Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

Staging is How You Move Real Estate – Or Something – I’ve Never Seen This

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

What’s going on here?

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When Photoshop Goes Too Far: Which Photo Looks Real at Our Disney Family Museum in the Presidio?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Both these shots of our Disney Family Museum are around on the internet. They were taken by the same person at the same time.

Here’s the (more) real version:

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And here’s that same shot after a little (or of a lot of) Photoshopping:

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I don’t know if this second version, with the colors turned up to 11, belongs in the MSM publication I found it in…

Using Photoshop to Market Blue Skies to Foreigners – Selling Summit 800 Condos/Townhomes Deep in the Fog Belt

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Well, here you go, it’s Summit 800, “from the low millions.”

It’s the talk of the town these days.

But Google “summit 800 san francisco” and all you see are highly uncharacteristic blue skies. Isn’t that odd? I mean, we’re deep in the Frisco Fog Belt down there in the lower left corner of SF County, right?

Anyway, these shots come up in the above search. Don’t these Honolulu-style cloud look familiar? Aren’t they exactly the same in both images? What are the odds of that?

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(Something’s gone wrong here!)

IDK, man. I just feel sorry for the out of towners buying these places.

Enjoy your fog, Newcomers!

Pack Mule Not Included: Used 1200mm Canon Camera Lens for $180K – “A Prodigious Measure of Ego Satisfaction”

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Consarnit, I remember back in aught-nine when a person could buy a 47-inch focal length EOS camera lens for a mere $120,000, but these days? In these days, the very same lens will run you $180,000:

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Go ahead and slap it on your $400 Drebel – it’ll fit. No fancy IS Image Stabilization or nothing, but it’ll fit

All the deets:

“The Canon 1200/5.6L USM, the longest fixed telephoto lens ever built by Canon, contains 13 elements (2 Fluorite) in 10 groups and focus’ down to 49.5′. With an angle-of- view of about 2° on a full-frame 35 mm camera, calling this lens a ‘tele’ is like calling King Kong a monkey.

Built-to-order by Canon from 1993 to 2005, each lens was hand-crafted at the rate of about 2-per-year and a delivery time of about 18 months. Only a dozen-or-so were ever made. Who bought them? National Geographic magazine and Sports Illustrated are known to own a couple, the Feds probably have a few squirreled away somewhere, and a few well-heeled photo enthusiasts.

This particular lens is extremely clean inside and out. Included with this lens is a leather slip-on ‘lens cap’, the original fitted aluminum trunk case, a custom trunk case with wheels that holds the original trunk case, and a prodigious measure of ego satisfaction. Weighing in at over 36lbs and an overall length of 33 inches, a sturdy tripod and pan/tilt head is highly recommended.

Pack mule not included.

Is David Chiu Really This Orange? The Challenges of White Balance at the Chambers of the Board of Superviors – Desaturation = Win

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The offending photo, reposted today.

That’s over the line, IMO.

Here’s a two-step fix – tone down the Saturation by sliding left and then brighten up the remaining sunburned-looking patch on the forehead using Replace Color:

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JMO.

Is this impermissible photo manipulation?

IDK, but it’s certainly closer to IRL than what I started with…

Hipster Update: THE Camera to Carry in 2015 is a Polaroid Land, Fully Extended, All the Time

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Why yes that’s my camera AND I”m happy to see you!

As seen in the Financh:

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Market Street Wedding Photos: Strike a Pose Betwixt the Fast Lane and the Slow Lane – White Dress, Oily Street

Friday, February 13th, 2015

As seen on Market inbound:

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This is different:

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On a Clear Day You Can See the Farallon Islands from the Sunset District – But on a Foggy Day, Maybe Yes, Maybe No

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The biggest of the Farallones is in this shot, if you can spot it, 25 miles away…

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This was a much better than average day for looking for the Farallones…

Death of the Dust Trombone: Canon Replaces Legendary 100-400mm Telephoto Lens – Good-Bye Push-Pull Zoom

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Canon’s aging beast, the Clinton-era EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM lens is no more – after 16 years of production, it’s being replaced by the EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM II, a more conventional design. 

Here are some “dust trombones*” right here, back about a decade ago, all extended to the 400mm telephoto setting, the better to see the Blue Angels over Fort Mason, my dear:

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The thing about the old lens is that it offered IMAGE STABILIZATION (IS) plus an “ULTRASONIC” MOTOR (USM) (for fast auto-focus) in the same package. At the time, Nikon couldn’t keep up, so it would make you choose betwixt one feature or the other, if you were lucky. Nikon lost a lot of customers during the Aughts for just this reason.

Read all about it.

I’m sure the updated lens will be better (and of course, lots pricier) in most respects.

Adieu, push-pull lens.

*Pull it in fast enough and you can feel the breeze on your face, since all that air inside needs to go somewhere…

The Q! – How Any Monkey Can Use Photoshop on This Shot of San Quentin – The Miracle of the Healing Brush Tool

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I know every street, alley and pathway of northern San Francisco and southern Marin, you know, like the back me hand, Matey. But this part of Marin, near San Quentin Prison, I don’t know that well, so I figured I’d take a shot and then later on ID those peaks on the ridge and also that massive-looking apartment-looking building on the right there. (Or is it a hospital? IDK, maybe. I think I’ve been there, actually. It sure is tall for Marin County…)

Anywho, here’s the shot – note those light poles with direct sunlight on them.

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I’ll bet the Spot Healing Brush Tool could clear things up in a jiffy. You just drag your mouse over the stuff you want gone and poof, it’s gone. Photoshop simply guesses at what it thinks is there IRL. It’s like magic, no skillz required:

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Is this acceptable? Well, sure. It depends on what you’re using a shot for. I don’t think this thing would fly with the San Francisco Chronicle, but for an ad or something, sure.

Just don’t release two versions of the same shot, ala Kent State, and you should be fine.

Probably.