Archive for June 2013
Although I haven’t mentioned Pygmyfoto lately on this blog, I keep tinkering with the application in my spare time. So I thought I’d post a brief update on my progress.
- The most important news is that Pygmyfoto now can handle single quotes in titles and descriptions. I’m still trying to figure out how to implement escaping for quotes, though.
- The application now properly processes empty EXIF values (useful for publishing scanned images).
- Global settings have been moved to the separate config.php file, which makes it more convenient to tweak Pygmyfoto.
- As you can see from the screenshot, Pygmyfoto now features not a no-frills star rating system based on a simple PHP script.
- Pygmyfoto is now able to log basic visitor info (IP address, visited page, and date/time) in the ip.log file. You can think of it as a poor man’s web stats solution.
- Finally, I’ve added rudimentary support for RSS: the rss.php script automatically generates an RSS feed for Pygmyfoto. The script is far from perfect, but it’s a start.
As always, you can download the latest release of Pygmyfoto from the project’s GitHub repository. You might also want to drop by dmpop.dyndns.org/pygmyfoto to my own Pygmyfoto instance running on Raspberry Pi.
Besides this blog and Google+, I publish my photos on a Pygmyfoto instance running on Raspberry Pi at my home. Instead of integrating Pygmyfoto with a third-party web stats application like Piwik, I opted for a less complex, but more colorful solution based on the nifty BlinkStick LED kit.
If you are interested in the nitty-gritty, you might want to read the Using BlinkStick with Raspberry Pi article by yours truly. In the meantime, drop by my Pygmyfoto installation and give me a blink.
Thinking about dipping your toes into the film photography waters? An article series published on the Japan Camera Hunter blog can be a good starting point for your adventures in analog:
This is a good weekend read with plenty of useful info.
I always wanted to take a decent photo of the facade featured in today’s photo, but because the building stands on a very narrow sidewalk and faces a rather busy street, there is almost no room for maneuvering. The only option is to shoot from across the street.
Fortunately, I got a rather obscure Tamron CZ-715 70-150mm f/3.8 Adaptall lens as a freebie. It has been sitting idly on a shelf, until I decided to give it a go. This unassuming lens turned out to be quite alright. It’s compact and relatively lightweight, especially compared to Tamron 70-210 which weights a ton. More importantly, 150mm was just enough to shoot the facade from a longer distance. Now that this lens has proved its worth, I plan to use it more often.
Taken with Nikon F-501, Tamron 70-150mm f/3.8 Adaptall, and Ilford XP2 Super 400.
If you want to keep your photos safe when travelling, you don’t need to schlep a notebook or netbook around: an Android device can be used to pull photos from the camera’s storage card and back them up on an external hard disk or upload them to a cloud storage. The easiest solution is to use a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable to connect an external storage device like a portable hard disk or a high-capacity USB stick and use them for storing backup copies of the photos. However, this approach requires an Android device which supports the USB OTG functionality, and not all smartphones and tables do that. This also means that you have to remember to pack yet another piece of hardware. An alternative solution is to set up a wireless backup system which enables you to seamlessly back up photos on a remote storage device or service using your Android device. Here is how this can be done.
The first piece of the puzzle is a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card. Eye-Fi is probably the most popular choice, but there are other Wi-Fi SD cards out there, including Transcend Wi-Fi SD card, Toshiba FlashAir, ez Share, and PQI Air. I use an Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB SD card and the accompanying Eye-Fi Android app. The card is configured to use the Direct Mode, so it automatically connects to the camera and downloads RAW files to the Android device.
Another important component is an Android app that takes care of backing up the transferred photos to an SD card and a remote server. There are several apps in the Google Play Store that can do the job, but you can’t go wrong by choosing FolderSync. This app can handle a wide range of protocols, including SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, and SMB. In addition to that, the app supports popular cloud-based storage services, such as Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.net. All you need to do is to configure FolderSync to push the photos from your Android device to a server or service of your choice. The described backup solution does have its weaknesses, though. The amount of storage available for backup is limited to the free space on your Android device. You can, of course, use a microSD card for backups (provided the Android device has a microSD card slot), and replace the card when it gets full. Also, uploading photos to a remote server or storage service requires a relatively fast and stable connection which might not be readily available at your travel destination.
I went to Berlin at the end of May. Between family chores and LinuxTag, I didn’t have much time for photography, save for a quick photo walk in the neighborhood. The weather was not particularly good, and the rain cut my photographic endeavors short. But I managed to bag a handful of decent shots anyway.
Taken with Nikon F-501, Nikkor AF 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5, and Ilford XP2 Super 400.