Thank goodness for the blog!

Ever have one of those days where you know that you are doing something wrong with your gear – but for some reason it’s just not clicking (so to speak)?  I had just such a day recently.  I still have the DIY-style radio triggers from Cactus I bought last year (still have not upgraded to the Cybersyncs), and I was trying to light something off camera for a macro shot with this little solution.  Try as I might, I could not get the transmitter to fire my 580 when on camera.  For the life of me, if I tried one setup, I tried at least several dozen, all to no avail!  Finally, in frustration, I tossed the whole thing aside.

Then today, I was considering some advice on blog content to help “promote” archived content.  One such technique is to do a theme of  “a year ago today…” and reference a post from that same day last year.  Well, last year today I did a neat little write-up on…yup, these little Cactus triggers.  Lo and behold, the one combination of cables, wires and gadgets I did not try was the one I demonstrated nearly a year ago to the day that does work with these guys.  Oh the joys of camera gadgetry!  With all the gear and gadgets we own, it’s really amazing that we are able to keep this stuff in our heads as we do.  Well, mine must have sprung a leak, because I ended up reading my own blog on how to configure my own gear!  Well, thank goodness for the blog, eh?

In honor of finally figuring out (from my own writing no less) how to create the shot I was trying to get, and in kind of a rebirth of the “What’s This?” series from last year, here’s that shot for you today.  The first person to guess what this is – wins!

Can you identify this?

I’ll give everyone a hint – it has to do with photography! 🙂  Oh, and as an aside, I am loving the noise reduction in LR3 Beta 2!  I was at ISO 100, but some noise still creeped in – nothing LR3B2 couldn’t cure rather quickly!

Also, in light of it being “tax day” here in the states, to lighten your mood, here’s a laugh from WTD (I’ve not posted one of their cartoons in a while – though I do keep visiting every day!)

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8 comments for “Thank goodness for the blog!

  1. Brian
    April 15, 2010 at 5:52 am

    If you hadn’t said it was photography related I’d say it was the center spindle of a hard-drive with the cover off.

    • April 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      One question Brian – where do you store your digital negatives? 🙂

  2. April 15, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Ok, I’ll bite. Looks to be some sort of mounting plate – I’ll guess a self-leveling baseplate for a ball-head.

    • April 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      A self-leveling baseplate for a ball-head? It took me a minute to decipher that but, I can say with confidence that I don’t think it’s in that realm…although having figured out what that means, I can see how one would think it’s a self-leveling something or other… 🙂

  3. April 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    That’s a riot you read your own blog to find the solution! Whoot!

    I bet Aleksei nailed it.

    For some reason it reminds me of a mono pod head
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    • April 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      Heh – a riot to some, embarrassing to me! LOL 🙂

  4. April 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Well, for all who wondered – Brian actually had it right – the object in the photo is a center spindle for a hard drive (removed)…

    The photo tie-in is that you have to store your digital negatives somewhere, right? 🙂

  5. Alan
    April 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I was going to guess the control ring of one of those panoramic heads. I believe they have those dimples to control the precise coverage angle of each shot.

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