Archive for February, 2010

Wednesday, February 17th 2010

My Three Best Photos 2009

I was leafing through my photos in Lightroom, rating all the ones I hadn’t rated during the last year.

Rating photos is really hard! Well, that’s food for a whole post on its own.

Anyway, this gave me the idea to try and find my three very best shots from 2009. Having gone through all the photos and starred them from 1 to 5, I had at least narrowed down the choice to 44 five star photos.

My three favourites are all composites of several exposures. They were all taken using a tripod. Two were shot in very familiar surroundings.

Eiffel Tower panorama

This panorama of the Eiffel Tower is, in my eyes, easily the winner. Even though it is quite probably the worlds’ most photographed object.

Panorama of the Eiffel Tower

The Flickr 1024 pixel size doesn’t really do it justice, so if you have a large screen you can see it 1800 pixels wide here.

It might even be my best photo ever. I really like the blue light in the sky and how it mixes with the orange glow of the city. I guess part of it is also being happy that my planning and lugging around my tripod actually paid off. 🙂

I took the panorama from the top of Tour Montparnasse, which I highly recommend if you’re visiting Paris. You get an arguably better view than from the Eiffel Tower itself, and only have to battle a fraction of the number of people.

This is a slight crop from a panorama made of nine vertical shots stitched together using Autostitch. I have bumped the colours and contrast slightly.

Dandelions at sundown

The second shot is this tonemapped image from a field by Kronskogen here in Eskilstuna.

HDR dandelion in sunset

I really like the green colour of the grass and the glow from the sun. The out of focus oak in the background also adds to the score.

I took this using my Gorillapod, which is great for getting low angle views like this.

Vaksala Church/Jan Jansson’s family grave

This third shot, of Vaksala church and churchyard in Uppsala, has a lot similarities with the previous one even though it is taken in the middle of winter. This is also tonemapped, and taken from a low angle using my Gorillapod. It also has a low sun in the background.

HDR of Vaksala Church, Jan Janssons family grave

Here I like the bare trees, the grave stone, the cold blue sky and the low sun rays on the frost.

Conclusion

This was really fun! If you like taking photos, I really encourage you to have a go at finding your three/five/ten best photos from last year. It really gives your ego a boost! 🙂

Do post a link in the comments if you do!

Runners up

Here are some more shots I considered:

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22560-22562 - HDR

24154-24160 - Panorama

Wednesday, February 17th 2010

Trees and Snow in Kronskogen

The other day, Mikael Barani showed me some photos he’d taken in Kronskogen. That inspired me to go outside with my camera the same day. But the weather wasn’t really that good for shooting in the woods.

Today though, with a nice coat of frost, the woods sounded like a better deal. So I had a go at catching the silence and cold.

I stuck to using my 50mm and my 10-20mm. I did try a hand-held HDR which came out ok, but I didn’t like it as much as the rest of the photos so now it resides in my Windows recycling bin.

By the way, two of these shots are total rip-offs of the ones he showed me. 🙂

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Since the photos were fairly uninteresting straight from the camera I tweaked the contrast and added a split toning effect. (When a photographer says tweaked he means mashed it so hard it looked ridiculous and then brought it back down a bit.)

Friday, February 12th 2010

A Grey Winter Day

My colleague inspired me to go out and shoot in the snow, so I headed out today even though the weather was rather dull and overcast. But dull can also make decent photos, if you use the contrast slider a bit a lot. 🙂

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Tuesday, February 9th 2010

Some Great Firefox Extensions

I have been meaning to write this post for a while now. I have found a few new favourite extensions for Firefox. Mainly they help me make the most of the space on my screen.

Here’s what my screen looks like right now:

Screenshot showing Firefox with Hide Caption Titlebar Plus and Tabs On Top

  • Download Statusbar cures one slight annoyance with Firefox. Instead of opening the Download Manager whenever I save something from the web, the Download Statusbar will appear at the bottom of the screen. Kind-of the same thinking as with the neat Find bar that Firefox has. You can make it hide automatically when you’ve opened your downloaded files too.
  • Hide Caption Titlebar Plus lets you get rid of the titlebar at the top of the window. As you might have guessed. This gives you more space for web pages. Works really well with the next extension.
  • Tabs On Top puts Firefox’s tabs at the top of the window. Used together with Hide Caption Titlebar Plus above, this makes them easier to target with the mouse.
  • Link Target Display is another great extensions which indirectly increases the space left over for web pages. With this extension, you can hide the status bar, and still get to see the URLs that links point to.

Hope you find these useful!

Sunday, February 7th 2010

WordPress Migration Completed!

I have now managed to migrate my blog content and design to WordPress!

There were quite a few hoops to jump through, but I’ve finally got to the stage where I feel I can invite you over to the new version. In fact, if you’re reading this in an RSS reader you should be automatically redirected to the new version of the blog if you click through.

I believe I have managed to set things up so that all incoming links should redirect to the posts imported into WordPress. (Which use a different URL scheme than Blogger.)

Here is the link to the new RSS feed.

Should you find any weirdness, I’d be very grateful if you let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks!

Saturday, February 6th 2010

Moving from Blogger to WordPress

Blogger have just informed me that they are getting rid of the possibility to publish via FTP to your own domain/server.

I should be angry, but I’m kind of happy because this is just the kind of push I need to move to some better blogging service or software.

Just like everyone else, I’ve decided to go with WordPress. I’ve got it up and running, and I have managed to import all my old posts.

The next thing to do is to migrate my design to the new system, and when that is done I’ll implement automatic redirecting from all my old posts.

Obviously I hope to do the switch with as little disruption as possible, but any subscibers I have might need to re-subscribe to a new feed. I’ll let you know when I’m done.