The Historic C.O.D Ranch

The Historic COD Ranch

The Historic C.O.D Ranch outside Oracle in Arizona where Automattic held a meetup in January 2008. Winter in the desert is mostly pleasant, during the day. At night it was freezing!

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 22mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

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)

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