Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lovely Trio

The Moon, Jupiter and Venus recently got close from out vantage point here on Earth. It made for a pretty sight. My photographic skills are (obviously, based on the shuttle post) limited, but I did remember to use a tripod this time, so it came out OK. So here is the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and my local bit of Earth:


spurge said...

I like the pic. I never did get out to look at that.

What kind of camera did you use?

Lab Boy said...

Sorry for the delay. I used my digital Konica Minolta Dimage Z3. It's a rather old 4 megapixel unit with a 10x optical zoom. Nothing too special, but I needed the tripod. I imagine a fairly cheap digital point and shoot could do the same thing these days.

spurge said...

Nothing to be sorry about. It is your blog and I am sure that you have more important things to do.

Pretty good for an old camera.

Amazing how fast technology gets surpassed these days.

I just upgraded from a 3 to a 10 megapixel point and shoot.

10MP is even better than my digital SLR.

I need to get out and take some pics. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lab Boy said...

It is indeed amazing what you can get these days. Back in the day, I bought one of the better non-SLR digitals, but I can get way better at half the price at Sam's Club these days, that would fit in my pocket, no less! Moore's law continues apace, it seems.

I remember in high school photography class when the mantra was "film is cheap, that great shot is priceless." Well, now, "film" is practically free! Shoot away, delete the bad. And now you can keep a pretty decent camera in your pocket, so there is no excuse for not shooting away.

I need to upgrade, I guess.

spurge said...

Film might be cheap but getting it developed was not.

That was pat of why I quit taking pictures until I went digital.

Then I got the small camera so I could carry it around easier than my SLR and all the lenses.

I hope to see some pics from your boat trip at some point.

How are the critters growing BTW?

Lab Boy said...

The critters are growing well, thanks. They have to grow at refrigerator temperature, though, so things are a bit slow.

I do need to get some of those cruise pix up. Thanks for the reminder. I have emailed the family with the pix, so it shouldn't be to hard to modify all that into a few posts: just add a few links to information and I should be good. The problem is that I work for the .gov, so I have to be a little careful about identifying information and stuff like that. Uncle Sam doesn't need outspoken a$$3$ like moi speaking with the possible connection to on-the-job stuff.

spurge said...

Pics would be cool whenever you get the chance to deal with them. It sucks that you need to be so careful but that is the way it is.

Will you get a paper out of your work from the trip?

Lab Boy said...

Yeah, it does suck to have to be so careful, but I want to be able to express my own opinions here, and can't appear to speak for anyone other than myself.

We will certainly get papers out of the trip. I hope they'll be good, and I hope that my plural in the last sentence isn't exaggerated. ;-)