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1. Google will buy priceline
2. Yahoo merges with AOL and nobody cares
3. Apple will create a search product
4. China's online population will top 550 Million
5. Facebook will Integrate Search as a Core Feature
6. Tesla will be acquired by Chinese or Germans eventually
7. Call of Duty MW3 will surpass all records for movies or games ever in human history
8. Hardware will begin to Disappear
9. Facebook stock price will show 100% post IPO run up
10. More western companies will establish a presence in Chinese Social Media
11. Google TV will be bigger news and YouTube programming efforts begin to pay off
12. IBM will become big news again with some big acquisition....
Food photography is a still life specialization of commercial photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of food for use in advertisements, packaging, menus or cookbooks.
Professional food photography is a collaborative effort, usually involving an art director, a photographer, a food stylist, a prop stylist and their assistants. Wikipedia
With the time change (fall back 1 hour) there are more lights on in buildings at night so I set out to capture the full moon rising Thursday with an LA cityscape. I had my camera on a tripod pointed downtown and noticed the sunset fiery sky in back of me.....what luck..... I made this second shot of the "Silhouette Hills" (below) in between set ups with the sun setting on the other side of the hills....does not get any better than that...you need to see this enlarged as the power line transmission towers speak energy with the fiery sky on top of the hill.
The two images above are totally different and taken 180 degrees of each other and only 30 min. apart..... it pays to look around when you are taking photographs. The moon rose over the Griffith observatory below, so I had to move it in PS4 to the right side of the city scape above, on top...below is the way it looked over the observatory. This also looks great enlarged as you can see a lot more detail...
That is the north star to the right of the full moon and it is steady. I left the plane flying, bottom right above the hills, to show the star is not moving....not bad for an evening in southern California in November.
El Conquistador Resort A Waldorf Astoria Hotel exterior entrance. I like taking pictures in the magic hour, either before sunrise or after sunset. It is the first hour and last hour of light. It’s a time when everything looks warm and rich, dare I say, romantic? Click the image above or here to see more....
Las Croabas, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA, Caribbean; Island; Greater Antilles; Commonwealth
Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles. I love taking photographs at twilight. This is my magic hour sunset. The traffic adds movement and excitement.
Featuring many of the city's major cultural institutions and sports facilities, sightseeing opportunities, skyscrapers, public art and unique shopping. Downtown is the hub of the city's freeway network.
Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island 22 miles south-southwest from Los Angeles by sailboat or Catalina Cruises. About a million tourists visit the island every year. The panoramic view above was taken at Hamilton Cove a short water taxi or Golf Cart ride from Avalon Harbor.
RMSQueen Mary is a retired ocean liner now located in Long Beach California, above is a view taken on the bridge. This is an HDR image, three exposures, +, N, - combined in Photomatix Pro.
Santa Monica, California....what's not to like about this image.....beautiful sunset, people jogging and a Hobie Cat catamaran sailboat. This upscale beachfront city on Santa Monica Bay was my home for many years. The sailboat and joggers were added in Photoshop CS4
The Venice Canal Historic District is a district in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. There are four east-west canals: Carroll Canal, Linnie Canal, Howland Canal, and Sherman Canal, and two north-south canals: Eastern Canal and Grand Canal. The beautifully lit canals with arched bridges is a great must see place to visit. Another HDR image.
The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica California. A fantastic place to spend a lot of time at. Panorama view made from four images stitched together.
Angelino Heights is on the National Register of Historic Places and is second only to Bunker Hill as the oldest district in Los Angeles. Like Echo Park proper and Chinatown, it is known for its steep hills. I love exploring this area, a lot of history to take in along with it's impressive well-kept Queen Anne, Carriage houses and Victorian style homes.
Sessions House, Complete with a Moorish style tower
Innes House, Eastlake-style home
The "Charmed" house, the home's outside serves as the home of the 3 witches on the show, "Charmed."
The National Register of Historic Places plaque says, "exhibiting the finest collection of Victorian domestic architecture remaining in Los Angeles."
You can get decent photos out of a standard, consumer-grade digital camera and with a little post-processing turn them into fantastic wide-angle images. Here's an example of the kind of photo you'll get from this process. Even though I shot this hand held with no tripod I was able to get fantastic results with my Panorama photography
This is an image of the 2000 Avenue of the Stars building in Century City, CA. taken last week. Note in the finished panorama I removed portions of the Century Towers in the background that were looming on top, replaced the sky with blue sky and dramatic clouds, narrowed the driveway to give more interest to the building, removed the people, cabs and parking markers along the driveway and with a little landscaping help from the Century Plaza Hotel created my panorama.
I started out with 5 images (only uploaded 3 for example)
Keep in mind the following rules....."using consistent settings"
1. Use manual focus and exposure, meter it for the brightest or most average spot in the scene. Not a requirement, but they'll help your finished product blend more evenly.
2. Use same focus center point by finding the feature or area you think would look good in the center and take steady aim. It'll help you align your pictures later and ensure you've got space to build on.
3. Shoot overlapping shots in order with 20-30 percent of the picture overlapping. Not only does it help you keep your shots organized, it counters the sometimes fuzzy or unfocused data many consumer cameras get at their exposure edges.
Start simple, with two, three, or four pictures, shot in horizontal or vertical order.
There are many free panorama stitching programs so "Google" for what fits your computer system and something easy to work with and you feel comfortable with. A few names are, PhotoStitch 3.1software Canon has been giving away with their digital cameras for years. Panorama tools, a free program invented by a math professor. It can do amazing things, but you have to be a math professor to understand it. There are many many many more found on Ken Rockwell's website.
Just look around and see what works best for you and your computer. The software will have slightly different assembly instructions and if you follow along you will be just fine.
Commercial Interior, 8 Images stitched PS3, fire added in fireplace
Residential Exterior,10 Images stitched PS3, fire added in fireplace
Marriott Lounge Bar, LA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA, 5 Images, photos added in TV's in post production
Four Seasons Resort, Santa Barbara Biltmore, Tydes Restaurant, Overlooking Butterfly Beach
Hamilton Cove, Santa Catalina Island, CA, 1 exposure, panorama camera, Linhof Technorama
Maine Coon Cat, "M on Forehead" Grey, Fur coming out of very pointy ears, domestic house pet, posing for portrait.
This was taken as Freddie jumped up in a very playful mood looking a little mischievous and ready to play. There was no time to grab a camera and having an iphone nearby an exposure was made. I really liked the pose however it was flawed in many ways.
There was a yellow tungsten lighting effect caused by the iphone being set for a daylight type exposure. Without getting too technical we should try briefly to explain "color temperature:" The higher the color temperature, the bluer the light. The lower the color temperature, the more yellow to red the light. Tungsten incandescent, light bulb temperature, 1800-2600°K
The image was converted to Black and white (below) now It looks a little better after the yellow cast was removed but still left room for improvement. Converting it to B/W gave it a daylight effect, for practical purposes to have a color temperature of 5000 degrees Kelvin (5000°K) or your default setting on your digital camera, balanced for ±5000°K.
Using software PS3, I was able to add contrast to the scene and texture to the surrounding area putting a little more detail in the foreground and drawing more interest to the subject. A ragged border added adds more interest.
Turning the image to black and white again put interest back on Freddie. Which technique do you think works best?