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Doctor Who is getting the Mr Men treatment - and it's all official. =:D

The kind of processing power we have, perfectly routinely, in our lives is really quite awesome, ne? Consider just panorama stitching - you can take dozens of photos, and have some program accurately spot matching points between them, with no instruction necessary, and warp them as necessary to make for a perfect match, even blending out differences between them, such as objects in motion. That's some fairly intensive processing - and yet, it's easily performed by any system in the home, and even on phones, to a more modest extent. Imagine trying to pull that off in the age of film!

For photographers: what apps do you use for HDR? I'm not thinking of overt HDR, so much as the more classical style, simply enhancing the extremes of range. AutoPano will perform such, but its design emphasis is really panoramas, where it does a particularly good job. I'd particularly like the ability to control the degree of contribution of the different exposures, to gain a look I'm comfortable with, given automatic HDR creations can often be dreadfully surreal. (And for me, that's not normally a bad thing =:)

Not really a story of import, as far as substance goes, beyond the fact that it's something that happened: Tim Cook met up with Shigeru Miyamoto, who can be described as influential in Nintendoland. =:)

An interesting little game idea: Really Bad Chess. "Chess is one of those games I always wished I enjoyed, but its commitment to beauty, elegance, and perfect balance always turned me away. Really Bad Chess removes these boring restrictions and flips chess on its head. As much as random pieces change the game in some ways, I was really surprised to notice how much the game remains the same, and how powerful some pieces are you've never truly struggled against a pawn until you've struggled against a pawn in the back row. For chess pros, Really Bad Chess will give you a new type of challenge the pieces & the moves are the same, but you'll have to throw out your openings and your understanding of normal patterns of play."

Sadly, I missed out on the recent New Scientist convention at the ExCeL - did anyone else I know go along? The roomie attended on Saturday, and it sounded like it lived up to every ounce of its promise, like a sci-fi con stuffed with much more of the "sci". =:) I'd hoped to get along, but the trip got in the way. Oh well. ^_^

Via huskyteer, a music video that's simply fun: TMBG, Walking My Cat Named Dog.

Here's a look around the Bay Area, in a 360 degree panorama from Inspiration Point. You reach it by half-killing yourself clambering up the peak from Nimitz Way, which is a gorgeous walk (across one of many different routes through Tilden Nature Area) from the ridgeline above Berkeley, which you can easily reach courtesy of the 65 or 67 AC Transit buses departing from the stops by the downtown Berkeley BART. (Note that during weekends, the 67 dips down into the park, but also ends earlier - about 7pm) I'd very much recommend viewing the full size version fullscreen, for a better feel for just how large the view is. ^_^ (And even that version isn't the full size - the stitched output from AutoPano Giga 3 is 50926 x 7808. Very temping to try printing that out.. hm. At 300dpi, that'd make.. just over 14' x 2' =:)



And if you'd prefer something more subdued, but no less grand, head on over here for a gorgeous pre-sunrise in Colorado, courtesy of kishenehn. ^_^

Yay! Just managed to renew my LJ account for another year. (Am I right in thinking LJ hasn't offered permanent accounts in a while now? I know they've only ever been available for limited periods now and then, but I haven't seen that in a few years now) Always a nice sort of feeling to have that squared away.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nice panorama.

Is there a plain text description of Really Bad Chess somewhere, or does it just in app form?

Yeah, LJ hasn't been selling permanent accounts in a loing time. Then again I think they've only been for sale two or three times, when the site was particularly desperate for short-term money. They're not otherwise supposed to be something you can buy.
Thankee. ^_^ I perhaps should've remembered to edit my shadow out, but I suppose I can always do that in a subsequent revision. Would be nice to see that printed out large, but with that aspect ratio, anything tall enough to be enjoyably viewable would be a touch wide. Maybe I could sell it in a frame with scrolls on either side, and silent motors to pan across the view. =:)

RBC's purely an app, as far as I know. It may well exist for Android as well, of course. (Hm! The dev seems to be quite a busy guy!)

Mm, a pity - ISTR opportunities popping up around once a year or so, but not in the past.. foo, at least five years, I think. Still, at least I was able to renew for another year. (Thinking of which, I wonder what Flickr will be doing with their pricing.. Pro accounts had been $25/year for a while, then they got axed in favor of everyone going free, then brought back not long after, but with new Pro accounts costing something like double that, with existing ones grandfathered in for a couple years. I suppose even $50/year isn't bad, considering somewhere like SmugMug starts around there for the Basic and Power accounts, going up to $150/yr for Portfolio (adds the ability to add prices and vendors to photos), or $300/yr for Business. Thinking of which, they sent out a mailshot the other day, offering 31% off the first year for new accounts - presumably I'd qualify, given I closed mine several months ago. It's tempting, but I'd really want to make it pay for itself, which definitely wasn't the case previously. Maybe I'll try putting together some kind of marketing plan (definitely not home turf for me!) and setting a time limit of, say, three months to see if it can be self-sustaining, or even turn a profit. Trouble is, I still don't have much idea of whether or not people buy wildlife prints at all, other than from world-famous names like Jim Brandenburg, let alone of buns rather than imposing predators and safari species. Other than a few places like r/awww, I'm not even quite sure where might be worth trying to advertise, especially given high traffic sites often charge fairly huge sums - a side banner on Cute Overload was something like $300/mo. O.o; Hmm. I wonder if advertising on Autostraddle might work.. maybe I'll enquire, and see if their rates are something I might be able to give a quick try.

More tea, vicar?


Edited at 2016-10-14 04:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, didn't even notice your shadow. :) I don't think it's particularly distracting, but yes, I'd edit it out for a print.

I don't know whether any of these sites are worth it, really. What are you paying for in the end? Hosting? You can get that anywhere, really, for free or nearly so. Exposure? Sure, it may help to be on a site that people will typically think of when they think "high-profile photography", but there's still no guarantee at all YOU will be noticed, rather than the established big names. And like you say, in the end it's the likes of Brandenburg that really get the lion's share of the attention anyway.

I do think that there is a market for bunny photography, though. Cute sells just as well as big'n'sexy.

Advertising's another thing I'm not sure about; I have a gut feeling that in the end it's only the ad sellers that profit there, not the ad buyers. But of course if you want to be successful, getting your name out is important.

Have you looked into DeviantArt at all, BTW? The site takes photography just like any other kind of (visual, digital) art, and there's bound to be groups you could submit your stuff to. What's more, in my experience DA groups actually get browsed, unlike e.g. Flickr groups (which, in 99% of all cases, are little more than a place where photos go to die).

But whether it's all going to EARN you money in the end — I'd say that while it might happen, don't count on it. Hard work and a good plan aren't enough, you also need a fair amount of luck, so it's really best to do what you enjoy because you enjoy it, not because you're hoping to turn it into a business.