The Radian App is Now Avaiable in Itunes App Store

Radian as Shipped
Radian as Shipped

I posted earlier today about the arrival of my Radian. Finally after a long day I got the chance to dig into the box. I received the following:

  • Black Radian
  • micro-USB cable for charging
  • Black L-Bracket
  • Cable for Canon (N3)
  • the t-shirt which I can only hope to wear someday
  • A nice mesh bag to carry the unit and accessories
  • programming cable
  • tiny bubble level
  • some rubber feet

My first impressions of the unit is that it seems to be solidly put together. The base feels solid, and is made of metal. The top portion is made of a plastic type material but feels good. it’s smooth, and doesn’t seem to flex under the gentle pressure of handling like with some products.. In other words – it doesn’t feel cheap. I followed the instructions, and used the micro-USB cable to charge off my computer, and am about to tear into the manual that came with the unit. I also got a Radian sticker with the unit, and a nice card from the Radian Team thanking the supporters for backing the product.

I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the Radian app in the App Store so I can begin to play. I checked on the manufacturer’s website, and their support section states the iOS app is awaiting approval. The Android app is already available.. The iOS app is now available. It must have went live as soon as I wrote this post.

Anybody else got a Radian?

The Radian Is In The House

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Also see my unboxing post with info about the iOS control app to go with the unit.

I am very excited about the arrival of my new Radian time lapse device.  For those of you that haven’t seen it you can check out their page on Kickstarter.  I helped to fund them last August and they were very diligent about keeping us updated about what was going on.  Unfortunately they had some production delays but I would rather have a viable product than something not ready for release.  I’ll be posting later this week some photos of what I received, and maybe even a sample time lapse video.  My first task will be to look into some time lapse software I can use in concert with Lightroom and photoshop.  I am extremely excited!

Nik Desktop Tools Live On!

nik-upgrades by lefty516
nik-upgrades, a photo by lefty516 on Flickr.

I was concerned when I heard that Google acquired Nik Software. Would they continue to support the plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop? Soon there after the mobile Snapseed was turned to a free app and the desktop version was abandoned. I had paid for both so I was quite disgruntled by these events.
I was pleasantly surprised when I learned today that the tools will live on. Existing users get a free upgrade and the full collection is available for new users at $149 which is a sweet price cut from the Complete Collection before.

See Nik’s website for details or check your email if you are an existing user.
Dig in!

An Evening With Rush

Geddy waving to us after the show.

I attended last night’s Rush concert in Philadelphia. Generally I’m unable to get my big camera into concerts, and usually have to fall back to a point and shoot. The point and shoot died last year, and I’ve been unwilling to replace it since I’ll rarely shoot with it. I’ve tried to use my cell phone as a substitute, but it really produces awful images. I managed to get a few decent shots last night, and thought I could stylize them rather than just come up with standard concert shots. I have a few more I may work on this weekend. This one was my particular favorite as you can see lead singer/bassist Geddy Lee’s connection with the fans. They are a great band

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch Users – Did you get Your Ice Cream Sandwich Yet?

UPDATE – Here we are a week in to the rollout.  I have yet to get the update.  I check every morning, and the updater tells me I am already up to date even though I am not running ICS now.  I was curious if anyone has gotten the update yet?  Have you had issues?   I saw some forum posts around the web referring to issues many had after upgrading to ICS.

I was just curious if any Sprint Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G Touch users have seen the Ice Cream Sandwich update yet?  It was mentioned in the Sprint community forums, but I have yet to see it.  When I try to do an on demand update I am told that I am currently at the latest rev which is Android 2.3.6.  This was supposed to start on 7/12/2012.  Still waiting!!!  I am presuming that all of the new UI  features will still be hidden by the Samsung Touchwiz UI?  Beyond that Android 4.1 Jellybean is now out so once again Sprint users are still behind.

Feel free to comment below about whether you got the update, and if you like it.

Fireworks For the 4th of July – Part 3 of 3


Here is a part 3 of a sampling of some fireworks photos that I shot back in 2009. I was seated in the stands after a baseball game so there was no tripod in use. I just set my camera up and kept shooting. I took dozens of photos and was surprised at how many actually came out looking good considering that I didn’t have a tripod. See also Part 1 and Part 2. Continue reading Fireworks For the 4th of July – Part 3 of 3

Fireworks For the 4th of July – Part 2 of 3

Here is a part 2 of a sampling of some fireworks photos that I shot back in 2009. I was seated in the stands after a baseball game so there was no tripod in use. I just set my camera up and kept shooting. I took dozens of photos and was surprised at how many actually came out looking good considering that I didn’t have a tripod. See also Part 1 and Part 3 Continue reading Fireworks For the 4th of July – Part 2 of 3

Fireworks For the 4th Of July – Part 1 of 3

Here is a sampling of some fireworks photos that I shot back in 2009.  I was seated in the stands after a baseball game so there was no tripod in use.  I just set my camera up and kept shooting.  I took dozens of photos and was surprised at how many actually came out looking good considering that I didn’t have a tripod. See also Part 2 and Part 3 Continue reading Fireworks For the 4th Of July – Part 1 of 3

More Tinkering With Lightroom and Photoshop HDR Pro

The main greenhouse at Longwood Gardens
The main greenhouse at Longwood Gardens

This is another image that I ran through Photoshop HDR Pro, and Lightroom.   This was also taken at Longwood Gardens which is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It’s a great place to just walk around even if you don’t shoot any photographs.    I took this in winter so I only chose to walk around the greenhouses that particular day.  If memory serves it was about 20 degrees out which is far to cold to be shooting for my tastes.  For a related post – see this!

My Photoshop and Lightroom Experiences…and occasionally other stuff.