I was taking my son out for several nights in a row to try and find the Neowise Comet. Unfortunately he couldn’t find it, but I did manage to take some shots of the moon and had some fun being out with him. The best days to see the comet unfortunately ended up being some hazy days here in Eastvale, that made it really hard to see the comet in the night sky. I did manage to get this shot of the moon that I liked. I had my camera on the tripod using the 100-400 lens to take the shot.
I hung a hummingbird feeder in my backyard and have been steadily moving it closer to my door so that I can shoot the little buddies that are flying around. The first shot is when I first hung the feeder and the next ones are as I moved it closer to my door. I like being able to sit behind my camera on a tripod and shoot the birds while working at my desk. Gives me something to do during the day and I am in boring meetings. I’ve found the hummingbirds come in the morning and in the afternoon. They are really fun to watch as they come to eat.
I am having to make some changes to an object group in the Firesight management platform for my firewalls. Some of these changes required me to add and remove a 50-100 network entries at one time and doing it by hand was going to take a while and could also be prone to errors. I started to research the options for using the api interface for Firesight and came across this YouTube video from Cisco Devnet showing how to use the API Explorer built into firesight and showing how I could easily take and copy out a program so that I could build the object group very easily with a python script. So now I have taken what was started in the API Explorer and modifying it to pull the data out of my central address repository, format the data, and then build the script to run. You can see the in process script here.
On 7/9/20 we lost our beautiful girl Sydney. She went years before her time as she was only 10 at the time. She started to have seizures a week before and we had her on medication, but we believe she had a brain tumor as it’s the only thing that explains her passing within such a short time. She was a sweet girl and we will miss her dearly. We fell lucky to have had her bless our lives for the time that she was in it. She was a stubborn girl who would look at you and ignore all the while doing what she wanted, but we loved her very much and will miss her greatly.
Planes of Fame flew their BT-13 on 7/4 and 7/5. I went out both days to practice and grab some shots of it. Since it was so hot I just hid in my car and waited for the plane to take off so that I could get shots of it from the parking lot. I should have used my teleconverter to get a little closer on some of the shots or not used my 3 stop ND filter.
Planes of Fame flew their Stearman on Saturday 6/21 and Sunday 6/22, they did a brief presentation on it talking about it and then took it up in the air. However the day was really overcast and the shots weren’t very good that came out of it. They decided to take the plane up again on Sunday so I went over and luckily there was sun out so I was able to get some much better shots of the plane as it flew around. I worked on testing out the wide focus tracking to keep the plane in focus and work on my panning skills. Pretty happy with how these shots came out and the level detail in them.
I was on my way over to the Chino Airport to photograph the Stearman flying over. As I was headed over I spotted this Peregrine Falcon flying around. I pulled over to take some shots of this magnificent predator out hunting for food. It was my first chance to try and capture a bird in flight and I am pretty happy with the results. Minimal fixes required in Lightroom to brighten the photo up a little.
I shoot a lot of photos at airshows and needed a quick to sort the RAW photos from the JPGs and to put them into different directories. I may not always use the RAW photos, but I don’t want to discard, I also may not want them in my Lightroom library. This program will quickly sort them, name them, and put them into separate directories for import into Lightroom.
The programs repository is here: https://github.com/undrwatr/SONY_FILE_SORT
This is of course version 1:
#!/usr/bin/env python3 #Program to sort my photo files between Sony RAW and JPG files. Sorts into two separete directores so I can chooose what to import into Lightroom. import os import shutil # ask for the name of the directory SORT_DIR = os.getcwd() DIRECTORY = input("What is the name of the Directory to be created? ") DIRECTORY_RAW = (DIRECTORY + '_RAW') DIRECTORY_JPG = (DIRECTORY + '_JPG') # List the files in the source directory list_ = os.listdir(SORT_DIR) # rename the files based on the requested directory name INCR = 0 for file_ in list_: name, ext = os.path.splitext(file_) INCR = INCR +1 os.rename(file_, ((DIRECTORY) + "-" + str(INCR) + ext)) # create a directory for jpg # create a directory for raw files os.mkdir(DIRECTORY_RAW) os.mkdir(DIRECTORY_JPG) CURRENT_DIR = os.getcwd() list1_ = os.listdir(SORT_DIR) # Sort the photos into the directories, but do not sort the directory for file1_ in list1_: if file1_.endswith('.ARW'): shutil.move(((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (file1_)), ((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (DIRECTORY_RAW))) if file1_.endswith('.JPG'): shutil.move(((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (file1_)), ((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (DIRECTORY_JPG))) else: continue
I passed the CWSP on my first try last week, which I was happy about. With Covid-19 running rampant and changing things I had to take the test at home with PearsonVue. I liked the idea of testing at home and ran through all of the steps for PearsonVue that they recommended. However that didn’t stop from needing to reboot my machine multiple times and have to spend quite a bit of time trying to get setup and talking to their online people over chat. It took about 30 minutes for them to finally present the test and for me to be able to take it online successfully.
Once I finally got the technical issues resolved with their service and I was able to take the test I was surprised at how quick it went and I was glad I could do it at home. Seeing as how it would have taken me longer to drive to and from the testing center than to take the test. The content was tough as I deal with it almost every day in regards to network security and trying to build a secure network
So now I get to display this logo:
My next exam is going to be the CWDP and given the fact that I am still working from home and testing centers aren’t open I will be taking this one also at home. Hopefully the whole testing experience will go better.