CES 2015

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CES 2015

At the Intel booth. #ces2015

I must say, this was the most tame CES (and trip to Vegas in general) I've ever attended. I wouldn't say it was a bust, but it was a little "meh."

For example, TV hardware innovation feels like it has stalled. I know it really hasn't, but the major updates are not as physically obvious.  For example, a few years ago was the year of 3D. Then there was 4k, curved screens, massive 115 inch displays, LED, OLED, UDH, etc. 

This year felt like déjà vu. The booths felt nearly identical to last year. The TVs themselves were slightly thinner, slightly lighter, and a bit sharper. But nothing else terribly major. 

Im actually "in the market" for a new livingroom TV in the 60" + neighborhood.  The curved TV's have somewhat of a novelty. However the curve actually means they pull away from the wall on the sides.  

If you are looking for a truly flush mount (like I am), curved TV's defeat the purpose.  

One pretty cool thing tucked in the corner of one booth were these transparent screens (below).  They are in the prototype phase, and there aren't an practical applications just yet.  

One day, windows could be both a TV and...well...a window.  Definite commercial applications here.  Think storefront windows, etc.  But it would be pretty cool to have one of these at home just because.

These TV screens are actually completely transparent. When the screens fire up, they look just like regular, HD TV's, with full color.

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Pebble Beach: iPhone Pano

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Pebble Beach: iPhone Pano

I was lucky enough to get an invite to play golf at Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay last spring. It was pretty spectacular. The courses were easily the most beautiful I've ever played. Every 50 feet was photo worthy.

Unfortunately, golf isn't conducive to hauling a DSLR around with you, but I did have my phone. Luckily, the scenery is so amazing that you can't screw up the photos.

Spanish Bay Golf
Spanish Bay Golf

The funny thing is stopping the urge to shoot everything pano. But the scenes are sweeping. There's no other way to capture it all.  These are just a few from that trip.

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Ice Fishing

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Ice Fishing

Yeah, I'm doing an ice fishing post in the middle of summer. Honestly, I think ice fishing is one of my favorite outdoor-winter activities.  Unfortunately, I only get to do it once a year.

These pictures were taken on the southern end of Lake Champlain in January.  We did not have a ton of luck this year, but it was a lot of fun regardless.  And the weather/light made for a lot of opportunity to take pictures.

The previous year was much more productive.  We landed a keeper lake trout out of Lake George in Warner bay:

Ice fishing on Lake George, NY for lake trout. 2013 Season. With family and friends. Caught with live bait on a standard tip-up rig.

he nice thing about ice fishing is that the fishing is actually secondary to the whole experience.  Sure, it is awesome to catch some fish while you're out there, but if you don't, you can still manage to have a great time.  Especially when you are with a group of fiends.

There are holes to cut, gear to haul, lines to tie, etc.  Getting 10 tip-ups rigged and deployed will easily take over an hour, so there's plenty to keep you busy.  And hopefully before you get to the last set of gear, you have a flag or two fly.  (As pictured in the above video)

Here's a few more photos from our most recent trip plus the HD gallery.


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Foggy Lake

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Foggy Lake

These shots were fun to take because the scene changed every 5 minutes without moving the camera.  These shots were taken in Hague, NY on Lake George this winter (January 2014). The fog moving across the semifrozen lake moved in and out every few minutes but always covered the sun like a thick filter.

The resulting images look like they were rendered down to black and white, but they are actually full color.

I've also been happy with how these images print, especially on the new metallic papers.  They grey of the silver papers creates an awesome finish.

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The Pooch!

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The Pooch!

This is Gus.  He belongs to my wife and I.  (Or do we belong to him? Hmm.) On our annual trip up to Lake George, NY, he was hanging out on the front of our boat after a long afternoon of swimming.  Constant. Swimming.

He's actually quite photogenic.  He just so happen to be resting in just the right way and I was able to snap these.

He was so tired, that he didn't bother that I had my short lens all up in his face.

See the high-resolution images at SmugMug.

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Night Shots: New York City Skyline

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Night Shots: New York City Skyline

One of the first things that exited me about getting my new Sony A7R camera was shooting full frame night shots. We are talking 30+ second shutter times at ISO 100.  Absorbing as much light as possible, capturing all the rich colors possible.

Living across the Hudson River from New York City, well that begged to be my first subject.

This was one of my first attempts.

Taken from Hoboken, NJ. An airplane in the distance behind One World Trade Center (looks like a shooting star).
Taken from Hoboken, NJ. An airplane in the distance behind One World Trade Center (looks like a shooting star).

It was absolutely freezing out when this was taken (Jan 26, 2014).  It is interesting how the temperature impacts the clarity of the night.  Knowing that I was going to want to take photos like this multiple evening, I started becoming hyper aware of the conditions outside every night.

Luckily, the cold, crisp air made it pretty easy to get clear shot.  Unfortunately, it makes your fingers numb within seconds.

The large photo at the top of the page was taken this summer on an especially clear night.  I actually had to check multiple nights before finding one as clear as pictured here.

Both photos are taken from the same spot.  One looking south towards WTC1.  The other looking straight across the river or slightly north.

For comparison, here's the same basic direction taken in the winter.

Taken from Hoboken, NJ looking at the Empire State Building.
Taken from Hoboken, NJ looking at the Empire State Building.

HDR of NYC

Ok, the main photo at the top of the page is what some consider to be "cheating."  It is an HDR image.

To be honest, I'm starting to become obsessed with shooting HDR because it adds an additional set of creative inputs during post processing.

This is real HDR photography where I'm bracketing multiple shots at various exposures, merging and layering them, etc.  It is actually pretty technical.

One of the biggest challenges is movement.  For some reason, it didn't occur to me that the water in these images could present a challenge for HDR since there are so many points of movement.  Especially in the dark!

After dozens of frames, I was able to make this image work.

You can see all of these images in higher resolution over on my SmugMug gallery.

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