Posts tagged ‘photography’

October 29, 2010

Dave Murray’s Art is Viciously Fantastical

by Matt Forcey

Dave Murray is a Chicago-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and digital media. Falling, Jumping, Mirrors, Office Plant, Shark, Cans, Skies, Stars, Frisbees, Bats, Ghosts, Boxes, Boulder, Rocks, Legs, Cones, Balloons, Mandalas, Skull, Cheerleaders, Sports, Politics, and much more. – via

I stumbled upon Dave, well not so much Dave, but his wickedly funny “Self Portrait as a Dinosaur with Dog”, on display at the School of the Art Institute’s Boomerang exhibition space on Wabash, between Madison and Monroe, in Chicago. 

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October 21, 2010

Share Your Most Extreme Moments with an Extreme Video Cam

by Matt Forcey

Anyone watching the news coverage last week from the Chilean mine rescue, at some point would have found themselves inside the rescue capsule as it made its ascent up the tunnel to the surface.  You were there with the miners thanks to an amazing piece of video (which if you haven’t seen, watch it here) that was recorded on a very spartan, very rugged, and all around very impressive little digital video camera called the GoPro Hero.

Created in 2004 by a group of self-professed athletic super geeks in Silicon Valley, the GoPro Hero was originally designed for fellow amateur outdoor sports enthusiasts who needed an easy-to-use, wearable recording device, to capture then share with the world the crazy shit they do.  True to the original design’s form with their latest model, the new HD Hero 960 is

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September 16, 2010

New HDR Video: Ultra-Realistic and Slightly Eerie

by Matt Forcey

We recently took a look at the high-dynamic range photography with an iPhone, utilizing a new app for iOS4. Now, the team at Soviet Montage has used the same process to create some amazing, ultra-realistic video.

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September 15, 2010

Smolder and Shoot: Photographer Tasya Van Ree & Her Muse, Amber Heard

by Matt Forcey

By Anne B. Kelly

If Ellen von Unwerth and Helmut Newton had a love child, the result could be photographer and rising art star Tasya Van Ree.  With heart and soul laid bare and often decorated in inky poetry, Van Ree’s high contrast portraits manage to appear both fashionably staged and caught in-the-moment, documenting her very personal relationships with her subjects. Stir in a bit of the occasional circus-like atmosphere of Los Angeles celebrity and the photos are sexy and striking.

She attributes photojournalists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Weegee as her main source of inspiration: “There is this undying interest with the traditional seduction of black and white film. It captures the internal dialogue of whatever it is that you’re shooting, and exhibits it in a revealing way. I think there’s something quite alluring about it. Something genuine.”

Van Ree herself, willowy and exotic, was born and raised in Hawaii, and with her long dark hair and trademark black hat (she won’t reveal the origins of her style), knows the power of her own image in self-portraits. But it is actress Amber Heard (Zombieland, Pineapple Express) who is most frequently the subject of her photographs.

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September 4, 2010

Sneak-Peak: Dummy-Proof Photography in Next iPhone Update

by Matt Forcey

By Jonathan Snyder and Brian X. Chen

A software update for Apple’s mobile operating system is due for release next week, and has had hands-on time with a major new feature of the OS: high-dynamic range photography.

HDR, an automated processing feature aiming to deliver a “dummy-proof” photography method, will be included with the camera app on all iPhones running iOS 4.1 when it ships next week. When you take a picture, HDR processes three versions of the image: an underexposed version, a normally exposed version, and an overexposed version. Then it combines these three images into one to increase the dynamic range (the intensity of the light) to give you a more accurate representation of the scene you’re shooting.

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In iOS 4.1, when you launch your camera there will be an option to toggle HDR on or off. When toggled on, the iPhone will take a few seconds to process a photo in HDR after snapping it. By default, your iPhone will save both a normal, unedited version of your photograph along with an HDR-processed version. (You can tweak the save mode in your settings.)

I ventured outside with photo editor Jon Snyder to put an iPhone 4 to the test with HDR photos, and the results were quite pleasing. At times some photos looked better without HDR-processing, but for the most part HDR improved images that were oversaturated with light or too dark with shadows.

This feature should come in handy for people who don’t want to spend too much aiming their camera in just the right place to get good lighting. Click through the gallery above to see some side-by-side comparisons of photos we snapped Thursday afternoon in San Francisco.

Via Wired Gadget Lab