Adobe CS4 Suite Now Shipping

October 20th, 2008

CS4 Applications
Photoshop CS4’s new Adjustments panel (Screenshot courtesy Adobe)

Today Adobe has announced the availability of Photoshop CS 4 and the entire Creative Suite 4. It features a tabbed interface, enhanced color correction and non-destructive editing tools. After using Photoshop CS4, I noticed quite a bit of areas where they speed things up. The interface is also much smoother and fluid than CS3.

Here are a list of things to look for in Photoshop CS4:
-Smoother panning and zooming and fluid canvas rotation
-Adjustments panel
-Auto-blending of images
-Improved Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workflow
-Masks panel
-Better raw image processing (for us Photogs)
-Extended depth of field
-Content-Aware Scaling (this is very cool)
-Ability to work with 3D objects with one Click

Check out all of these features and more.

Also available today are the following: Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver®CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation™ CS4. Pricing for the new programs is available at Adobe’s online store.

Chase Jarvis Book Signing

October 18th, 2008

To those who didn’t make this event, shame on you, it was awesome. Besides Chase’s two Hangar photo events he hasn’t made a public speaking event like this since 2001. This was my first of his events that I’ve been to since living in Seattle. The book signing took place at REI in one of the conference centers on the top floor. The purpose of the event was to sort of launch Chase’s new Stevens Pass photo book. You can visit the microsite for the book, here. Unsurprisingly the book sold very well and there were about 200+ people in attendance. If you have a few bucks, snag a book before they go out of stock.

With there being quite a few people and each having their book autographed, I was only able to sneak in two questions for Chase. The first concerning the amount of web traffic that his site gets and the second one was asking him who is doing the design end of things for the business. After the questions, I snagged a few pictures of the crowd and Chase’s assistant/right hand man Scott, raffling off items. Along with the raffle, there was a silent auction of Stevens Pass season passes to benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center. I’ve posted some pictures from the event and also one of the videos that was played during the presentation. It was a completely filled event.

Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI

YouTube Preview Image There were 3954 still frames were used in this video, pretty cool right? Here are some words from industry known professionals:

“Chase’s images have always had that certain intangible quality that set them apart. It takes a photographer who really knows skiing and snowboarding to document it well, and Stevens Pass captures this beautifully… What I also love about this book is that the photos go beyond cliff hucks and deep powder. By including some beautiful scenics, some quiet moments, and images of little tykes learning to ski, Chase has made this book something that everyone can enjoy.”
– Chris Jerard Associate Publisher | Freeskier and Snowboard Magazines

“Images and moments from one of Washington’s classic ski areas, Chase’s photos provide an intimate look at contemporary NW ski and snowboard culture.”
– Jeff Galbriath, Publisher, The Ski Journal & frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal

“If a picture really is worth a thousand words than Chase Jarvis’ images from Stevens Pass go a long way toward putting us writers out of business.”
– Crai S Bower, 2008 Northern Lights Award Winning Writer

Xrite Color & Hue Test

October 10th, 2008

Xrite Hue Test

Prior to taking this test I was unsure if I could distinguish between some of the color chips. Now that I know I’m able to see the hues correctly, I’m curious who else can.

Take the Test

Post your results in the comments.

Idaho for the Weekend

September 29th, 2008

This past weekend I’ve been in Portland and in Idaho visiting family and taking leaps at learning new things. I’ve also been spending more time on Twitter lately. If you’re on Twitter, make sure to follow my feed as I’ll be twittering new blog posts and updates.

Here are a handful of photos taken during the trip.

Driving from Portland to Idaho

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Imperial Motion Blog

September 24th, 2008

Imperial Motion (IM), as of a few weeks ago, launched a new blog catering to artists and photographers that they felt deserved some recognition. About two months before the launch I was contacted and asked to take part in this blog. I haven’t had much to post as of lately, but I did give them access to pull images from my blog so that they could post. IM decided to go with the GirlTalk photos from The Capitol Hill Block Party. Some of those photos were also used in an upcoming interview with Greg Gillis for Slug Magazine.

View the Imperial Motion blog here & view my post here.

Olugbenro & Glazer’s

September 6th, 2008

Yesterday was an inspirational day to say the least. Glazer’s camera is holding lighting talks and demonstrations this weekend over at their main store as well as their lighting and rental stores. They are also having a sale–10% off all of their lighting equipment.

At 6:30PM last night, a relatively new studio was having an open house for photographer, Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore. Great atmosphere and very nice people. Hasselblad, Epson and Bowens reps were present and showing their most expensive products. The studio actually hosts a full production business. There are sound studios, green screen, video editing suite, make-up/dressing area, client suite as well as a design suite all in this building.

Around 8:00PM Benro brought a model onto the seamless and set up his Profoto setup and explained how he shoots and works with models from start to finish. If you take a look at the following picture, you can see that he was shooting tethered to a 24″ iMac. The detail was amazing when viewing the file at full size.

After talking with Olùgbènrò for a minute or two, I noticed that he uses a large, definitely custom hand strap. I asked him about it and he quickly filled me in. Olùgbènrò had started a company called Grip60.


Marcus Eaton Trio

August 30th, 2008

Marcus Eaton Trio
Marcus Eaton Trio
Marcus Eaton Trio
Marcus Eaton Trio
Marcus Eaton Trio
Marcus Eaton Trio

YouTube Preview ImageThe Marcus Eaton Trio is comprised of three members. A bassist–James, guitar & singer–Marcus, and a percussionist–Kevin. Each of them have amazing talent and as a band are putting out great music. I was first introduced to the music about a year ago by Dave. Dave and I worked together to get some shots for the band and since then I’ve been helping the band out. It’s great to get a chance to be part of something that I really enjoy listening to. Check out these older posts on Dave’s blog: Marcus Eaton Trio, Trio Promo and Published Premier Guitar.

The show was at The Gorge and Marcus played before Dave Matthews went on stage. Once again, great performance by the band. They were joined part way through by DM member, Tim Reynolds.


August 25th, 2008

Keeping very busy lately and letting music collect dust in my iTunes Library. I have a few songs here from Cataldo. I’m not sure how to describe the music besides having a touch of a poppy and acoustic feel. His new album Signal Flare, is out though and available on iTunes and through the Cataldo website.

Cataldo – Tremble But Not Talk (From Signal Flare Album)

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Cataldo – My Heart Is Calling/Following (From Signal Flare Album)

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Lightning Sunset

August 17th, 2008

Beacon Hill Sunset
No there wasn’t really lightning at sunset but wouldn’t that be cool? The first shot I’m posting, was taken over on Beacon Hill looking towards downtown Seattle. I shot it using a .9 (3 stop) GND (graduated neutral density) filter. The reason for using this type of filter is so I could properly expose the ground and still keep the sky from overexposing.

Last night, technically this morning, was the first time I’d actually seen lightning strikes this close to Seattle. The lightning was about 10 miles off at one point. The best of the show was at about 4AM, going till about 4:30AM. I have posted some random photos below from the weekend as well. They are from the same night as the first sunset photo I posted up above.

lightning over the bay
lightning over the bay
ethan vella sunset
sunset at amazon
bike in sunset

Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes

August 10th, 2008

There are music artists that you can listen to everyday, three times a day. Santogold is one of those artists that has such an awesome voice and puts out great tracks. One of my favorite songs of hers is L.E.S. Artistes.

I found the music video to the song on youtube and posted it below. The video is driven by one of her life experiences, giving it such a personal feel. I also have posted another song below to listen to when the video has finished.
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Santogold – Lights Out (From the Santogold Album)

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Search & Ride

August 10th, 2008

You tend to not realize how large a city is until you can’t find what you’re looking for. These past two weekends a friend and myself have been looking for some bmx trails/jumps that I was told were on Queen Anne. Well needless to say, we didn’t find the trails, but we did stumbled upon quite a few great locations to shoot photos and some interesting vantage points looking over Seattle as well as a more northern look towards the University of Washington.

Lake Union Seattle

This shot has nothing to do with the search except for the fact that you can see just how large Queen Anne is. Check out the Map print out below.

Seattle Searching

The darkened area is the area that we covered twice. The area where the lines are drawn is the area that we only passed through. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these so-called trails, please leave a comment or send me an email.

Autumn Garage Skateboards

July 28th, 2008

Almost two months ago I was asked to do some skateboard designs for Autumn Garage out of Salt Lake City. I ended up doing a bunch of different designs. The whole project was fun, the boards turned out great and I am definitely looking forward to working with AG in the future.

Autumn Garage Skateboads
Autumn Garage Skateboads
Autumn Garage Skateboads

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