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Wherein Lefty Does A Good Deed

April 24, 2012  |    0 comments  |  Apps Elsewhere

I regularly peruse the photography subreddit on Reddit.Com and earlier tonight, while taking a break from day job-related stuff that overflowed into my non day-job timeframe, I came across a post from a fellow Redditor asking for help reconstructing a RAW file.  Specifically, he asked posted the following:


Being in a generous mood, I decided to help him.  Of course, as he stated, Photoshop was going to be difficult, so I wasn’t about to give that a shot.  (I’m not that altrustic!)

So I gave it a shot in Lightroom 4.  No dice.  Then I remember that I’d played around a bit with an app called Raw Photo Processor.  So I loaded it up, imported the file and…

 

…Success!

I converted the file to a jpg, uploaded to imgur and posted the link.

Sadly, my fellow Redditor didn’t recognize the subject of the photo, so who knows what or where it came from…it’s just some random kid:

And while it didn’t really help this guy, it was fun doing some detective work, if only for a few minutes.

 

Update! It might be the father’s ex-girlfriend’s kid!

Afraid?

October 7, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Uncategorized

This has to be one of the best Flickr photostreams ever. A haunted house in Niagara Falls, ON takes pictures of people during their tour through the attraction:

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You can find the whole photostream here.

Good Advice

August 31, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Cameras General Interest Technique/Workflow

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Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk

August 1, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere

If you’ve been doing digital photography for any period of time, you’ve probably heard of Scott Kelby.  He does some great Photoshop training and has written a bunch of great books on photography and post-processing.  A few years ago, he organized a photo walk–basically an event where like-minded photographers get together in a group and do a walk through an area taking photos, comparing notes and generally having a great time.  Only his wasn’t a regular photo walk–it was a world-wide photo walk, taking place in dozens of cities around the world on the same day.  And while I’ve participated in photo walks in the past, I’ve never done his World Wide Photo Walk, mainly because of scheduling conflicts and the fact that it used to be in the dead of summer…not fun in Dallas.  This year, however, he’s scheduled it for October, so, hopefully, it will be a bit cooler then (though I’m starting to have my doubts based on the weather so far this summer).

I’m looking forward to participating this year and encourage others to sign up.  More info can be found at the link below.

Breaking News: Announcing My 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk! « Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider Blog » Photoshop & Digital Photography Techniques, Tutorials, Books, Reviews & More.

How Big Is ________?

July 11, 2011  |    0 comments  |  General Interest

I was going over photos from our latest Vegas trip the other night, pondering on how I never seem to make it to every place I want to go when I’m out there in the desert and how I always think “I’ll make it there next time”, then never do.  Part of the problem with trying to make it everywhere you want to go in Vegas is the sheer  size of The Strip, which is where we usually confine ourselves to while visiting the gambling Mecca.

Anyone whose ever been to Las Vegas knows that everything is further than you think it is.  The size of the hotels are deceiving…more than once a day do you think “Oh, The Wynn?  It’s just right there”, then end up walking 45 minutes to actually get “there”. People forget that, because of the way the land was platted back in the day, the largest resorts occupy a full block.  And a full block on Las Vegas Boulevard fronts a quarter mile along the road.

Since the largest of the resorts have over 3,000 rooms, everything is outsized, though you have to give the architects credit in using optical trickery to try to bring everything down to a human scale on some of the buildings.  For instance, The Bellagio has 3,933 rooms, most of which are in its main tower:

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Now, count the floors.  I came up with roughly sixteen.  Not that big, eh?  Wrong.  It’s actually 32 stories tall, but uses a “One Window, Four Rooms” architectural trick to make it seem smaller (you can read more about it here, along with other Vegas examples).  In addition, the lake in front of the hotel–home of the famous fountains–is 9 acres in area, giving the building a nice setback to help “shrink” it.

As you can see, things along The Strip are really massive.  But I wanted to know how massive The Strip is compared to something I know well, so I decided to compare its area with that of my neighborhood.  So I popped over to MapFrappe, which lets you outline things in one Google Map and overlay it in another, and go to work.

I outlined The Strip corridor along its traditional boundaries–from Sahara Avenue in the north to Russell Road in the south.  For the east and west boundaries, I used the extent of the back of the lots of the various resorts.  This covered all the land from the recently-closed Sahara Hotel and Casino to the Mandalay Bay.  Then I overlaid it on the Addison, Texas area:

It nicely fits between Spring Valley Road and Frankford Road–just about four miles!  So, no wonder it takes so long to walk anywhere on The Strip (and the 100 degree-plus summer heat doesn’t help!)

Of course, I couldn’t stop there…I had to compare the sizes of lots of things.  For instance, here’s the main campus (excluding Research Park, the Bush Presidential Library and Easterwood Airport) of my alma mater, Texas A&M University, superimposed over central Austin, Texas–home of A&M’s rival the University of Texas (it’s the area clustered around the red-roofed building):

And here’s Rome’s Colosseum compared to the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium:

Here’s Manhattan Island overlaid Houston:

Here’s Beijing’s Forbidden City overlaid on the Vatican:

 

Back to my home state of Texas…growing up here, you’re taught that Texas is big, but you don’t really get a good idea of just how big until you compare it to other places:


 

So, yeah, Texas is pretty big.  Interestingly, the longest dimension of the state is from the corner of the Panhandle where the border touches Oklahoma and New Mexico to the tip of state at the mouth of the Rio Grande–a distance of 796 miles.  Or, more succinctly, you could fly from that corner and be in any of the places within this circle quicker than you’d be to Brownsville:

Interestingly, the size of Texas means that people in Texarkana are closer to Chicago than El Paso, Houstonians are closer to Mobile, Alabama than Amarillo, people in Brownsville are closer to Mexico City than Dallas and El Paso residents are closer to Las Vegas, where this post started, than to Dallas.

Bonus fact:  The tiny Texas Panhandle town of Dalhart is closer to six other state capitals than its own: Santa Fe, NM; Denver, CO; Topeka, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; Lincoln, NE; and Cheyenne, WY.

Also, you can view my Vegas photos here.

Bonus:  Here’s the Great Pyramid overlaid on The Luxor:

Great Idea

June 3, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Cameras Elsewhere

This project on Kickstarter adds a proper shutter button to the iPhone.  I hope it gets made…I would totally buy one.  As it is now, I find it awkward to press the onscreen shutter button on the iPhone, so this would definitely help take my iPhoneography skillz up a notch.

 

 

Red Pop by Beep Industries — Kickstarter.

The iPhone is Dominating Flickr

May 10, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Cameras

 

 

This article over at ShutterSalt highlights why the iPhone is about to become the most-popular camera over on Flickr.  And they present seven shots to back it up.  As you may know, I’m an avid iPhoneographer and am glad to see confirmation of the power and popularity of Apple’s device.

Why The iPhone is Dominating Flickr, Plus 7 Photos To Prove It | ShutterSalt.

My Boring Year

May 2, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Uncategorized

So, as you may have heard, it’s recently come to light that Apple tracks your iPhone’s location for Quality-Of-Service reasons.  Unfortunately, they don’t purge this data after a certain time period and it’s backed up on your computer when you run iTunes’ back up process for your iOS device.  Of course, I actually found this fortunate, because I could see where I’d been over the last year.

And, damn, my last year has been boring, judging by the map below.  A lot of time in Dallas (which is where I live, so that’s no surprise), some time in East Texas (I have family there) and a single road trip down to Georgetown last August (interestingly, some of that data was captured to be in Austin, but I never actually made it to Austin on that trip).  Also, two trips to Las Vegas, in July and in December are here.  I was initially confused as to why it showed that I’d been in Phoenix, but then I remembered that one of my flights to Nevada had a quick layover at Sky Harbor (which just shows how memorable that airport is).

Unfortunately, it looks like this coming up year will probably be just as boring.  Sure, there may be a trip or two back to Nevada, but no “big” trips planned at the moment…not enough time to get away for more than a few days.

Anyhow, I thought this was kind of interesting.  You can download a Windows app to create a Google Earth .kml file from your iPhone backup here.  For Mac, try this app.

DogBowl 2011

April 25, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Uncategorized
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DogBowl 2011, a set on Flickr.

Every year, Dallas’ Fair Park opens up the Cotton Bowl stadium as a giant dog park to give dogs a chance to run around on the football field. This year’s event was April 17th and I took my dog, Winston, to play. Here are some photos from the event.

Awesome Time Lapse Work

April 18, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Uncategorized

Great work by TESOPHOTOGRAPHY

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