I prepared a few simple WWDC-themed wallpapers for 2020, based on the assets Apple is using this year. Every wallpaper is in 6K and is Pro Display XDR Ready™️. Feel free to convert them to JPG is you’d like smaller files — they’re around 33 MB each.
Now that I’m looking through all of my older DSLR photos, I can see how much work I put into experimenting with long exposures at various times of day — something which I avoided doing on film (I was too impatient to wait for the film to be developed and it wasn’t exactly cheap back then either, to just throw away 24 or 36 shots on a simple cityscape).
This shot above was taken in Wałbrzych, in southwestern Poland, presenting the wonderful architecture of paneláks1 (a word which I just learned today) and that white monstrosity, called a church by some.
Shot with Canon 300D + EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6: 18mm, f/3.5, 5s, ISO 100.
- In Poland, they are called “bloki” (blocks) or “wielka płyta” (the great panel). ↩
This was one of my first proper long exposure shots ever. A DSLR made this so much easier, especially since small exposure corrections were so easy to do, at practically no cost — all I needed was some more space on my CF card. I was so proud of this photo at the time, that I actually went to a lab and had it transferred onto a slide. I later presented it to our local photography group and they couldn’t believe it was a digital photo. And it has only 6 MP at that, from a JPG (I hadn’t yet switch to RAW at this time)!
Shot with Canon 300D + EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6: 21mm, f/8, 5s, ISO 100.
I bought my first DSLR in 2003 — the Canon 300D with its EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens — and was amazed at the quality of the shots it took. This was one of the first reasonably priced (or so I tell myself) DSLRs and it had a huge 6 MP sensor (3072×2048 px). Despite all of this, the photos themselves hold up surprisingly well today — the shot above is a JPG straight from the camera, slightly sharpened due to it being resized and compressed for the web.
The model was Leo, my beloved Chow-Chow, who passed at the age of 16, many years ago now. I still miss him.
Shot with Canon 300D + EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6: 42mm, f/5, 1/50 s, ISO 100.
Ever since June rolled over last year, I have been thinking how to commemorate the Apollo 11’s mission’s 50th anniversary. Then I remembered the Apollo Guidance Computer (it made waves over the internet last year, because people were trying to prove that Margaret Hamilton didn’t deserve any credit for it) and its interface — DSKY (pronounced “dis-kee”).
I posted my new hackintosh’s hardware spec a month or so ago and since then, I have been running OpenCore 0.5.4 with a config I made myself. Unfortunately, that config used
MemoryAllocation.efi, which I wanted to get rid of, due to concerns voiced by the author of that specific firmware driver. Finally, a month later, I found the time to clean up my OpenCore configuration.
Udawalawe National Park in southern Sri Lanka is home to 500-600 elephants. We were lucky enough to see three newborns and around 30 different ones in total. These older females, as seen above, were leading a herd of around eight or ten elephants, including two newborns. It was a sight to behold!
Shot with Sony A7R II + Zeiss ZF 100 mm f/2 Makro-Planer T*: f/5.6, 1/200 s, ISO 100.
I have been using Pedometer++ since it’s debut on the iPhone 5S. I don’t think I’ve ever had it lose any significant amount of data and since every new iPhone was restored from a backup of an older model, it’s count should be pretty accurate. I continue to use it today, on both my iPhone 11 Pro and Apple Watch Series 4. The counter recently displayed 15 million steps.
It took me a little over 6 years and now, dear Underscore David Smith, I need a new goal.
Just as we were boarding our next flight in Doha, the sun and sky decided to show off a bit. Wish you could have seen this in person.
Shot with iPhone 11 Pro @ 52 mm: f/2, 1/50 s, ISO 160.
I built my last hackintosh in 2014 and it was overdue for an update. Since Apple recently updated their iMac with Core i9s and skipped the T2, this is probably the last time I’m building this sort of computer, before MacOS is locked down forever. Unfortunately, nothing in their lineup fits my needs, hence I chose to go down the hackintosh route once again.
The view from Palazzo Vechhio is truly stunning. It is unfortunately closed on rainy days but well worth standing in line and then walking up all those steps. Another great vantage point is Piazzale Michelangelo on the other side of the river.
Shot with Sony A7R II + Zeiss ZF 100 mm f/2 Makro-Planer T*: f/8, 1/250 s, ISO 100.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!