Apparently I mostly shoot wide

Heard about Jeffrey Friedl’s lens focal length plot plugin for Lightroom and decided to check it out.  Here’s what it produced from my entire library.

Apparently I mostly shoot wide
Apparently I mostly shoot wide

Nearly 60% of my photos are in the wide to short telephoto range and nearly 40% is exclusively wide.  Now, I do have SOME photos from others in my Lightroom catalog, but not enough to skew the results.  I would say the reason for the huge concentration of photos in the 33-82mm range comes from the kit lens and its equivalent focal length USM version that I shoot a lot of photos with.  The large concentration around the 308-330mm range comes from the 1.6x crop factor of my XT and XTi on the Tamron 55-200mm I use for wildlife photography.

I’m shocked that I have so many photos at the wide end in the sense that I wouldn’t have guessed that if you’d asked me.  But, at the same time, I’m not surprised in that it was the only range I had for a while, a lot of indoor photography needs to be on the wide side, and now I’m also experimenting with wide angle shots.

I am very surprised that a full 10% of the photos were taken with a prime lens.  It was a while before I got my 50mm macro lens and I only got my 50mm f/1.8 this summer.  But I guess, like everyone else, I really like the properties of the 50mm lenses (even if they have more of a field of view of 80mm on my XT and XTi).

Unsurprisingly, I spend nearly 50% of the time either on the most wide or most telephoto end of my lens.  This makes sense because of the way I do photography – I tend to either want to be really close up or really far away.  So I either want to be as wide or telephoto as possible.  This is one of the reasons so many people end up recommending primes.  Not only do they (on average) have better optical qualities than a zoom lens, but most people spend most of their time at one focal length of their zoom anyway.  So why not just go for a prime and get the best out of it?

If you have Lightroom, you should definitely install this plugin and see what it tells you about your photographic style.

Getting Totem’s MythTV plugin to work

One of the new features of Gnome 2.22 is the fact that Totem now has a plugin to access your MythTV programs. I installed the plugin and found myself wondering what to do next. I checked on Google for totem mythtv and didn’t find anything until today when Google finally got around to indexing a forum post about it on the Ubuntu Forums. I followed the directions about editing Gconf and had success!

Basically it all boiled down to one very simple thing – you had to give the plugin the address of the computer that has the MythTV backend. Unfortunately, whoever created the plugin decided not to use the “configure” button and makes you go into GConf to edit it. I think perhaps this means that the plugin wasn’t really ready for primetime, but they threw it out there for people to check out. I think I will probably submit a bug against this. I have submitted a bug, so hopefully it will be fixed in future versions of the plugin. For now, just go into gconf-editor and then go to apps->totem->plugins and under the mythtv one add the IP addres of your myth box and then go into totem and hit, once the plugin is activated, switch to it with the playlist dropdown menu. Then hit refresh. You’ll get something that looks like this:

Totem MythTV Plugin

Before this plugin I used to go into mythweb and launch the links from there into VLC.  I find that the quality is comparable to watching it on VLC.  Even on my wireless connection the video plays more or less flawlessly and I’m able to watch it just like watching it on the TV connected to my Mythbox.  Good job Totem programmers!