My Nikon D70 makes images that are too large for the web, so I have to scale them down. Most image scaling routines use simple linear interpolation, which can lose a lot of detail, but some packages use cubic scaling. This keeps most of the detail.
I was looking for a scriptable cubic routine, and I found it in Image::Magick, aka perlmagick. The syntax is simple:
$x = $image->Resize(geometry => '50%',
filter => 'Cubic');
I used this routine to resize my 2004 Ontario Renfest pictures.
I want to print some of my D70 pictures, so I asked the GTABloggers what they used:
I’m looking for a non-proprietary upload system, so Ofoto is out. I’d like to try photocentre.ca, but I know no-one who has tried them.
Well, as of noon, the Ontario Renewable Energy RFP deadline has passed. That means I can take a short break from wind farm design.
Seems it’s a big weekend down at the rental lot. This Buick LeSabre — approximately the size of Clackmannanshire, for Scottish readers — is all they had left.
Oh well, at least I’ll be stylin’ on the way to the Rennfest, and at the airport to meet Catherine. Or, since it’s about the size of a Zil, I guess I could be Stalin.
Gabe the Gibbon — image copyright Jill Greenberg.
First mentioned in The Walrus, and now picked up by BoingBoing, Jill Greenberg took studio portraits of monkeys.
I was going to start documenting my experiences with the Nikon D70 and Linux on a wiki of my own, but it looks like there’s a better place to do it: the Digital Photography and Linux wiki.
It’s slightly out of date, but we can fix that.
Okay, so maybe it’s a hydrogen gas station for a demonstrator fuel cell car, but it’s still a big ugly gas station. I think it spoils the lines of the park in which the WindShare turbine is cited.
More pictures here: http://scruss.com/gallery/wind
I got rid of nearly all my film camera equipment yesterday. Digital was calling, and I was barely using what I had. To Burlington Camera, I traded in:
- Cosina-Voigtländer Bessa R 35mm rangefinder outfit, comprising:
- Bessa R 35mm rangefinder body
- Ultron Aspherical 35mm-f/1.7 lens
- Nokton Aspherical 50mm-f/1.5 lens
- Apo Lanthar 90mm-f/3.5 lens
- Pentacon Six TL outfit, comprising:
- Pentacon Six TL MF SLR body
- Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar MC 80mm-f/2.8 Lens
- Pentacon Six TL WLF
- Pentacon Six TL metered prism
- Pentacon Auto extension tubes
- Voigtländer Vitoret 110EL 110 camera outfit with matching V200 flash
- Yashica Yashicamat MF TLR
- Yashica Electro 35 GTN 35mm rangefinder camera
- Olympus Stylus Epic Infiniti 35mm AF compact
- Metz 20BC6 Flash
… all towards a Nikon D70. I like it a lot.
There is some film equipment I kept, like the amazing 15mm f/4.5 SW Heliar lens. I even bought a Bessa L body from Cameraquest so I could keep using it with my Kaidan KiWi panoramic head. I also kept the Zero Image pinhole camera, as it’s too nice to sell.
Coming back from the camera store, the taxi driver was an artist fae Balornock. I guess there’s a lot more people fae Balornock than in Balornock.
This is the sign that used to be at the farm on the corner of Steeles and Warden. If you go there now, it’s just a mini-mall. The geese that used to roost there will be confused.
This sign is vaguely amusing if you know the famous Unix scheduling tool, cron.
I’ve only just got started scaning the photos from Norvin and Blair‘s wedding last weekend. More to follow.
The best life-advice I’ve ever seen was written on the side of a matchbox.
(Click the image to see the original in its full 1.1MB, 7264 × 992 glory.)
I’ve been working with Hugin for a while, but found its colour matching when stitching less than perfect. I just built and tried enblend, which promises much better quality stitching — at the cost of some serious CPU usage.
The above is 8 images, taken when standing at the near the bridge over the Ottawa River. It was handheld, with just a basic Nikon 2MP digicam in auto-everything mode. Can you see the joins?
Hugin just got a load easier to build on Gentoo. You no longer have to jump through hoops of tweaking source to get things to compile. I like the package a lot, and I look forward to using it with my Kaidan panoramic tripod head.
I’m just about to eat burnt meat in a bun whilst drinking beer on the deck. Have fun!
Further to ‘The DSCN0001 Project’ yesterday, Ken suggested looking at CIMG0113.JPG from Casio cameras, as “… You might want to try a file a little higher in number. The first might not be very interesting for any camera, you know?” There is at least one blank CIMG0113 there, though.
James added that his method is to google for a topic that may have pictures of groups of people, distort the image in PhotoShop, then paint the results. Here’s an example: Sara @.
Digicams produce sequentially-numbered picture files. Every camera has taken a first picture, and quite frequently these pictures and their original file names make it onto the web.
Inspired by a conversation with James Dignan and Ken Weingold, the above is a collage of nine images originally named ‘dscn0001.jpg’ by the owners’ cameras. These thumbnails were found on Google Images, and have been scaled and tiled in a pseudo-random selection.
I don’t who these people are, or what the images are from. The selection and arrangement is arbitrary. The only thing that they have in common are the file names. Somehow, despite their differences, they are strangely related.
There are two differences about me today. I’m sure you can tell what they are straight away:
1) I’m now a part of the OMC Gas Grill family. All my life there was a gas grill family I didn’t know I had. We’re just like any other family, except that we don’t know each other, and all we do is barbecue things.
2) I’m now the proud owner of a Faber Castell 57/87 Rietz slide rule. Watch me multiply with uncanny ease!
I may eventually stop raving about the iRiver H120, but not any time soon.
One of the only annoyances I have with the H120 is that I’m nearly always leaving the USB2.0 cable for it at home. I was running an errand in a nearby computer store, and found that they had a USB2.0 to digital camera cable. It looked similar enough, so I bought it.
And it works just fine. Maybe I’m too used to old and weird proprietary cables from the past.
Anyway, if you want a spare/replacement cable for your H120, you want a “USB2.0 A to Mini USB2.0 5 pin” cable.