Back to the zoo.

Posted on November 12th, 2010 in photos,RealLife,vacation by Andy

It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this website due to a variety of reasons. However, I’ve worked tons of overtime this week so I decided to take the day off, enjoy the gorgeous weather and relax at the zoo. I picked up the camera and spent about 4 hours at the zoo. I was pleased with the shots I did manage to take, although a lot of them had to be through glass. Some of the animals were not cooperating today, but as I got a zoo membership I’ll now be back taking more photos in the future. I’ve not been to the zoo for about two years, so today I got to see the “baby” elephant who is now 19 months old, the polar bear exhibit and a very cute baby bonobo.  Didn’t see any moose though!

I’ve also uploaded the photos to my Columbus Zoo 2010 skydrive account hosted on Microsoft (instead of flickr) as my flickr account is no longer pro. Let me know what you think of the Microsoft slideshow capabilities.

Chihuly pictures posted online

Posted on October 17th, 2009 in photos,RealLife by Andy

Last Sunday afternoon I took Kristen out on a surprise trip to the Columbus Museum of Art Chihuly Illuminated exhibit as it was a family day and had extra events going on. What I didn’t know what that the family day meant the $10 entrance fee was waived which was excellent as it the exhibit area is pretty small and the rest of the museum was not very  impressive. The exhibit itself was good although I don’t think it was as good as the one at Franklin conservatory. Although the big pieces were pretty amazing and made your mind boggle as to how they would have been made. Photos online in my Chihuly flickr set don’t really do it justice – especially as the forest of spikes seems to have come out in black and white for some weird reason.

Flickr images now included in the rss feed.

Posted on January 7th, 2009 in flickr,photos by Andy

I’ve changed the settings on my RSS feed now to include the last 5 images from my Absoblogginlutely Flickr account. So I guess I need to upload some more photo’s.  I’ve not actually taken very many recently although last year was pretty productive in my photography growth. I had some photos published in the church newsletter, have had a request to shoot some photos for a band (that I’ll be doing in the next couple of months) and I’ve also had a request to use one of my photos in a chamber of commerce guide for a nearby town.  That’s pretty encouraging and also allows me to purchase a new flash for the camera – I hope to get this by the end of Feb. The Canon Flash’s are pretty expensive so I’ll probably be going for a sigma flash at half the cost (or rather a better flash in terms of features and power for the same price)

Homeward bound.

Posted on September 19th, 2008 in photos,vacation by Andy

We’re heading back to Ohio today. The weather makes it nicer to leave at 5.30am when it is chucking it down with rain and being really windy – makes you feel you are not missing much beach weather. On the down side, it means you have to drive through wind and rain – ugh.

Sometimes you just wish you could click your heels together three times – it would certainly make the journey quicker.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road! (by absoblogginlutely)

Ur doin it rong.

Posted on September 1st, 2008 in photos by Andy

Today’s lolcat had a funny picture – all the more funny as the litter box in this photo is the same kind that we got – thankfully none of our cats have tried this yet.

More balloon photos uploaded.

Posted on August 16th, 2008 in photos by Andy

Sun reflection from balloon launchThis morning I got up early (especially for a Saturday) at 6am and headed out to Marysville Airport where there was hopefully going to be an unofficial balloon launch.  I had no idea what time they were going to launch, but as I was driving down the road I was overtaken by a van with a basket on the back so I knew I wouldn’t be that late!  I arrived just as they were ready to leave for another launch site so I joined the trail of vans and headed out to shoot some photos.

I’ve uploaded them to Flickr to my Marysville early morning balloon launch.  I hope to get to their night launch/glow this evening so more photos will be uploaded later too.  In the meantime I’ve created a collection of Balloon photos on flickr.

British Invasion pictures uploaded too.

Posted on August 10th, 2008 in Events,photos by Andy

I’ve uploaded the photos from the British Invasion concert held in Dublin, Ohio from 27th July. The band plays a mixture of English hits such as the Beatles, Rolling stones etc. They are very good and also played at the Balloon glow last night too which was an added bonus.  For more information see the British Invasion Band website.

Balloons off Broadway 2008 pictures up.

Posted on August 10th, 2008 in Events,photos by Andy

Balloon Night Glow long exposureYesterday I went to Balloons off Broadway 2008 and took loads of photos. Some of them are uploaded to my Balloons off Broadway Flickr set  This was the first time I had been out shooting and filled up my (2gb) memory card. There were several factors to blame. The first was that I still had some old data on the card (oops!), I was shooting in RAW and jpg mode and finally I was taking advantage of the continuous shooting mode for the flames to get just the right effect. All of which meant a lot of space was used on the card and I eventually ran out. Thankfully not before the night glow had almost finished – some of the balloons were actually being deflated as I was finishing up.

The event was good but not as good as last year. It had grown drastically which meant a lot more people and as a result the traffic to get to the site was not fun. I was anxious as the balloons were meant to launch at 6.30 – I eventually got into the carpark at 6.25 and hurried to get to the launch only to find no balloons even remotely setup.  Eventually 4 balloons were inflated, but only for tethered rides AND we were all moved back out of the way of the balloons so were unable to get any good setup photos.  (Some people got away with ignoring the police and staying in the setup arena – next year I joked I’d setup some “official photographer” tshirts and flog them to all the photographers anxious to get in the field to get closeup photos.  I know this restriction is due to health and safety, but last year was so much more personal, informal and fun with some great opportunities to get real close to the balloonists as they setup and we were even able to help them pack up!

Due to the high wind, none of the balloons were launched which was a big disappointment to a lot of people, especially as no tannoy announcement was made, however it did mean that I didn’t have to worry about balloon chasing – trying to get OUT of the car park in a rush to follow the balloons would not have been possible.

Eventually about 8.30 the rest of the balloons were inflated – 2.5 hours after the event had started – ready for the night glow. This was fun and at this point I was able to get onto the field and take some close shots.  The balloonists loved to light up the flames for photographers. I narrowed down my 246 photos to 26 for Flickr.

New car (to us)

Posted on June 21st, 2008 in bHelsbybug,diy,photos by Andy

The new car! (by absoblogginlutely) I forgot to post in the blog (Kristen beat me to it) that we have a new car – bHelsbyBug. This name came about after a guy at Siemens used to call me beHelsbyBub – something I thought rather amusing, and therefore the car is now known as this too. Pictures of bHelsbyBug are uploaded at Flickr. This link will have more pictures as we take them. I was going to take the car out this afternoon to various places around Dublin to get some shots – but no sooner had I finished working in the house, it starts to get very very windy and a storm is about to blow in. has started – it’s now thundering – no rain just yet.

The rest of the day it has been roasting – I’ve been working in the cats room putting in the (almost) finishing touches to the baseboard (skirting board for the uk readers) and trim on the floor. I only have the caulking to go now to cover up the few gaps from the incredibly uneven walls. For those of you ever considering replacing the skirting board, get a proper nail gun – it works great.  I borrowed mine from one of the guys at work and it really made a difference in getting the trim in tight to the walls and very quickly too – highly recommended.

Goodbyes :-(

Posted on June 8th, 2008 in Events,OurNews,photos by Andy

Saturday was sad as we had to say goodbye to the Velez’s who were going back to Oregon.  We caught up with them for breakfast in Panera.  Kristen gave Josiah a toy cellphone – almost identical to Tracey’s, which was a big hit. Hopefully the  noises it makes doesn’t drive them batty on the long drive.  We took several photos (start on flickr) which came out well. I was hoping my gorillapod would work, but the camera is too heavy for the lightweight gorillapod (it was the cheap $10 one – free at with the google checkout discount) so I had to use the pod’s legs to prop the lens up and hope that it was pointed in roughly the right direction.
The Velez's are leaving (by absoblogginlutely)

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