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Tale of the new Macbook – Stamina googling, Filesystems and Wunderlist

I would not have expected the following events to happen when I got my new Macbook Air. What would a follower of Windows paradigms expect? Maybe some “I do not understand”-fun with the user interface. Well, I also had these but they were more fun then annoyances.

The keyboard – oh how I still love those keys with backlight. OK, now where is the DEL key? How can I make those square brackets and how can I do a print screen without a print key? Google finds answers for everything if you ask the right question.

And so by the way I learn, I can record screencasts with the built in quicktime? Does it work on Windows too? I will find out, but not now.

Applications: Office was no problem – the Mac version looks nicer than the Windows one but how a developer can break a paradigm like that the button for full screen is in the upper right corner. My lightroom runs much better than on the Windows PC, the plugins also come in Mac flavor.

Plugging in the new external HDD for my girlfriend: readonly? But how? After asking Google the question number 10^23 I find out: Mac does not speak NTFS and uses a different file system. I should have remembered that Linux/Unix based do not speak NTFS. But there is a cure for everything… …the one for this user-unfriendly behavior is called OSXFuse, but you might already know this and lie laughing because of the newbie behind your Mac or do not care because you use Windows.

BUT

Do you know Wunderlist? I have tried plenty of software products for ToDo lists, but this one rocks!

If you look for a cloud based todo-list which works offline as well as online you found it. It works in your Webbrowser, as an App on your Windows PC, your Mac and even your Linux machine. And if you want it to be mobile just install the client on your blackberry, iPhone, Android phone and even your iPad. See for yourself and try it. Make your lists, administrate them, send them or share them.

This list tool is definitely a Wunder (german for wonder).

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Wallpaper: “Sunset on Vienna”

Facebook is a bitch.

I am one of those people who randomly post their pictures on facebook. And I am one of these people who want their pictures to be seen – I consider them art and not instances of reality. So if somebody asks for a wallpaper I cannot say no.

This might explain why the picture looks like it is. 

10mm have a very distinct look of its own and when you turn it into an HDR and apply the usual suspects: Contrast treatment, some glow, slight color shifting and some other lightroom thingies. Tataaaa – after approximately 100 minutes you get this.

Consider this a gift and use it as you like. Dimensions are FullHD (1920 x 1080) and license is creative commons. Have fun and consider sharing this post with your friends.

Or maybe you want to put this picture on your wall (german only)?

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Chocolate and caramel

Some christmas gifts are hidden in the internet. A friend of mine sent me the link to the anniversary specials of All in the mind.

What’s in it? It’s a bunch of audios on the mind. The first one is already on air. Give it a try…

Part 1 – Getting sexy

If you already know all this stuff, you should start a consultancy on sex or you can also wait for next sundays episode on consciousness.

Part 2 – Are you conscious?

Meanwhile you could think about the fact if you use your brain or if it is the other way around. It is totally legal to fuel your brain with chocolate and caramel to answer this question.

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Thinking about creative commons

I was thinking about licensing and rights on pictures. It would take very long to elaborate all the details, but aren’t the classic licensing models restricted to the old distribution channels?

The red wheel
The red wheel

My wish would be that people use my pictures for something. In order to do this I will start to change the license on some picture to a creative commons one. This is as easy as opening a door.

What is the direct impact on you? If you want to use any of the correct lincesed pictures, you simply follow the rules (i.e. use the right attribution). You can also use them as desktop wallpapers if you like – as you can download a 2000 pixel wide version  from my flickr stream. If it is a portrait picture – opposed to a landscape one – the long side will be 2000 pixel high. It is a question of bandwith…

In case you want a higher resolution picture you still can get back to me.

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Don’t look back in anger

I wanted to try a different self portrait.

Don't look back in anger
Don’t look back in anger, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.
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Taking and making of pictures

There have been a lot of posts around on the new consumer lightfield camera from Lytro – which is impressive: 8X optical zoom with a f/2 aperture and it is a lightfield camera for under USD 400!

Waves within an ocean of glass
Waves within an ocean of glass

And there has been a lot of talk on the new era of photography. Hmmmm… I wouldn’t see it like that. The question is if you take and/or make a picture. If you just take pictures it is simple. That’s a camera for you. Light, best for travel, no more deletable pictures because of a wrong focus. But wait: the specs say the output is comparable with a HD picture, so at best 1080×1080 (Full HD squared) and needs a player.

With the Lytro the act of taking the picture is still with the photographer but the act of making it goes to the beholder. This is new. This is a highly competitive feature against point and shoots. I wonder what the macro features of this camera are. How near can you be to the object? Wouldn’t this be a wonderful method to get pin sharp macros without focus stacking?

This is just the beginning. I remember my first digital camera: 1.4 Megapixel and 2x opical zoom. A great camera. But I still took my 500N with me on holidays because the technology wasn’t there…

So what do you think on taking and making pictures?

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Thinking about a project…

I was stuck in work lately and there were not too many moments to do some photography. But I used the time in the evenings and mornings to learn things on

  1. Panoramas
  2. Macros
  3. Lighting
It is interesting to see how these 3 points come up on a regular basis. The panorama thing is something which is kind of a Forbes 100 topic of photography. But without a nodal point adapter it is simply limited. What I learned in the past weeks is, that it is easier to come up with a usable result if the scene is far away and you use a standard to light zoom lens. The following one was made using a 50mm lens and I swept the scene – like the people with Sony cameras do.

The view from the 19th floor

I learned something about the limits of my hard- and software when processing this 14 pictures panorama. So I ended up processing the pictures before stitching, like I do with HDR panoramas.
The second topic which I love at the moment is Macros. I think I will save for a Canon 100mm macro. It is already on my wishlist at Amazon. I tried to find out if there are good macro panoramas out there. I could not find any tipps, so I guess I have to find these things out myself and write a blog post (Now I know that you will read that).
Recently I bought Light Science and Magic by Fil Hunter. And I love it. Yes you are right: We are in the middle of point 3 of my list. It is sweet mixture of things you already know, things you will remember, things you understand and also a lot of new things – the last point is depending on prior knowledge and what you already tried. What I love on this book is that it is very good to read and there are examples you can try at home.
I think that the next few projects will have something to do with all the 3 things. Nearly middle of Octobre, the coloured leaves season ahead, cold long winter evenings with plenty of time to read and experiment. Great times!
What will your next projects be? Leave a message after the beep!
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Blood for Blood: HDRs in a lost place

Lost and abandoned places are wonderful if you want to shoot HDRs. HDRs are a nightmare if there are people in the shot. So there has to be some postprocessing in lightroom and photoshop.

How is the view?

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How to install Magic Lantern in some easy steps

I had to install Magic Lantern again, because I formatted the card where it ran from. Because people always ask or look for it, I decided to write a short list of things you have to do. And the good thing is: I can look it up too 🙂

Basically the whole Magic Lantern Setup consists of 6 steps.

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Lessons learned with my first manual lens on DSLR

I recently bought a manual lens on ebay. I saw some pictures taken with a manual lens on flickr and got curious. Some minutes and EUR 88,- later (USD 125,-) I was the owner of a Revuenon 55mm f1.4, an adapter for the M42 screw mount to EF and a lens hood.

The first impression was heavy. This glass is built like a tank. Metal everywhere. Great! And the aperture is 1.4 so it is fast. The DOF is shallow. So the first tests were on how the glass reacts to bad lighting and how to operate the little gem.

DOF dice Test with Revuenon 55mm 1:1.4   Test 1 M42  Test 2 M42

So the first thing I learned: Take your time.

In some light conditions it is fairly easy to focus with the view finder, but especially if you are close to the object it is better to us the liveview. The DOF is so shallow that it can be the trickiest part of the whole procedure to focus.

Once I knew the signature of my glass I took it for a walk. And I had fun!

Feet of steel will show you, that the DOF is shallow! Recognize the small strip of sharpness on the ground. Small details like this can be useful when focusing by hand.