Point and shoot — and hope you captured your subject

Yes, this is another post about some cool tech that I took travelling with me on a recent vacation to Maui. And yes, again I’m talking about the Panasonic DMC-TS2, a nifty point-and-shoot camera that I fell in love with in a previous post. This time, I’m going to talk about taking the unit under water, since we’re in Maui and snorkeling is one of the prime tourist activities on the island. And since the camera is waterproof, I thought I’d put it to the test. …more



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I think I’m in love with a point-and-shoot camera

If you’ve been following my recent flickr image posts, you’ll know that I’m not freezing and enduring the spring snow that’s hit the Alberta prairies. Rather, I’m basking and baking in the sunny tropical paradise that is Maui, Hawaii. …more



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The view out my window

Daily I work in a cube, except for today. As you can see, I’m in my ‘away’ office, yet still connected.

My 'away' office.

And yes, I am working. Through the wonders of technology, I’m cranking out the copy, sending the email, editing the text and photos.

This is Lifestyle Technology at work. Wifi enables me to be mobile / portable. And once you’re online, Skype is an awesome tool that enables you to call anyone, almost anywhere, and not have to pay cel roaming or hotel phone fees.

But as I said, I do have a few blog posts to churn out, as well as gather some background information on upcoming technology…which the reason for me being at my ‘away’ office.

No worries though, I’ll be back home later this week. But for now, I think I’m going to enjoy the view 🙂

Damn those are pretty…

Earlier this week NASA release the first series of images from the WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) project…and they are hot!

Since WISE began its scan of the entire sky in infrared light on Jan. 14, the space telescope has beamed back more than a quarter of a million raw, infrared images. Four new, processed pictures illustrate a sampling of the mission’s targets — a wispy comet, a bursting star-forming cloud, the grand Andromeda galaxy and a faraway cluster of hundreds of galaxies.

Check out the full gallery here – and yes, I’ll likely be making a desktop or two from these — stay tuned.

Cool Desktop: Spectrum of a Tree

My wife has been using this image as a desktop background for about a year now, but recently I took a good look at it.

Initially I thought this was simply a photo of a tree in silhouette, sliced, colourized and laid out as you see it.

But on closer inspection, it seems that these are shots of the tree, at various times and seasons, with different coloured sky in the background. The website doesn’t really have detail on how the image was created.

The photographer also created Spectrum of the Sky — but I like the Tree better.

Three tools to trick out your digital darkroom

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a photo geek. I’ve been taking pictures since I was old enough to understand what f-stop was, and had my first wet darkroom in my parents basement bathroom before I was out of elementary school — and no, I wasn’t held back 🙂 So I’ve been following the development of digital darkroom software and hardware reasonably closely, but only recently have started getting ‘seriously’ back into it. And have discovered that there are three key ‘accessories’ to the digital darkroom workflow that I’m finding essential. …more



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