Rays of Light Pierce Food Court Windows

On a typical Friday morning, my wife and I would stop by the Seria open market for our weekly grocery shopping before she starts her day at the office. Breakfast usually follows at one of two of our regular haunt: Nam Wah or Soi Heng restaurant — it’s all fairly predictable. On this day, however, we decided to patronize the Seria food court for a change. Waiting for my noodles to be served, I looked around and saw this beautiful moment — quickly captured with the only camera I had with me, my trusty Samsung Galaxy S3 that just recently had its screen replaced. The phone gets to live another day until the day I make up my mind to have it replaced — possibly with a Note 5.

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A photo posted by Jan Shim (@janshim) on

The Quickest Way to Upload Photos to Instagram from Windows PC

Friends who are fervent Instagram (“IG”) users have urged me countless times to share more photos on Instagram. I signed up an account sometimes in April 2012, shared my first photo I took at a client’s dinner and dance party. Fast forward three years to present day, I have shared a lowly total of 80 images. Here’s the thing: it’s not that I don’t want to share more, it’s that I find the lack of direct upload (Instagram does not provide an API for such purpose) from Windows a major inconvenience for me. I manage a huge repository of images in the Windows desktop environment and I’m not fond of the tried and true method of emailing myself the image files each time I have images to upload.

After several years of on and off hiatus, I found what I consider to be a very convenient method to quickly get my images from desktop to the iPad where I have IG installed (big screen and all). Between the PC and iPad, I use an incredible free networking app called Dukto that lets Windows/Android/iOS devices effortlessly see each other for the purpose of text and file transfers (I like it so much I paid for the pro version on iOS).

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The left screenshot is my Windows 7 desktop while the right screenshot is the iPad. Once the images are prepared on the desktop for Instagram upload, it’s just a matter of dragging them to Dukto container. Within seconds the images are wirelessly transferred to the iPad.

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Because Instagram doesn’t provide an API for any third-party app to play nice with it, there is no direct sharing to IG. Next best alternative is a free and highly popular companion app called InstaSize. Within the Dukto iOS container, clicking Open in InstaSize immediately loads the image for customizing options before it opens in Instagram app for take off.

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You can do loads with InstaSize but I use the app mainly for transit to IG. Non square images are automatically “instasized” to fit in the window and I usually just choose black for border colour where appropriate. Click on the red arrow and image opens in IG where you enter your caption and hashtags — within seconds it’s published.

I am hopeful that someday soon we can do away with the intermediary steps to easily share images. Meanwhile this is my account https://instagram.com/janshim/ shimworld-instagram-instasize-4

April 2, 2015 | If you haven’t already read about this, Google has released a Chrome app Arc Welder that lets Android apps run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. As you can see from my Facebook post right below, I tried running Instagram on my Windows 7 64-bit and everything worked as though it’s running on an Android device.

Landscape Photography: Canon EOS 5D Mark III In-Camera Double Exposure

The kids are on their school holiday and the rainy season of December has brought much rain to many parts of the Belait district. To my delight, I had waited since August for this otherwise semi parched lake to be filled up again. Tipped by recent pictures of Luagan Lalak on Facebook I made an impromptu trip (Facebook link) there with Jamie and Jewel. After I was done photographing multiple shots of the panoramic view across the lake, we headed to one of the huts for a short rest. There, I was going through the camera menu and happened to stop on the Multiple Exposure and HDR settings page.

I know how multiple exposures are made using Digital Photo Professional but doing the same in-camera I thought would be tricky in that you would have to visualize the results before taking the shots. There wasn’t a better time to experiment so off I went with two frames, one to the left of the lake zoomed to fill the whole frame and the other a wide perspective of the landscape. The resulting composite is the image below straight out of the camera (with a few localized tweaks in Photoshop).

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