Cubic Mango & White Balance fail

My wife prepared mango in a rather fancy way so I wanted to make a photo of it. But surprise – the white balance was totally wrong. Or rather, no surprise – there’s only warm tones in the frame, so the camera logic, looking for an overall neutral tone, picked a color temperature that was way, way too cold. This was with my iPhone 6, but it doesn’t really matter – even the best DSLR would stumble here.More

Masochistic sharing

Instagram, Ello, Google+, August: it’s remarkable how photographers just love those services the most that make sharing photos most inconvenient. First you have to export from your DAM (where you enter all your titles, captions, keywords!) to a JPEG file, then manually upload, and type your title, caption, keywords/hashtag stuff again. As if embedded IPTC metadata doesn’t exist!More

Graduated Filter rendering bug in Lightroom 5/6?

Lightroom Rendering Bug(s)

I swear that Lightroom 5/6 have a render bug that affects older images. I can’t pin point it to any specific editing steps, but when it happens, there’s a huge difference in rendering between the Library and the Develop module.More

Macro Photography

Alexander’s rule of outdoor macro photography: once you’ve found good framing and perfect focus, nature will test your patience with multiple puffs of wind.More

Borrego Springs Road between Highway 78 and Borrego Springs

Shifting Perspective

The latest addition to my box of photographic toys is a 24mm tilt-shift lens. It’s the Samyang (aka Rokinon, Bower) 24mm/f3.5 TS. This is a fully manual lens, which means you need to adjust both the aperture and the focus on the lens itself. With Live View this is so easy, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. Anyone can do that.More

All Us Elitists

The large and medium format camera users look down on the full frame users…

The film users look down on the digital users…

The full frame users look down on the crop sensor users…

The tripod users look down on the handheld shooters…More

Wildflowers at Lake Hodges, San Diego

Thinking in themes and sets

I made these wildflowers photos with my phone yesterday morning, when I walked Toni at Lake Hodges. And don’t worry, this blog will not turn into an Instagram-repost site – but you can always follow me on Instagram, of course. 😉 (and no, I don’t share my DSLR photos on Instagram, I try to more or less stick to the “insta” aspect of it, and post phone pictures “in the moment”. But that just as a side note.)More

One plus One

Lets put some bits of information together:

  1. According to this article, 97% of the DMCA takedown notices that Google receives are legitimate (and they receive millions of them). Which translates to: there’s a lot of stuff hosted on Google’s various services that infringes copyright.
  2. A provider whom I had sent a DMCA takedown notice actually copied me in the conversation with the infringer. Here’s what the infringer replied:
    “we didn’t hack [the image] from his site – we found it through Google.” (I corrected the spelling).
    If that’s not just a lame excuse, and whether they actually think that what they find through Google is free to use I don’t know, but anyway, it leads me to…
  3. This. How Google, DuckDuckGo and Bing present image search result details (click to open larger and to see additional notes)…

    Notice something? All sites place a button labelled “View” or even “Download” together with the image, providing a deep-link directly to the image and outside of the context of the page where it is used/embedded. DuckDuckGo doesn’t even bother to add a note that images may be subject to copyright. Google does that, but at a very small font size, in dark grey on black (can you see “please just ignore this” more obviously?). Bing shows that note at a larger front size at least. If you ask me, it should be bold and red.

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AUPD: Trypod

From Alexander’s unofficial photography dictionary (AUPD), today:

The Trypod is a person, usually a photographer, who is desperately trying to get a steady photo when the circumstances really dictate the usage of a more solid camera support system. Especially found in photographers who recently bought their first stabilized lens and/or camera with insanely high ISO capabilities.

In the wild, the Trypod can easily be identified by its white knuckles (from trying to get a firm grip on the camera), slight shaking of the whole body and the sweat on their brow from trying to steady themselves in the most ridiculous position. A burst of continuous shutter sounds is usually followed by hopeful chimping, then a look of despair and/or disappointment. This behavior is often repeated multiple times.