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Internet Classics May31

Internet Classics

Some videos just supersede time and space and become Internet Classics… For those not in the know, these are best watched at least five times in succession. Death Star Canteen  Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That (Autotune Remix) The Honey Badger Guy on a Buffalo (Pt. 1, 2, 3, 4) True Facts about the Sea Pig Flying Dog. Video Response to the Weirdest Dog Lonely Island – I’m on a boat Lonely Island – Like a Boss Lonely Island – Dick in a Box   Some pages which are not videos also become timeless classics…   I am better than your...

Blackberry Z10 & Q10...

This is the first, but likely not the last of my (crotchety) technology reviews. As a decision-maker in the IT arena, I’m not comfortable recommending solutions I haven’t in some way made an effort to expose myself to first. This rant is fueled by having used each of the two new devices as my only device for about a month. The most striking observation was unrelated to the salable features, but in the brokenness of the basics. The Blackberry 10 family of devices was a long overdue and a highly anticipated revamp of Blackberry’s flagship devices. Having previously owned the BB Bold 9900 (among many many others) I was hoping RIM’s Blackberry’s new contribution would live up to the Bold legacy. The 9900 was a great device, it had a great keyboard (until an OS update caused it to start repeating characters), was relatively quick, introduced type-to-search (just start typing the thing you want, contacts, email address, phone number, no menu selection required), was relatively stable, had a reasonable browser, and was tough as nails.  What it lacked was a decent camera. Camera-wise, this fell way way way behind the pack. In an attempt to slim down the device, BB opted for fixed-focus lens. I have no idea why anyone would ever do this. Ever. This feature failure combined with the mediocrity of the camera sensor meant that if you moved the phone far enough away from a subject such as a newspaper that it was relatively in focus (about a foot and a half), the camera was in no way sufficient to capture enough detail to make the text legible, if you moved it close enough to capture the detail on the sensor, all you got was out-of-focus fuzz. Needless to say, this was next to useless....

Digital Black & White: Why I use SilverEfex May25

Digital Black & White: Why I use SilverEfex...

One of the aspects of black & white photography I really enjoyed when shooting film was the simplicity of the process. Once you’d settled on a film speed and maybe an exposure push or pull, you basically knew how your photo would turn out as long as you weren’t juggling the camera at exposure time. With the advent of the digital camera, all of the simplicity of shooting B&W has unfortunately gone by the wayside.   This will (hopefully) be a growing post with comparisons between different methods and outcomes of digital black & white processing. Lightroom desaturation Vs The SilverEfex treatment...