As fall approaches, I plan on making a trip to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome . I’ve been going there since I was a little boy, and I hope my son enjoys it as much as I did as a kid. Many of the planes are replicas, but it does not really matter. Their collection of planes is pretty large, and always fun to see, hear and smell. If you get their early enough, you can even schedule a ride in a vintage biplane. The Old Rhinebeck area is beautiful in the fall, and the photo ops are abundant on a nice day.
Pikachu Float, NYC
I don’t play the Pokemon card or video games, but I do know that they have something to do with capturing the monsters, and trading them (or something like that). Apparently a group of people on 6th ave caught this Pikachu as it wandered down the street. The street was closed off as they tied him down, and prepared to load him on a truck.
It’s been about a year and a half since my trip to Italy. I had a 1/12th share in a villa in Fiano Tuscany. If you can get a big enough group together, this is a great way to spend a vacation. The villa was amazing, as was the Tuscan country side. We divided up into smaller groups durning the day for sightseeing (or spending some time by the pool). We took turns with cooking duties durning the week, and had many amazing meals prepared with food from the local farm co-op. It’s a slow day, so here is a little gallery from the trip.
All photos were taken with a Nikon D100 , 18-35, 28-105 or 50mm.
Market in Florence
Camera: Nikon D200 Lens: 28-105 with 6T filter F/8 1/40th sec ISO 400
One lens I like to ‘take everywhere’ is the Nikon 28-105 AF-D. I purchased this lens back in my film days, and continue to use it alot with my digital bodies. This lens features a ‘close up mode’ that gets you to 1/2 life size on the image sensor. I also use a Nikon 6T close up filter. Apparently this filter has been in short supply lately, but at $50 it is a real bargin. The quality of the images with this filter is excellent. It gets soft at the edges, but the results are still impressive. The photo above is of a dead Hitachi Microdrive removed from an ipod. Here is a 640×480 crop from the original image :
Micro Drive Close Up
The tiny platter from the microdrive is about the size of a quarter. It has a highly polished reflective surface that makes an excellent mirror. The flowers below were about 1.5 feet from the microdrive. The D200 had no trouble focusing on the tiny reflection on the platter:
Camera: Nikon D200 Lens: 28-105 with 6T filter F/7.1 1/50th sec ISO 400