rockin’ laptop case

Recently a thinkTANK Artificial Intelligence 13 V3 made it’s way into my arsenal. Now as a girl, I’m wired to have loads of bags. Kind of like Goldilocks always looking for one that’s just right! This is my 4th case/sleeve/bag I’ve acquired since getting the Macbook Air last year and this one really nails it for most occasions.

What’s amazing about this bag? Well a few things… how about jamming all of this into it:

a 13″ MacBook Air
a composition book/moleskin
laptop charger
small wallet
lipstick/lip blam
I can even sneak an Olympus Pen E-P2 in there too! (with the 17mm pancake lens)

The bag is only 1.2″ deep, this means if you’re travelling you could store this bag in a larger bag. It’s well padded, and my MacBook air fits in there snugly. The back pocket on the bag is where I carry a real notebook, even though I heart my technology I still love putting pen to paper. But if you really love technology, you could easily fit an iPad (smart tablet) into that same pocket.

The front pocket has slots for cards, like business cards, a few pens, and a fob to attach your keys to, if you so wish. The strap is also designed in a way to either just be worn on the shoulder or as a cross body. Multi-functional, yep I dig it.

Thank you thinkTANK for adding this size to the Artificial Intelligence line! And for being rock stars!

All photos of the bag and contents were taken with my trusty iPhone4s.

seattle center

Today I headed out to Seattle Center to check out the Folklike 2012 festivities. It was warm, sunny and in the 80’s today, so it was nice to be out and about in it. I took along my little Olympus E-P2 with the trust 17mm f/2.8 lens, and of course my iPhone. The crowd was dense, so I found myself strolling about less populated areas.

I snapped a series of images that show of shapes and colours.

a sculpture – straight out of camera, except for a slight crop.

Different takes on the EMP. I really rather like both of these. they contrast one another in the bright, almost flame like colours of the first, compared to the low key angles of the second.

Something really struck me with the shadows on this set of stairs, combined with the yellow stripes of paint on them. The convergence of lines as well.

How goes your weekend?!

p.s. All images in this post were taken with the Olympus Pen e-p2 with the m.zuiko 17mm f/2.8 lens. Very minor edits done in Lightroom 3.

~ kate


I’ve been wanting to write about Autostitch for sometime. When it comes to creating a panorama, this is my go-to app. I haven’t tried any other panorama apps, so I’m sure there are other apps to create pano’s, but since this one has always worked for me, I’ve just stuck with it.

With the native camera I’ll shoot a series of vertical images, with at least a 25% overlap. If you use the Shoot Panorama option, the app recommends a 30% overlap. Ideally you want to have elements in the frame that the app will be able to find and merge.

I normally head straight to the Select Photos button, which allows you to open the camera roll. As you can see I had many photos to choose from. For my final image, I selected 7 images. As you select them it adds them to the smaller window. Once they’re all loaded, tap on the Stitch button and let the app do the work.

Render, render, render! Depending on how many files you have, this could take a minute or so.

Once it’s rendered, you’re pano may look something like the image below on the right. Now you can save this as is (which I sometimes do), or just click the crop icon. If you choose to crop, you can move the corners/sides/top/bottom to crop as you like.

Now before you save, tap on the Settings button in the top right corner to make sure you have the High Res output selected. So far I’ve left the “Best” for blending selected and been happy with the results.

The image on the right shows a library of panos I’ve created, including their date/time info.

And here’s what 7 Vertical photos of Elliott Bay in Seattle can turn into! (Output file size of 3944×1984 pixels).

Do you have a fave app for creating Panoramas? If so, what is it and what do you like about it? I’d love to hear about it!

~ kate