When I recently tried to calibrate my wife’s new laptop running Windows 10, I stumbled upon a major problem: we had displaced the software CD for her Spyder 3 Pro calibration device, and DataColor doesn’t provide drivers for their Spyder 3 Pro anymore.

I took this problem to Twitter first, and DataColor responded: claiming that the colorimeter is outdated, modern monitors are different, etc. etc. they told me to contact their support – who would tell me to buy a new device at a discount. In other words, it’s just another case of (infuriating) forced obsolescence, making users trash a piece of hardware that works perfectly fine because they lack the will and vision to charge for software updates. How hard can it be to adapt a Windows 8 driver to Windows 10? Continue reading “DisplayCAL”

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.) Continue reading “Thinking in themes and sets”

Ceanothus, Black Mountain Open Space Park

Black Mountain Loop

We had to postpone our #fridayswithfred hike to Saturday due to unforeseen events, and had to make it a short afternoon hike (more like walk) due to further unforeseen events. 🙂 The good thing was that Shuwen was able to join us, of course! We went to nearby “Little Black Mountain” (the “real/big” Black Mountain is further east, reachable from Pamo Valley, quite a long hike actually) and were satisfied with reaching it’s secondary peak. GPS log here. Continue reading “Black Mountain Loop”

Could someone do the FULL math, please?

I’m getting a bit tired of all the frolicking about “fast” m4/3 (micro four-thirds) or other crop sensor lenses that are so much lighter and so much more compact than their full frame equivalents, and how people are wondering what Nikon or Canon will “do about that.”

Lately, Olympus’s 40-150mm/2.8 telezoom gets a lot of attention. Let’s have a look: it weighs 1.94 pounds (880 grams) and is 6.25 inches (15.8 cm) long. For a lens that offers the focal length equivalent of an 80-300mm on full frame, that sounds pretty cool at first, especially at f/2.8… but wait.
Continue reading “Could someone do the FULL math, please?”