acb: (mornington crescent tube)
I've recently gotten into the habit of going for evening walks, typically after eating dinner. Which is easy enough to do in the midsummer, when the sun sets shortly before 10, and one often has a glorious sunset, or at least the wistful poignancy of the day's last rays, beckoning one out of one's room and into the streets. Which, I guess, is one of the advantages of living far from the equator (in the summer, anyway).

Today was a particularly splendid sunset; see below for evidence:
Photos )
acb: (photography)
My new compact camera, a Fujifilm Finepix F45fd, arrived on Friday. I've spent a little time playing around with it.

My first impressions: it's small (much more so than the Canon compacts I've had) and feels satisfyingly hefty (the body is mostly metal, rather than the plastic used in the A570). The lack of proper manual control (there's no shutter/aperture priority and, perhaps less importantly, no manual focus) could take some time to get used to. I've yet to test it in a gig situation, though the dynamic range still seems a bit low compared to my old G2. (How it compares to Canon's higher-pixel-density non-Super CCDs remains to be determined.)

The camera also has about 25Mb of internal memory, which it can use to store photos in the absence of a SD/xD card. This is only accessible using PTP. (There is a Linux FUSE filesystem for PTP named gphotofs, though for some reason this wasn't working on my (Debian) server (though it did work on Ubuntu)). The camera has a function to copy photos between the internal memory and memory card, and photos get renumbered to fit. This appears to be acceptable.
acb: (buttons)
My second batch (or first non-sample batch) of Moo MiniCards arrived today. It's a pleasantly shaped box, of solid, glossy card, containing 100 of the small cards, which, for the most part, look great.

Unfortunately, Moo's printing process cropped a few of the cards incorrectly; one card (of which there are 4 or 5 in the box) has a block of solid black at one end of the image. Another was cropped slightly higher up than I intended it to be.

I contacted Moo about this and, within an hour or two, they had replied to me, sending me a voucher code for a free box of 100 MiniCards. Now that's what I call customer service. :-)

September 2015

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