2014 års Slipstream-katalog

Vi har just laddat upp 2014 års Slipstream-katalog!

Katalogen, inklusive att ta fram grafiker, är mitt största jobb under hösten. Vi utgick från 2013 och byggde vidare på samma koncept men I år har vi åkbilder på de flesta uppslagen. Jag har tagit många men vi har även externa fotografer. Kul som tusan!

Här är uppslaget för Slipstream-brädan Buddy. Fler bilder finns längst ner.

Buddy - Slipstream katalog 2014

Nu har jag några ändringar kvar på själva produkterna sen kan det lika gärna bli vår!

Upload your old photos to Flickr

I use Flickr for all photos I would like to share with everyone and (a locked down) Picasa album for family events and other more personal things.

I have been using different online photo tools the last couple of years. Everything form building my own, to Gallery, WordPress, Picasa and Flickr. But the last year I have been using Flickr more and more. Instead of having all my favorite photos scattered around the web I wanted to upload them to Flickr. It was a pretty massive job. Here are the steps I took.

Update EXIF data on my oldest photos

I had about 100 (of my oldest) photo folders without EXIF-data. The most important missing fields are the fields that tells when the photo is taken. Without this Flickr would show it as it has been taken the same day as it was uploaded. I didn’t want that.

I looked around a bit for tools that could write EXIF-data and lastly I decided that the command line tool ExifTool would be the easiest to use.

My photos are sorted in folders like 2001/010101_A-beautiful-winter-day-in-the-snow. I opened a command line window and added the ExifTool binary to the path. Then I went through the 100 folders and executed the following command (should be all on one row) for every folder. Don’t forget to change the three date fields.

exiftool -Make="FUJIFILM" -Model="MX-2700"
-ModifyDate="2001:01:01 12:00:00"
-DateTimeOriginal="2001:01:01 12:00:00"
-CreateDate="2001:01:01 12:00:00"
-FocalLength="7,6mm"
-FocalLengthIn35mmFormat="35mm" 
-Artist="Ola Lindberg" 
-copyright="Ola Lindberg" *.jpg

The day is the most important. I didn’t care so much about the time. I added some extra camera information since I knew what camera I had used for the different shots. An hour later I had my first years properly EXIF-tagged.

Export the photos from Picasa

I’m using the Picasa program for my photo management. So I started from 1998 and took one year at the time. I starred, adjusted and exported the photos I wanted. Then I sorted them to folders by years when they were taken. I ended up with folders from 1999 to 2009 with between 5 & 50 images in each.

To be sure that I wasn’t missing any EXIF-data I looked through all exported photos in Windows Explorer where you can see the Date taken property. If it says Specify date taken you have no EXIF-data. By now most of my photos had the date in that field. I completed those that didn’t (both on the original file and the exported file).

Uploading to Flickr

I used the Flickr Uploadr tool to upload all photos. I tagged, added to sets, added titles and descriptions to all photos. Then I uploaded it one year at the time. I put them in one set for every year.

I ended up with sets from 1999 – 2009 with my old / new photos.

Re-sort the Flickr stream

Flickr sorts all photos by date uploaded. While it’s ok I didn’t want all my old photos to be on the first page in my Flickr stream. I could just have waited a while and it wouldn’t be a problem but I wanted to have them in an order more like date taken than date uploaded.

It’s strange that Flickr doesn’t support any way to re-sort you photo stream. But I found one third party tool (Flickr photostream update) that changes the upload date to the same as date taken. I ran it one set at the time and it worked fine.

There are one limitation though. You can never set the date taken to an earlier date than when you joined Flickr. I joined Flickr 2005-05-17 so my photos from 1999-2005 could never get the right upload date. Instead I changed the date for all photos from 1999 to 2005-05-20. All from 2000 to 2005-05-21. All from 2001 to 2005-05-22. And so on.

I looked for tools edit date uploaded in a batch for all photos in one set. I found one tool that I tried but it didn’t work. I didn’t have that many photos in these old sets so I just edited them one at the time in Flickr. It didn’t take more than 20 minutes so I was pretty happy. You could probably find a tool for this. Or even write your own.

Result

I uploaded about 400 of my old photos to Flickr. All in all it took two days. I ended up with a collection of my best of shots with sets for each year. And I’m very satisfied with it!

Photos, November 2010

The beautiful people people, people, people, people. The facial appearance, appearance, appearance, appearance. The looks, looks, looks, looks. That’s my November.

Johan och Anna
Johan & Anna

Fredrik
Johanna & Fredrik

The man with the black glasses
The man with the glasses

John
John

NK:s julskyltning, Göteborg
NK:s christmas decorations

Photo summary, October 2010

I spent the first half of October bouldering (rock climbing) in Fontainebleau (just south of Paris). I did mostly shoot videos there but some photos as well. In this image I saw the sun on Tobias hands and and waited for it to hit his face. It turned out pretty well.

Tobias, bleu 43, Cul de Chien, Trois Pignon, Fontainebleau

When I came back I had decided to buy me a new camera. A DSLR. I bought a Canon 550D with a Canon 35 mm f/2.0 lens (about 55 mm in 35 mm equivalent). My biggest concern with replacing my old compact point and shoot with a DSLR was if I was going to carry it around as much. And up until now I am.

It took a while to get used to using a real viewfinder instead of composing the shots on a LCD. I really like the stability and the feel to putting the camera to my eye, but I have been fighting with the compositions of my images. The first week I couldn’t hold the camera straight due to not having the help 1/3 lines I was used to from my old camera. I have also had issues with me forgetting to think about how much the apature affects the end result and I end up with far to narrow depth of field on many images. After about two weeks I’m starting to get confident with it though!

Paraply på Gustav Adolfstorg

I’m also very happy with it’s night capabilities. I can shot at nights with f/2.0 and ISO 1600 and get good quality hand held.

Zombies på Möllan

I have gotten two images (1, 2) published on Malmö Lund Cycle Chic and have sent some images to some small competitions on Sydsvenska Dagbladet.

RAW files from a Canon A540

I have been playing around with CHDK for some years. It is a program that runs from your camera’s memory card. On top of its operating system. It can enhance the functionality on many Canon cameras.

I’ve mostly used it to add a live histogram, show which parts of the image that are under and over exposed, display real battery usage (My Canon A540 doesn’t show how much battery that’s left) and to create time lapse videos. Today I decided to take a picture in RAW (CHDK adds RAW support as well) and compare the result with the normal JPG file.

This is the first time I try anything in RAW so I’m a total beginner. To generate a JPG I loaded the CRW file in Picasa and used the Export function. Then I opened both JPGs in Gimp, cropped and exported them again. This isn’t optimal but I hope it’s good enough.

From what I can see the noise on the RAW file looks more natural than the JPG generated in the camera. The JPG is lighter and that might be the cause of the smear in it?

Then I tried to get a better result. First by using UFRaw, then RawTherapee. As you see it didn’t help. I would like to try darktable but I don’t have Linux on this computer so that’s for another day.

I also played a bit with converting the RAW to B/W and it looks good. Might be the bigger grains that tricks me though. I’ll play around with it more later.

If anyone is familiar with this and would like to provide me another generated JPG I can send you the RAW file. Just put a comment below.

A 100% crop from the normal JPG file (click it)

A 100% crop from the RAW file converted in Picasa (click it)

A 100% crop from the RAW file converted in UFRaw (click it)

A 100% crop from the RAW file converted in RawTherapee (click it)

See the Exif data from the JPG file (extracted with ExifTool).

New photo album!

Today we are done with our new photo album web site. It’s a small PHP application that I’ve build. You upload the image files to a directory. It creates the site and an RSS feed for you. You can also put a text file in every folder that’s printed as album description.

A screenshot of the first page

A screenshot of a typical album

Update: We used this for all our photos from 040612 to 060709