Updates for Nov. 29, 2009

Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. I had the pleasure of spending it with friends from work. I was quite touched when they invited me to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Turkey, Honey-Baked Ham, mashed potatoes, salads, some Jewish quiche thing, lots of alcohol, plus friends. How could that not make for an excellent evening?

I took advantage of the excellent weather on Friday to so some walking at Discovery Park. I nearly stranded myself at the top of an extremely muddy climb, but managed to make my way down without getting into too big of a mess. It had been a week since I’ve seen the sun, and I just had to get outdoors. I walked around 6 miles, seeings views of the Cascades and then Mount Rainier near sunset, before retiring for dinner and a movie with some friends at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. Little did I know there were Christmas festivities happening; parking was a pain, but I was filled with happy thoughts as I walked among the throngs of people listening to carolers.

The rest of the time was spent getting materials ready for graduate school applications. With no firm offer from Microsoft yet, I’m throwing out a safety net and applying for HCI programs at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Washington and University of Toronto. It would be a privilege to study at any of these schools; it could hardly be considered a backup. The applications are taking a heck of a long time. I don’t want to half-ass anything.

I finally got a chance to stretch a recently purchased Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 out. Late Wednesday, I went with a coworker to The Commons at Microsoft and did some abstract photography indoors. I took patterns as my subject and perused the cafeterias. I’m getting the hang of manual focusing. It helps that the Voigt has a fantastic focus ring. Buttery smooth, if you will.

Banana Drink

There are lots of interesting drinks at The Commons cafeterias. Above are some type of banana drink.

Rings of Oil

The Voigtlander has pretty nice bokeh and sharpness, but does tend to show a lot of CA around highlights. Just look at the coconut oil nozzle. Yuck.

Oh, this was the last time I saw the sun before my walk through Discovery Park – November 22. I was driving back towards Seattle when the sun suddenly starting bursting through the clouds near sunset. I made my way to the waterfront and caught sunset near the piers.

Seattle Waterfront

Next weekend, I’m escaping to warm, sunny (hopefully) California to visit a friend. I’m really looking forward to it.

4 thoughts on “Updates for Nov. 29, 2009”

  1. Yeah, it’s so much fun to use – although the 58mm x 1.5 crop isn’t exactly a multi-functional range, it still finds its way onto my camera more than any other lens for the time being.

    I went down the San Francisco once already, but I enjoyed it so much, I’m taking the opportunity to do it again! Might as well while I’m still in the States. 🙂

  2. Nice pictures!! and weird banana drink? Its not terribly warm here in California, so don’t come dressing in shorts 😛 Although, I just did a quick search…-1C in Seattle?? wow that is quite cold…compared to 8C in SJ – No ice scrapper needed 🙂

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