Sun, 21 Nov 2010

Miniature Faking

A further update on my recent obsession with jacking my old photos to hell and back with cheap post-processing tools.


Virgin Megastore, scale model


Virgin Megastore, Inside

This particular photo was messed about with using Art & Mobile’s “TiltShift Generator” for iOS. There’s apparently an Adobe Air version, but I’ve given up Flash and its bastard stepchildren for not-Lent so I haven’t seen it in action.

Further reading

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Sat, 30 Oct 2010

We'll Fix It In Post

From Grandeur of the Seas

I’ve never been too terribly into post processing my photos, but there are so many nice iOS tools (way less overhead than firing up a beast like Photoshop) for doing post-processing now, and they’re really fun to use. I have about a half dozen little $0-$3 tools for doing fun things to pictures.

I always liked this picture, but I was never very happy with the color (the original was very much on the cool side, thanks to misconfigured white balance on the camera) or the DOF. I fixed the DOF with TiltShiftGen and took some wacky liberties with the tint in PS Express, both on the iPad.

The original, for comparison:

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Tue, 12 Oct 2010



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Fri, 20 Aug 2010

On The Tarmac


iPhone 4 makes a nice “everywhere” camera.

Shot via Pro HDR.

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Sun, 06 Jun 2010

Seems Like A Photo Moment Worth Commemorating


It took 5½ years to get there, but I think this is a nice time to look back on the photos I’ve posted to Flickr over time.

IMG_3675 Moritz Von Oswald Trio + 1 Amber: big leaf pile @ Starr Park
Airship Hangar @ Tustin Codie I said GO AWAY!
Don Brooks TSB 2009-02-12 Detroit River Ice, Pier 500
Partners Mom & Dad on Pine Island Howard's, back side
The Hulk has His Way With You Melvindale West, Oct 12, 2008 Fayetteville, Sep 16, 2008
Brian Gillespie Klav Kalash! Natalie, a/k/a “Miss Detroit”
With chaps, the "assless" is always implied... Monorail! Aunt Daisy and Uncle John
Blue blocks Rocking Horse, Winner Keeping a car happy in subzero weather
lucky 13 Yes, it is. Advertising maid cafes
Hanging with my boys... Poster Bunny Heidi, KOed.
More grapes Skyline Silhouette the_denuded_bush

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Mon, 25 May 2009

The Inevitable Hart Plaza Skyline Shot

The inevitable Hart Plaza skyline shot

I take this picture every year on this weekend. Truth be told, I think it's more dramatic with the cheaper cameras, though. See (2005) , (2006) , (2007), and (2008).

Movement 2009 photos here, blog coverage here, and follow @moodmat on Twitter.

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Sun, 08 Feb 2009

Always carry a pocket camera.

Detroit River Ice, Pier 500

Driving down Jefferson in Ecorse and Wyandotte. Saw the ice floating down the river and liked the way the sun was hitting it. Pulled over in the parking lot of the Pier 500 bar and got a half-dozen shots before my battery died.

Winter receding

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A sheet of paper crossed my desk the other day and as I read it,
realization of a basic truth came over me. So simple! So obvious we couldn’t
see it. John Knivlen, Chairman of Polamar Repeater Club, an amateur radio
group, had discovered how IC circuits work. He says that smoke is the thing
that makes ICs work because every time you let the smoke out of an IC circuit,
it stops working. He claims to have verified this with thorough testing.
I was flabbergasted! Of course! Smoke makes all things electrical
work. Remember the last time smoke escaped from your Lucas voltage regulator
Didn’t it quit working? I sat and smiled like an idiot as more of the truth
dawned. It’s the wiring harness that carries the smoke from one device to
another in your Mini, MG or Jag. And when the harness springs a leak, it lets
the smoke out of everything at once, and then nothing works. The starter motor
requires large quantities of smoke to operate properly, and that’s why the wire
going to it is so large.
Feeling very smug, I continued to expand my hypothesis. Why are Lucas
electronics more likely to leak than say Bosch? Hmmm… Aha!!! Lucas is
British, and all things British leak! British convertible tops leak water,
British engines leak oil, British displacer units leak hydrostatic fluid, and
I might add Brititsh tires leak air, and the British defense unit leaks
secrets… so naturally British electronics leak smoke.
— Jack Banton, PCC Automotive Electrical School

[Ummm … IC circuits? Integrated circuit circuits?]