Posts in Category: Photography

Straighten and Crop with the GIMP

One of the more awkward tasks to do in the GIMP is straightening horizons. You have to manually rotate the image using that tool which always seems to be fairly hit and miss.

I had hoped that GIMP 2.6 would have the “draw a line and rotate” function that Bibblepro and I think Photoshop have but unfortunately it’s not there. Not to worry because the Straighten and Crop plugin by Bert Hinz does the job too! (There’s another Straighten and Crop plugin too. I haven’t tried it. What’s it like?)

Install the plugin by copying the .py file into .gimp-2.6/plug-ins/. You might need to chmod it to make it executable. Fire up the gimp and using the Path tool (press B) mark two points on the horizon with left clicks of the mouse. Run the plugin (from Image->Transform->Straighten and Crop) and it will rotate the image.

Nice and simple and has worked on the couple of images I tried it on. (via)

Old Wood and Yellow

Old wood and yellow

The gorgeous Autumn colours contrast with the dark and rough texture of the old wood of a fence.

Shot in Quebec of course.

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/50s

Fire Hydrant #3

Fire Hydrant 3

A lone hydrant sits on the edge of an empty field in Quebec, Canada.

Last of the hydrant photos. Are you glad?

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Fire Hydrant #2

Fire Hydrant 2

I shot this while showing Lloyd the A-DEP feature of his camera. Just down the road from our main meeting house.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Fire Hydrant #1

Fire Hydrant 1

So I went to Canada and took photos of fire hydrants, or fire plugs as they’re apparently known as in the US.

First of three photos taken in Quebec. I love the white fencing behind. Houses near where we stayed in Mont-Sainte-Anne were all pretty and different. Beautiful part of the country.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 59mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

Looking through the clouds

Looking through the clouds

Irish countryside through the clouds.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 88mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

Moderne Lighting

Moderne Lighting

Light trails along Patrick’s Street in Cork.

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 8s

Flying back to Cork

Flying back to Cork

On the way home from Quebec I flew to Heathrow first, before hopping back home via Aer Lingus to Cork. I’m pretty sure this was over the UK somewhere, but really, it could just as easily have been the south coast of Ireland too.

Moonlit Arizona

Moonlit Arizona

The moon shines down on the Arizona desert, January 2008.

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 140mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s