From my Flickr: “The Washington Bureau”

When I’m traveling on my own, I don’t really go out and see the sights until 9 or 10. I was relieved when Mrs. Holstein assured me that they didn’t intend to leave the hotel and start seeing the sights until late in the day.

Of course, dopey me: the Holsteins are very early risers. For me, 6 AM is "wakeup time minus three hours." Whereas Mr. and Mrs. H were already awake, bathed, and had spent two hours catching up on email and other dairy business.

But I won’t complain. During these trips I’m working for them. Plus, I can’t deny that early sunrise really does wonders for an otherwise common tourist photo.

See it here: http://flic.kr/p/FMaGuF

This Soviet 1,100mm Lens is Basically a Telescope with a Camera Mount

This Soviet 1,100mm Lens is Basically a Telescope with a Camera Mount:

Ever wanted to strap a portable telescope to the end of your camera and carry it around? With the soviet-made MTO 1000A 1,100mm f/10.5 mirror lens, you can just about do it. A monster of a lens, Christopher Frost Photography put it through its paces for one of his Weird Lens Reviews.

(Via PetaPixel.)

This Soviet lens is heavy, bonkers, and cheap. I want one. I’m certain that it takes “terrible” photos, relative to what a proper modern superzoom lens made in a non-collapsed Communist nation could do. But that’s not really the point, is it? This lens looks like it’s a lot of fun. It’d also encourage me to try some things I can’t do with any of my existing (and sensible) lenses.

Any item that lets you have fun and gets you to try new things has to be worth every penny of its asking price.

(I’m also aware that my micro four thirds camera doubles the focal length of any lens it uses. What in Heaven’s name would it be like to shoot with a 2200mm lens?!?) 

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Finally got to meet my friend’s awesome puppy! (Yes. Puppy.) Once again, I can hear my Doggie Owning Biological Clock ticking. THAT FUZZY WUZZERFUL FACE!! Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1qVcudK

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My latest cycling milestone: first time leaving the bike parked all day at my local commuter rail station. Please be there when I get back tonight… Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1Ted2CB

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The Holsteins wanted to visit the White House while they were in town. They weren’t like the usual visitors, son they attracted a little attention initially. But the Secret Service knew that the family wouldn’t be a problem. Cows are the one kind of tourists who absolutely respect fences. Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1T1ZpWE

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First live-fire practical field test of COW CATCHER 9000 was a STUNNING success. And now, the bidding war for the patent begins. Or would that Skeezix the Nobel Prize I’m surely going to win this year? Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1SEGX9A

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After a final farewell breakfast, the Wedding Weekend is over. Meeting up with a friend for lunch, with wedding media in my pocket. There can still be a wedding video if my room is broken into OR I’m mugged, but not both. Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1VMrsjK

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It was a lovely wedding that left me in the sort of mood where afterward, I found myself going for a long midnight stroll, walking slowly, with my hands clasped behind my back. I sorted through a great many wonderful thoughts. The time allowed their flavors to steep and deepen.

The nice thing about this time of night is that there are no tourists or even many pedestrians around. So suddenly, the White House becomes just another big house on a road, like you’d find in any city. Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1Qv88z5

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I’m wearing three competing patterns and textures. …I thought it would add a “wow” factor, Tim. …Yes, Tim, I know what Nina will probably say…I do think I can defend this to the judges… Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1SBXjzG

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Most of the whole shebang. Darcy’s friend is singing magnificently. iPhone 6 Plus screen grab. Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1XOVGQw

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Letting my wool blazer dry out a little. Though looking at it now, I might wear it to the reception this way. “Fresh Prince”-style. Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1YNxBtz

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WedCam 6 – Pen camera. I had it running in case I talked to the groom and he thought it’d be amazing to have this in the pocket of his jacket. The top bit contains the lens and is the only thing the world can see. I could just hand it over and that would be that. Shoots hours of not-terrible HD video on a single charge. Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1SX4nUx

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Back in my hotel room. Wanna rest & rehydrate before the reception, and this is also a good chance to make backups of the files from the primary cameras. Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1SBKHZf

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WedSound – “let’s just hope for better sound than what I get from any of the cameras.” Was hoping to plug this into church mixing board but couldn’t test it first. I settled for “better” instead of a risky “best.” Via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1Wjjltt