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Apr 4th, 2006 by scaredpoet

Mountain Dew

Name: “Tickle Yore Innards

Subject: Old style Advertisement
Medium: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ30 – Exposure program: Normal – f/3.2 – Filter: Circular Polarizer – Flash: Off

Date: March 16, 2006

The Big Experiment: integrating blogs and galleries
Mar 13th, 2006 by scaredpoet

As you’ve probably noticed, updates have been a bit lacking as of late.? That’s because lately I’ve been working more on tinkering the infrastructure and seeing what can be done to integrate a gallery solution to the already-existing blog based foundation I have here.? The idea is to allow a series of photographs or artwork to be displayed in an organized and automatic fashion, rather than use a kludged-together solution of just linking to files manually within a post.
So far, the solutions haven’t been easy ones.? A number of plug-ins are advertised for WordPress that claim to allow gallery integration. Most of them haven’t reached “version 1.0” stage, and with good reason: they just aren’t ready for prime time.? Attempts to integrate each led me to dead ends, either because of poor documentation, serious bugs, or a combination of both.

Ultimately, I’ve given up on a fully-integrated solution for now.? Instead, I’ll have to resort to running a separate phpWebgallery module, and then linking to the galleries as they are created.? phpWebgallery seems to be pretty thorough, however, I’m not 100% familiar with it yet.? So, some bugs still need to be worked out.

In the meantime, I do have a test gallery ready to go, and the subject is scaredpoet.com’s perennial mascot, Loki.? Have a look!

Loki-thumbnail

Gallery: Loki the Cat
Upload Date: March 13, 2006

Adobe delves deeper in digital workflow
Jan 21st, 2006 by scaredpoet

lightroom

Adobe Labs is uncovering the wraps on its latest workflow piece: Project Lightroom. Releasing the program as a public beta through June 2006, the program is first available as a Mac version, with a Windows Beta release soon to follow. What does Lightroom do?

Adobe? Lightroom? Beta is the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images. So you can spend less time sorting and refining photographs, and more time actually shooting them. Its clean, elegant interface literally steps out of the way and lets you quickly view and work with the images you shot today, as well as the thousands of images that you will shoot over the course of your career. Because no two photographers work alike, Adobe Lightroom adapts to your workflow, not the other way around.

In a nutshell, this appears to be a far more powerful, professional and soon-to-be less secular version of Apple’s Aperture software. I feel though that both packages are aiming for the high-end, hard core digital photography afficionados, while most of the tools provided by each package will probably go over the heads of the average end user. For basic needs, Picasa might even do the job.

Autumn = Easy Color Photos
Nov 18th, 2005 by scaredpoet

autumn

Name: “Collegetown Autumn Evening”

Subject: This Old House, and a lot of leaves

Medium: Lumix DSC-FZ30K, Leica OC Vario-Elmarit Lens (1:2.8-3.7/7.4-88.8 Asph.) – Exposure program: Normal – 1/1.8”CCD – f/2.8 – ISO 80 – focal length 7.4 mm (35mm equivalent: 35mm) – Flash: Off – OIS Mode 2

Date: November 18, 2005

This is primarily an inaugural test shot from a new camera. The general area in which this shot was taken is in such a state that any real beauty is becoming fast extinct, primarily because it is a town that has become rather schizophrenic. It tries hard to maintain a sleepy college town type of appearance, and yet wants badly to reap the benefits of urbanization, urban revitalization, and gentrification. But with creative framing, it’s mostly possible to eek out the last vestiges of organic beauty here, even though heavy construction and ghastly postmodern art is rudely intruding upon the scene.

I might attempt to take more pictures of this area before the place gets “redeveloped,” which I hear is slated to happen soon. It seems like the last time anyone though of taking photos of the place was back in the day, and no one bothered to really revisit the place when the age of color made it big in photography. It would be nice to catpure what’s left in all its beauty before it’s all gone, and battleship-grey highrises take its place.

RealTime TransFlective
Oct 22nd, 2005 by scaredpoet

transparency

The above is an example of some awesome art by various people submitted to the Transparent Screens photo collection. Have a look!


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