Some updates on the photography book I’m working on:
Obviously January 31st has come and gone with no book, this means that the release date will be May 8th. I’ve also got an ISBN number for my birthday from my Uncle, so I’ll be joining the Big Boys™! I was actually thinking about this the other day, my desire to play with the big boys. I remember in 2nd grade when we had to write “books”, I tried really hard to make my books look like the real thing. I’d have the blank pages, and the about the author page, and one time I think I even had some sort of coupon you could send in. Some things never change.
Anyway, May 8th will be the date. I’m glad I’m waiting because I think I will be able to put some amazing pictures in that I take this semester. I’m also thinking about preordering some books and selling them at my graduation party.
There’s also a chance that the book may be more than 40 pages. Unfortunately, this will add $5 to the cost. The good news is that I get up to 40 more pages with that $5, so the book could theoretically end up being 80 pages (yikes).
I’ll leave you with this picture of Dan Fluharty that I took a couple weeks ago at The Feed. The Feed is this awesome event we do every other week where we eat dinner and then go roast s’mores outside. If you’ve ever tried to take pictures around a campfire, you probably noticed how they end up appearing white and the glow of the fire is completely lost. Well, I had this idea to use a CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gel on my flash. It’s really just an orange sheet of translucent plastic that makes the light look like a tungsten lamp (which is 3200K…daylight is 5600K-ish). As it turns out, CTO is pretty close to the color of a campfire. The net effect is that I can now use my flash to supplement the light of the campfire. Don’t forget that the goal isn’t to blast the subject, just provide some fill light. I thought the pictures turned out pretty well for this experiment:
Nikkor 50mm || 1/60 || f/1.8 || ISO1600
As always, check out the rest of the photos on Flickr: The Feed
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I was also able to get some pretty good photos too, which is the real reason I took the article. I tried a couple of new techniques with balancing the light. First, I adjusted the exposure to just barely clip the highlights (pure white pixels). Then I adjusted the blacks to just barely clip the shadows (pure black pixels). This, in theory, maximizes the contrast ratio of the photo; which is important because photos already have quite a bit less contrast than the human eye does, so we best make use of all of it. Next, I tweaked the fill light to bring out the body of the photo. Some of the photos almost ended up looking sort of HDR-ish I think.
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Now I just have to figure out how to get registered in the State of Washington (since I passed the Colorado State Boards).
Even though registration for next semester was several weeks ago, I didn’t get my class list finalized until today. My schedule for this semester has been a thought in the back of mind for a while now, this semester is the linchpin. If I couldn’t get all my classes to fit in, I would have to be here another semester, which I didn’t not want to do.
As it turned out, I was able to get all my classes in…although it took a bit of finagling.
Here’s what I’ll be taking:
Introduction to Robotics (EGGN 400): MW 11-12, R 2-5
Analog and Digital Communication Systems (EGGN 483): TR 11-12:15
Advanced Robot Control (EGGN 514): MW 5:30-6:45
Introduction to Ethics (LAIS 320): TR 8-9:15
Senior Design (EGGN 492): T 8-11
I’m taking a total of 16 credits, which is one more credit than I was planning taking…oh well. Also, Advanced Robot Control is graduate level class, so that should prove interesting. Finally, Senior Design officially meets on Tuesday mornings, however we will rarely meet for class in practicality.
Bonus: No class on Friday. I see lots of skiing in my future.