Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to clone your subject in the same photo



This is my first attempt at doing a photo like this. It didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to. (There was supposed to be more clones.) Mostly, it was because the subject moved stuff he wasn't supposed to move, and the photographer didn't notice. So I blew the whole setup. It's always challenging shooting a toddler. There are some important lessons learned though, which I will share with you here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dead for Hard Drives!


One of my external hard drives died a few days ago. I lost a terabyte of data. Luckily enough, I didn't lose much. It was one of my backup drives. I can be quite disciplined when it comes to backups, so anything important is backed up, while everything unimportant will not be missed. One of the forums I was reading blamed Apple's Time Machine and Mac OS X Lion for the hard drive's failure. (Unconfirmed though.) Why am I not surprised? OS X Lion has messed up so much of my digital life already.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Second Coming of 4G: Should You Care?



A little dongle landed on my table late last year. It's SMART's Evolution, their 4G service that uses the fancy new LTE technology that promises up to 42Mbps of speed. 42 fricking Mbps?!?! Wa-chaw!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Olympus OM-D Camera Any Day Now


First leaked pic of the OM-D from 43rumors.com -- the source of all my m43 knowledge!


Waiting… Still waiting… Slowly dehydrating… Nuninuninu…

I'm torn about the rumored new "pro" micro four thirds camera from Olympus. Here's what we know so far:

Friday, January 20, 2012

TV to Watch: Sherlock



Do it! Do it! If you like mysteries, then you're in for a treat. If you like Sherlock Holmes, you'll go gaga over this. I fall into the latter category, having read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's series back when I was a kid. Here, in this modern retelling, Sherlock Holmes is a "consulting detective" while Doctor Watson is a war veteran who served in Afghanistan (as well as a blogger). It works superlatively well, and the series has some of the best writing you'll find on television today. It will keep your brain actively engaged as you try to figure out whodunnit, and even the twists have twists. Delicious. For Sherlock Holmes fans, there's plenty of references to the books. See if you can spot them!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The fight against SOPA: SOPA so good!


Unlike the rest of the more enlightened parts of the Internet, I didn't blackout my site the other day like Wikipedia. I would have (really!) except I haven't updated my blog in a while, so a blackout for me is, well, business as usual. But I am back now and posting. Before going back to regular programming, though, a word on SOPA:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f1.8 review


Before anything else, I have to say that I'm not a photographer. Not by a long shot. I used to think that it wasn't in my character. I would say that I preferred to experience things, not document them. I disliked the growing trend of  humongous-obnoxious SLR cameras becoming commonplace. My attitude towards photography changed when our son was born, and after a fair amount of research, I realized the only tool for me was a Micro Four Thirds camera. To my utmost surprise, I really took to photography and it's been a source of joy these past few years.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Canon makes a compact with a large sensor!



Now this is more like it. Looks like things are heating up in the mirrorless/high-end compact camera segment. Canon just announced its G1X and surprise surprise, it has a sensor that's almost as big as an APS-C sensor, though closer to Micro Four Thirds sensors, even slightly larger. It's a fixed lens camera with a 28-112mm equivalent lens that goes from f/2.8 to f/5.8. Not for low light fanatics, but not bad!

Fuji X-PRO1 is hot!



Fuji just announced its new X-PRO1. But photos and some details were leaked well ahead of that. It's a camera that's got me particularly excited because I like these large sensor, small mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras. Someone should really come up with a better name for them!