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New Addition to the Lukaszewicz Family Tree

My son Robert and his wife Jackie increased his branch of the Lukaszewicz Family Tree by one on Friday, August 22, 2014. Gavin Robert Lukaszewicz entered the world at 10:22AM, presenting at 7 lb. 5 oz. and 22 inches long. Both mother and baby are doing well. Gavin makes me a grandfather for the fourth time and he’s also the first grandson. Welcome Gavin Robert Lukaszewicz.

Gavin Robert 6 lb 5 oz

Gavin Robert – 6 lb 5 oz

Saturday Morning at Starbucks

Grande - Bold and Black

Grande – Bold and Black

Starbucks is one of my go-to places to read my on-line newspapers and just relax with my favorite brand of coffee. I used to visit a store about four and a half miles from where I live, however, Starbucks opened a new store just over a mile away. This new store is much more convenient and there is a lot less traffic to contend with getting to the new Starbucks as well.

Since I’m always making photographs, making one of my morning coffee is not unusual. What’s different about this one is the post-processing treatment; cartoon style, a style that I always like to play with. I have several apps that manipulate photos in this way. Comic Life 1, 2, and 3, Halftone, and Adobe Photoshop Elements allows a lesser variation of this as well.

I recently downloaded an IOS app named ToonsCamera. What Toons-2makes this app different from other cartoon type photo-processing apps is that this one applies the changes live, on-the-fly. As you shoot your video and as make your still shot. Pretty neat, huh? Of course you can massage any photo that you have in your IOS devices photo library.

Not bad for a $1.99 app. I was actually able to grab it while it was for FREE on iTunes for a few days. That freebie is now $1.99.  Still a very worthwhile purchase. I can see this blossoming into a more upgraded app as the developers get more positive feedback from users.

The developer is Code Organa, L.L.C. and the app requires IOS 6.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod. The app is optimized for iPhone 5, and works very well on my iPhone 4S.

Comcast… Finally a good report

A few days ago, I came home in the afternoon and my Internet and cable television were both down on my Comcast (xfinity) service. This never happens in the afternoon. Usually, I will experience an outage late at night, and always in the last five minutes of Boardwalk Empire, The Bridge, or some other late night show; like clockwork. They must have an automatic reset of the network at the same time every night; hey Comcast, how about 3:00AM instead? But, I digress.

Xfinity (Comcast) Account App

Xfinity (Comcast) Account App

Trying to call Comcast at that hour or any hour for an outage is always an effort in futility. However, I remembered that Comcast updated it’s apps recently so I decided to bring up the Xfinity My Account App on my iPhone.

After launching the app and signing in, I was pleasantly surprised. There it was, right on the screen, Multiple Outages. I didn’t have to drill down through many pages of data and questions, it was all right there on the opening page.

The best part was I did not have to spend any time on the phone with the Comcast “trouble-shooter” reading from their script … Comcast – unplug the cable modem.  Me – will this make everyone else’s cable  on the block come back? No thanks, no patience anymore. For the price I’m paying for service, you should have a truck parked in front of the house just in case I have an outage.

The August Moon

August Moon

August Moon

I have tried to make a decent photograph of the Moon for over fifty years. Now that might seem to be an exaggeration of sorts, but I can tell you that is how long it took me to finally get it almost right,

By a decent photograph I mean in-focus, not over or under exposed too much and not obscured by a haze. Well, tonight I was finally able to make a tick mark on My Bucket List as is shown by the above photo. It is still not as crisp as I would like it or as I have seen in other photographers work.

The humidity was 74% and the air was heavy. I don’t know if that was a reason for my less than perfectly sharp focus. I do believe the sharpness that I did meet was in part due to the TriggerTrap app. It was the first time I used it for this type of shot since I purchased it. Definitely a very useful and easy to use app.

August Moon Equipment

August Moon Equipment

Equipment and settings:

  • Nikon D90 set on manual, ISO 200, Aperture set at F11, Shutter Speed at 125, and manual focus as well.
  • The lens is a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300 1:4.5-5.6 G ED also set to manual focus, VR set to off. The lens was zoomed in at 300mm.
  • Apple iPhone with the TriggerTrap app, using the Timelapse option. TriggerTrap to Nikon D90 dongle.
  • A heavyweight SLIK tripod to further reduce any vibration.

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