Clear Night

I figured I’d go by the park to shoot some photos tonight.

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The funny thing is that a cop stopped by and realized what I was doing.

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He came by and looked at the photos and let me keep shooting. That was kinda cool.

Shenandoah + Fog

Annie and I went to Shenandoah National Park this past weekend. Unfortunately, there were very small windows between thick fog.

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Since I got a new lens, Annie wanted to take some self portraits. I had to lug around a heavy ass tripod, but the photos actually turned out pretty good (except for the overcast and fog).

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I figured since there was so much fog, I might was well make the best of it and shoot some pics of the ride too. Wish my buddy Mark was here to see it.

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And of course, the classic foggy tree. No haze filter—this is how it actually looked.

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And finally, an opening. This window lasted for about 15 minutes. As you can see, the trees haven’t peaked yet.

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And the tunnel. You could actually see the fog rolling over the side.

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When there were windows of visibility, it was a fun drive.

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But you always had to be on the look out for wild life. Yeh, those are wild turkeys.

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And Annie, with all her self portraits.

Jony Ive on “Focus”

Asked to name three lessons he learned from Steve Jobs, his former boss at Apple, Ive said Jobs taught him that focus means “not doing something that, with every bone in your body, you think is a phenomenal idea,” if it would prevent you from staying on task. -Vanity Fair

Pretty awesome quote. If you’re working on a product, ask yourself this. Distractions are all around us… learn the discipline to say “no”. Hat tip: Dave

Thursday Thought: Less Swagger, More Pirate

Pirate attack by pbario

Whatever the craft, there exists inside of each of us these two conflicting forces. One that gets caught up in our victories, stokes our egos and inevitable leads to our downfall. The other force only cares for the next win and the fastest route to buried treasure. -Dave Jeyes

This is a nice post by my buddy and comrade at AddThis. In a nutshell, it’s not about being right all the time—it’s about keeping an eye on the treasure.

Often times we can get caught up with politics and trying to prove our worth and intelligence amongst our co-workers, but the team that wins will put all their egos aside to accomplish what is right. Ultimately, everyone can take credit for that kind of success.

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Big things shaking here at AddThis. We’ve got a refreshed analytics using a card convention. It also sets us up for some things brewing. Stay tuned.

Kudos to the team (you know who you are!) for pulling it off. It’s amazing to see it go from a whiteboard sketch to a real product.

First Astrophotography Shot

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Unfortunately, the long exposure test shots killed my battery before I could capture the lunar eclipse this morning. And, my backup battery was dead too. So, what I have is an overexposed 30 second pic.

Anyway, I wanted to share a test shot—this was 1 hour before the eclipse actually happened.

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The photo above was shot and cropped from my iPhone. At least I got something. Lol.