Category Archives: Photography

Photography: Spin me right ’round, Milky Way edition


Creator Aryeh Nirenberg writes,

A timelapse of the Milky Way that was recorded using an equatorial tracking mount over a period of around 3 hours to show Earth’s rotation relative to the Milky Way.

I used a Sony a7SII with the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens and recorded 1100 10″ exposures at a 12-second interval. All the frames were captured at F/2.8 and 16000iso.

Kinda reminds me of “Turn Down For Spock”:

[YouTube 1 & 2] [Via]

New Snap Spectacles put 3D capture onto your face (!)


Per The Verge:

The glasses’ marquee feature is a second camera, which enables Spectacles to capture depth for the first time. Snap has built a suite of new 3D effects that take advantage of the device’s new depth perception ability. They will be exclusive to Spectacles, and the company plans to let third-party developers design depth effects starting later this year.

This time around, Snap is offering a new way to view snaps taken through Spectacles: an included 3D viewer resembling Google Cardboard. (The Spectacles 3D viewer is made of cardboard as well.)



Camera Raw now seamlessly adjusts 360º panos

(May as well keep this Adobe-week content train rolling, amirite?)

If you’d asked me the odds of getting a tweak this deeply nerdy into Camera Raw, I’d probably have put it around 1 in 100—but dang, here we are! This is a godsend for those of us who like to apply area-based adjustments like Clarity & Dehaze to panoramas. Russell Brown shows the benefit below.

A note of caution, though: to my partial disappointment, this doesn’t (yet) work when applying Camera Raw as a filter, so if you want to use it on JPEGs, you’ll need to open them into ACR via Bridge (Cmd-R). And yes, my little Obi-Wan brain just said, “Now that’s a workflow I haven’t heard of in a long time…” Or, if you’re coming from Lightroom Classic, you’ll need to open the image as a Smart Object in Photoshop—clunky (though temporary, I’m told), but it beats the heck out of trying to fix seams manually.


Gone fishing… and feeling grateful

Hey gang—I know I greatly flatter myself in thinking that my voice here will be much missed if I go quiet for a bit, especially without notice, but for what it’s worth I’m enjoying some very welcome digital downtime with family in friends in Minnesota.

Being minutes away from wrapping up the celebration of my 44th (!) solar orbit, I wanted to say thanks for being one of those still crazy enough to traipse over here periodically & browse my random finds. Fourteen (!!) years after I started this racket, it still remains largely fun & rewarding. I hope you agree, and I’m grateful for your readership.

Now please excuse me for just a few more days while I get back to swamping my hard drive with a crushing backlog of drone, GoPro, Insta360, iPhone, and Osmo shots. 🙃


Oh, and for some dumb reason Google Maps insists on starting this pano (showing where we’re staying) pointed straight down into the pitch-black lake. You can drag it upwards and/or zoom out while I go file a bug/feature requests. The work is never done—another possible source of gratitude.

Animation: Trippy Osaka bends before our eyes


Colossal writes,

In this fantastic short titled Spatial Bodies, actual footage of the Osaka skyline is morphed into a physics-defying world of architecture where apartment buildings twist and curve like vines, suspended in the sky without regard for gravity. The film was created by AUJIK, a collaborative of artists and filmmakers that refers to itself as a “mysterious nature/tech cult.”

Begone, lame skies!

Does anyone else remember when Adobe demoed automatic sky-swapping ~3 years ago, but then never shipped it… because, big companies? (No, just me?)

Anyway, Xiaomi is now offering a similar feature. Here’s a quick peek:

And here’s a more in-depth demo:

Coincidentally, “Skylum Announces Luminar 4 with AI-Powered Automatic Sky Replacement”:

It removes issues like halos and artifacts at the edges and horizon, allows you to adjust depth of field, tone, exposure and color after the new sky has been dropped in, correctly detects the horizon line and the orientation of the sky to replace, and intelligently “relights” the rest of your photo to match the new sky you just dropped in “so they appear they were taken during the same conditions.”

Check out the article link to see some pretty compelling-looking examples.


[YouTube 1 & 2]

Set Drone Controls For The Heart OF The Sun

“If you want to be a better photographer, [fly] in front of more interesting things…” This eclipse hyperlapse is rad:

“I wasn’t sure if it was going to work but I didn’t want to use it manually because I wanted to watch what was my first-ever eclipse,” [photographer Matt] Robinson tells PetaPixel. “Around 10 minutes before totality, the drone was sent up above our camp and programmed to fly along and above the spectacular Elqui Valley in Chile.