Daily Archives: January 17, 2007

The eye has it

Eye of the beholderA picture of one of Ola’s eyes. I took this as an experiment, trying out my new extension tubes.

She is a bit concerned about the lines under her eye – I think she’s been working too hard, personally. Ola says she wonders whether it is maybe time she bought herself a mean new Audi TT. Apparently, they take ten years off.  Any thoughts? Personally, I don’t like the look of the new model…

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Using extension tubes

At the weekend I managed to win a couple of Ebay auctions – the first ones I’d won, since in the past I’ve always been outbid at the last minute, or just used the “Buy It Now” option.

Extension tubesOne of the items was a set of macro extension tubes – 9mm, 16mm, and 30mm – with Canon EOS mounts and end caps. These are basically just hollow tubes that fit between the camera body and the lens.

Extension tubes connectedIf you get hold of any of these, don’t just put the longest one on, and then point your camera at some distant object expecting it to focus. First of all, autofocus isn’t going to work, since the lens is no longer physically connected to the camera body – manual all the way. Secondly, these are going to help with close up work, but won’t allow focus to infinity. So, you need to choose a close subject, and switch the lens to MF.

I tried them out this evening with the 18-55mm kit lens, and they certainly allow me to focus down to a much closer physical distance… I need to experiment more yet. Stay tuned.

Kelly joins the SOA Tips and Tricks blog

IBM’s Kelly Drahzal has just joined Andrew, Chris, and I as one of the contributors to the SOA Tips’n’Tricks blog.

This is great news, as Kelly will be providing a Rational software perspective alongside our more WebSphere-oriented posts (and may even bring some celebrity guest bloggers with her, who knows?).

Kelly kicks things off with a nice post entitled Rational: Empowering the ‘A’ in SOA.

Go. Go now. And when you’re done, subscribe to her blog, too.

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Even more numbers

As an addendum to yesterday’s post on statistics, WordPress.com just added a whole new set of numbers – clicks.

So far today I’ve sent four people to the “opposition”. Hope the link helped my visitors to solve their debugging problems.