Archive for August, 2008

Mt. Davis – Pennsylvania’s High Point

This past Saturday, I visited Mt. Davis for a few hours. Mt. Davis is Pennsylvania’s high point. Following is a handful of photos from the top, including a 360 degree panorama shot from the top of a 50 foot tower present at the peak.

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Slow Shutter Photography – Part 1

Sunday night I was bored, and decided to play around with my camera and longer than normal shutter speeds. Most, if not all, of the following photos were taken with a 15 second shutter.

The first one is of the nearby PennDot camera. (It is aimed away from where I was.) The next 8 photos are of Route 202 from a bridge. The next two are of cars passing by my location. The one after that might look like an acid trip, but it isn’t. It was from the dashboard of a car. The final three will be left for you to leave a guess in the comments.

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Neighborhood Owl

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Hail!

Right now, there is a hail storm here. The reason I’m posting this is because it doesn’t happen all that often around here. Anyways, I’m just going to dump some photos below.

Update:

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GIMP – What do you want to learn?

So far, I’ve put together two tutorials based on the most common tasks that I perform using GIMP. Now it’s your turn. I want to make more GIMP tutorials, but I’d like to make them for what you, the reader, are interested in learning. I’d also like to know what you think of the first two tutorials. Would you like to see more screenshots? Videos? Explanations? Express your thoughts in the comments below.

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GIMP – Using the Path Tool

In the last tutorial, I covered the basics of cropping an image for the web. This tutorial assumes that you know what was covered in the previous one.

When preparing a picture for the web, often you don’t want to include the background. In the last tutorial, the background of my desk was quite obvious. Lets use the path tool to remove it.
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GIMP – Image Cropping for Web

After talking to some people, I’ve decided to write up some tutorials for using GIMP. At work, I use Ubuntu, so Photoshop isn’t really an option, but I need a way to prepare photos of products for our website. For many products, I not only crop down the photo to show just the product, but I also remove the background from around the product using the path tool. This first post will just focus on cropping down an image and preparing it for a website.

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Most commonly used search term to find ahotw.com? Angel.

This is what would be considered a low traffic blog. Heck, it’s even a low posting blog. Of all the posts that I’ve made, only two have been about Angel Learning (it had annoying problems, and I’m sure it still does). Despite that, over half of the searches that resulted in a visitor to this site included the term ‘angel’ (generally combined with either ‘education’ or ‘learning’). Interestingly enough, one of the visitors to ahotw.com was from Indianapolis, IN, which is where Angel Learning is based in, who visited the category page for ‘Angel Learning‘.

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