Urban landscapes


We had a 'landscape theme' at Shoot & Tell. Moreover, we had a 'focal length tech' challenge, which I found surprisingly difficult, especially when trying to shoot landscapes with telescopic lenses. …

I traveled far to get this shot. Well, not that far actually, just 1.5 kilometers from home, but I also took Clara (the dog) with me, which made this much more challenging. Moreover, I took my old Manfrotto tripod in to use after very very long time, and that weights 4 kg!

Tampere city center is very much based on grid plan. But some of the city block look like never finished. Half of the block seem to built before war times, and then rest of the block is just left unbuilt. Or house built after wars is totally different style. I guessed some of the old houses were bombed during the wartime, but also the ideas of city planning and architectural style changed.

Morning was gray but suddenly sky became clear. So, I jumped to buss and took a ride to Pyynikki view tower, which is a wonderful place on top of the forested hill. There's also ice small cafΓ© but unfortunately way too popular. I decided not to have coffee and walked back home shooting nice views on my way.

It's kind of recycling as well to find new use for old factory buildings. This old shoe factory was built in 1915 and shoes were were manufactured there till year 1975. Then 1979 it was renovated for use of Tampere University Library. In 2006 it was renovated again into offices of National Land Survey of Finland.

I used to read a lot of science fiction when I was young. This is a kind of alternative futuristic urban landscape if people finally pollute the environment so badly that the only option is to live inside cities covered with glass.

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29 thoughts on “Urban landscapes

  1. I know, but unfortunately MyOpera does not give any other options. Code for small images is not good because there are those black margins. And I'm not going to upload all the images in small size again. But thanks for feedback Lorenzo πŸ™‚

  2. I know, I am annoying but there is a flaw in embedding pictures like that: they are still downloaded in the original size. The first for example is about 200KB, the third is 750KB.Not an efficient use of bandwidth. πŸ™‚

  3. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    The fact that most people on today's Internet can't recognize their mouth from their asshole is not an excuse for doing things the wrong way.

    I fully agree with you. For that reason i convert all my pictures. Not everywhere is network connection so good as we have.Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    But I agree, the world is not going to end because of that.

    πŸ˜‰

  4. The fact that most people on today's Internet can't recognize their mouth from their asshole is not an excuse for doing things the wrong way. You know Opera has got that "nice but useless" turbo feature…the reason for that is to save bandwidth by compressing whatever you request, including images. Embedding high resolution pictures and then force them to 1/10 size so they fit the blog post isn't "good practice".But I agree, the world is not going to end because of that.

  5. Opera will convert those images to less size for OM users. And on desktop you can't even notice that pictures are in original size.And avereage bandwith usage is only 5% by normal users as i know.

  6. Until you don't pay for KB transferred…BTW, you aren't obliged to use MyOpera as image-hosting service. On my other blog for example I have got Picasa which have auto-sampling of your pictures (with some playing with code you can get them in many formats).

  7. Most of the PC users has fixed monthly rate and what comes to Opera Mini, proxy should resize he pictures. Can't solve all the problems at once without making the problem too complicated πŸ˜‰ But yes, MyOpera should give more options for image size.But again, thanks for feedback. I have considered to start uploading more compressed JPEG pictures.

  8. It is not me. Besides I am on a DSL with flat subscription, when something annoys me I usually block it. For example I am blocking all Youtube embedded videos.It is that everybody should try to make the Internet better (idea that got lost with the "unlimited" you said πŸ™‚ ).If you want to embed pictures on your blog at least you could resize them to about 600px that is the max allowed width. Then you can reduce the size but at least they aren't that huge.That is sub-optimal. The best would be to use thumbnails linked to bigger pictures like image hosting services usually allow.I am speaking of best practices here. It is not about blaming Sami, like I said it is not the end of the world.

  9. To elaborate a little on the problem of bandwidth. here in South Africa your options are, GSM/3G, (3G only when available) ADSL broadband, (3G is faster) or dialup. :rolleyes:.I often use Operamini on my phone rather than connecting my 3G dongle. We pay per megabyte here. Technically, there are some "unlimited" options available, but they are governed to a maximum top end. :irked:. (the word 'unlimited' has completely lost it's meaning in modern advertising.)In short, using the browser to refit an image uses precious 'data' (i.e. Bandwidth) that we would prefer not to use. :awww:.I believe, if I recall correctily, that Lorenzo is using a dial-up connection. So the slow loading of pages must be frustrating for him. :left:.Anyway, some nice shots there. :up:.

  10. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    But I don't understand what stops you from making a thumbnail the wanted size and link it to the hi-res picture

    One more time, I can't do that for pictures of other people at S&T. This is a test for layout I have planned to use there. If I would like to do smaller thumbnail images myself from picture taken by other person, then I would have to ask permission to do so and then upload all those small images to my files.

  11. But I don't understand what stops you from making a thumbnail the wanted size and link it to the hi-res picture (which at that point can be uncompressed and any size). Yes, it takes some time. Maybe 5 minutes. It could even be automated…Click here:Edit: yes, MyOpera lacks some features. An old discussion. πŸ™‚

  12. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    The best would be to use thumbnails linked to bigger pictures like image hosting services usually allow.

    On the other hand that would work just fine at S&T :up: If I put small frame around pictures like I have done here then the small images does not look so bad. The idea here is to emphasize the stories and then provide link to original source.

  13. Okay I try to explain once again :irked: First of all, I want to give people a possibility to click the pictures and open them in full size. And as I said, MyOpera gives only small images like this:I prefer not to have those black "curtains" and therefore I used code for large images.And as I said, so far I have not wanted to see the trouble to provide multiple size of images for my pictures shown here on blog. Excuse me doing this in the wrong way.Finally, I tested here presentation format for Shoot & Tell group and especially there I can not create smaller images from pictures taken by other people. But thank you once again for feedback. I tested how much smaller the file size would be if I use higher compression. 80% compression would decrease the file size to one third, which would help quite a lot. I guess that could be used as a recommendation for all at S&T.

  14. You ask the permission for publishing not for making thumbnails, otherwise whatever change in the image size/resolution to fit in the page would require a permission, regardless how you do that, even the automatic compressing made by "mobile" software.Edit: see above, I haven't asked your permission. :)Yes, you need to host thumbnails somewhere and in this case if you are the one publishing the images, on your "files" account.Anyway, we are speaking of two different things, I am saying how hi-res image publishing should be done, you are saying what is the easier way to put images on S&T, which I understand. πŸ™‚

  15. Please excuse my ignorance but, "percentages"?Also; is that last one a shopping mall or the courtyard of your apartment? :D"Ain't nothin' gonna get me down…":lol:

  16. It is not that you should, it is that most people can't do any better. Fortunately you aren't "most people". :)I am laziness in person but I have been conditioned in ancient ages so now it is automatic.

  17. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    You haven't said "f@#@ you" yet

    Why should I?Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    You don't need me to tell how things should be done.

    It is always useful to remind people on this. Like I said, I already knew how this should be done but just became lazy. And I'm still lazy, so I'm really not going to make better thumbnails to replace those awful ones provided by MyOpera.

  18. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    I am saying how hi-res image publishing should be done

    And I already knew it. But thanks to this discussion I found somewhat satisfying solution. See above :up:

  19. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    The fact that most people on today's Internet can't recognize their mouth from their asshole is not an excuse for doing things the wrong way.

    That would put them in a very early fetal stage. How could you fault them? πŸ˜†

  20. Well, I honestly appreciate because:- You haven't said "f@#@ you" yet. :)- You don't need me to tell how things should be done. Nowadays it is not that common.

  21. Originally posted by Frlmnk:

    Please excuse my ignorance but, "percentages"?

    On HTML you can do the following:

    <img src="http://..." width="50%" />

    The percentages is then the width from the parent element. For example here the width is the percentages of the DIV element called 'content'.Originally posted by Frlmnk:

    is that last one a shopping mall or the courtyard of your apartment?

    Obviously you have not followed my albums at 365 and S&T :p

  22. Too many other learning curves going on for me to be solely devoted to any one blog. :lol:I'm presently stuck trying to decide between rattlesnakes or scorpions as sleeping partners. At least my corporal existence is not occupied yet. I'd have to get Rid of that kind of problem. What do you know about oxidation/reduction reactions and the balance of powers?

  23. Originally posted by serola:

    And as I said, MyOpera gives only small images like this:I prefer not to have those black "curtains" and therefore I used code for large images.

    I actually changed my blog background color to black so I could publish these thumbnails and have the curtains disappear.

  24. I'll really be able to appreciate the difference when I get that new 8×10, 3D, HD screen I have ordered. πŸ™„

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