Here is part 1 of something I did with Fox News. I know many of you saw it live, but in case you missed, click play below!
No More Space Shuttle
It’s kind of a bummer, eh? I wish NASA had something exciting on the heels of the space shuttle to get everyone excited. Surely they have designed some awesome new ships… let’s see them and get ‘em up there!
Daily Photo – The Shuttle Machine
I went out to the launchpad during the “retraction event” which is quite exciting. Well, it’s kind of exciting because it’s all in slow motion. The unit retracts very very slowly – so slowly you barely even notice it. The whole thing takes over an hour, but it’s still pretty cool.
About halfway through, I got the feeling that the shuttle was intertwined into this huge, hulking machine, and that is when I grabbed this shot.
I thought this sphere was so unusual when I saw it the first time. There’s a radar under there, but the design of the housing is pretty cool and modern… And it sits in the middle of an awesome adults-only swimming pool on the front of the Disney Fantasy… very cool.
So, I am not one with the “cruising culture” by any means. And, I was shocked (and somewhat entertained) to find out that such a deep subculture exists!
Since we were on the maiden voyage of the Disney Fantasy, we discovered that there were a great many people on this boat that had been on at least a dozen other Disney cruises. A dozen! And they had everything figured out — I mean everything. And they weren’t afraid to tell you. Oh no. Give them two seconds of silence, and they’ll spit out facts about the ports of call of the Disney Dream in May of 2009. They were like baseball statisticians, effortlessly spouting out Cy Young winners from 1972 and the W-L record of the Cleveland Indians from the same year.
And it was in this environment I found myself when these two great Disney ships docked together in Mexico. This was a Big Deal. I had at least five other somewhat annoying couples come up to me and offer up information about how rare this event is, and then they would recite the dates of all other ship-meetings.
To me, it was just cool to see two huge ships together over a narrow dock…
Daily Photo – The Towering Ships
So I got down to the end of the pier and aimed the 14-24 pretty high. There’s no way to get around the “leaning lines” — but that all adds to the overall effect. And, believe, me, standing down there, you feel the immense weight of them all about to topple over.
If you look up at the Disney Fantasy on the right, you can see where the waterslide juts off the edge of the ship…
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Fast-moving technology, future of computational photography.
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Post-processing images; photograph as a sketch; taking the shot is the beginning of the journey; some photographers’ resistance to post-processing
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Trey’s recommended books… featuring one from +Patrick Rothfuss
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Being alone with the music; enjoying the journey of post-processing; left-brained clever photographers and how to unlock the right brain; music making things cinematic.
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New photography mediums; something beyond HDR; being pigeonholed as “HDR Guy;” Socratic reductionism; new kind of photo between a photo and a video; capturing fleeting moments.
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What would superpower be?
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Travel and family relationships; “strange brain” when alone; balance of art, family, business, friends.
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New Zealand move and reasons.
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Dealing with trolls and naysayers; strong-emotion people, extreme joy and extreme sadness. (Asked by Brian Rose).
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HDR hate/love; photographs that shouldn’t be taken but justified through HDR.
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Trey’s paintings; inspiration for painting; Impressionists; challenging status quo.
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Replicating success; evolution vs. splintering of photography.
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Showing up to a paid gig with a small camera; selling clients on portfolio.
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Clarification on still using D800; transitional hinterland.
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What can we do together as a community going forward? Exciting time in history; best “NOW” ever; Internet like a brain; building out the right brain of the Internet and establish the art and culture of the Internet; Decade of the Artist;
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Daily Photo – Swabbing the Decks
The Disney Cruise aboard the Fantasy had deck after deck after deck – something was always happening – everywhere! It was pretty stimulating as a photographer to try to figure out where to be at different times.
This is the deck where the running track is. It goes around the outside of the ship, and I like to run so I was out there almost every day. I noticed around a certain time that these guys come out in yellow outfits to swab them down. So I made a point to get out there the next day and set up for this image.
Like you, I’ve been watching the videos of CS6 and playing with it myself. (notice the important “it” in that sentence)
Things are gettin’ a little crazy with post-processing eh? What are your limits for what you’ll do with your photos? It’s a very personal thing… I won’t judge you… I’m just interested! Here’s my post-processing line (which I reserve the right to change at any time):
I will remove things like lightposts or ugly animals or tourists wearing Spice Girls T-shirts
I will use HDR to bring out the colors in the shadows and dial back bright areas
I will sharpen to bring emphasis to one area or another
I’ll take multiple exposures on a tripod and fix one area of a photo with another exposure
I will not:
I will not take a foreign object from one photo and put it into another (like pasting a moon over a mountain)
I will not take a sky from one photo and paste it into the landscape of another
Use the new Content-Aware-Move in CS6. I can’t decide! It’s a slippery slope. For example, in the photo below, I had to work so hard to find and frame these boulders in this EXACT way. Man, it would have been so easy just to go to an easier location and then re-arrange the boulders using CS6 Content-Aware-Move. But maybe that doesn’t even matter! I can’t decide… And it is soooooo slippery… If I will allow myself to “Move a Boulder 10 feet” — then maybe I would also also “Move a Moon Behind THAT Mountain” — then maybe I would also…. well… where does it stop? It’s almost like I am 6-years-old and moving stickers around a sticker book! Hehe… I’m confused… my “line” is constantly being challenged… like the border between two countries in a good game of Civ!
Daily Photo – France in Epcot
These little fabrications of countries around Epcot try really hard at being authentic, and they are often quite successful! Sometimes bits and pieces here are a little cheesy, but I get the sense that the people that build, model, and landscape these things put a lot of time and effort (and love) into it. I’m sure it gets down to the detail of trying to choose the right kind of fonts for the clock.
This evening was a particularly lucky one because of the clouds and the light in the sky. This situation is so rare that I went photo-crazy for about 15 minutes while it lasted!
So, if you know Richard Branson, show him these NASA Photos… Tell him you know me and you want to get us together so I can take photos of his rocket ship. I don’t know the guy yet, but I have a feeling we’d get along well.
Daily Photo – After the Blast Off
One thing that impressed me after the shuttle took off was the shadow across the top of the clouds. I had never seen anything like it, and it was completely unexpected. Of course, it makes perfect sense, but it’s one of those little after-the-fact-obvious things that makes you happy.
I have another offer to jump out of a plane with the US Army Golden knights DURING an upcoming rocket launch… and I can take photos on the descent. That sounds pretty dang awesome and tough!
I bought one a few weeks ago and have been using it quite a bit. I really like the camera! Below is a scene from the Indiana Jones Show at Disneyworld. I was sitting back in the audience, and I used the kit lens to zoom all the way in as close as I could. I could crop and still get an image that was 5200 pixels across!
Since I was able to take so many photos so quickly, I was able to pluck out the frame that had the most interesting action — when the big German guy flipped up Indy into the air…
Are you looking for a place to host your photos? I’m still quite happy with SmugMug. See my SmugMug Review for more information. I’m about to have a portfolio re-design there on the site… so get ready for that too!
Here’s a quick one… if you have “Long Exposure NR” turned on (which it is by default), be sure to turn it off when shooting fireworks. The camera can take a LONG time to do that NR (Noise Reduction) processing, which will keep you from taking the next exposure.
Daily Photo – Fireworks on the Disney Cruise
I was not sure where exactly the fireworks shot off the top of the Disney Fantasy, so I gambled and guessed that this area on Deck 13 in the “Adults Only” area of the ship would be best. There is a little curving area that juts out that I thought would be perfect… I asked a few cast members, and they told me to be over on the starboard side, but I tried to explain that I wanted to get the boat in the shot too — this confounded them… so, anyway, I was over in this spot pretty much by myself… which is fine with me!
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Daily Photo – Morning at Sea
I’ve been waking up at Ouch-o’clock every morning to see the sunrise off the front of the boat. It’s always been worth it… listening to music, moving around the boat, pretty much totally alone except for a few members of the crew out doing their morning duties.
This morning, we went to Castaway Cay, which is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. I thought it would be kind of lame (I’m both cynical and optimistic!) — but it was really awesome… we had a great time there!