April 30, 2006
Infrared hoops; NYC in HDR
My panos were all shot in the middle of a very, very bright day in Manhattan. What I find interesting about HDR is it has extended the time of day that I can shoot and still get interesting results. Normally, a photographer would not seek out the brightest most contrasty locations possible, as I did when I went to Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle in the middle of the day. HDR lets me see into the shadows and show the highlights while producing incredibly rich files. The so-called limitation that the subject should not be moving is a plus for me. New Yorkers are always moving, coming and going and the transparency of the people underscores this energy.
The small Web gallery can’t quite do justice to the originals, as several were printed out approximately 5′ wide using an Epson 2400 with roll paper.
Scanning the past
Wired News reports on Kodak’s efforts to develop high-volume scanning technology for old prints. These machines analyze the images, then categorize them & assign metadata by recognizing faces, print size & shape, handwriting, and more. Sounds like a cool & fairly painless way to get shoeboxes full of snapshots into a computer.
This reminds me of a little-known but powerful feature in Photoshop. The Crop & Straighten Photos command (“Lift & Separate” to its friends) is found under File->Automate in Photoshop CS and above. The command takes a bunch of photos scanned at once (like this) and turn each into a separate cropped, rotated image (like this).