Video from Qatar
This isn’t a movie. It’s not a “cinemagraph” — it’s something completely new made from a single photograph. If you want to get this software now, click over to the Plotagraph Pro. Yeah, a Plotagraph — a new word, a new tech, a new everything! And no, it’s not a cinemagraph — all you need is a single JPG and no additional image or video files.
I’ve been secretly testing it with the creator of Plotagraph for a while (not by surprise, his last name is Plota), and it’s been an absolute blast! So far, I have made about a dozen of them, and they all come out really cool. It’s a brand new tech and I’ve never seen anything like it. Anyway, now it is available to all… you’ll really enjoy yourself and be shocked at the results.
This is a great way to breathe new life into any photo you’ve ever taken. It works great in so many conditions… clouds, moving water, grasses, hair, flowers, water, fire, etc. When you look at the new portfolio above, you’ll see how fun it is. Note that because these are all multi-framed, it may take a moment or two for the whole thing to load before you see it flow smoothly.
This is a good example of a JPG I uploaded. You can see how I masked out most of the tree and ground and added animation vectors to the sky. This one is very simple in that I have everything going in the same direction. As you can imagine, you don’t always have to make it this simple and you can have animations go in many directions and different speeds in various bits of the picture.
Here’s a bit more complex of an example with many vectors. This one may look a bit more complex because I turned on the “Mesh” layer that shows all the triangles and interconnectedness. I’m working on some tutorials now to talk more about how it works!
It’s completely web-based software, so it doesn’t matter if you are Mac / Windows / Linux, whatever. It’s also extremely fast because everything is happening on remote blazing servers.
Here’s the way it works. You upload any photo then you use the online software to define the areas that you want to keep static and the parts you want to move. After that, you use cool directional arrows to describe where and how you want the motion to flow. There’s also options to set the speed, smoothness, and more. You can get a live preview in the web browser and then export it as an GIF, MOV, or MP4. Easy as pie and supa fun!
During launch month here, Troy told me they are taking $50 off the normal price, so it’s a good time to swoop in.
Many people have been asking about the UI and process for making these, so I made a quick video for you!
This is a more subtle use of the technique. If you look closely at the traffic, you’ll see it moving a little bit too for a nice subtle touch!
Here’s one of my favorite photos from Paris, brought to a new kind of animated life!
Again, more examples over on my animated Squarespace portfolio.
I had a blast working with the team at Peak Design on this project! Here’s one of three new quick videos that show off our new bags on Kickstarter at http://pkdsn.com/trey — Here’s some fun facts we just got. This is the most funded active Kickstarter project. These are not only the most funded bags in Kickstarter history but the most funded photo gear ever! Thanks again to all the backers for making this such a huge success – you guys rock!
Check out our new Sling video! I know it appears the guy using this bag is engaged in semi-illegal activities, but just note you can use this bag for completely legal purposes. See more at http://pkdsn.com/trey
Here’s a nice quote from Peta Pixel:
– “So how popular is the Everyday line of bags? Well, in the first day of being on Kickstarter, the new campaign has already blown past the $500,000 campaign goal and is rapidly approaching the $1 million mark, meaning it’s doing even better than the wildly popular initial campaign.”
and here’s another nice one from The Manual:
– “We have to hand it to the team at Peak Design. They know the Devil is in the details. From careful consideration of space and storage, to materials, to the craftsmanship of the straps and closures, every aspect of their products are on point. As Peak Design says themselves, ‘This ain’t just a camera bag’ “
and one more from Popular Photography:
– “We love camera bags, but it’s not often you see one generate genuine excitement outside the photography nerd set. The Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag was a runaway hit, however, and now the company is using Kickstarter to expand the line with a Backpack, Tote, and Sling bag option.”
Here are the other two videos…
People have been asking me to write this for years… it started out as a simple article, but then turned into something much bigger! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. Find the article here: How your Camera, your Mind, and your Body Survive Burning Man
That was a great workshop we had in Denver – thanks again everyone. We’re working on getting all the Screen Recordings ready for you now! 🙂
I notice most of the time when I go out to take photos, it’s not a hotel-room 72 degrees F! So I am either bundling up or preparing for a sweat-lodge. There’s no in between… like here in Bali, for example, I just prepared for a whole day of sweating. It’s good to bring an extra towel, as Douglas Adams warned us.
My whole life I've seen photos of rice fields and always wanted to see them in this terraced formation. I did see a few in China, but they were not even impressive enough for a photo. They were a bit dull, and not terraced, you know? But then I got to Bali and was able to see many of them… just as amazing as I have imagined. I understand the ones in the Philipines are even better, so I hope to see those some day too.
I’ve recently been updating Trey’s Favorite Things on Amazon. I’ve got all kinds of goodies on there, including some of my yoga shirts you guys see me where on the air and ask where to get them! That sentence was shit; please accept my grammar-apologies.
Are these penguins happy? I actually don't know. They LOOK happy based on my innate ability to project human behaviors on top of penguins. They waddle back and forth and make silly noises, which sounds like what my kids do while they are happy. They also have projectile poop. “They” is interchangeable there.
I’ve recently updated and basically replaced my Camera Bag page here on the site. It lists my three most used bags for different situations!
Another perspective on the flour mill in Hobbiton. Everything works on this mill on the outside, but I think the inside is fake. That's okay, eh? I can suspend belief for a bit! But it is nice to watch that little water wheel spin around and around and around. It makes me think I want a mill someday, which is a bizarre thing to want since I don't really like making my own bread.
It really is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. If you visit, try to plan to drive it twice, in different parts of the day. The light, clouds and weather will all be different… and you can stop and re-shoot the same magical spots over and over with differing results.
One day I went out on a little photo reccy with my friend Mark. We drove down to Glenorchy, but on the way there, we were treated with this extra-terrestrial treat! We get these clouds from time to time in Queenstown, but rarely do we see them swirl into this kind of a vortex. This was a long day for me, as I had just woken up at 5 AM to climb that same mountain you see there for some sunrise shots!
I’ll start posting more of my abstract work in our Facebook Group at Becoming an Artist Facebook Group. Be sure to join that group and share your art too! 🙂