Thursday, March 29, 2007

K's Choice

I'm just listening to K's Choice Paradise in Me album for the first time. Was a bit surprised by the lyrics on the number two track:

When your pubic hair's on fire something's wrong
When you think you're the Messiah something's wrong
When you mistake a plane for Venus something's wrong
When your girlfriend's got a penis
Something's wrong...

Monday, March 26, 2007

Today I've sold my old Nikon 28-80 f3.5-5.6 AF-D zoom lens. It' going to a photographer on the beautiful isle of Corsica.

It's been with me ever since I bought it with a F60 a few years ago. I kept it when I switched from the F60 to the D50. It's been my favourite lens for portraits and daytrips to the Zoo and places like that. Don't let the whole "yeah but the crop factor makes it a 42-120" story fool you. For my style it was a good lens and it may be for you as well. Mine sold for 31 euros on ebay. That money buys you a plastic-fantastic construction with a truly amazing performance!

If you are in the market for a lens like this don't get fooled by the later G-type. Nothing much wrong with it but it's nowhere near as nice and sharp as this one. Just remember that the front element is really exposed so you'd have to use a hood. I've always used a universal 58mm rubber hood but you could use the HB-20 if you feel inclined to go all Nikon.

Here's a few of my favourite pics taken with this lens, most of these are straight out of the D50.



Tree in Mordor


Saturday, March 24, 2007

turned oak

turned oak
Originally uploaded by j_wijnands.
Was visiting my parents this afternoon after my photography course. Found this piece of an old, woodworm infected chair and just had to take this shot. Love what the weather has done to this.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Cardinal tetra

Cardinal tetra
Originally uploaded by j_wijnands.
One of my cardinals sampling some brine shrimp. We redid our aquarium last month. I've had these tetras for about a month now. When I was in the shop today to pickup some bee shrimps I noticed how much mine have grown in the last few weeks.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Photographing fish

Crossocheilus siamensis
Originally uploaded by j_wijnands.
is amazingly more complex than I'd first suspected. However, with my new 28-105 I'm getting good results. This had to have the shadows and highlights treatment in PS but it's a rather decent shot of a Crossocheilus siamensis.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Frustrating sharepoint team services 2.0 problem

Was fortunately solved by a newsgroup posting.

Newsgroups: microsoft.public.project.server
Subject: Re: The specified Windows account must be a valid user on the specified...
Date: 9 Nov 2006 12:04:57 -0800
Lines: 256
Message-ID: <>

Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
X-Trace: 1163102702 3129 (9 Nov 2006 20:05:02 GMT)
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 20:05:02 +0000 (UTC)
User-Agent: G2/1.0
X-HTTP-UserAgent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322),gzip(gfe),gzip(gfe)
X-HTTP-Via: 1.1 Softek-WS2
Injection-Info:; posting-host=;

Hi Robert:

Did you get this issue fixed. I had the same problem, and it turns out
the IIS permissions are what's causing this error message. The message
is very misleading.

If you followed the installation instructions exactly as listed, then
just check your Default Website Permissions. Anonymous and Integrated
Windows Authentication should be enabled. And both, the ProjectServer
and Sharepoint Central virtual servers should have their Integrated
Windows Authentication enabled.

Let me know if this works for you.


Talking about misleading error messages!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Originally uploaded by j_wijnands.
The Dutch Dakota Association had an open day. This plane, the PH-PBA , a C-47 which once belonged to Prince Bernard, was on display outside the hangar. At the moment it's mostly flying KLM-Air France VIPs around which is why at one side it's painted in the old KLM livery and on the other side it's in Air France colors.

Shot with the humble 18-55 kit lens

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Lunar Eclipse

eclipse cropped
Originally uploaded by j_wijnands.
We had a lunar eclipse yesterday between 2300 and 0100 local. Fortunately for me the weather was clear. Clear enough to discover that taking proper pics of the moon is a lot harder than it seems.