Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Time Lapse Photography

Here is some more time lapse photography I shot a few nights ago. You will notice that there is a lot more flicker. This is because I left it in manual mode and, depending on how many cars were on the road, more light was reflected through the aperture. Some people like to use this effect, which is good, because it can be difficult to remove when shooting so many frames at night.

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A Photographic Foray - How to shoot time lapse photography

It is finals week an my brain is undoubtedly fried at this point (so please excuse the plentiful typos and generally lackluster writing). I have one final left and in order to put my mind at ease without out taking up too much of my time I decided to start a small photography project. I chose to shoot some time lapse photographs out my window. Time lapse is my kind of project, you just set it up and walk away for 12+ hours. I'll link in the video and below it I'll show you how I did it and how you can.

What you will need:

1) A camera: A DSLR is definately prefered here as they offer the necessary user controls to setup your time lapse and delivery quality photographs.
I used a Nikon D70.

2) An intervalometer: This device is what is going to tell your camera how often to take a picture. They can be built into your camera (if your camera is badass), attached to your camera if it has an accessory port (these are usually 3rd party devices), or they can simply be software running on a computer.
I used Camera Control Pro 2 on my MacBook Pro and connected it to my camera via USB. If you are using a Nikon like me you can pick up a free
trial of this software for a month and avoid spending the $150 dollars on the retail version for a little longer.

3) A tripod: Get one, you won't regret it. In photography a steady shot is paramount. This holds not only for time lapse, but for photography in general. Akin to this is #4.
I used one.

4) A steady location to shoot: Sure, time lapse of your whale watching experience might be great in theory but unless you have an interest in making your audience feel as sick as you did on location then this will be important. Unless done intentionally, excess movement of the frame will make your time lapse look sloppy.
I used a window sill.

5) Lots of power: Time lapse photography can easily take over 12 hours so you are going to need enough juice to go the distance. Get lots of batteries or a plug-in adapter if you are shooting near civilization.
I used the AC adapter because the outside world is scary.

6) Lots of memory: As I said above, you are going to be shooting for a LONG time and taking a LOT of shots. These shots need a home so go buy a big ass memory card. If you are using a software intervalometer you may not need one.
I used Camera Control Pro 2 which saves all of my images directly to my computer's hard drive.

7) Something interesting to shoot: OK, so what I shot wasn't particularly interesting, but I shot what was on hand. Remember, setup your camera in front of something that moves, otherwise you are going to end up with 2000+ pictures of the same thing.
I used a highway.

Okay, if you have all of these things you are good to go, almost. First you have to do your homework and I'll show you how.

Homework: "How frequently should I set my camera to take shots?"

This depends on your subject and how often it moves / how fast you want it to look like it moves.

If you are shooting clouds moving on a calm day maybe set your camera to take a shot every 30 seconds. If you are shooting cars zooming by maybe a shot every 2 seconds. Traffic Jam? Maybe a shot every 20 seconds. If you want the clouds to move faster in your video take pictures less frequently. Assuming you have the space, it is always better to take more photographs than you need so you can pick and choose later when you are editing. If you want tight control over the length and speed of your end product it is going to require a little math. You are almost ready!

Head out to the location of your subject.
Setup your tripod and aim the camera at your subject.
Choose your shooting mode: If you are new at this and it is daytime, auto is fine. Just be sure to turn off auto focus once everthing is in focus.
Play with manual if you want to get more gutsy and artistic.
Select how often your camera will take pictures on the intervalometer.
Have the intervalometer start taking pictures.
Sit back and drink beer for 12 hours.

Okay, now that you have your photographs you will need to splice them together to make a film. I used Adobe Premier Elements for this because I am a video noob. Each video editing software suite is different so I am not going to be able to be of too much assistance as far as that is concerned, but I can help to familiarize you with what you should try to do. The more shots (frames - because we are taking video now) you put in one second of your clip, the smoother the video you end up with will be. The fewer frames you put per second the more like a slideshow your video will be. Artistically this decision is up to you. This option coupled with how many photographs you took per second have a huge imact on the final video, so play with them. Here are some guidelines and have fun with it!

More frames per second = smoother video, but shorter video
Less frames per second = choppier video (like a slide show), but longer video

More photographs = longer video and slower passage of time
Less photographs = shorter video and faster passage of tim

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Tios, Turkey, and Time: Debriefing the Holidays

     I haven't always regarded thanksgiving as one of my favorite holidays, in fact I usually ranked it somewhere between labor day and Columbus day, towards the bottom of the list.  Due in part to the shortness of the time off and the inevitability of traveling chaos it scarcely graced my top five holidays as a child and really only now am I really beginning to appreciate it.  No, I haven't had a sudden sympathetic epiphany about pilgrims in a foreign land escaping persecution and taking it out on the locals.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that most pilgrims were assholes (read: abused natives/stole their country) and that the tale of the first thanksgiving were forged of selective memory and romanticism (read: made up).  That is precisely the point.  Whomever believes that a holiday must be a historically accurate reenactment of a symbolic event has a screw loose.  For Example / FYI : Jesus was probably not born in December.  The holidays, including thanksgiving are all about recognizing an ideal and celebrating in its name.  Whether it be a celebration of thanks, life, death, or sacrifice, the premise is the same.  It is not important that we give thanks for the same things the pilgrims gave thanks for, (turkeys, dead mean natives, gullible friendly natives, not having to resort to cannibalism two winters in a row), but that we recognize that we have something to be thankful for. 
     To make a long story long, having a thanksgiving without the headache of the consumer rush, the stress of travel have made me more thankful (ha) for the holiday.  I was so lucky as to be able to spend the week with my family whom I don't often see, meet new friends, and spend time with the originals.  It was truly a relaxing and refreshing experience.  I hope that you all had a good holiday or at the very least had enough time off to come up for air.

PS: Be thankful for the internet, your #1 resource for rants.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

DIY Discovery Channel = Awesome

     As you may have noticed photography is fascinating to me.  I really enjoy taking photographs and have become somewhat enamored with DSLRs over the last few years.  I generally use my Nikon D70 for taking pictures anywhere but the bar and at house parties (really anywhere that doesn't serve alcohol).  It serves all my photography needs and my level of ability.  However, there is one area of photography really interests me, and that is high-speed photography. 
     The idea of being able to capture extreme action and slow it down to turtle speed just sounds awesome.  Unfortunately it has always been an unattainable dream because high-speed video cameras are often thousands of dollars more than I am willing to spend.  That has all changed.  Casio has released a digital camera (most unattractively known as the EX-FH20) that can shoot high-speed video for $599.99!  It shoots 720p video, 30 fps video, 210 fps video, 420 fps video, and 1,000 fps video.  This really brings a previously inaccessible realm of photography to the amateur.  Now you can take slo-mo vidoes of yourself doing stupid things and post them on youtube for all the world to see.  We can revel in your explosions and watch the the hairs of your eyebrows melt away at 420 fps. Coolness.  I am not only excited to save for one of these to take my own video, but to see all the things that people will start to share with this camera.  Coolness.

That's all I have for now, just a little tidbit of consumer sexiness on the eve of Black Friday.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Trebuchet

Attached to this post is a video of a world record holding trebuchet.  Of all the world records out there, this one is held by the participant that can hurl an orange seasonal squash the farthest with an ancient weapon... sign me up!   The video proves two things: 1)  The trebuchet has finally made the transition from a siege weapon from the middle-ages to a frontiersman hobby and 2) that trebuchets are, in fact, awesome.  You will notice that this trebuchet is not alone in a field, but rather it shares it with reproduction arcana that has been crafted from steel with a hint of of Dr. Seuss.  Everyone knows there is no point in launching pumpkins with a trebuchet if you can't aim them at a castle right?

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Only Bathroom Guarded (that I know of) by a 35 Foot Mexican Stereotype

South of the Border was one of the most hilarious/creepy places I have ever visited. If you have not road-tripped the Carolinas you may be unfamiliar with this landmark. It is advertised for about 150 miles; each sign is a pun about Mexicans. Once you arrive you enter Pedro's realm of South of the Border, which is shockingly HUGE. Everything there is huge, giant hotdog buildings, elephantine Mexican's are everywhere, like this one guarding the bathroom. When I went this summer it was as unplanned visit rather late in the evening, so very little was open and it was eerily abandoned. It was just us (my dad and I) and the gargantuan sombreroed/mustacheoed/gap toothed Mexican statues under their obelisk of power, the sombrero tower. It was word the visit if only to feel like I was in a real life scooby doo episode.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Sketchiest Place I Have Ever Been

This is some enormous theme park on I-95. Really scary stuff.
Reminded me of a scooby-doo haunted carnival episode.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

iTunes "Single of the Week" Free Download Tuesdays

Every Tuesday (Usually) Apple releases a single or two of an up-and-coming artist for free download. This freeness lasts about a week and then you have to pay; so you can only download the current week's song. They promote musicians of all kinds and the musical genre is different from week to week. It is a great way to broaden your musical horizens and bolster your library. There is no catch and this is usually just good free music. (Remember, you have to download it the week it is released or it will no longer be free).

I am going to publish the link to this song each Tuesday for your listening pleasure.

Week of July 29, 2008

Belanova - One, Two, Three, Go!
Genre: Latin synth-pop
A Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican synth-pop band from the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Click Here to read the rest of Belanova's bio on Wikipedia

Download this Single

Unseen - Katie Armiger
Genre: Country

Kicking off with a crystal clear piano melody and then layering that with a warm twang and a tight rock backing band, Katie Armiger's bright-eye vocals sound right at home on this track...
-iTunes Store

Download this Single

If you are on a computer the link will open your iTunes.
If you are on an iPhone or iPod Touch it will open your mobile iTunes Store

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Big Freakin' Lizard

Today while I was getting some sun and swimming I ran across this monster lizard swimming in the pool with me. This thing was crazy fast and looks more like an alligator than a lizard. I was able to snap a quick picture of it after I fished it out of the pool.

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A mobile phone test

Well. I was finally able to procure an iPhone for myself. It was no
walk inthe park, but this is easily the best phone I have ever owned.
Anyway, this post is just a test to see if the text and picture I blog
from the phone actually publish.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Backyard Time Lapse

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Time Lapse Experiments

Last Christmas there were a few days where I was a bit bored and decided to play around with some photography techniques that I have always wanted to try. Primarily, I did some tests with time-lapse photography and found it to be pretty interesting. I compiled the pictures into a couple clips. The first will be attached to this post and the second will follow as a unique post. They really are pretty basic, but I can put them up anyway because:

A) Its my blog, I can self promote if I want.
B) No one reads this anyway, so whatever right?

Edit: My acknowledgment of this would mean I am talking to myself, and I am not willing to deal with the repercussions, haha.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Jesusphone or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone 3G

I'll start by saying I am no better than any of this (because I want one too), but the current madness that surrounds the recent launch of the iPhone 3G has been quite an experience first hand. If you have been living under a rock lately, the iPhone 3G is apple's latest toy that was released this past Friday. It is essentially the same as the original iPhone that made its debut this time last year, just a tad faster.

I thought sure, that's a cool phone, and now that the price has halved since last year I might pop over and buy one. I figured it would be a pretty popular item down here in Miami, (where you are on the bleeding edge of fashion/gear/douchebaggery or you eat lunch at your own table) so I planned on getting there when the store opened.


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My first warning sign should have been seeing the people SLEEPING at the AT&T store on Thursday. I showed up on opening morning only to see 120 or so people sitting in lawn chairs in front of the store. It was a little unnerving seeing how many people were skipping work to get this phone. I opted out of waiting in line for 6 hours to get a new cellphone, which seems like a pretty normal reaction, but at that particular moment it was 120:1 in favor of me being stupid.

The next day I went to visit my father at work and we went to get a coffee at the shopping center next to his office building. I thought it might be interesting to see the chaos at the apple store there so we walked by. WOW. A good 36 hours from launch there was a line that was over 200 strong sweating and waiting patiently in the sweltering heat. I was shocked to see the amount of people that were rallying around a single object. Sure, I have seen the craziness that surrounds shopping during the holidays, but that is more like a consumer holiday. This single phone, this jesusphone, has managed to bring nerds, businessmen, and housewives together into a sweaty, gadget lusting orgy. Rarely can you witness such large scale exhibits of patience and dedication. It's a bit ironic though, because it seems that sometimes we can summon up the patience required for a little instant gratification. In summary: the iPhone defeats a failing economy with a roundhouse.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sebastien Tellier, The Legend, The Frenchman

I came across this song while I was in Italy and instantly loved it. Not only is music interesting and unique, but the video is hilarious. If only we could all be so handsome. The song is called divine and is off the album sexuality. Check it out for yourself.

Update: It was just made known to me through wikipedia that this album is a meditation on love making and the artist has directed his listeners to only partake in this album by candlelight. A novel idea, but he is alienating his daytime consumers.

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Pirates of Mountain Springs Retirement Center

I really don't have a whole lot to say about this picture other than it is important for you to see it in all of its glory. Pirates IV: Jack escapes the home.

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Which Clockwise Is It?

Here is an interesting animation* of what appears to be a spinning woman. Take a close look at it. What direction is she spinning when you look at it. Clockwise or counter-clockwise? According to some the direction in which you see the woman spinning hints and whether you are "right-brained" (artistic, philosophic, emotional, etc...) or "left brained" (logic driven, pays attention to detail, scientific, etc...)

Clockwise = more right brained
Counter-clockwise = more left brained

I am not so sure about this interpretation, but I will leave the judgment call to you.

After looking at this a few times you may be able to see the woman spinning in both directions. Click "Read More" for a hint for seeing it go counter-clockwise if you initially see it rotating clockwise.

Try focusing on the direction her shadow is moving and slowly direct your gaze up towards her body. You may see her go counter for a sec and then lose it. After a couple glances you should be able to "control" her direction.

*borrowed from the Sunday Herald

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Brief Intermission

Well, I was hoping to have something posted about the ridiculous things that happened on my Italy trip, but I decided to wait for the journal entries. Megan has yet to give the journal back to me, so I have opted for the lazy route and decided to wait for those entries rather than rewriting everything. In the meantime I have a few interesting/strange things for you to take a look at.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Where to Begin

It has been a long while since I last posted here and so much has happened since that last post that I am having trouble deciding what to say first. Lets begin with some obvious good news; I am alive. Why is that news? Well, you may or may not have known, but I spent last 3 weeks traveling around Italy. This trip was 2/3 wonderful with all the accoutrements of a great, mind-expanding trip. The other 1/3, however, was a nightmarish experience that I am only glad I was able to walk away from with a small scar.
I will describe both with pictures and language as best I can, but nothing I write can even come close to the experiences I had on this trip. I jotted down a few entries in a journal while I was in Italy and I'll post them up once I can find it.

PS: I found this picture on a site that says we must "prepare for end times, have you made your decision yet." (I put the fractions, they weren't insinuating that you can pop into thirds and enjoy heaven and hell).

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Monday, May 12, 2008

What's Done is Done

College is over for me. It's weird to say, but it is. I had my last exam yesterday and today I hand in my last paper. After that is done, there is no more work. There is still that whole formal graduation thing, but its just that, a formality. After that I am only in the US for another 6 days before I stroll on over to Italy for awhile. I can finally relax for awhile and just take in the last glorious moments of college as they flit by. It tell you what though, I won't miss the smell of this dorm.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Pottery Pictures Mk. 1

I said before that I would put a few pictures up of the pottery that I am photographing as a little "extra credit" project. I am making good on my word and putting them up even though you probably don't care. The first picture is displayed, but to see the rest you need to click "Read More!" Don't expect to be blown away.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

A Small Victory

You may or may not have caught it, but my last cryptic post was about how I need to make the few ceramic pieces that I have made this semester appear to be a cohesive body of work, for the sake of my grade. I decided I would take some artistic liberties with my works and expand them into the photographic realm. This is because I need to make my relatively mundane pottery seem artistic. So I thought, "What better way to make ceramic art than with lasers and LEDs." I'm sure the teacher will think there is all sorts of juxtaposition between earthy colors and space-age laser beams. Great. Only problem is I need a ton of lasers. My problems were solved as they usually are, with random happenstance. My first stop to find lasers was Staples. Office Supplies, laser pointers for presentations, you get the idea. Staples definitely did have lasers, but I didn't need the LAZX8999 ergonomic racing grip for $36.99. As I said, I wanted a bunch of them, so spending hundreds of dollars was out of the question. Then I went to Best Buy where I was promptly told they no longer carry lasers. However, some random middle-aged guy buying guitar hero overheard me and told me to go to a pet store. At first I thought he might be a crazy person that wandered into Best Buy for the AC, but then I remember how one of my cats at home used to go crazy chasing a laser dot. So I hopped on the bus and made the trek over to PetCo. Sure enough, they sell lasers labeled as the "Laser Chase II," for $4.99! What a steal! So I bought all the lasers they had. The pictures and description on the box are priceless. It says, "Dogs, cats, birds, lizards, and even fish go wild as they chase the red laser..." Nothing strange there. However, each of those animals has a line drawn to it and a picture to illustrate the animal. The fish is a shark, the bird is an owl, and the lizard is a T-Rex. Wow.

After all that, I took it home and took one experimental picture. It's not the greatest, but it is a proof of concept. I will be able to create my vision, or something. The picture is above.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Something Out of Nothing

Well, the end of the year has come, and taken all of us seniors kicking and screaming. That is not to say that we are all done with everything. As it turns out, a little thing called my ceramics class has fallen through the cracks. I am pretty sure I have nowhere near the amount of work done as I should for the class. So its time to get a little creative. I need to figure out some way to make the small amount of work I have done look like a concise body of art. To do that I am going to need 5 lasers, 5 watch batteries, and a camera. We'll see if this works. I'll post the results if they are any good.

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Testing my Will

I just got back from the doctor's office for the third time this month and boy was a it a good visit. I have been pretty sick for almost all of April, which has been pretty trying. Each time I have visited the doctor previous to today they would take a look at me, shrug, and say "look like you have allergies, here are some sudafed." Super. Today a met with another doctor, because I just wasn't satisfied with the old "alergies" response anymore. There is just something a little frustrating about going to the doctor and having them point out that you are sick and wish you luck. Today, however, the practitioner was more concerned. She ran some tests (finally) and based on her professional opinion, believes that I am having a resurgence of mono. with a lil' bit of strep on the side. It makes me wonder, is there really someone up there pulling the strings, trying to test me? Or maybe I'm God's version of reality TV. Just give him BOTH so we can see what hilarity ensues! Either way; this sucks.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

What I'm Up to Now

It really is coming down to it now folks. The end of the year is nigh and that means I am almost done with my college career. So many things are going on right now; I'm putting the final touches on my last assignments, getting ready for final exams and papers, and wrapping up my undergrad research. As it turns out, that is only schedule for the next two weeks. After that its time for some senior week madness, where people that aren't quite ready to leave will get all together too drunk for an entire week. So many times I have heard that college is the best four years of your life and while I can't dispute that college is amazing, I am just as excited for the next stage of my life. I guess that I am ready to move out of the dorms and into a life of my own, which is exciting to say the least. I am going to be doing some really interesting and intense research in the upcoming years and I can hardly wait. I also look forward to doing a fair bit of traveling, as I am going to be spending three weeks in Italy between May and June! As it turns out now is the best time of my life and I can only hope that my optimism for the future will follow me through the years.

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Big bowl gold mushroom cowboy meat

Anyone that has eaten at restaurant in a foreign country that "caters" to the English-speaking knows that translation can be an issue. That being said, I don't think I have seen anything quite like what this guy encountered at a steakhouse in China. I'll have the "Salty egg vegetable sponge liver pig soup please." Oh yes, and I'd like to have a side of the "Cowboy Leg Beautiful Pole" and just some "Carbon burns fatty cow New Zealand" for the lady. Thanks. Comedic Gold, you can't make this stuff up. Hit the link for the full menu.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Safety Dance

If you spot terrorism, blow your anti-terrorism whistle. If you are Vin Diesel, yell really loud.

I have recently been conducting some research involving hospital preparedness in the case of mass-incident chemical contamination. It is has been a generally depressing ordeal sorting through countless documents that chronicle horrifying events. However, during my research I came across a hilarious site that puts a light-hearted spin on preparedness. It takes real government illustrations and "interprets" their ambiguity in a funny way. Follow the link to check it out.

The image and caption shown are one example from

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Everybody loves soap!

So, check this out. I was doing some thinking recently while washing my hands. "Hmmm." I thought. "I am getting a little hasty and rinsing my hands too soon and losing all that valuable soap!" "I sure miss that foaming pump that I used to have." I realized that I hadn't actually thrown out the foaming pump and so I got to thinking of a way that I could use the pump again. I figured it out and submitted my formula for breathing new life into an empty foaming dispenser to . It is a really interesting website for any DIY project you can think of. Here is the link for my submission if you are interested in the technique. SOAP!

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Thursday, April 17, 2008


This has been one hell of a week. I have been trying to shake illness for almost two week and instead of getting better it decides to get worse. The good news is I was able to convince my doctor to give me some antibiotics. The bad news is I have had more assignments due these past couple weeks than all semester. So it goes. On a ridiculously childish note, I have been assigned to put on my own rendition of a scene from Almodóvar's Volver with a group of my classmates in Spanish. Aside from being reminded of middle-school I am rather enjoying my directorial duties. I get to play a dead guy who is talking from inside a cardboard refrigerator. Neat! Anyway, sometimes its fun to butcher excellent films in a way that would have made the actual director cringe. Click the video to listen to the title song, I really enjoy it. It's called "Volver" by Estrella Morente

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Light Writing

I just recently learned a photography technique that basically lets you "write" with light. It's pretty cool. It reminds me of those Sprint commercials that have been airing lately. I will upload a few pictures to illustrate what I am talking about. Click the "Read More!" below to see a few more pictures and how I did it.

To take light writing photographs like this you'll need a camera that allows you to edit some of its manual settings and a flashlight. I used a Nikon D70 and some LEDs. Set your camera to a long exposure time (15-30 seconds). You will need to setup your camera in a dark room.  It is very important that you have a tripod or something that keeps your camera from moving, otherwise the background and your light streams will be blurry. 
Then once you press the shutter you can wave around your lights in front of the camera and voila you have a light writing picture.  It might also help to manually focus on the area you are going to be standing in with the lights.  If you leave autofocus on the background will be the focal point.

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Online again!

Well that sucked. In under 48 hours I was able to crank out enough posts full of babble to make the blogger system think that I was a spamming bot. Touché, blogspot, Touché. As it turns out I was not just posting a bunch of links to porn sites or seedy places to buy V I 4 G |2 A so I am back in business. Hooray for that.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Verdant Japan

This is not the same garden. I don't really remember exactly where I took this. I think I took it on the grounds of "the Silver Palace." But look how seriously green everything is here too. This is also a good picture to see how foreign these bending trees look up close.
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Garden's surrounding Samurai Palace

This was one of the most astonishing gardens I have ever visited. The garden is situated within the walls of a samurai palace in Kyoto, Japan. It has been maintained meticulously since the 14th century and you really feel the history sitting within it. Everything was lush and green, however, the most striking aspect about it was how truly different the vegetation in Japan is compared to Boston or Miami. It is a seemingly tiny detail, I mean, who notices plants? That being said, I was blown away.
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The Foothills of Mt. Fuji

I took this photograph in the summer of 2006 on a trip I took with a couple of my friends to Japan. This building is situated below a clifftop graveyard nestled in a small town in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. It was an astonishing site not only because of its apparent beauty, but because this structure serves no important purpose. It is no feudal Shinto shrine, but an unassuming place of work for normal Japanese citizens.

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Looking Back

Yesterday I installed a program called picasa to help me organize some of my photos and upload them to this website. While I was setting it up I got to flipping through some of my older photos and realized that there are quite a few beautiful/interesting ones in the bunch. I thought it might be a nice thing to share some of these experiences so I am going to choose a few of these photographs that are particularly interesting or thought provoking and setup a little context for each of them.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

BEAMZ Music - Beats for Exceedingly Awesome Musicianz

This has got to be the funniest "instrument" to come from the guitar hero phenomenon. It touts the ability to have "potentially different arrangements" from each performance. Wow. For only $600 you will be making your own laser-triggered-semi-unique compositions in no time. You have to watch the video for yourself. The only words that come to mind are kitten & yarn.

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My Office


So this is a picture of the laboratory that I am working in now. The tiny workspace in the picture is shared by 4 people and there isn't an inch of counterspace to spare. It has been interesting learning what the guys in this lab have to teach me but I am ready to go elsewhere. Despite being in the brightest building on campus I can't help but feel that the atmosphere is a little opressive after our exodus from our old building. Philosophy aside it is a cool looking place to work. For those of you that don't do a whole lot of science, this is what a chemistry research lab looks like. It is generally really messy and there are 500 experiments all going on at once.

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Only Weeks

I am having trouble getting motivated to actually do things this week, not because I am lazy, but because I'm pretty much checked out. There are only a few weeks left in college and I am excited to go on and do something new. It's becoming increasingly more difficult to focus on middle-school-esque busy work assignments in Spanish when I know that it really has little effect on my life.

As it turns out, my professors didn't get this memo and are still hammering me with assignments. I have at least one presentation a week which I need to give from now until the end and I hate looking like an idiot in front of a class so I really do have work that needs to get done. That is why I am writing in a blog and not studying, that's where my free time is going, and that explains the guano on my shoe.

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A Blog?

I know. Lame. I have been thinking about starting a blog for a long time now and finally caved to the idea. It just started with thoughts of graduation and how in less than two months the people that I have spent the last four years with will be spread all across the country. That being said, I figured a blog might be an interesting way to keep in touch with a lot of these people. You guys can see that I am still alive and maybe even learn something new about me while keeping an open forum of going-ons. Then again this is kind of like a journal, and I suck at journals.

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