Friday, May 16, 2008

"September" by Kinetic Blu


Filmed in the Lehigh Valley, PA in early March 2008. Produced, directed, and edited by Austin White.

Kinetic Blu is
-The Brain

-Jordan White
-Rob Lilly

thanks goes to - kinetic blu, lauren, sand isle park, and AMD Opteron.

Here is the DVD Art for the Main title (click for full size):

(the black bar is where the "Play video" option is on the actual DVD

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It must be pretty hot in that cabinet...

Now, I'm not one to complain since I don't frequent Wal-mart to "hang-out" in the Wally World arcade, but come-on, the red ring of death at Wal-mart? That's some pretty bad advertising - defeats the purpose of a display model. Why not just TURN IT OFF?? Or hell, there were at least 10 360's a few feet away, maybe replace the dead one?
I didn't catch it on camera, but there was a child bundled up in the corner, right under the Toby Keith CD's section, sobbing...his mother across the aisle checking out the George Foreman grills... I could see the sadness in his eyes... all he wanted was to flip through the XBOX Live tabs and create a fake account named "I. C. Weiner" - maybe play some demo Geometry Wars...not today son, not today.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Self Portrait

Self Portrait
Originally uploaded by austinpaulwhite
Yes, another HDR photo. I set my shot up on a tripod, pressed the button, then quickly got into place. I'm kind of happy with the placement, and the little tweak of the shirt, making it "calvin klein-esque" (which is what I was going for). The three RAW photos layered together give it a soft painted look, especially on my right arm. The larger you view it the more vivid the effect is - not quite as obvious at the thumbnail level.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh, HDR

I used Photomatix tone mapping for this image, made out of three AEB shots. The mapping gives it that "surreal" look - which is interesting. Now all I need is some decent subject matter. You can only take so many pictures in a little apartment.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

HDR TEST CASE: Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

This is my first test photo for High Dynamic Range imaging (HDR). Taken near sunsent across the street from the Cathedral, using my Canon Rebel XTi. Using Photoshop CS2, I combined three images with different shutter speeds(at -2, 0, +2), then adjusted to curves to tweak the levels. It may not be the prettiest picture ever, but it's a start.

The Rebel XTi has a feature that will take three images in a row with one button press, a helpful feature to reduce camera shake (and just generally a nice thing to have!) While HDR is by no means at the cutting edge of digital photography, it does open a new range of possibilities for the experimenting photographer (especially one looking to breathe new life into digital equipment).

In case your wondering, posting this image is a lame excuse for me to test the Flickr/Google/Blogger link combo. Google is looking more and more like a 'homebase' for internet users, a subject I'll be blogging about soon.
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