Archive for April, 2009

Monday, April 27th 2009

Swine Flu

Monday, April 27th 2009

Paris: Versailles Palace

The first day of our stay in Paris was spent at the Versailles Palace. We were a bit slow getting started so didn’t get there until 12.30 and had to fight a two hour queue to get in.

When we finally managed to buy our tickets it was a great day though.

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The day started off a bit grey, but soon improved.

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Heja Frankrike!

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Endless amounts of art indoors. Flash photography was prohibited, but it was fascinating to see how many people obviously didn’t know how to switch their flashes off. In the crowded rooms flashes were popping constantly.

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The gardens were open until 8.30 pm while the palace itself closed at 6. The strange thing was that everyone seemed to go home after 6 instead of staying on in the garden. This made for some good tourist-free shots though.

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Monday, April 27th 2009

Problems with Sigma 17-70mm

When I got my Canon EOS 30D three years ago I decided to get the Sigma 17-70mm lens instead of the standard Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens.

Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5

On the whole the lens has worked very well, but recently I’ve discovered some odd behaviour from it.

Focus hunting

Firstly, I noticed the other evening that it hunted endlessly for focus without finding it, even though I was aiming at contrast edges which I normally think it would find. Admittedly light was perhaps a little dim, but certainly nowhere near dark.

I’m still not sure if this is a new issue or if the lens has behaved like this all the time. To some degree I know it has, but the hunting I saw now felt worse than anything I’ve seen previously.

Incorrect/jumpy focal length reporting

The second issue I’ve had is this: When using the lens together with my 420EX flash the flash zoom head will keep jumping between different (incorrect) zoom settings. I suspect this is because of the lens sending incorrect focal length data to the camera.

Now I’m not 100% sure this is the lenses fault since I haven’t tried to reproduce the behaviour with another flash. The weird thing is that the focal lengths written to the Exif data in the photos seem correct.

Anyone else who has seen these issues with this lens?

Wednesday, April 22nd 2009

New Font

I decided to play around with web fonts and came across They have a great selection of high quality free fonts.

I found Dustismo Roman which I’ve now decided to use on this blog. Anyone using the upcoming Firefox 3.5 or Safari 3.1 will be able to see it. Everyone else will see Georgia, which also is a nice font.

By using @font-face rules in your CSS code, you can use any font you like! I.e. you aren’t limited to the system fonts that are common to Mac and Windows. Read more about web fonts here.

Friday, April 17th 2009

Panorama of The Eiffel Tower

On day four of our Paris trip we went to Tour Montparnasse in the evening. We specifically went there to take photos for a panorama of Paris with the Eiffel Tower, to hang in our bedroom.

All in all we took five different panoramas at different times during the evening. This one is our favourite:

Panorama of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, Eiffeltornet

We will probably need to crop it for it to fit in our 30×88 cm frame though.

You can see it in full resolution at Gigapan.

Monday, April 13th 2009

Back From Paris

I’ve been for a week in Paris with my wife. I have around 700 photos to go through and develop, but when I’m done I will post some here. Did a few panoramas of the Eiffel tower, among other things.