AMQPing v0.4 Released

AMQPing v0.4 Released

Introduction AMQPing (pypi, github) is a tool based on pika for testing an AMQP broker such as RabbitMQ. Its been on pypi for a while, but needed some love. Initially it could only connect to a broker successfully or throw an…

Low Light: Know your limits

Low Light: Know your limits

Shooting low light is not about squeezing every last 1/3 ev out of every exposure parameter. It is about knowing the usable limit of each parameter and using that. ISO: The XT-1 has a great detail at ISO 1600, so I…

Openstack Ansible Ceph Configuration

Openstack Ansible Ceph Configuration

Openstack-Ansible doesn’t deploy ceph for you, if you want to do that there are excellent ceph roles from Sebastien Han. However openstack-ansible does have support for configuring openstack services as ceph clients. Specifically glance images, cinder volumes and nova ephemeral disks….

Macro Tube Experiments

Macro Tube Experiments

Why Macro Tubes? Fuji don’t have a 1x macro lens yet, they have the 60 f2.4 0.5x but that’s too close to the 56, not very fast and not enough magnification for me to justify another lens. 2016 should bring the…

iOS 9 Shared Notes

iOS 9 Shared Notes

Or why I moved to google keep. Prior to iOS 9 notes were stored in an email account via IMAP. This is a slightly odd place to store notes, but it had the advantage that you could add your notes…

Focus-Reframe

Focus-Reframe

Since my first DSLR I’ve usually used the centre focus point, focused on some critical detail (eg an eye) then reframed to produce the desired composition. The advantage of this technique is that you don’t have to mess around selecting…

Fujifilm XT-1 & Sensitivity Priority

Fujifilm XT-1 & Sensitivity Priority

If you’ve read about or played with an XT-1 you’ll notice that it doesn’t have a mode dial, modes are selected based on which values are fixed by the user. Fixed Aperture + Auto Shutter = Aperture Priority (A) Auto…

Sennheiser PX210 BT Repair

Sennheiser PX210 BT Repair

My PX210 BTs developed a fault with the left ear, I didn’t want to pay £60 for an official service so I put them to one side. After a while I decided to attempt a repair.