May 02, 2013

Some Photo Stuff

In the comments of the previous post Pam was asking about Adobe Revel.  Since I don't pay too much attention to that part of Adobe, I hadn't really heard about it, so I did some looking. 

Last year Adobe renamed their Carousel image service to Revel.  With the rename they added features for minor editing, filters to apply to photos, and added apps for idevices and mac.    Android apps are under development but it's been over a year and I don't see any listed yet, although you can upload from those devices to your account.  

It doesn't look too bad if you don't do much to your photos once you take them (if you like to play in Photoshop this would not be for you).  The idea is you upload all your photos to the Adobe Revel site. They live there, you edit there, and you don't have to take up space on your iphone/ipad/Mac.  Then you can create galleries and share images as you like.   

It's a little unclear to me from the fast look, how permissions are given out.  Apparently you can also share galleries that allow others to edit the photos in those galleries. I'm not sure I'd want that feature at all, but I suppose it works for some people. I just hope it's not a default feature but that you have to allow it when sharing the gallery. 

Sounds like it's an easy to use service for people who don't want to mess around with something like flickr, which you can forget to make private if you aren't careful!  Or picasa, which being google is free, but always wants more and more info from you. Some people don't care about that since they like the "free" part.  

The apps for iPhone/ipad are a nice touch.  Not sure how well they work since people seem to be complaining about the logo of the app itself rather than how the app works. (geeze louise!) A few were griping about network connection - I wonder if it requires wifi rather than using the data connection.  

The apps for Revel are free. The basic Revel account is free, with unlimited uploads for the first 30 days then a 50 photo upload limit per month.  For unlimited uploads all the time, it costs $5.99/month.  If you pay for a while then stop, your account is converted to a free one so you don't lose your photos just the unlimited upload feature.  

Flickr pro is less expensive at something like $29 a year (can't quite remember but it's about that).  If you like to share your photos publicly, Flickr is definitely a better bet even though you don't get editing tools with it. 

The last thing I don't know is what size photo it stores - is it the full sized jpg?  Or does it size down?  I looked, but didn't see anything posted about this. If you are using a DSLR I would guess it does not import RAW files. 

It doesn't sound too bad for someone who wants online galleries to share with friends but not necessarily the world at large.  It might be worth checking out for the 30 day unlimited upload trial to see if you like it.  If you are Mac based it might work well for you. 

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April 19, 2012

Wherein I explain macro tubes

And I use pictures. It's over on my posterous site.

Kinda like a microscope for cameras

And I show my complete inability to deal with mechanical stuff.

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April 17, 2012

A Photo post!

Yes I know it's been a while. I kinda lost the enjoyment of the whole photo thing for a while. But I just bought myself some "macro tubes" for my camera. So I decided to pull the camera out and play.

For $10 I got 3 macro extender tubes delivered to my door from Amazon. Not bad. They let you get up close for real macro shots. This is using the 50mm f1.8 lens.

I posted three on my posterous blog here and here.

Then I thought I should throw a couple on this blog too.

The above is a tiny weed flower taken with 3 macro tubes.

Or maybe this one which I think looks kinda dreamy. It's flowers on my blueberry bush.

You can check out all 8 of them on my Smugmug folder here.

Anyone see one they like best?

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April 13, 2012


I'm giving a new app, called Tadaa, a try.  Not sure whether I'll do anything with it or not.  It's a competitor to Instagram and from what I'm seeing, just about as annoying to try and figure out.  Ha!  Mainly because I can't do stuff on my regular computer only on my phone or tablet.

So far Instagram has one thing I like - it lets me post my photos to Posterous and that post sends out tweets and facebook notices.

Of course for those who are really off facebook and want nothing to do with it, Tadaa will send out tweets for you so it might be what you're looking for.  If you want a free camera app with lots of fun filters and some nice editing tools check it out. 

If you do grab the app for either iphone or android you can find me at teresahummel. 

You know I thought of something to add to this post in the middle of the night and now I can't remember what it was.  I need a brain that works better. 

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September 22, 2011

Armstrong Woods

While we were in flitting about the north parts of California we heard about Armstrong Woods and decided to stop. Everyone had been urging us to go see Muir Woods (just north of SF) and we had that on the agenda, but figured… why not stop here since we’re driving right by.

It’s a beautiful place. There were people, but it wasn’t crowded at all. There were paved walking paths and then some unpaved paths too. One could spend many hours hiking there. Here are a few of the many many photos I took.

This is called (according to the tour guides at Korbel where you will see this too) a fairy circle. When a redwood is cut down and the stump is left in the ground, it sends out shoots all around the base and a ring of trees grows.

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I saw this gentleman walking along and decided it would be nice to have a person in the shot to give some sort of scale to the trees. 

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The next is the Parson Jones tree. It’s the second oldest (the pic of the the oldest tree didn’t turn out quite so well). It’s 310 ft tall, 13.8 ft in diameter and approximately 1300 years old.

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This a cross section of a tree that fell during the 1906 SF earthquake. The various plaques show important dates in history.

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Down to the date it sprang into being.

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There are even a few root balls on display.

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And naturally I had to find one tree that I could lean against and look straight up.

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That is certainly not all, so if you ever are north of SF - do look for this place. We passed on Muir Woods because it was so extremely crowded we would have had to park nearly a mile down the road and walk back. Armstrong was far better if only because it was less crowded.

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September 20, 2011

Garden Tour

While we were in California we toured the Korbel Winery. They have 2 tours, the main part of the winery, where they make champagne, and a garden tour. The original Korbel house and gardens are still on the site although no one lives in the house anymore. There are some lovely gardens surrounding the house.  I don’t know all of the flower names, but they are pretty. As usual you can click to make them bigger if you want.

I caught a butterfly here:

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This one was eye-catching

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This is from a rose bush that is over 100 years old growing on the side of the house.

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This is a cork tree. Let us all bow to this lovely little plant that allowed wine bottles to be properly closed for many many years.

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This was the strangest plant I’ve ever seen. Some sort of Chinese plant with teal petals… wow!

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And last of all we have this one. Interesting flower. Not sure what it’s supposed to be doing but interesting.

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This concludes our garden tour. If I have time, there will be a tour of the Armstrong Forest tomorrow.

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July 17, 2011

Dragonfly and Chickens

And thus we come to the end of another weekend. Didn’t do much which is fine. It was on the warmer side, in the low 90’s and today we even had a breeze. The bugs continue to number in the millions, all of them trying to buzz my ears as I walk.

Saturday’s pics were rather a bust. I was using the wide angle lens and being a bit lazy I didn’t check while taking the pics and a I blew out all the skies. Oh well. There will be other skies and I will be more careful next time.

Today we had chickens and a dragonfly.

Not sure what was up with the dragonfly. I got up very close to take my shot and it never moved. (as always click to make bigger)

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Then it is a never ending source of amusement to me to see chickens roaming around. This is not a usual site in the suburban Midwest.

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That’s about it for now. Hope everyone else had a great weekend.

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July 14, 2011


Over on the The Digital Story, Derrick has a photo assignment this month called "Smoke”. I was trying to get some pics that might work for it… but so far I’m not satisfied.

First we have the smoke bush giving off smoke

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Then we have a reflection that looks like Smoke on the Water.

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Must ponder a bit more. Not sure what I’ll try next.

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June 29, 2011

The Eos

I posted one of these photos the other day on my Posterous blog. But wanted to add a bit more to that small post.

Last Sunday we went sailing. In Boston Harbor you could see the masts of this ship - it was huge!

Here’s the shot I took from the water. (click to make them bigger)

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It’s the Eos one of the world’s largest sailing yachts. And quite a beautiful site. I haven’t yet posted other pics I got that day.

This is the bowsprit which is impressively big in person.

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Then we have the main part of the ship. Look at all that lovely wood. It’s just gorgeous.

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The masts are downright enormous!

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The sails (like all the large sailing ships) are likely computer controlled. I think what I love is that it’s got such wonderful lines and looks so graceful. It’s all very proportionate even if it is large. I would love to see how it’s sailed. However, I’m just glad we got a chance to see it and I have to thank Mr. Diller for having it built. Beautiful things are always good to have in the world.

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June 09, 2011

On the Water

In an effort not to damage our good cameras, we bought an Olympus p&s waterproof camera to take with us on the boat. The tide pics and those we took on the water were done with that camera. Not too bad, although it's really hard to get a clear shot when the boat is bobbling all over the place.

Here’s a fairly decent one of Boston.

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This is less, clear but with more white caps!

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The view from the floor. heh. You can see it’s a bit wet where the water has been splashing over the bow.

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Coming in for a landing at Logan

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Last of all we have this lovely boat that sailed by. It was a beauty. Wish we’d gotten a better pic of it.

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Hope you enjoyed the virtual sail.

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