Friday, December 22, 2006

Digital Photography Resources

I happened upon the Digital Photography School web site the other day and found it to be a great resource. Regardless if you use a point and shoot camera or a DSLR the tips, forums, and Flickr group are great places to find answers to any questions you might have. The current posting is titled 16 Digital Photography Tips for Christmas.

Two other resources I have found recently are DPReview and DPReview is is one of the primary sources on the web for extensive reviews of all digital cameras ranging from point and shoot to high end DSLRs. They also have great forums with info. on cameras, lenses and almost any other accessories for digital photography. is a site that collects reviews on digital photography hardware from a vast number of members, many of whom are ether professional photographers or long time amateurs.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The New Guy! - (UPDATED)

Originally uploaded by dehmystic.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present one of the latest additions to the “Friends” part of “Javier Mendoza and Friends”. This new bass player’s name is Eric Grossman. You might know him from the band “K’s Choice”. Eric played for them from 1999 until 2003 when the band parted ways. Their most popular song was “Not an Addict”. Eric's current day job is recording and touring with Sarah Bettens, formerly the lead singer of K's Choice. Sarah has just finished a new album and will be touring to promote it this summer.

You can see more pictures from both the Finale and Brandt’s shows that we attended over the weekend on our Flickr.

FYI. Most of the pictures that you see from these two shows were taken using my new 50mm f/1.4 lens. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Holly gets to prove herself in a new arena!!!

My cousin Holly (of Owensville High School Fame) recently tried out for the East Central College Theatre production of Beauty and The Beast. She earned a part on the adult choir! You can bet we will be there to see her performance. Wooo hoooo! Way to go girl!

March 10, 11, and 18 at 2 pm
March 15, 16, 17 at 8 pm

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Ubiquitous Drip Picture

Surface Tension
Originally uploaded by dehmystic.

It seems that there is a law that states:

"Every camera enthusiast must attempt a picture of a falling drip of water."

So here is my first attempt. I like that it is so dark. It makes the picture look like it was taken in the middle of the night. It's amazing how the water forms such a perfect sphere. If I would have had more light, I could have taken it at a higher ISO to eliminate some of the sensor noise. Maybe I will try it again some time.

What would be a good title for this picture?

Great Evening at Brandt's

Originally uploaded by dehmystic.

The Lacubrious Crew had yet another great evening at Brandt's Cafe.

Check out the rest of the pictures on our Flickr page.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Winter is Here!!!

Originally uploaded by dehmystic.

Well the storm closed down I70 near Columbia, and there are more than 500,000 people in Missouri and Illinois without power.

On the bright side, I got to take my first winter pics with the Rebel XT. I am thinking about having this printed for Christmas cards.

What do you think?

This one was hand held with my Sigma 55-200mm lens. Here is the EXIF data on the shot:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Program: Aperture priority