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GoPro HERO3 is here

The GoPro HERO cameras have been around for a few years now, providing stunning video from some of the most unique filming perspectives that you’ll ever see.  The small package and various mounting apparatus allow the user to attach the camera to nearly anything including helmet mounts, body mounts, suction mounts for flat surfaces, and just about anything else that you can wrap around, stick to, or strap on to.  The camera is even water proof for shooting in wet environments or as deep as 60m in really wet environments.  The GoPro HERO2 was launched in late 2011 and brought with it various improvements over the original GoPro including an 11mp sensor, better processor, better glass, new LCD user interface and a number of other cool features. Continue Reading…

Posted October 17th, 2012.

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Nik Software

I recently downloaded the Demo versions of a number of Nik Software photo editing plugins that work with Adobe Lightroom.  The various plugins are uniquely designed for specific types of edits such as applying preset or custom colour filters, black and white conversion, noise control, sharpening, selective colour and light control, as well as HDR processing.  The full suite of plugins can be found at niksoftware.com where demo versions of each plugin can be downloaded.

The image on the left is the original photo with minor adjustments made in Lightroom.  The photo on the right is the edited image using Color Efex Pro 4, Sharpener Pro 3.0 and Dfine 2.0.  Clearly my final image looks completely over cooked, but I wanted to test out a number of the available adjustments and this was the result.  The detail that can be extracted from the photo is pretty amazing; note the shadows from the skater and the puck marks in the glass.

The plugins are definitely worth checking out!

  • Lens: 70-200mm L f4
  • Aperture: f6.3
  • Exposure: 1/160
  • ISO: 1600

 

Posted September 21st, 2012.

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Windows 7 – update

3 days in and still haven’t suffered a crash nor the ‘Blue Screen of Death’.  This may be a bit premature, but looks like Windows 7 has saved my sanity…

Posted September 18th, 2010.

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Windows 7

Having finally grown tired of the relentless occurrences of the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ that is Windows Vista, I have just completed my upgrade to Windows 7. It was at the point where the laptop was shutting down 3-4 times a week (or more because it would just randomly crash and reboot even when not in use).

My first impressions are how similar it is to Vista in layout and feel. There are some subtle differences with the task bar and… well honestly, that’s it so far. Everything from the Login screen to the desktop and Startmenu appear to be nearly identical. I even had to check with the Control Panel to verify that I was actually using Windows 7. For some reason I was expecting something with a totally different look and feel. The next big test is whether I still suffer from the random crashes and shutdowns.

Posted September 16th, 2010.

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