Journal, Photography

Robgalbraith Forums

I was at Rob Galbraith’s site this morning and I looked forever for the Forums link that used to be in the left-hand navigation bar. Now, I know why it wasn’t there anymore. Due to new opportunities causing time restrictions, Rob and Mike are selling off the forums.

It’s a shame, since their forums was one of the best. In the past, I used to visit DPReview until the signal to noise ratio declined dramatically. I definitely understand what Rob and Mike are going through. Since beginning my full-time gig, I’ve had less time to devote to my outside photography projects. With Aperture 1.1 released, I have to get out an update to Annoture. There’s also another Mac OS X product that has been sitting around for almost a year. Hopefully, I’ll have some time soon to get those out.

Aperture, Journal, Photography

Aperture 1.1

Apple released Aperture 1.1 today. Some surprising things aside from the expected bug fixes and feature improvements:

  • They lowered the price from $499 to $299
  • They are offering $200 voucher for the Apple Store to early adopters of Aperture

The second item really threw me for a loop! If anything, it’s an admission on Apple’s part that they are serious about the pro photo marketplace and are apologizing for the deficiencies in the 1.0 product.

I’ll be installing 1.1 this weekend and putting it through its paces. I’ll be photographing Rae’s dance performance tonight during their tech rehearsal. Should be a good for testing Aperture’s new noise reduction algorithms.


Attack of the Cockroaches!

All this wet weather has apparently made our house haven to all sorts of vile critters. A week ago, I was opening the door to the garage from the office/den when I spotted a cockroach scurrying about. I killed it, thinking it was a sole roach that had lost its way. Wishful thinking — where there’s one roach, there almost certainly are dozens more!

We bought some Roach Motels, and two more checked in. A couple of days ago, I spied a roach inside the office! They had breached our defenses and were inside the house! This meant war, so I purchased a box of Hot Shot MaxAttrax Nest Destroyer Roach Bait and a tube of Boric Acid. Rae, Randy, and I positioned the baits and sprinkled the boric acid in strategic locations throughout the garage.

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COBA, Photography

April COBA Meeting

The April 2006 meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 from 7:30-10:30 pm in the Orange Room at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Future Location Change

I’ve just been informed that due to new Federal Regulations at SLAC (the Center is partially funded by the U.S. Government), we will not be able to use the Orange Room for future COBA meetings. We will spend 15 minutes brainstorming alternate meeting locations for COBA!



Imagine having everyone in your photographs instantly recognized and annotated. This is the promise of Riya, a Silicon Valley based startup.

Burak Gokturk, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder will present his company’s exciting photo recognition service. “Burak is the ‘brain’ behind Riya’s photo recognition technology, and leads the research team. It is Burak’s desire to bring the usefulness of the computer vision science to human’s attention in this exciting venture. His team’s current work aligns with this goal and includes detection and recognition of faces, text and objects in photos taken under uncontrolled conditions.”

Retouching and Enhancing Your Photos

Want to erase someone from a photo? Confused about when to use the healing brush, the clone tool, or the patch tool? Can a little rotation turn your photo being bland to interesting? We’ll go over several techniques for enhancing your photos.

COBA, Journal, Photography

COBA Location Help

I’ve just been informed that due to new Federal Regulations, we might not be able to use the SLAC Orange Room for future COBA meetings. This puts me in a bind, as April 12 is the next scheduled COBA meeting, with photo recognition software company, Riya, as the featured presenter.

We’re trying to see if the SLAC auditorium will be available. If so, attendees might have to pay a fee (like the last time we had an event there).

Anyone have access to a venue near Palo Alto that can accommodate 40-50 people on the evening of the 12th?

Update: We’ve been given permission to use the Orange Room this month, but next month, we’ll either need to rent the auditorium or find another venue. I’ll be sending out the meeting announcement shortly.