Introducing OGRE

I have a project to show y’all. I’ve been working on it in my spare time for the last half year, and while its not yet complete enough to be considered a product, the underlying technology is solid.

OGRE is a platform neutral technology for taking a data set on a server and creating real-time replicated slaves on clients. It’s fast. Very fast. It’s also highly extensible so it’s likely that OGRE can be adapted to fit your project, not vice versa.

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A full page map for WordPress and WP Geo

You might want to skip to the installation instructions or read this article in Serbo-Croatian care of Jovana Milutinovic, French from Kate Bondareva, or Kazakh by John Vorohovsky.

When I started writing a travel blog almost half a year ago, I had a specific vision of how it would look. I wanted a big world map, onto which I would drop little pins. Each pin would be a single blog post, and clicking that pin would allow you to read the post in one of those little Google Maps speech bubble thingies.

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Incubator: The Birds

This is an “Incubator” post. Like the others, I know that there’s an idea for a big project in here, but I don’t know what it is yet.

Birds are one of the most photographed subjects, so it’s hard to do anything that hasn’t been done many times before. I’d like to show a slightly quirky and unusual side of birds, but I don’t know what that is yet.

Here are a few photos that contain elements I’d like to expand on:

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Incubator: Still

This is an “Incubator” post. Like the others, I know that there’s an idea for a big project in here, but I don’t know what it is yet. Each photo would use a fast shutter speed or flash to freeze motion, capturing a view of a subject that people don’t get to see with the naked eye.

This connecting thread will link together a disparate set of subjects that wouldn’t otherwise find themselves together in a book. It might work beautifully, or it could be an incoherent mess. I need to shoot more pictures to find out.

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Incubator: Somewheres

This is an “Incubator” post. Like the others, I know that there’s an idea for a big project in here, but I don’t know what it is yet.

While walking for a month across northern Spain, I passed thousands of doors. All of them lead somewhere. I started a collection of doors, whimsically limiting myself ones bearing the number 8 (as soon as I had decided upon this limitation, every other street seemed to have a demolished house between 6 and 10).

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Project: “Vistagraphs” book

Humans are nothing like cameras.

While the human eye itself is somewhat like a camera, the eye is just one part of the human ability to perceive the visual world, and cameras suffer from several limitations that do not affect humans.

Vistagraphs are an experiment in producing images that reflect the way that humans perceive the world.

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Project: “Eyes” book

When I look at a portrait I first see the expression on the subject’s face, and after a few moments of appreciation I find my gaze inevitably drawn to the eyes. The eyes reveal the personality of the subject, confirming the expression of the face or contradicting it. The eyes are the most important part of the portrait, yet the smallest. This is a pity because eyes contain beautiful details that are lost in most portraits.

This project consists of inside-out portraits. The intention is that after the first few moments regarding the eye, your gaze is inevitably drawn inwards to the subject’s face.

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A better depth of field table

Traditional DoF tables apply to one focal length only.

Normal depth of field tables list the depth of field for any combination of aperture and subject distance for a single focal length. I find this a pain in the ass for several reasons: firstly, I have to carry around several charts, secondly if I'm using a zoom lens I have to guess what focal length I'm using, and finally I generally find it easier to gauge the size of the subject rather than the distance to it.

This chart is my solution.

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