Monthly Archives: September 2006

Loop the Loop

Flying Lions

Three Harvards of the Flying Lions complete a loop during their performance at the AAD2006 air show held at Ysterplaat AFB this past weekend.

Sad News

Sasol Tigers - December 2004

I’m saddened to hear of the death of another Sasol Tigers pilot, who crashed into Table Bay this afternoon, during a practice session for the AAD air show this weekend. This is particularly sad as it is less than a year since another of the team crashed during a show, resulting in the death of the pilot and passenger.

1-2-3

1-2-3

Not a great photo, focus-wise, but I love the line of descending heights.

Ponds

Ponds

These ponds are on the old du Toit’s Kloof pass road, just above the tunnel.  See the location here on Google Maps.

DUTOITSKLOOFTONNEL

DUTOITSKLOOFTONNEL

A short tunnel on the old du Toit’s Kloof pass road. This road used to be on the main route but has been replaced by the 3.9km Huguenot Toll Tunnel, that shortens the route by 11km and 15 to 26 minutes.

Fuzzy

Fuzzy

On Sunday morning I was photographing dew drops on the grass when this fuzzy little fellow came marching along, right past my lens. He paused for his portrait before continuing on his way.

The Newbie

For some time I have been thinking about getting a compact digital camera. My DSLR and its paraphernalia are too bulky to carry around easily so I usually leave it at home unless I’m expecting a photo opportunity to arise. Today I took the plunge and bought myself a Canon Powershot A540. While not tiny enough to be pocketable, it is still smaller than any other camera I own and I will be able to carry it around with me in a little pouch that clips onto my belt.

It is quite a full-featured 6 megapixel camera with a 4X zoom lens providing a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 35mm to 140mm. It uses the same DIGIC II processor as the 350D, 400D, 20D and 30D DSLRs and has the same level of manual control as my DSLR does. It supports ISO up to 800 but is quite noisy at this. The picture of my son here is the first one I took with the camera and was taken at ISO800 in a fairly dim room, towards a window with the afternoon light streaming in. The image had a lot of noise and I had to run a de-noising tool over it twice, once before doing anything and again after adjusting the curves. This is why the image is a bit soft. I will play with it some more tomorrow but I think that this camera is going to serve me well.