January, 2008 Archives

Can’t Pound A Nail To Save His Life

January 31st, 2008 Permalink

Treasure Island, San Francisco, California

Can't Pound A Nail To Save His Life

Treasure Island, San Francisco, California

Walk Across A Bright Blue Sky

And It Is Adustable

Hanging at the 3rd Street Grill

January 25th, 2008 Permalink

These are some of my photos hanging at the 3rd Street Grill in San Francisco. This is the first public showing of any of my photos. I will be showing with Robert Rambini, another San Francisco photographer, as well as two painters, Alfonso Valdes and Diana Blackwell. The opening reception is on February 1st at […]

Hanging At The 3rd Street Grill

These are some of my photos hanging at the 3rd Street Grill in San Francisco.

This is the first public showing of any of my photos. I will be showing with Robert Rambini, another San Francisco photographer, as well as two painters, Alfonso Valdes and Diana Blackwell. The opening reception is on February 1st at 6:00pm. Come on by and enjoy some wine, appetizers, and art! You can find directions at upcoming.com.

Canon Full-Frame White Paper

January 25th, 2008 Permalink

Many people that shoot with a Canon remark on their ability to capture at high ISO settings with low noise. This is especially true on the 5D, which uses a full-frame sensor. I came across this white paper some time ago and found it interesting. There is lots of Canon marketing speak in there, but […]

Canon 17-85

Many people that shoot with a Canon remark on their ability to capture at high ISO settings with low noise. This is especially true on the 5D, which uses a full-frame sensor.

I came across this white paper some time ago and found it interesting. There is lots of Canon marketing speak in there, but there is also a lot of interesting technical details about CMOS sensors in general, and about Canon’s full-frame sensor.

Edit: I should clarify that I am talking about Canon’s digital SLR cameras high ISO performance.

As The City Sleeps

Stairs and Creative Commons

January 25th, 2008 Permalink

The All Day I Dream About Photography blog has featured one of my photos in their article “15 unique stairs pictures”. I really like the Creative Commons license model. I like that other people can use things that I have created. Photography should be something everybody can enjoy, and it’s a great feeling to see […]

The All Day I Dream About Photography blog has featured one of my photos in their article “15 unique stairs pictures”.

I really like the Creative Commons license model. I like that other people can use things that I have created. Photography should be something everybody can enjoy, and it’s a great feeling to see other people use my work.

Oh, the photo that was featured is Zero, which is a photo I took after seeing Thomas Hawk’s version.

2008 Challenge, Week 4: Wanting To Be Somewhere Else

January 25th, 2008 Permalink

This is my submission for Week 4 of the 2008 Challenge. The city I live in is divided by a couple of major freeways. This is the 80, which goes through Richmond on its way to the Carquinez Bridge.

Wanting To Be Somewhere Else

This is my submission for Week 4 of the 2008 Challenge.

The city I live in is divided by a couple of major freeways. This is the 80, which goes through Richmond on its way to the Carquinez Bridge.

The Temptation To Cross The Barrier Was Too Strong

GeoTagging, Strike 1

January 18th, 2008 Permalink

I have been wanting to make geotagging my photos part of my regular workflow for some time now. I have experimented with some applications that integrate with Google maps and allow you to tag photos one at a time, but they are too time consuming. To make it practical to geotag each and every one […]

Bar Crudo

I have been wanting to make geotagging my photos part of my regular workflow for some time now. I have experimented with some applications that integrate with Google maps and allow you to tag photos one at a time, but they are too time consuming. To make it practical to geotag each and every one of my photos, I decided that I would have to come up with a solution that is automated as much as possible, and that could work on the raw photo data prior to importing it into Aperture.

After some research, I decided to try the Sony GPS-CS1. The GPS-CS1 is a battery powered GPS data recorder. It does not have a screen, it simply records the current position in a log every 15 seconds. It connects to your computer via USB, allowing you to retrieve the data and work with it. Initial research revealed that Mac’s running later versions of Tiger were able to read the data from the GPS-CS1, so I figured that Leopard would be able to as well. I found one on e-bay, clicked Buy It Now, and had it a few days later.

While I was waiting for the device to arrive, I did some research about the log format, and discovered that a program called HoudahGPS could translate the log format used by the GPS-CS1 to GPX format, which is used by GPSPhotoLinker, a program that can compare the timestamps on photos to the timestamps in the GPS log and automatically tag the photos with the GPS data. I downloaded and installed HoudahGPS and GPSPhotoLinker while waiting for the GPS-CS1 to arrive.

I used it for the first time this morning while walking to work, and excitedly hooked it up to my MacBook Pro this morning, waiting for the drive icon to pop up so I could get the GPS logs… and discovered that the keyboard and trackpad were locked up. I unplugged the GPS-CS1, and the keyboard and trackpad started working again. Hmmm. That is not supposed to happen.

Some further research revealed that Leopard, in fact, does not work with the GPS-CS1, but that Windows XP running under Parallels could see it. This required configuring Parallels to attach USB devices to the guest OS, rather than letting both the host and the guest see the device. I booted up XP in Parallels, and was able to retrieve the log files.

After copying the logs to the Mac, I fired up HoudahGPS, converted the Sony log format to GPX format, and then used GPSPhotoLinker to geotag the photos I had taken. The actual tagging process worked quite well, and Flickr was able to pick up the geotags just fine. Zooomr doesn’t seem to have picked up the geotags, but at least the data is in the files.

This is a good first effort, but I am going to try again. The work required to get the data from the GPS-CS1 is just too much of a hassle. I found another GPS data logger that is supposed to work correctly with a Mac, the Amod AGL3080. It seems that early versions had some problems, but the manufacturer has fixed those issues with firmware updates. One of these is on the way, and hopefully will work better than the Sony. I’ll use the GPS-CS1 until the Amod device arrives, and then sell the Sony. Anybody need a slightly used GPS data logger?