One of mine from a trip last year to Namibia.
One of many houses taken over by the Namib Desert in the abandoned diamond mining village of Kolmanskop. It really was as earie being there as this photograph probably is to you!
Well, as I figured out today, you bloody well can’t.
Import all your camera roll images, non instragram generated too, onto your shiny capable Mac and you want to separate the Instagram images to another folder. It shouldn’t be that difficult really – I’m using Lion, but there’s no relief in earlier versions of OSX – simply search for images where the width is equal to the height. Nope. Can’t do it.
The problem is that instagram images are square but, here’s the irritating part, they’re all different sizes. Or can be. And so, my frustrated friends, OSX can’t tackle this as standard.
So I wrote a little apple and shell script piece you can set as a Service that will allow you to simply right-click select all your images and suffix SQ onto them so you CAN search for them. It works by simply verifying the image is indeed square before renaming it.
Go into Automator. Select Run AppleScript, from the second column.
Set the following
And then Paste the following code into the code window
tell application “Finder” to set the this_folder to (folder of the front window) as alias
set the this_folder to path to desktop folder as alias
tell application “Finder”
set selected_items to selection
set oldDelims to AppleScript’s text item delimiters
set AppleScript’s text item delimiters to “:”
repeat with aFile in selected_items
set img_ to quoted form of POSIX path of (aFile as text)
if the name extension of aFile is “JPG” then
set my_dimensions to (do shell script ” sips -g pixelWidth ” & img_)
set width_ to text item 2 of my_dimensions
set my_dimensions to (do shell script ” sips -g pixelHeight ” & img_)
set height_ to text item 2 of my_dimensions
if (width_ = height_) then
do shell script “mv ” & img_ & ” ” & img_ & “.SQ.JPG”
set AppleScript’s text item delimiters to oldDelims
Click on the ‘hammer’ to compile the code and it should look like this:
Save this. I called it ‘Find square images’.
Now, you can select a bunch of images. Right click on them and select ‘Find Square Images’, like so…
The images will be renamed from Whatever_099.JPG to Whatever_099.SQ.JPG but you can change the following line to your desired suffix
do shell script “mv ” & img_ & ” ” & img_ & “.SQ.JPG”
This springs to mind, but remember to leave the .JPG on the end.
do shell script “mv ” & img_ & ” ” & img_ & “.INSTAGRAM.JPG”
And now you can Finder Search for your bespoke token to see all your instagram images.
Mike’s Butternut Squash Risotto – enough for 2 hungry people.
Butternut squash x1 in 1cm cubes = about 600g
2.5 table spoon olive oil (i used spanish) (1tblspoon = 15ml)
garlic 3 cloves, mushed
200g risotto rice (i use arborio)
1 good quality vegetable stock cube (you will be making 600ml)
white wine – 30ml (2 table spoon)
okra, i used 100g, fresh basil.
1x lime, grated parmesan to taste
dice the squash
boil for 10-15 mins
use the squash water to make 600ml stock
in a biggish pot, put rice, only 2 tablespoon (30ml) of oil, and garlic and wine
moderate heat for a few minutes to let this soak into the rice
add small amount of the stock, like a cup full.
stir until this is soaked in and the consistency is creamy
another cup of stock
more with the stirring
heat should be a simmering low, nearly but not boiling
now add the squash and aother cup of stock
more stirring to let this all soak up
add the rest of the stock
stir every few minutes… this will probably be 25 mins.
chop the okra and basil, use the remaining half teaspoon of oil to shallow fry
when soft, add this all to the risotto.
let the whole thing infuse at a very low heat for another 10 mins.
serve with lime juice and grated parmesan.
i reckon the whole thing is done inside 1 hour.
Well, no, don’t!
It seems my set of high definition retina wallpapers for the New iPad is proving to be a hit. Here are some of the featured links…
Of course there are some unscrupulous sites that have remorselessly taken my images to host on their own ‘wallpaper’ sites and don’t even make reference to the original artist. Strangely, they don’t respond to emails either
Sigh, but either way, enjoy.
ps, one unscrupulous site: http://www.ilikewallpaper.com/The-new-iPad
Life has been smiley. I received a dish drainer, food blender, wifi booster aerials. We watched TV and films and I cooked. A damned fine seafood risotto, for one meal!
As is always a constant, I think about photography. I noticed how the morning sun falls on my garden at the rear of our house. It takes virtually no prodding to get out my macro rig and go snap dew drops!!
So, creativity or work? For me these two really are mutually exclusive.
My life has divided neatly between the two, following one or the other like a puppy on a leash.
The dilemma weighs heavy when you realize creative equals happy and work equates to just surviving, but creativity and money are reluctant partners without the mediator who we shall just call slave like work ethic.
I’ve settled on iPad 3; well they started the numbers game! Naming and tagging the free wallpapers I produce for the damned device is a little more irritating. Kind of first world problem irritating, but still.
I have been squaririzing some of my more simple images for iPad use. Specifically for background wallpapers. Here’s a set on Flickr you can link to.
Aside from this, i mounted a wireless router to a wall! Go me with the DIY! And vacuumed! Also surprisingly motivated.
I will post some more images tomorrow to save your sanity and feast your eyes!
The About page is a bit quirky and directionless, so let’s be a bit more specific.
I am a photographer. If you’re not down with the random and frequent posting of images, please move along.
You’re still reading, so goodo. You can find me on Flickr, 500px and Instagram as @michaeltoye. I tend to show my portfolio through michaeltoyeimages.com but even I have to admit it’s not a very good one.
Any thoughts on the theme and general layout? Stormtrooper white and simple.