Thursday, 1 December 2016

Ю́жно-Сахали́нск

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, called Toyohara - "bountiful plain" - before the second world war, when the island was still Japanese. The Japanese losing their only chance of discovering national hydrocarbon reserves, the Russians now exploiting the natural gas resource, liquifying and exporting it in/from При́городное. That pretty much drives the city's economy.
Delft to Yuzhno, 12 000 km apart, with street plans that couldn't be more different. From 8°C to -8°C in three flights with stop-overs at Moscow and Khabarovsk.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Kodak Gold

Another job for the DiMAGE. A 1997 Kodak 400 Gold image from a petrol station that's probably demolished by now... It was on Withuis in Eijsden the Netherlands. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual III

How do you revive a piece of hardware that was manufactured when most people could only dream of a digital camera? When Windows 98 was the ultimate operating system and memory was in mega- rather than gigabytes. The Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual III was the ultimate photonegative and dia scanner.
After purchasing my first digital camera, the precious machine was gathering dust in a closet. Too expensive to throw away. Too obsolete to find a driver to make it work with the latest hardware. With somebody really wanting a print of the image below, I had to find a solution.
1. Install the original driver leaving the scanner unconnected.
2. Connect the scanner and let Windows 10 do its discovery work.
3. Disable driver signature verification for 64-bits Windows 10 versions; by default 64-Bit editions of Windows require digitally signed drivers. The problem is that older devices use unsigned drivers.
4. Download a more recent .inf file for Minolta scanners and update the driver for the scanner from Device Manager in Windows (using Google, it is easy to find an alternative version of the file).

Friday, 28 October 2016

Delft Blue...

Somebody posted a customised Honda Goldwing GL1800 in his city's coulours on a Facebook group. What if I airbrushed the Pan European in my city's colours? Yes or no?

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Orchard Road

Orchard Road, what they call Great Street as you rarely see it; almost empty. Orchard basically is one large shopping mall  dotted with hotels. Great indeed, if you need a new Rolex. Apparently named after nutmeg plantations and fruit orchards two centuries ago, though others blame a gardener Mr. Orchard for it....

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Let's go...

Republic of Singapore, probably the smallest country in Asia, roughly the size of a small Dutch province. But with a hefty population of almost 6 million souls. Tomorrow we're going to discover the tropical island Pulau Jurong...