Another great example of the effectivity from JPEgmini, a small tool to shrink your jpgs without quality loss. I saved 115MB by the compression of 116 images.
Another great example of the effectivity from JPEgmini, a small tool to shrink your jpgs without quality loss. I saved 115MB by the compression of 116 images.
Recent work on the rebuild of my cafe racer, Honda CB750 RC04. The photorealistic layouts above show the bike with a modified upside-down fork, new tank design and new shock absorbers. To bring the fron down and give the entire build a more compact look I’m looking into the race bike front parts like the upside-down fork and brake system. I’m not sure yet what design I will go with at the end. It’s still under construction and an ongoing design process. With the change of the front part, different other modifications, will be needed. Like the entire electronic system, which is original build on top of the handlebar/fork bridge but has to be moved back under the seat or tank.
Tired of looking through countless fonts to find the right one, the one which fits best for this one word. Here comes a quick solution, Wordmark. Wordmark.it is designed to help with this font selection process by quickly displaying previews of any text with the fonts installed
on your computer.
Check it under – wordmark.it
Parallax has been used by many websites during the last 3-4 years and exposted over different devices. Here comes the newest trend in web design – the new parallax effect.
This background trend includes elements of plenty of other trends for truly engaging moving elements that draw users in and keep them on the site with great scrolling actions. This new parallax with a twist is the latest craze to fascinate website designers.
The key difference is in the lack of “screens.” The scroll creates a continuous and moving dynamic flow where the background changes color, includes moving animations and elements that move with the screen and other elements move in to and out of the focus area.
Try for yourself and see how cool it is. My favorit example is this fantastic site by San Francisco based interactive agency SFCD.
Click here to get the full experience.
The Ducati Scrambler team are at it again, releasing another run of custom builds at the Verona Motorbike Expo last weekend. This time they’ve unveiled 3 new builds, 2 of which are based on the new 400cc Scrambler Sixty2. The bike you see here is one of the two and it’s been coined the ‘Peace Sixty2’. To put this bike together Ducati enlisted the help of talented Italian workshop Mr Martini who once again applied Cafe Racer styling to the Desmodromic L twin, along with some rather unique design touches.
Another nice inspiration from https://images.unsplash.com. Here is a recommendation, download the Chrome extension and it will display, each time you open a new window or start Chrome, great footage by Unsplash’s photographers. Simply go the Unsplash website and add the chrome extension via their start screen.
Here is the link to the above photo by photographer Sven Scheuermeyer –
Here is another great example of the high quality images at “unsplash” stock photography site. This nice example comes from photographer Matthew Wiebe.
deBolex is one of the finest custom bike builders out there and well know for his perfect manufactured and well thought through builds. Each bikes leaving his garage with his own interpretation of the bikes & clients character. So it comes with no surprise that the MK5 was build and put in order by Ricardo, a record producer living on Ibiza. deBolex does his job well and one thing most if not all bikes has in common, it’s the upside-down fork. Beside many other details of his builds, for me the most liked part of the bike and something I want to do at my RC04. Both bikes, and most the MK3 (black version), are a great inspiration of how my bike can look with the upside-down fork.
For more details about the MK3 – Click here!
For more details about the MK5 – Click Here!
Multiple adjustment, improved control, refinement and awesome looks make K-Tech Razor shocks a leap beyond standard equipment.
The Razor range of shock absorbers are available in two styles, giving up to 4 way adjustability and multiple length options allowing you to customise your motorcycle for looks and riding style.
For more details see link – HERE!
San Francisco wiki become the first city with a ban to sale plastic bottles. Believe it or not, enough plastic is discarded every year to circle the globe four times. Even worse, it is estimated that 50% of the plastic on this planet is used only once before being thrown away.
Read the full article here
File size’s are an important topic, not only for photographers with thousands of pictures. Everybody know’s the situation after a 2 week holiday and hundreds of photos. Even after a best of selection, often hundreds of memories will stay somewhere on a hard drive, external hard drive or get uploaded into a web cloud. I do know the problem quite well and often used “Save to Web” function via Photoshop to reduce file sizes of jpgs.
But, this is quite time assuming and for non-graphic-experienced people, who doesn’t know Photoshop, not the way to look at. So here is a handy and smart solution to reduce file sizes of jpgs in a fast and easy way. JPEG mini is a small application for MAC and Windows, which reduces file sizes of jpgs up to 5 times. There is almost no lack of quality and the best, with only 20 Euro it’s even affordable. So, before upgrading you web cloud storage, thats something to look into. I bought it some days ago and think it’s great.
You can get it here – http://www.jpegmini.com
Looks like there is a new tool to get soon. Image stabilization for After Effects by ReelSteady. Image stabilization become much better since After Effects CC 2015 but still, if you have real shaky footage, it’s still not perfect. Reel steady software for After Effects seems to be a great solution for this. The promo video showcases the results of the software and it looks quite promising.
If you don’t use image stabilization very often it’s maybe fine to stay with the After Effects solution before investing the 399$ for the software. But if you often shoot with GoPros, other handheld cameras or even areal footage, it’s maybe worth looking into ReelSteady.com and get your Free Trial.
Here is another before and after example by Robert Macintosh.
Stabilized with ReelSteady:
Unstabilized “before” footage:
This is such amazing piece of art. Not matter if still or moving, Photographer Vincent Munier’s work is pure art in perfection. The colours, composition and object melts into one great artwork. The story itself, the adventure and effort how he get to these places would be almost enough to show and tell. Munier seems to like the coldness of the Artic. He likes pulling heavy sleds, walking on skis across hundreds of miles on the territories of the white wolves.
In his book “Artique”, he showcases his best pictures from polar winter expeditions he did, generally alone, from over the past 6 years. His unique pictures carry us along into the white Arctic dessert, a world so different, so remote.
Interesting documentary of the outdoor brand Peak Performance about climbing and sailing in Greenland. Often on those expeditions, athletes enter remote territory of unknown land and expectations. Different to many adventures, sailing and climbing in these areas have not been explored much. Artic mountaineering requires dedication into topographical research. Some information taken from the film description.
From the start of the film, each scene seamlessly echoes back and forth between images of the surreal mountains in Greenland. The climbers are older, wiser and more reflected of their past adventures. Edurne, fresh off her incredible feat of being the first woman to climb all fourteen 8000 meter peaks in the world, tells us of her life story, while Erwan and Martial seek out new first ascents along the coastline, climbing, mountaineering and ski touring. Their story comes to life with archival footage of past hardships and hand drawn animations. Each of the climbers story flow in-and-out of this voyage through the fjords in this magic land.
Promising and stunning new mountain film for 2015 from multi-award winner Alastair Lee and the Posing Productions crew; ‘Citadel’. Featuring hardcore UK alpinists Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey as they attempt the stunning NW ridge of the remote peak ‘The Citadel’ deep in the Neacola range, Alaska. The world’s first mountain film shot entirely in 4k, a stunning visual treat reveals alpine climbing like never before.
My first winter ascent at Alpspitze 2.650m. Over the last 2 years I’ve climbed this beautiful mountain in 3 seasons. First in springtime when the top was still wrapped in snow. Second in summer but in bad weather. Constant rain and clouds destroyed any visibility. That was maybe, beside the winter ascent, the most dangerous climb as it was very slippery. Another time was late summer almost autumn, a nice climb with great visibility.
So it was time to do a winter ascent, a last ascent to close the book of this alpine route. Alpspitze is not the most difficult or technically climb but to be taken seriously. Still for me one of the most beautiful climbs when you look at the shape of the mountain and the stunning views. That’s exactly what it is, a rewarding feeling you take away from the mountain.
With it’s 2650m the mountain usually sink in snow during winter, which can be a good or bad thing. Some people climb up on ice axe and crampons over the north ridge and ski down over the east ridge. Or they climb up the east ridge and ski the same down. It deepens on the snow. North ridge is more challenging and for sure the better climb. With touring skis you would most probably choose an ascent via the east ridge.
As snow was still low at the end of this December 2015, a good weather window opened for a couple of days, we thought that this is the perfect chance for the winter ascent. So we packed our climbing gear, some warm cloth and went to Garmisch Partenkirchen to organised the rest of the needed equipment for a winter ascent. As we weren’t sure about the snow conditions on top, we brought ice axes and crampons with us to be prepared if needed. It showed up that it was the right decision we made.
The day started early with a quick breakfast before we jumped on the cable railway up to Osterfelderkopf (2065m). From here we followed the trail direction Alpspitze. A beautiful walk touched by the first sunlight of the day. It was fresh but not too cold. We expected low-low minus temperature but with the early sunlight it felt fine. We didn’t decide on the climb until we reached the last junction. Here we had to drop the coin and decide if we move left and ascent over the east ridge or do the ferrata climb over the north ridge. I thought the east ridge would be the safer version but was proofed wrong later. With the positive weather forecast and full of energy we decided on the ascent over the north ridge.
I was surprised about the good snow conditions up there. The via ferrata was almost free of ice and snow. Still, there was enough snow on the mountain but with the amount of respect and concentration, still feasible to do. With every meter of altitude we gained, sunlight and visibility increased and we got fully rewarded with some stunning views over Garmisch and towards Zugspitze following the Jubiläumsgrat. As we haven’t been sure about the descent and the conditions at the east ridge, how much snow there was still waiting for us, we really pushed our bodies to the top of the mountain. We wanted to at least have a safety window left if conditions turned out bad for us. Around lunch, approx. 3 hours after we entered the climb, we finally reached the summit. It is always such great feeling being on the top of Alpspitze and get rewarded with such an amazing view. Now in winter the air is so clear and fresh that it really made a big difference to summer. We had a short break, something to eat – for us and the birds. Some climber recommended us to not descent over the east ridge, as he heard the tunnel system was closed. Blocked through snow and not feasible for access. Instead of following pour plan he recommended to descent over the north ridge, the way we climbed up. Personally I’m not a big fan descending over the same way we ascended, and specially in our case the north ridge. On the other side, if the guy was right and you find out in front of the tunnel, it means you’re in trouble. The tunnel system is on the north-east side of the mountain and the exit and somehow connection to the mountain hut at Osterfelderkopf. Most probably, if you can’t access the tunnel and don’t carry a long rope in your bagpack, it means you have to turn around. That way back can stretch your descent for another couple of hours as you have to go down direction Bernadeinkopf I guess. But I’m not sure as I always been lucky to not enter that situation. So, again not this time.
Never change a running system! We still followed our plan and went down the east ridge – as it was planed. I didn’t believe, that with the low amount of snow we had this year, the tunnel was blocked. But I must admit I was quite nervous until we arrived at the tunnel system a couple of hours later. We lost quite some time climbing down the ridge with our ice axes and crampons as we always stepped on ice plates or into deep snow fields, which made the descent quite exciting and in the same time exhausting. Even that the ridge is not vertical, but with its 60° it seems a bit steep, definitely with snow and ice. We both been happy when we arrived at the bottom of the ridge and didn’t slip down that peak.
Here is a pic I found on the web, which shows the east ridge of Alpspitze. I marked the approx. descent we did for better understanding.
From here we had to cross the entire east side of the mountain to exit through the tunnel system. From the bottom of the east ridge we had to climb down first and later up, to enter a route along the hill side, which allowed us to follow for the next hours. What was usually part of the via ferrata in summer was now covered in snow and not accessible. The missing snow of the north ridge was waiting for us on the east ridge and along the east mountain side. So probably the guy’s advice was correct and the tunnel system was blocked. But at this time it was too late. When we made the decision to descent over the east ridge we had to take the risk of being blocked at the tunnel. For the next 1.5 hours we’ve been happy again to bring the ice axes and crampons with us. From a distance I spotted the entrance of the first tunnel and when we climbed down and realised it was accessible – some pressure released from my body. We switched on our headlamps and entered the tunnel system. The first one seemed to be the longest as it goes around some corners and it takes time until sunlight enters from the backside. Some more pressure fell off when sunlight hit the light of my headlamp. But that was only half of the rent. Another tunnel needed to be accessible to reach the way back to Osterfelderkopf. Also the second tunnel allowed us to enter and leave but right after the exit, the way was blocked with snow and ice – not accessible. We somehow managed to climb along the mountain and over that block of snow and ice to finally get back to Osterfelderkopf and the cable railway for our way down.
Overall it was an exhausting and challenging climb over 6 hours+ and fully rewarded. The stunning views, the amazing weather and the fun we had was definitely worth it. I’m glad everything went well, none of us slipped or got hurt. It’s for sure an recommendation for any alpinist and within the right weather & company every second worth it.
I’m sorry for the low outcome of photos, most pics are taken from film material I shot on GoPro, which I will use later for video. In the vast majority of risky situations, I’ve concentrate keeping my hands on safety tools instead of my camera. Keeping fingers crossed for the video material of this nice adventure.
Click READ MORE to see more pics if you haven’t seen the slideshow above.
What’s the color of your DNA? The designer Iona Inglesby started Dot One, a startup in 2015, which focuses on clothing and posters created by customers color of their DNA.
The DNA test is similar to a paternity test. Through a customized and specially developed algorithm colors are linked to the DNA code.
It’s a great idea and I believe very special for many customers. But as great the idea is as expensive it is. A poster costs approx. 200 Euro and a scarf around 420 Euro.
Good stock footage is hard to find and can drive creatives mad. You’re left with either bad quality low-res footage, cheesy pictures or images out of budget for the project you’re working on. But there is hope beside the usual known sides like Getty- Images, Corbis or iStock etc …
Here are some recommendations for good stock footage ready for download and usage in high-ress.