Friday, September 19, 2014

Two small gadgets

I've found a couple of kewl gadgets in one of my fave online stores, PhotoJojo.

Une Bobine is a combine phone-charge cabel and phone stand/tripod.
It is not a danged stable tripod by any stretch, so don't expect miracles if there's wind, but I think it's cool, and I want to use it when reading or writing when I'm not home, so I have the screen nearer eye-height, to save my poor ol' neck.



The Pocket Spotlight is a tiny flood light. I think it's mis-named, because one of the good things about it is that it evenly covers a big area. It gives quite a lot of light, and its the size of a matchbox, only thinner!
You don't have to have it mounted on the camera/phone, it is independent. But I've experimented, and the light it gives, even when sitting on the camera, is clearly superior to a phonecamera's built-in flash.
It can also be used as fill light, of course. And even for indirect light, if the subject is not too large.
It can also be used simply as a flash light. It's much smaller, and gives a much broader and more even light. You can carry it anywhere, only problem is it might get lost in the bag...



They have great support. 
As does the small company (one man?) which makes the Bobine. It was unclear if it would support the heft of the iPhone 6 Plus, and PhotoJojo weren't sure, so I contacted him personally at FuseChicken.com (!). He said: 


It will definitely charge and sync both new iPhones, but until we have them in our hands for testing, we can’t guarantee the holding/positioning use. We are getting the 6 today and the 6 plus next wednesday for testing. But, for giggles, I strapped a Galaxy S4 onto the front of my iPhone 5s and put it on Bobine. The weight of these phones combined is a lot higher than the 6 plus weight. And Bobine performed great, so I’m assuming it will work just fine for the 6 plus.

http://www.fusechicken.com/collections/products/products/bobine?variant=355572377
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posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, September 19, 2014   5 comments links to this post

A car, printed in two days

... Which has less than fifty parts! Video.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, September 19, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Gitte Hænning sings Miss Sky-blue (updated)

This is actually from before I was born!
What a voice Gitte has! In the Frøken Himmelblå (Miss Sky-blue) clip, both when she's talking, but especially when she sings, what power. And I think she was not yet 20.
The song is about how he advices her to "put the hat askew and flourish with flowers", meaning lift your head and smile, it makes you prettier.



Update:
Some say the vid won't play in the states. TCGirl found a version by two amateur singers, both quite good:




Here is Gitte's greatest hit, only in an English version:



And here the same, in the original Danish, at least thirty-five years later!
It's remarkable how different the singing is. I like the original lively version, but there's also much to be said for this more thoughtful, laid-back version. I think it becomes a different song, really.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014   6 comments links to this post

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lights Over Lapland

Thanks to Henry for sending this video, it's def one of the best time-lapse videos I have seen. Orsome stoff.
(Full screen recommended.)


From Lights Over Lapland.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Sunday, September 14, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Rocket Book files

Does anybody know a file translator app for the old Rocket Book ebook format? (That's over a decade old.)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Sunday, September 14, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Friday, September 12, 2014

Typewriter artist Paul Smith

Thanks to TCGirl for finding this wonderful video.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, September 12, 2014   3 comments links to this post

Comments on the iPhone 6 (Plus)

Comments on the advantages of the new iPhone 6 (Plus), article and another article.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, September 12, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stolen email addresses?

[Update: To be honest, I don't really know what this is. I'm out of my depth. But in any case, no harm in changing your password, particularly to a fresh and long one.]

Online there is a long list of stolen email addresses. They could have been hacked. If you find yours (like I did), you better change your password.
(Download the list. Open it in a pure text editor. It may take a long time to open it, it did even on my computer with a solid-state disk.)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014   5 comments links to this post

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A little memory of space

When I was eleven and my sister was eight, we were once out walking, and she asked me:
"What would happen if if gravity would suddenly fail?"
I said: "Everything and everybody would be slung into space."
After a second's thought, she said:
"We'd better bring an extra-large lunch."

-Eolake

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Sunday, September 07, 2014   3 comments links to this post

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Marketa drawings

Drawings made from photo I took myself near Prague, of Marketa. (Find her on Domai as Jenny.)
Software: Sketchguru for Android.



posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Saturday, September 06, 2014   5 comments links to this post

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The 12-inch reader/tablet is here at last

The 12-inch reader/tablet is here at last, article.

For graphics-rich reading, it makes a heck of a difference.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, September 04, 2014   2 comments links to this post

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Man Burning fast in desert

Wow. Burning Man is no longer so easily dismissed. And this kind of photography is a hot new medium.
I recommend watching it full screen.


Lake of Dreams from roy two thousand on Vimeo.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, September 03, 2014   2 comments links to this post

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   4 comments links to this post

[Updated] 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   3 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   8 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   9 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


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