2 BOSTON 6

…was a lot of fun.
I don’t wanna go too far off topic, but SIGGRAPH is really a special conference. Many outstanding computer science presentations, computer animation and a lot of other interesting things. I attended a course called “The Art of Story Telling” by some Hollywood script writer (just for the fun of it) and enjoyed a course by Stephen Burns, who masters the art of teaching Photoshop pretty well.
My personal highlight of the computer science part was a crowd simulation presented by a group of the university of Washington. I recommend to go on their website and watch the demo video. It’s really cool. Those algorithms will be integrated in future video games by Electronic Arts.
To come back “on topic”, here are two pics of Boston. I’m very happy with the first one, which was a hopeless shot against the sun which led to underexposed buildings. I guess, this is the first time I’m using HDRI the way it’s supposed to be used. I know many people don’t, but I like this little unreal look. I should do that more often.
I have some more street photographs as well, but I will keep hiding them for a future black & white series 😛

Boston

I’m leaving for Boston in a few minutes. I have the pleasure to present some work of of mine at SIGGRAPH. SIGGRAPH is all about computer graphics, interactivity and the computer science of the entertainment industry. I will be there for about a week and believe that this will contribute to the photographic part of my life as well. Not only that researchers will present interesting results on the theoretic side of digital photography, the city of Boston is quite photogenic, too. Let’s see if I can find time to torture my camera.

Another Mail – Another Deal?

…Your Series III black and white images in particular are absolutely spectacular…

This time it’s a British company with a very interesting concept. People can order photographs on their website (paintingsfromphotos.co.uk) and have it painted on canvas. Customers cannot only choose canvas size, but also among different techniques the picture will be painted with. On this website, photographers can set the price for their work individually while paintingsFromPhotos adds a fixed amount depending on size and technique.
I award this with 3 golden Olis for originality. I might dare to do the experiment and upload something.

Deal Or No Deal?

I just got contacted by a German company which produces and sales large digital art prints on canvas. Especially interested in photographs of New York and other big cities, they asked me to work with them. This company works with interior designers, galleries and interior stores. That sounds very good. I guess next week it will turn out, if it will come to a deal or not. For now I just take it as a compliment :-)

Favourite Photographer

Today I found my name on a website I never visited before, written down by someone I don’t know.
And what is “the untalkative bunny”? – Sounds pretty cool.

Fotocommunity

During the last three years of autodidactic journey through photography, there was one website I always kept an eye on. You can really learn from the fotocommuniy by studying the pictures people submitted and the comments others give. Now I finally decided to join the community as a full member. Besides seeing many amazing photographs you also have the chance now to see some of my pictures in a higher resolution (a high resolution version of www.fluck.de is in planning, too).
Here is my profile :-)

Oh No!

Pixmantec’s Rawshooter is a great piece of software and cost only 70 bucks. I couldn’t find anything better for working with pictures in RAW format. But now it turned out that some other people liked it a lot, too. Adobe systems (the makers of the famous Photoshop software) simply bought the whole company. As a result, Rawshooter will not be developed anymore and its technology will be integrated in a new Adobe product called Adobe Lightroom. Let’s see where this leads to. As a Pixmantec customer, I’ll get Lightroom 1.0 for free, but from then on, it might become way more expensive to stay up to date. I don’t like the idea.

Hello World

I have some pictures of you I would like to share with you. Click here if you are curious what you look like through my eyes. It’s late now – see you tomorrow.

Photo Publication

The Magazine:
Even I’m living in the states, I don’t wanna miss this German high quality photography magazine called DigitalPhoto. I really appreciate this mix of hardware reviews, interviews and little tutorials, so I got a subscription of it. One section of this mag is called “Augenblicke” which basically means “moments”. At those pages, readers can see a handful of pictures taken by other readers, selected by the DigitalPhoto team. A couple of days ago when flipping through the “Augenblicke” section I had the idea of submitting a picture myself. I thought it would be very nice to contribute something to this magazine and to see an own photograph printed there. Not speaking of the curiosity whether it would be accepted or not.

The Picture:
The tough part was to decide which one to send.
I decided for the one I took from atop the Rockefeller Center. The observation platform was reopened for the public recently, after it was closed for about 20 years. I haven’t been there till this point, but was waiting for the right moment to do so. I guess photographers think a bit differently from the way the tourists’ minds work. The right moment for me was the moment I noticed these incredibly deep hanging clouds. So it happened that I was the only person on the roof of the Rockefeller Center on this cold Wednesday evening. Anyway, you might know this photograph from the wall in my living room or maybe Gallery II. I’m happy to announce that you can also see it printed in a full page format soon. Either in issue 9/2006 or 10/2006 of DigitalPhoto. I’ll keep you updated about which issue it will be :-)

Next Series

I just decided that I will prepare a series of black & white street photographs soon.