Big Week and Some in the Neighborhood(s)

Wed 04.23.14 – On top of going to Chicago last Tuesday for the HERE Human Automative Driving half day of demos and presentations, on Thursday I moved house.

It took until Sunday mid-afternoon to finish moving things about, settling in, and getting my energy back. This week is all about catching up with client work, some writing, and also job searching.

But why move? It was time for me to leave Seal Beach, between the sea damp mold issues that just kept coming back and the distance to clients, it was time to leave. For the next month I am house sitting in LA, but looking to re-locate to where the job market is better for tech folk, be it San Francisco/Silicon Valley, West LA, or Seattle, or …

Right now I would love to move to a vibrant urban(ish) area where one can walk to most of what one needs and where the tech and art scenes are alive.

‘Tis Palm Sunday

Last night did Christ the Sun rise from the Dark,
Thy mystic harvest of the fields of God.
And now the little wandering tribes of bees
Are brawling in the scarlet flowers abroad.
The winds are soft with birdsong; all night long
Darkling the nightingale her descant told,
And now inside church doors the happy folk
The Alleluia chant a hundredfold.
O father of thy folk, be thine by right
The Easter joy the threshold of the light.

Sedulius Scottus translated by Helen Waddell

Having fun with the DXOMark Filmpack Plugin

Seal Beach Pier - Original Nokia Lumia 1020 photo
Seal Beach Pier - Agfa APX black & white film Seal Beach Pier - Ilford Pan F black & whiteSeal Beach Pier - FujiFilm Velvia 50Seal Beach Pier - Kodak Elite 200

Wed 03.26.14 – A few months ago I downloaded the DxOMark Filmpack Lightroom Plugin, after seeing on a web site somewhere that the plugin would allow one to take one’s digital camera files and develop / digitally process them as various films – be it black and white film or color film.

Since I have fallen in love with Fujifilm Velvia 100 & 50 color slide film and Ilford Super XP2 400 black and white film this summer, and I really don’t like to spend time on post-processing, experimenting with the film pack has been fun. One just opens the images and presses the film you want to use, then save. Fast and fun.

Today, I took a photo of the Seal Beach pier before sunset as large, fluffy clouds were floating by. The top image is the original from my Nokia Lumia 1020 and the rest are various film pack processings. The DxOMark filmpack version of FujiFilm Velvia 50 is a bit over the top for my tastes, but I do like the black and white processings. Which do you like best?