Google unveiled significant new innovation in the world of online photography this morning, continuing their rapid development pace on Google+. All in Google+ pushed out 41 new features today.
Much of the new work is focused on post production photography to make people’s photographs look better than they can straight out of the camera.
Some have suggested that part of Instagram’s success has been their ability to enhance users’ photos with very simple one touch filters. Instagram has focused on a faux film aesthetic which actually highlights the flaws in many photos to give them more of an artistic old school feel. By contrast Google’s easily, and automatically applied post production tools, work to make photos look more vivid, life like and realistic.
By using simple techniques like skin softening, clarity adjustment, smart vignetting, HDR and other enhancements, Google by default now offers an enhanced photo for every photo uploaded by users to Google+. Also with this new tech Google will give you the ability to view the before and after results and decide which you prefer to use. For photographers who do not want their photos altered in any way, these users can turn this default functionality off.
The air had a certain tension. No visible lightning but some distant rumbles in my ear. A strong breeze and an odd color to the air. Aha! A thunderstorm approaches. Not huge, not threatening but enough to kiss the sunset with glorious tones and color. We call the lower shot Double Dragon Sunset. Do you see them?
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Time-lapse of our icebreaker, the Nathaniel B. Palmer, traveling through the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Two months of sequences, condensed into less than five minutes, with a surprise at the end. Enjoy!
Rather than just capturing frozen moments from this beautiful landscape, I have found a whole new hidden world to investigate-that of the micro, or mini, wave. I endeavor to capture those moments the naked eye misses, trying to provide an alternative look to the average wave shots of today. 1,800 images are housed in my collection with each wave being from 5 centimeters to 30 centimeters. I do not use waterhousing thus allowing me to achieve the results I desire.
There are some absolutely amazing photos in this gallery. Truly inspired work.
A friend of mine just shared this link on Facebook. It’s a gallery of images from a photo walk done by a local Boston photographer Joel Geist.
As soon as I can go through stories and pictures of the past week without “it getting dusty in here” then I will realize that things are getting back to normal in Boston. And that, itself, will be a sad moment.
What you see is some gold being melted with a hydrogen/oxygen torch. When you burn hydrogen the byproduct besides the extreme heat is water vapor.
The ounces of water made when we made this gold was soon part of a storm that brought spring rains. To some men, the gold that became jewelry is the valuable thing. To a farmer the water is the valuable part of the work that day. To a man lost in the desert water is the only treasure worth seeking.
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All these shots are from just yesterday, April 6th in Angeles National Forest. The Cosmic Cafe is open at Mt Wilson. Had a great time driving up walking out to Echo Rock and having lunch.
The new growth leans a bit on the old dead wood from the Station Fire in renewal.
The actual working panorama gadget is at the link. I do not think I can embed or link directly to it as it’s a flash file. While there is an embed feature, it wants me to promise only to a non commercial site. Not gonna make that promise without asking our kind host.
I can tell you it works fantastic. Science nerds should set aside a few minutes. :-)>
UPDATE-Charles has put the gadget right in the page. Charles thanks for taking a moment to enable that.
For a while now we’ve been sharing photos beamed home by NASA’s rovers on Mars. From panoramas by the old timer Opportunity to selfies by the new kid Curiosity, we’re starting to see more and more of the Red Planet many millions of miles away. Andrew Bodrov, however, has taken it to the next level.
By putting together 407 photos taken by both the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) and Medium Angle Camera (MAC) on Curiosity, Bodrov has created the amazing 4-gigapixel 360-degree panorama you see below. A panorama so vast it’ll make you feel like you’re using street view on Mars (something Google’s probably already working on … ).
The panorama was put together using 295 images from the NAC (100mm focal length) and 112 images from MAC (34mm focal length). The photos — which include a view of Mount Sharp similar to the one we’ve seen before — were taken on Mars solar days 136-149, with the MAC’s entire contribution coming on solar day 137.
The Fast Finch
I set up my 7D in my kitchen looking right at this giant bird of paradise flower. Had that camera set up all day. So I plugged in the remote release and sat back to wait. And wait. Had a snack, and sat back down to wait some more. I think my time was rewarded.
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For anyone with or thinking about upgrading to a DSLR, you have got to read this. Tethering just got cheap and simple. I bought a laptop for it. Wireless transfer goes with the Android instead of a $1200 accessory for us Canon EOS fans.
Here’s a walkthrough of how I hooked up my Android phone to my DSLR. Why did I do this? Because of Dropbox, social media, quick editing for the web, an intervalometer, macro/low-angle photography, an external LCD screen for video, Wi-Fi, and more.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
An Android phone with USB OTG (USB host) capabilities
A USB OTG cable
A Canon or Nikon DSLR
CamCap and DSLR Controller (paid apps)