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December 30, 2010 at 1:09 am

iPad lighting – how’s that?

Under - Industrial Design, Photography, Technology

Ok – this looks like an upmarket lighting solution where each unit costs somewhere between $499 to $829 depending if it is 16 or 64GB lighting device, or 3G! This would also come in handy to keep the light-person busy or may be not, as it would be rather distracting but anyway nice … as long as it is proof of the concept.

Out of all the unusual iPad usages, this could undoubtedly be put on top. Following the lead from this I could see people using iPad as a chopping board (it has already been used as a chopper though!) or something else.

Regardless, the outcome is great with very soft and diffused light. Interesting experiment by Jesse Rosten.

December 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Playing with the sky…

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Photography

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Valeria Prieto, based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, studied graphic design at the Institute of Architecture, Design and Art at the University of Ciudad. She’s been teaching contemporary art and illustration at elementary, middle and high schools in Mexico since 2002. She also serves as a photographer and collaborator in short films and animations.

Her latest work ‘Playing with the sky’ caught my eye on her blog which is simply brilliant! I asked her if she could share her thoughts around it:

Those images were shot with Sony Cyber Shot TX5, and then I selected some vintage images/elements to add more life into them. Sometimes I use a peephole and a crystal with cuts to get various background effects and I like to merge several photos into one.

I have loved photography since childhood. One of the best things I’ve seen in the city where I live (city of Juárez, Chihuahua, MX) are the sunsets, so I love to take pictures of them because every day it is different, especially in winter the sunsets are so colorful that I don’t need to apply color correction. I like to play with the shots by adding items such as musical notes and birds on electric wires, buildings or images that may become part of those great sceneries.

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

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December 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

Christopher Baker Explores Alaska for Martha Stewart Living

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

Christopher Baker films in Cordova, Alaska to document life around Copper River, one of the last pure watersheds in North America. As overfishing threatens the delicate balance of the eco-system, the state of Alaska and various agencies are working hard to ensure sustainable fishing for future generations.

The story of Cordova is featured in the first digital edition of Martha Stewart Living for the iPad. The “Boundless Beauty” special edition marks the publication’s twentieth anniversary, utilizing the Digital Magazine Suite available on Adobe Labs. Christopher Baker continues his long relationship with Martha Stewart, having worked with her since the Martha Stewart Weddings book in 1987.

December 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Start from the Beginning

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics, Music

Animated short by Berlin based artist Andreas Fischer who is a designer slash artist hybrid machine working with spatial time-based media, generative systems and physical manifestations of digital processes:

The video examines the relationship between the simulated image and its physical manifestation. The landscape appearing in the video references one of Fischer´s relief sculptures.

The sculpture is magnified and distorted by the soundscape created by David. As time progresses the landscape becomes increasingly complex and distorted and finally changes its aggregate state to liquid. The shapes of the polygons appear in contrast to the fluid with which they collide.

The 3d model was textured with photos of the physical sculpture, which was carved from a block of mdf with a cnc-miling machine.

December 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I have a confession to make…

Under - Art, Inspiration, My Musings, Photography, Photolog

I had been sitting on a stash of photographs that I’ve been taking since 2005 but never been able to process, upload and share them online. This is partly because I was busy doing everything else and never got the time to focus on photography. This is also because I’ve been inconsistent throughout in pursuing this passion of mine – but not anymore!

As time is passing, I’m starting to feel that the old relationship between my camera and me is reviving … which is indeed very old – nearly 20 years to be precise. This relationship can be divided into three phases:

Childhood
It all started with my father’s Mamiya SLR (which has long been discontinued). The excitement of holding a SLR camera at that time was more than the photography itself and the focus was more towards taking pictures of school friends and family. This was kind of an exploratory phase that resulted in serious consideration of this art for years to come.

Adolescence
This represents the time when I was at the art college. I also call it the golden-time as I had the opportunity to fully explore photography, from still to landscape and fashion to portrait. I was in fact able to earn a reasonable amount of money with my photography to fund this expensive hobby.

But, I can also be solely blamed for putting an abrupt end to this as I had to decide where I wanted to go professionally and, unfortunately, despite all the pleasures I had with photography, it wasn’t my destination as a profession. It was one of those strategic career decisions that one has to make early on, wittingly or unwittingly. My decision to adopt digital media over photography is something that I don’t regret, in fact it is something that I’m proud of, but this brought an end to this particular interest of mine before the potential could fully be explored.

Maturity or Amateur-ity
This is the present that started back in 2005 when digital cameras started becoming a norm for photographers opening up a whole new world of possibilities. Since then I’ve started seeing through the lens again with a serious resolve to make up for the abrupt end.

The pictures you see in this post are from the first batch that I uploaded on Flickr from the set called London. Keep watching the space on Flickr as I’ll be uploading more and more in the days to come.

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