Thursday, July 24, 2008

HDR

I've been interested in HDR photography for some time now. I have a camera which will allow me to adjust the metering to take bracketed images, a tripod, and Photoshop CS3 which has its own merge-to-hdr feature. In the couple times I tried it, I was never really pleased with the results, and chalked it up to some combination of my consumer-level camera and/or poor source images. In other words, I didn't give it much of a chance.

Anyway, I've been tempted to buy Photomatix Pro, which addresses tone mapping in a more robust and intuitive fashion than Photoshop by itself. Today I discovered they have a trial plugin and installed that. Even though everything about this screams "amateur first try" (note the camera lens reflected off the glass door), I'm pretty impressed with the results:


For comparison, here is the +0 baseline exposure source image, essentially what the camera would've produced with one shot in automatic mode:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Comcast Sucks

Check out those upload speeds.

I love my AT&T Yahoo DSL. There's some free word-of-mouth advertising for you fine folks at AT&T. I am so relieved to be through with Comcast's monopoly, poor customer service, and deceptive pricing schemes.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

One step closer

We closed on the house June 30th and every day since then have been painting or moving small things in or both. Every trip to the house was accompanied by a carload of stuff so most of the non-furniture items made it over here that way. Today we rented a U-Haul and brought all the furniture and couches. There is still a lot of work to be done but it's starting to feel like our own place.