By now, you’re all familiar with the name Berndnaut Smilde, the Dutch artist who magically makes clouds appear inside rooms. His latest work took him to the Green Room of the Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco where he let Julia Wilczok and Maria Judice of Avant/Garde Diaries shoot him and his latest creation. The beautifully shot film, called Making Clouds, takes us behind-the-scenes with the artist where he discusses what his fascination is about clouds.
As he told Avant/Garde, “It’s not so much about the shape of the cloud but about placing it out of its natural context. It brings duality, because you can’t really grasp how to interpret the situation you are viewing. People have always had strong metaphysical connections to clouds as they symbolize the ominous.”
With hanging chandeliers and a reflection in the mirror, this latest piece, called Nimbus Green Room, is particularly enchanting. It’s almost like we’re watching a scene from a fairy tale.
Take a look at the priceless reactions of these people who are secretly photographed while waiting for a bus, and then Photoshopped into amusing positions and implied relationships. It’s part of a “street retouch” stunt by Adobe, featuring quick-draw Photoshop master Erik Johansson.
We especially liked the way people’s “street faces” turned to soft smiles and delight as soon as they realized what was going on.
This Photoshop trick, reminding us of both Candid Camera and Mission: Impossible, took place in Stockholm, Sweden as part of a promotion for Adobe Creative Days, to be presented live online beginning June 11.
Once you learn the basics of Photoshop, you can put together convincing composites rather quickly. This is a great demo of that, albeit done by an accomplished Photoshop magician.
Adobe’s goal here was obviously to highlight Photoshop’s magic, but if its stellar PR people are trying to convince me of the tremendous power of Photoshop — which I think is the best piece of software ever written — they’re preaching to the choir.
Which one of these Photoshop-enhanced scenarios was your favorite?
Update: The location of this video was originally stated to be Finland, but it was actually shot in Stockholm, Sweden. Thanks to Michael Edlund and Viktor Bergman for the correct info — I’ve updated the text. – CW
There are only so many Google Glass units out there now, but imagine a world where they’re even more plentiful than the smartphone — to not have one is to be less than whole. Then you might very well have people using them so casually that they lose self-consciousness and get lost in the moment of just trying to take a good photo.
The guy in this video is happy to demonstrate for you.
A startup believes people will want a photographic record of their lives, taken at 30-second intervals.
“We want to provide people with a perfect photographic memory,” says Martin Källström, CEO of Memoto. His startup is creating a tiny clip-on camera that takes a picture every 30 seconds, capturing whatever you are looking at, and then applies algorithms to the resulting mountain of images to find the most interesting ones.
Just 36 by 36 by 9 millimeters, the inconspicuous plastic camera has a lot crammed inside. The most important component is a five-megapixel image sensor originally designed for mobile phones. An ARM 9 processor running Linux powers a program that wakes the device twice a minute; takes a picture and a reading from the GPS sensor, accelerometer, and magnetometer; and promptly puts the device back to sleep.
Later, when you get home, you plug the camera into a computer to download the pictures. If you like, the process stops here, but if you subscribe to the company’s cloud storage service, things get more interesting. The pictures are fed through an image-processing algorithm that starts to sort out the events in your day. The images are clustered by their predominant colors, and then “we get a diagram of how varied the colors are over the day,” says Källström, whose 17-person company is based in Linköping, Sweden.
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