Sonnenhut: a Script to Run before a Photo Walk

Before you head for a photo walk, it makes sense to check the weather and ensure that you won’t miss the golden hour. And Sonnenhut can help you with that. This simple Python script fetches and displays current weather conditions and golden hour info for a specified city. The script is available on GitHub under the GPLv3 license.

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[REPOST] Eiji Ohashi, Roadside Lights (Japan)

There is something rather charming about a quiet elderly gentleman wading through terrain, season and weather to photograph vending machines across Japan.

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[REPOST] Remarkable Photos Capture the Light That Plants Emit

The plants in Craig Burrows’ photos look like something plucked from an alien planet, sprouting wild shades of violet, pink and green. But the plants, and the colors are real.

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Show Geotagged Photos on OpenStreetMap

Want to show on the map the place where you took a specific photo? Provided that the photo is geotagged, the simple function below will do the job:

if [ -x "$(command -v exiftool)" ] ; then
function show-on-osm(){
lat=`exiftool -n -p '$GPSlatitude' $1`
lon=`exiftool -n -p '$GPSlongitude' $1`
osm="http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=$lat&mlon=$lon&zoom=18"
xdg-open $osm
}
fi

The function extracts latitude and longitude values from the photo’s EXIF metadata, creates an OpenStreetMap URL, and opens it in the default browser.

For the function to work, you need to install the ExifTool on your system. Add the function to the ~/.bashrc file, and use the show-on-osm foo.JPG command to show the photo you want on OpenStreetMap (replace foo.JPG with the actual name of the desired photo).

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[REPOST] The Sleeping Taxi Drivers of Tokyo

Sleeping cab drivers resting in their parked cars on the side of a street are actually quite a common scene in Japan. In fact, you’ll find it in almost any profession in Japan. Napping in public is a sign of diligence, and shows how hard you are working, explained the NYT in an article about Japan’s culture of inemuri (“sleeping while present”).

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Add Captions with Basic EXIF Data to Photos using ImageMagick

Adding a caption containing basic EXIF info such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to a photo can come in useful in many situations. And a simple Bash shell script automates this action. The script uses the ExifTool and ImageMagick tools to extract EXIF data from a specified image. It then adds a caption containing the extracted aperture, shutter speed, and ISO values to the image.

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[REPOST] Ice Road Truckers in Russia: Buckle Up for a Perilous Drive on a Frozen Siberian River

Amos Chapple was crammed alongside three Russians in a truck just big enough for two, trundling along a frozen Siberian river when he heard breaking glass. The 25-ton truck lurched to one side, and Chapple realized it wasn’t glass, but ice. “I was thinking, ‘This is it,’” he says. “I was scrabbling like a panicked dog to get out.”

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