Monday, June 30, 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008

HDR Afternoon

Gippsland green in HDRi, taken near the new foot-bridge over the Tarwin river.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Second Brain

sb services 

If you are like me and have a lot of stuff scattered around the web, because you are using a variety of Web 2.0 services, not necessarily because you are messy, you might like to look at some of the  newer services that let you collect everything in one place, or more precisely the links to get everything. Second Brain is such a service and interacts well with blogs, flickr, twitter and even picasa web albums.

I have been using Shozu on my mobile phone for a while which is a little similar but ran into problems installing the desktop version (you probably get a blog about when I figure out what is going wrong). So I like the idea of one tool to interact with many services, sb RO versus RWBUT at the moment second brain is very much a RO tool, and doesn't have the RW bits operations yet (lars assures me they will come)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Play me a song - about the future

pubcamp melbourne
Play me a song, originally uploaded by wolfcat_aus.

I went along to pubcamp in melbourne yesterday, looking at where Web 2.0 might go next and was clearly the oldest bloke in the audience (fortunately richard walsh was involved in the debate so I was not the oldest overall)
The real timetracking of twitter hasshtags was impressive, and I guess the general consensus was content is king, but it is "hard to make a buck" (Stephen Mayne) and the advertising networks have the money in their pockets already.

So where does that leave the humble content creator? Do you sell your soul to google (yahoo! etc) or can you keep your digital rights and expect a a tiny bit of value to flow back to the content creator. Or is the general perception going to remain, if its on the net, its free to copy (and reuse).

If you want to know more ben barren's blog is much more eloquent than mine.

Special applause to Jed White for organizing the event.

wolfcat_aus - View my '#Pubcamp' set on Flickriver

scientaestubique - View my 'Pubcamp' set on Flickriver

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mosaic (of the self referencing kind)

Whilst I haven't mentioned my photo impressions much recently I am still creating them. Bigger than before.

collage1 On the weekend I took a series of photos of the three "yellow ducks" which are a floating sculpture on the small pond below the Monash Gallery of Art, with the view of creating a self reference style of mosaic where the tiles where variation on the larger image itself. I took several photos, using the bracketing setting on my camera.

duck Mosaic_0009

I have deliberately kept the number of tiles low (which make the large image less obvious. you will definitely need to click on this to see the larger image to appreciate the flip flop you will experience in front of the large version of this. First you see the large image but soon your eye just sees the littler grouping of ducks have squint and there is the large image again.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Its a small world after all

I am fascinated by just how many interconnecting links my contacts have on flickr. to see this i have been playing with a nifty tool called flickr graph, it is an on-line application that explores the social relationships inside It makes use of the classic attraction-repulsion algorithm and builds a graph like the one shown here.

Click on this link if you want to research other [Great] flickr tools, (but some aren't so great!)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Colour Management

I have not directly posted anything on colour management, nIMGP2553ot  because I don't believe it is important, it certainly is one of if not the most important part of digital photography. It is that managing and matching colours across the whole photography process is complex and there isn't a simple "one click" solution. On that topic I have to come clean and admit that I do not use photoshop, so I am not a disciple of sRGB or adobe RGB or other acronyms or the adobe work flow, but that can wait to another post.

The problems of colours matching is firstly related to IMGP9448the variable sensitivity to light of different wavelengths (what we see as different colour) and also the ability to render that range of intensity either on a screen or printing the image on paper. These are technological limits and they change as the various pieces of hardware are improved. To complicate all this our eyes and brain have very good discrimination in how they process and discern certain colours. So I will try to make sense of three import topics over the coming weeks

  1. Capturing colour in the camera
  2. Better matching colours on your monitor and printer
  3. Getting the colours you want from a photo processing serviceIMGP1941

I have found that Norman Koren's site does give a good overview (albeit very technical) if you want colour management information now!

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

location, location, location

big rock panorama, originally uploaded by imageo.

This is a mutli-image stiched panorama (using autostitch) and I had forgotten to geotag it in google earth. No worries I thought I'd do it in Flickr. Think again!

Ok, I did try with Yahoo! maps and I only got with a few hundred meters of the shore (at least the loaction name was right, in the past yahoo maps has also given me the wrong location name by kilometers) but compare the detail with the google earth (below)at roughly the same scale.

In google earth I was able to zoom much further and see the actual rocky headland. An this area is still just average accuracy in google earth. By the way you need picasa to geotag in google earth.

Monday, June 02, 2008

I don't only photograph sunsets

autostiched panorama

Looking at my recent flickr & blog posts you may be excused for thinking I have become a little obsessed with sunsets. No really its just that there have been some great ones lately. This is actually a multi-image autostitched panorama.

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Enjoying the last of the day

A pair of hooded plovers [Thinornis rubricollis], possible one of less than 100 nesting pairs left on the Victorian Coast.
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