photos out a plane window of smoke

I photographed the milky way from an airplane, bitches. This probably beats the time I took photos under startlight. These were all on the way back from Santa Ana, where I was working for a week to meet all the new comrades and get a feel for how they do things at Weedmaps.

The first photo is with the ISO at 12k, and I just shot a bunch until I got one that was relatively steady. I could see the milky way, faintly, and I thought I had a chance if I could get a long enough exposure. Might’ve been better if I’d had IS, but you’ve gotta dance with the gal you brought with you (wish someone had told me that before prom) (s/gal/guy/gnc as appropriate, natch).

The second two photos are smoke from the fires that have been raging basically since I left town. Like, whoa. The second picture is the big dipper, except I have no idea what the bright object in the lower left part of the constelation is. It’s the same object you see in the last photo, at the top of the image. Has to be a star, or a geostationary satellite reflecting the sun. Or maybe a start went supernova? At the time, I though it was so bright and big it must be venus. Anyway, it’s a mystery.

The light in that second picture, incidentally, is mostly coming from the city below the smoke, not the stars above. And yes, I know technically the clouds of gas out there that make the milky way milky aren’t “smoke” but they do scatter light in a similar way, don’t they?

Posted by Matt on 2017-10-14 07:33:58 +0000

pride parade 2017

A lot of pictures in this one, and I’m not sorry. Pride is such a visually overwhelming spectacle.

We got up a little late, I don’t remember why, but we were starving, so we went to Rudy’s first thing, got a great breakfast, and then hopped on the BART. Got off at Civic Center, and watched the parade from there for a couple hours. At least it seemed like a couple hours. Timestamps say an hour and a half. A lot of huge showings from tech companies, and a lot of really wonderful community groups too.

<Insert informed political dialog everyone else already had several months ago about the corporatization of Pride and the attempted rainbow-washing of companies’ reputations>

I’ve just changed jobs (now, October 2017), and I’m two and a half days in, and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I started my new job monday, and yesterday, on the way home, I actually felt like taking pictures. I was tired after 6 hours of pairing, but I wasn’t drained in the same way I was coming home from my former employer. That’s fucking fantastic. As someone who draws a great deal of self worth from creative projects, I can’t overstate how great that is.

And! look at me, blogging again! who knows, it might become a habit.

Posted by Matt on 2017-10-11 19:28:46 +0000

in the redwoods

This was the day we went to San Anselmo and took a little walk through the redwoods. Those black borders? Do not adjust your screen, there is nothing wrong; these are film pictures, shot on the massive 6x9 camera I picked up a while back.

We drove down in the morning and met up with Grant and Damaris at their house, then followed them to the little wilderness area. We hiked a little flat loop and looked at all the things; found some owl pellets and saw at least one nest.

They’re a touch dark because it’s hard, with film, to balance the range of highlights to shadows (the scenes have a range from deep shade to full sun). I think I should have erred a little more on the side of overexposure, in the case of the neg film; the slide film I don’t think there’s much I could have done to keep it in the range. Overexposed a stop and then pulled it maybe.

Up next: Pride! woot!

Posted by Matt on 2017-09-11 01:59:08 +0000

KJ and Maxine at SFMOMA

A lot of pictures in this one. The title is a lie, or at least the first two pictures are from the night they got here, not the next day. This was a really nice visit; we went to the museum on Friday, then up to the woods on saturday (where I shot film and have to find those photos for the next post) and then we did pride on sunday. A well-rounded weekend.

I love showing people SFMOMA; even with its flaws, it’s a delightful place. There are the places that are easy to get to, and then there are the places the regulars know, even in a place like an art musuem. although there are probably people that study the floor plan that know it better, I don’t know any of them. Of course, the shows that are up change with some regularity, too; it’s always fun to walk around a familiar corner and see something new and unexpected.

Anyway, enjoy the photos.

Posted by Matt on 2017-09-03 00:13:50 +0000