Thursday, July 24, 2014

And one for tardis fans.


Good location for Doctor Who.

Took these pics today, only had my phone with me but still got some nice shots.  I've made one pic look like my idea of an alien landscape.... not so far from the truth where I live.










Raw Therapee Raw converter

Raw Therapee has been around a while, it's gained popularity recently with people switching from Adobes cloud service, it's a raw editor, and can be used as a stand alone or linked to photoshop or more usually Gimp.
The program has plenty of adjustments for the normal editing but remember this is a raw editor, it doesn't do the clever stuff photoshop can, only raw editing.  To be fair it's got some stuff even photoshop doesn't have, like the choice of demosaicing algorithms.
The interface isn't exactly friendly and will take some getting used to, but it could prove a useful tool.



Portable soldering iron???

I had to do some soldering in my car today, not the car itself that's fine, one of my gadgets that plugs in the cigarette lighter, trouble is the wire runs all around the inside of the car to the boot, bloody nightmare to take it all out without damaging it.  The plug bit that goes in the cigarette lighter had lost a contact, soldering it back on is a doddle, running the miles of cable out across the pavment to the cars is a royal pain in the arse, then you have to keep the hot iron off the seats ect.  I need a portable soldering iron........ nows where's Ebay......

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monty Python live (review)

The Monty Python team reunite for a last series of live stage versions of the classic tv show.
The show features most of the classic sketch's, things like the 'dead parrot', 'the Spanish inquisition',  the 'spam' sketch, and more, set with some musical numbers and some big screen graphics it makes an entertaining show.
In the press the show received mixed reviews, possibly the bad reviews from people who don't remember python.
If your a fan you'll want to see this show, the guys are getting older but the laughs are still there.

Waynes rating  8/10 if you like python don't miss it.




Monday, July 21, 2014

Canon users beware high ISO noise reduction.

For those with the faster cameras this advice probably won't make much difference, but for those with the older entry level models it might make a huge difference to your continuous shooting speed.

If your using an older canon entry level model like the 300d, 350d, 400d, ect ect,  and you find your continuous shooting stops after 2 or 3 pic, try going to the custom functions menu and turn off high iso noise reduction. Ok if your shooting raw + jpeg you'll probably still only get 4 shots, that because of the sheer size of the beggers, but if your shooting jpeg you'll now get something like 50 shots before it starts to slows up.

Exactly why high iso noise reduction affects the write speed I don't know, I'd guess it's the processing to each shot before writing to the card.  Why Canon don't make it more obvious that it can cause this is another question.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Waterfall picnic photos

We went for a wander today and ended up at a small waterfall, heres  a few pics.