Miniature Village

Enlarge this picture and take a good look. Isn’t this miniature village fantastic?

Miniature

It’s really detailed… and it should be, since it’s a real life full-size town. It’s actually a real photo of Ouray, Colorado, and here’s the original:

Ouray

I Photoshopped the image to simulate a type of lens called a “tilt-shift”, where the image plane is not parallel with the lens plane. This causes certain parts of the image to appear out of focus. When taking a picture like this, focus is set at infinity, so everything at distance in the image is in perfect focus. If this was really a miniature, everything would be very close to the camera, so only part of the image would normally be in focus. Also, miniatures tend to look brighter and more colourful when compared to weathered, washed-out buildings and cars.

I followed a great tutorial on how to do the effect. Also, here’s the lens that lets you take these photos without any messing around.

New Camera!

I’ve finally upgraded to a “proper” SLR camera after outgrowing my tiny Rebel XT.

Canon 7D

It’s the Canon 7D, and it goes perfectly with my 24-105 “L” lens. Once the workload at the office starts to ease up in December, I’d like to take a wider variety of photos for my portfolio. I’m especially interested in live bands, so if you need some photos taken for free, please let me know. I’ve been working silly hours since I got the camera and I’ve had almost zero opportunities to take any interesting pictures. However, I did manage to sneak this one in. If you can tell me where this was taken, I’ll be impressed!

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Scheduled Maintenance

Why is it necessary to bring down an entire site for hours every weekend to perform scheduled maintenance? I think all bank online account access sites do it, but I rarely ever see online shopping sites doing it. So, what’s the deal? I think it’s another case of unless you are parting with money, they don’t care. It’s pretty simple to switch over to a back-up server while you do an upgrade. Ever notice how you can get through to someone on a sales line quicker than you can get through to support?

Also: Circuit City officially suck. They are closing a local store and liquidating all merchandise. I went tonight and they have a sign saying “everything in store is on sale”. I asked a sales assistant, and they said it includes all display merchandise. I wanted to buy a Canon 40D, but they had none left, and wouldn’t sell me the display copy.