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Light Field Photography with a Plenoptic Camera

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I’ve been keeping my eye on plenoptic lenses since I saw this Stanford Research paper on the topic back in 2005. In layman’s terms: with a Plenoptic Camera, you’ll never take an out-of-focus image again. Using a special lens composed of an array of micro-lenses, more information is captured than your usual camera setup (see image below from Laptop Magazine):


Special software takes the above image and resolves it into a traditional photo. The kicker is, though, the user can choose where the focal point is during this post-processing step. It’s pretty amazing and will revolutionize photography as we know it. Here’s a video demo:

Light Field Photography with a Hand-Held Plenoptic Camera [Stanford University]

Never Take an Out-of-Focus Picture Again: Adobe’s New Plenoptic Lens Tech [Laptop Magazine] via @AngeloAlcid


September 24, 2010 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Photography, Science and Technology | , , , , | Comments Off on Light Field Photography with a Plenoptic Camera

Bound for Glory: America in Color

Color America

This is an amazing collection of color photographs taken during the Great Depression prior to World War II.

From The Denver Post:

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Great find, James!

via The Denver Post

August 4, 2010 Posted by | News, Photography | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bound for Glory: America in Color

Strip Camera Photography


A co-worker pointed showed me an interesting abstract sports photo using a technique called “strip photography.” Naturally, I did the smart thing and did a search for “strip photos” in Google. Then I quickly closed that tab and did a search for “strip photography” and found a great article on this interesting art.

This diagram sums it up nicely:


The concept is simple enough, but the results are breathtaking. Thanks for the tip, Tim!

via Sports Shooter

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Oddities, Photography | , | Comments Off on Strip Camera Photography

Afghanistan School for Girls



In Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008, there were 461 attacks on schools for girls, and in 2008, 15 girls were attacked with battery acid on their way to school.
Koba, 22, has been teaching for two years. She was the only teacher who allowed the photographer to take her picture. (Other teachers feared reprisal if their families found out they’d been photographed.)


via Cellar – Image of the Day via Newsweek

June 29, 2010 Posted by | News, Photography | , , , | Comments Off on Afghanistan School for Girls

Light Warfare

This takes light painting to another level. The “making-of” video is below.

via Strobist

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Humor, Photography, Video | , , , | Comments Off on Light Warfare

Avoiding Camera Loss


Andrew McDonald keeps a set of photos on his camera just in case it is ever misplaced.

Brilliant and hilarious this is.

via Andrew McDonald via Cellar – Image of the Day

May 27, 2010 Posted by | How-To, Humor, Photography | , , , , | Comments Off on Avoiding Camera Loss

Exploded Views of Common Things


Here is a wonderful collection of photos by Adam Voorhes showing the wonderful innards of common things.  Enjoy!

via Adam Voorhes Photography via BoingBoing

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , | Comments Off on Exploded Views of Common Things

Photo Grabbr – Flickr Download Tool

Photo Grabbr - Flickr Download Tool

I use Flickr as my online photo archiving tool. As such, I have about 27k photos uploaded ranging back to 1999. Sometimes, I want to put together a collection of photos to print or upload into a different gallery. Putting those photos in a set in Flickr is much faster than digging through my DVD archives.

Now, instead of downloading each photo individually in a set, I can download the entire set with a few clicks using Photo Grabbr (for Mac).

The Lifehacker article I read that led me to Photo Grabbr has a suggestion for a Windows and Linux equivalent of this very handy tool.

via Malarkey Software via Lifehacker

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Mac, Photography, Software | , , , , | 1 Comment

Microscopic Sculptures


The ship on the left is a hand-crafted sculpture by Willard Wigan. The thread and needle on the right is for scale comparison.

I echo Darren’s sentiment of: Whoa.

"You have to control the whole nervous system, you have to work between the heartbeat – the pulse of your finger can destroy the work." Wigan uses a tiny surgical blade to carve microscopic figures out of rice, and fragments of grains of sand and sugar, which are then mounted on pinheads. To paint his creations, he uses a hair plucked from a dead fly (the fly has to have died from natural causes, as he refuses to kill them for the sake of his art). His sculptures have included a Santa Claus and a copy of the FIFA World Cup trophy, both about 0.005mm tall, and a boxing ring with Muhammad Ali figure which fits onto the head of a match.”

Nice find, Darren!

via Amazing-Planet

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Oddities, Photography | , , , | Comments Off on Microscopic Sculptures

Zion’s Last Stand (in LEGO)

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Has it really been 6 years since the Matrix Trilogy? Here’s a nostalgic reminder of The Matrix, ensconced in history via the awesomeness of Lego.

via Flickr [Legohaulic] via Gizmodo

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Legos, Movies, Photography | , , , | 1 Comment