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amazing photography manipulation technique
Check out this amazing video of a new image resizing technique. Rather than just cropping or scaling, this technique determines the least valuable information in a picture and removes it, or adds in data at the elast valuable location allowing you to extend a picture. You can also mark an area as not valuable and erase people! I found this link on Little Green Footballs - which brings up the issue of recent fake photography scandals plaguing reuters and the like. But I find the technology amazing, ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 4, 2007 3:30 PM

Review of King Tut (Tutankhamun) Exhibit in Chicago at the Field Museum- Underwhelming and misadvertised - Where is the death mask?
I have been a fan of Egypt since I was a kid. I taught myself (some) hieroglypics, went on excavations in the backyard, and even had plans to be mummified. So when I saw King Tut was back in the states, I had to go. My mom had taken me when I was very young, but unfortunately I don't remember it. I tried to go on opening weekend, but it was sold out, so Natasha and I went back to the Field Museum this last weekend. This went sour pretty quickly. I brought my camera, and several lenses, along to be ......

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2006 11:57 AM

Photos : Train Concert for Microsoft Tech Ed 2006 at Fenway Park in Boston
As many of you know Microsoft brought in Train for a private concert during Tech Ed. It was very cool to see Fenway Park. Its a very natstolgic park, even for someone like me that isn't a big sports fan. I have of course heard many of Train's songs on the radio, but hadn't really put them together that they were all from the same group. The concert was awesome, and the singing was great. The setting was much more intimate than you could ever get in a normal concert. I took lots of pictures, and when ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 2:40 PM

World Sumo League in Chicago - Photo
So while I was running around downtown Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, I ran into 20 fat guys in diapers. Seriously. This is why I need to move to a big city, this type of photography opportunity will never happen in Iowa, and there are only so many pictures of a barn that the world needs. My apologies if you are eating lunch (but maybe this will encourage you to diet) More images available at my photograpy site ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 30, 2006 5:33 PM

Correction - There is a DSLR with LCD Preview, the Olympus 330
So I guess I was wrong in my previous post. There is a Digital SLR that will do a LCD Preview, the Olympus EVOLT E-330. This camera works in two modes. Mode A : The light hits a mirror, as in a normal SLR, but rather than being directed out the viewfinder, it is split (with a prism). Half of the light goes to the viewfinder, half of the light goes to a second CMOS sensor. Mode B : The mirror is locked up, and light passes directly through to the primary CMOS sensor. This mode gives higher quality ......

Posted On Thursday, May 11, 2006 6:20 AM

Should you buy a DSLR or a Point and Shoot.
I saw this post on Thomas Hawk's blog, pointing to a nice article comparing DSLR's to Point and Shoot Cameras at Digital Photography School. This article is a great primer for people thinking about making a jump to higher-end photography. A point the article makes that I cannot emphasize enough : Megapixels are not the most important factor in picture quality. Equally (if not more important) is the size of the sensor, and the size of the apeture. Both of these combine into how much light from the ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 12:47 PM

I sold my first photo!
So the title is somewhat misleading, I have sold many photos in the past, mainly to cast members of shows at the local theatre, and for very small change ($0.30 a pop or something). This time, I sold a reproduction license for one of my photos, so a theatre in canada could use it in their season brochure. They are going to print 30,000 copies of it, and give me a credit line in their brochure as well. The actual price is pretty irrelivant, and it doesnt even make a dent in paying off my photo equipment, ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 9:44 AM

How to handle the size of a DSLR - or the downside of a prosumer point and shoot camera
I saw a post over at Hand Coding comparing his Nikon 5700 to a PT Cruiser. Like many hybrid gadgets, the pro-sumer point and shoots end up being a bad compromise. Cameras like the 5700 have none of the convinience of a point and shoot. They are big and bulky. But they have almost none of the advantages of a Digital SLR either. They do have bigger glass, and a bigger sensor, which gives a much better quality picture than the compact point and shoot, but almost everywhere else, they suffer. No interchangable ......

Posted On Monday, January 9, 2006 9:48 AM

Camera Suicide, and the rebirth of the Phoenix.
So my D70 decided to get intimate with the ice over thanksgiving, and shattered itself, along with my 70-300 lens. I don't use that lens very much anymore, as I have a 70-200F4, and a 28-300 that I use most of the time, but every once in a while that range was nice. Its a cheap lens, so no biggy. The camera hurts me tho. Fortunately I had it insured before my trip to Paris. I am still waiting on the insurance company to decide if they want to replace or repair, but in either case I am going to take ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 13, 2005 4:19 PM

Visual Studio Team System

I finally got my company's volume licensing agent for Microsoft to switch my MSDN Universal license to be a VSTD subscription. I'm installing now, and will have reviews up shortly!

 

In the meantime, check out some of my photography... http://jasoncoyne.smugmug.com

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Jason Coyne

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 10:08 AM

Nikon D200 review with test shots and initial impressions with comparisons to the D70
I've had my first week with the Nikon D200 during my Christmas vacation in Washington DC. So far I absolutely love the camera. It is slightly bigger and heavier than the D70 it replaced, but that has not detracted from the camera. However, take that with a grain of salt, as I am a fairly big guy, with big hands, and I might actually prefer it to be bigger rather than smaller. As expected, I don't miss the creative modes at all, and when I am looking for an automatic camera, I just put it into P (Programmed ......

Posted On Sunday, December 25, 2005 5:56 AM

Nikon D200 woes at B&H. But I got lucky!
Welcome Instapundit Readers! I have been calling B&H every hour about getting a D200, on the hour since the 15th. Every day I got "they aren't in yet". On Sunday, I got told "they are in the building, but not in our system yet". I started calling every 20 minutes. Normally, they answered immediately, and told me not yet. Suddenly at around 4:00 CST, I was on hold for 15 minutes. I knew immediately they were in. I finally got through, worries the whole time my phone would cut out. But I ordered ......

Posted On Monday, December 19, 2005 3:13 PM

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