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Road Hazzard

Dude likes his Dukes, it seems.

IMG_0453.jpg: iPhone5s, back camera @ 4.2mm, f/2.2, 32 ISO

IMG_0453.jpg: iPhone5s, back camera @ 4.2mm, f/2.2, 32 ISO

Evening flight

4M6C1944.CR2: 5D Mk.III, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/320, f/8, 1600 ISO

4M6C1944.CR2: 5D Mk.III, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/320, f/8, 1600 ISO

Don’t mess with physics!

Hyundai has a television ad running for their 2014 Elantra. In the ad, they say,

At Hyundai, we challenge everything. Even physics.

The question is what they mean by challenge. The logical answer is that they want to get as close to the limits as they possibly can. Like the best possible fuel efficiency, the most aerodynamic car body, and so on. The problem is that when one challenges someone, one means to beat them … and one doesn’t beat physics. The universe is set up so you can’t beat the laws of physics. One either simply fails, or fails in a spectacular fashion. In this case, it’s the ad firm behind the campaign who failed. Spectacularly.

You don’t beat physics … physics beats you!

The California in Prague

So there I was, in a race on the Circuit de Prague. I like the track, except I both don’t care for, nor am I very familiar with, running the circuit in reverse. I was also running a new car, the 2008 Ferrari California, and I hadn’t yet started tweaking the set-up. At one point I came off the long bridge going too fast, and too far to the left, as I approached the sweeping right. The car was extremely prone to oversteer so as I took the turn, the back of the car stepped out, and I rode the outer edge of the turn until I could scrub off enough speed to collect the car.

I knew I was on the edge of the turn because the course designers kindly marked it with pylons … most of which I sent flying, as you see here.

Good times.

The Boss

Welcome to the latest addition to my Forza 5 garage, the 1969 Boss 302 Ford Mustang, in Spartan Assault livery. I’m just launching from the start line of the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold.

Isn’t she pretty?

To my great amusement, image capture within Forza 5 is far more ‘photographic’ than I ever expected. One uses the two thumbsticks to move around and toward or away from the vehicle. Straight-forward, right? What I wasn’t expecting is that one can also set the aperture and shutter-speed! These aren’t absolute values of proper f‑stops and fractions of a second, but rather a slider of small/large and fast/slow, respectively. The reason absolute values are not required is because the exposure not coupled to the aperture and shutter speed. That is, you set the exposure with the exposure slider, the amount of motion-blur with the shutter speed slider, and the depth of field with the aperture slider. Totally bizarre, but very convenient!

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