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Cinemagraphs Galore

Mon August 22, 2011

Photographers are rediscovering animated GIFS as an art medium but these are not your dorky looping GIFS that make you want to close your browser window right away. Instead, the animation is carefully selected and applied to only one portion of an image to add a delightful twist to an otherwise very still image. If the animation takes some time to kick in, it can even surprise. There is even have a new name for these animated GIFS: cinemagraphs.

Check out the following cinemagraphs:

You can use different image editing software to create animated GIFs. For those using Windows, MIcrosoft used to make a free one called, appropriately, Microsoft GIF Animator. You can do a search and download it. You can also use Photoshop, After Effects, etc.

Basically, take a series of pictures. Ideally, nothing is moving, except what you want, e.g. smoke from a hot cup of tea, a cat’s tail, etc. If other parts of the picture is also moving, you’ll have a harder time editing these out. Then in Photoshop, simply layer the pictures and Save for Web as a GIF. Click the Animate and Loop checkbox et voilà! We’ll work on a tutorial later.

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Donavon Frankenreiter Surfs El Salvador

Sun August 21, 2011

From ContourCamera

Playing music, surfing,… it’s all a day’s work for Donavon Frankenreiter. Indeed, he’s a musician and a surfer and, in this video, he takes us through a day in his life where he starts by playing a show at Squaw in the snow, then hops on a plane to El Salvador to surf. Part of the surfing images are captured on a ContourHD Camera [QuickPrice Check] placed in a Contour 3300 Waterproof Case [QuickPrice Check] attached to his surfboard..

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Disney Gets Some Help From the Magic in iPads to Redesign Fantasyland

Fri August 19, 2011

From DisneyParks

How does Disney redesign a magical world? Apparently by borrowing some magic from iPads. The engineers at Disney (called “Imagineers”) take their design onsite on the iPad tas they visualize adding new attractions, restaurants and other guest areas that will make up the expansion to Fantasyland.

You’ll notice that though the Imagineers are not shy to call technology by its various names, such as Webex, they all to a person refuse to name the iPad, which they refer to as “tablet.”

In the video, you’ll see 3D imaging software running on a desktop and we don’t think that software runs on the iPad. The iPad simply does not have the power to run such 3D visualization software. Instead, snapshots of problem areas are transferred to the iPad and brought onsite to show the contractors where the problems are. Magical! (Is there a sarcasm emoticon?)


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Here’s How To Build Your Own iTableous – a cool 40-inch Fully Functional iPhone 4

Fri August 19, 2011

From iTableous

From iTableous

Interested in making your own? Download the iTableaous Technical Specifications.

Visit Benjamin Bachmeier site for more info, pictures and specs.

via @alanfortune

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What A Wonderful World!

Wed August 17, 2011

From lohheide

Here’s using social media to get the world together. The right way.

Thank you, Paul!

via @paul_steele

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The Schwarzenegger Trilogy Video Hand-Drawn With Highlighters

Wed August 17, 2011

The Schwarzenegger Trilogy from Brainbow on Vimeo.

Brainbowinc made these 3 hand-drawn animations using 1600 frames cells and highlighters to add colors.

The first video ‘5 4 3 2…’ is a series of continuous hollywood explosions edited into a simple beat.

The second ‘Galleria’ is a cut from Terminator 2 which is one of my favorite scenes from any movie.

The third ‘come on… get down’ is a original gangsta rap with lyrics provided by Arnold himself and music created by Harry McGowan

The short films premiered at the Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles as part of Cine-Shorts which is a bi-monthly series that aims to provide a platform for local directors + aspiring filmakers making their mark in the city of los angeles.

source shortlist

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Engage: Boldly Proposing Where No Star Trek Fan Has Proposed Before

Tue August 16, 2011

From zachmuhn

It’s not everyday that Captain Jean-Luc Picard of USS Enterprise gets to perform a wedding for his crew members, but his alter ego, Patrick Stewart, was at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and got to preside, sort of, over a trekkie fan marriage proposal to his sweetheart. After she accepted, Captain Picard got to say the famous word: “Engage(d).”

source Yahoo!

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Making of MÖBIUS, Interactive Optical Illusion

Mon August 15, 2011

MÖBIUS from ENESS on Vimeo.

MÖBIUS is a collaborative stop motion sculpture consisting of 21 large triangles that can be configured into many cyclical patterns. Depending on how you’re looking at it and how the triangles are arranged, it looks like it’s either eating itself and/or slinking into the ground. MÖBIUS was animated over two weeks Friday, Saturday & Sunday between the 6th – 20th of May 2011. When played back, the stop motion video becomes an optical illusion of people interacting with the sculpture and moving through Melbourne’s landmark location throughout the day.

source laughingsquid

And here’s the behind the scenes:

Continue Reading »

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Astronaut Ron Garan Photographs Perseids Meteor From Space

Mon August 15, 2011

Astronaut Ron Garan is on the International Space Station and photographs the Perseid meteor from space.

Read article at: Discovery.

source @Astro_Ron

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For The Die-Hard Nikon Fan

Sat August 13, 2011

If you have Nikon cameras, lenses, mugs and even cakes, what else can you have to prove your devotion to all things Nikon? Well, how about a PAA JOE’s Sculpted Nikon F2 Photomic Coffin? Who says you can’t have it all and take it with you?

PAA JOE may be convinced, I’m sure, to use other cameras as models if that is your last wish. (groan)

via photojojo

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Peoplemovin – Where In The World Are All The People Moving To?

Fri August 12, 2011

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong
– Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles

At any one time, there are people moving all over the face of this planet. We are not talking here of travel for business or pleasure, but of migration. Where do the people immigrating to the USA or Canada come from? You’d be surprised by the answer of who’s coming in from where and who’s leaving to where.

On the interactive graphic, click a country on the left side to see where people are leaving from that country to what other countries. Click on a country on the right side to see which countries are supplying the immigrants to that country.

For example, in the following graphic, I selected USA on the right side to display where people immigrating to the USA come from.

It’s lots of fun and mildly addictive. Give it a try!

Visit Peoplemovin.

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How Did the iPad Head Girl Get About Without Knocking Into Things and People?

Thu August 11, 2011

From ipadheadgirl

You’ve seen the iPad Head Girl commercial and it’s a bit strange, to say the least. It’s a promo from CFG (Cosmo For Guys) to advertise their iPad app.

The cool thing about the whole thing, in my opinion, is how the girl oriented herself without stumbling about, knocking into things and people. Did she wear an earpiece with audio instructions where to go, how many steps to the right, etc? Turns out, they used a pretty cool technology: she wore a pair of video glasses connected to a video camera hidden inside her purse! It gave her a point of view lower than she’s used to but a clear view nonetheless of what lay ahead.

Now if we can have those eyeglasses made more ordinary-looking and connected wirelessly to tiny cameras worn around, say, my collar, I could, with just the appropriate tilt of the head direct which camera feeds its view to my glasses. If you see that in some spy movie, you heard about it here first. 😀

via mashable

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