Assignment 21

September 1, 2009

Original on the left, ‘shopped on the right. All I did was clone out acne & freckles. I tried to move features around a bit as well but the only way I could figure that was the smudge tool… which of course left smudge marks, so the proportions are unchanged. As far as getting a good pictures, more thought went into the photography and lighting… It’s hard to get enough light. Our windows are small and our artificial lights are all orange-tinted. I happened to learn that high ISO settings can contribute to noise. I couldn’t get the result completely sharp… I don’t know if I moved during the slightly-longer-than-instantaneous exposure, or if the focus was actually off. Auto-focus was acting really strange.

Suppose an interview article…

I don’t think I’d much care. So much of the photographer’s hand shows in a photo anyway; you can make flattering or unflattering images of a person without digital trickery. If they were to do something ridiculous like put my head on a different body I might be amused but I don’t think I’d be offended.

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Assignmnet 20

September 1, 2009


This picture is interesting because like the Kent State photo, it’s so iconic. I had already known about the post edited out of the latter; there was an obvious change (for the better, aesthetically) when you saw both versions. But the Beetles picture is more subtle. It demonstrates how the collective culture and consciousness can change, both in the shift of values leading to the removal of the cigarette, and in the actual change to the image.

Pixel Perfect
“When I see a print, I could probably tell you if it was a Pascal print,” Charlotte Cotton, the head of photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, said. “It’s immaculate, and there’s a kind of richness to the pixellation. It feels like you could almost sink your finger into it.”
It sound strange to me that a digital print could have any such sublime richness to it. What I have learned says that pixels are just pixels. There is a brightest and a darkest and 254 other shades in between. Sometimes novice pixel (isometric) artists try to work large and then scale down their art, to achieve “sub-pixel detail”; there is, of course, no such thing. (unless maybe you’re crazy enough to mess with sub-pixel rendering on LCDs) I looked up some of Dangin’s work and he seems to change quite a lot in his photos, if subtly. I’d call it more “photomanipulation” or even moving toward “matte painting”; “retouching” implies only minor changes.

On Daniel Canogar’s Horror Vacui: The size of the installed work is significant. Up to a point, the image of hands together could be created without manipulation or trickery, just by putting a bunch of people together and having them reach out to the same place. But as the work gets bigger, the crowd behind the image would have to get more and more dense, until it wouldn’t be possible to continue. There would be some size after which trickery would have to come into the work, and by lining walls with the image, Canogar had gone well beyond that size. What’s more, the image tiles, implying infinite expansion through mechanical repetition.

Assignment 13

August 29, 2009

Edit – Here are lyrics.
One day someone
enrolled in ems1
and thought it would be some fun
to set his assignment to song

he was from Champaign, Illinois
’till someone told him, “boy
do you want to be unemployed?”
go find a bfa degree

where the rivers warp in waves
and the swine flu doth rage
where statues stand severe and withholding

where the name “Paul Miller”
doesn’t rhyme with anything
somewhere in the middle, somewhere Oakland

Chords are stolen from Death Cab’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”.

So it’s a bit longer than 30 seconds… I loaned one of the hd cameras with a tape. It took a while to figure out and the hd doesn’t really count for anything, but I learned a lot by the end and I’m glad I went to the trouble. I hadn’t used that media room before; I’ll have to go back and try the audio equipment. I also hadn’t used iMovie, and I quite like it.

Assignment 12

August 27, 2009


Edit – This is a song by Laura Veirs, whom I first heard as a guest vocalist in The Decemberist’s Yankee Bayonets. The homemade video fits the simplicity of the song pretty well.



Edit – I confess I think the technology here is cooler than the message. OpenCV is something I will have to check out.


Edit – This is my favorite place in my hometown, the main library building for the University of Illinois. Especially the main stacks. I think I like libraries better than books.

Hello world!

August 26, 2009

Bonne anniversaire, Déclaration des droits de l’Homme et du citoyen.