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Where photography and mathematics intersect with some photography, some math, some math of photography, and an occasional tutorial.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Personal Photo Challenge - Seeing the Unseen

While making some chicken soup and thinking I should take a photograph, I looked around and saw there were other objects in the kitchen and nearby that did not look very photogenic.  What if I could see in the infrared?  What if I only saw shadows and highlights and nothing in between?  Could I make these dull and mundane items look interesting and still retain enough of their original features to be recognizable?

My personal challenge was to photograph these otherwise dull, mundane, and not so photogenic objects then process the images in-camera with the Pentax K5 filters to bring out features otherwise hidden and see if they could be seen differently.

Glad wrap never seemed 'glad' to me, so what if it were brighter, the colors more saturated, and made the box stand out against a black background.  Abstracted to unreality but definitely gladder looking!

You don't remember Easy Money?  Well you are younger than I.  Of course in real life we know there is no 'easy money' or 'free lunch' but there are those who would make us think so by claiming they can make us rich if only .... [fill in the blanks].   These charlatans must think their victims see things with a distorted view, so I used the distortion filter to make the Money look even easier.  But you should take a 'clue' and see that there is a 'risk.'  

Chinese Checkers!  When I was six I thought this was the greatest game there was and probably because of the bright colors and the sound of marbles thumping distinctly against the metal surface of the board.  That sound made it unlike any other board game.  That sound is still brought to mind when I look at the distinctive appearance of this Chinese Checkers board.

This is what the coffee pot looks like in the morning before consuming the first cup!

Not in the kitchen, but seen from the kitchen window, the view of the boulder has recently been slightly obscured by an Elderberry limb that fell in last winter's storm.  The boulder has a blue cast and the limb is a collection of linear features.  I processed one image to bring out the blue in the boulder and the other to bring out the Elderberry limb.  

Oh yes, what started all of this - the Kitchen Sink Chicken Soup!  I call it that because I toss in whatever veggies I can find in the kitchen, though I did not include the sink.

Recipe for Kitchen Sink Chicken Soup: sear 3 chicken breasts in a bit of coconut oil; add enough water to 2/3 of pot capacity; add veggies (sliced red potato, celery, mushrooms, carrots, etc); add spices (curry mix, turmeric, coriander, dash of vinegar, fresh ginger chopped fine, salt to taste). Bring to a light boil without cover for about 40-50 min (add water as necessary).

Sunday, June 10, 2012

How to Add an Event in Facebook

How to Add an Event in Facebook
Ken Osborn © 2012

You’ve found an interesting concert coming up in two weeks and want to post it on Facebook as an event to share with your friends?  Here’s how to do it.

1)    If you are not in your home page, go there.

2) On your home page select “Events.”

3) Here you will see any events you have been invited to or created yourself.  There will be a "Create Event" box.  Select it.  

4) Now you can fill in the specifics for your event and create it.

5) After creating your event, select invite your friends.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Customizing Your Twitter Page

Customizing Your Twitter Page
Ken Osborn © 2012

Did you know you can customize the background design of your Twitter page?  It’s easy, though not straightforward, so I thought it would be worthwhile to scribble some notes so I wouldn’t forget how to do it!  If it helps you, great.

The custom part of the design is the background.   I selected a background that matches my business card, then added the logo from my card, and contact information for my Flickr, Facebook, et al webpages.  For you, if the background is an image that you upload, you will need to build your image in Photoshop or Lightroom first. (I will not review creating the image, but note that I started with a Photoshop canvas 2048 wide and 1600 wide and a marker line at 300 pixels to restrict the area for text.)

Start with the home page, as in the example of my home page below.  But there is a problem with my first design.  After creating the background image and uploading it, I neglected to include my LinkedIn page.  To correct that omission I went to my profile page.  Under the head-and-shoulders icon on the right side (next to the quill in a box) there is a pull-down menu.  Go there and …

select View my profile page followed by Edit Your Profile.

Then select the Design option.


Once in the design page under Customize your own choose an image file from your hard drive and upload it for the background. 

The uploaded image will become your new background.  

My corrected webpage with LinkedIn link