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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

I’ve recently returned from a trip to the US, where I had the pleasure to give a presentation of YAY to potential investors at the OTCQX-market in New York. A presentation that was very well received!

Anyhow, going to the US in November gives you a reminder of how infatuated Americans are with Thanksgiving celebration. The morning after I gave the presentation, I was watching morning TV at the hotel and saw Mike Huckabee explain how to deep-fry a turkey for thanksgiving. I believe he was serious when he told the audience “Not only is it good, but it’s healthy too!”.

A short discussion about this at the office when I returned, and Linda showed me this rather fascinating cooking lady at YouTube:

So, have you ever deep-fried a turkey for thanksgiving?

Deep-fried or not, we at YAY wish you all the best for thanksgiving!

Jan

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Third party sales results

yay-425692Third party payments for the second quarter has now been rolled out, and it’s showing a positive trend again. The increase was on average 25 %, which is absolutely decent. We are still expecting growth, especially among the newest members who hasn’t fully published all images yet.

The last few quarters has been quite steady in regards to payment from 3rd party partner, but it has not grown enough. This has been a concern for us, and we’ve taken several steps to make sure that the income from the program is increasing. The most significant change has been to add new sales channels in new markets. We have also started talks with other partners in order to add even more earnings to your account from this program.

If you have recently applied to the program, your images have not been shipped yet. We expect a new shipment will be ready in September, that will include new images from earlier contributors as well as all new contributors.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions!

Jan.

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Largest Photograph in the World

glass eyeA team of photographers from the company 360systems Ltd from Hungary has recently published the largest photograph ever taken. The panoramic view of Budapest has a resolution of 71 gigapixels! The resolution of the image is 590508 x 120750 and it takes up a whopping 350 GB.

Photographing gigapixel images has become quite popular recently, with new world records set at high intervals. Large companies like Google, Microsoft and Sony have all sponsored teams who are doing gigapixel photography. Google has even worked with NASA in developing a motorized head which can easily be set up to photograph extremely large images.

The technique used for this kind of photography is basically to take a whole lot of images (often several thousand) and use a large computer to stitch the images together. The 71-gigapixel image was stitched together on a Dell Workstation over several days. The team took a total of over 20 000 images over several days to compile the image in the quality they wanted.

The amount of progress in the field of gigapixel photography, has also been noticed by scientists – which are now looking for ways to use the technology in different fields. Among other uses they are looking into the possibility of doing macro gigapixel photography.

Check out the following impressive images:
Budapest 71 Gigapixel
Corcovado 67 Gigapixels
Paris 26 Gigapixels
Prague 18 Gigapixels

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Better looking vectors – and a site upgrade

We’ve just finished an upgrade of the software that generates previews of submitted vector files. This means that the color of newly submitted vectors will be better than those already in the database. Next step is to regenerate older previews, so that these also will have a better and brighter color. The upgrade also means that our servers can handle more vector files without increasing the server load.

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We are also working on a site upgrade that will be specifically aimed at the checkout process. Our data shows that we loose too many customers in the last few steps of the checkout. The new layout will be a lot easier to navigate. We will live up to our promise to be the easiest online stock agency once again!

Jan

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Tilt-shift photography

Tilt-shift photography is fascinating, and can be used as an easy way to fake miniatures. Tilt-shift lenses let you focus on a single part of the photo (tilt), while other parts are blurred (shifted) out. This creates an optical illusion which makes the photo look like a miniature model. It works especially well when you photograph scenes from above the ground, with people, buildings or other man-made objects. The outer edges of the image is blurred, so that the eye is fooled into believing that the part in focus is a miniature.

The good news is that you don’t actually need a tilt-shift lens to get the effect. The same principle can be added in Photoshop/GIMP. In Photoshop do the following:

  • Use the quick mask mode and select gradient tool
  • Select “reflected gradient”
  • Draw a vertical line from where you want the focus to the top of the image
  • Go back to “standard mask mode”
  • Use the filter gaussian blur (or lens blur if you don’t have PS 7)
  • Experiment with the radius and the amount of blur
  • Saturate the image to get more colours

Or, if you want a quick and easy way to create tilt-shift, go to http://tiltshiftmaker.com/. The results you get there are actually quite good, though it is easier to get a more precise focus using Photoshop/GIMP.

Example:

yay-46794 - originalOriginal image by iofoto

yay-46794-tiltshiftTilt-shifted image

We also have some tilt-shift images from our photographers. Both leaf and shalamov have a couple of tilt-shifted images.

The same technique can also be used for videos. Check out Keith Loutits website, he’s a man that pushes tilt-shift videos to the limit.

Happy tilt-shifting!

Jan

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