Friday, July 25, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520 sample photos

Nokia Lumia 1520's phone-camera, man, that is one friggin' good camera. With this, image-quality-wise, there is practically NO compromise from a good compact camera to this one. Good colors, good contrast range, decent low-light performance, and a very sharp lens indeed.
(Of course there are other compromises, but not much. It has no zoom, and the autofocus is not as fast as the best compact cameras. And a big-sensor compact like Sony RX100 will do better in very low light.)





Note, I still use my iPhone 5S as my phone and main mini-tablet. It's only the screen size and the camera of the Lumia 1520 which beats the iPhone, the user experience is otherwise markedly inferior, in my opinion. (And the camera in the iPhone is probably next-best.)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, July 25, 2014   4 comments links to this post

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pretty or Cute? Or Sexy?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Writing is telepathy

"All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing is the purest distillation. An important element of writing is transference. Your job isn't to write words on the page, but rather to transfer the ideas inside your head into the heads of your readers."
Stephen King


article

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014   2 comments links to this post

Eolake, in green or black?

I made the name Eolake up as my nom de plume in 1988, and I've been half-dreading others using it since. Nothing has come off it though until now, 2014, when I find out there's a nice Italian boot called Eolake and a "nefarious" vampire called Eolake! in a new book called Pale Moonlight. I think the boot is nicer.     :-)


posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Internet info for the people, from the nineties

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Maria Bonner or Nicole Bonner, take your pick

Just looked up another purty model/actress with a great face, Mariah Bonner.





Her pictures were mixed up with those of Nicole Bonner, below. For a moment there I thought "Ooooh no, what happened!!

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kishtwar Kailash - Road To Basecamp

[Thanks to Henry]

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, July 21, 2014   1 comments links to this post

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New interview about photography

The site DearSusan (the title refers to Susan Sontag, who wrote a classic book about photography) has interviewed me about photography.

[Pascal] What’s your point of view on gear ? Does it matter to you or are you not interested ?
[Eolake] I love gear.
Many artists of any medium have often been very interested in tools and how they get, and use, the best, to best express themselves.
On the other hand, one can also buy a simple, but good camera, and only work with that for years with everything set to automatic, and possibly do excellent work. (Though it greatly helps to know well the limitations of that particular camera, and the limitations of automation!)



posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Sunday, July 13, 2014

12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans

"12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans", article.

This is some of the best advice I have ever seen collected in one article.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Sunday, July 13, 2014   0 comments links to this post

There is an important hole in the ereader market

Here is an article on my e-reader blog containing a petition to Amazon for making a compact e-reader.


This, to me, this is about right sized, 5.5-6 inch screen and thin bezel.  There is a hole in the market between normal phones, which have too-small screens, and e-readers, almost all of which are too large to hold comfortably for long with one hand.

This is a Nokia Lumia 1520. I got it for the screen size, but to my delightful surprise the camera is at least as good as the famous Lumia 1020!

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Sunday, July 13, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Power of Quiet

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Free Slackers

Is this really street legal?...

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Lawnmower racing

I watched a funny episode of King of the Hill, where Hank entered a lawnmower race. Good show. And of course they made fun of the the slow speed which lawnmowers supposedly can get up to.
But I looked it up, and I would say maybe they hadn't done their research, for these suckers get up to a good clip! I pity anybody who'd get in the way of one driving at full speed.

I would have bet that this originated in the US, but it seems it's a British invention.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, July 07, 2014   5 comments links to this post

Thursday, July 03, 2014

"Dreamwalking Barcelona"


Dreamwalking Barcelona from Brandon Li on Vimeo.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, July 03, 2014   0 comments links to this post

An avian engineer?

[Thanks to Bert]

I've never heard of anything like this. I've heard that apes will sometimes "use tools", like using a fallen branch to reach a fallen fruit, but a bird carefully making feathers from paper to extend her tail!!?
I wonder if the reasons are cosmetic or aerodynamic.


 Kent sez:
"Actually, that's just how love birds collect nesting material to take back to their nest hollow."

Haha, brilliant. Thanks.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, July 03, 2014   4 comments links to this post

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Winners of Person with a Bag photo contest

Winners of Person with a Bag photo contest
The prizes are on the way to the winners.

First prize, a Muzetto bag from Waterfield:


By TC[Girl]

Shared 2nd prize: Roger B

Shared second price: Russ


Runner-up: Merle

Runner-up: Pavel

Runner-up: Alan-D

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014   15 comments links to this post

Monday, June 30, 2014

Urgent: last day for photo contest entry

Today Monday is the last day for photo contest entry.

Entries are fewer than the earlier contests, so your chances are better, enter now!
(You can still enter so long as it's still Monday anywhere on the planet.)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, June 30, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jon Barry; egrets (herons) mating dance

[Note, don't forget the photo contest, deadline is Monday!]

Photo by my colleague and pal Jon Barry.




posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, June 26, 2014   6 comments links to this post

OK Go optical tricks video

[Thanks to Bert]

Funny enough, if they did this perfectly, it would be less convincing, because it would look like it was digitally made...



(As usual you can click on the YouTube logo or the Full Screen symbol on lower right to see it larger.)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, June 26, 2014   0 comments links to this post

Hologram 2.0

Hologram 2.0, a step beyond 3D printing.




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