I was silent here for 3 weeks – a long and eventful year was taking its toll. But I am now I am back on track and have started (again) to produce the next episode. And I am determined to pass #200 in this year.
I wish you all a nice 2011 – as healthy, lucky and interesting as possible!
UPDATE: #153 is ready, but it is stuck in the rendering stage. 451 Megabytes is a bit large for a 29 minutes video.
[flattr /] In March I got some images from Peter in Thailand. He lives there in a country full of photogenic sites and has often only the time to take a quick shot with his P&S camera without being able to work around some of the obstacles. Specially for the show he made some with the typical problems. In this case it is to much light – or better, too much dynamic range. The difference between tropical sun and deep shadows in this temple is too big.
The blown out areas are not repairable, all the information is lost. I try to get more of the temple mood into the image (forget that I have not been there…….) by turning the overexposure into a glow on top of the Buddhas. If you can’t get rid of it, try more of it. 😉
A special “curtain vignette” improves the image a bit further.
Of course one can take the puristic stand and say “Don’t rescue an image, do your photography properly!”. But often you’ll have no image then. Some things can be done in a hurry too: underexpose in such a situation. You’ll loose details in the shadows but gain them in the light. A good trade off in most cases. Be familiar with that button on the camera.
The show starts with a look at the level in the donations hat, which is quite high after one and a half week. To get the concept of DONATE FOR MEET THE GIMP! even further into your heads I show how I made the gauge with Wilber slowly filling up. Wolfram Alpha is used to calculate the day of the death of the server.
Then I get a bit into setting up the toolbox in GIMP 2.7 and show how to manage the docks after the “landing zones” have become invisible. And of course there is the challenge!
[flattr /] This week I am solving last weeks problem with a layer group. In #150 I painted over the saturation information without looking at the original data. This time I use Mathias’ method with a layer group. Layer groups are a cool new feature of GIMP 2.7. The work is not yet finished, but they are already usable. 2.7 is “mostly stable” now, you should consider the switch.
And I put again the hat on the street to collect money for the server costs for 2011. See the right sidebar for details.
We have now a new torrent system with new trackers and a new packaging system. The newest up to ten shows will be available as single torrents. Then there will be packages of 10 and finally 50 episodes bundeled together.
[flattr /] With Ubuntu 10.10 coming up there will be a change in the standard photo managing program. It will change from F-Spot to Shotwell. I installed the release candidate of Ubuntu in a virtual machine and gave Shotwell a try.
Not bad, really not bad. 🙂
I assume there will be more to Shotwell here soon, this was really my very first impression of the current version. The experience with the version in Ubuntu 10.4 was quite, ehm, underwhelming. But they did a lot for the new one.
I had not much time to do this show, so there are some editing gaffes and no TOC.
The TOC by Kevin
00:25 Welcome from Rolf
00:38 Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meercat
01:29 Welcome to Shotwell – getting images into Shotwell
02:30 Import from Folder
05:20 Tagging images
08:20 Publishing on the web
08:45 Show in file manager – open file location
10:20 Editing an image
12:50 Rating an image
14:25 Rating and filtering in the browser view
15:50 Full screen mode
17:05 Integration with Gimp
19:30 Does Shotwell understand .xcf files?
23:01 The end
Jim sent me a screenshot of GIMP 2.7 in single window mode. Looks good and I am going to try it soon. Click on the image for a 100% view.
I got also a video about this, but haven’t been able to look at it up to now. We had “an unpleasantness” in the forum last week. All the sleuthing around in the log files and communicating has cost me at least 8 hours last week (I could/would have made a full blown show in that time) and this week I have to finish grades. So you will have to wait for the Weekend.
He has just put a copy into the mail (the old one, with envelopes and stamps and so on) and I’ll definitely hang that on my wall. (EDIT: It has arrived on May 21, cool! The magazine is really good too.)
In other news I have survived the class trip and will look into a YAG laser in an hour. If my eye doctor gets it right, it will improve my vision significantly by burning away some fibrosis. (EDIT 2 hours later: I am back, all went well. Disappointingly uneventful, just looking into a scope and seeing some little flashes. Improvement already visible.) And then a new show will be produced tomorrow.