Thursday, January 24, 2008


If you have images on Flickr, you may be interested in this nifty neat front end to view them. Tiltviewer is web application that will call the Flickr API (application programming interface) and display your images.

You will need to know your Flicker numeric userID (not username), in order to locate the userID you need to input your username on this page. You can use the application via their website for free, or you can purchase the application and put it on your own website.

You can view my sample here.

The various stages of life....

Listing a cross post from my more general blog.....

read it here.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Get your Green On with Rechargeable Batteries

At one time or another most of us have tinkered with rechargeable batteries. In the past a lot of them were plagued with long charge times, memory issues in the battery where they may not have held their maximum amount of charge, and just plain expensive.

Recently, I have been using rechargeables again, and am happy to say that they seem to be working quite well... You can do you part in the "Going Green" by using them and avoid having to dispose of those old alkalines.

Not all batteries are created equal... It seems that the precharged batteries have a better life span and over the course of their life will hold more charge for a longer period of time. See the Duracell chart here.

There is a review of AA Batteries here and AAA Batteries here.

Again here is an area where not all things are created equal. There are quick chargers, portable chargers, chargers with analyzers and all in one chargers. This could be a subject in and of itself and maybe will be in a later posting, but I should say that initial research shows that the "quickest" charger is not necessarily the best charger. If you find an economical charger that has an analyzer built in, that would be a good choice. Another good alternative for location based photographers would be something like the Duracell portable charger that can plug into 110V as well as be powered by 12V cigarette light adapter and even has a USB port so you can charge USB devices (ipods, some cell phones, etc) as well.

The Green aspect
Most rechargeable batteries can re recharged 1000 times or more and therefore will assist to reduce the amount of tonnage that we put into landfills every year. Some reports say that there are in excess of 19,000 tons of batteries put thrown away every year. While I am certainly no recycling nut, the current batteries on the market coupled with some compelling charging options, it seems to make sense to give them a try.

So, all you strobist fans, load up those speedlights with some new pre-charged NiMH batteries and give them a whirl..

Sunday, January 20, 2008

You just never know....

So, about a week ago, the kids and I were walking the dog (point and shoot always with me) and as we entered the house, I saw what appeared to be a camera truck drive up the street... Knowing that they would soon return to making a circle around where I live we headed out to the corner and waited for him to drive by... When he saw that I was wearing a Google T-shirt, he stopped and chatted.

There were no less than 8 hi-resolution cameras mounted on rack on top of the truck. He mentioned that they were gathering images for use with the E-911 system so the fire/police could have a still image sent to them with the details of the dispatch, providing a visual reference of what they were en-route to. While I don't doubt the story, we can all assume from the graphics on the truck that the same images/video will be shown on Windows Live Local edition...

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

San Francisco

While on business in San Francisco this week I arranged a photowalk for some fellow Googlers. A handful of us headed north on 101 to the bay area hitting the Sutro Baths a few minutes after sunset, and then onto the Golden Gate Bridge well after dark.

These images are available for purchase from ImageKind

The Strobist Visits Google HQ

During a recent business trip to the west coast, I was able to attend a seminar put on by David Hobby the creator of the strobist blog.

Here you can see David testing one of his latest gadgets, a do it yourself ring flash and demonstrating how it works to the class.

You can see more setups and the final photos from this session here
and if you check the exif you should see that I have adhered to the "back to basics" post.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Photo Art Blog

Well the portfolio's are done, the voting is finished..... Congratulations to the 6 photographers/artists that were chosen to be part of Brian's new venture. The group of six was chosen by peer voting from a selection of 30 participating photographers from around the globe.

Here is the link to the post from Brian over at Epic Edits with subsequent links to the finalists portfolios.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Glue for Black Straw Snoot

If you have not seen the wonderful Lighting Mod article on creating your own black straw snoot, then you should check it out here.

As with a lot of the DIY tinkerers, it was late at night, I had finally found the black straws, so I tried to make use of the only glue in the house, which was some general purpose white glue. After the first use, the glue it self cracked and did not hold the straws in place. So, off to Walmart we go in search of something better...

This is what I found. Amazing Goop! It is a contact adhesive like rubber cement and worked very well.

If after searching your local favorite restaurants / liquor stores you still can't locate the black straws I got 700 of them from New York Bar Store for $6.95. Here is the part number NYB-PTY-04-STRAW-BLACK-700.

I have a few hundred of them left, if you want some, I will drop 15 or so in the mail to you FREE OF CHARGE. Just be one of the first 15 people to shoot me an email.