Monthly Archives: July 2008
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diamonds candle candle flag!
mouse scisors bomb mailbox, mailbox, mailbox!!!
…completely! Sometimes when reading Star Wars, the authors get so into character, they forget their audience. Sometimes its so shocking to read, that it completely yanks me out of immersion while i figure out what the real simile would be.
Faking tilt-shift photos might not be as fun as getting a lensbaby and doing it through the lens, but its easier, and gives a little more control over the final output. The basic principle is straightforward, tilt and shift the focal plane to produce a very sharp dof, not parallel to the camera.
The process is really very simple in photoshop CS and above.
- Boost the contrast and saturation with your favorite method a little.
- Start the Quick mask tool, and use the Gradient tool to make the mask. The reflected gradient option that looks like a cylinder works best. Draw a perpendicular line from the area you want in focus, away to the edge of the photo.
- Exit Quick mask, and apply a Filter > Blur > Lens Blur.
- Deselect, then apply finishing touches to the saturation until it has the right look.
WARNING: The process can get addicting!
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Death Cab For Cutie was on Austin City Limits tonight. Its been a while since i’ve seen them live, so it was a nice surprise to my messed up sleep schedule. I took this clip with my phone, as i’m still figuring everything out.