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  • Phonow

    Cool pics etane! Liked giraffe through pearly gates, zen garden fox, and philosophical ram. Poor zebra looked like me waiting for workday to end. lol.

    My fav is #5. Strangely enough, i like it because of the star trails. Poor little sign is trying to stop time itself.

    here’s a neat video of time lapse star trails. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nam90gorcPs

    • Phonow

      btw, Chris called. It’s tornado season in Kansas. :) he is now an official photographer for the Nat. Park. Service. Not too shabby!

      That guy has already been through a lightning storm, hail, and a tornado. It is strange, wherever he goes, thick black clouds follow. lol. A true bad weather friend. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Sting.ogg

      • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

        Actually it’s with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not the NPS, but I’ll work on that one. Lol.

        • Phonow

          lol! The facts may be wrong, but I am always fair and balanced.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            yes ma’am pho o’reilly!

          • Phonow

            you betcha. ;) Phuc dat chit. lol.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            r u done palling around with terra-rists? kkkakakakaka

          • Phonow

            Shh. spying on russia right now… damn that putin.

            https://twitter.com/MoscowTimes/status/572725096370065408/photo/1

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            somehow this reminds me of flash gordon the movie…

          • Phonow

            lol. what has been seen cannot be unseen. begin at 1.16

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            that’s what i am talking bout! i liked FG! just wiki’d it and found the guy who played FG got a razzy and his career went no where after the movie.

          • Phonow

            haha. Glad to help.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            and i am glad i didn’t name my daughter stephanie.

          • Phonow

            LOL. loved that line.

            How did you come about naming your beautiful baby Ellis?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            named her after wuthering heights’ author’s original pen name.

          • Phonow

            mmm. you need to get your new camera & post more photos of LS. Capture her first skyhook for auntie Pho. :-)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i should just get a panasonic point and shoot and get it over with haha

          • Phonow
        • http://etane.net/ etane

          i can’t wait to see some of your work = D.

          what do you know about delta smelt? haha

      • http://etane.net/ etane

        reminds me in that nye vs hamm debate where nye said stars are one proof that earth is older than 6k years old as it takes millions of years for light from some distant star to reach earth. and, the stop sign is there to stop the logic and suspend your disbelief.

        • Phonow

          Stop, gaze into eternity, and listen to the music of the spheres.

          Very nice photo. A stop sign in the middle of nowhere, with a star filled sky. Like hey, stop and let me show you what “awesome” really means.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            fyi i just ebayed the camera i used to take that pic. so, i can’t show u how awesome i am anymore. i bought another camera but don’t like it and wil return it to big river. i might cross over to the dark side and get one from chris’ fave brand.

          • Phonow

            You’re awesome brah, with or without camera.

            you’re a ebay person? gosh. ebay has ruined my thrift-shopping. haha. by the time i get to goodwill, all the good stuff is gone–and is probably being sold online as we speak.

            Ahh, shopping for a Hasselblad? (joke). I know Chris really loves his Sony. If he hops on later, I am sure he will tell you why. lol.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            he told me why already haha… reading up on the sony a7 as we speak.

            i am a big river person but sell my old stuff on ebay/craigslist on occassions.

          • Phonow

            what do do you mean by big river? the first time you mentioned it, i thought of it as the river Styx.

            btw, mentioned to chris you were interested in sony: he says ”

            Tell ethane to get an A99 or A77 if he goes sony, don’t mess with the mirrors cameras. Just my opinion”

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            big river = amazon

            lol yah he pretty much said so up top.

          • Phonow

            hahaha. at first i thought Amazon… as in river in South America. ARGH.

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            Don’t do the A7, go for an A99 or A77. Much better quality of camera. The newest of A7′s is decent, but it lacks in the quality of pic. The A7 just has a better operating sensor while lacking all the rest of the necessities in a camera.

          • Phonow

            did etane disappear again? What if he is clicking the “buy” button for the A7 right now?

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            Lol

          • Phonow

            Strange. You pop up, and he disappears. hmmm…. i see a pattern here. lol.

            I wonder why etane is interested in delta smelt? pet? meat? haha

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            It’s how he rolls lol

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i went to eat and am researching atm….

          • Phonow

            delta smelt for dinner?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i had delta panda

          • Phonow

            As an ASIAN American male, (a necessary dichotomy noted), PANDA EXPRESS is not Chinese food.

            Well, something like that. i would read his posts aloud to chris. chits & giggles. jl.net mod did me a great disservice when he banned voltaire.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i enjoyed voltaire. son of voltaire not so much.

            i don’t understand why people are so disturbed by him. he’s too truthful? haha

          • Phonow

            Eh, some people have no sense of humor. voltaire was genius.

            at first i thought you were son of voltaire. but sov is not as witty.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            oh i am missing out especially now there’s no lin news for the foreseeable future.

            voltaire could use some new schtick tho. so could kh.

          • Phonow

            voltaire should have posted less frequently. (like once or twice a month). then it would have been a joy to see him pop up. Bird species was cool, but could not keep to character. too bad.

            Re being banned. Can’t you just create a new email acct and re-register w/disqus? There must be a way. Poor Emperor Zurg was banned, and used his phone to post. Of course typing on a phone gets really old really fast.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            why did zurg get banned? i don’t recall him being disagreeable. i thought bird and voltaire is same person … if i remember correctly. it’s been awhile haha.

            too lazy to do “work arounds” just to get back on that site. not worth the effort.

          • Phonow

            Loved Emp.Z. Didn’t read his posts, but upvoted him for his avatar. haha. I have no idea why he was banned. by the time i noticed, his comments were already deleted. i saw him on LG for a bit, but not anymore.

            darn. wish you would come back to jl.net. people still mention you, and they want you back. me too. nowadays, they talk about bb. boring.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            or they can come here and talk about boring non-basketball related stuff haha. cept u and kpkafle, no one else misses me enough to come visit me here = (

          • Phonow

            I’m not sure if they know you have a blog. i can push your blog if you like, esp if they start whining that you’re not around. :-) i must be careful though. did you know that mod banned 1amtoldman for trying to get you to go to portal–using Sophia as bait. lol.

            i like kpkafle–very mature, always balanced. Poor man. He gets attacked each time he mentions Clarkson. Heck, everybody who mentions anything good about clarkson gets attacked.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            my peoples are getting killed left and right! i head no idea that went on with 1amtoldman. i am not even that familiar with him. yah how can you push my blog without being blatant about it and get urself banned too? haha… kp has a daughter in a so cal university. i can learn from him.

          • Phonow

            maybe i shouldn’t say banned. i know for sure mod deleted his message to you.

            haha. mod is mad at portal for being way too aggressive trying to steal members from his site. besides, it is not a big thing for me to be banned. i hardly post there anyway.

            yeah, i read kp’s post about his daughter–so heartfelt. he has an old soul-a wise man.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i know i am hesitant on getting another mirrorless camera as i hated the fuji x100. but, i am looking for that kind of form factor for my next trip. and, supposedly, the a7 is quite a big step up from the x100. so, wanna give it a try with some voightlander lenses plus adapter. sony’s own fe lenses are mucho dinero.

            btw, i have the d7200 right now and wanna return it.

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            A77 is a crop sensor if you are not wanting a full frame like the A99.

            Just my opinion, but the A77 MK2 is much better than an A7.

            They are all good cameras, it’s more of a preference thing of what features you are looking for. Personally the small size of the A7 wouldn’t work for me. Everyte I pick one up I feel like I am goo g to drop it with or without.a lense on it. It’s so small I can barely hang on to it. Once you put a 70-210mm with an adaptor or a 400mm lens on it it becomes real forward heavy with no meaningful grip. Then there is the mirrorless issue of nothing protecting the sensor. Get dirty on the sensor and risk thousands of dollars. Get dirt on a mirror, risk 35.00 and 30mins of labor.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            well my goal is to get wider angle and less dof. so that’s why i am hopping on the full frame bandwagon. plus, i want a better size for traveling. full frame dsrl is just… huge. well, the better full frame nikon lenses are huge heavy and expensive.

            with the a7, i can go with cheaper slower lenses as it’s native iso is 3200. and, slower lenses are small and light for the most part. but, if i had to choose between a99 and a77, i’d go with the full frame because otherwise i’d have less reason to upgrade from d7000 to a77 especially since i have a very good lens for the d7000 already.

            i am not as particular about the expose sensor at least with the d7000 i hardly change lenses as i got the 1755 on it 98% of the time. i plan to get the 15mm 4.5 voightlander w/ adapter to go with the a7. it should be good for landscape and indoor, right?

            the 15mm is manual focus but supposedly if i stop down to 5.6 everything is in focus as dof become very broad: “setting the aperture to F5.6 and the infinity marker on the barrel to 4.5. With this setting, anything more than a couple of feet or so in front of you will be in sharp focus.”

            http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/the-voigtlander-15mm-heliar-lens-review-leica-m-mount-super-wide/

            of course, with this lens, this defeat the purpose of having shallower dof but at least i have that option with other lenses.

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            Nice lens choice, sounds like you know what you want. Go for it

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            I like the second to last pic.

          • Phonow

            yeah, that one is nice also!

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            = D i do too but no one else seems to.

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            Here’s the thing, no one likes all my photos, I just do what I do. Mae tells me a lot of they looks a bit evil and in Hawai‘i that’s not so popular, but they are catching on.

            Do what you like and show them all why you like it.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            your photo is said to look evil?? = O

          • Phonow

            lol. dark foreboding clouds– tinge of evil– CNS trademark. :-)

          • Phonow

            here’s the latest cns photograph. see the alien rabid bat (or head of black mamba/salamander) in the clouds? tinge of evil.

            http://www.christophernovasmithphotography.com/

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            awesome. looks like earth scorched by napalm. you’re right. it does look like foreboding evil haha

          • Phonow

            hahah. he sez it is a controlled burn, not arson.

            hey, i finally googled delta smelt–ONLY because you were too lazy to spell it out for me. ;) i guess smelts are more important then you S. Calif peoples. growing up, my family would fry smelts till crispy. yum w/rice. don’t remember where they were from (frozen in a bag).

          • http://etane.net/ etane
          • Phonow
          • http://etane.net/ etane

            hahaha just checking which side of the story you got your sources from.

            “It’s the drought, not the Delta, that’s affecting the water supply this year,”

            the water was never about the smelt. it’s about the drought. but my right wing friend keep saying it’s about the smelt…

          • Phonow

            as i mentioned earlier, Calif keeps on limiting water to the populace. To me, the majority of the water is going into agriculture. If big ag. implements smart irrigation techniques, Calif. might be able to weather this drought. Gawd, I hope so.

            What is your take on calif’s water probs.?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            well in so cal we don’t have any water resevoirs. rain water goes straight into ocean. too much houses too. duno what to do about central valley. agro is important but they already get 80% of the water. at 2000 gallons of water per pound of beef, that’s not sustainable. and, makes no sense to dry out every other part of ca to support central valley.

            even with smart irrigation, cal has to decide what to grow. can’t sustain almond, many types of grains and fruits as they are exhausting water to grow such as almonds, alfafa etc.

          • Phonow

            when you say rain water goes straight into the ocean, do you mean via streams? is calif looking at ways to gather & store rain water?

            In hawaii, wai means water. waiwai means wealth. true, yes?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            well rivers are cemented up during the 50s to prevent rivers from destroying houses. and gutters drain directly into the ocean. so, rain water hits cement and drains into ocean. there’s been proposals to build resovoirs to collect rain water but bill never passed until recently but that bill includes lots of useless stuff like dams.

            in california, water means @_@.

          • Phonow

            lol. i do not understand @_@ at all.

            Oh! drainage ditches. Yes, it does make sense to gather this water. Are Californians allowed to have catchment tanks? (eg gather rainwater from their roofs). IIRC it is illegal in Arizona.

            well, dams can provide power generation ($$$), and create a new resort town (Salton Sea). Ecological damage is very bad tho.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            why would that be illegal anywhere? i don’t get it. i am not aware of it being illegal in california but i dont see it being used either.

            for a dam to be useful you have to have a huge source of water coming in which we don’t. plus, dams take up so much space and resource = expensive. dams destroy surrounding environment and is centralized which makes it vulnerable to terra-rists. not to mention why centralize water storage when transporting water through aquaducts is so inefficient.

          • Phonow

            Sorry. Not Arizona, it was Colorado: http://www.lot-lines.com/collecting-rainwater-still-illegal-in-much-of-colorado
            and http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/us/29rain.html?_r=0

            Water wars: random article. lol http://www.pauldonahue.net/who_owns_earths_water.html A number of people here live on catchment– to me, it is spooky if water harvesting becomes illegal. Trucking water is very expensive.

            lol. i am against dams also–but wanted to hear your pov. :-)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            “‘Colorado water law declares that the state of Colorado claims the right to all moisture in the atmosphere that falls within its borders and that ‘said moisture is declared to be the property of the people of this state, dedicated to their use pursuant’ to the Colorado constitution”

            wut’s next? i am not allowed to breath the air in the atmosphere?

          • Phonow

            Spooky yes? Drought is a problem worldwide, and corporations are buying up water rights. Nestle bottles a ton of Calif water–on an expired permit. Can you believe it–bottling water from a drought stricken area THEN reselling it w/unreal profits.

            I don’t buy Fiji Water, because Fiji has limited supplies of water– the people there are drinking high salinity water because the company bottles the good water.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            yah there is petition to get nestle to stop bottling in california. i was researching how i can get aquifer water from wyoming or maine because they taste great. turns out nestle bought out ALL THE MAJOR bottle water companies in the US. monopoly by foreign entity is ok but rain water sequestration is not?

          • Phonow

            i signed that petition. :) Nestle is nasty.

            I can’t believe that Nestle bought out all the water bottling companies!! I would expect Coke or Pepsi, but Nestle? Gads, how depressing.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            coke and pepsi still have their own water bottling companies but they are distilled water. all the spring water bottling plants are bought up by nestle. best water i ever drank out of the tap was in jackson hole wyoming. clean cool thirst quenching natural sweetness. my geology teacher told me it’s cuz the source of water is aquifer with lots of flouride in the rocks.

          • Phonow

            JH, Wyoming? on the way to Yellowstone? Lucky you!

            Fluoride in the water– lol. over here, people are up in arms if the word is ever mentioned. Hawaii does not fluoridate water.

            Off on a tangent, you mentioned earlier that you are going on another trip–where to?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            fluoride itself is not poisonous it’s fluoride ion or something which is a less stable version of flouride the element or something… learned this long ago. and, water there is naturally fluoridated. the stuff they add into water is industrial chemical which is bad for other reasons.

            where am i going.. it’s a surprise hahaha

          • Phonow

            your next trip: Tornado hunting! on the roof, lawn chairs and helium balloons, with cameras in hand. don’t forget the extra pair of red shoes. :-0

            thanks for the clarification–did not know the diff btw natural & fluoride ion. you always amaze me w/your vast knowledge. was there any subject in school you were bad at? r u human??? lol!

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i think my eq is pretty bad. that and my penmanship and math.

          • Phonow

            nah, your eq is fine– it’s the other AZZHOLES that is the problem. :-)

            penmanship–maybe– born & raised on keyboard, not pen & paper.

            math? aren’t you one of those stats guys? (on jl.net)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i am good at interpreting data but not good at raw math .. oh and memorization…except when it comes to things people rather i forget?

          • Phonow

            i have the feeling you’re being modest. or, your worst is better than most.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i fear i might not be able to tutor LS in math past the 10th grade haha

          • Phonow

            poor LS. it’s okay, she can call for help.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            mom “take away” the kid’s phone privilege for 20 years

          • Phonow

            tiger daddy!

          • Phonow

            lol.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            luved this movie and men in tights, top secret.

          • Phonow

            yeah, good stuff. so lame, it’s hilarious.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            not as lame as waterworld haha

          • Phonow

            HAHAHHA. Chris! Chris! etane is disrespecting our hero again! help! help?

            man, you really do have to re-watch WW. Watch it at like 2 in the morning. awsome. lol

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            yah if i need to fall asleep…

          • Phonow

            i guess i like it because the dennis hopper character reminds me of my bro-in-law. and the characters on the evil ship reminds of people i used to party with in college. haha.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i keep remembering dennis hopper fisting isabella rosellini in blue velvet and has since typecasted dennis for me ever since…

            you USED to party?

          • Phonow

            haha. when i was younger– college through… maybe 35? i still like grungy bars, but only to remember way back when…

            um, i did not know blue velvet was a triple x movie.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            it was considered a very dark psychological movie? emotional xxx. speaking of triple x, can’t believe ff7 is doing so well.

          • Phonow

            had to google ff7. like a fish out of water with video games. never touched one. unless you consider pacman a video game. (back when you had to pay to play a game. lol)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            ff7 could either mean final fantasy 7 or it can mean fast and furious 7 starring vin diesel who also starred in the move triple x haha

          • Phonow

            hahahah. i liked van diesel in 3x! thought he was going to be the next big star. has he disappeared?

            haha: ohhhhhh duuuuuh. just realized you said van diesel stars in ff7. don’t hit me. :-)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            you’ve gone kookoo for cocopuffs….

          • Phonow

            not my finest moment. lol!

            am re-watching one of my fave hiking videos. crazy Oahu hikers.

          • Phonow

            Next week, bring some fried smelt for lunch, wave it in his face, and eat it. hahahah

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            smelt is virtually extinct… i don’t think i can guy it at local store…

          • Phonow

            Ortolan for lunch? he will wonder about you when you blindfold yourself.

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            When grass explodes

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            more fire

          • Phonow

            you’re going to burn yo eyebrows off.

            Great picture!

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            so far his job description entails photographing fire and lightening.

          • Phonow

            suffering for the art. lol. don’t forget dodging hail and getting electrocuted. :-)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            and getting away from crazy ladies?

          • Phonow

            you have a gift remembering stuff that people want you to forget! hahahah.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            it’s a curse

          • Phonow

            or blessing!

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i know it’s “controlled” but it doesn’t feel like it. your photos all have this sense of danger with the debris captured in midair and branches peering through the flame from behind. like a scene of war or arson. the background/cloud looks strangely like water color or fresco like some painting inside a building in rome. too real to be real?

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            Thank you, Lol, everyone tells me my photos look evil. Anyways its real straight out of camera

          • Phonow

            Ahhhh. Part of the Christopher Nova Smith’s Scorch the Earth Day series. ;)

          • Phonow

            lol. “Pho” thinks your pics are a bit evil.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            so we talked about how a person pics is telling of that person’s nature such as when you guys said my pics are calm and serene? so chris is… evil? haha….

          • Phonow

            hahah. well, i know when i google etanism, “Did you mean Satanism” pops up. just sayin.

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            Lol

          • Phonow

            hey go to sleep. lol

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

            I am lmao

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            tiger mum

          • Phonow

            you go to sleep too.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            no soup pho ewe

          • Phonow

            lol. sleep nazi, and proud of it.

          • http://www.christophernovasmith.photography/ Christopher Nova Smith

          • Phonow

            haha. haven’t heard this version before. More fire tomorrow?

            what do you think of etane’s musical choice above? to me, i kept on hearing Roy Clark– yesterday, when i was young. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEY4LxORCeo

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            holy krap. sounds like momus did a robin thicke

          • Phonow

            besides holy krap, i don’t understand what you’re saying. monus? robin thicke?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            momus is the artist of the song i linked. robin thicke just got his ass sued for pilfering a marvin gaye song for his own song blurred lines.

            i just went to momus’ site and he said he took the chords from this song:

          • Phonow

            yes, charles aznavour wrote the song yesterday, when i was young. Heir encore is the french version. Great that he acknowledged the composer! At first I thought he ripped it off.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            original version

          • Phonow

            eww. not my favorite kind of music. disco beat? i like the stuff you posted in your blog.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            which reminds me momus did get sued a while back by walter carlos.. not for plaguerizing but for using walter’s name in one of his songs… not sure what kind of music this is classified as? it’s before the term indie came about but he’s just one guy with either a synthesizer or a guitar. saw him perform in a bar in san fran once.

          • Phonow

            for using walter carlos’ name in a song??? did not know you could sue over that. was it a defamation suit?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i am not sure. something about he didn’t get permission first. i think momus is a poor struggling artist and couldn’t afford his legal defense. he raised money for his defense by collecting $1000 from 15 fans and in return he wrote a song about each of those fans and released a CD out of it. momus excels in satire.

            from wiki:

            The case was settled out of court for a fee of $30,000, withdrawal of the song, agreement not to use Carlos’s name for any purpose whatsoever and payment of damages and attorney’s fees to Carlos.

          • Phonow

            allright! this song is the type i like!

          • Phonow

            test