Many of you may have seen this (over 4 million have!). This could have happened in any of my grandkids bedrooms – pretty funny!
This nap is NOT happening
We popped open our baby monitor app in time to see what really happens when Jude is “trying to go to sleep”. Hilarious. Our family blog: www.ourbabyjb.blogspot.com
The most amazing beaver experience
A beaver family working on their house on the Bow River in Calgary, Canada are perfectly in agreement with being filmed.
Here is a cool and free new app for the iPhone – DblCam! It takes a picture with both front- and rear-facing cameras. Kind of a cool idea – details from FastCo:
A new app launched in the iPhone App Store this week with a simple enough premise. Dblcam (pronounced “Double Cam”) uses a simple fact about your iPhone’s hardware–that it has both front- and rear-facing cameras–to create images with eyes behind their heads. With the press of a button, the app produces a picture that looks both ways.
The app is the product of a company called Social Print Studio, whose founder, Benjamin Lotan, got his start when he had the idea to print posters of people’s Facebook friends for a fee. That effort grew more generally into a company that specialized in printing and arranging the photographs that swarm our social networks, from Twitter to Tumblr to Instagram.
Photographic manipulations are nothing new, of course, from the filters of Instagram to the panoramas stitched together by enthusiasts. But there’s something peculiar about Dblcam’s particular brand of photographic spatial deconstruction. To judge from some early photos made with the app, the rigidity of Dblcam has actually opened up new avenues of creativity. Hold the phone out in landscape mode, so that it looks to your left and right, and you get a very different image from one in which you hold the phone out, and it gazes up at the sky and down at the ground. The resulting pictures can be fragmented and disorienting, but in very structured ways.
A natural image for such an app to produce is one that features both you and what you’re looking at. “I call it the ‘subtle selfie,’” says Lotan. “You’re kind of in it only as a by-product of the image you’re trying to capture.” Dblcam sublimates a ubiquitous photograph narcisissm, since its self-shots are really about a person and the environment he’s in. “I think that people want to share more photographs of themselves,” says Lotan. “Now they can do that without a stigma attached.” The selfies made with Dblcam are about “how you exist in the landscape,” he says.
Lotan and a friend came up with the idea for Dblcam two years ago, and put together a working prototype within weeks. But in the first iterations of the app, there was an interval of time between the capturing of the front- and rear-facing photos. A series of four iOS developers over two years kept rewriting the code to edge the process as close to simultaneity as possible.
The app is free. Lotan is one of those entrepreneurs who has a blithe faith that if you make something cool, the money will follow–and he has a track record to show it. Last year, his company made $1.7 million in revenues, he claims. Much of this money came directly from Social Print Studio’s service called Printstagram, whose operations you can probably guess (tagline: “We Print Your Instagram Photos”).
But some of the most lucrative work came merely fell out of the woodwork, once Social Print Studio’s name was in the air. The company has partnered with brands like Evian and Nike and set up a kind of deconstructed photo booth at their events. Lotan and co. have developed a “live printer” that culls hashtags from the Instagram API, then prints the photos with those hashtags. Attendees at a recent Evian event were encouraged to use the hashtag #evianeats (thereby promoting the brand to their social graph); those photos then spewed forth from the printer. Eight members of Lotan’s 15-person team are headed to SXSW this year to work similar events.
Lotan hopes that other partnerships might form as a result of Dblcam. “We just know the way to make money is not to think about making money,” says Lotan. “We just try to make cool things, and when we have cool projects, opportunities open up.”
Wow- this panorama blew through the record of being the largest photo ever – the last record was 80Gigapixels. Amazing – surf around but watch the clock cuz you could spend hours in London – from PetaPixel:
The BT Tower panorama, created by stitching together 48,640 images taken with 7 Canon EOS 7Ds, has officially broken the record for the world’s largest panoramic photo. It was taken from atop the BT Tower in London, and you can see a tiny version of it at the top, but the real thing offers a massive, browsable 360-degree view of London in extreme detail.
Each of the 7Ds was equipped with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and Extender EF 2x III teleconverter provided by Canon, and then attached to a Rodeon VR Head ST robotic panorama head before being put to the task. And because this is the first time an image of this size was attempted, it took three weeks and the abilities of a powerful Celsius R920 workstation to actually stitch everything together.
Of course, lenses, robotic heads and post-production time don’t really give any perspective on the sheer size of this thing, so the BT Tower folks were kind enough to include some dimensions and a comparison: If you were to print the panorama at normal photographic resolution, it would come out at 322ft across by 79ft tall, or about the size of Buckingham Palace.
You can browse the entire 360-degree panorama here, and keep an eye out if you do, because the BT Tower crew have hidden mascot “Buzby” somewhere in there for those of you who have several days and your sanity to kill.
This video of testing SloMo is very cool!
With its organic nature, fire is a beautiful element to capture in slow motion. I performed this test as an experiment with the overcranking mode on the Sony FS700 camera (240fps/480fps) in order to directly compare the results to ‘Incendium’ where the slow motion was interpolated using Twixtor and shot on Canon 7D (60fps): vimeo.com/21919856
Special thanks to Elliott Montello for his fire-breathing skills, ‘Blear Moon’ for his awesome soundtrack and Alex Thornton for assisting on the night.
This is a cool timelapse of my city!
TimeLAX is a time-lapse photography project that shows the Greater Los Angeles area from many angles.
The project includes different types of photography such as panoramic, architectural and artistic. We have scouted, tested and selected more than 200 locations that will be presented in a series of videos.
Photography by RalphGM – Edited by RandyFX
Music “Orchestral Inspiration” by Akashic Records – SaReGaMa
For more information, visit timelax.com
From the sun to the architecture, the palm trees to the bright lights, the celebs to the beach, Los Angeles has it all.
This video shows the glitz and the glamor of the city in stunning visuals that will have you booking a flight to SoCal in no time.
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