Lisa and I took a trip to the Apple Hut in Beloit this morning. I wanted to pick up some apples and honey to bake some apple bread and Lisa had mentioned wanting to go to the Apple Hut. We walked the orchard and I got a few good shots of the heavily laden apple trees. Afterwards, I met up with Tazz and we went to Happy Hollow park in Beloit for a short shoot, where I got a few good shots of some of the fall color. Then there was the Altered Reality club LAN party being hosted at the Garage. We were originally expecting about 8-10 people, but it was 15-20. There was some serious game play going on, some verbal sparing and a great deal of soda consumption. In all, it was a good time, and the sun had fully illuminated the sky by the time the last people went to bed.
I woke up around 4:00am as this storm blew in. I quickly assembled my photography gear and scrambled out the door. The radar showed a fairly narrow, but quick dense front moving in from the west. It wasn't raining yet and I figured I had a pretty good chance of staying dry and shooting the lighting. I drove up by the Rock County Airport where there is almost 360 degrees of open view and started shooting. The first few frames were some of the best. There was an extremely active sky with a lot of visible lighting. I shot for around 30 minutes before I started feeling raindrops and most of the lighting had subsided. Out of the 295 shots, I picked 10 I was quite pleased with. Some proofs I layered and others I just rotated and cropped. A little diffrent from the pictures I took on the 1st. This time, there was no star vilibility and no reason to over expose. The lighting was much closer and much brighter. I started shooting with at -1 F-stops, but the constant flashing in the sky was making the exposure time change from shot to shot. So I switched to full manual mode, shooting with an F-stop of 5 for 5 to 10 seconds. This began to produce the results I was looking for.
My dinner this evening. French bread, spaghetti and salad-- yummy! This is my first shot at making French bread and it didn't turn out too bad. I might try and find a different recipe-- I'd like something a little more fluffy. The crust turned out really good though.
It is October 1st, and we're looking forward to the fall colors which have already started showing signs. Today was an interesting day for shots. We did a shot bike ride to photograph the sunset. Then, while driving to get more bread supplies, I noticed a very active sky full of lighting. I called up Tazz and we went to our spot on Eagle Heights on the far east side of Beloit. Most of the storm had passed and was both to the north and south of us, heading east. Rather then go for traditional lighting shots, I tried doing some over exposure to capture both the active skies and the stars above them. I was quite pleased with the results. One has to look at a large version of the picture to see what's going on with the star and lightning shots, so for todays picture I just have a close up of some of the lightning. A great way to start off October!
Tera is a RAID-5 array, consisting of 6x 250 gigabyte drives (5 drives, one hot spare). It's formatted usable space is 931 gigabytes. The drive went on-line September 9th, 2004. Presently, it contains over 500,000 files spanning almost 20,000 directories that consume 903.18 gigabytes. Of this, 164.61 gigabytes are graphics, which account for 17.61% of the total usable space. Naturally, most of the graphics are my photography. My originals span 122 gigabytes and there are 3 copies: one on Tera, one on the 250 gigabyte RAID-1 array on the Black Dragon, and one on the 250 gigabyte external USB-2 drive stored in a fireproof box. My proofs span just under 14 gigs and there are 4 copies of my proofs: all of the mentioned and the Iron Dragon. A fine sunset taken just outside U-Rock in Janesville, WI.