very picky and nothing has satisfied her yet. Below, you can see the problem fully illustrated:

No Eggs!

Old Lenses, New Camera

Posted 2009.08.27 9.15 in Photography by Stephanie

This is a neat little gizmo that only cost about $25 on ebay: An adaptor ring that mounts into a Canon EOS body, and allows one to mount a Minolta MD-type lens on the front. It has one adjusting-lens which compensates for the width of the adaptor so that the lens focal-length is unaffected and full focusing remains possible. I’m sure it reduces the aperture by a stop or so, but that is to be expected with any kind of adaptor or extension tubes.

MD/EOS Adaptor Ring

The MD/EOS adaptor does not have any electronics, so there is no communications as far as aperture or anything else. And of course, MD lenses are manual focus.

With this adaptor I can now use my 50mm f/1.7 lens and my 28mm f/2.8 wide/macro lens, along with my 3x Macro Teleconverter. The 50mm lens will make a good portrait lens I think, or a short fast prime telephoto. The 28mm lens is not as useful to me as a prime lens as I already have my 30mm f/1.4 — however, the 28mm lens has a macro function which I do not have otherwise. In addition, using the 3x teleconverter, I can turn either the 50mm or 28mm into a super-macro, with a magnification greater than 1:1. I also have an old telephoto, 80-200mm but it is rather slow and I can do better with a newer lens, I think.

Below is a picture I took using the 28mm f/2.8 lens on the adaptor. The subject is the 50mm f/1.4 lens. This was at f/4 aperture, 1/125 shutter, and with the camera’s onboard flash for illumination.

Adaptor Photo

Daydream Blade

Posted 2009.08.27 1.29 in Photography, Swords by Stephanie

Dreamy Sword

You know how sometimes you’re sort of bored, staring off at nothing in particular, then eventually you find you’re staring at that sword across the room… thinking about holding it, feeling its weight…swinging it… cleaving things asunder…