Category Archives: Technology

Saved by the wire (and the fiber-optic cable)

You would never think that a wire could slow Internet speed. Well, perhaps you would think of that, but I hadn’t thunk about it much. I was once warned by my friend Eric that the wrong kind of wire could … Continue reading

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Saved by the RAID

I’m in my second week of online teaching. It’s particularly difficult because my class is a hands-on course in digital photography and color management. But this quarter it’s all hands-off. And that is making me crazy. The announcement that I … Continue reading

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Electronic motor control
and my obsession with a 1935 bookbinding machine

This is the second part of my obsession story. To read the first part, please click here. And that’s where my odyssey began. Alternating current induction motors use the frequency of the line power (60 Hz in our case) to … Continue reading

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Running the five-color
Pearl press postcard

Last year I began the restoration of an 1895 Pearl press, a treadle-powered letterpress that was donated to the Cal Poly Shakespeare Press Museum. That press was a rusty machine when we took delivery of it. I took it to … Continue reading

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An EOS R follow-up:
two months later

I bought the Canon EOS R camera in May after considerable research and a one-week rental test of the device. I am the photographer of the Festival Mozaic, a classical music festival in San Luis Obispo. Each year I shoot … Continue reading

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The Laowa Probe macro lens – after a week

I have been shooting with the Laowa lens now for a week. Of course it rained for three days, so I didn’t get out as much as I had hoped. My overall impression of the lens: it’s well-built. It’s beautifully … Continue reading

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The fascinating Laowa macro probe lens

I’m not sure how I learned about it. One day it showed up on my computer screen, and I jumped. Today it arrived on my front porch. It’s strange and curious and fascinating and some might say useless. I have … Continue reading

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300,000 readers!

Greetings, good souls, In late August of this year The Blognosticator reached and exceeded 300,000 readers. I was not tracking it closely at the time, being caught-up in beginning of the school year activities, but it happened, and now that … Continue reading

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The case for using DNG as your primary file type

I have files created by a Kodak-branded, Canon digital camera from this century that can no longer be read. This is my second case of file obsolescence; the first being Kodak Photo CD files that cannot be read by any … Continue reading

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A pretty good argument for using ProPhoto RGB
as your working color space

Photographers discovered 20 years ago that sRGB is a really bad color space for professional photography. So we all changed to Adobe RGB 1998. The reasons for doing so are important: Adobe RGB has a larger overall gamut, and conversion … Continue reading

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