In Fun Technology, Photography, Strange Oddities, Wild Stuff on June 28, 2011 at 3:45 am
Here's looking at you kid!
A crazy new viral video shows a seagull grabbing a video camera, flying away with it and recording the trip through the skies over Cannes, France – no doubt a contender for winning the title of best Seagull Video Ever at the Cannes Film Festival.
Posted on YouTube by user opica1983, the video shows an unseen cameraman walking through a large house’s garden at night. He then places the camera on the ground, for who knows what reason?
That’s when the seagull strolls over, grabs the mini-video camera in its beak and takes off.
After the short flight, the seagull lands on a building before dropping the camera, turning it over and walking off.
The posted video includes the comment, “Seagull stole my video camera in Cannes France. I found it on the castle wall, where I had to climb”.
There are some obvious questions surrounding the video’s spontaneity. For instance, many are wondering why someone would be creeping around in the garden with a video camera at night and how they were able to track the seagull to find the camera probably nearly a mile away.
Also, the person who posted the video says it was taken with a GoPro camera. GoPro makes so-called “hero cameras.” These are cameras made for sporting applications and are designed to be used during everything from surfing to skydiving. Read the rest of this entry »
In Photography, Zowie Contest, Zowie Fun Facts on June 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Are you good at puzzles? Maybe you’ll like this one. The above three pictures are all a small snapshot of very famous places everyone will know.
The trick is to figure out where in the world you’ve seen them before. Can you guess? Click on each one for a larger image.
Here are some clues: we’ve named the pictures the following from left to right: (L) Her Inside Out (M) Above the Law (R) Stairway Down Under. One is a place in Washington, one is in New York and the other one, well let’s just say it’s in a place that almost made it to New York.
Stay tuned over the next couple days to see if anyone solved the mystery.
In Culture, Photography, Wild Stuff, Wonder, Zowie Fun Facts on April 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm
What is HDR?
HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed.
I would say that about 75% of my images use the technique, and if you are new to it, then you may notice a slightly different “look and feel” to my photographs. You should also probably note that HDR is a very broad categorization, and I really hate categorization. My process starts with using basic HDR techniques, but then there are many more steps to help the photos look more… let’s say… evocative.
I can talk a little bit more about the philosophy behind the photography style here for a quick moment. You might consider that the way the human brain keeps track of imagery is not the same way your computer keeps track of picture files. There is not one aperture, shutter speed, etc.
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