Please take 16 minutes to sit down and enjoy this amazing, spectacular, well thought, and well shot short film. I guarantee it’ll put a smile on your face and inspire to make someone close to you or even a complete stranger smile too. Feel free to pass this along as it has a message that I believe everyone in the world needs to hear.
My effort in taking pictures of the stars didn’t quite end in total failure. Due to a full moon, it simply was too bright outside to try and capture the stars so I’ll have to wait a bit until the next clear and moonless sky. On the bright side (pun intended :P) I did get to try out my long exposures on a few other things… Like a bicycle and even the moon!
Below is an edited photograph I took of a bike waiting at the end of some stars near my residence–this was done completely in Adobe’s Camera RAW. Further down is the original photo. You can tell immediately shooting in the dark is quite feasible with some decent equipment (such as my tripod) and post-processing.
Environmental Building: This is where I have my first class of the week (Physics: The Solar System) I’m SO looking forward to the labs! We’ll be making trips to an observatory, a planetarium and other interesting locations for experimentation.
Due to the fact that I’ll be studying our very own solar system, I’m also going to dedicate some time to learn and research aerial and nighttime photography. There’s a lot you can do with long exposures including what’s called “Timescapes.” Basically you allow your digital camera to take sequential photographs at long exposures and long periods of time. Once you get enough photographs you can then take those photos into a video editor and play them back at high-speed and watch the earth’s rotation!
I have enough memory to take well over a thousand pictures at JPEG Fine; however, I’m considering taking the photos in RAW depending on what I discover online…. That’s a lot of space to take up on my hard drive though… Of course, I want to research how to actually do something like this before I try it out for myself since I don’t really want to fail my first attempt just trying to figure out the right settings. Hopefully I’ll accomplish this task soon and I can share the work and show you how it’s done. In the mean time, look forward to more photographs and stories!
I must apologize for not posting very much lately. I know the site is new and keeping it updated has presented a slight challenge for me. However, I’ve been quite busy getting ready for my education at the University of North Texas and it’s kept me quite occupied. I tell you what though, being here has me so excited! There’s so much being offered here, so many opportunities and so much potential I almost don’t know what to do with myself!
Although I still have a few more basic courses to get out of the way this semester, I hope to take as much advantage of the situation as possible. I’ll have plenty of reading to keep me busy and this will be a perfect time to generate some great ideas for all the productions I’ll be working on in years to come.
Meanwhile, I’m still trying to get some of my course work situation and living situation under way I’d now like to introduce a special guest who was a fellow stundet of mine while I studied at Houston Baptist University. His name is David Matthew and is disciplined in the traditional arts with a BA from the university. Currently he is working on his portfolio to be evaluated at the California Institute of the Arts (or Cal Arts) in the pursuit of a career in animation.
From what some of you may have already read on my blog, I have a particular passion for animation myself. Although I am strictly working in photography and film at the moment it is one of my many dreams to one day work in this “medium” of communications and story telling. So with that, David, take it away!