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ATPM 7.01
January 2001


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New York and Washington, D.C.

New York—Part 2

This month, Jens Grabenstein shares his view of New York City with us. The images were shot with a Canon EOS 300 using a 28-80mm zoom lens and 200 ASA 35mm Kodak Gold film. The film was digitalized during development using Kodak Picture CD technology (see review in this issue).

Most of the pictures were taken during a trip to Liberty Island with Daniel Chvatik, who presented his photos from this trip in the November issue of ATPM. Daniel took his photos with an Olympus C-2000Z at the same time and under the same conditions. Therefore, you can compare the images taken with the Olympus and the Canon to see the limitations of the Kodak Picture CD technology.

As you can see, the scanning introduces a strong moiré effect, especially in the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Under sub-optimal light conditions and even under good light conditions the Picture CD images appear pixelated in the blue and white parts of the sky.

Last month’s images of leaves were taken with the same camera under comparable conditions, but scanned with a conventional flatbed scanner. They show none of the mentioned defects. If you compare the pictures of the city and the leaves, you can see that the effects are due to the scanning technology applied by Kodak, not to the quality of the actual pictures taken with the camera.

Washington, D.C.

Assistant Webmaster Lee Bennett offers desktop pictures from Washington, D.C. that he took in the autumn of 2000. The pictures include shots of the Capitol, the White House, the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Washington Monument, the Old Post Office, Ford’s Theatre, and artifacts in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum—Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis aircraft and the original U.S.S. Enterprise model from Star Trek.

The photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 990. Resampling and retouching were performed with Adobe Photoshop 4.01 for Macintosh.

Downloading all the Pictures at Once

iCab and Interarchy (formerly Anarchie) can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once. In iCab, use the Download command to download “Get all files in same path.” In Interarchy, use HTTP Mirror feature.

Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures

If you have a picture, whether a small series or just one fabulous or funny shot, feel free to send it to and we’ll publish it in next month’s issue. Have a regular print but no scanner? Don’t worry. E-mail us, and we tell you where to send it so we can scan it for you. Note that we cannot return the original print, so send us a copy.

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS 8.5 and Newer

Go to the Appearance control panel. Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the window. Press the “Place Picture…” button in the bottom right corner, then select the desired image. By default, it will show you the images in the “Desktop Pictures” subfolder of your “Appearance” folder in the System Folder, however you can select images from anywhere on your hard disk.

After you select the desired image file and press “Choose,” a preview will appear in the Appearance window. The “Position Automatically” selection is usually fine. You can play with the settings to see if you like the others better. You will see the result in the little preview screen.

Once you are satisfied with the selection, click on “Set Desktop” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s it! Should you ever want to get rid of it, just go to the desktop settings again and press “Remove Picture.”

Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1

Go to the “Desktop Patterns” control panel. Click on “Desktop Pictures” in the list on the left of the window, and follow steps similar to the ones above.

Random Desktop Pictures

If you drag a folder of pictures onto the miniature desktop in the Appearance or Desktop Pictures control panel, your Mac will choose one from the folder at random when it starts up.


An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, reviewed in issue 5.10 and available for download.


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Reader Comments (14)

Frank Schultz · September 12, 2001 - 12:55 EST #1
Jen · September 12, 2001 - 21:25 EST #2
I can not belive what I am hearing and seeing on T.V. I will continue to pray for the victims and their families. Everyone should pray.
larry landrum jr. · September 12, 2001 - 23:20 EST #3
i dont really know what to say. i just cant believe tha someone could do this. someone should pay.
anonymous · September 13, 2001 - 18:13 EST #4
Justice must be served. Let us be sure we serve the right people. Inocent people are not responsible for this. It is time now for us to ask questions. The media can not be trusted, but I don't need to tell you that. Plenty of movies have been made recently on the subject. The media is there to lead us in the wrong direction. In the face of this terrible tragedy we must be sure and not lose our heads. We as American are very smart and will seek the truth that is beyond the smoke and mirrors. I am a well educated, American born male and I love my America. I have also traveled the world and I learned a few things along the way. We pride ourselves on the fact that we will not stand by while injustice is promoted and human rights violated. We came running to the rescue when Kuwait was invaded by Sadaam. Why won't we come to the rescue of the Palestinian women and children who are being killed by Israeli tanks. There has been a terrible injustice going on in Israel. We must ask questions. We must ask the hard questions. Why were the USA and Israel the only two countries in "THE WHOLE WORLD" to walk out of the International Convention on Racism when the topic of Zionism as a form of racism was raised. Every other country in the world condemed Zionism as a form of racism, yet the country where "Human Rights" was born walked out in front of the whole world. Why don't we see this fact reported on our news? I don't have the answers, but we must continue to dig for the truth because it will not land in our lap. With the invention of the internet we are now able to read news from other countries, instantly. I urge Americans to seek information outside of the USA. I am still in shock over what transpired on Tue, yet we must stay cool and seek the truth. We must be sure no more innocent people die. Innocent people are innocent no matter what color they are, what religion they follow or what they wear on their head. Women and children and inocent people must stop being killed. Don't stop asking questions.
MDD · September 14, 2001 - 06:46 EST #5
A comment on the last reader's comment: Zionism has to do with the support and development of the state of Israel. They simply want their holy land that was given to them by God. It is not prejudice and it was originally in response to strong anti-Semitism, which is prejudice AGAINST THEM. Therefore, I am in no way surprized that they walked out. Furthermore, I am not surprized that the USA walked out, as we are supporters of Israel.
Susanne Geburtig · September 15, 2001 - 13:35 EST #6
I'm very sad and furios about what happend. I don't know any punishment that is hard enough for those terrorists. But it have to be done something against terrorism in the world. And still more innocent humans may not suffer.
anonymous · October 10, 2001 - 11:23 EST #7
Bin Laden knows how much everyone in the United States are real close. Then, on September 11, 2001, the world got even closer. How can he live with himself after hurting billions of people? I was at school when this tragedy happened. Then I asked myself why did this have to happen to innocent people? Sincerely, Angel
MaryKathryn Beckman · February 7, 2005 - 09:19 EST #8
the white house rocks!:-)!
Everton · October 16, 2005 - 14:23 EST #9
Sorry I speak english so so.
My name's Everton, I have 16 years old, i wanted to know "New York" this is my dream, to know NeW York.
I would to go the New York.
I live in Brazil, Your picture's very beautiful.

My email is, ( or
any opportunity enter in my Emai, and pleas, I need go to the New York.
Bailey · November 13, 2005 - 14:58 EST #10
The Washington DC is our nations capital. The entire eighth grade class at my school went to Washington DC except for me. I cant imagine what they went through. But looking at this site made me relize that it was no joy trip. :(
meriton isufi · January 6, 2006 - 05:32 EST #11
suresh kumar.M · December 1, 2006 - 07:09 EST #12
it is wonderful.
Simon Bekama Leka · March 10, 2007 - 14:01 EST #13
I don't know if there's anybody in this world who can love USA than me! I pray for USA every days that : God bless USA.

I live in DRCong/Kinshasa
avdyl elshani · January 11, 2008 - 13:04 EST #14
it is wonderfful...gretingss from kosovo

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