Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 1, 5/28/2012 -- Truck Tales

We (Kyle, Jeff, myself, and Franky from McGill) arrived in Palestine late last night with the understanding that the truck containing all of our lab equipment would be arriving at the CSBF base early today. Thus informed, we made sure we were at the high bay by 8AM, where we then waited. And waited. And...waited.

After some internet sleuthing, I was able to get in touch with the owner of the trucking company we contracted to bring our stuff out here. He did some checking and found that the truck GPS showed that it was in Dallas last night, a less than three hour drive from Palestine. But he wasn't able to reach his driver, so he's just as in the dark as we are.

We waited all day and no truck. So, here's a tree:

A few notes on the blog this time around. You may have noticed that the updates last were quite suddenly cut short, due to circumstances out of my control. Well, only partially in my control. I'm hoping the same won't happen again this year. I will try to post every day as I have in the past, but I make no promises.

And I hope that the photos this year will be perhaps more interesting, visually, this year, as I now have a new camera (a Canon EOS 60D), new knowledge, and a selection of lenses that is much larger than the hand-me-down Fuji S2 Pro and mediocre lenses I had last year (though I do not have the awesome 70-200 f/2.8 VR AF Nikkor I borrowed from my mom for the Ft. Sumner launch campaign, I do have my very own Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS which should be, in most instances, a suitable substitute). And all three photos today were taken with a Canon EF-S 10-22mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, which has the potential (perhaps not fully realized in the photos linked below) for dramatic shots, with its extremely wide field of view (over 90 degrees horizontally at its widest) and the accompanying perspective distortion that often accompanies it.

Pictures for today (only 3):

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