Although I mostly wield a film SLR camera loaded with a black and white film nowadays, it’s nice to grab a digital camera and photograph colorful stuff for a change. And despite the fact that most plants in the outdoor area of our local botanical garden had bloomed a long time ago, there are still clusters of flowers that make good subjects. Case in point, rudbeckia flowers. So far, we’ve had an unusually hot and sunny summer this year, but rudbeckias survive the heat by hiding in a shadowy patch in the botanical garden.
While walking in the garden, the missus spotted a huge almost neon blue flower which she thought was a thistle. It turned out to be a garden-variety (pun intended) artichoke. Who would have thought that a humble artichoke has such an impressive flower? Not me, obviously.
We’ve been enjoying the warm and sunny days to the fullest but, to be honest, we could now use a rainy day or two. Thanks for stopping by!
Photocrumbs has served well as a working name for my spare-time coding project. But the time has come to give my forgetful photo publishing PHP script a proper name. It took me a while to come up with a good name. I wanted a short and catchy name that reflects my deep interest in Japan. While trawling the web, I stumbled across the Japanese white-eye bird called mejiro in Japanese. It’s small, it’s cute, and it has a short name that sounds unmistakably Japanese — in other words, exactly the name I was looking for. So here it is, Photocrumbs is now Mejiro.
Besides the new name, the current version of the script features a handful of improvements and tweaks. If you check out my Mejiro installation, you’ll immediately notice the new design which makes better use of the screen estate. It works better on small screens, too (although technically it’s not responsive). The most significant improvement, though, is the addition of the navigation links which make it easier to browse the published photos. It may not sound like a big deal, but it took me a while to figure out how to implement this feature (I’m just a weekend coder after all). I’m pretty sure that my solution is not the most efficient, but it does the job.
Using the PHP function posted on Stack Overflow, I also implemented a geolinking feature which lets you view the location of the geotagged photo on OpenStreetMap. This functionality has been at the top of my wishlist for quite a while, and I’m glad I’ve finally got around to adding it. Another minor yet important change: Mejiro now uses .txt plain text files for photo descriptions instead of .php files. If you already have a lot of .php files in the photos directory, you can change their file extensions using the following command (assuming you are using Linux):
for file in *.php; do mv "$file" "`basename $file .php`.txt"; done
Last but not least, Mejiro can now parse IPTC metadata and display keywords for each photo. This feature lets you view tags assigned to photos in digiKam or any other photo management application.
For now, I’ve implemented all the features on my wishlist, but if you have an idea or a request for improvement, you are very welcome to submit it in the project’s Issues section.
Whenever I visit the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, I think about Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes novel and film. Like the main character, the lighthouse is fighting an eternal battle against the sand, and there is no happy end to this story either. Due to coastal erosion the lighthouse is not only sinking into the sand, it also slowly but steadily inches closer to the edge of the cliff it stands on. Attempts to slow down erosion were completely abandoned in 1992, and the lighthouse has been standing quietly awaiting its fate ever since. It is expected to collapse into the sea by 2020.
Nikomat FTn, NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8 non-Ai, Ilford XP2 Super 400
But it’s not all doom and gloom, though. The view around the lighthouse is nothing short of spectacular, and this part of Denmark is known for its special light. So when the weather is good, the place makes a perfect spot for landscape photography, especially during golden and blue hours. So if you happen to be in the area, do yourself a favor and visit the place. Keep in mind, though, that the only way to get there is by car (or by bike), and you have to walk to the top of the dune for about a half an hour or so. You can read more about the lighthouse and the surrounding area at the official Rubjerg Knude site (in English).
Fine art photographer Rebecca Litchfield was commissioned earlier this year to photograph the abandoned buildings of the former Soviet Union and its Satellite states. In a long trip spanning over 10 countries and a year of many individual trips, Rebecca shot buildings in Eastern Europe, The Baltic’s, Ukraine and Russia.
Continue reading Photos Of A Soviet Union That Once Was – DIY Photography.
What was it like to browse Flickr back in 1989? We don’t know, because Flickr didn’t exist then. However, thanks to a clever setup from Flickr user Jeff Jackson, we get a little glimpse at what it would be like.
Continue reading What Flickr Looks Like On a 25-Year-Old Macintosh.
Timera 2 is the second iteration of a rather unique then-and-now compositing app that crowdsources photographs from around the globe and allows you to easily document the changes that have taken place in the world around you over the decades.
Through a massive user-generated database of historical images, appropriately geotagged to their location, Timera users can create unique then-and-now photos by overlaying the archive photo with a photo they just took.
Continue reading Timera Allows Users to Create Then & Now Photographs with Ease on iOS and Android.
The embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin is a prime example of brutalist architecture. You can like or dislike this architectural style, but one thing is certain: the in-your-face concrete aesthetics of brutalist buildings is impossible to ignore, and it does generate an emotional response.
The embassy was built in what was then East Berlin, and at that time it might not have looked out of place among the surrounding dreary communist architecture. Nowadays, though, the structure stands in stark contrast to the buildings around it (with the possible exception of the neighboring embassy of North Korea and a few surviving residential buildings).
This is, however, not the most impressive example of brutalist architecture in Berlin. This title belongs to a building housing a research facility with an unpronounceable name: Forschungseinrichtungen für Experimentelle Medizin (in German).
Nikon EM, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Ilford XP2 Super 400
Besides the brief mention that the embassy was designed by Czech architects Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin and completed in 1978, I couldn’t find any other info about the building. So any additional information will be greatly appreciated.
By the way, if you are interested in brutalism, make sure to check the Fuck Yeah Brutalism tumblog and Beautiful Brutalism board on Pinterest.
Google’s acquisition of Nik Software some time ago caused quite a stir in the photography community. Creators of a number of plugins, filters and the editing app Snapseed, Nik Software had a lot to offer Google in the world of photography.
And little by little, as Google has continued to improve its photo platform and services, more and more influence and integration from the acquisition is making its way to the end user. Case in point is Google+ Photos’ latest update, which features a number of Snapseed-esque editing tools.
Continue reading Google+ Photos Update Brings Snapseed-esque Functionality to the Browser.
digiKam team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.1.0. This version, include many fixes since previous stable release 4.0.0:
Continue reading digiKam Software Collection 4.1.0 released.