Stephen Bové - Art, Technology, Right Action

Thursday, August 10, 2006

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

Earls_court HDR
Originally uploaded by mattsonster.
Photos with the dynamic range of your eyes?

Cumbersome process, but Very Cool.

Some big sets.

Process for image at right (cathedral):

Depth of Beauty
Originally uploaded by UrbanTiki.
  • D200/18-200VR (VR off)/ISO100
  • On tight tripod
  • 9 exposures in Aperture mode, F/8 (the lens is sharper stopped up a bit)
  • shutter speeds: 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 1.6, 3.0, 6.0, 15.0, 30.0
  • Photomatix settings
    • Luminosity: -1 (this should NEVER be above 0)
    • Strength: 90% (should be between 70-90)
    • White Clip: 0.5
    • Black Clip: 0.2
    • Smoothing & Microcontrast: High
  • A tiny bit of level correction and lens correction in PhotoShop.

Obey! Bush Cheney Blair BP Texaco...Rove

Pattern Recognition Department Alert.

Alert Level:
Medium High

Executive Summary:
  • Probable new slate of closely coordinated Bush/Blair terror-regime fear-factor events.
  • Americans are not fully convinced that we need to leverage our 51st (welfare) state Israel's US funded military to invade Lebanon.
  • With Lieberman thrown to the ground wailing like a baby, they've certainly slipped dangerously far away from allowing US forces to pay diplomatic visits to Syria and Iran.
Coordinated Reptilian Assertion of Control (CRAC):

  • "Data Valdez" at AOL today as tons of customer search logs (19 million search requests made by more than 658,000 AOL subscribers) are dumped onto the Internet. AOL partner ( GOOG owns a 5 percent stake in AOL, serves much of its ad inventory) and "Don't be Evil" Internet darling Google CEO Eric Schmidt says, "Google keeps its users' search requests as part of its efforts to better understand what specific people are looking for on the Internet," and states that the privacy concerns raised by [AOL's] breach won't change his company's practice of storing the inquiries made by its users. Message: The government can watch everything you do...every email, every search, every web-page visited. Don't doubt it. Does that scare you? It's designed to.
  • British secret service agencies thwart a major plot by 20 as yet unidentified "terrorists" to bring down trans-atlantic airlines flights between England and USA. Armed guards with security dogs patrol US Airports! Does this scare you? They want it to.
  • British sections of the Alaska pipeline are suddenly too corroded and must be shut down, threating 10% of US oil supply, especially for the West coast (read, liberal California run by suddenly not-so-neo-con Governor Arnold). Does this scare you? Not very much? Well, its only to make sure oil prices in the US stay above $70/bbl during this unscheduled lull in the shock and awe show.
These guys are good. Very good. Got to wonder who's side they're on.

Pay attention.

Some links:

"Data Valdez"
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"US Still Vulnerable" (to Bush Regime!)
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Isreal US 51st State:
  • Since 1992, the U.S. has offered Israel an additional $2 billion annually in loan guarantees. Congressional researchers have disclosed that between 1974 and 1989, $16.4 billion in U.S. military loans were converted to grants and that this was the understanding from the beginning. Indeed, all past U.S. loans to Israel have eventually been forgiven by Congress, which has undoubtedly helped Israel's often-touted claim that they have never defaulted on a U.S. government loan.
  • The complete total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees to Israel for fiscal 1997 was $5,525,800,000.
  • Total U.S. aid to Israel is approximately one-third of the American foreign-aid budget, even though Israel comprises just .001 percent of the world's population and already has one of the world's higher per capita incomes.
  • In addition, there is the more than $1 billion in private U.S. funds that go to Israel annually in the form private tax-deductible donations...The ability of Americans to make what amounts to tax-deductible contributions to a foreign government, made possible through a number of Jewish charities, does not exist with any other country.
Lieberman Primary Loss
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Monday, August 07, 2006

9.11 Cover Up? CSPAN, API Cover Growing Storm

Since 9.11, many "engineering" types have marvelled at the speed and precision with which the Trade Centers and 7 World Trade fell to earth.

Occam's Razor deduction (the explaination requiring the least number of assumptions is usually right): the buildings were brought down by a highly coordinated controlled demoltion that used ~ 5,000 lbs of high explosive and lots of Thermate per building.

Now, a growing group of Amercian citizen intellectuals and scientists are coming forward, digging deep, as FREE AMERICANS MUST, to question the fundamentals of the Bush adminstration's story.

Given the police-state-like tone of our current political environment, we should marvel and be inspired by the courage of these folks. We should also respect their rigor.

Patriots must look at this new and emerging evidence.

Its a civic duty we owe to each victim of 9.11, every soldier who has died in Afganistan and Iraq, every soldier who has ever died defending American democracy and freedom, and all of the enlightened men who created and guided the evolution of our Constitution.

1) AP coverage from yesterday and featured on Yahoo's home page for about 30 minutes (late Sunday...hmmm...not exactly prime time) .

The Loose Change documentary available FREE on Google Video ""With $6,000 and a laptop computer, three kids from upstate New York made a documentary about 9/11 that spread across the Internet and threw millions for a loop." -Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair:
  • Loose Change Update (additional info & preview of Feature film version to be released in Theaters on September 11, 2006)
3) Scholars for Truth website.

4) CSPAN downloadable video coverage of Scholars for Truth Symposium (29 July, 2006, Los Angeles)

5) A gallery of 9.11 images in case you'd like a reminder of what it looked like