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Peeves/Rants

06/13/10 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The Mind

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People with SLR cameras
There are sort of two categories in this topic:
1) People who have an SLR because they think it's a "Better camera"
2) People who have more expensive cameras than me, but don't really know how to use them.

1) Let's address the first point...the DSLR market has expanded dramatically, and perhaps that's just something I have to get used to. I believe entry level DSLRs are around $400 these days, which isn't a ton more than the $300 a high end point-and-shoot costs. It irks me though, everytime I see tourists walking around with a Canon T2i ($800) and taking pictures of the sights.

Perhaps the most egregious errors I spotted were in the many churches I visited. People were constantly trying to take pictures with the pop-up flash. *Face palm*. This is a dead give away that people have no idea what they are doing. Because every single church I was in could be photographed without the use of a flash, but one would have to know what shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are to be able to do it, because the auto-mode will generally not let you push the ISO past 800.

Really, a pop-up flash is almost always useless unless you are using it to illuminate people directly in front of the camera. Almost any other situation would produce a weird fall-off line. To the point: People with DSLRs should learn what their camera can do, and how to do it. It's like using a gun, you should have to have a permit. Otherwise, "Point-and-Shoot" cameras are called that for a reason. They are optimized to take pictures without knowledge of technical settings.

2) On a related note, there is a second group of people who I see running around with Canon 5D Mark II's. First off, I can't help but drool a little bit everytime I see one. They are very nice cameras, although they cost twice as much as mine did (Which was a lot I think!).

That being said, like part 1), the differences between those cameras and the mid-range cameras is very small, and really only tangible to good photographers. I basically figure that if you don't do wedding or portrait photography, you shouldn't have one.

Yet there are people who seem to think that this expensive camera will kick out magic. I asked someone with one to take my picture by the arc-de-triumph, and this is what I got...it's not terrible, but:

FML.

People who ride one stop on the bus
I unfortunately have to take the absolute most pointless bus in the world to work every day. It runs every 40 minutes, all day. Yet the entire bus route is < 10 minutes long. To add insult to injury, 80% of the people who ride the bus on the entire line get off at my stop. So I take very careful note of people's riding habits.

Anyways, the other day, someone waiting at a stop (Which was not mine or the train station) decided to get on the bus. "Woah!" I thought to myself, as it's rare that people ever get on the bus outside of the two aforementioned stops. Then she proceeded to get off the bus on the next stop...

Why? I'll never know.

Can Openers
Back in my day, we had can openers...you know, the ones you put on a can and took the top off with and then your mom always told you to be careful with the top because you'd cut yourself.

Skip forward a few years, and find me in my apartment having to lookup a youtube video on how to use an Ikea can-opener. Yeah, laugh all you want, but it was really hard. Apparently, these new contraptions no longer open the can, but rather decapitate it. I've seen something like this once in a movie before, but boy does the future sneak up on you fast.

I guess sometime between the time I ate a can of Spaghetti O's everyday after class and the time I actually needed to feed myself for dinner, I got left behind technologically...god I miss Spaghetti O's...with meatballs.

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Well glad I got all that out. Time to go enjoy my luxury dinner of Brats and canned beans...ugh, it looks like someone messed with the hue slider in photoshop on my "green" beans...needless to say I will be buying frozen vegetables from now on.

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A collection of musings from my time at Yale along with some thoughts about my "Freshman year of life" in San Francisco.

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