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Music is food for the soul.  Computer Animation is animation designed and implemented by humans…. using computers.  It’s very tedious and time consuming to build a 3D model, give it “skin” that makes the model look real, and then move the individual pieces of the model – one frame at a time – to do what you desire. Once this is completed, THEN you can direct the computer to move the point of view, the virtual camera, around your intricate model.  This is how Pixar, Dream Works, and other animation houses create the wonders we’ve come to know and enjoy.

This 4+ minutes is a wonderful marriage of art and technology.  Animusic has a set of DVD’s that can be found on YouTube, if you want to see and hear more.  – Robert

Thanks to Bill B. for passing this along.


Thanks to Mary M. for passing this link along to us.

We forget how exotic the world of architecture has become. What is standard in the USA is often dwarfed by what is built around the world.  Here are some selections from a web site called and it shares incredible shots by two of the most daring photographers I have seen, Vitaly Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov.  – Robert

Thanks to Joe O. for bringing this to our attention.

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Over the past twenty three years I’ve used Photoshop as an essential design tool.  I started with version 1.0 and have enjoyed its evolution over the years.

During that time, I was fortunate to be asked to serve as Technical Editor on five separate Photoshop books.

I’ve been a personal coach and trainer for dozens of professional photographers, taught two semesters of Photoshop 101 in Santa Fe and conducted full day seminars for advanced users.  Along the way I’d create little videos that showed a tip or feature to my students.

Each version of Photoshop has variations on the tools and new features have been added continually. Whether you have “Elements”, Version 7 or CS 6 Extended, many features remain the same.  I recently created a new web site to inspire intermediate photoshop users with some of my older videos.  Most are just a few minutes long but they introduce you to the concepts and push you to explore and experiment on your own.  There is no charge and I hope you’ll find value, as well as a bit of entertainment, by visiting my new site.

Click Here to visit




pensmoke handslqScience student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments. You can see more over on Graphonaute.

Thanks to Jim J. for passing this along to us.

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I participated in Burning Man again this year.  I spent a 24 hour day with 8 friends who share a love of the art presented at the annual event in the Black Rock desert of Northern Nevada.  You can see my short video on this year’s Burn in the video section of

Balloon Chain “Simplicity” came in my email today.  It’s a short documentary that shows an element of creativity that keeps us coming back to Burning Man each year.


“The beauty of the Balloon Chain Project is something that words can not describe. Even a still photo struggles to tell its story. It’s the simplicity of it that makes it so stunning, and this is what I set out to capture.

Shot at Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City Nevada. Equipment – Canon 5DMKIII, Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly, Miller DS10, and an intervalometer.

Produced for The “13 in 13″ project. 13 films in 2013, released on the 13th of each month at 1:13pm. Film #10.

Original music by Adrian Hernandez,”

-Jared Morgan

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Christine F. for bringing this to our attention.


Submitted by John Santoro on Wed, 07/10/2013 – 11:19am
Unified Color Blog


Robert Barnes is a digital artist working in Reno, NV and often “on the road somewhere in America” as he often signs his correspondence.

Barnes dove into digital media when digital artistry tools were new and crude; a time when creativity and imagination drove the genre. Fast forward to today and you’ll see that his work exhibits a unique look at the world and near-perfect execution. You can see more of Barnes’ work at his website.



Barnes shares his thoughts on photography with us:

Q: How does your locale influence your photography?

A: I moved to Reno, NV last year from Santa Fe, NM. It has all the benefits of living in the West, low humidity, spectacular landscapes, and closeness to Yosemite and San Francisco. In the brief time we’ve been here, Reno has surprised us with a myriad of photo opportunities. The Reno National Air Race Championships, The Reno Balloon Races, The Reno Rodeo (5th largest in the country) and Lake Tahoe – a 40 minute drive “up the hill”.

Q: What type of photography inspires you?

A: I work primarily with the Grand View. Landscapes that provide us with perspective, sense of place, and an ever changing palette of color, skies and terrain.

Q: How did you get started with HDR photography?

A: As a repeat visitor to the National Parks, I felt I was getting the initial “good stuff”. Challenging terrains like Antelope Slot Canyons, Horseshoe Bend, and The Grand Canyon in Arizona have, on a good day, a dynamic range that my cameras just can’t capture. My eye sees the image, the sensor’s latitude does not – at least not in a single image. HDR helps me present what I really saw – and often it is magnificent. In the one man show I have starting in September, I feature 4 surreal slot canyons that are the result of extensive use of HDR.

Q: Can you tell us what equipment and software you use?

A: My primary camera is the trusty Nikon D2X and 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor lens. A sturdy Tripod, Photoshop CS6 Extended and Unified Color’s Float 32 and HDR Express2 (on a Mac).

Q: How do you see photography developing over the next year or so?

I’ve been shooting for 44 years. I’ve learned that photography is not a competition… I use my photography and HD Video to create what I describe as “Photorealist Paintings and Sculpture.” Limited Edition work. In some cases I wrap my images around 3D models I’ve created. I use every tool in my grab bag to bring my work to life. My personal end point is the creation of fine art prints and videos that promote my work.

As we move forward – the advent of 4,000 pixel width video will draw a lot of photographers into the video field. The cameras aren’t the end point. The image – and how it makes the viewer feel is what I really care about. Stitching multiple images to gain the super high resolution I crave, combined with ever improving HDR technology we enjoy today – leads us to the next step in the evolution of image creation.

From Mathew Brady to the NASA Astronauts shooting images of the Earth with large format cameras, all these advances are within the creative grasp of photographers today. I look at negatives I shot in 1969 and the images I produce today. There is little comparison strictly from the measurement of clarity. But the content of my old shots hasn’t faded with time. The Space Shuttle launch, The Democratic & Republican Conventions. Shots from the Goodyear Blimp and portraits of Bob Dylan and Buddy Rich – still shine through because THEY were the reason I tripped the shutter. What lens or camera body I was using was only a means to an end. Content and Feeling remain. New technology improves the canvas upon which I “paint”. The near future will see many more shooters who embrace the time lapse capture, the astro-photography of the night sky, the danger of extreme sports with small helmet cameras. Our adventure continues.

CLICK HERE to visit the original source web site for Unified Color.



Amazing that someone could not only create this, but make it interact with your mouse / cursor. Be sure to run your mouse over the screen slowly.  Try slow circles.

CLICK HERE to interact with Kaleidoscope.

Thanks to Carolyn T. for passing along this link.

2013 — Time for a shift in our thinking and the way we view the world.

Here’s a short animation piece by Ryan Musselman who is a Grad Student in Virginia Tech’s Creative Technologies MFA Program.

Here’s to you Ryan!




From the Adobe Museum of Digital Media

John Maeda, one of Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, examines some of the history that connects the worlds of analog creativity and digital creativity. Set in the museum’s freshly constructed auditorium, the lecture is brought to life with interactive projections, animated infographics, video clips, and mini documentaries of various hands-based Rhode Island School of Design workshops, such as glassblowing and letterpress.

CLICK HERE to visit the Museum and see the lecture.