Animated Photography

“There is only you and your camera.
The limitations in your photography are in yourself,
for what we see is what we are.”
Ernst Haas

Animated Photography

I recently came across a very cool animated short film titled, The Old New World. A Moscow-based photographer and animator, Alexey Zakharov created this film by combining photographs from the past with technology from today.

To create the four-minute film, Zakharov took photos of New York, Boston, Washington, Detroit, Washington D.C. and Baltimore captured between 1900 and 1940 and animated them into a wonderful film.

There’s no information on how exactly the process was done, but judging from his past projects, it looks as though he used the images as references for 3D models, then overlaid the images as textures to effectively create an entire 3D world from still images. However it was done, the result is absolutely incredible, as you can see from this animated photography.

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Cyanotype Photography

“The difficulty of making accurate drawings of objects
so minute as many of the Algae and Confervae
has induced me to avail myself of
Sir John Herschel’s beautiful process of Cyanotype,
to obtain impressions of the plants themselves,
which I have much pleasure in
offering to my botanical friends.”
Anna Atkins

Cyanotype Photography

There has been a few different styles of photography through the years, but one I’ve always thought was beautiful is cyanotype. It’s actually obtained not through photography but through a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

The process was discovered in 1842 by an English scientist and astronomer, Sir John Herschel. He developed cyanotype mainly as a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, such as blueprints. But, it was Anna Atkins a botanist and photographer who brought this popular processing style to photography in the 1840s.

Atkins created a limited series of cyanotype books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection. She would place specimens directly onto coated paper, allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. Anna Atkins is regarded as the first female photographer and also the mother of cyanotype photography.

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Taken a Road Trip

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
And all plans, safeguards, policing, and
coercions are fruitless.
We find that after years of struggle
that we do not take a trip;
a trip takes us.”
John Steinbeck

Road Trip

Today I’m heading to Davis, California. Why Davis you may ask? Well, my son’s girlfriend is studying for her veterinary degree at UC Davis and my son invited me to drive up with him for a visit.

I’ve always wanted to visit Davis, so this is a perfect opportunity for me to explore. I found a lovely hotel in the heart of town that I will be staying at while my son stays with his girlfriend.

I don’t usually travel on Labor Day, but I’m looking forward to four days of exploring by bike (the hotel provides bicycles free of charge) all the sites Davis has to offer. Also plan to relax, read and work on my novel.

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve taken a road trip.

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Pictures Are A Snap

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication,
pictures still speak the most universally
understood language.”
Walt Disney

Pictures Are a Snap

Taking a terrible photo is almost a thing of the past. Everyone either has a camera on their phone, or owns a digital camera.

Thirty years ago the best thing to a digital camera was a Polaroid. Polaroids gave you immediate gratification, and no processing expense. If you ask anyone under the age of twenty what a Polaroid camera is, they probably wouldn’t know what you were talking about.

The cameras of today have come a long way from the large cumbersome cameras of the early 1900’s. Even when you watch old movies from the 1930’s, the camera’s were quite large with their flash bulbs lighting up their subjects.

In the 1970s my camera of choice was a used 35mm Nikon EL camera. It was extremely difficult for me to learn about exposures and f-stops. All I wanted was to take nice pictures and not be bothered with all the details.

Then in 2003 my husband bought me my first digital camera. It was the first generation of the Nikon Coolpix. The lens on this camera is incredibly sharp. So sharp, when I blew up a seven-foot poster from a photo I took of my son, there was zero pixilation in the print.

Currently, I shoot with a Sony HD video camera that also has still image capability. The photos are even sharper than my Coolpix, so I rarely use my Nikon.

My favorite feature I like about digital video and camera images is the zero cost in processing fees. But what I really love is when I take a bad photo, I can just delete it. Yes, thanks to modern technology, taking great pictures are a snap.

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Good Reads

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.”
Joseph Addison

Good Reads

This year I decided to double the amount of books I read each week. I’m enjoying reading so much, that if I continue to read at the rate I’m reading, I’ll exceed my 2015 books to read goal of 100 books.

The first of the year, I began using a website called “good reads”. I love using this website. It allows me to add books easily when I hear of another book I want to read. Not to mention it keeps track of all the books I’ve read and allows me to give reviews.

I wish I had discovered this website a few years ago. It’s such a great way to keep track of all my “good reads”.

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Windows of Your Mind

What you really want for yourself is always trying to break through,
just as a cooling breeze flows through an open window on a hot day.
Your part is to open the windows of your mind.”
Vernon Howard

Windows of Your Mind

Canyonlands National Park in the southeastern town of Moah in Utah.

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From Whence We Came

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea,
whether it is to sail or to watch – we are
going back from whence we came.”
John F. Kennedy


Just Another Day at the Beach

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Sea Life Mosaics

“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings,
different hopes, different dreams.”
Jimmy Carter

Esplanade Mosaics

These hand created mosaics decorate the street pillars along the Esplanade.

Red Crab Mosaic

Starfish MosaicSeahorse Mosaic

If you are visiting or are lucky to live in Redondo Beach, you have arrived at one of the most beautiful beach cities in Southern California.

My favorite spot in Redondo Beach is the Esplanade which runs North and South along the ocean.

In 2010 the City of Redondo Beach Esplanade Improvement Project was implemented and they added these colorful sea life mosaics.

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