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Until 2005 I was stuck with Windows, until I finally gave Apple a chance and never looked back since.

A DHL Book Review: Social Memories.

The Social Memories of Jakob Montrasio. Review Today my “Social Memories” book arrived. It’s a new book service that DHL offers. The Facebook application diggs thru your Facebook account and creates a book based on a timeframe that you can edit and ships it to you. The Quality You are able to choose between different languages, different colors and you can replace pictures that were chosen with other ones within the same image set that they come from. You can not, and this is where I am a bit disappointed, change whole pages or areas against other ones. I hope this will be changed in the future and become more flexible as the service hopefully gets extended. The book comes in a hardcover and has a very good quality and feel to it. The paper of the pages feels strong and good, too, all in all quite a decent quality. I hated the photo book that I got thru Apple’s iPhoto some years ago and expected this to be on that level, but it was much better than that. It has 24 pages full of web 2.0 styled diagrams, informations and photos. For the crappy quality that the Facebook pictures […]

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HDR Tutorial: Make a nice HDR image in 10 minutes or less.

There are great HDR tutorials on the internet, but many or most of them require you to invest an hour or even more into the editing of a single image. The problem is, I don’t have that kind of time! HDR is an hobby, and sometimes I’ve got really little time for it. But I love HDR pictures. So over the last three years, I’ve learned to make HDR’s faster and faster. My HDR’s are by far not the best in the world, but some of my Shanghai Skyscraper HDR’s made it into the New York Skyscraper Museum among other things. So I guess they aren’t the worst either. This tutorial will teach you how to create a HDR image in about 10 minutes that will look great. Let’s start off with the requirements. Besides the photo gear you probably own you need some software. This is what I use: – Photomatix – Photoshop – Nik Photoshop Plugins And that’s it. You need these three programs, that’s all. We’ll use Photomatix to create the HDR itself, Photoshop to edit it and three different Nik plugins to make it look awesome. So you’ve shot your three RAW photos in different exposures, […]

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Getting disconnected…

Since a certain government decided that websites such as Facebook or Twitter could harm the harmony, they were unavailable here in Shanghai. When that happened in 2005, I actually asked my wife to call the internet company and to tell them that I am a foreigner, hoping that they’d ‘unblock’ my line completely. Well, that didn’t happen. And they tell you always the same thing, anyway: The website is offline. Facebook is offline for weeks now? Yeah, sure. So, to access the websites – that’s one of the ways I’m staying in touch with friends and family – I used to use a certain software which would open me a gateway to the country of the free, from where on I could access anything: Facebook, Twitter, YouPorn YouTube. But yesterday, something weird happened. After the little icon turned green and I surfed around for about three minutes, my internet got disconnected. It simply stopped delivering data, the modem said it is connected. After an hour, the connection was back. I thought it was an error in the line, probably someone somewhere was fixing a cable or something. Wrong. It happened again, as soon as I turned on the proxy software. […]

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Olympia: Opening Ceremony images faked?!

Wow, this is pretty interesting. Jetzt fand die Zeitung “Beijing Shibao” doch noch das Haar in der Suppe: Das Feuerwerk, diese Kunstform mit so großer Tradition in China, war gefälscht. Zumindest ein Teil davon. Ein Angestellter der Video-Produktionsfirma “Shui Jing Shi” gab gegenüber dem Blatt zu, dass man einen Teil der spektakulären Feuerwerke zuvor aufgezeichnet und in die weltweiten Live-Übertragungen eingespielt habe. Es handelt sich dabei um die Bilder von den “Fußabdrücken” im Himmel über der Stadt, die sich vom Stadtteil Yongdingmen südlich des Stadtzentrums auf das Stadion im Norden “zubewegten”. Mehr als ein Jahr lang seien diese Sequenzen mit Computeranimation vorbereitet worden. Nur die Übertragung des letzten der 29 Fußstapfen sei live gewesen, wie der Video-Mitarbeiter Gao Xiaolong der Zeitung berichtete. Die Zahl 29 stand dabei für die Tatsache, dass die Olympischen Spiele der Neuzeit zum 29. Mal stattfinden. That’s a quote from the magazine “Spiegel” in Germany. Translation: The chinese newspaper “Beijing Shibao” found out, that part of the TV images from the opening ceremony were fake: The part, where footsteps in form of fireworks walk towards the stadium have been animated at least a year in advance, the magazine was told by an employee named Gao Xiaolong […]

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Grand Theft Auto IV sucks.

Yesterday night, I finally managed to finish the last mission. I’m now 70-something percent through the game, only having side missions and other stuff left. But I’m not gonna play that anymore. I am so damn bored from the game! I’ve played GTA. GTA II. GTA III. Vice City. San Andreas. I enjoyed them all, except San Andreas, and after reading some reviews of GTA 4 it became clear that I would love it. And I did, for the first three days or so. I really enjoyed driving around Liberty City in 1080P Full HD listening to cool radio stations in Dolby Digital with awesome music and all. Don’t get me wrong, visually the game is absolutely gorgeous, the best there is at the moment probably, the radio stations are great as always… There’s only one problem, and that’s a big one: The missions are so boring. So unbelievable boring. They keep repeating themselves too much. GTA 3 and Vice City had missions that rocked so hard, they were always different and tough but yet manageable. GTA 4 has some cool missions, the bank robbery for example, or the last one. But 95% of the missions are in the end […]

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Cranes In The Sky.

Is this not the most insane building in the world? You can buy a print of this image at imagekind. digg this pic. About the building: The project was started in september 2004 following a review of the design by a panel of Chinese experts. The construction is scheduled to be completed in time to broadcast the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The development is being undertaken by the Chinese Government as part of a plan to redevelop central Beijing with innovative and functional architecture, while preserving historic buildings at the same time. The new building will involve two ‘L’ shaped high-rise towers linked at the top and the bottom at an angle to form a loop, which has been described as a ‘Z’ criss-cross. The total construction cost is estimated at €600 million ($750 million). The CCTV tower will employ 10,000 people following completion in 2008. But the construction was daleyted because of the opposition against this buildings cost, so the developers say the building will probably not be completed before 2009. (Source: SkyscraperCity) About the image: This high definition range image was created with three RAW files. I’ve created four different HDR versions and edited the best out of […]

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Jewelz – Mermaid (Original Mix)

Jewelz – Mermaid (Original Mix) Originally uploaded by Montrasio International 3.318 pictures were used in this video. Shot entirely in Shanghai, China. Jewelz’ track was produced by Pete Tong’s Bedroom Bedlam and can be bought on beatport.com. Watch or download the full length version here! The images were taken with a Nikon D50 and batch processed with Photoshop later on. […]

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