It surprises me to find out that Microsoft has been offering a free photo stitching utility for quite some time. And though its quality cannot be matched by photoshop or auto stitch, it is free, and surprisingly fast. While it takes up to 30mins to merge 8 hi res photos from my 550D (5184×3456) in photoshop, it took less than a minute in Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor. Oh, and did I mention that its free? 😉
Download the 64bit version at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/69699e5a-5c91-4b01-898c-ef012cbb07f7/default.aspx
Trey Ratcliff was born blind in one eye. Whether this apparent disability has got anything to do with the photos he make I’m not sure, but he has some interesting intepretations of hdr photos you can view here www.stuckincustoms.com/. If you’re interested in how he makes these images, check out his tutorial at www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial/.
You may think these images are photoshopped, but they’re not, or so the artist claims. Chinese artist Li Wei doesn’t need the computer to create his surreal photographs, instead he employs the help of props such as mirrors, wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. His ‘Li Wei falls to …’ series is a mix of photography and performance art which shows the artist with his head and chest embedded into surfaces. I also find a few of his gravity defying shots particularly interesting. Try as I may, I might never arrive at how they were created.
Visit his gallery at http://www.hemmy.net/2008/04/19/the-impossible-art-of-li-wei/
Steve travels to less developed countries frequently to discover the beauty in the lands and its people. The stunning colors in his photos from Afganistan, Burma, Nepal and India reveal rare sights from these countries that are hidden from the casual tourist and less adventurous individuals.
View his gallery at http://www.stevemccurry.com/main.php
Macro photography of everyday objects.
Chanced upon this alley behind clark quay while wondering around the area. My hall mate told me this place has a nickname ‘air con valley’. Well it did struck me that the walls were almost entirely filled with air-conditioner compressor units.