This could come in handy

Sounds like a fine brand of French wine…


At the bus stop

My stop before leaving Seattle going home. Route 311!

Office pics

Pics from the office, 19th floor. Beautiful view of Space Needle and ships in Puget Sound.

No carrots for dinner

HDR Bandwagon

Now that HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is everywhere, I decided to give it a go. These are my first attempts, and I tried to not make them look too cartoonish as that is not my style. I tend to lose the detail of the sky in my pics, and finally with HDR can bring it back.

With Photomatix Pro, it is quite easy if you supply at least 3 differently exposed bracketed frames and then use the tone mapping feature to adjust the resulting HDR composite to your liking. Adobe Photoshop CS2 also has built-in tools to do the same thing.

You can really produce some stunning pics that would be impossible without HDR, and I’ll keep experimenting with the lush green settings here in Woodinville.

Itch to Stitch

I found a nice little Canon utility that came with my digital camera called PhotoStitch. It was just sitting there being unused for years and I decided to give it a try with very good results. It allows you to “stitch” or merge several pictures together to form a panorama or wide-screen image. I tested it with some old pictures that I thought would be suitable and the results are below.

You can still see the vertical seam where the individual images are sewn together, if you look closely. However, the overall effect is impressive.

It looks like you can use PhotoStitch with images created by other model cameras too. In the future, I will take more pics with this utility in mind!

Reality defined?

When I first saw Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within in 2001, I was floored how fluid and realistic the characters looked. The skin textures and body behavior were spot on. Only the eyes seemed “dead” and not alive, preventing a once convincing fabrication. Apparently, the natural stare, eye movement, and blinking are difficult to reproduce even with the best models. Now take a look at this picture below of Korean actress Song Hye Kyo.

It’s all done using Autodesk 3ds Max!

Amazingly, we have reached the point where the naked eye cannot discern what is real and fictional. However, it does beg the question of what the implications will be for replicating faces and people. I have a bad intuition, we will see a torrent of commercialized goods in every corner of programming, whether it be TV, movies, and internet…

That cute little baby wearing Huggies crawling on the floor was in fact an impostor, and you won’t even know it!

Credit: Max Edwin Wahyudi, Indonesia – Making of the Korean Actress “Song Hye Kyo”