Jakob Montrasio

Jakob Montrasio

Zhouzhuang.

Zhouzhuang is supposed to be the most famous, or at least most beautiful water town in China. You may have never heard of it, but there is a chance that you have seen it already: It is used during the showdown of the third 'Mission: Impossible' movie with Tom Cruise. In the movie, the editors 'fake' the town to be in Shanghai, but that is not…

Why there is no Beijingist.

I guess most foreigners and / or english-speaking chinese know great Shanghai resource Shanghaiist from the Gothamist network. I always wondered why there is no Beijing version of that website, why there is no Beijingist. Now I know why, having been in the capitol of China for a couple of days. But let's not begin this entry with bitching about the missing nightlife and fun-areas in…

Pudong reloaded.

Regardingless to what you may have heard, Shanghai's Pudong area is kinda boring. Except for the first ten minutes, when you walk around with a open mouth wondering if you're on the set of a new SciFi movie. But after that, after seeing the Oriental pearl TV Tower and some other buildings, there is not much more. Yes, the area is cleaner than Puxi. Yes, Pudong…

Chinese tea.

I was talking with a friend about chinese tea when I remembered that I had one bud of a chinese flower left. Now this is no ordinary tea, this is something I have never seen outside of China. You put the bud into a big glass, then you add hot water. The next minutes you will stare at the glass as the bud is blooming all…

D50 RAW to HDR tutorial.

NEW TUTORIAL FROM 2009 HERE!

Nikon D50 RAW to HDR tutorial

Here it is, the promised Nikon D50 HDR tutorial or 'How To Make A HDR Image Out Of A Single RAW file'. Do you want to make a image like the one above? Then read my tutorial and try for yourself. Now I didn't teach everything myself, I learned a lot from 'stuck in customs', but there are some things I do different. Let's get started.

(Fake) wedding pictures.

Following the chinese tradition, we had a couple of wedding images taken yesterday. Funny, in China you have to shoot these pictures before and not during the wedding ceremony. They will give us three books, some framed images, invitations and whatnot for the money we pay them. Anyway, it was a long day, a long shoot, and after changing six times our energy was literally gone.

Arbeit, Arbeit, Arbeit.

Pudong leaks over...

Seit dem Beginn des neuen Jahres bin ich ziemlich ausgelastet und komme daher nicht so viel zum bloggen. Wenn die Zeit es erlaubt, werde ich meine Erfahrungen mit der Stadt Chongqing, 32 Millionen Einwohner, niederschreiben. Das war wirklich unglaublich... Aber im Moment bin ich schon froh, wenn ich abends mal eine Stunde Zeit habe, um ein bisschen mit Photoshop herumzuspielen. Auf der einen Seite startet grade der neu angelaufene Verkauf von Neumaschinen für uns in China, auf der anderen Seite muss ich mit meiner Frau unsere Hochzeitsfeier vorbereiten. Daher kann ich euch im Moment nur ein paar in letzter Zeit entstandener Fotos zum betrachten anbieten. Das Foto oben habe ich geschossen, als ein Freund aus Deutschland da war und wir die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Shanghai besucht haben.

Some new HDR images.

Image is a collage of different HDR settings, quite crazy layered. Anyway, as you can see, Pudong 'leaks' over to Puxi. Don't you feel, that more and more parts in 'old' Shanghai start to look like Pudong, too? There's a new area here in Zhabei, Zhabei! And it looks exactly like Pudong. Hope they can save some of that good old Shanghai feeling. Taken in the…

WP-Theme: Jiajia.

My new blog design

I like pictures. I like to take them with my Nikon D50, I like to share them on flickr, I like to show them off on my blog. Sadly, there seem to be very few elegant Wordpress themes that support a 'normal' blog as well as an image blog. Why? Because most themes try to get the content into a 400 pixel or less wide space. Sure, makes sense, as it is much better readable than a 600 pixel wide content area. But how about making it 500 pixels wide, exactly enough for the so-called 'Medium' resolution that flickr has to offer? And in return, making the content font a few pixel bigger? When it comes to blogging flickr images, you can go with 240 pixel wide or 500 pixel wide images, and 240 pixel were just too small for my taste. A workaround is to download the images you want to blog, resize them in Photoshop and host them yourself. But what do I pay flickr for? So I sat down, designed this theme, and since I release almost everything under Creative Commons, why not this Wordpress theme, too? There is another interesting thing about this theme that I didn't mention yet: The content comes first in the source code, then come the Google ads, then the menu and sidebar. Look at the code if you don't believe me! This way, the advertising bots from Google read my content first, then the menu and the sidebar. This way, the ads should be even more focused and related to my entries. Tricky, huh? Well, the technique I used was called on some other blog 'a weird method, that only print designers use'. I don't care, works fine for me! The magic is: 'position:absolute;' in the CSS file. With this attribute, you can position whatever you want wherever you want.

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