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May 11, 2009

NOT a pocket camera

When you think of photography and cameras these days, most people think about nifty little digital cameras that pop into your pocket. The funny thing about physics and optics, is that it can scale quite easily to a larger format.  Shaun Irving decided to scale the size of a camera up that of a large box truck.  Being incredibly experimental photographer he bought a truck on eBay, he converted the truck into a large mobile camera.  That is the funny thing about art.  Sometimes it is so impractical that it draws you in.  He is not creative when it comes to naming a project, as it is called: CAMERATRUCK.  To the point, but not exciting.  On the other hand, the pictures are amazing and simply huge.  The average size of his works are 7 feet by 3.5 feet.

Box Truck 

(Photo Courtesy of The Joy Of The Mundane on Flickr)



May 10, 2009

The not-so-dead pool

I found this guy floating in my pool on Mother's day. He didn't move for the first ten minutes, so I figured that I better scoop him out before he got sucked into the filter, but it turned out he was alive. For a suburban house, we have a freaking jungle in our back yard.

May 09, 2009

Windows 7 RC... Tasty and refreshing?

After a hefty download, DVD burn and install, I'm playing with Windows 7 RC, release 7100.  Seems to be as stable as 7000 was on decent hardware.  The only thing that I find amusing is that my Windows Experience Index increased by .3 without any hardware changes...


Even if I don't end up using the final release, I won't have to think about reinstalling until June 1st, 2010 when this Release Candidate will expire.  Previous review link below.



May 08, 2009

Polaroid is dead. Long live Poladroid

While the instant Polaroid film is becoming a thing of the past, a new application for Windows and Mac OSX called Poladroid allows you to process graphics files to get the look and feel of Polaroid film.  While you could have always done this using a host of image editing software such as Photoshop or The Gimp, this software has the sound and feel of a Polaroid.  You have the ability to watch the picture appear, to shake it, and to develop it early to get the effects that you want. 

It is prettty simple... you drag your file to the virtual camera and watch it develop.  There are a few variables you can adjust, but it is pretty basic.  As much as I like Web 2.0 applications, it is nice to have an app like this that can process images on your local machine.  The only thing that would be cooler is that if the application set the EXIF data on output file.


Step 1 - Drop it here:


Step 2 - Watch it develop.


Step 3 - All Done! (or Profit?!?!?)


The image before:


The image Poladroided:


It turns out that Fuji still manufactures compatible film in the Polaroid form factors and a version of the Holga camera, informally called the Polga or Holgaroid allow you to take pictures with the same dreamy feel as a Polaroid.