Technical Information

Retina 27" iMac This site uses frames, styles, and a little bit of Javascript. It is possible to view the pages with a browser that is not frame-enabled, but navigation will not be as convenient. Without support for styles, things will become very ugly, indeed. Finally, having Javascript enabled and frames disabled will render the site unusable because there will be no way to navigate it. If you use Internet Explorer, note that this browser only renders things correctly starting with version 10. There are no such problems with earlier versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

www.kiechle.com is edited on a 27" iMac with Retina display, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and several terabytes of storage; the machine always runs the latest version of OS X. When traveling, we carry a 15" MacBook Pro with a Retina display to process our images. We use a large variety of image processing software depending on the situation. Applications we own and use include Nikon Capture NX-D, the DxO suite of programs (Optics Pro, Filmpack, and ViewPoint), Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop, and all Nik software plug-ins. Specifications on any of these software titles may be obtained from the vendors' respective web sites. For more information on the most advanced operating system in the world and the awesome hardware it runs on, take a look at Apple's web site.

Nikon D750 dSLR The site still contains a couple photographs that were taken with a Minolta Maxxum 9000 conventional 35mm camera and scanned with a UMAX UC630 flatbed scanner, but in July 1998, we began using a shirtpocket sized Fujifilm MX-700 digital camera. In May 2001, we added an Olympus C3040Z to our inventory. We bought the Olympus for its higher resolution, faster lens, and very impressive feature list. The new camera was used for most pictures on this site until April 2004 when we acquired a Nikon D70 digital SLR. This addition helped us overcome some of the limitations we had encountered with our previous digital cameras, most notably in the area of shutter lag. In early 2008, we supplemented the D70 with a Nikon D300 which was used for the majority of images from then on. In March of 2013, we added the truly superb Fujifilm X100S to our equipment list. Finally, in December of 2014, we purchased the full-frame Nikon D750 to replace the aging, but still excellent, D300. Starting in 2015, then, just about all photos shown on this site are taken with either the D750 or the X100S. Frequently, though, depending on the destination, we take more than one cameras with us. The majority of our photographs are posted with embedded EXIF data; this makes it possible for those who are interested to obtain information on camera model, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, and so on, by means of a simple EXIF reader.

To create and edit the web pages, we use BBEdit, an excellent text editor from Bare Bones Software. Previous versions of the site were done with Adobe PageMill 3.0, and we also looked at some of the higher-end graphical HTML editors. Sadly, none of these tools produce clean and easy to read HTML code, and so we're back to doing things the old-fashioned way: by typing text. BBEdit does provide quite a bit of assistance and performs all kinds of validations on the code. If you really want full control over your HTML code, we highly recommend this product.

Our web site is hosted by inmotion Hosting. We switched to them in October of 2007.

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