Friday, December 15

Author: Chris Marquardt

As a photographer and educator he helps great people travel to the edge of the world to tell amazing visual stories and have amazing experiences. As an author he loves to dive deep, no matter if it’s about film photography or in an entire book just about wide-angle. As a podcaster he explains how things work. As a consultant he helps businesses understand how to boost their visual presence in a world that’s becoming more and more saturated with pictures. As a producer he enables business and individuals to pour their visions and ideas into pictures, sound and video. As a traveler he enables people to come with him, no matter if in person or through the images and stories that he brings back home.

The Dam Is About to Break

The Dam Is About to Break

VR/AR/MR
Of course, what Robert Scoble says isn't set in stone and sometimes it's helpful to have a grain (or a shovel) of salt at hand, especially when he gets really really excited about something. Like AR lately. I'm positive that something big is coming though, just how big and how fast it'll come is not clear. Then Robert posted this: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10155529361249655   I was about to dive deeper, when I found this article that I believe sums it up nicely. The tl;dr? Scoble might really have something on his hands here. Apple is likely to make a huge dent in that market, possibly re-define it and lead the pack for years to come. ARKit is the foundation, but what we've seen so far is just the beginning. Here's his video, a bit long, but worth watc...
The DSLR Shutter and the 100 Year Old Lens

The DSLR Shutter and the 100 Year Old Lens

Photography, Tech
Last year when Monika bought an old old lens, I started a project to attach it to a large format camera. Problem was, the lens didn't have a shutter. After some discussion on the Happy Shooting Slack, Jochen Möller (of flying 4x5" fame) came up with a solution: the shutter from an old DSLR. Of course it features an Arduino and I'll have to do a bit more work to integrate it with the camera and be able to change shutter speeds. Here's the first test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVtWJA7o_sM
A Tiny Glimpse Into the Mobility Future

A Tiny Glimpse Into the Mobility Future

Mobility
I've been delaying the new car decision over and over again but it was getting obvious that I needed to do something. My old car was 12 years old, the repairs were picking up and the clock was ticking. But even with the pressure on, there were still about million reasons for the delay. Well, more like three or four, but they felt like a million. A) Cost. A car is one of the most expensive things you can own, while at the same time it is one of the least used items. Most cars spend over 90% parked. They are an expensive resource that isn't getting any serious use.  In my case that's even more true than for most others. My commute is 10 steps long. While I have several longer drives during the year that rack up quite a few kilometers, most of the short distance driving is for shopping and
ARKit Will Shake Things up in a Really Big Way

ARKit Will Shake Things up in a Really Big Way

VR/AR/MR
https://youtu.be/72N3or0ZgMU If Pokemon Go was the last time you've looked at Augmented Reality, look again. With the iOS 11 announcement at this year's WWCD, Apple introduced ARKit, which is their take on Augmented Reality. Developers now have their hands on the tech and they're showing some really impressive demos. You can see a few in the video above. The tracking is one of the best I've seen so far. It's worth mentioning that they achieve that with the camera and the accelerometers only. I believe down to iPhone 6s. So as opposed to Google's Tango project, Apple's implementation requires no special 3D hardware. Once iOS 11 is out, this fact alone will open up their AR ecosystem to many millions of people at once. Apple seems to have several things solved in their implementation: ...
Magic

Magic

Personal
Despite initial appearance, this guy does one of the most brilliant and fun card routines I've ever seen. Maybe there's even a little life lesson hidden in there somewhere :D https://youtu.be/1_oa8m5Oq00
The Dawn of the New Mobility

The Dawn of the New Mobility

Mobility
Let me put on my prediction hat for a minute. Over the next 10 years, our mobility will see profound changes. We will not own cars anymore. Instead, we will call a car, it will arrive and take us to where we want to go, then it will go on to do something else. In case we own a car, we might opt to let it earn money for us while we don't use it. Everything that's going on today points to that future. And to a lot more. There are two of the main drivers behind what I expect to come: Electrification - We are in the middle of a dramatic infrastructure ramp-up, charging networks expand their number of stations, car manufacturers are building networks, some interoperability efforts are in the making. Even the die-hard petrol-heads are coming around. Just one example: Porsche who poo-poo-...
Husky Puppies

Husky Puppies

Travel
Traveling always bears the risk of getting stuck somewhere for longer than anticipated, missing a connection flight or getting in some other form of trouble. If you have a ship going at a designated time and no way to catch up, planning a day or two of buffer time to get there is advised. If that ship takes off from one of the most remote ports in the world, then doubly so. So we arrived in Longyearbyen, Svalbard two days early and we had to make use of the time. Which we did. Monika is now trying to find space in her luggage to bring back that husky puppy.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPq-nc6nXfM This afternoon we will board the s/v Noorderlicht and sail the coast of Svalbard for 12 days. We will go on land whenever possible and capture beautiful photos of ice, snow and a lot
To become good, you’ll have to create a lot of garbage first…

To become good, you’ll have to create a lot of garbage first…

Personal, Photography
... subtitle: quantity equals quality. Yep, I know, sounds wrong. But the way to becoming good at something is to produce lots of crap first. I look back at my photography 20 years ago and it was worse than my photography 10 years ago, which in turn was worse than my current photography, which I'm confident is worse than my photography in 10 years from now. It has to do with some of the ideas from Art & Fear (awesome book, definitely recommended). I find the "50 pounds of clay" idea from that book especially compelling in that context. In short: a teacher splits the kids in a pottery class into two groups, the first ones get rated on the quality of their work. The second group gets rated on quantity and nothing but quantity. Turns out, the second group consistently ends up als