Monthly Archives: May 2014

Insane in the Chromatophores

aka, “This is What Happens When a Squid Listens to Cypress Hill.”

I predict that when we attach your body to these stimuli, your smile muscles will fire.

The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. We used a suction electrode to stimulate the fin nerve. Chromatophores are pigmeted cells that come in 3 colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore is lined with up to 16 muscles that contract to reveal their color.

Here’s more info on the project. Now excuse me while I try to explain the concept of membranes (and Cypress Hill) to the beguiled Micronaxx.

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“A Step Forward Into The Past”: Analog Efex Pro 2 reviewed

Gannon Burgett writes in PetaPixel,

After spending some time with the program, it seems as though Analog Efex Pro II is a great deal speedier than its predecessor. Not only is speed improved though, it offers a much more diverse array of filter options and far more precision in terms of nailing the toning of an image, adding grain, etc.

Overall, it’s a rather impressive improvement and while I was admittedly skeptical at first, it’s most certainly worthy of calling itself 2.0.

Download it now for Mac and Windows.

Three quick improvements to Google+ Photos on the Web

My new team is constantly working to polish the Google+ Photos experience. Recently we’ve introduced three small enhancements that make it easier to find, manage, and download your files:

  • Easily find old photos you’ve just uploaded with the “Recently added” view (available via the “More” menu within Photos). This view sorts your collection according to upload date, rather than capture date, so all the images you’ve just added appear first.
Photos Recent
  • Want to see all the images from a particular camera model or manufacturer? Open any photo, look in the “Photo details” section, then click the name of your camera (for example “Nexus 5”). Google will search your library and show all matching images.

Search by camera

  • Google+ can store full-resolution copies of your images, including RAW originals. That’s great, but how do you download the originals? Open any image in Google+ Photos, then choose “More->Download photo,” then choose “Original.”
Download original

As I say, the team is constantly cranking away, so let us know what else you’d like to see!

Introducing Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection

I’m delighted to announce that Google has just released Analog Efex Pro 2.0 for Mac & Windows, a big free update to the Nik Collection. I think you’re going to love the way you can sculpt blurs, make cool diptychs & triptychs, create really interesting double exposures, and more.

  • New control points – Delivering one of the most requested features by our users, control points let you fine-tune the presence of Photo Plates, Light Leaks, the Dirt & Scratches filter, and Basic Adjustments using our U Point® Technology.
  • New Cameras and Presets – Expanding on the Cameras from the previous version, you now have access to a larger assortment of new Cameras and presets that take advantage of the powerful filters of Analog Efex Pro 2, such as Black and White, Subtle Bokeh, and Simple Color.
  • New creative ways to present your images – We’ve also built three new filters into the Camera Kit, that let you showcase your photos in truly creative ways with Motion Blur, Multilens, and Double Exposure.


You can download the update immediately via the Try Now button. (It’ll recognize your license if you’ve already bought the collection.)

Meanwhile, check out my colleague Brian Matiash putting AEP through its paces in this series:

Enjoy, and please let us know what you think!


The Making Of Edward Burtynsky’s “Watermark”

Huge photography, hugely important subject:

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and director Jennifer Baichwal give us an inside look into the making of their cinematic feat, Watermark. The documentary was shot using groundbreaking 5K ultra high definition photography and aerial technology and explores mankind’s complicated relationship with water, using a diverse set of stories that challenge how easily we take it for granted.



Illustrated: The 12 basic principles of animation

A quick, neat tour courtesy of Cento Lodigiani:

The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the ‘old men’ of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren’t old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney’s desire to use animation to express character and personality. This movie is my personal take on those principles, applied to simple shapes. Like a cube. Check also the animated GIF gallery.