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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Canon today introduced a list of new high-end lenses.  Although I plan to purchase none of them, I am particularly impressed with the MTF charts of the EF 8-15mm f/4 L:

At least in theory, this lens offers better resolution than many of the famed EF primes.  It appears optical technology has finally reached the point where zoom lenses are every bit as good, if not better than, prime lenses.  I look forward to seeing the next step.

I was recently wandering through a farmers market while traveling.  Not wanting to miss an opportunity to shoot that day, I brought my camera with the intention of finding some gleaming example of California produce.  Instead, the best shot of the day was of these otherwise unremarkable tomatoes.  The light through the tress was just right, lending a deep saturation to the colors of the fruits.  Warm light can render the beauty of even the most mundane of subjects in the visual landscape.  It is important for us not to allow preconceptions to cloud our vision.

I tend to conceptualize travel as a form of active study.  Growth and understanding easily result when one is open to new experiences and ways of perceiving the world, if only one is willing to step beyond the self for but a moment.  Sometimes, the adventures of travel serve most importantly as reminders that there is far more to the Cosmos than that of which we are readily aware.  A recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium was one such event for me.  Watching the elegant and ethereal movement of these spotted jellies, it is impossible not to take solace in the vastness of what remains to be understood beyond my narrow scope of what is known.