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  • Point Reyes on Superbowl Sunday

    Posted on February 1st, 2009 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Instead of staying home to watch the Super Bowl commercials, I decided to spend the day outdoors. I grabbed the EOS-5D Mark II and a pair of lenses, and headed up to Point Reyes National Seashore. The weather was perfect, and the views spectacular. Click the link to see my favorite photos from the day.

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  • Lesson learned, the hard way

    Posted on January 24th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    Note to self: try not to go walking around the backyard in the dark when things are wet. Tonight I managed to slip and fall, landing on my butt and back. Those two parts hurt quite a bit, along with other areas of my body that never hit anything. I’m lucky I didn’t break anything or hit my head!

  • Happy birthday Savannah!

    Posted on January 18th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    It seems like just yesterday that my niece Savannah was born. Amazingly enough, it’s been almost a year! Today we celebrated her birthday with 50 some-odd guests, and while I don’t think she had a clue about what was going on, Savannah still had a good time. She had her first taste of cake, and I think she liked it!
    For some reason, I was selected for BBQ duties, and I cooked around 35 hamburgers and 25 hot dogs. And I only ruined two or three of them, which may be a personal best.
    She is just too cute now… great personality, well behaved, and very precocious!

  • Cool pic of the week

    Posted on January 13th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    I was going for a walk through Crissy Field on Monday night when I noticed this great reflection of the Golden Gate Bridge in a puddle. Thank goodness I had the Coolpix P6000 with me!

  • Great moments in Casio history

    Posted on January 8th, 2009 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Today’s Casio camera announcements have motivated me to come up with a list of the (mostly) very dumb gimmicks that they’ve come up with over the years. Their cameras continually lag behind the competition in photo quality, but if you want to have a heart or butterfly appear on the screen when the camera locks focus, they’ve got you covered!
    In their defense, Casio has come up with a lot of innovative features, and their cameras are snappy performers and have long battery life. With that out of the way, here are their greatest misses:
    2004: EX Finder heads-up display on LCD (pictured) + image roulette, which flips through all your photos, before slowing down and stopping on one. You know, like a slot machine.
    2006: eBay mode, which simply cuts the resolution to 1600 x 1200 for you
    2007: YouTube mode, which didn’t really get your videos online any faster than doing it the old-fashioned way
    2008: High speed shooting modes at low resolutions, plus ridiculous frame rates in movie mode at postage stamp-sized resolutions
    2008-2009: Now you can display a heart or butterfly on the screen when the camera locks focus!
    2009: Ability to superimpose your subject over another background, with the ability to create really choppy animations!
    I’m sure I missed some from the earlier days, too…

  • 2008 in Numbers: The Bad and the Ugly

    Posted on December 31st, 2008 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    2008 was not a good year for my website, and thus, my livelihood. Trends were already starting to change in 2007, and when the economy crashed this year, people stopped buying cameras. Both traffic and revenue were down significantly. Most economists say that 2009 will be a tough year, so I’m not looking forward to it. Having my investments drop by 40% and losing my home equity line of credit make things even more uncomfortable.
    Here’s the 2008 wrap-up for the DCRP
    Total page views: 151,937,411 (down 15%)
    Total visits: 30,213,619 (down 15%)
    Total unique IPs: 10,457,768 (down 7%)
    Total bandwidth used: 28.05 tb (down 29%, which is fine by me)
    2008 revenue: down 18% (this is the scariest one)
    I’m not sure what I can do at this point other than keep doing what I’m doing, and hope the economy recovers quickly. I think 2009 is going to shake out a lot of smaller websites — I just hope mine isn’t one of them.

  • 2008 in Numbers: The Good

    Posted on December 31st, 2008 Jeff Keller No comments

    Just got this e-mail from the adoption manager at the animal shelter at which I volunteer every weekend:
    In the calendar year 2008, ARF adopted a total of 1,197 dogs and 893 cats. That’s a total of 2,090 animals who would have been euthanized at public shelters but are now living in their forever homes…thanks to you.
    You sent home 65 cats in 2008 Jeff! Thanks for your time and commitment to Adoptions…you are a valued member of the team.

    Seeing that definitely gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling!

  • Savannah’s First Christmas

    Posted on December 29th, 2008 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Before everyone started getting sick, I had a great time hanging out with my 11 month-old niece. It was obviously her first Christmas, and while she didn’t really know what was going on, she still was having fun. I think she really liked the toys I bought her, too!
    She’s absolutely adorable, and so much fun to be around — she has a great personality, and is almost always in a good mood. She’s walking now, and seemed to get better as each day went by. There are still times when crawling is faster, though!
    My favorite pics of my favorite (and only) niece after the link!

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