Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The new web look

Isn't it amazing how the "in" look of many web pages has changed suddenly in a year or so? In such a short time.
At least among the sites I generally see, an astoundingly great number of them have changed from a text-based design with images and many text links, to a heavily image, large-image, many-image based design, with the most important links being embedded and usually written on, images in the prime space.

I think it was the theVerge.com who pioneered it, although their images usually are a compromise between an actual photo and a colored background for the text, making them semi-abstract. (I think it's a good look, and good for them, it was not easy, I'm sure, to actually come up with a fresh design for home pages.)

When others took it over, they usually went with pure photos, I would guess simply because that abstracting thing is much harder to do right than one would think.



David Pogue's site tech.yahoo.com

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, September 02, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Images of Smoke Took Three Months and 100,000 Photos to Capture


[Thanks to Bert]

Images of Smoke Took Three Months and 100,000 Photos to Capture, article/photos
I was very surprised by how extremely quickly smoke move. It’s easier to photograph a racing car!
The rising of cigarette-smoke is actually so quick that conventional flash equipment is too slow, as is the photographer – only a few milliseconds pass between recognition of the subject and the taking of the shot, a length of time in which the smoke has already changed again.

Hard to believe, but it would explain why this apparently obvious and attractive subject has not been done to death long ago (like others, say, reflections and shadows).



Update:
FarShore said:
Photographing smoke is not difficult, does not require a really fast camera, nor a really fast photographer. These I did seem to be very popular, particularly as prints.



posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, September 02, 2014   3 comments links to this post

Monday, September 01, 2014

Canon 1200mm ‘Mother of All Telephoto Lenses’






Price: About $140,000. Used.

Article one, article two.

Downside (well, aside from price and bulk): no Image Stabilization. (May be why it's discontinued.) Canon's 800mm is far more portable, also has great reach, and has excellent IS. And costs about 1/10th, too.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, September 01, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Ma Yan Yan, ballet magician

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Monday, August 25, 2014

André Rieu - The Beautiful Blue Danube

Big show and excellent performance. So good in fact that I don't understand why the audience is not throwing bottles at the orchestra like the last time I went to see Cracked Metal Skull in concert.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, August 25, 2014   0 comments links to this post

53 Colorized Photos From The Past

53 Colorized Photos From The Past, photo post

Test of the first bullet proof vest. Brave men! 
Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield
Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932
Pablo Picasso

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, August 25, 2014   6 comments links to this post

Friday, August 22, 2014

Olympus global photo contest

Olympus is kicking off a big photo contest, obviously for Olympus users.

Probably many thousands are going to compete, so it won't be the easiest one to win. But it's easy and free to enter, so why not?

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, August 22, 2014   4 comments links to this post

Thursday, August 21, 2014

From a Tuesday afternoon






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Sony RX100 II, auto.
As a technical aside, the second picture, girl with a ladder: It's taken indoors with a pocket camera... on tele-setting! (100mm-equivalent)... *and* it is cropped rather a lot. And yet the grain in the door is fully sharp. Amazing camera.

By the way, I used at least three different settings on the zoom for these. Even a 3- or 4-X zoom on a camera really boost its usefulness, in my view.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, August 21, 2014   8 comments links to this post

Sunday, August 17, 2014

How the sun sees you

Bert and I talked about how skin is transparent in varying degrees to light of different wavelength, and he found this video, showing latent stuff like freckles showing up on an ultraviolet camera.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Sunday, August 17, 2014   2 comments links to this post

Friday, August 15, 2014

NYPD tells Officers They’re Allowed to Be Photographed

(If this sounds familiar, it's because about two years ago, the same thing happened in in Washington DC.)

NYPD Sends Out Official Memo Telling Officers They’re Allowed to Be Photographed, article.

Here is part of what the police (!) wrote to their officers:

Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions. Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, August 15, 2014   5 comments links to this post

Audrey Beautiful Slow Motion Hooping

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, August 15, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bob's Burgers - Taffy Butt, sung by Cyndi Lauper

I was not attracted to Bob's Burgers for the longest time, but then I saw a bit which showed me that not only was it funny, it also had actual stories.

One episode, The Belchies, ends with a song which not only is good, but is sung by Cindy Lauper (I love her, she's game), and not only that, but is *about* the story and the ending, written specifically to it.

I post two versions, the second has the animation, but very poor sound, the first one has only sound, but sounds good.






The episode:




(By the way, does anybody know how they record something off the TV and get it to a computer?) (Without using a video camera, like some do.)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Incredible Editing Technique Lets You Turn 2D Objects in a Photo Into 3D Objects You Can Manipulate

[Thanks to Bert] 

 "Incredible Editing Technique Lets You Turn 2D Objects in a Photo Into 3D Objects You Can Manipulate" - article and video.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014   2 comments links to this post

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Eric Standley, laser-cut ornamental paper art

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Saturday, August 09, 2014   5 comments links to this post

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

"The Body is Not An Apology"

The Body is Not An Apology, Indiegogo campaign for self-love. (Not particularly the physical kind.)


posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, August 05, 2014   2 comments links to this post

How to protect cloth?

3M ScotchGard has
been recommended
I just got this very handsome iPad cover.
A downside is that such a cloth cover is sensitive to spill, dirt, dust... and the lining is leather, so I don't think I can put it in the washing machine!

Does anybody have experience with a spray or something which will protect cloth against dirt and spills, without changing how it looks? 


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I have to say, this is probably the most understatedly beautiful tablet case I have ever seen. The PU leather work inside with card and paper pockets lift it further. For an executive environment or just if simple elegance is for you, I'd vote for this one. (And like many cases now, it's obscenely cheap. Less than 1/4 of what I'd pay for such a thing a couple of years ago.)

It is only 240 grams (8.4oz), so it is light compared to other handsome cases, which are usually about 350 grams. The only downside I see technically is that it does not put the iPad to sleep when you close it. Oh, another small one: it tends to slide if you put it too far forward in movie stand mode. I fixed it by two thin strips of rubber.
It comes in these variants:


(It was hidden behind those... colourful ones, so I was lucky to find it.

Apparently it is of the brand Yasonic. But I would not put too much into that, my recent research has told me that brands and looks and quality and prices today are mixed up in one big confusing storm that you have to navigate on your own. You just can't assume that just because a thing has this or that price or brand, that it is any indication as to quality or not. For example, the PU leather work inside this case is excellent... in a case costing $14 with free shipping!

... And further: Yasonic also makes ...stuff like this iPhone cover! :


posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, August 05, 2014   4 comments links to this post

Sweet pet mix

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Friday, August 01, 2014

"Onto My Love Rocket Climb"

[Thanks to Signalroom7]

Zlad: "Elektronik Supersonik"

"I is more stronger than Dearth Vapor!"



"Only that can stop us is flat tyre."

"I trust you have enjoyed this flight as much as you have enjoyed this accent."

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, August 01, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When your reading glasses reach their limit...

On my other blog: use your tablet ('s camera) as a magnifier.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, July 31, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If Cinderella Castle were real, how big would it be?

I've found a billion articles mentioning that the Cinderella Castle in Disney World is about 185 feet (60 meters) tall, and built with forced perspective so it looks bigger. But I simply couldn't find any answers, or even any questions or speculation about: if the castle was real, if humans had to live and work in it, how big would it have to be?
In other words, to what scale is it built? (On average, I guess, given the forced perspective.)
(I'm surprised so few people apparently think about that, it's one of the first things which springs to my mind.)


posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014   6 comments links to this post


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