Archive for February, 2009


Everybody and his brother is talking about it

Resistance seems to be the topic around my usual blogosphere hangout these days. I thought I should stay off the topic, but hey, why should I be the one sticking out.

I think, but I may be wrong, that it started over at Gordons blog in this post about Resistance. I have seen other posts on Paul Lesters blog, Doonster, Paul Butzi and uuuuhm, a lot more. I think you should be able to find most of them from the links I’ve provided.

Well, to the point. I too, like most people I suppose, also suffer from this. The natural instinct to avoid doing something that seems hard, or that I am not confident in doing. The thing is, when I’m out walking, or doing some other form of physical activity, everything seems to be possible. Even so when I’m out photographing. If I have a slow day, and I can’t really find anything good, I can just speed up my pace, and let the world fly by faster. That usually helps. I guess I look like those Canon tv adds, you know those where some people where dropping out of the sky with an EOS 400D or something and immediately started to litterarily run around taking pictures. I’ll admit that it is not the best way to cover the subjects. After all, it’s hard to be very observant when the pulse is punping hard, but it gets the creativity juices flowing, so why not.

I guess I should have a threadmill in front of my desk at work as well 😉

The good feeling fades fairly quickly when I get back home an sit down, but some of the ideas and inspiration remains for a while.

So if you have problems with “Resistance”, try physical exersize. And even if it doesn’t work, the side effect isn’t that bad either


Ambience of a gallery opening

A couple of weeks back I visited a small sales exhibition here in Oslo at Gallery View. The artist was Paida, and the exhibition was called “Tinn | Vann”

You can read more at the Photo Exhibit blog, and also look at some pictures.

This podcast is just about all the irrelevant stuff that happened that day.

And last, you get 3 good music tips, all about coffee.

  • The Manhattan Transfer – Java Jive
  • Peggy Lee – Black Coffee
  • Ron Sunshine – Coffee and Reefer

HDR sensor

Fuji has released a new sensor with HDR capabilities. Here is my alternative solution to the problem.


something wrong

I just got a couple of messages about something wrong with the blog pages.

1. The link to google feeds were wrong. I fixed it now. Please tell me if you have problems (maybe that message I wrote about last night wasn’t really a spam. That guy should really change his mail address).
2. I’ve had a couple of reports that the submit button is missing in the comments form. Now I tried my pages in a bunch of browsers on Mac, Windows and Linux, and all looks good. Yes I did log out first.

Please send me a message if you still have that problem. I can’t figure it out.


rant about dynamic range

TOP just posted a long article on dynamic range, trying to explain what it is all about. It’s an ok article, explaining the facts fairly well, but there is one thing that still puzzles me, and that is the comparison between film and digital. I remember from before anyone knew about digital photography, in fact I can do better than remember, I looked up in a couple of the old books I have in my shelves. It seems like the consensus in that age was that color transparency film could capture about 5 stops of range, which is what Mike is saying in his article. Then my old books tells me that color negative film is usually capable of capturing 7 stops, while the best B&W negative films are capable of up to 9 stops. As far as I know, this was the truth back then.

Back to present day, and modern dSLR’s. Most of the testing I have seen shows an ability to capture around 10 to 11,5 stops for most current cameras. I haven’t done extensive testing on my own Canon 5D, but I did some quick and dirty tests a while back which confirmed that I could capture least get 10 stops. Looking at the DxOmark tests, I see that my 5D scored 11.1 at ISO100, and didn’t go below 10 until the ISO was crancket up to more than 800. Of course there is very few bits allocated to the shadow range, so the number of levels in these dark f-stops aren’t that many, but there should be somewhere around 5-8 levels even at the lowest f-stop (due to the 12 bit conversion).

So my question is: When did film become capable of capturing more than 10-11 stops. After all, there hasn’t really been any improvements after films like T-Max, and I think that was the one with around 9 stops about 20 years ago. Did they lie to us back then?? When reading Mike’s article, not only is film better, it is much better. From that I would say that it must be at least 1 stop better, maybe 2. Can anyone back with hard facts and testing that film is capable of substantially more than 1o stops?? I’m just asking. Not that it matters all that much since I will not start using film anyway, but it’s still interesting.


the monster

I do feel a bit uncomfortable about publishing my audio. I used to feel the same about my writing as well when I started doing this blog, so I guess it’s natural. It is kind of strange though, sinse I’m essentially doing the same, only using my voice instead of my fingers. The same applies to showing my photographs to an unfamiliar audience, or in an unfamiliar setting. Will they turn their back at me?

So, how about facing that monster and turn on the lights, maybe it will burst.


Some useful spam

I got a spam comment last night that said “I don’t understand how to subscribe to your feed”, and while it was an obvious spam message (just had a look at the url), it was also a relevant issue. I know several knowledgeable people that read news sites daily that did not know about feeds until I pointed it out to them.

So, for those of you that are not familiar with feeds, RSS and Atom, I have added a page to tell you how to use it.

Have a look here.

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