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#1 in Party mode, solo!

My strategy is to hang out along the sides, eating all viruses (there is no anti-teaming penalty, so they're 100 free mass as long as you don't mind being split into 16 pieces).  Once I'm pretty big, the teams take notice of me.  They're huge and I'm huge (but split into 16 pieces), so everything moves very slowly.  The time it takes to approach me close enough to split-kill me is about the time it takes to recombine into one piece.  So by then, they can no longer eat me.  If they're teaming, they'll split run to move faster (teammate A splits, teammate B splits on top of his split, and you move really fast while doing that).  But when you're split running you're super-vulnerable.  Mostly it's survivable by sheer mass (even if you wanted to eat the small pieces, they're too big).  But when you've secretly gotten huge, you just have to time it and you can kill both teammates at once.

You can see from the graph how that worked.  2/3 of the time was spent slowly building up mass by eating viruses.  Then I started searching for people to kill.  I had a little virus battle with someone -- we were against the wall, he was on top of me, and I pulled off the shoot-the-virus-into-the-wall move.  The virus bounces back right into him; easy split kill.  Then the #1 player took notice of me.  I watched them split run a few times, and then timed my split to finish them off.  It worked.  I then split into 16 pieces to see if I could eat viruses and increase my score.  I got cornered by someone, and they slowly ate my 16 pieces.

Quite the game.  It's free and I play it way more than anything I've paid for :(
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A cloudy and damp winter morning.

I kind of thought today would be perfect for the pinhole camera.  The light was soft from the clouds, so maybe some softness from the lack of a lens would be good.  I don't think it worked though, it just looks blurry, not soft.

This shot would have worked better in color.  The asphalt painted bright blue (see Maps link below), which would look nice with the grey sky and red buildings.  Early spring would be even better, when those trees are mostly branches but are starting to get some light green buds on them.  Mental note made.

Acros 100, f/206 pinhole, 10 seconds.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7001553,-73.9967835,274a,20y,49.1h,26.32t/data=!3m1!1e3
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F/206 jeeeeez

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There were a pair of teamers dominating the server, so I made it my mission to take them out.  I killed one of them and got 95% of their mass, but then the remaining teammate and I got into a virus battle.  I was in several pieces while he was on top of me, and I had a perfect opportunity to virus him from one of my other pieces... but it missed by a millimeter.  He fed his teammate who then virused me, and that was the end.  Normally the anti-teaming code is supposed to prevent the teammate from rejoining when they die (they get redirected to a different server), but that didn't happen tonight.

Either way it's fun.  Solo is pretty easy, so if you make it your goal to kill the teamers, you can have a lot more fun.  Even if you don't win ;)
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The only barrier is my inability to find some acceptable screen recording software for Linux.  There are things integrated with Chrome, which work kind of OK... but they require you to do a bunch of weird things like authorize them to have access to your entire Google account and then pay them, which I'm not interested in.  I feel like it's malware under the guise of screen recording.

I suppose I should just unpack the extension and delete all the code I don't want ;)

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Good choice of both film and location.  Brooklyn Bridge park looks less like a construction site than it did in 2011 when this blog post was written.
I've had a tripod for ages and, until this weekend, have only used it twice. Despite the bulk and weight of my Hasselblad, I shoot handheld comfortably to speeds of 1/60 of a second and use a 400 speed film to get dusk shots. For months though, I've been admiring the night work of a few Flickr contacts (Daniel Regner, Andrew Mangum, Bryan Vana, and Michael Wriston). With every new night photo of theirs I hit the Favorite button and ma...
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Cadman Plaza and downtown Brooklyn Heights.

Zoom in and you can read the street signs across the park (about 750ft).

This is Tri-X 320 developed in Ilfosol-3.
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Set up shot.  Check that the shutter is closed.  Pull the darkslide.  Expose.  Replace darkslide.  "OK, one more at f/64."  Set up shot.  Pull darkslide.  Expose.  Replace darkslide.

"Wait, why is the darkslide facing me white?  I know I didn't change holders, and I've taken two exposures, so it should be black."  

Ohhhh.

Double exposure.  At least the tripod didn't move while all this was happening.  Those are just branches blowing in the breeze.
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Party mode is great.  Everyone has bots, so you can eat them and get pretty big without much effort.

People seem more angry at me when I name myself "eating ur bots" ("eating your bots" doesn't fit) as opposed to when I just join as Doge or something.
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+Jonathan Rockway That's a clear moral stance if ever I heard one.

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Done in by teamers.  Oh well, 13 minutes well spent.
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Bye, +Seamless.  No opt-out on their website either.
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A sign photographed during WWII.  Note the misspelling of "your", which I hoped was a modern-day affliction.
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This is the world's most expensive photograph.  Nice shade of green, but 4.3 million dollars nice?
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+Jonathan Rockway Having more dollars than sense helps.

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I've been thinking about trying large format for a while.  I have a 4x5 pinhole camera which is quite fun, but I really want a sharp high-resolution image, so a camera with a lens is good for that.  There are so many 4x5 cameras on the market (used and new), and they are all very expensive for what amounts to a holder for a lens and a darkslide, so paralyzed with indecision I decided I would go through my box of 50 sheets of Tri-X with the pinhole camera and then worry about getting a real 4x5 camera.

Then the other night I had a dream about using a large format camera, so I decided to indulge my subconscious and see if B&H had any reasonably-priced used 4x5 cameras.  They did, so I bought one.  Behold the extreme plasticy-ness of the Toyo 45 CF!  All plastic construction!  (Actually the camera movements are metal.)

I also upgraded my tripod's ballhead, as the one I have is a total piece of junk.  I thought it was a piece of junk, and then I got the Really Right Stuff BH55 and now I know it's a piece of junk.  You can loosen the lock on this and actually finely adjust, and it stays put as you tighten the ball again.  Amazingly good.  My old one would actually move as you tightened it, so you would have to compensate for that, and maybe end up with something vaguely resembling level.

Anyway, I went out again today with the new ballhead and camera and tried taking advantage of camera movements to get pictures of tall things with parallel lines.  It worked!

Overall, it is not a huge pain to shoot large format.  What you see on the ground glass is what you get, and you have infinite flexibility to get exactly the image you envisioned.  I'm excited.
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