Posts tagged: seattle

Light Trails – Photo

I took this photo at about 7:30 this morning. I’m standing on the Yesler overpass that I-5 run under. I’m looking north towards the city center.

Camera: Pentax K-7
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2.5 seconds
Focal Length: 8mm

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Walk into work – Early morning photos

The photos were taken with a Pentax K-7. I used my Rokinon 85mm 1.4f lens. Check out the EXIF data below for more info.

Model: K-7
ISO: 238
Exposure: 1/200 sec
Aperture: 1.4
Focal Length: n/a
Flash Used: No
Latitude: n/a
Longitude: n/a

It was a very nice morning in Seattle. Everything was drying out after the two cold fronts finished moving through. The Carmen Ghia is parked on a side street off of Yesler. The Baroness Hotel is off of Madison near Virginia Mason.

Call from Broadstripe – Upgrading the network @earningstripes

Just received a call from Broadstripe letting me there maybe some intermittent outages while they work to upgrade the network in my area.

I always appreciate preemptive communication from my vendors. The call covered the basis of what I wanted to know:

What… Broadstripe Cable
When… Over the next couple days
Where.. My service area
Why….. Upgrading the network to provide new and improved services.

I’ve never seen this from Broadstripe’s peers. Broadstripe seems to be making genuine strides to improve service.

Good morning Seattle – pics

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A beautiful morning in Seattle

Another unhappy Broadstripe customer

In Reed’s blog post he explains some common complaints with Broadstripe in the Seattle area. In summary, poor speeds, network issues and questionable business practices.

What’s really cool about Reed’s experience is that is was very similar to mine. Though a difference is the cancellation procedure. When I initially canceled my service, they honored my request over the phone compared to Reed needing to fax in his request.

I compared Clear with Broadstripe for about a month. My experience was different with my comparison. I saw poor performance with high bandwidth applications on Clear. In contrast, Broadstripe could handle my needs a little better.

Reed, if you get a chance to see this post, please take at my others about Broadstripe and Clear. I think you will identify with my issues of choosing the lesser of two evils. Also, please check UPTUN. UPTUN is working to improve the situation in the Broadstripe served areas. Lastly, send a link to your post to the Broadstripe Twitter account, @earningstripes. You’ll maybe surprised at how receptive they are to your experience.

Some more general resources for Seattle folks:

Muni Networks http://www.muninetworks.org/
Seattle Gov’s Cable Office http://www.seattle.gov/cable/

Fremont Oktoberfest 2010 – Great times

Oktoberfest was great. There were many tasty beers to be sampled. I came away with a clear favorite. The Chuckanut Brewery Kolsch was amazing. The beer matched the beautiful weather, clean and crisp.

It’s all about the crop: Cropping photos

I updated the photo from yesterday. I cropped the photo to emphasize the the hula-hoop. Also some neat physics caught in action. The leading edge of the hula-hoop is near the camera. The receding edge is furthest from the camera. Due to the shutter speed we get a lot of motion from the leading edge while the receding edge looks stationary.

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Rokinon 8mm 3.5f at Seattle’s Public Market (Pike Place Market)

Performer at Pike Place Market

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Fun with tilt photography at the Rainier Tower

Working with RAW photos and playing with a super wide lens

I stopped by St. James Cathedral on my way home. The sun was hitting the facade in a beautiful way.

The photo was taken with a Pentax K-7 mounted with a 8mm 3.5f lens. I worked with the original in RAW Therapee. As you can see RAW Therapee is able to perform lens distortion correction and color correction. In my opinion it’s a great alternative to Adobe’s Light Room application.

Original of St. James Cathedral

Retouched with RAW Therapee

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