Category Archives: Photography

Cinematography: Making the Apple Watch faces with practical effects

Whoa—songs of ice & fire:

“We probably could have done this digitally, but we actually shot all of this practically in a studio” says Alan Dye, Apple Vice President of User Interface Design, of the motion faces. “What I love about the fact that we did this is that it’s just so indicative of how the design team works. It was really about bringing together some of our various talents to create these faces. There are of course art directors, and color experts, and graphic designers, but also model makers who helped build these structures that we would eventually, you know, set on fire.”



Photography: The Moon meets “Clair de Lune”

NASA, using a digital 3D model of the Moon built from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter global elevation maps and image mosaics, produced this lovely tour of our nearby neighbor. The lighting is derived from actual Sun angles during lunar days in 2018.

The filmmakers write,

The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.


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The Consolation of Repetition

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past…”

Sitting in my parents’ house, surrounded by my dad’s old college books and mine, I’m struck by a certain melancholy—a mix of memory, gratitude, and loss. As it happens, Margot just told me about Insta Repeat, a feed that catalogs the repetitiousness of Instagram photography. This makes me think of “vemödalen” (“the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist”)—and just searching this blog for that term shows my current unoriginality in its use:

Ah well—so it goes. Until next time…