RyeBrye on March 28th, 2011

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Short version: If you just want to vote for me

When you vote, you will get entered into a drawing to win a $100 B&H Photo gift card.

You can just go to:
https://www.unifiedcolor.com/user/register?destination=utc_voting/vote/591
and fill out the form and click “create new account” and you will be done.

If you are only interested in voting for me – thank you!. The rest of this blog entry doesn’t matter to you and is just a bunch of historical text… the link above will vote for me immediately after you register so you don’t have to do anything else.

Background

A while ago I discovered the HDR Expose and 32 Float – both products from Unified Color that make it easy to get a natural look when you process HDR photos. As a promotion for their software, they ran a photo contest. There were three phases to the contest and each phase produced 15 winners (1 first prize winner and 4 honorable mention winners in 3 categories). Now all three phases are over and they are running a contest to pick the grand prize winner – based on public voting.

What’s in it for you?

Why should you care? Well, for starters – everyone who votes gets entered into another drawing to get win one of five $100 gift card from B&H Photo. (Which is very useful, they sell lots of stuff). Also, if you vote for my image and I end up winning, I’ll get to go on a really cool National Geographic photo expedition and take tons of photos that I’ll post on my blog or flickr account for you to look at and say “cool.” Plus… what’s the social revolution of the web all about if it’s not about coercing friends into voting on stuff for you in random contests?

On that page of thumbnails, I have four images in the running. Their thumbnails look like this:

The thumbnails of my contest entries

Short version on how to vote: Click on the above image, and then find the thumbnail of the conference center image. Click on it, say 'neat' when you see it larger, and then click the 'Vote for this photo:' button. When you register for an account (in order to vote) you also get entered into the gift card drawing.

How to vote

Here’s the process on how to vote:

The voting page on Unified Color's site

Go to the HDR Contest voting page and you will see something like this – only the thumbnails will most likely be in a different order since it is a well-run contest and it actually randomizes them whenever you refresh that page (which makes it more fair)

When you click on thumbnail, the large “vote for this image” button appears and lets you click on it to vote for an image. You will have to register for an account there in order to vote – but it is pretty easy to do and once you vote you will also be entered into their drawing for a $100 gift card.

If you are SUPER LAZY

You can go to the Unified Color Voting Page and then paste the following into your address bar and hit enter:
javascript:$("div.utc-voting-image-preview").load("/utc_voting/image/preview/591");window.scroll(0,1000);
And then click the “Vote for this photo” button.

or you could try clicking here

What that does is the same thing that you do when you click on the thumbnail – but it saves you the two seconds it takes to find the thumbnail of my image. I would encourage you to still look at the other entries… and you still have to click the “vote” button.
It’s possible to link directly to the voting page for my image but that might violate the spirit of the competition too much so I would suggest taking the extra steps to avoid them thinking I’m trying to hack the planet or something.

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RyeBrye on October 26th, 2010
thumbnail of cleaning leaves

Click to play the timelapse video of cleaning leaves. The 1080p version is much better quality than the others

I’ve been using the TC-80N3 clone I got for my birthday to take some timelapse shots of various things.

I’m going to take a shot a throwing together some of the timelapse scenes I have shot into a longer sequence about the change from fall to winter weather.

Here’s one clip that I think is Time Lapse of cleaning up fall leaves on YouTube .

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RyeBrye on October 19th, 2010

Zion Canyon from Scout Lookout Equirectangular preview image
Click on the image to load the panorama in a lightbox-style window without leaving this page. To view it fullscreen, click the fullscreen icon on the far right of the control bar of the panorama once it loads. The iPad / iPhone link is at the bottom of the page of the full blog article

This is one you really should view full screen and zoom in on different sections. Click on the “fullscreen” icon to the far right of the tool bar in the flash viewer to go fullscreen, click on the “+” button to zoom in. (you can also use your scroll wheel or keyboard to zoom in and out – the control and shift keys control the zoom)

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RyeBrye on October 15th, 2010

The Y at night
Click on the image to load the panorama in a lightbox-style window without leaving this page. To view it fullscreen, click the fullscreen icon on the far right of the control bar of the panorama once it loads. The iPad / iPhone link is at the bottom of the page

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RyeBrye on October 15th, 2010

Towers of The Virgin - Zion National Park
Click on the image to load the panorama in a lightbox-style window without leaving this page. To view it fullscreen, click the fullscreen icon on the far right of the control bar of the panorama once it loads. The iPad / iPhone link is at the bottom of the page

As you start the hike up to the North Summit of Mount Nebo, it doesn’t take long for you to get to a point where thin lines that make up roads are the only signs of civilization. It’s an interesting form of vast suburban wilderness filled with rolling hills, mountains, trees, and cows.
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RyeBrye on October 15th, 2010

Towers of The Virgin - Zion National Park

Click on the image to load the panorama in a lightbox-style window without leaving this page. To view it fullscreen, click the fullscreen icon on the far right of the control bar of the panorama once it loads. The iPad / iPhone link is at the bottom of the page

While I was in Zion National Park last month, I took several panoramas that I haven’t had time to stitch or post yet. This is one of them. In addition to being the first panorama posted with the updated viewer (it should load much faster than they have previously), this is also the first one that I’m publishing the link for the iPad / iPod version of the panorama viewer.
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As you can probably tell, I like to take spherical panoramas (ones where you can pan around in every direction). If you know of any cool places to go shoot one or if you have access to someplace cool, drop me a line.

As long as it’s not of a commercial nature (as in… I’m not going to go shoot panoramas of the newly renovated suites at your hotel for you to put on your website… at least not for free) – I’ll put it on my list. (Although if you DO have a commercial project you want me to shoot for hire, drop me a line in the comments and ask me to email you and we can discuss it.)
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Spherical Panorama of the Tabernacle on Temple Square

While I was in the area last week, I also managed to take this Spherical Panorama of the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The postion I am taking it from is also the angle where Lloyd Newell delivers the “Spoken Word” portion of Music and the Spoken Word

In 2007 the ensign published a several-page article about the Tabernacle (but the PDF version is much better; it has pictures.)

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