MM – End of the Summer Rainbow

Summer barely began here at NFTB and here we are at the end of the rainbow. The roundup includes me buying second hand camera – a Canon Eos Rebel XT – from our friend Brad. Thanks, Brad! Now can you show me how to use it?

Also, somewhere along the way the blog broke, but it was an easy fix.
Before school started for the munchkins, we relaxed at our friends’ place near Breton, Alberta, soaking in some sun and some rainbows! A double rainbow, in fact!

Taken with (new-to-me) Canon Eos Rebel XT. Total album size = 10.2 MB

I love how well this camera takes pictures – you can see every colour of the rainbow in the rainbow, and every leaf and needle on the trees! See those dark clouds? They really were that dark! And the fluffy clouds that look like heaven? They really were that three-dimensional!

I wanted to share these fabulous photos with our friends so we could reminiscence once winter hits and summer is but a memory. And to laugh at the ESP going on that night with the rainbow (ahhh, good times)

I simply selected all four photos, right-clicked, shrunk the image size and voila! There was no risk at all – unlike standing out in a thunderstorm with a camera! And it was lightning fast! (seconds)

The best part? Even after using a compression index of 80 and reducing the photo size by 79 % to 86 %, you can still see all the detail in the landscape – all the colours are still there in its brilliancy and heaven-y clouds are just as fluffy!

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Mini-Compressor Monday – Spring Edition continued

Well, it’s still not Monday, but it’s still Mini-Compressor season… speaking of seasons, May snow-showers bring June fruit tree flowers. We’re hoping for a bumper crop of Evans cherries and heart-shaped apples.

Feast your eyes:

Taken with iPhone 4S. Total album size = 17.6 MB

Let’s make-believe that the fictitious Alberta Fruit Tree Society contacted Saturday MP to send photos to help them decide whether to feature these amazing fruit trees in a fictitious article. If they decide to run the article, they will send their fictitious photographer with a really good camera to the Saturday MP house, but we need to convince them first these trees are feature-worthy. The fictitious stipulation for the photos we send it that they need to be under 5 MB.  It looks like I’ll need to use Mini-Compressor to reduce the image sizes.

I opened the Mini-Compressor Options box and set the Compressed Image Quality to “75”. With a right-click and in a matter of seconds, the 7 photos were compressed to 5.88 MB. I checked the quality of the compressed photos – not bad at all. There is virtually no quality loss. I could stand to compress just a little further to hit that 5 MB mark.

I set the Compressed Image Quality to “70” in the Mini-Compressor Options… and pulled the trigger. again. The 7 photos are now 5.05 MB. Oh, so close.

Once more, I bumped the Compressed Image Quality down a tad to “65”, clicked OK, right-clicked and yes! The 7 photos are now 4.58 MB. How’s the quality? Ready for the fictitious panel of jurors to decide.

Thanks for the trip down imagination lane. Now, if only trial-and-error in gardening was this easy… Stay tuned for updates on the Behemoth Garden™.

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Mini-Compressor Monday – Spring Edition

Hello dear readers,

Here is a list of important, yet obvious, things that I would like to point out in today’s post:

  • It is not Monday
  • We have not been around the blog for a really long time
  • It’s finally Spring!

Here’s one more thing that’s not obvious, but we need to point out. We’ve re-surfaced from our winter hibernation to discover that our birthday post had a minor mistake. We didn’t turn 6. We turned 5. Still, big dreams. We partied like we turned 6, in preparation for next year.

As we are now finished hibernating, I want to share these sure signs of Spring with you. It’s so monumental, Spring is capitalized!

The first is one of DD’s school project and 3 are of our favourite sign of Spring – tulips, taken with my iPhone 4S. In total, this spring album is 13.2 MB.

Using Mini-Compressor, I was able to shrink the 4 photos to 4.79 MB without any quality-loss, making it easier to email these brag photos to anyone still stuck in winter! See for yourselves:

Thanks for stopping in. The rumours of us entering basement rehab were greatly exaggerated.

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MM – Heart-shaped Delicacy Edition

We know it’s not Monday, but if you have any doubt as to what heart-themed holiday it is today, check your local retail store!

This little darling came off our apple tree a few years ago, and I couldn’t resist immortalizing it.

Taken with Sony DSC-W580:

There you go! With Mini-Compressor, you get all the sweetness with no quality loss (even with a compression index of 50)

Happy February 14, everyone!

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Saturday MP celebrates its 6th Birthday!

Today, Saturday MP celebrates its 6th birthday. Thanks for coming on this amazing journey with us!  Here’s to smaller pictures but not smaller dreams!

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MM – More Winter Fun

This weekend, the SatMP crew headed to the Flying Canoe Adventure.  We bundled up, hoping to see some pretty lights, expecting to jump back in the car after 20 minutes. Instead, we stayed for 3 hours and had a blast! We took in horse-drawn wagon rides, kick-sledding, bannock, music, tobogganing, flying canoes and created endless memories!

I sadly only took 3 pictures on my iPhone 4S:

Using a Mini-Compressor compression index of 90:

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Life in the Basement – Olympic Edition

It’s on! As they say in these parts, “the puck has dropped”. The 2014 Olympic Games have begun. Go, Team!

While I don’t fancy myself to be an athlete of any sort, I like to think that we basement-dwellers are similar to Olympians (no disrespect intended, of course). Of what little I know about these hard-working athletes, they’re pretty good – some are the best in their fields. Sometimes they win world titles and we don’t pay attention. It’s once every 4 years when we familiarize ourselves with their names and cheer loudly. Then after the flame is extinguished, they fade back into training and winning world titles and we return to our routines.

“How is this like the SatMP?” you ask? Are Chris and I bench pressing and landing jumps in the basement? Are we recovering from surgeries? No and no. Heck, we don’t even watch our diets! However, we work pretty hard here, and other than the soundtracks playing in the backgrounds, it’s pretty quiet. While it’s not world title material, our clients are satisfied with our work. (Our equivalent of going for the Gold, if you will) Then, every now and then, we make an announcement that rocks our world – maybe yours too, but definitely ours. That would be similar to the Olympics, wouldn’t it? Then, we fade back into obscurity and everyone goes back to their routines. Except for us, that routine is to keep getting stuff done – awesomely.

Taken with Nikon CoolPix S31:

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MM – Ringing in the Year of the Horse

This past weekend we celebrated the upcoming Chinese New Year at a Carnival! January 31, 2014 begins the Year of the Horse, which is supposed to be a year for quick successes! We wish you all quick successes in your endeavors.

Us here, we’re enjoying our success, though it hasn’t been quick –we’ll be celebrating Saturday Morning Productions’s 6th birthday in February… (Think of all the things you’ve worked on for 6 years). Here’s when we thank our Mini-Compressor customers and wonderful clients for helping us to build our success story!

Anyway, back to the Carnival.

Among the many martial arts demonstrations, dances and contests, hands down, our favourite performances of the weekend were the Lion Dances. They were so awesome and lifelike! They inspired DD to imitate it at home with her stuffed lion, complete with throwing candy and a scroll. Awwwwww. Equally as cute were the Junior Lions with their out-of-sync way of ringing in the New Year and spreading cheer!

Onto the pictures: here are 8 (8 is lucky) photos of the festivities, taken on my iPhone 4.

Click to view.

Total Album Size = 19.4 MB

If I was the sharing type, I’d compress these with a simple right-click and email an album half the size, with – say it with me now – little quality loss.  How’s that for “junior lions”?

Total Album Size = 10.8 MB

We hope you enjoy your Chinese New Year’s Eve, and party like it’s the Year of the Snake!

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MM – A warm up tale

Those of you in this part of the world will know Edmonton was lucky enough to escape that nasty phenomenon known as the Polar Vortex(TM) 2014 that happened last week. However, those of you who know of this part of the world will know we’ve suffered through sub-zero temperature for weeks now (with no catchy brand-name, other than the tag known as “Winter”)*.

The SatMP family ventured out of the basement and took advantage of the mild temperatures by visiting the Deep Freeze Festival.  It was a lot of fun.

Here are 3 notable shots taken with my iPhone 4: a Norse god Snow Sculpture and 2 of ‘the kids’ experiencing a traditional Quebecois Cabane a Sucre.

Norse Guy  Full Size = 1.99 MB

Norse Guy
Full Size = 1.99 MB

Yum  Full Size = 2.01 MB

Full Size = 2.01 MB

Cabane a Sucre  Full Size = 1.86 MB

Cabane a Sucre
Full Size = 1.86 MB

Like the time it took for that maple syrup to be slurped up, it also only took seconds to compress the photos (with no quality loss**):

Norse Guy_90  Compressed Size = 1.13 MB

Norse Guy_90
Compressed Size = 1.13 MB

Yum_90  Compressed Size = 1.07 MB

Compressed Size = 1.07 MB

Cabane a Sucre_90  Compressed Size = 0.97 MB

Cabane a Sucre_90
Compressed Size = 0.97 MB

We hope you’re find ways to keep warm in your parts of the world!

* And those of you know really know Edmonton, know that we’re wise enough to both embrace Winter as well as curse it. Go Festival City!

** In fact check out the fuzzy horn things on Norse Guy’s helmet.  Still impressively fuzzy.

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Happy New Year, everyone!

January is the first month of the New Year. The word January comes from the Latin word janua which means doorway.  Those of you versed in Roman gods may be familiar with Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.

January, my friends, is the year’s doorway, an entrance into a bright new beginning!

What does that mean here at SatMP headquarters?

Not a whole lot.*  Yes, we received some new toys over Christmas including a shiny new kitchen appliance.  On that front, we plan on cooking up the good times.  We’ll continue cooking up great things in the basement as well (Mini-Compressor is always ready to ship).  Stay tuned for continued greatness.

* We owe respect to those of you who have take an “out with the old and in with the new” attitude.  We’re just not about to change anything good for the sake of changing.

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