Sunday, December 31, 2006

CL: Favorite

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Trypto: mmm, breadsticks make me hungry
Lani Kai: I think this is my favorite picture from all of this month
Lani Kai: I'm not sure why
Trypto: heh, me neither
Lani Kai: I guess I kind of like the atmosphere

Friday, December 29, 2006

CXLIX: White Balance

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Lani Kai: playing around with custom white balance here...
Lani Kai: for this shot I purposely threw off the white balance by calibrating using something red
Lani Kai: apparently an ExpoDisc is supposed to free me from having to use grey cards, but I don't see how it helps if I have to carry an extra filter around
Lani Kai: and they're rather expensive too...
Lani Kai: I have an innovative solution called a white shirt
Lani Kai: just point the camera at your waist and calibrate the white balance

Monday, December 25, 2006

CXLVIII: Festive Lights

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Lani Kai: I haven't seen my co-blogger online in a while
Lani Kai: I think he's avoiding me

Saturday, December 23, 2006

CXLVII: 'Tis the Season

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Lani Kai: this is a dolphin, not a cactus
Lani Kai: my co-blogger is currently getting wasted at a party...

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

CXLVI: Nitro

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Lani Kai: what are you taking apart?
Trypto: not me
Trypto: my roommate's building a robot
Trypto: he named it Nitro

Monday, December 18, 2006

CXLV: Sideways

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Lani Kai: I went to the D1 Grand Prix Series Finals this weekend
Lani Kai: it was rainy, windy, cold, dark near the end, and smelled of burned rubber
Lani Kai: but it was a cool experience
Lani Kai: I took 433 pictures, of which about 50 were usable
Lani Kai: I hate the stupid fence...

Friday, December 15, 2006

CXLIV: Almost

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Lani Kai: autumn colors
Lani Kai: except it's almost winter
Trypto: yes, well
Trypto: we live in California
Trypto: what do you mean almost winter?
Lani Kai: winter solstice is in a week
Trypto: oh
Trypto: how do you know that shit?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

CXLIII: Unintended Consequences

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Lani Kai: this is not how I intended this shot to turn out
Lani Kai: but I actually like it...
Lani Kai: out of the 270 shots I took at this game, this is one of my favorites

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

CXLII: Elephants

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Trypto: it doesn't say anything about arson
Trypto: or urinating in public
Lani Kai: well, is that allowed anywhere?
Trypto: yes, I think so
Lani Kai: in California?
Trypto: fine, it doesn't say anything about elephants

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

CXLI: Stunning

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Lani Kai: I took like 5 pictures a while ago
Trypto: that's fine
Trypto: as long as they're utterly stunning
Trypto: like, holy shit wow that should be in National Geographic
Lani Kai: I haven't taken an utterly stunning picture in a while
Trypto: it should be so stunning I want to pee myself
Lani Kai: I also don't think National Geographic features Christmas lights
Trypto: in a few years when there's no more animals or trees left on the planet, they'll have to

Sunday, December 10, 2006

CXL: Modern

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Lani Kai: this is the modern-day version of this
Lani Kai: the other one is a car from about fifty years ago
Lani Kai: sigh, I haven't taken a good picture in a loooooong time

Friday, December 08, 2006

CXXXIX: Superfluous

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Trypto: I think the world would look better with bright blue bricks
Trypto: and orange blacktop
Lani Kai: and indigo leaves?
Trypto: yes, it's very poetic


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Trypto: why does it need 4 headlights?
Lani Kai: "design" is hardly ever completely rational in anything
Lani Kai: if everything was based on need and there were no stylistic elements, why would there be any variation?
Lani Kai: not everything that's there is there because it's needed
Trypto: well, different people need different things
Lani Kai: no one actually NEEDS a fast car
Trypto: that's not true

Monday, December 04, 2006


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Lani Kai: tungsten WB?
Trypto: what?
Lani Kai: what is your white balance set to?
Lani Kai: the EXIF just says "manual"
Trypto: I dunno...
Trypto: you and your fancy photography lingo
Trypto: I just press the button and hope for the best

CXXXVI: Lovely

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Lani Kai: is this just a regular window?
Trypto: the windshield, actually
Trypto: it was a tad rainy last week, but now it's 76 degrees again
Trypto: in December...
Lani Kai: yeah, there were some really strong winds the other day
Trypto: I produce really strong winds from my butt
Lani Kai: lovely

CXXXV: Dynamic Range

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Trypto: the last Thankgiving break picture, I promise
Lani Kai: I wouldn't have realized if you'd kept quiet
Lani Kai: it has good dynamic range
Trypto: does that term refer to the light/dark?
Lani Kai: yeah
Lani Kai: in B&W it's good to have a white point and a black point
Lani Kai: rather than just stuff in between

Sunday, December 03, 2006

CXXXVI: 8fps and Sideways

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Lani Kai: who needs 12 megapixels when you can have 8 frames per second instead?