Archive for February, 2009

Too Early!

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

The first 2009 Sakura forecast for Japan is out, and auuugh! They’re early this year! And the front is expected to move fast!

Current forecast (first flowering date – full bloom date)

Okayama: March 24-April 1
Himeji: March 24-April 2
Kyoto: March 24-March 31
Tokyo: March 21-29, March 26-April 4 (different parts of the city)

Not really an itinerary…

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

My plan, such as it is, for my Japan trip next month.

Still waiting…

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

There’s still no update to the Cherry Blossom forecast for Japan…

However, the Sakura here in Northern California are in full bloom.

Cherry Blossom, Sakura, Macro

Cherry Blossom, Sakura, Macro, Flower

Better Eye Shot

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

This morning I got a much better shot… Click for fullsize.

Macro photo of my own eye

Everything’s a learning experience. Last night, I learnt a pillow is not an accurate distance reference. This morning, I learnt that a light stand is also not an accurate distance reference, but it’s a whole lot more accurate than a pillow ;)

This is the full setup…

Setup for eye shot

What Colour are my eyes?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Click on this self portrait for larger view via Flickr. Click on “Original Size” for 10 megapixel file and look deeeepppply into my eyeeeessss….

macro eye

The story of the picture:

  1. Discover that my Canon 5D Mark 2 can output to my television set.
  2. Put macro lens on camera. Set for manual focus.
  3. Put pillow on chair. Put chin on pillow.
  4. Focus camera while looking at television.
  5. Take off glasses without moving
  6. Click shutter to take picture

This was the best of the approximately 50 times I tried. It is hard to keep your head perfectly still. And my eyeball is still out of focus – the photo appears focussed about 4-5 millimeters in front of my eyeball.

Of course, what’s really creepy is how much the human pupil resembles a sea anemone…