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Joe Capra is a cinematographer who specializes in super high resolution videos. Time lapse creations of beauty.  He writes: “Two Lands – Greenland | Iceland” is the result of a very brief 10 day shoot I did. The video is a compilation of some of the footage I shot while there. Some of the other shots are in lockdown by the client so I used what I could to create this video. I spent 4 days shooting in Iceland and 6 days shooting in Greenland. Greenland locations include the Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Ilimanaq, Ilulissat Ice Fjord, Russell Glacier, Greenland Icecap, and Disko Bay. Iceland locations include the South Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell, and Grundarfjörður.

All footage was shot in super high resolution 4K Ultra HD.

I urge you to check out his other work at  vimeo.com/scientifantastic. His work is worth your time and consideration.

Thanks to Bob R. for bringing this to our attention.

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.

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Compassion: This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Alvaro Munera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded, the bull did not attack Munera. May we all support the welfare of non-human species.

I never underestimate the power of great photography. – Robert

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I’m pleased to announce my new series from Death Valley.  After a week in 103 degree “balmy-ness”, I’ve returned with a series of new images, and a video, that let you join me in Death Valley, USA.

The digital painting, above, is titled “Facing Death Valley” and speaks to our lives as individuals, mortals, living on a finite world.  It’s the first in a new series I’m calling “Facing the Future”.  I hope it evokes contemplation and introspection in all those who view it. The larger version in the gallery reveals the detail and texture of the complete the image.

To view the new works and to view my short 6 minute video titled “Death Valley Run” – visit BarnesGallery.com and spend some time exploring new works and ones you might have forgotten.  There is lots to see.

All my best,

Robert Barnes

 

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Jacob Frey created these wonderful little pieces that remind us how fragile our planet really is. He described the short film this way:  “Instead of creating a single 60 sec. spot, I came up with the idea of a bunch of little 20 sec. clips.”

My hat is off to Jacob for creating true art, with a message. – Robert

CLICK HERE to visit the original web site.

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Korean artist Jee Young Lee’s beautiful dreamscapes are living proof that you don’t need Photoshop or even a large studio space to create amazing surreal images. She creates all of these scenes by hand in a room that is only 3.6 x 4.1 x 2.4 meters and then inserts herself into the pictures. Some of these self portraits represent her own experiences, dreams and memories, while others represent traditional Korean folk tales and legends. -LENIN

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CLICK HERE to visit Jee Young Lee’s web site.

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Take six minutes out of your busy day and remember what it means to be full of gratitude. It’s a short film by Louie Schwartberg.  It is grand, touching, very real, and meant for YOU. – Robert

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Carolyn T. for sending this just when I needed it.

Night Vision

Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe. Over the course of three months Luke Shepard journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way. Comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production, Nightvision aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks.

I urge you to take a moment and view this short film. My hat is off to Luke Shepard for his work.  It is exceedingly beautiful.

– Robert

Click directly on the image to play the video, or CLICK HERE to play it if you don’t have an image in your email notification.

Thanks to Linda C. for bringing this to our attention.

 

Interview

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.