Sunday, June 29, 2014
Since all of this was fun but probably not serious enough to enter on the patch so I have returned to a still photo of the wonderful little Awesome-Mobile itself but decided what the heck to go with the Gif (or is that Jif?)!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Jells Park has turned a gorgeous green, somewhat uncharacteristically, with some good recent rainfall. This a multi-image panoramas based on HDR processed images to form the individual photos before stitching with autostitch..
For PhotoFriday‘s topic Green
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
HDR Camera+ 2, Dropbox 2, Pixlr 1, def Android/Google Blogger 0
Monday, June 23, 2014
Marketing/Fashion for the The Patch is another a bit out of my league. I’m definitely not a dedicated follower of fashion. So I put off and put off this assignment, to the last hours and when I figured I’d actually have to do something, I tried to focus on fashion hype rather than something actually in fashion which I knew I would get out of date. I had recently heard the phase “Orange is the New Black” (I have since found out its a Netflix/TV series, which sounds a lot like the old Australian reg grundy produced favourite called prisoner) and tried to assembly something in those “fashion” tones. I must I had fun with different lighting (see the autoawesome motion gif below),but I opted for some post processing to gove it an advert feel. In the end I just didn’t like the “tall” composition so i just cropped it, a lot!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
One aspect of digital photo management that I like is the ability to create virtual albums (collection in lightroom). These are not duplicate copies of the photos just different views that show only the photos selected without having to move to the folder/directory in which it is stored. The photos remain in the original folder on the computer, there is just an additional link entry in your album to find that photo and display it. It is the perfect way to store and show only a best photos or photos on a given theme. They are a great way to organise your photo collection and probably deserves a more detail post in the future.
The downside using an album structure in current software is that it can be very hard to transfer this structure to other computers and/or software. Each package has the unique way to maintain the album contained within its code. A few packages will let you exports and upload the contents of albums but fall short of being able to export the album structure, For example Lightroom does allow their collections to be exported as lightroom catalogues, then reimport this catalogue into lightroom on a different computer. The process is simple enough but is better described by Steve’s Digicam post. Another examples is the original Picasa and Picasa Web Albums (the on-line side, which is now google+ photos) which lets you maintain matching Albums on-line as on your computer and synch the two.
Use Album Keywords as Metadata
A neat way I have to be able to exchange the the organization you have established with your albums and then be able to exchange this between packages or onto online services that support the Album concept, is to code all the contents of the album (or collection) with a unique Keyword, tag or Hashtag. I was for a time using the ~collection_ prefix to identify this organization metadata by I have abbreviated this to ~alb_ (for Album). Of a photo or batch of photos is transfered it is usually easy to search for the new metadata, Tags or Hashtags and create a new album or similar grouping from the search results.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Twitter earned a far bit of notoriety when the service was first becoming popular for the Fail Whale display. Which basically meant the service was down (normally due to bandwidth restrictions). The whale was cute and gained acceptance, perhaps even a fan base. This let the Twitter engineers focus on fixing things rather than fire-fight complaints. I haven’t seen the fail whale in a long time.
Flickr has been running into a few problems lately, superficially since February and often just regionally and are displaying this photo with the title Bad, Bad Panda. Flickr is apparently undergoing some pretty heavy updates, many are scheduled, which I assume are related to the new user display formats. Really it means the site is down and they know about, so be patient. Once upon a time you would get a boring 404 message when a web site doesn’t respond, the Bad Panda screen is a much nicer let down but I don’t think it will be legend like the fail whale.
For those interested here is the story behind the Bad Panda Picture.
If you want to check an on-line service you use often and doesn’t seem to be responding. Fist of all check some other site (like the google query page) to make sure your access to the net is working. If the site is still not responding you can use a net called Is It Down Right Now?
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
One thing that needs to be explained is that trying to access picasa web albums via any update version of picasa (ie 3.9) actually take you to a google+ photos view, not to picasa web albums. Further the neat link I gave back in March, no longer works either, it also takes you direct to Google+ Photos
(this link no longer works, you will be redirected to google+ photos)
This link still works (at the moment!)
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Another Big Sky Multi-image Stitched panorama, finished with “hand painted” (using Corel photo paint) edges. This series was taken about 5 minutes before the dark skies over the lake series.For PhotoFriday‘s topic Sky
Monday, June 16, 2014
I did try scouting a couple of nearby location but leaden skies aren’t encouragement to travel. So I resorted to reprocessing some recent photos from my recent travels to Saudi Arabia.
I was fortunate to reach Bulgah Rocks at sunset (not a place on the tourist trail) but very much a special place for the Bedouin trade routes. The trees between the rocks mark a place of permanent water. I did take several images and post an autoawesome HDR prepared by google+ at the time. However I felt I at least need to postprocess the photos this week, to be “almost” legitimate for the patch So I used both lightroom and perfect effects 8. In lightroom I did my fairly standard tonal adjustments and a little noise reduction. Then I did the round trip into Perfect Effects and used the layers to handle the sky and the foreground separately. I also had taken a series of overlapping i9mages of the rocks, which I have stitched with Autostitch into a panorama, but panoramas are not well treated in google+ so its the the post processed sunset is the candidate.
Today I didn’t take many photos (I was busy and it was raining heavily) so I only got one autoawesome showed up and it was definitely not worth sharing. Looking back over the week’s blog stats I can see my view counts have dropped, so my little experiment hasn’t appeal to you, my audience either. All this “fun stuff” from google+ photos comes for free but it isn’t really that useful. You can not get many of the features to work from scratch, so I they are not tools, they are tinsel. Even more obvious/disconcerting is the lack of documentation on these effects, and even how to use the editing features that are available. This nextweb article, does a decent job of covering the basics (unofficially on google’s behalf).
Whilst I’m not going to stop using picasa, autobackup and utilize google+ photos, I’m not inclined to leave it to google+ to look after my photos, select what is worthy and sharable.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
There are a couple of *HDR images where I moved the camera (I had pushed the shutter by accident and auto-backup had scoped up everything before I deleted these duds). My biggest disappointment is with stitched panoramas, which have very seldom worked for overlapping sequences I have shoot, Often they are jumpy *motion gifs, sometime they are weird *erase images. Also *erase seems to have a pretty consistent habit of liking to remove the subject or cut them into fragments. And don't get me started on *snow, I even have it covering my sketches now.
Anyway (other than in this post) I don't have to share these mishaps. Part of my Week of AutoAwesomesness
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I noticed yet another autoawesome style offering from from google called Stories, which seemed perfect to add into my week of autoawesomeness. It is basically a on-line slide show that has been automatically prepared by yet another google algorithm to automatically select your best shots and is being prompted as a tool to “brings out the richness of the memories behind the photos” and present them as “beautiful, interactive stories so you can relive your adventures”. Ok thats the hype, what actually happens? Well it does choose your adventures for you. At the moment you can not create your own from scratch! For me this is a very puzzling omission. You can however “tweak” the slideshow by adding or removing photos or videos and can change the cover photo. Thats about it!
The stories are supposedly about your “memorable” travelogues and it would appear these stories are triggered by either locations (geotags) information embedded in your photos or by landmark detection tools shifting through your images (and possibly including having your home address already known, eg. typed into google maps). Perhaps I am not the only one just a little concerned about who or what knows I’m not at home and when.
This is an interesting in the context of a recent program titled “Digital photography: message and memory” on the ABC Radio National’s Series Future Trends. Which presents a different view, the rush to photograph every moment may be leading to us remember less and less.
So should we leave our memories to google+ to manage?
Not sure I want that, and I worry many will not even realise their real memories have gone and been replaced by something else.
I guess the one redeeming feature is google+ stories (and movies) are private until you share them.
Friday, June 13, 2014
I had been looking for a different theme to trial another format of AutoAwesomes. My leaning was towards the *Motion format, which is actually a Stop Motion style .Gif files. The sun can out for a short time and left interesting retractions of light trough a jud of water on the bench, so I swirled the jug and grab my camera and took a "Burst Mode" Series in quick succession (above). I also experimented with pouring the water into a glass (below) between photos. Google+ AutoAwesome obligingly did the rest.
Week of AutoAwesomes
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The actual stitching of this panorama was carried out by autostitch, but the three underlying images where HDR autowaesome images generated by google+ (ie 9 photos have contributed). There are halos and there is a decided seam in the sky, still it is a power panorama giving the right feel for the distant hills and expanse of grass under the power lines. It is an almost technical success rather than a good photograph.
Part of my Week of AutoAwesomes
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I was pleasantly surprise when this AutoAwesome Pano showed up in my Google+ photos. It is actually created from 16 individual photos in approximately 3 overlapping bands (taken hand held so the overlap is not precise) and cover approximately 180° view from the horizon to directly over head. It is a very big wide panorama.
I have found so far it is relatively rarely that google+ assembles my multipanel panoramas, instead it often makes then into stop motion movies. I see not being able to create a multi-image stitched panorama when you have collected a set of suitable photos is a bit of a limitation, waiting for autoawesome to do it for you is an inevitable let down.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Winter is setting in and darkness is coming early, but despite this, here are a couple of Autoawesome HDR images created by Google+ that bring the feel of a balmy summer’s evening (albeit several hours earlier). Yes the colours are just a little to stronger than I remembered but otherwise these HDRs created with all the defaults settings (ie HDR scape nature, aka Preset 1, strength slider slightly to the right, brightness and saturation unchanged in the middle).
I’m still not convinced I should wait for google algorithms to tell me my best photos and how to post process them, but I am intrigued. I think these are a perfect way to start off a week of posting only AutoAwesome Photos on this blog.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Saturday, June 07, 2014
I’m not exactly the marketing type and estate agents leave me uneasy, so I figured this theme might be a real challenge for me. I did a bit of research of real estate ads in the paper and a then the little A4 posters in the agents windows. So their photos might in general be ordinary but a lot of effort had been put into the “over the top” descriptive headers. Rather than drive around and look for a specular house, I figure I should photograph my place (not for sale by the way) but perhaps in an “over the top” way like the agents descriptions. A long exposure night shot seemed to hit the spot after a tweak or two in perfect effects not sure I’m so good on the real estate speak headline itself.