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[pdx] Telephoto Fun on Portland Streets With The Canon PowerShot S-100

Posted in digital photography, Out 122nd Way, Outer East Portlandia, SE PDX Photos on June 7, 2014 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
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Telephoto means one thing to me and, being an undisciplined amateur photographer, that’s probably not accurate, but the result is an artful compression of distance.

SE 82nd Avenue looking south from SE Schiller Street

I’ve always adored telephoto shots because they draw a real interesting line between a kind of abstract expression and reality. It’s like you’re getting this fantasy world mixed with reality, 2-for-1.

SE Holgate Blvd looking west from about SE 105th Avenue

The way the posts and poles lining the street bunch up, the far comes near, forms fascinating shapes and defines entrancing spaces which capture the eye the way Celtic knotwork always does. Your POV goes exploring in interesting spaces that are both fantastic and real.

SE 122nd looking north from SE Morrison Street

The ‘telephoto’ shots taken by the Canon PowerShot S-100 aren’t, strictly speaking, telephoto. Technically speaking, a telephoto lens uses a sequence of lenses called the telephoto group to create a light path that’s longer than the physical length of the lenses. But you can come up with a pretty good simulation if you zoom in tight enough with the S-100, sort of what cinematographers would call an in-camera special effect. In its largest format, too, it combines the astoundingly-good optical zoom with a few levels of  digital zoom to get a zoom level of up to 20X. After that, it’s a matter of framing and composing, or even cropping, to frame the viewpoint.

I’m finding the paltry knowledge I have about composition is actually going a long, long way. Some sense of composition is becoming key to composing good shots – or, at least, shots I like. The generous viewing screens of modern digital cameras are, of course a big boon, try WYSIWYG.

The levels of digital zoom seem to suffer some acceptable degradation of quality, which is to be expected. As I learnt with the old ViviCam 3705, the faithful Plastic Fantastic, digital zoom is a matter of taking the inside of the photo, blowing it up, and cropping. You get zoom, but the quality can be very bad. On the Canon S-100, though, it’s good. I tried a very ad-hoc experiment; the above picture of 122nd is shot at maximum optical zoom and cropped. Left there is the same general view shot with maximum optical and digital zoom. The quality is good enough, to my tyro eye, to use as an effective illustration.

The view southbound down SE 122nd Avenue from the safety island by the Midland Library is maybe a little less expansive but the far away massif of Mount Scott, the layers of traffic signals, the shimmering warmth radiating up from the street and the bunched-up light poles ranging away in to the distance make up for what it lacks, compared to the former shot.

I do like this camera, I do.

SE 122nd Avenue looking south from near
the Midland Branch Library (just south of Morrison Street)

[art] My Photos Get Around, Tom Peterson Edition

Posted in copyright, digital photography, PDX photos, SE PDX Photos on April 27, 2014 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
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Casting ones art upon the waters is a dicey (as in, ‘throw of the’) proposition.

One hopes that the exposure gets one the good kind of notoriety, perhaps the notice that encourages people to support you, either with money or, at the very least, encouragement. And, just like the roll of the notional dice, it’s a random thing.

Latterly, I’ve found this photo:

… the Tom Peterson’s that was, out in the wild. Two places.

First, and most flattering, is this:

Which is in the Tom Peterson’s Facebook channel and refers to a BuzzFeed listicle here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/portlandia/16-surefire-signs-you-grew-up-in-portland.

It illustrates point number nine:

It’s not only flattering that someone thought my photo was nifty enough to illustrate, but that it did the job it was supposed to do. Also, being chosen to illustrate a Buzzfeed listicle, I think, equals achievement unlocked in some way. So what if I’m an amateur? Every photo I take, I think composition. Every one. If there was any artistic technique anyone should learn before doing any sort of art, it’s composition. Randomness isn’t a sin, mind … but if you’re making any sort of visual impact, you’re not only taking a picture, you’re orchestrating a scene.

Take pictures that way and even your snapshots become memorable.

Another place I found is a blog entry. Disappointingly, I was not credited. Now, I know by putting the photo out on the intarwebz, I take this risk; depending upon the kindness of strangers. Fools’ errand these days, to be sure, but if we don’t share, we wind up having a very dull world. In September, 2012, a blog called Noticing SW Portland, which is fortunate to have been linked to by OregonLive according to the About section, commented on getting free tomatoes from a friend with the post Tom and Tomatoes, in as much as free IS a very good price, an idea I am pretty much down with. The illustration to evoke Tom?

Yepper. That’s mine. Renamed, too.

For what it’s worth, I’m not going to run this woman down and hassle her about it; I did post it to Flickr with a CC-BY-SA license, meaning anyone can have it, remix it even for commercial purposes, as long as they credited me for it. Because of this, I’ve changed the licensing to CC-BY-ND-SA, reducing the rights I’m releasing … no more commercial re-use, and no more redistribution if you remix it.

Now, I’m aware of the legal status of the CC licenses. I use them as a notice; it’s easier to affix a Creative Commons license with my approximate desires than it is to endlessly tell people how I feel about it. CC isn’t hard to parse and its something everyone should be aware of.

So, by posting to Flickr and affixing the CC-BY-SA, I made my intentions clear. Buzzfeed recognized that; a local blogger did not.

If she does happen by this post, though, I do ask one thing; just credit the photo, and we’re square.

Even though I may be seen as an amateur by the world, my photos are not free for the taking. They might be free for the asking. At least you can ask. Terms can always be negotiable. 

[photo] Adobe’s DNG Converter … When Your Camera Raw is Too Uncooked

Posted in camera raw, digital photography, file conversions on February 23, 2014 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
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A few pictures in the last missive needed some additional, can you believe it, preprocessing before I could load them into Photoshop, something that took me by surprise.

It’s the magic of competing formats. You have a lot of formats out there, not all are created equal, and everyone has their own way of doing things. The upside of this is that you have a lot of innovation. The downside is that your application might not be able to read the photo you took.

The Canon PowerShot 100S takes pictures almost too many ways to count. If you like setting your own options, the camera will, rather than .JPG, generate what’s called a .CR2 file, which I take to be Canon’s native Camera Raw format. I try to read this into Adobe Photoshop CS4 for my usual sizing before posting them to the blog … and though CS4 has recognized Camera Raw in the past, this one, it doesn’t. I understand CS6 does, but that’s not on the agenda yet and may not be, our shoestring being what it is, and I’m not in the class that can support the Creative Cloud (and I’m not that awestruck by the concept).

So, what to do? Seems a shame to waste those image files.

As it happens, there’s an evolving universal standard, the .DNG file, or ‘Digital Negative’. It’s a standardization of Camera Raw, apparently, that CS4 can read.

And, thankfully, Adobe … the company that is good at standards, anyway, (thank you PDF) has a handy-dandy program that will convert your .CR2 files to .DNG, which Photoshop CS4 likes just fine.

To download the Mac version, good for Mac OS X 10.6-current (thankfully), go to this link:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5695&promoid=DTEHQ

It’s about 145 MB and it’s also free and works a treat on those files.

Yeah, it’s just one more step. But, it works.

[net_liff] The Girl Whose Feet Never Touch The Ground

Posted in blogs, digital photography, digital photos, Natsumi Hayashi on March 4, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2788Natsumi Hayashi is a young Japanese woman, who puts her super power on display for all the world to see.

Now, as far as polls go, attractive young women are right up there; Japanese moreso. The reason I make that tortured statement is to perhaps overmake the point that, while Natsumi Hayashi is very easy on the eyes generally, what will really make you fall in love with her is her delightfully skewed view, which she can make real and share with you:

She’s pioneered what she calls levitation self-portraits, and there are quite a few. They make her seem in her environment, but not part of it. Something entirely un-Earthly and surreal and very wonderful to look at. They amuse the eye and lift the spirit.

She has many of these, whose secret is actually hard work; she sets her camera for auto-fire or has a friend squeeze the trigger, and really just jumps up and down. Out of the up-to-300-and-more photos taken on such a session, chances are, there’ll be a few good ones.

It’s reality, curated, really.

Her blog is Yowayowa Camera Woman Diary: http://yowayowacamera.com/. Come for the adorable young Japanese lady; stay for the sense of absurd wonder.

[liff] My Comedy Writing Won Me A Prize Today

Posted in copywriting, digital photography, Graphic Design, I Won Something, It's All About Me, liff on October 22, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

2242.Well, admittedly, it wasn’t a great deal of comedy writing, but famous cartoons have had shorter captions. It just gets down to what works.

All this month, graphic resource house Veer has been holding a series of Twitter contests. They tweet the contest out, and you respond by starting your tweet with “Hey @VeerUpdate” and then including whatever they need and if they select your tweet, during the daily contest you win a 1-month subcription to Veer Marketplace where you can get a scad of great high-quality photostock.

Yesterday’s contest was creative contest #32, and the challenge was to caption this photo:


Thumbnail copyright Veer; you can purchase it yourself
by going to http://marketplace.veer.com/images/1589134

My caption:

It was moments like this that Dr. Doctor thanked God
he got a “A” in “Concerned Medical Looks 101” in Pre-Med.

Which won me the subscription (along with a few other lucky and talented souls). So, yay, me! The small triumphs are sometimes quite sweet!

Thanks, Veer!

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[zk_news] Progressive Radio Host Sees PDX Clearly With Image From ZehnKatzen Design

Posted in digital photography, my_happy, Samuel John Klein, ZehnKatzen on April 29, 2008 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

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Downtown Skyline photo joins others for rich scenic Stumptown tapestry

Portland Skyline From Marquam Bridge

Portland, OR – The ZehnKatzen Times – 29 April 2008 – An agreement was reached today that grants The Russ Belville Show rights to use Samuel John Klein’s downtown Portland skyline photo Portland Skyline From Marquam Bridge as an element in the design of his web page, http://radicalruss.com.

The photo, taken from the back seat of a car hurtling over Portland’s Marquam Bridge, shows off one of the best views of downtown Portland, complete with Riverplace riverscape and a dramatic afternoon sky scattered with typically Oregon clouds but still having vast, beautiful areas of blue.

"Much of the civic beauty that is Portland can be seen in this photograph" states the photographer, Samuel John Klein, a Portland-based graphic designer, artist, and writer. "We keep hearing from acquaintances who see this view what a lovely city Portland is, and why it has the reputation it does. We, quite naturally, agree."

The photo can be seen if one surfs to the show’s web page and looks on the left end of the rotating tag-line picture strip, just below the page header itself, where the image itself stands proudly aside other beautiful and famous images of Portland.

The Russ Belville Show is helmed by its namesake, who uses the nom de broadcast "Radical Russ", and broadcasts nationally via XM Satellite Radio channel 163 and locally to the Portland market from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Saturdays via Portland’s Progressive Talk KPOJ AM 620, who has a fast, frequently funny, and always witty and lively view of progressive issues and the news of the day. It’s also available via free podcast (you can also subrscribe to this via the iTunes store. We do.).

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[zk_news] Progressive Radio Host Sees PDX Clearly With Image From ZehnKatzen Design

Posted in digital photography, my_happy, Samuel John Klein, ZehnKatzen on April 29, 2008 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

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Downtown Skyline photo joins others for rich scenic Stumptown tapestry

Portland, OR – The ZehnKatzen Times – 29 April 2008 – An agreement was reached today that grants The Russ Belville Show rights to use Samuel John Klein’s downtown Portland skyline photo Portland Skyline From Marquam Bridge as an element in the design of his web page, http://radicalruss.com.

The photo, taken from the back seat of a car hurtling over Portland’s Marquam Bridge, shows off one of the best views of downtown Portland, complete with Riverplace riverscape and a dramatic afternoon sky scattered with typically Oregon clouds but still having vast, beautiful areas of blue.

“Much of the civic beauty that is Portland can be seen in this photograph” states the photographer, Samuel John Klein, a Portland-based graphic designer, artist, and writer. “We keep hearing from acquaintances who see this view what a lovely city Portland is, and why it has the reputation it does. We, quite naturally, agree.”

The photo can be seen if one surfs to the show’s web page and looks on the left end of the rotating tag-line picture strip, just below the page header itself, where the image itself stands proudly aside other beautiful and famous images of Portland.

The Russ Belville Show is helmed by its namesake, who uses the nom de broadcast “Radical Russ”, and broadcasts nationally via XM Satellite Radio channel 163 and locally to the Portland market from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Saturdays via Portland’s Progressive Talk KPOJ AM 620, who has a fast, frequently funny, and always witty and lively view of progressive issues and the news of the day. It’s also available via free podcast (you can also subrscribe to this via the iTunes store. We do.).

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