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The Hitherto Impossible in Photography is Our Specialty

Here is an amazing page of photos taken from a kite-mounted camera in post-earthquake 1906 San Francisco. As you can see in this photo, the city has been literally leveled by the quake and fire.

This novel aerial perspective drew world attention. Flown two thousand feet above the bay, the lens scanned the waterfront.

The photos were taked by George R. Lawrence at least three weeks after three days of fires — caused by the earthquake — left at least the two hundred thousand homeless.

Improve the Quality and Functionality of the Treo 600 Camera

There are at least two pieces of software that will increase the quality and functionality of the Treo 600 camera.

The first is qset, which allows you to modify the compression ratio used when saving your photos. Treo photos are stored in JPG format, which is a lossy format. By default, the Treo uses a compression/quality factor of 20, which results in files weighing approximately 20kb. Using qset, you can specify a factor up to 99. Any increase beyond 20 will be immediately noticeable, with 99 generating photos up to about 200kb. (I don’t know what scale this quality factor is on.)

I definitely recommend this piece of software. After you’ve added it, launch it from your apps menu and enter a new number. I recommend 90. With this new number added — which is a low-level system preference — all photos will be at the new quality.

The second program is called Pickem. Pickem provides quick sharing of photos as attachments, and more seamless web sharing, but it’s two other features are more noteworthy. First, it provides zoom functionality. Pressing “z” while in picture-shooting mode toggles the zoom mode. It’s digitial zoom not optical, of course, but it still helps in certain situations. Second, many users have suffered from the ‘blue dots of death’ problem that plagues the Treo 600’s camera. Pickem cures that problem.

If you’re using Pickem, it can exist in parallel with Pictures the default camera program. You can remap your launcher buttons to always use Pickem if you want, by going Apps -> Prefs -> Buttons.

Happy shooting!

Designing in a loft in san francisco

Here are some photos I took over the last week. (They are snapshots taken with my Treo 600 camera phone.)

I usually work in the South Bay, but my company has hired an outside firm, Hillman Curtis, to help redesign our homepage. I’ve been working on location with HC in some rented loft space in the SoMa district of San Francisco. The firm’s from NYC, but they rented loft space in San Francisco, about a block from where I used to live and work.

Hillman Curtis is a guy — author, well known designer, pusher of Flash technology — and well as the name of his firm. There’s him, 4 other designers from his firm, an intern designer, a designer from our company who’s only been at working for us for a couple months, and me. In addition to brainstorming, pencil and digital sketching, and other design activities, I bring two things to the table. The first is a focus on technology. Being a Web Developer, I’m interested in the technical patterns and practices that make up the internet. The second thing I bring is a pretty deep understanding of my company. I’ve been working there for about three years now, and paying attention most of that time. I’ve worked in several different roles of the past years so I have a pretty wide view of the company — it’s needs, capabilities, tendencies, politics and vision.

Anyways, here are ten photos from about the loft.

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