Krakenhaus – Auf hoher See (live)

About two weeks ago I shot a video for my friends from Krakenhaus while they were playing live at “Rock den Beichtstuhl” in Cermes(Tscherms), nearby Merano. Since now everybody seems to be happy with cut and co, I may present to you:

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Shot entirely with my Canon EOS 550D and the EF 50/1.8 with a little help from a monopod (Cullman Magnesit 525M). Unfortunately, the sound quality isn’t as good as it could be due to lack of connectivity between recorder and mixer. Therefore it had to be recorded on mic, and mic is bad. Lesson learned. My man Peter over at phofer68 shot some pics too.


Merlot vintage 2012

A while ago, I had the chance to replace my beloved EOS 400D with an EOS 550D. I thought it was a good idea, because setting up a long time exposure (with a ND filter) with the 400D was kind of a pain in the ass. Even if you did everything right – a light nudge on the focus ring and everything was ruined. On the other hand, setting up a long time exposure with live view was as easy as taking candy from a baby – as long as you’re not Mr. Burns.

But, obviously that 550D wasn’t only good for long time exposures, and so – one sunny day – I rotated the mode wheel to movie. And yes, it was quite interesting, although I wasn’t very happy with the settings. So why not giving Magic Lantern a shot? And I did.

Even though I already uploaded a video (“Dolomity Tour“) a year ago, what you see here is my first “serious” video. So what’s the story.. The wine producer scheduled the vintage of  Merlot to October 4th and my dad asked me – like every year – for help. Unfortunately I wasn’t planing to shoot that day, so I wasn’t prepared at all. I had no tri-/monopod, I had no plan, not even my batteries were fully charged.
Nonetheless it worked out pretty well and so the movie shows the harvest of Merlot wine grapes and the delivery at the wine producer. It was shot on location in Andriano and at the Cantina Terlano in Terlano.

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Canon EOS 550D with Magic Lantern v2.3.550D.109
Canon EF 50/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 10-22/3,5-4,5 USM

Music by Broke For Free – As Colorful As Ever licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0.


Tuscany 2012

Yeah, well, like last year, this years summer vacation consisted in relaxing, swimming, sweating (up to 40°C in the shadow) and sleeping. Therefore just a few photos. Anyway, enjoy!


Web Intents

About a month ago I held a presentation about Web Intents at work. But what are Web Intents anyway and what are they good for?

  • Web Intents  handle the Intent of an action, for example sharing content after clicking a button
  • Web Intents are not applications. They just tell the client, what they want him to do
  • Web Intents are “blind“, because they don’t know which application will handle the requested action

But who or what does the job then? It’s your browser which knows what to do, because a Web Intent has registered itself, once the web service has been accessed in an earlier moment.

If you’d like to know more about Web Intents – get a quick overview – feel free to take a look at my roughly translated Google Presentation (en –, or the original one (de –

In my opinion, Web Intents are awesome. The idea of not messing around with Facebook and Google and Twitter and Pinterest (amongst many, many others) no more is wonderful. And users wont have to search their favorite web service for a certain activity anymore.

Useful links:

Web Intents

Herz-Jesu Ifinger

After last years Laugen, the Ifinger was the goal for this years Herz-Jesu trip. The Ifinger (Ivigna) is a massive granite-mountain situated nearby Merano, above Schenna and Avelengo. With its two summits – one at 2.581 meters above sea level, the smaller one about 100 meters beneath – it grants a stunning view over the South Tyrolean Alps.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t such a good friend of ours – with mist and wind – so the view wasn’t as good as last years. Nonetheless – loads of fun.


Let’s do it the CSI way [CSI:NY]

Yeah, you got me. I watch CSI. And hell yes, I enjoy it. Not only because of its fancy filters, but also because of its well written background stories and most of all – the newest, geeky tech stuff.
And as a programmer and somebody who knows how digital photography works, it happens quite often that I laugh more at an episode of CSI than an episode of the ninth Two and a half men season. But who wouldn’t?

So… what did motivate me – after literally thousands of CSI episodes – to write this nonconstructive article after all? BANG! This:

Alrighty then, but what’s so funny about these screenshots? Well, in this specific episode, some guys hacked Gears of War 3 (product placement FTW) and the story tells us, that those guys increased the target box on opponents, and decreased the one on the cheating character. So far: works for me. But wait, there’s more!
The code they used – according to our crime scene investigators – is the one pictured above.

What? Nothing? You don’t get it?

It’s fucking HTML! Hell, it’s even written on those stupid sheets <DOCTYPE html PUBLIC …>. Are you kidding me? I was rolling on the floor couch, laughing. And writing this down right now, I can’t stop giggling.
Obviously I wasn’t aware of the fact that Gears of War 3 was written in (invalid) HTML – with fucking tables! Damn, I honestly hope there’s a writer somewhere in LA, who was laughing his ass off while seeing his joke being broadcasted.

After the “I’ll create a GUI interface using Visual Basic, see if I can track an IP address.” scene from a couple of years ago this is clearly the greatest bullshit I’ve seen so far.

Oh, you couldn’t care lees? Here, have a potato.

Let’s do it the CSI way [CSI:NY]

Webkit bug: image border & border-radius

This bug affects both Chrome 17.0.963.56 and Safari 5.1.2 (reproduced on Windows 7). Even though I’m not the first one to come up with this bug, I’m wondering why it hasn’t been fixed after all those years(!).
Reproducing this bug is quite simply, which makes me wonder even more..

	border: 1px solid green;
	border-radius: 5px;

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Photo expedition: biotop Gargazon

Quite a while ago, yet I didn’t manage to put online some photos of this expedition with Peter. It was an interesting Sunday afternoon since we had the possibility to play with 2 tech things – the Canon EOS 5D Mk I and the Sigma 150mm f2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM Macro. I brought along me olde golden yeller and of course my camera bag including ye good olde Canon EOS 400D, the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 and the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM. Apparently Peter had to bring along his Canon EOS 550D too, otherwise he wouldn’t have been that much of a nerd..