When the weather is not that good outside, what do you do? I decided to play around with a snippet of video and try out some compositing with video.
What did I try? I wanted a piece of text to move with something in the background and vanish behind a piece of foreground.
So what did I learn?
- Next time I use only stabilized imagery – the handheld footage is good enough for the poc (proof of concept).
- I have to work on the 3d-text effect, it still has its problems.
- I have to work on the synchronisation of the movement of background and foreground.
But enough talk – here is the video. I’ll be outside….
Another picture I took with the 30mm f/2.8
The world looks different from above
When I first took it out of the packaging I thought it was broken. But the lens element is not fixed if the lens is not “on”, aperture is closed.
Size is smaller than the 18-55 kit lens, I would say it is as if someone cut the kit lens between zoom and focus ring. Build quality is high and solid plastics. It feels good and I like the smooth focus ring. I tried some shots, could not find any odd things. I doscovered some very soft magenta streaks in very high dynamic regions when pixelpeeping. Concerning the quality I would say that this is a no-brainer for Euro 199,-.
For those of you who like pixelpeeping I have some testshots in f/2.8, f/4 and f/8 at my ge.tt acount, for all the others: A wallpaper in Full-HD.
The three wise monkeys are a nice pictorial maxim. 見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる which literally means “don’t see, don’t hear, don’t speak”. It got a negative connotation in the western world.
I really like the old interpretation.
Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.
It does not have this negative touch, if you see propriety in the eye of the beholder.
Find a “Three Monkeys” wallpaper in Full-HD (1920×1080) here:
Edit 1: There are pictograms of the three monkeys in unicode! See page 2 in the right column middle section.
I love parcels. This does not mean that I do not understand all the packaging. I ordered the Upgrade to Adobe Lightroom 4, which is a great piece of software by the way.
As much it was fun to get the CD out of the box out of the box out of the box, there is the one question remaining: Why use so much air to package such a great product, where a nice small package with the serial number would be more than enough?
Do you know Parkinson’s law? Well, maybe you do not know that you know it.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
Sounds familiar? You know what happens if you give a task a certain amount of time. You will use it. Or fill the spare minutes with things you do not need to do. It seems that the application of Pareto’s law gets better when time is not available.
Maybe you take the wallpaper (which will fit a screen with 16:9) and let Mercury remind you that there are tasks which need to be done. Parkinson’s law and Mercury seems to be a strange combination – if you think of Mercury as a god of trade and travel, the importance of effectiveness over efficiency clearly makes sense. But this is a different story…
The uncropped version of the picture can be seen on 500px.com
Mercury by Stefan Steinbauer