Thursday, May 14, 2015

Piccadilly Circus, London, UK - Our Most Popular Photograph

Piccadilly Circus is London's comparable to New York's Times Square. These are the neon signs viz. LED screens on the northwest side of Piccadilly Circus. As written at the Wikipedia:

"Piccadilly Circus used to be surrounded by illuminated advertising hoardings on buildings, starting in the early 1900s, but only one building now carries them, namely the one in the north-western corner, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Glasshouse Street. The site is unnamed (usually referred to as Monico after the Café Monico which used to be on the site); its addresses are 44/48 Regent Street, 1/6 Sherwood Street, 17/22 Denman Street and 1/17 Shaftesbury Avenue, and has been owned by property investor Land Securities Group since the 1970s.

The earliest signs used incandescent light bulbs, these were replaced with neon lamps, as well as moving signs (there was a large Guinness clock at one time). From December 1998 digital projectors were briefly used for the Coke sign, while the early 2000s have seen a gradual move to LED displays. The number of signs has reduced over the years as the rental costs have increased.

As of 2008, the site has six illuminated advertising screens above three large retail units, facing Piccadilly Circus on the north side, occupied by Boots, and GAP and a mix of smaller retail, restaurant and office premises fronting the other streets. A Burger King located under the Samsung advert which had been previously a Wimpy Bar until the late 1980s had closed in early 2008 and is presently being converted into a Barclays Bank.

Coca-Cola have had a sign at Piccadilly Circus since 1955. The current sign dates from September 2003, when the previous digital projector board and the site formerly occupied by Nescafé was replaced with a state-of-the-art LED video display that curves round with the building. On November 23, 2007 the very first film was broadcast through the board. Paul Atherton's film The Ballet of Change: Piccadilly Circus was allowed five minutes to show the first non-commercial film depicting the history of Piccadilly Circus and the lights.

The former Nescafé advert site had also been occupied by a neon advertisement for Fosters until about 1999 and for three months in 2002 between the display of the Nescafé advert and the enlarged Coca Cola advert this part of Piccadilly Circus had featured the quote "Imagine all the people living life in peace" by the late Beatle John Lennon. This was paid for by his wife Yoko Ono who spent an estimated £150,000 to display an advert at this location.

Sanyo's sign is the oldest out of the six, the current incarnation having been installed in the late 1980s and remaining unchanged ever since. However, earlier Sanyo signs with older logos have occupied that position since at least 1980.

TDK replaced the space formerly occupied by Kodak in 1990. Their sign has remained almost unchanged since, although in 2001 the colour of the background lamps were changed from green to blue, and the words 'Audio & Video Tape' and 'Floppy Disks' under the logo was removed.

McDonald's added a sign in the mid-1980s, replacing one for BASF. In 2001 the sign was changed from neon to an animated LED screen, which was further changed to a bigger, brighter LED screen in 2008.

Samsung replaced a sign for Panasonic in November 1994, and the sign was upgraded from neon to LED in 2005.

Piccadilly Lite was added on 3 December 2007, placed under the Samsung and McDonald's signs. This is an LED screen that allows other companies to advertise for both short and long term leases, increasing the amount of advertising space but using the same screen for multiple brands."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wiltshire Photographed by Angus Kirk and More Photo Sets at Flickr

Many terrific photos of Wiltshire, England, UK at Flickriver: Photoset 'Wiltshire' by Anguskirk and more photo sets by Angus Kirk at Flickr.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Light-Field Technology May Revolutionize the Camera Industry Down the Road

A new camera technology at start-up company Lytro in Silicon Valley may revolutionize the way we take photographs, using light-field technology to take pictures first and then adjusting the focus afterwards, permitting faster picture-taking since no focusing is involved and also permitting 3D photography.


See the report by Laura Riparbelli of ABC News at Lytro Provides New Camera Technology - ABC News.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Google Earth's New Photo Cluster Feature

For a report on photo clusters at Google Earth,
see the Panoramio Blog at
A new photo browsing experience in Google Earth
Here is their example of a Google Earth image, using the Golden Gate Bridge.
Go to Panoramio for more:

Friday, January 22, 2010

CHDK (Canon™ Hack Development Kit) User Manual for Canon Powershot Digital Cameras at CHDK Wiki

CHDK User Manual - CHDK Wiki
"Introduction To Using CHDK

What is CHDK?

CHDK is a unique software application developed by enthusiasts that enables extra features for ported Canon™ Powershot™ cameras.

What can it do ?

CHDK enhances the capabilities of your camera in a non-destructive, non-permanent way. After loading CHDK, your camera will have the following extra functionality:

* Shutter-priority (Tv) exposure - via shutter value override feature
* Aperture-priority (Av) exposure - via aperture value override feature
* Shooting in RAW, with RAW Average, RAW Sum, and RAW Develop features
* DNG (Digital Negative) in camera conversion, and USB download options
* Bracketing -Tv, Av, ISO, and Focus bracketing, using scripts, or in continuous or custom timer modes
* Live histogram (RGB, blended, luminance and for each RGB channel)
* Zebra mode (a live view of over and under-exposed areas of your picture) for many cameras
* Depth-of-field (DOF)-calculator, Hyperfocal-calculator with instant Hyperfocal and Infinity focus-set, and more
* Battery indicator
* RAW and Video space-remaining gauges with custom low-limit alerts
* USB cable remote shutter release
* Motion-detection trigger - automatically fires camera on motion detection. - Ability to capture lightning strikes.
* Adjust Video quality and size (compression) adjustable while recording
* Elimination of 1 Gig video-size limit (for most DIGIC II cameras)
* Zoom during video function - for cameras without this feature
* Shutter, Aperture, and ISO Overrides
* Ultra-long shutter speeds - up to 64 seconds - and much longer for supported cameras
* Ultra-fast shutter speeds - up to 1/10,000' and higher
* High-speed Flash Sync at all speeds up to 1/64,000 second
* Custom user-editable visible Grids for framing, cropping, and alignment (not all cameras)
* File browser
* Text reader
* Calendar
* Games
* Fully customizable CHDK display, info placement, user-colors, fonts in menus, etc.
* Multi-language Interface - CHDK supports many languages
* Custom CHDK User Menu - for instant recall of up to 10 favorite functions
* Scripts execution - including intervalometer, motion detection, etc
* And many others.

How is all this possible?

Firstly, by the the skill, persistence, and generosity of the Developers, and other contributors to the CHDK project.

Secondly, in the same way that your computer hardware runs an operating system, such as Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, your Canon camera also has an operating system in it. And in the same way that your OS runs Photoshop or Zoombrowser on your computer, the OS in your camera is also able to run programs such as CHDK.

Does CHDK permanently alter the camera?

No. CHDK is simply software. Just like your computer, when the camera is turned off all the software disappears from memory until it is turned on again and CHDK is loaded again. Also like some software, there is an option to automatically start CHDK when the camera starts.

How does CHDK get on the camera?

In the same way that you install Photoshop or Zoombrowser onto your computer (by copying the software onto your hard drive,) CHDK is installed by copying the CHDK software onto the camera’s 'hard drive'...the SD flash memory card.

How does CHDK software get copied to the flash card?

You can copy software to your SD flash card using a file manager such as Windows Explorer. A card reader must be used to connect the SD flash card to your computer. Once connected, the SD flash card appears like any other hard drive on the computer. Your printer may contain a usable card reader. Card readers are fairly inexpensive, and can simplify transferring of files, although given the right file naming, files can be transferred via USB. See:- Raw Parameters, and DNG visible via USB.

Where is the CHDK software?

Visit the Wiki Downloads page to find the correct CHDK version, Here:- Downloads. There you will find directions for locating and installing the software."
Go to CHDK User Manual - CHDK Wiki for more.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Nat Geo Relaunches Site With Open-Source Spirit :: MinOnline

Nat Geo Relaunches Site With Open-Source Spirit :: MinOnline
"One of the most lush and visually appealing magazine branded sites on the Internet got a refresh when relaunched this week. The site is focusing on the core elements that bring users to the brand online: photography, animals, environment, adventure, travel, video and daily news, the company says."