Quality, Reflected, Warm Light

I’ve always thought that one of the most important elements in photography is the quality of the light in the scene. It’s the difference between “Oh, that’s nice.” and “Wow! That’s glorious!” Since I so very, very rarely shoot in controlled lighting environments, I generally get whatever I get when it comes to lighting. I mean, I have the apps… Continue reading

Macro Photography: Tin Car on the Ocean

I was inspired by Kim Leuenberger’s awesome macro photography series: Traveling Cars Adventures. So today, with my little tin car in hand, I headed to Rodeo beach to shoot some traveling car adventures myself. The wind was completely out of control!1 Problems abounded! My tripod was much too high to frame the shot I wanted—macros that included background of the… Continue reading

Too Much Clutter in Your Life?

Well, yes. In my life, anyway! I once loved gadgetry. Now I suffer from gadetnoia, and I’ve got it bad! So, for the past few weeks, well, months now, actually, I’ve been cleaning house—digital house and real house. Light Switches Yes, you read that right. Even the light switches in this house are driving me insane. Why can’t I just… Continue reading

What Does This Really Mean?

Most film is shot at around 24 – 30 frames per second. High speed photography may go as high as a few thousand frames per second. But MIT Media Lab researchers have created a new photography system … that can acquire visual data at a rate of one trillion frames per second. That’s fast enough to produce a slow-motion video… Continue reading

Like the Lamp

Linda Allen has re-designed the LED bulb to 7 watts, which emulates the power of a 50-watt bulb. The lamps are wireless, rechargeable and waterproof. They can be used indoors or outdoors, and might revolutionize the way we use outdoor space. They give consumers the ability to put a lamp in the middle of a room without cords to trip… Continue reading

The Shutters Revisited

I already posted a time lapse of the installation at this link.  But the lighting and the camera settings were a huge challenge.  So you really didn’t get to see what the shutters look like, until now.   They are 4″ shutters made by Avalon.  The top of the top shutter is 18′ from the floor.… Continue reading

Malaga Cove Sunrise (Time Lapse)

I mentioned in my post yesterday about this time lapse, that I wasn’t able to get a transition from complete darkness to light because I shot this time lapse so close to today — the longest day of the year, and you can’t park your car until 5:00am. At any rate, here is the first time lapse from yesterday. My… Continue reading

Gorgeous Cinematography

Be sure to check out the blog post about the movie. It includes more information about the picture and several fantastic stills. And so much a wedding symbolizes. So many questions it tends to raise: What is love? What is faith? It was our hope to explore these themes in a far more dramatically engaging way than we felt possible… Continue reading

Why Do I Love It So?!

I wonder why I so like CGI and composited video? Maybe because it asks one of those fundamental questions, “Is it real?” This is a cool example of compositing using green screen. Welcome to the new world of digital filmmaking. Give this one a minute to get going. Thanks Nats and Gary for sending this one along. Have a great… Continue reading