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Self-portraits

Today, I was bored so I looked up how to take a good self-portrait. I learned several methods to do so:

  • Use a tripod and self-timer
  • Use a mirror
  • Ask a friend

I chose the first method: tripod and self-timer. I setup the Manfrotto tripod with my Nikon D5000. I went out to the balcony while the sun was still up. First, I set up the camera in the spot I wanted. I then stuck my  hand out as far as I could and used Manual mode to focus in on my hand. The hand indicated where I would be standing (well, supposedly anyway). The camera doesn’t need to focus on the subject the photo will be a shot of (my face). It just really needs to focus on something that is the correct distance from the camera. I guessed; I was a little off though. Others suggested that you could use a stand in, such as a friend, or even a stuffed animal, to get the correct focus.

I think it came out well, except that my face is out of focus (but ears are focused). I guess I stood a tiny bit too close to the camera.

Oh well – attempt # 2 will come soon.


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PAX East 2011

Pax East is a 3 day gaming convention in Boston, MA. There are free console and PC play areas, along with classic console and arcade rooms. In the main exhibit halls, some of the most well known game dev companies are represented. They bring their best and new products to show off to the gaming community. Microsoft, Capcom, Ubisoft, Turtle Beach, Tritton, Nintendo, Valve, EA, NVIDIA, Alienware, Logitech, and WB Games, were just some of the bigger companies. There were also some indie devs.

I had a 1 day pass for the convention for Friday. I was by myself for most of the day so I didn’t really want to wait in the lines alone. I did get into some shorter lines such as for the Nintendo 3DS. I actually got in 2 of those lines – one for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Super Street Fighter 4 3D Edition. I also played Castle Crashers on the PS3 in the form of an arcade cabinet. I probably got in a few more short lines but I don’t remember for what.

There were some cosplayers that I saw but I wouldn’t say there were many. It was probably because it was a Friday. There were tons of guys there and not many girls. Most of the female population there were “booth babes”. There was a really tall girl, cosplaying as C. Viper (Street Fighter). She looked awesome! Later on in the day, I saw another C. Viper that didn’t look very good at all….

I was expecting Sony to be there. They had a spot in the booth map that I saw – but I didn’t end up seeing them, I don’t think. I was hoping to get my hands on the new PSP2 aka NGP.

I got some free swag from a bunch of booths! Logitech t-shirt, buttons, cups, candy, stress ball! Oh, and can’t forget the souvenir traffic cone hat from Plants vs Zombies! An iPad was being given away randomly to someone wearing a cone hat. I was convinced that they were not actually giving an iPad away; they were just making us all look stupid with a cone on our heads :-p

Memorable highlights from PAX:

  • Classic arcade room (Food Fight, Krull, Outrun, Gauntlet II, After Burner)
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Rock Band stage
  • Giant skeleton robot from Red Faction
  • 3D gaming on PCs from NVIDIA
  • Duke Nuken Forever
  • the environment (over 60k+ people, no fights or anything)

PAX East 2011, Boston, MA (Boston Convention Center)

Red Faction robot that you could go inside

The Vectrex, circa 1982

Duke Nukem Forever


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Mike Valanzola’s Annual Fundraiser 2010

Last Saturday (11/6/10), I was invited to photograph the annual fundraiser for Wales Selectman, Mike Valanzola.


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