Cyclehack Luxembourg City 2016

Thanks to Cycle Luxembourg, I was privileged to help with the preparation of the first Cyclehack in Luxembourg City. A very nice experience from the inside, where a group of very busy people have managed to do everything; also it was a bit discouraging because it was during the National Holiday weekend and many people decided to travel for an extended weekend before the beginning of the holiday season.

Back to the topic, the event took place during the whole weekend (from Friday the 24th of June to Sunday) at the Rotondes. Friday evening and Sunday afternoon were opened to the public and the rest of the weekend only to participants.

Videos

All videos are also available for download on my personal gallery.

On Friday, there was a series of talks:

Introduction talk by Kasia Krzyzanowski:

Keynote speaker: Marc van Woudenberg of Amsterdamize:

Some local speakers:

Sam Tanson, member of the Aldermen council and in charge of mobility and transport issues for Luxembourg City:

Philippe Herkrath from  Lëtzebuerger Vëlosinitiativ:

openData by Tezza Lana from Level2Syn2cat Hackerspace:

Jean­-Michel Mertz from Bike43, a bicycle related startup here in Luxembourg:

Pierre Englebert from the Luxembourg branch of Cycling Without Age:

And my first ever talk,  I even tried to talk, about my daily bike commutes in Luxembourg, with the glitches and everything:

My slides are also available online.

And to finish, Steve Clement from Level 2 and coorganizer made a very inspiring talk:

Sunday: presentation of the projects

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Remains of Roman Baths in Mamer

In Mamer, Luxembourg, close to the European School, there are some remains of Roman baths. I had lunch there and wanted to shoot it. Later on I decided to apply different types of panorama; here’s the result:

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Normal photo using a 24 mm lens
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Equirectangular panorama 360×180 degrees
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Mercator projection 360×160 degrees (then cropped to maintain 6:4 ratio)
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Stereographic panorama

And my favorite, the stereographic down panorama, making panoramas look like a planet:

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Remains of Roman Baths, stereographic down panorama

And thanks to Frederic, who kept me company while I was shooting 630 photos (126 photos with 5 different exposures each).

Dogwood52: week 8: Landscape: Wide Angle/Panorama

So, here I am again with the weekly challenge. This time it is about a great opportunity to explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape.

I first tried from the balcony of my office room, played with Photoshop Photo Merge, and decided to use Lightroom to create the panorama – it seems to handle raw files better when it comes to vignetting. Then I started putting a lot of energy and time into this project and asked myself many questions, including about the ratio to use and found out that 3×1 is a good bet because we can find frames using this ratio. All camera settings are manual, including focus and bracketing was enabled to catch different exposures. But you have been warned, the pictures are great (in size) – please download them if you like 😉

Luxembourg Grund night panorama
Luxembourg Grund night panorama (full size image)
Mamer Schlass night panorama
Mamer Schlass night panorama (full size image)
Skate Park Hollerich 360 degrees panorama
Skate Park Hollerich 360 degrees panorama (full size image)

And here are some pictures captured while training for the shootings:

Getting warmed up for panoramic capture
Getting warmed up for panoramic capture (full size image)
Clutter on the table (full size image)

The panorama has just started; I will definitely make more, thinking of an album of Luxembourg panoramas.

Dogwood52: week 7: Portrait: Faceless

Tell someone’s story without showing their face.

I did find it extremely hard to be inspired, to capture an interesting context. I didn’t put too much effort into this and mainly worked on the future challenges instead; but here’s the result:

Kids playing, normal stuff Feet portrait Texting Couch potato

Respectively named:

  • Kids playing, normal stuff,
  • Feet portrait,
  • Texting, and
  • Couch potato.

But be prepared for something more amazing for week 8 😉

Dogwood52: week 6: Artistic: Candy

Your artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. A great chance to play with macro photography.

But after strugging for week 7 challenge, I just realized I forgot to post this one! So there it is…

I had a lot of fun with candies; making close-ups, bokeh, macro and creating a scene:

Accident scene
Accident scene

And of course, the other pictures taken for the challenge:

Three candies playing bokeh
Three candies playing bokeh
Candies aftermach
Candies aftermach
Healthy candies
Healthy candies
Feeding time
Feeding time
Food time
Food time
Candy lover
Candy lover
A Rabbit's diet
A Rabbit’s diet

And we got a house full of candies after the shooting session 😉

New day, new adventure