Delicate details

Made another video about the Lytro™ camera use recently. I had the blooming jasmine from my wife’s garden as my subject. We shot in the morning, so the birds did a great job of making a background track. Here are a couple of shots that I liked, followed by the video. The first is using “everyday” mode, showing off the focusing range. The other is from the “creative” mode, making the very close image possible. Have a look.



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Quick pix: the light field of bloomin’ cactus

We have a cactus, well a pot of cacti. Not really sure if it is one or a bunch. But just every so often, we get flowers. And they are gorgeous, as you can see for yourself. I was on my way somewhere in a hurry the other day during Holy Week and my wife called out, “It’s blooming.” So, I grabbed my Kaleidoscope shaped Lytro® and went to work. In five minutes or less, I had shot a lot. Then I was off to do my life stuff.
Parked later on my laptop, I picked a lot that I liked. And uploaded them. And now I share a few. I looked at the plant a couple days later and the blooms were just pale droops. Glad I could turn on the camera and just shoot.







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LA Theatre to Whitney Houston: We Miss You

Today is just about a landmark theatre, on Broadway for longer than I have been alive. The owner that I met when working on the latest Tonight Show translite himself passed away last year. And now it is time for the theatre and those who are behind it to send their love to Whitney Houston. (Check out the link for a very complete history of this amazing place.) The last time I was working the neighborhood, it was a good-bye to the king of pop.
Today I am reminded that our time here is limited, sometimes coming to an end as a surprise, at least to us.
The work:




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QWERTY or how I started to stop fearing the keys…

Today’s quick pick is from a visit to a neighborhood store. (Not my neighborhood, or course. But, hey, somebody’s neighborhood.) I plan to go back there, so I won’t give the store name yet. I dropped by when they were closing. A million possible light fields, well almost. Here is the one I am calling “Remington Rand Revisited.”
The name in the title is not some relative from the old country, but the nonsense word spelled out by the upper six left hand letters from a standard keyboard. As you likely know, the arrangement of the keys was done this way to slow us down when we typed to allow the hammers to strike the ribbon, transferring the ink to the paper and then get out of the way of the next hammer. Believe it or not, I once visited a Beverly Hills house originally owned by the guy who invented the bell that would ring when you only had five spaces left on a line of typing so that you would not end up with a ruined paper and could hit the carriage return lever to rescue your typing job. That will not make sense to most of my readers, but just understand that those who were born in the mid twentieth century had other technologies to master before the iPad. We did drink much the same beer as you might now and did sing the rock and roll songs the first time they were popular. It was fun.
The work, albeit one.

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Melrose is the medium and “the medium is the message…”

Living in flyover country in the sixties meant that we had to depend on others to explain the complexity of the world around us. Yes, we had network television and even a PBS station when it “came in.” But there were gurus that popped up from time to time. One was Marshall McLuhan. His one sentence summary was “The medium is the message.” He described cool and hot communications and we were listening. Take a listen on youtube.
So here is my proposal: that Melrose Avenue itself is the medium. Hence, it is the message as well. Have fun.











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Melrose Mandy has the look…

Went to Starbucks for a coffee on Melrose and used my coupon for a free one. And I took the lipstick pix maquina along. Took a few pictures of Mandy the hair stylist and her scooter, explaining to her and her posse about the camera. I think that they will understand it better by playing with the pix. And you might enjoy them too.






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Wondering about the player size? How tiny can I go?

So, I saw a question about the player… the little window that works to allow us to play with Light Field Pictures. So I thought I would try some. Here is my standard for this blog, 586 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. Then as I make it smaller I will list what I tried.

This is the standard picture: 400 X 415

And here is 250 X 262

And, how about 100 X 104

And now 50 X 52

And finally 20 X 21

Wow. Too much typing.
Thanks for coming by. Not exactly entertaining, except for geeks. :)

Hill Street: Home of Jewels and “Classy Dames”

I walked down Hill Street the other day entering into the light field several times. These are the buildings in LA that could be called the “classy broads” of architecture. I used some of them in the old days for the Tonight Show when we first made the set for the new host Jay Leno when he took over for Johnny Carson. Akira Yoshimura designed the set and wanted to incorporate the heyday of jazz clubs in a small piece for the band area and I shot the area around 7th Street with my 8X10, right around St. Vincent’s. We made the second story into our parade of neon signs. So it was familiar territory. Today I will share some of the shots. Next time I will include some more.
One lesson learned from using the light field camera from Ren Ng’s company is that the two modes called Everyday and Creative could be marked Exposure Adjustment instead of Everyday and Focus Adjustment instead of Creative. The manual says as much, but for some like me, I had to do some work with the camera to make this more important. You may notice that the far away things never really get tack sharp, but I would guess that many small cameras that fit in the pockets of today may have that feature. I looked at the new iPad shots posted at the Apple site and downloaded them. The close-up shots were very clear, but in the far away, not so amazing. But I digress. Have a look and some fun clicking around. If you find the little target in the lower right and click, it may transport you to the hosting site and you can click and get a full resolution picture for further play. For those who might be listening from the company, I would enjoy doing that on the local software before uploading.
And the camera is getting some fans. I helped a friend order one today. She picked the Blue one. It is supposed to come in May or June. Looks like they are selling. Yeah.












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Olympic, the Alley, and all things marketing

So this afternoon I did my walk DT. (Downtown LA for you folks not from around these parts.) I cruised up Olympic east to the Alley- Santee Alley, the home of all things for sale to the 99 percenters left in Los Angeles after the Occupy folks moved and unknown to the majority of those who live west of the 405. I followed the bubble gun vendor and managed to get a few frames below, talked with a smiling new friend named Nancy Miller wanting me to take a stress test, and in general being invigorated by all the activity of the hive of humans called Los Angeles. Sunshine and a good walk made my day better.
Here are the related light fields packed in their cute little viewer windows. Captions appears as you move the cursor/finger near the bottom.





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Walk on Sweetzer with Mandelbrot’s roughness in the light field…

We human types are wired for roughness. Benoit Mandelbrot and Nassim Nicolas Taleb introduced me to the term and now I see it everywhere. Took a stroll on Sweetzer on a sunny day and found some stuff with which to play with my cute little kaleidoscope camera. Or overgrown lipstick pix máquina. I loved the old tree trunks and some other elements. Just stayed in the range of exposure that worked and did not worry too much about the things I could not see. (Meaning the limited brightness range of the digital sensor – but who really cares?) It’s about light and color and roughness, not technically exacting pictures like in my other life with translites and motion pictures (Amazing Spider-Man) and television (Tonight Show). Just having a walk, taking in the world around me and loving it. As I write, Oye (Rosabel’s Cubarican Club mix) spins by Gloria Estefan. I always feel the beat way more than I can tell you how they make it. It is why beer joints at the beach are more popular than pilgrimages to desert monasteries, although we may find joy in both. Have a look.
(Remember to run your cursor near the bottom of the pix for a few words of explanation.)







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