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Category Archives: Photography
Wesley-Anny Wedding: Making of a Photo Shoot
This page hosts pictures taken a few weeks prior to the wedding, documenting the photo shoot session Aaron ran. Most of these are my pictures. Some where I make an appearance are taken by Elisha. I suppose you could call those pictures “Making of the Making of a Photo Shoot”. Most of these pictures will be turned into slideshows for use on wedding day. See previous location recon pictures. Continue reading
Wesley-Anny Wedding: Recon
This page hosts pictures taken a few weeks prior to the wedding, as we checked out the place for lighting and layout. I haven’t used the Nikon D700 for 5 years now. I almost thought it stopped working. But as it turned out, the depth of field preview button was stuck in salt, rendering most buttons and the menu dial on the back unusable. After prying the button lose, I now have a functional camera again. I am surprised that the original lithium-ion batteries continue to hold their charges. I have never had a digital camera last for more than 8 years since I bought my first digital camera, the Sony DSC-F505, some twenty years ago. Every other digital camera I bought ultimately failed electronically. This one just keeps going, despite my soaking it in salt water in my 2009 trip.
I took pictures with the D700 as well as the Fujifilm X10, for comparison. Raw on the D700 and JPEG on the X10. I processed the raw files lightly in Lightroom. Maybe Aaron will bring remote flash on the D day. I think I’ll just go without flash. Some of these pictures will be turned into slideshows for use on wedding day.
Posted in Photography Tagged Wedding, wedding preparations, Wesley-Anny Wedding Leave a comment
HHAMS in June – HarborFest, Paintball and Field Meeting
This article exists to house pictures that I’ve turned into a YouTube slideshow. June is usually the busiest month for HHAMS. The first week of June is usually the Port Washington HarborFest where we set up a tent to advance awareness of the aerodrome among natives of this town, and to advertise our upcoming paintball event. The paintball event takes place on the second week of June. Then we have our monthly meeting at the field. Continue reading
Posted in HHAMS, Photography Tagged Field Meeting, HarborFest, HHAMS, HHAMS Aerodrome, HHAMS BBQ, paintball, Paintball event, Port Washington HarborFest, RC flight simulator 2 Comments
2019 HarborFest Model Boat Regatta
Your reporter has been working for at least 6 years now, as a boat retriever at the annual third-grader’s boat regatta. This is an event hosted at the Baxter’s Pond, as part of the Port Washington HarborFest. For the first time, we have photographic coverage of the event this year from a new vantage point, by your reporter and his fellow boat retrievers on kayaks. Continue reading
What is a Doob 3D Selfie?
Last year my family visited the miniature park, Madurodam. We had ourselves scanned at the Fantasitron, and subsequently our 3D selfies printed by Shapeways. I was so impressed that I wrote an entire article about 3D scanning, stereophotogrammetry and gypsum-based 3D color printing. We have since found another venue for making 3D selfies, this time in New York City. The company, Doob, delivers an impeccable service, starting from the first moment we made an appointment online. This smooth and professional experience extends to email reminders, in-store consulting, and actual 3D scanning. It concludes with flawless 3D-printed figurines delivered to our house.
However, Doob as a company is rather secretive about its scanning process and 3D-reconstruction software. It is almost impossible to find any information about its 3D printing process. Unlike Madurodam and Shapeways, Doob offers no technical details on either its American website, or the English version of its main German website.
Hopefully this article will help answer some of most frequently-asked questions folks may raise, concerning Doob 3D selfies. If you come across this article, make sure you first read the one about Madurodam 3D selfies, to understand the basic concepts. Continue reading
Posted in Being a Wikipedian, Drawings and Paintings, Photography Tagged 1:13 scale model, 3D Figurine, 3D photo booth, 3D Portraits, 3D printing, 3D Selfie, 4-inch model, acrylic varnish, Doob3D, Fantasitron, Full Color Sandstone, Gypsum, Madurodam, Mini-me, Shapeways, The Hague, Varnish 5 Comments
3D selfies made in Fantasitron at Madurodam
Writing a computer program to map 2-dimensional drawings to 3-dimensional models had once been my obsession. This stemmed from the endless hours I spent drawing, by hand, orthographic projections of 3D models, and vice versa. While this was condemned as a chore universally by my classmates at Escuela Técnica No. 28 in Buenos Aires, I quite enjoyed it. After my family moved to New York, I no longer had to make these homework drawings. Instead I wrote a C program to generate 3D polyhedrons from 2D polygonal views. The long paper I wrote alongside this program won the gold medal at the New York Math Fair.
That seemed like a lifetime ago. In between then and now, algorithms had been invented to generate 3D models of people in color and with great details, all from simple 2D photos. But it is only in recent years that such technologies started to become commoditized. Just a month ago, Elisha and I stepped into, for a few seconds, a photo booth the size of a restroom, at the miniature park Madurodam. Three weeks later we received an exquisite 3D selfie printed by Shapeways.
Posted in Being a Wikipedian, Drawings and Paintings, Photography, Travel Tagged 1:20 scale model, 1:25 scale model, 3D Figurine, 3D photo booth, 3D Portraits, 3D printing, 3D Selfie, acrylic varnish, Amsterdam, Anne Frank Museum, Corsair, Fantasitron, Full Color Sandstone, Gypsum, Kasteel Nijenrode, Madurodam, Mini-me, Miniature Park, Miniature world, Muiden Castle, National Maritime Museum, Neverlands, Prinsengracht canal, Rijksmuseum, Shapeways, The Hague, Varnish Leave a comment
Droning at and around Ogunquit Beach
This article is a part of the Ogunquit in September Guide I am writing, for the model aeronautically-inclined. It is the main and the last installment in the series. Together with the modern beach equipment installment, it details everything you will ever need, before you head out to fly a drone or two in this beautiful beach town. Continue reading
Posted in Being a Wikipedian, Photography, RC Planes, Travel Tagged 360° panoramic photos, Bald head Cliff, beach equipment, beaches, birds, Cape Neddick, Cliff House, Coast, Coastline, Drakes Island Beach, drone, Footbridge Beach, Gooch's Beach, Google Cardboard, great black-backed seagull, Kennebunkport, kites, Long Sands Beach, Main Beach, Maine, Marginal Way, Model airplanes, Moody Beach, Norsemen Resorts, North Beach, Ogunquit, Ogunquit beach, Perkins Cove, radio-controlled, Rock formations, sailplane, September, Short Sands Beach, Tidal Suites, UMX Radian, Wells, Wells Beach, York, York Beach 1 Comment
Ocean Terrace Rooms at Cliff House
This article is a part of the Ogunquit in September Guide I am writing, for the model aeronautically-inclined. This installment is about the Ocean Terrace Rooms at Cliff House, near Ogunquit. We stayed at this place during the second leg of our trip. And I had a good time flying my model sailplane, while standing on perilous rock formations, with multi-person-tall waves pounding on these same rocks.
We called the booking service of the hotel directly when making our room reservation. The agent convinced me to book a room at the highest floor available, for it afforded the best view of both the ocean and the cliff, despite its higher room rate. But I read afterwards on TripAdvisor that some of the rooms on the higher floors actually had balconies with partially blocked views. Some rooms were situated directly behind other buildings, so they looked over ugly rooftops instead of the ocean and the cliff.
I agonized over this issue before the trip. The uncertainties tortured me. There wasn’t much useful information and pictures to be found online, to ease my mind.
Those who have read the previous article on Tidal Rooms at the Norseman can be forgiven for thinking that I have the buyer’s remorse syndrome as a chronic condition. This article is born after the trip, partly because I am anal, and partly because I want to help the next guy in my situation.
If you landed on this article during your research for a room at the Cliff House, then you have found the right resource. Most of pictures showcased here are taken by Elisha Huang.
Posted in Being a Wikipedian, Gourmet, Photography, Travel Tagged Bald head Cliff, Cliff, Cliff House, filet mignon, Model airplanes, model sailplanes, mussel pot, mussels, Ocean Terrace Rooms, Oceanfront, Ogunquit, radio-controlled model airplanes, Rock formations, UMX Radian, waterfront 2 Comments
Tidal Suites at the Norseman Resort on Ogunquit Beach
This article is a part of the Ogunquit in September Guide I am writing, for the model aeronautically-inclined. This installment is about the Tidal Suites at Norseman Resort we stayed at, during the first part of the trip. As is usually the case, I spent time writing this article after the trip, because I wished someone had written something about this topic, and had posted some pictures of this place online. It would have helped me tremendously during my trip planning. And it would have eased the anxiety I continued to feel until the day of departure. But there was very little information to be found online about the resort, and almost nothing about the new Tidal Suites. Continue reading
Posted in Being a Wikipedian, Photography, Travel Tagged 360° panoramic photos, Equirectangular panorama, great black-backed gull, High tide, juvenile seagull, Kayaking, Low tide, Marginal Way, Norseman on the Beach, Norseman Resort, Norseman Resorts, Ogunquit beach, Ogunquit River, private deck, private parking space, river bed, river delta, Room, roomscale, seagulls, Tidal river, Tidal Suites 6 Comments