Friday, February 25, 2011

Munny Exchange 2011

Christmas is the time of the year for giving. It's a tradition that has gone on since the birth of Jesus Christ, just over 2010 years ago, when brilliant marketing execs made up the campaign to boost the sales of their clients. I kid. But one Christmas tradition that remains genuine and pure is the yearly Munny Exchange. This year marked the second anniversary of the event and everyone went big this year. Check em out!

Chococat by Kiko

My Interpretation by Miko

Keroppi by Kali

Zombie Munnicorn by Kathryn

Piggy Munny Bank by Stevie

Gabby the Giraffe by Chris

Master Chief by Gabbi

Lux Munny by Ron

Laa Laa (Teletubbies) by Chloe

Tyrone (Backyardigans) by Nicki

Chris Hongz by Keanna

Chia Katrina by Cassey

Mummy Munny by Katrina

Impressive, no? These Jr. High kids have skills!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Top of the World

I had these bracketed photos from a top the Empire State Building for almost nine months now with the intention of creating HDR images. For those who aren't familiar, HDR stands for an imaging process called High-dynamic-range. Three images of varying exposures (+2 0 -2) are merged together and tone mapped to produce increased luminosity between the lightest and darkest areas of an image. In other words, you get greater tonal detail then you would out of a single image.

I used a program called Photomatix to create these images and Adobe Lightroom to clean them up. To give you an idea of the real difference HDR creates, I included a before image for comparison. I'm not super thrilled about the results but it can likely be due to having crappy originals to work with. I guess they're still kinda cool but have a look and tell me what you think.

West, facing the Hudson


South, facing Downtown/SOHO/LES/Chelsea/etc


I suppose practice makes perfect. Expect me to play around with this technique a bit more in the near future.


Friday, February 18, 2011