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awesome new DSLR rig

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Jordan Greenhalgh’s “Process Enacted”

A great little student film, stop motion done 100% with Polaroids. Not the cheapest mechanism for animation, but certainly one of the simplest. I always like artists who transcend the limitations of simple tools. It is an excellent reminder that we don’t need SoftImage or Avid to create art, just creativity and will.

[via Core77]

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some more thoughts on web 2.0 DIY business

This article about moms growing their own businesses as photographers thanks to the new generation of inexpensive high-end digital SLRs got me thinking again about the opportunities. Not just the ones for the moms, but also the businesses mentioned in the article, BluDomain and BigBlackBag who are small start-ups catering to the DIY-folks and have their own interesting (and inexpensive to start) business models.

Finally, this article on advertainment (also from NYT) reminded me how the driving force financially behind most creative businesses is the advertising agency. This is a bit of a tougher market to get into for individuals, but little studios can get attention for themselves, starting small, and get into this business eventually.

Then again, why do work for hire if you don’t have to?

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Mayangs Free Texture Library

Mayangs Free Texture Library
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Just stumbled across this site. Some pretty decent stuff, some not so great. Texture Library is a bit off though, not a lot that would work for 3D, but a lot of stuff that is generally well done and useful for many kinds of projects. The thing that I liked was their license model:


textures are
Copyright © Mayang Murni Adnin, 2001-2006. They have all been
taken by our own cameras or created by ourselves.


They are free to use for all
uses, whether commercial or non-commercial you may incorporate
them into your derived work with no requirement to pay us any licensing fee
etc. Your derived work must involve significant modification to the textures. It would be nice if you could credit us.


You may not sell any of these textures in an unmodified form, or any derived works where the product you are selling is still a texture and is likely to compete with this website.


may redistribute
give/send to somebody else/display on a web site up to 30 of these
textures together, but no more. You must credit this website as the
original source tell them about us.


Fake model photography

Les Baux, France as a model by Kevin Goldsmith

I was reading up on my Tilt/Shift photograpy, and I came across this link on how to fake it in PS. If you pick your images well, it works pretty well. It took me several tries with different pictures before I got the one above, which came out pretty well. It is a picture of Les Baux, France, by the way.

Fake model photography

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Atmospheric photography

As you can tell by the headers of pretty much any website I do (including this one). I am obsessed with the skies in Seattle. When we aren’t completely clouded over, we have some amazingly beautiful and interesting skies. For the last few years, I’ve been taking lotsa pictures of them. At some point I’ll put up a gallery as soon as I can get over the fact that people will be able to steal all my pictures (not quite completely bought into that part of web 2.0 yet) or I can get the gallery watermarking stuff to work.

Anyway, John Nack on Adobe, is an awesome blog. He is the product manager for Photoshop and is one of the more interesting and productive Adobe bloggers (way better than me). He had a post recently on Atmospheric photography with links to some stuff that I really dug, so I’m reposting them here: Some really amazing photos here of stars, the moon, and deeply interesting skies. With some animations as well. It is both in French and English. (also, nice modifications of the gallery templates).

Amunndn’s Photostream on flicker: Some really atmospheric (in the emotional sense) stuff. You look at them and assume they must be heavily photoshopped, but when you really look at them, you can see that he might be using a filter here and there, but they are real pics.

A collection of photos of some truly strange (and some truly beautiful) clouds.

Nicole Bengiveno created a set of photos called the “Essence of Atmosphere” for the New York Times. These are more atmospheric in the emotional sense, but they do an excellent job of conveying a mood in a very direct way.

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two neat internet photography projects

I like simple, but well executed, internet art experiments; especially when then combine more traditional forms.

Stop Motion StudiesDavid Crawford’s Stop Motion Studies are little slices of time, capturing motion, but in an obviously artificial way. Constrained to subway shots, he catches people in the quasi-personal-but-very-public times when they are seemingly relaxed, but also very aware. I think that these are incredibly effective at showing the thoughts in people’s minds much more than a single still image could be.

Urban Ghost is similar, yet different. Urban Ghost catches people in motion, on the street (for the most part), not in repose. These are not people consigned to getting there when they get there. These are people doing something, moving forward, even if they are just looking in a store window. Their dynamism is expressed in the single frame rather than in the multiple frames of the stop motion studies. As I said in my post on another blog, it reminds me a lot of Gary Winograd in the journalistic, yet voyeuristic nature of the images.

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nice article on photographing waterfalls

» Waterfall Digital Photography

One thing that is getting lost as people have a digital camera is their first camera is the interaction between f/Stop, aperature, etc… I like this article because it is straightforward and readable, but also because it gives some simple explanations of some fairly complicated things, and of course you could extend the suggestions into any motion-blurred photography.

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