Finally getting back into photography a little. Went through
boxes of old 35mm and 6x7cm film slides of African wildlife taken on a
number of rustic DIY camping safaris in the 1970's and
1980's. These were all flat single-camera images (not 3D), but
over the last few years computer processes that aid in the
human-assisted conversion of single pictures into 3D's have become
remarkably good (as can be seen in commercial 3D cinema features, like
Mad Max Fury Road, that
are more often than not converted, rather than being shot in native 3D
using stereoscopic cameras). Thus, a large number of images
taken in my fondly remembered days and nights of wild times in the bush were
converted by www.william3d.com
and are now displayed here in
stereo. I also wrote
a short book describing the adventures that included events like
being treed by a rhino and having the car break down in the middle of
a pride of lions. Pretty crazy stuff.
Also, I am again trying to do some panoramic (gigapixel) microscopy. I
had started this a couple of years ago, but other things kept
intervening. Hope to have some results pretty soon! The
abstract images can be really beautiful.
. One long term goal is to convert the panos to 3D and put them
into a VR-type viewer, possibly made with a 4K phone like the Sony
Xperia Z5 Premium, where you can fly over the other-worldly
microscopes as well as moving up and down over interesting features.
Another idea is a real-time stereoscopic fractal generator (using a kilo-core
petaflop GPU) that would permit VR fly-through too. A
difficult involved project (writing OpenCL code for the fractal
renders), but it would be awesome. Just some ambitious ideas.
Please email me any thoughts.
Pleased to learn that
one of my videos
won 3rd place in the 4'th annual Nikon Small World in Motion
competition. The prize, a nice professional DSLR, was donated to the Boulder Humane Society
in memory of Mattie. The Society will use the camera to make
portraits of there rescue animals.
We lost our Best Canine Friend Mattie at age 12 1/2 . Here is
There you are, our sweetest, L’il Miss Mattie! No more pain,
limping. Only fun with your sister Cassie in heaven. You can run
free, smile, catch millions of balls, retrieve infinite lunkers while
swimming, bringing your fabulous joy wherever you are! We want you to
be at peace, knowing you were HUGELY loved. You were the most
affectionate, graceful, enthusiastic, intelligent, obsessive chuck-it
lady we ever knew! You LIVED to go off the diving board at Scott
Carpenter Pool in Boulder during Dog-Daze-of-Summer . So focused,
clamping your mouth around that one or even 2 toys only to race back
to us at breakneck speed, body half raised up out of the water and
then to do it again and again, your eyes gleaming with anticipation!
Remember that day we saw your nails bleeding from the sandpaper
surface of the diving board and we understood we needed to limit you?
And at the Reservoir, jumping off the end of the dock at top speed,
ever eager to beat out other dogs while you swam deep into the lake,
getting those single or multiple balls, mouth wide, proudly returning
to the shore, out of breath and wildly happy with your
accomplishment!! You also retrieved other dogs’ toys when they forgot
to…… We loved those wet body shakes. We adored your sensitivity,
gently and appropriately playing with your canine friends. And at
night you waited until we were settled in our bed before you’d quietly
enter the bedroom locating your own comfy bed. If you needed to
disturb our sleep it was with your signature high pitched single,
almost silent whine. Ultimately loving and kind, you only desired
pats, scratching and leaning against our thighs for never ending
caresses; you loved going between our legs, hiding your head where the
best, intimate smells were, enjoying a total body rub down. What
joy!!! Then, after years of crouching low, looking under the couch
for your beloved ball, you learned you could do the same with no ball
there at all, knowing we'd get one for you. So brilliant, adding onto
knowledge, taking off on your own! Also, how can I forget those long
loving upward looks to the top of the fridge where you thought the
treats still lived! So inimitably precious..... You kept our hearts
open and receptive 24/7. Our house is empty without your ever
watchful, loving presence. Know that you gave us far more than we
ever gave you! Forever, our love.
After a long hiatus from photography of any type, finally
getting restarted on the stack-stitch huge-print microscopy project.
It's slow going with many other non-photographic things going on.
Hopefully some results in a few months.
Finally got some time to do microscopy. Always having been
interested in fluid dynamics, I started with soap films in air, and
oil films sitting on a water layer. Soap films have been much
search soap film
on flickr ), but little attention has been given to motions and
effects at less than 1mm scale. Oil films on water, even less
so. Of special interest to me are the vortices and bubble
dynamics that occur at the edges of the containing ring (primarily), and, in
the case of oil-on-water, the processes that convert thin sheets to
evaporation-resistant droplets of oil that coalesce to larger sizes
and reduce further vaporization (because larger drops have lower area
per unit volume). Such processes are relevant to fuel spill
videos illustrate the dynamics better than the stills (
oils ), though
still images can have a pretty nice abstract artistic flair. So
far this work is 2D, but I am working on possibly making or converting
some of the video clips to
Pleased to hear a short compilation of Morpheos clips won an award
as best animated/cgi video at the recent Stereoscopic Displays and
Applications 2014 meeting in San Francisco. This annual
gathering has talks on the latest developments on the technical side
of 3D and features a popular open-submission theater session.
But alas, time to move on from 3D. Stitched and stacked
autoprogrammed large-format microscopy is ready to go.
This has been done before for a few subjects (e.g. see
"gigapan microscopy"), but there are a lot more very
neat things that could be created this way. My first goal is a
super-high-resolution 4 foot high, 10 foot wide, 300dpi (0.5 gigabyte)
aluminum wall print of a whole field of crystal defects, down to the
tiniest detail. After exploring the abstract art of
crystallization, I hope to work into other subject areas such as thin
film microscopic fluid dynamics.
XY stage driver:
Attended the International Stereoscopic Union 2013 convention in
Slovenia. What a nice country! Thanks to all the
organizers for running a fantastic event in Ljubljana. Many
hours of innovative and interesting indie 3D stills and videos, and
fascinating tours around the country. Hiking and touring in
Switzerland and Cornwall too. Wonderful.
JUNE 2013: Oops. Had to re-render several
segments of fractal video. To preserve fine details (and
fractals have a LOT), it is necessary to make the motions and morphing
go extremely slowly. We don't want to use any motion blur, and
to avoid bothersome strobing (especialy in a blu-ray 3D that
goes only at a puny 24fps - thanking Hollywood for that yuk) the evolving imagery should only change by a
pixel or so per frame. Whoa, more frames, longer renders,
smaller motion increments. Redux yet again. The joys
of Fractal Art.
APRIL 2013: At LAST! Just about finished
rendering new stereoscopic fractal videos. Been running multiple
8-thread machines 24/7 since last September. Beginning the
editing of MORPHEOS RELOADED, the last in a series of
motion-art pieces (along with the award winning Morpheos and
NeoMorpheos). Got to be finished in time for the International
Stereoscopic Union convention in Slovenia this summer. Yeah.
Reunion Island Trou de Fer adventure story finally re-linked and
transferred from my old CrystalCanyons website over to this one. Still
working on computer renders of complex hybrid fractals. Takes
forever, but will be awesome :-).
OCTOBER 2012: New hybrid fractal video renders
using Mandelbulb3D were started. Estimated completion Jan2013,
as the computations plod along at around 90 frames per day. The
clips will be used in a new HD video called Morpheos Reloaded. We also
tested the Omega3D.net 10-band
interference filter 3D projection system. Apart from some issues
with using correction glasses in addition to the multi-band 3D
interference glasses, this system, when compared with normal polarized
projection methods, seems superior for a small number a viewers.
Although a bit less bright (hence requiring 20-30% more projector
power for the same screen size), stereoscopic images can be projected
onto a white (preferably hi-gain) screen with NO perceptible ghosting.
The trade off is a very slight color rivalry, that for most scenes is
un-noticeable. Very neat.
Trikes in Tailwind (electrics appreciated in
SEPTEMBER 2012: Successfully tested 40Mbps Blu-ray generation
of Over/Under vertically squished 30p material for playing on passive
half-HD (resolution 1920x540) 3DTV's such as LG and Vizio. This
method appears better than side-by-side horizontally squished, row
interlaced (terrible compression artifacts), and for material other
than scrolls and zooms in shots with horizontal line structures.
Perhaps a little better than 24Mbps MVC 3D BD's, but the latter does
not have the horizontal line-structure artifacts. Also
successfully tested 24Mbps 3D-Blu-ray generation. In spite of
the relatively low bit rate available in software like Sony Vegas Pro,
the resulting plays look quite good.
Triking the Maroon Bells outside Aspen, Aug. 2012
APRIL 2012: Finished the electric trike and electric
mountain bike projects (see home page for descriptions of these