Posts tagged photography

Picasa on Linux

Jan. 10, 2011, 7:22 a.m. lame , photography , WINE

I had been using Picasa on my late macbook for quite a while but never got around to installing it on my linux box. I am glad I didn't. Picasa for linux is actually a package that bundles Picasa for windows with wine! how lame is that? It wouldn't matter so much if it wouldn't crash horribly when yo ...

When the government steals your content

April 24, 2009, 4:44 p.m. photography , plagarism

April 23 is world book and copyright day, so on the 24th, the government carries full page advertisements on major newspapers about some program they are about to launch. Half of that space is taken up by a photo ripped off from my old website. Here is the original : Of course I can sue them, bu ...

Recover Corrupt SD Card.

Sept. 25, 2008, 10:52 p.m. photography

A couple of weeks ago, I had a corrupt CF card and managed to recover most of the data thanks to the little bit of C code written by Mark Oskin. Today, I have a corrupt SD card on my hands. SD - CF - MMC it's all the same really they all have VFAT on them so you can often recover data by using fsck. ...

Photo Blog Updated to WP 2.6

Sept. 25, 2008, 4:32 a.m. photography , Wordpress

Soon after moving this blog from Movable Type to Wordpress, I decided to update by photo blog also to wordpress 2.6.2 This upgrade really was a piece of cake and was finished in less than 2 minutes - most of those two minutes were taken by by rsyncing template changes. ...

Corrupt CF card

Sept. 4, 2008, 7:18 a.m. photography

Last december, I lost some important images thanks to the Compact Flash card on my Nikon D70S becoming corrupt. That time though, only a small number of files had disappeared from the listing or had gremlins in their file names. That time, I managed to recover most of them by using fsck.vfat on the ...

A Corrupt Compact Flash card

Dec. 5, 2007, 7:41 p.m. photography

After returning from an overnight stay at the Club Palm Bay in Marawila I was extremely disappointed to find that the Compact Flash Card (Transcend 1GB) on my Nikon D70S was corrupt. I have lost about 25-30 photos because of this.I had a sniff of trouble while taking some night photos close to the p ...

Lens Fungi

Oct. 20, 2007, 8:17 p.m. photography

A couple of days ago, I was appalled when I noticed a spot of fungus on my sigma 50-500. This lens is still very new and I cannot afford to lose it. Fortunately the growth isn't heavy enough to effect the image quality. The spots only appear on the outermost lens which is probably around 80 mm in di ...

Nikon Picture Project

Sept. 27, 2007, 12:18 a.m. photography

When you buy a Nikon you get a free copy of Nikon Picture Project. Of course nothing really is free, the cost of the software is included in the price that you pay for the camera. I wish they would give an option to buy the camera with out the software because it would be pretty hard to create a wor ...

Nikon L11

Sept. 21, 2007, 4:45 a.m. photography

At the Kelani TempleNikon L11 isn't the most upto date compact digital camera on the market. But it's ideal as a first camera for a kid. So that's what my father bought as a present for my five year old daughter on her 5th birthday.The L11 a great camera that is small and light. Fortunately Nikon ha ...

Bigma for Birding.

Aug. 21, 2007, 8:48 p.m. photography

he previous weekend I took my Bigma to Seru Kele. I had a little bit of fun managed to shoot a few good ones. before I bought this lens, I was told by several experts that 500 mm isn't really long enough for birding. I readily agreed with them, but then I get a 1.5x multiplication because of the Nik ...

The Bigma

July 24, 2007, 8:55 p.m. photography

For a long time, I have been looking to get hold of a Sigma 50-500 Telephoto lens. Finally after a long waiting period I got hold of one last Friday. I immediately went with it to Sigiriya. You can look forward to seeing some photos at my photoblogI had a long wait for this lens because it's pricing ...

The Bigma aka Sigma 50-500

July 10, 2007, 11:19 p.m. photography

My sister has good news for me. She has managed to get hold of a Sigma 50-500 mm lens for my Nikon in spite of the shortage. It's back ordered at many camera shops and wasn't available anywhere in New York. She ordered through Amazon and it was delivered yesterday to her address in the US. ...

Old Bigma Vs New Bigma.

July 10, 2007, 3:26 a.m. photography

So what's the difference between the new Bigma (or rather the current Sigma 50-500 mm lens) and the old? No one seems to know for sure. The guy at Phototechnica did tell me that the new one focuses better. He says with the older lens, auto focus went haywire close to the 500 mm end. That apparently ...

The Bigma.

July 4, 2007, 11:10 p.m. photography

The only thing that I asked my sister to get for me from the US is a Bigma. Unfortunately the Bigma , or to use it's proper name the Sigma 50-500 mm telephoto lens seems to be out of stock at almost every camera shop in the US.Surprisingly or unsurprisingly Phototechnica in Sri Lanka does have it in ...

Fedora 7 anyone?

July 3, 2007, 10:20 a.m. photography , toast

Fedora 7 is here. Are you ready for it? I am not! why not? my old desktop needs replacing. The casing has seen quite a few hard drive changes, a couple of mother board stews and one toasted CPU.if I must go through the hassle of installing a new OS, I want it to be on new hardware. Else it's inevita ...

Adobe LightRoom a Disapointment.

March 19, 2007, 5:16 a.m. Macbook , photography

I download and tested adobe lightroom on my macbook and was wowed by it. I was pretty certain that I would obtain a license for it when the product was commercially released. But the commercial release had a few change notes and I decided to try the full release (version 1.0) to see what those chang ...

Refocus it.

Feb. 6, 2007, 9:31 a.m. photography

The other day, I was scratching around trying to install the iterative refocus plugin for GIMP. The errors were many. After fixing many of them, I came across what looked like an insurmountable error related to a missing library. Well the libraries are there, they were installed using fink and can b ...

Raw vs JPeg.

Feb. 2, 2007, 11:07 p.m. photography

The RAW versus Jpeg religious debate continues to rage. I don't believe in any religion and I have had a chance to see both sides of the coin since getting my D70S. I started off shooting nothing but jpegs. Even experimented with the various bracket settings. Then someone threatened to hit me with a ...

Qmailanalog and .tbss mismatches

Jan. 31, 2007, 8:08 a.m. photography

.tbss mismatches? what on earth is that? Well I just tried to compile qmailanalog and ran into this error: ...

Gimp Iterative Refocus Plugin for OS X

Jan. 29, 2007, 1:53 a.m. photography

RefocusIT is a gimp plugin that allows you to make corrections to images effected by camera shake or focus errors. A Mac OS X specific download isn't avaialble so I tried compiling from the sources. That turns out to be a long and tedious process.checking whether to enable maintainer-specific portio ...

Dead Monitor.

Jan. 26, 2007, 8:53 a.m. photography

The CRT on my desktop died. I am now working exclusively on my macbook, well not really. I am working on my old desktop using vnc.In fact the monitor itself didn't die but it's control panel did. Or hang on a sceond, it's a ghost! That's right. The monitor setting's dialog keeps popping up on it's o ...

Photo Blog.

Jan. 24, 2007, 2:11 a.m. photography , Wordpress

Just started a new blog at photos.raditha.com, the link says it all. it's for photos that I have shot at various times. Of course I am not a pro photographer, I am a geek. So I have the geek camera (D70s) and most of the photos that will appear on that site are photos taken with that camera.The blog ...

Nokia 6151

Dec. 6, 2006, 6:05 a.m. photography , toast

My faithfull old Siemens S55 is dead. It became sick a few weeks ago when it was splashed while at the beach. Then last week one of the keys got stuck and the phone stopped responding. In my attempt to make the key 'un stuck' the whole phone came unstuck. ...

Macbook and Sigma Zoom.

Sept. 26, 2006, 2:29 a.m. Macbook , photography

What does a Macbook and a Sigma Zoom lense have in common? their out of this world pricing (at least in Sri Lanka.)Today I walked into the apple retailer's shop in Colombo and inquired about macbooks and Imacs. The entry level macbook is Rs 153,000.00 compare that with the price in Singapore which i ...

Dust and the D70S

July 24, 2006, 8:28 p.m. photography

Is it a bird? is it a plane? is it's superman? no it's dust. Dust on my D70S low pass filter. I made a startling discovery today, if you shoot something in the distance wtih the aperture set to 22, the dust specs appear to be very well defined but the same spots appear very faint when you shoot at s ...

No more black and white.

June 1, 2006, 5:29 a.m. photography

My 300mm lense has finally given up on me. The wesak weekend was spent at Great Western, there I shot about 500 photos, only about 1/3 of them can be even remotely considered acceptable. It seems to have lost it's sharpness, if you switch to manual mode and try to focus at infinitely you find yourse ...

Rad Image Viewer 0.92

May 24, 2006, 10:12 a.m. photography

Rad Image Viewer 0.92 has been released. Chanegs from the previous version include:Slide Show. This new feature allows all the images in a selected folder to be displayed as a slideshow with out having to hit the next previous buttons.Short cut keys. Next, Previous, Zoom in, Zoom out etc can now be ...

More on D70S on linux

May 9, 2006, 11:24 p.m. photography

Found an article at http://www.math.ntnu.no/~berland/nef/ that explain how you can automate your workflow when shooting Raw with your Nikon D70S. Part of the process includes using neftags2jpg but I had trouble compiling that. neftags2jpg.cc: In function void buildDatum(int, int, int, int, Exiv2:: ...

D70S raw

April 28, 2006, 4:01 a.m. photography

The other day I was on the phone with Dominic Sansoni, one of the best photographers in Sri Lanka. Naturally conversation came around photography and I told him I shoot JPEGs with my D70S. That's when Dominic threatened to hit me on the head with a stick!Since there is a very slight chance that we m ...

D70S battery.

March 15, 2006, 5:01 a.m. photography

I am about to reluctantly charge the battery on my Nikon D70S. The battery is not completely dead yet, but I need to go out of town in a few hours. It's unlikely that I will have a chance to charge it once I leave home.One of the few complaints I have against the D70S is it's battery. The battery in ...

lens repairman

Jan. 10, 2006, 5:29 p.m. photography

The lense that was broken has been remade. I took my Sigma 300mm which was broken at the mount point for repairs last week and today, went to pick it up. The lense/camera repairman is a real expert at the job. I thought the lense was destined for the dust bin but apparently fixing such breaks is a r ...

New year starts with a broken lens

Jan. 2, 2006, 1:19 p.m. photography

My new year starts off with a broken Sigma lens. This venerable old 300mm was attached all this time to an even older FM 10. The FM 10 was a present from my father during the time I was at Colombo university.The Old Minolta SLR (I can't remember the model) that used to be the family camera at the ti ...