Monthly Archives: October 2012

Using Hugin part 3: aligning and cropping only (medium difficulty)

Sometimes, you want to align photos, and remove barrel distortion maybe, but you do not want to stitch them. I detailed one example before, aligning photos for HDR. Typically, this does not work too well in graphics programs if you … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 38: Tierpark beauties

for once, just a few nice pics from the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde. Useless dinopalaeo points for those who can name all five species 🙂

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Fall & sun – ideal photography conditions

A sunny day in fall – that’s the best you can have for just walking around with your camera. Or even staying at home…. Just sayin’. Looking out our living room window. The yellow leaves shine like gold. View from … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 32: Pelican Parade

More than a day late, sorry. I was quite busy and didn’t want to post this without the lil’ bonus animated GIF at the end. And making that involved some playing with hugin – post on the method to follow. … Continue reading

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Using Hugin part 2: medium

Last time, I told you how to use the fully-automatic mode of hugin, and how to make a few minor corrections to improve results. Today, we will look at more complex panoramas, and some more manual work in the program. … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 37: pygm hippos

I recently used a photo of the pond in the pygm hippo enclosure at Zoo Berlin as a mystery image. That pond is so full of duckweed, which makes it very fun to track the underwater movement of the animals … Continue reading

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Open Access Week – Royal Society Publishing lets us access >68,000 articles

I’ve said bad things about some for-pay publishers in the past, and I will continue saying bad things about them if I think they screw up. Some of them do good things, too, though. here’s one:   Well, AT THEM! … Continue reading

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Mystery photo 2

This one is way easier: What’s this? HINT: it is NOT a weird kind of Tartan track. closer view:

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Theropod Thursday 31: Thieving Magpie

Corvids simply are everywhere, and do the most surprising things. Recently, I linked to a very cool post by Kimberly Gerson on crafty corvids. Today, I can show you a very bold corvid: a thieving Eurasian magpie (Pica pica). OK, … Continue reading

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Open Access publishing: when the interests of scientist and employer collide

About a week ago Lou Woodley (@LouWoodley) of asked on twitter what experiences scientists have with Open Access publishing. I was made aware of her tweet by Jon Tennant (@ProtoHedghog – thanks, Jon!), and wrote her a long email … Continue reading

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Using Hugin part 1: easy!

I’ve previously described how I use the panorama stitching program hugin – in my opinion the best program out there. It is free, it can be extremely easy to use, and it gives you the opportunity to do every step … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 36: lazing on a sunny afternoon again

Yesterday, our fox was back. At 1.30 p.m., inspecting our garden and…..

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Pumpkin Dinosaurs galore!

Mystery photo 1, the pumpkin stegosaur, has many brothers. Can you name them all?

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Mystery photo 1.1

OK, here and on facebook the edible gourds were recognized, but it seems not even DML readers have any inkling how this relates to dinosaurs. OK, wider-angle photo: NOW it is real easy!

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Mystery photo 1

From time to time I will post images of mystery objects – your task is to guess what they are. Anything that may be found in a museum or is in any(!) way dinosaur related is game.   So, here’s … Continue reading

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