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The mysterious extension "HEIC"


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iCloud Photos on Windows


I sometimes use pictures and movies taken with my iPhone on this site where I use Windows to create pages. And recently, I noticed that some files with an unfamiliar extension "HEIC" appeared in the iCloud Photos. The file name of the newest QuickTime movie also has the word "- HEIC" at the end of it while keeping the extension MOV.


Because the corresponding file name to JPEG is attached, I thought it might be any additional information. But in fact, it was a new image compression format to replace JPEG. You can make a file size much smaller than JPEG with it.
As expected, Apple changes things dramatically as they adopted USB interface on iMac twenty years ago. This format will become the standard soon as well as USB. Is it a transitional measure that HEIC is paired with JPEG now?


Nonetheless, if I cannot open it on Windows from now, I will be in trouble, so I changed the format to 'compatibility priority' for iPhone's camera settings.


No change on Mac

Photo exhibition of Mitsuaki Iwago "Kyoto for cats"



During the New Year's holidays, I went to see the photo exhibition of Mitsuaki Iwago "Kyoto for cats."


Iwago kept visiting Kyoto throughout the year to take photos of cats and he met many cats.
In particular, many photos of a male cat, Yoshitsune, who lives with a 91-year-old man in a thatched house in Miyama Town, were displayed. Iwago says that the man and the cat have a strong bond transcending the species barrier. He also says that if the people living there enjoy a comfortable life, the cats there also look comfortable. That means, in a town that people are happy, the cats must be happy, too.


By the way, the title of the exhibition is "Kyoto for cats" and not "Cats in Kyoto". In other words, it means photos of Kyoto through the cats and not cats who live in Kyoto. Iwago says, "For example, it seems that when I see lions, I can see a savanna." So he sticked with the title "Kyoto for cats." (H.S)


A black cat, Kurobei, walks on the red fallen leaves.


A cat, Buru, lives in a geisha house in Miyagawa-cho, Gion.


Buru plays with a young geisha.


The 91-year-old man and the cat, Yoshitsune, on the veranda


Stone beckoning cat and a real one beckons.