Stini Rohrs was speeding down Germany’s iconic autobahn last year until, all of a sudden, she wasn’t: an accident brought traffic to a three-hour standstill. At first, she and her fellow drivers—truckers, college kids, paramedics—sat in their vehicles. But soon they emerged and began chatting, playing soccer, and climbing up a hill beside the road for better views of the crash. It was a beautiful, unexpected glimpse of the diverse people working and traveling along the road network.
“In Hokkaido where I live, winters are harsh and snows are deep,” says photographer Eiji Ohashi. “Every day can become rather inconvenient” due to the constant snowfall. But heavy snows also bring wintry wonderlands and the discovery of small pleasures.
I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately. And to fight the battery anxiety syndrome, I’ve bought an Anker PowerCore 20100 mAh power bank. This relatively compact and light pack features two USB charging ports capable of delivering up to 2.4 mAh.
Now that I have plenty of power when I’m on the move, I no longer need to rely on Raspberry Pi Zero to run the Little Backup Box script. So I upgraded my mobile photo backup box to Raspberry Pi 3.
Need to compare two photos side-by-side? Using the convert tool, you can quickly stitch two or more photos together and compare the result in any image viewer:
convert photo1.jpg photo2.jpg +append compare.jpg
The example command above stitches photo1.jpg and photo2.jpg from left to right (i.e. photo1.jpg + photo2.jpg), but you can use
-append instead of
+append to reverse the order (i.e. photo2.jpg + photo1.jpg). In both cases, the stitched image is saved under the compare.jpg name.
If you use KDE as your preferred graphical desktop environment, you can create a context action to stitch file pairs in the Dolphin file manager. Create a text file and paste the following code into it:
[Desktop Entry] Type=Service ServiceTypes=KonqPopupMenu/Plugin MimeType=image/JPG;image/JPEG;image/jpeg;image/JPG;image/jpg; Actions=Compare [Desktop Action Compare] Name=Compare Photos Exec=convert %F +append compare.jpg Icon=image-x-applix-graphics
Save the file under the compare.desktop name and move it to /usr/share/kservices5/ServiceMenus:
sudo cp compare.desktop /usr/share/kservices5/ServiceMenus/
Open Dolphin, select a pair of JPEG files you want to compare, right-click on the selection, and choose the Actions → Compare Photos action to resize the image. This generates a compare.jpg file with the selected photos side by side. You can then use your preferred image viewer to examine the photos.
In the summer of 1967, American college students were thronging in California. Those hippies—in search of love, freedom, and rock ‘n’ roll—were the high water mark of a movement catalyzed by its complete rejection of midcentury America’s status quo. But if the Summer of Love’s lasting legacy would prove less than earth shattering, its ethos was echoing further abroad than many may have realized at the time. That very summer, many Russian teenagers were coming together in a similarly hedonistic fashion.
To practice German, I translate photography-related articles and technical texts. The following is an adapted translation of an article published in the FOTOHITS Special supplement to issue 5/2017 of the magazine.
The Japanese optical and photographic industry has a long history. Already during the Meiji Restoration (1868–1912), Emperor Mutsuhito set the goal of industrializing Japan and exchanging knowledge with the outside world. At that time, around 3000 foreign specialists were invited to the country, while talented Japanese students were dispatched to European universities and companies with the goal of acquiring and bringing back technical knowledge. Here are a few noteworthy historical facts.