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Photographing Fireworks

The Fourth of July is nearly here and I saw some tips online that seem trustworthy. I’ve shot fireworks very successfully in the past with my own techniques. This year if we see them I’d rather just enjoy them more with my family. But here are some tips if you’re curious (William Yu).

  1. Use tripod to secure the camera.
  2. Set the camera to Manual mode.
  3. Since fireworks will be at infinity(focal distance), set aperture to F8 or F11 to obtain the best optical quality of the lens.
  4. Set shutter speed about 2-8 seconds. Opening the shutter too long will cause over-exposure of fireworks.
  5. Use a cable release to minimize the camera shake.
  6. Set the focus mode on the lens to manual, and set the focus ring to infinity. Thus, avoiding the “focus hunting” in auto focus mode.
  7. Try both telephoto and wide-angle lenses, use telephoto will isolate a single or a cluster of fireworks, use wide-angle to include the cityscape or other interesting background.
  8. If you listen for the “thump” of the really large canons shooting the bigger fireworks, you can count to 2 or 3 before they burst. Get the timing right and click shortly before the fireworks go off (pointing at the right region obviously) to get the maximum exposure time with bursting fireworks in it.
  9. Many fireworks shots you see are composites of multiple shots. So unless you have gone to a real mega-event where they have the money to really fill the sky, don’t be shy about compositing shots together. At smaller local displays you will probably be close and therefore shooting steeply upwards against the dark sky. This allows for very easy cut out and paste combinations of shots.

It’s time to clean up…

Trashcan

It’s empty now… but it won’t be for long.

My recent domain transfer and renewal got me to decide to clean things up around here… this subdomain is so screwed up right now that I cannot upgrade my WordPress installation and I couldn’t be bothered to perform a manual installation.

I have my main domain which contains nothing but old cruft  that simply does nothing but rot.

I have an apps subdomain which is required to serve as support for my deployed iOS application development by Apple. I plan on maintaining that – it’s in decent shape.

My plans are as follows (for the few visitors I may get at any time – or more likely solely for my own benefit really)…

  • Backup my main ericd.net domain and clean it out. It will serve me as a forking landing page for all the subdomains and perhaps an about and contact form. Simple as that. There is stuff dating back to 2001 in there.
  • Polish up the apps.ericd.net subdomain – make sure it’s clean of any file clutter and button down the hatches.
  • Update the blog.ericd.net subdomain – and have that serve as the sole location for blog posts. There isn’t much there at the moment, so this should be pretty peaceful.
  • Clean out the imagineric.ericd.net subdomain. There is a lot of stuff there – much which I will migrate to the blog. Here will reside UI/UX design and presentations. I will also link up repositories. This will be more like a development gallery than blog. I can for-see some overlap with the blog in this regard however…
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The City Timelapse Video

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. The only consolidated city-county in California, it encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of about 17,179 people per square mile (6,632 people per km2). It is the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States after New York City.

San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 13th most populous city in the United States, with a population of 805,235 as of the 2010 Census. The San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont metropolitan area has a population of 4,335,391.

My Latest Favorite Book

 It is a byproduct and consequence of the ease-of-access to remote computing sites provided by the Internet.

Cloud computing provides computation, software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. Parallel to this concept can be drawn with the electricity grid, wherein end-users consume power without needing to understand the component devices or infrastructure required to provide the service.

How the Cloud Works

Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption, and delivery model for IT services based on Internet protocols, and it typically involves provisioning of dynamically scalable and often virtualised resources. It is a byproduct and consequence of the ease-of-access to remote computing sites provided by the Internet.

This may take the form of web-based tools or applications that users can access and use through a web browser as if the programs were installed locally on their own computers.

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The Great Browser Experiment

A web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web. An information resource is identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) and may be a web page, image, video, or other piece of content. Hyperlinks present in resources enable users easily to navigate their browsers to related resources. A web browser can also be defined as an application software or program designed to enable users to access, retrieve and view documents and other resources on the Internet.

Although browsers are primarily intended to access the World Wide Web, they can also be used to access information provided by web servers in private networks or files in file systems. The major web browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

The history of the web browser dates back to the late 1980s, when a variety of technologies laid the foundation for the first web browser, WorldWideWeb, by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991.

The history of the web browser dates back to the late 1980s, when a variety of technologies laid the foundation for the first web browser, WorldWideWeb, by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991. That browser brought together a variety of existing and new software and hardware technologies.

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A Few Free PSD Icons

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A Few Free PSD Icons

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Animated Network Video

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Animated Network Video

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My Review of Snow Leopard

Steve Jobs began working on the Apple Lisa in 1978 but in 1982 he was pushed from the Lisa team due to infighting, and took over Jef Raskin’s low-cost-computer project, the Macintosh. A turf war broke out between Lisa’s “corporate shirts” and Jobs’ “pirates” over which product would ship first and save Apple. Lisa won the race in 1983 and became the first personal computer sold to the public with a GUI, but was a commercial failure due to its high price tag and limited software titles.

And then I was like…

In 1984, Apple next launched the Macintosh. Its debut was announced by the now famous $1.5 million television commercial “1984”. It was directed by Ridley Scott, aired during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984, and is now considered a watershed event for Apple’s success and a “masterpiece”. The Macintosh initially sold well, but follow-up sales were not strong due to its high price and limited range of software titles.

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