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My musings, thoughts, rants, and discoveries. - Scott Maddock

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Location: Redmond, Washington, U.S. Inc. (Formerly U.S.A.)

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I haven't blogged here since 2012. Why am I making a stab at it again?

I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.

Friday, April 30, 2010


This Spring is starting about pretty well. I finally admitted the rapidly escalating chronic pain in my back and leg was real, and physical therapy is making a difference. Level of pain down, blues not as much. Not a big surprise there.

I am really enjoying the most recent lens I acquired. I really should have made this one of my first lenses, given my enjoyment for macro type shooting. I did a bit with the extender tubes, but they require a lot of futzing around. When figuring out which tube(s) to use for the lens and distance, which is trial and error. I always seemed to make all the wrong guesses. Not only does this lens make close-ups a snap, it is a 100mm with a max aperture of f/2.8. That gives me a little telephoto ability in theaters as well.

Here's a half dozen I like from the last couple weeks. The first three in in my yard, the next are along the walk to the grocery store.

9171 Bzzz
Yellow Jacket This is on the lattice on my neighbor's landscaping.

9214 Maple
Maple Budding The same lattice.

9265 English Daisy BW
English Daisy

Common Weed

Tree Blossoms I don't know what kind of tree this is.

Driveway Border These were pretty dense, but found a few isolated ones in front of the bit of old telephone pole or piling.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Urban Art

A while back Micha at MotoInternational where I bought my Moto Guzzi and get my maintenance and repairs done had a great suggestion for some pictures. We were talking about taking shots of some reconditioned motorcycles and he mentioned there was a nearby school with nice murals which would make a great backdrop.

On Saturday I drove down to pick up a replacement nut for my shift lever, which had fallen off last Monday evening while I was riding to class. We chatted a bit, and I'd brought up the possibility of doing some shots sometime, and he told me the school was quite nearby so off I went.

They were really nice murals, done in 2001 with all the supplies and labor donated by the artist. I did a little searching, and I believe he was about twenty at the time, probably in the middle of his college career and has continued as an artist. I sent a quick note asking if he wants me to link to future photos I make of these murals.

I shot these in the later afternoon, and I think the morning light would have been much better, and some time when I wake early enough on a Saturday or Sunday I'll back for some better shots. This was originally the Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and is now the Indian Heritage School, and it appears the UW Experimental Education Unit also has a presence there.

Here's an example, one where I used HDR to bring out the image. Here's a link for all five of the images I posted.
9295 Indian Heritage School

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's been quite a while since I journaled here. I kind of miss it. Let's see, I've been cast in The Taming of the Shrew as Baptista Minola, the father setting up the initial conflict. It's the first time I've been cast as a single character in Shakespeare, and while I enjoy the challenge of doing multiple characters I'm jazzed with the opportunity to do a more principal character.

I've continued to pursue photography, no big surprise there. I'm currently saving up for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, applying loan repayments as the come in to my camera fund. I visited the folks again this year in Phoenix, and got some nice pictures, quite a few with a 100mm macro lens, which will also serve for shooting theatrical productions with it's f/2.8 aperture. Here's a couple favorites with that lens. (Both look nice in higher resolutions if you want to click through.)

8547 You Lookin' At Me?

9035 Cactus Bloom