Better Lighting for your Computer with F.lux

F.lux is an application for Windows and OSX* that changes the colour of your computer’s display to match the colour of the environment around you, based on the time of the day.

I’ve been using it for the best part of a week now, and I’ve found it to be very useful. I use computer throughout the evening to listen to music and surf the web, but the last thing I need is a direct hit of ‘sunshine’ just before I go to bed. With F.lux my screen is already matching the lights of my flat – giving a much more mellow orange glow, rather than an intense blue one.

As well as the time related features, I’ve also found it quite helpful to set it to the 3400K mode in the day when I’m coding.

I have yet to find a keyboard shortcut for the ‘disable for one hour’ option, but I looks like the application is under (fairly) active development, so new features will hopefully be added over time.

I can totally recommend this software.

* It’s also available on ‘Linux’ but I don’t know anyone that is currently using Linux as a desktop operating system (apart from Doc John…)

Half Moon in August 2011

As my last couple of attempts to take a photo of the moon ended up with cloud, I thought I’d show what my camera can get when there aren’t any.

And here’s a close up of the moon, shown at full resolution.

Not bad eh? I wonder what I can get with a telescope.

Rain in Slow Motion

It rained again this weekend. My previous attempt at creating a video of the rain was interesting, but I thought I’d try for a different approach this time.

This video has gone!

This video was taken with my Canon 7D and then slowed down with Windows Live Movie Maker. Oh, and I also made the soundtrack.

The Moon with Saturn in August 2011

After my previous attempt was clouded over, I thought I’d try again to photograph the Moon (shown above) and Saturn together. Unfortunately this wasn’t meant to be – however I did manage to snap a photo of each separately, as well as a couple of rather nice sunsets.

Here’s Saturn (you might have to take my word for it) just before it set behind the tree line. I took this photo on the night of Thursday the 4th of August 2011, but I didn’t get any close-up pictures of the moon that night (even though it was clear!)

On Friday night I returned to photograph a better picture of the Moon itself. As you can see above, the clouds were back. But I didn’t mind too much, as having the clouds sticking around did result in a rather pretty sunset.

Here’s the Moon I was after, just peaking out from behind the clouds. I ended up with this rather pretty glow effect which you can see on the full resolution picture below…

As usual, I’ve uploaded the full resolution versions to Flickr.

Clouds

I wanted to take a photograph of Saturn and the Moon last night. However all I got was clouds. Hopefully tonight will be better…