Day: November 2, 2017

Shutterbug 2.0: Shutter speed is all about motion — or the lack thereof

In this installment of Shutterbug 2.0, let’s talk about shutter speed. When it comes right down to it, shutter speed simply is the amount of time that light is allowed in to reach a camera’s sensor. Really, you can think of it as a timer. It is, of course, more complicated than that, seeing as there are two shutters (or curtains) and a mirror involved, but you get the gist. The science of shutter speed Shutter speed is how you prevent or create motion blur in your photos. These speeds are measured in seconds — or really, fractions of seconds. When it comes to understanding the fractions a camera uses, it’s not too hard to comprehend. Most cameras use a “doubling” method for the options from which you have to choose — it’s not exact, but fairly close. For instance, let’s say your fastest shutter speed is 1/1000 of a second. Your next speed would be double that amount of time, i.e. 1/500 of a second, then 1/250 and so on. When it comes to slower shutter speeds, they are less exact with the doubling, but it’s normally 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, etc. If you are trying to freeze the moment, you would use a fast speed (e.g. 1/1000 of a second). If you are looking for blur, you would use slower speeds (such as half a second or even a...

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Alderbrook Village, Midwest Hearing Aids to offer free hearing screenings

Alderbrook Village will be host to free hearing screenings by Midwest Hearing Aids on Nov. 15. Licensed specialist Angela Logsdon, of Midwest Hearing Aids, also will be scheduling follow-up appointments. The screenings will take from 10 to 15 minutes and they are open to anyone. To participate, call (620) 442-4400 to register. “Over 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, with 18 million being younger than 65 years old,” said Dr. April McCaslin, director of audiology at William Newton Hospital in Winfield. “Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by lawn/farm equipment, concerts, sporting events, firework shows, hair dryers, firearms and alarm clocks. A single exposure to excessive noise can also cause permanent hearing loss.” Hearing loss can be detected at birth, but hearing loss due to noise can start early in life. “(About) 1.1 billion people are at risk for hearing loss due to unsafe personal use of portable music devices,” McCaslin said. “Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in older Americans, after hypertension and arthritis.” McCaslin said preserving hearing can have an important impact on the mind, too. “One of the surprising things about hearing loss that we now know through recent research from Johns Hopkins is how untreated hearing loss is correlated with increased cognitive decline,” she said. “So when extra measures are implemented to protect our hearing from hazardous noise, we are in...

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Fall Friday Family Movie Series ends Nov. 3 with Beauty and the Beast

The 2017 Fall Friday Family Movie Series will end at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Arkansas City with a Disney movie under the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St. The 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, cosponsored by the Optimists and Soroptimists of Arkansas City, is a new PG-rated adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. It stars Dan Stevens and Emma Watson. “We are so appreciative of the generous sponsors who make these wonderful events possible,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. All told, a total of 16 sponsored movies were shown for free in 2017. “We would like to thank the local Optimist and Soroptimist clubs for stepping up to help us to round out this year’s slate of films,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “The city also would like to express its appreciation to both Ark City Daily Bytes and Rogers Family Dentistry for agreeing to co-sponsor our ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ doubleheader on such short notice, even though there were very few opportunities to advertise their sponsorship beforehand.” About the Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series The 2015 Outdoor Summer Movie Series was a huge success in the debut season for the new V.J. Wilkins Memorial Stage at the rotunda, with particularly large crowds viewing “Big Hero 6” and “Frozen.” The projection...

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Sanitation shifts to four-day schedule next week due to Veterans Day

The City of Arkansas City will shift to a four-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all city offices Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day. The Cowley County Landfill also will be closed Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day. Monday’s and Tuesday’s entire routes will be unaffected by this holiday disruption. All of Wednesday’s route and part of Thursday’s route will be collected Wednesday. The part of Thursday’s route to be collected Wednesday is from Birch Avenue north to Kansas Avenue and from Sixth Street west to 15th Street. The remainder of Thursday’s route and Friday’s entire route will be collected Thursday. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups and no recycling will be collected Nov. 11. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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