Taken on the Google Pixel, edited in Lightroom.
The more I use my Google Pixel the more impressed I am with how far mobile photography has advanced in the last several years. Below are a few photos shot and edited on my Google Pixel (shot using the stock camera app and edited using VSCO Cam).
Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen people to walk on the moon, passed away earlier today.
"Even at the age of 82, Gene was passionate about sharing his desire to see the continued human exploration of space and encouraged our nation's leaders and young people to not let him remain the last man to walk on the Moon," his family said.
Unfortunately, Gene Cernan leaves behind a space program far less ambitious and assertive than the one which landed him on the moon. We would be wise to heed his warning and push our representatives to continue to explore the final frontier.
Ad Astra, Gene Cernan.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending a week in Bermuda at the Fairmont Southampton. It was my first time visiting Bermuda. Needless to say, it won't be my last. The weather was great (especially if, like me, you aren't a fan of very hot weather), the people were friendly, and the beaches were pristine. Below are some highlights from the trip.Read More
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth has passed away. As sad as it is that many of our space pioneers are leaving us, what's really upsetting is that no astronaut has ventured beyond LEO (low-earth orbit) since 1972. Why? Because no one has decided that space exploration and the advancement of science should be properly funded. At one point, we spent over 4% of our GDP on space exploration. Today that figures hovers at around .4%. Al Wooden, one of only twenty-four human beings to have journeyed to the moon, recently said the following:
I couldn't agree more.
Ad astra, John Glenn.
To help remember our good friends at Vine, here are some of my favorite Vines.
You will be missed....Read More
I'm almost embarrassed to admit this but this year was my first time attending Comic Con. While it was very chaotic at times (and always VERY crowded), I had a blast. There was definitely a sense of community and understanding. Nothing screams "judgment-free zone" like an arena full of nerds. I was impressed with the costumes, many of which were quite elaborate. Below are some photos I took. I can't wait to attend next year's Comic Con.
Decided to take the old 60D for a spin. As it turns out, tripods do work!
The more I use Google Photos, the more I am convinced that it is by far the best product Google (Alphabet?) has released in a while. Here's why:
- It is one of the most easy-to-use products i've seen. Install the app, login to your account, allow it to backup your photos - voilà, you're done. You never have to worry about backing up your photos again. Take a photo on your phone/tablet and it's automatically backed up once you're on WiFi.
- "Unlimited" storage. As long as you opt for the "High Quality" option, you can store as many photos as you want.
- Machine learning - this is the real killer feature. Google automatically parses information about your photos (location, naming convention, facial recognition) and uses it to intelligently and automatically tag and group photos. Went on vacation for a few days? Expect an album containing all photos and videos taken on your vacation, as well as a list of photos of you, of your significant other, etc.
- Cross Platform support - Unlike some companies (aheh, Apple), Google doesn't care whether you're an Android, iOS, OS X, Linux or Windows user. Google Photos works with all of the above platforms well.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm a fan of Google Photos. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven't done so already.
I’ve been using Windows 10 for some time on a variety of hardware, including a fairly beefy gaming desktop and a low-end cheap laptop. So far the experience has been surprisingly pleasant. I’m convinced that Microsoft has learned from its mistakes. In particular, i’ve noticed the following:
1) Most Windows 10 users don’t have to worry about licensing anymore. If your machine came with Windows 10 presinstalled or if you upgraded using the free upgrade, your all set. Microsoft ties your activation to the machine itself (via a unique identifier tied to the BIOS, I think). No more having to worry about reading a serial number on the bottom of your machine.
2 ) Microsoft offers an ISO on their website, along with a tool to turn a flash drive into a bootable Windows 10 install disk
3) Windows 10 is fast. Very fast. I am currently running Windows 10 on a 1.8ghz Celeron processor and it runs as well as Linux Mint and Chrome OS. Unlike previous versions of Windows, it runs better on older hardware than it’s predecessor
4) The GUI is quite nice. Microsoft has taken the best of what Windows 8 had to offer and combined it with the classic Start Menu UI we all know and love. Once can confidently say that Windows users don’t have to envy OS X users in that regard.