With Lightrooms panels set to autohide there is plenty screen space to work in.
With Lightrooms panels set to autohide there is plenty screen space to work in.
Cars seem to be the major theme for the weekend. Sophie and I headed into town to get my nephew a birthday present, a racing drivers outfit from Mothercare. He’s a total car nut who’s now a big 3! His first words were all car related and they’re still his main interest so we’re going with the flow. With cars in mind we came by these two yellow Mini’s parked next to each other at the shopping centre. “What are the odds of that?” I asked. When we found an empty place it was right next to another red Suzuki. Not the exact same model, just as the Mini’s were slightly different. A glitch in the matrix for sure.
Drivers outfit and toy mechanics workbench purchased we went looking for a card.
One of the young ladies behind the tills in Sophie’s shop of choice looked so familiar. But I knew I hadn’t photographed her and had no idea what her name was. The feeling that the world was playing tricks on me was strong. I need more sleep!
It turned out she goes to my daughter school and is in the more senior years, sixth form I guess. So we may well have met before, doing a tour of the school or visiting for one of their many performances. As I received two dresses from Lady Pearls I asked her if she’d be interested in modelling the second. Thankfully she said yes!
I now have two fittings, three suitable locations, friends/family support to arrange and an accessories budget to work out .. that should keep me busy when not sorting out the remaining wedding and party albums!
Friday evening, after a very busy and taxing week, I picked up my bags to leave the office and thought “I want to shoot someone“. (With a camera of course!) As I headed to the car park through the rain I thought I’d end up at home with the camera still tucked away in the bag, with no movement on the frame counter.
I had a treat in store. Brian O’Neill was outside Cine World with his Delorean Timecar to help celebrate the opening of Back To The Future. The film has been enhanced and re-released, 25 years after it first came out. It’s a classic! I can’t say I’ve watched it as many times as RADIO1 DJ Chris Moyles, who’s probably one of the films biggest fans, but a number of film quotes came flooding back as I looked at the car.
Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?
Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
If you’re too young to have seen it on it’s first release or on DVD go have a fun night out and watch the film with friends and popcorn! 😀
No matter how old you are you can learn new things, if you have the motivation.
Lightroom 3 Missing FAQ by Victoria Bampton. I’d come by it looking for possible answers to my Print to PDF issues. I didn’t find what I was looking for in the forum as it’s probably a new and obscure bug, but picked up some great tips with her book. A lot of the information is on the web and in her forum posts, but her book puts it all in one handy place, on the desktop of my Lightroom system. My workflow is now even faster than before. And I’m soon to convert all my images to .DNG format as suggested by Victoria.
Some times life throws you a curve ball and you learn a lesson the hard way, want it or not.
As I’d mentioned in an earlier post my dual core laptop can run rather hot and heat isn’t good for battery life. I’d left it in the back of my Lowepro bag in standby mode, charging the battery. Somehow it turned itself on. Running on AC the Windows 7 system management kicked it up to full power with no inactive spin down. AV software got it running at 100% CPU checking the 250GB plus of data on the drive. With no air circulating in the bag it cooked. It was painfully hot to hold and the battery started failing at around 40% full with no warning.
I’ve parted with cash on a higher capacity replacement I’d rather have put towards other equipment. Thanks to DHLs speedy delivery I’m already charging it. The lesson learnt? Always hibernate or shut down unless you know for sure that you’ll be taking it back out and shutting it down properly soon after!
And the silver lining to my problem? The higher capacity battery is thicker, has rubber feet and holds the base further off the desk giving it a lot more room to breathe when in use.
Here’s the link to my Mo’ Space page for anyone who wants to donate, men that want to join the team and grow a Mo’, or Mo’ Sistas (a woman who loves a Mo) who want to support the efforts of a Mo Bro in their life. I hope that anyone that joins the team will be up for attending the London Gala Party at the end of November and happy to wear fancy dress. (Team costume to be agreed, but I’m thinking Black & White Rally Suits, with big zips down the front for those that want to show off / cool down on the night).
All funds raised in the UK through the Movember campaign go directly to The Prostate Cancer Charity, the UK’s leading charity working with people affected by prostate cancer.
In memory of my good neighbour Peter, who’s life was cut short by Prostate Cancer.
I’m a chip off the old block for sure, the block being retired professional photographer Richard Emery. He may not have been shooting professionally for a while but he’s still very active with photography. Being trained as a machinist and having a whole host of tools to hand, including a lathe, he’s able to make all manor of knobs, adapters and miscellaneous bits to bring old equipment back into service.
A Kodachrome slide held in the third support is lit by flash, diffused by a sheet of semi opaque material in the fourth mount. Using Sinar parts allows all of the distances between camera, lens, slide and light to be fine tuned to get the best image possible.
The results are superb! A photograph of a small area of a slide printed at A4 is no different to the eye in terms of grain, colour and contrast to the same section cropped in software from a full frame capture. It may not have the dynamic range of film yet but digital photography certainly has the resolution. Images from a stack of transparencies will soon get a new lease of life, with all the benefits of a digital Lightroom edit.
The biggest kid in the park knows what he’d like for Christmas toy wise! An AR.Drone from Parrot! Remember the silver drones in the T3 movie? Well this is as close as I’d get to owning one for a long while. One of the most high tech and fun toys I’ve had the pleasure of test driving. Forget the little electric toy helicopters, this is a seriously cool bit of kit, 4 years in the making and a spin off of military research.
Two simple controls that take advantage of multi-touch let you control the flight. The right dot spins the device around or makes it rise or fall. The left dot enables accelerometer control, from then on you twist your controller around and have the drone mimic your moves. When you let go it stops moving and auto levels. Battery life is around 15 minutes. When low the AR.Drone will slowly lower itself until it lands. What you see in the photos and video is a drone in it’s “In doors” skin. A hard plastic shell comes with the pack for out doors flight.
I asked the Parrot rep if there were other beefier models due any time, unfortunately not. If I want to sling a dSLR underneath something like this I’ll have to talk to the military! An even bigger one as a flying car would be quite a rival to the X-Hawk flying car design.
Spot the photog in the live video feed from the drone!
Photography and Cinema-photography will no doubt continue to merge as technology prices drop and put more features into the hands of those willing to give it a go, experiment and come up with their own style. Video recording has come to dSLR’s big time, with the last episode of house being filmed exclusively on a Canon 5DmkII thanks to its great selection of lenses. I’ve had quite a few conversations around the subject during the past week, the next body will have to be HiDef video enabled!
Catching up on a bit of TV I watched the “Gucci Guilty” advert. Nice to see the selective colouring techniques used by a lot of photographers being used in a video! Sure desaturation gets used by Hollywood to add depth to film, but few use it like photographers to colour only the main subject. I wasn’t that surprised to find the work was that of Sin City co-director Frank Miller. Frank’s official Director’s Cut of Gucci Guilty ROCKS!
I was shopping with my wife in Boots the other day and noticed how many of the makeup adverts were using Pop/TV/Film stars rather than the traditional Super Model. They’re getting much more exposure than the models and the marketing folk are making the most of it. Yet another crossover that’s been growing for a while. How many Super Models will end up in films I wonder? Evan Rachel Wood fits the actress & model bill perfectly. Chris Evans (of Fantastic Four fame not the UK Radio DJ!) plays Evan’s guilty pleasure day dream fantasy.
The advert pushes the envelope with 63 seconds of movie short material. Very unique and likely to inspire many advertising producers to up their game. And they’ve used my favourite derivative of the classic Stiletto. Don’t worry, I’m not suffering from shoe fetishism, I just appreciate them as works of modern art and design in the same way I appreciate the lines of an Audi TT or Bugatti Veyron! Enjoy!
Leeds photographer Mark Sayer, aka “..Goose..”), clicked Print.. and £%$£%”E”$%!!!!! It takes *forever* and all you get is a blank page in the background colour or a page with only a few of the images from the layout. That’s how a good number of hours went Saturday night into Sunday morning. All possible software updates done and it was still doing the same!
With my right foot on the bollard, my left leg wrapped around the lamp post for stability and both hands holding the camera high and to the left I got the angle I wanted for a 3 frame HDR shot. Not being able to look through the view finder it took a few attempts to get the composition I wanted. No doubt if anyone else had been there with a camera the statue and I would have made for a crazy picture too.
Two of the PC World staff had been out to see what was going on before I did my acrobatics, “He’s been here for hours, he’ll get a £140 parking fine” one had said. Towards the end of my stint on the bollard the driver returned, smiled and nodded. He couldn’t speak much English but was able to tell me he’d driven all the way from Italy with the statue, it was destined for somewhere in London.
If anyone knows about the statue and where it might come to rest please drop me a line! I’d love to see it properly without all the foam and bindings, free to be seen as it’s creator had intended.
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