Category: Photos


Beautiful Free Pictures

Beautiful Free Pictures is the name of the site, and the promise is that everything there is available for free, for what appears to both professional and non-commercial use.

http://www.beautifulfreepictures.com/

I think “beautiful” is a pretty accurate way to describe the site.  These free pictures (and they are photos, rather than other types of art or images) are indeed very beautiful, gorgeous to look at and fun to browse.

As far as being “free,” the Beautiful Free Pictures about page states that:

However, all are free and can be used for all personal and commercial purposes. You can use these pictures in your projects, books, articles, e-books, emails, blogs and even in your websites.

There are a few requirements, including crediting the photos’ creators (which varies from picture to pictures) as well as more common and obvious things, such as making no illegal use of these free pictures.

Perhaps public domain is the right word to use, even though giving credit is still required.

Sure there are plenty of picture-sites that have more pictures, perhaps even slightly finer quality images, but these are nice.

Either way, these photos can be summed up in one word.

Beautiful.

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http://www.e-forwards.com/2010/03/3018/

Fashion 360 Cameras

Some gala event: Nikon cameras capture a “bullet-time” style series of photos of various celebrities wearing various high-end clothes. A number of cameras all placed in a ring, taking photos simultaneously, create a “time-slice” with which to view subject from any angle (within one plane). The fashion show gave me some insights into how the aesthetics of this type of visual techniques—which, if you’ve seen the Matrix, you’ll be familiar with. This is that type of thing—but I realized that, though it was interesting, because of my previous exposure to the Matrix (and bullet-time sorts of effects) that it seemed like a step down from movie/video time-slice, rather than a step-up from still-photos.

Specifically, there were two insights I had with regard to 3D effects—well, what makes it seem less effective for me:

1. Because of the aforementioned reasons, I find that this is less effective when it starts from a still image (as this one does)…rather than drawing attention in on a single moment of already active motion—it introduces motion which somehow doesn’t work as well.

2. The extremely busy background scenery, with all its color, life and goings-on, was really distracting from the foreground—and detracted from the overall effect. In other words, run-down parks and abandoned rooftops work well for the high-contrast scenery in movies like The Matrix, but a happy party with detail-leafy trees, and colors, and advertisement and all the rest…just detracts from the central object that is being examined—why? Perhaps just that it makes you examine the background as it turns, rather than just the foreground.

So, I’ve made my point. Here’s the link:

http://www.mtv.com/photos/2009-mtv-movie-awards-fashion-360/1611667/3947342/photo.jhtml

Note that the costumes and stuff will be the standard stuff you’d expect out of MTV.

A man says: "Time to wrap this computer in tinfoil!" A baby says "grrraaaa..."

Experimental art...about life-saving your electronics.


Photoshop techniques and Faraday cages. So what are we talking about today? Here’s an image I made experimenting with a new technique for turning photos into comic-book looking art, using Photoshop. This is the best version of this that I have found on the web. (See: turning photos into comic books with this video.)

The main character (a stylized rendition of myself) is talking about building a faraday cage. (see: an article about faraday cage shielding and don’t be put off by the alarmist tone)

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