Mac OS 10.7 Lion Wallpaper

Lion

Learned over the weekend that the latest version of Apple’s Mac OS is being called “Lion.” Wallpaper will be needed. This lion if one of two resident males at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Click the image for a 1920 x 1200 wallpaper freely available for personal, non-commercial use.

You can check out my entire portfolio at Salmon Bay Photography.

Snow Leopard Wallpaper

I finally got a decent shot of one of the two snow leopard cubs at Woodland Park Zoo. Mac fanboys can rejoice! These cubs are a tough shoot. They are very quick and curious and seem to know how to not be photographed. Enjoy the wallpaper. I will keep photographing them.

These snow leopard photos and the wallpapers on my portfolio site, Salmon Bay Photography, are freely available for personal, non-commercial use. See my terms for the fine print.

1600 x 690 Snow Leopard

1280 x 552 Snow Leopard

Check out the snow leopards at Woodland Park Zoo.

Mt Rainier Wallpaper

My original post from May is proving popular. So here is another wallpaper.

Mt Rainier is a PNW icon. This panoramic was recently taken on another cold, clear autumn morning with my trusty Xpan. Short hike made a challenge in the darkness before dawn. As usual, 3 sizes are available. Select the link of the size below:

1600 x 605 Mt Rainier from Dege Peak

1280 x 484 Mt Rainier from Dege Peak

1024 x 387 Mt Rainier from Dege Peak

You can check out my entire portfolio at Salmon Bay Photography.

Seattle Skyline Wallpaper 2

My original post from May is proving popular. So here is another view from Kerry Park in Seattle

Seattle’s skyline from Kerry Park in the Queen Anne neighborhood is one of my favorite views of the city. This panoramic was recently taken on a cold, clear autumn morning with my trusty Xpan. Different light from a more southernly sun. For this weekend edition, I am making this wallpaper available for all now 8 (Count’em 8 daily readers. Thanks!) of my readers in 3 sizes. Select the link of the size you want below:

1600 x 555 Seattle Skyline

1280 x 444 Seattle Skyline

1024 x 355 Seattle Skyline

You can check out my entire portfolio at Salmon Bay Photography.

iGoogle is Now Social

iGoogle is Now Social: Google Launches Social Gadgets

Google Gadgets now have social features. This will be very interesting. I have developed Google Gadgets. Making them social is a great move. Like the linked Read Write Web article states, it will be a little while before the developer community makes most of these new features.

Gadgets are a great way to drive traffic. The two gadgets for my photography portfolio site drive 80% of the traffic. The Google Gadget above can be found at http://www.salmonbay.net.

Data Recovery Tools

Recently, I had a problem with my Nikon D70. Over 4 years of use without any issues and then the CF card reset without any warning. Some important pictures were gone. Or so I thought. I was not happy.

I came across this Lifehacker post Five Best Free Data Recovery Tools and gave Recuva a shot. Problem solved. The price was right too (free). It recovered the lost pictures on the card as well as several from years past. It also works with hard drives, memory cards and USB drives. Happy again.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, try Recuva.

A cloud favorite…

Picnik is a great online photo editing tool. It is dead simple. Think Adobe Photoshop Elements on the web. For free. The company is a darling of the Seattle startup scene and has won many recent awards. It works on Flickr, PhotoWorks, Facebook, MySpace, Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket, Webshots, Lexmark and Box.net as well as I few I likely missed.

The company has done 3 very interesting things in the cloud. Picnik is using social media to generate word of mouth, using the utility nature of the cloud for raw computing power and using an API to open its services even further. The company’s has successfully leveraged the Facebook platform and builds great word of mouth. Also Picnik is very active on Twitter. Picnik has taken that next technological step moving a very resource intensive application to the cloud. Photo editing is not easy on the CPU. Think about how long Photoshop takes to load. Lots of number crunching. A great cloud problem to solve. Finally the company has an API and nurtures a development community to build add-on and other Picnik based services. In a nutshell, Picnik is leveraging the cloud better than most. The model is interesting.

Keep an eye on Picnik.

Pratt Exposed: 2009 Fine Art Auction Exhibition

Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle provides art classes from drawing to metal and from stone to glass. I have been learning, blowing and working with glass there for 3 years. There are not many places where a layman like myself can get the exposure to professional teaching artists and equipment — especially in hot glass.

Every year Pratt holds an auction by established and emerging artists from the Northwest and around the world to help raise money for Pratt and the Seattle art community. I am very excited to have a piece of photography in this year’s auction.

You can check out the 2009 Pratt Auction Catalog here. I was glad to help and lend my skills for some of the catalog photography.

On Friday, May 15 from 6 – 9pm, stop by for Pratt Exposed: 2009 Fine Art Auction Exhibition. This exciting FREE event is your chance to see all of the auction art in person before it enters private collections.

Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144

Seattle Skyline Wallpaper

Seattle’s skyline from Kerry Park in the Queen Anne neighborhood is one of my favorite views of the city. This panoramic was recently taken on a cold, clear morning with my trusty Xpan. For this weekend edition, I am making this wallpaper available for all 2 of my readers in 3 sizes. Select the link of the size you want below:

1600 x 555 Seattle Skyline

1280 x 444 Seattle Skyline

1024 x 355 Seattle Skyline

You can check out my entire portfolio at Salmon Bay Photography.

Happy Weekend!