Old school – NEW world

Bridging the gap . . .

Tag: iPad2

Mid-1960’s . . .

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This morning the past came visiting . . . my sister brought me a book of poems that I had written and copied in a sketch book . . .

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. . . bound/covered with paisley patterned material . . . paisley, tie-dye . . . the Fillmore . . .
1960’s . . . remember . . .?? . . . oh yeh . . . PSYCHEDELIC man.

I did a bit of photo manipulation with the Halftone app . . .

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. . . “title” page . . .

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One of the pages . . .

I’ll transcribe the poems digitally . . . and think about posting them later.

Camera work with the iPad2.

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My Old Bag of Tricks . . .

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Being the last day of 2011, I decided to share a bit of the past . . . so here are some photos of my old Miranda Sensomat and the the Nikon FM.

The Miranda was the first 35 mm camera I bought . . . it was my introduction to photography over forty years ago . . . the Nikon FM came later, after the Minolta XE-7 . . . the Minolta was stolen in Mexico, and changed my attitude about Mexico.

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The Nikon FM with 3 lenses was the workhorse . . . and I learned how to make it do what I wanted it to do . . . being able to over-ride the auto-exposure metering and shutter speed . . .

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The 24mm for gallery openings and interior shots . . .

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. . . the 43-86 Nikkor zoom . . .

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The 55mm f/2.8 macro . . .

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. . . so with my Nikon Coolpix (all the “bells and whistles” I need), my iPod Touch and iPad, I am now able to make use of the digital technology available to generate images in a matter of minutes that would have taken days, 20 years ago.

Fang of the Sun . . .

I ran across these photos of my old Fang of the Sun mecha . . . I built this one back in the 1980’s . . . bought 5 kits in Little Tokyo . . . 3 Bushman, a Roundfacer, and the Mackerel . . . All examples of combat armor before the overly detailed “gundam” became popular . . . I wasn’t a fan or devout model builder, I just liked the figures and the fact that they were well articulated for the time period . . . especially here in the U.S.

Old #5 . . . minus the top of the cockpit.

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. . . a rear view of the combat armor.

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Detail of the left arm and shoulder . . . I added the “hydraulic” lines . . . electrical wire from a dead laptop.

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. . . and some extra details like patch plates on the leg and upper body.

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. . . “battle damage” was added using a Dremel with a 1/8 inch drill bit.

Candid snap in the coleus . . .

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. . . faux Polaroid . . .

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I wish the Poladroid app worked on the iPad . . . hint . . . hint . . .

Flash back . . .

. . . “I no reserbation indun” . . .

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I just re-read my “Crunchy Numbers” post from months back, and probably should translate the text at the top of the page . . . all it means is: I’m not an Indian who lives on the reservation . . . further translation . . . Just because I’m a North American Indian, as opposed to a native from India, doesn’t mean that I live on the reservation . . . s-o-o-o don’t try to “relate” to me by tossing random Owens Valley Paiute terminology into the conversation . . . u-u-uh . . . no habla . . .

Where was I . . . oh . . .

Well . . . here’s one for the book . . . there’s a name that’s disturbing the “wa” . . . MY “wa” and that’s not good . . . somehow I should know the person mentioned in the comment, but I cannot access the data . . . anyway, why would her daughter be commenting on the post??
Yeh . . . well . . .

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. . . the following is an excerpt from a comment awaiting approval that prompted this post/comment:

Do you still want me make obscene phone calls to a pay phone?

WTF!!? is some ghost from my past attempting to contact me? . . .

After sussing the ether, it’s starting to come back to me . . . the Post Office . . . Long Beach CA . . . downtown main . . . Pine Street . . . u-u-uh . . . and my vision becomes blurred . . . probably the graveyard shift . . . godamn!! . . . had to be graveyard, cos it wasn’t at Pacific Station or North Long Beach or Bixby . . . eventually I worked as a letter sorting machine operator, letter distribution clerk, etc. etc. etc. and resigned after 20 years . . . that’s more time than Bukowski ever managed . . . AND with fewer hangovers.

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. . . about the “obscene” phone calls . . . I plead insanity . . . musta been under the influence . . . of something . . . so I decided some colorful fauve influenced images were in order . . . AND I’m going to update my ABOUT page. . .

Photos from a street art gallery south of Mina NV and my iPad2 . . . State Highway 95 . . . east side of the road.

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. . . dope will get through times of no money better than money will get you through time of no dope . . . ” . . . and Abraham Lincoln never said that . . .

p.s. sorry Crystal . . . I trashed your “comment” cos it wasn’t really a “comment” . . .

Photo-manipulation . . .

Some iPad camera apps . . .

. . . there’s an update for the Camera 4Line Art (C4LA) app . . . and although I didn’t really see a difference other than the addition of adverts, if you play around a bit you can generate some interesting FX . . . more on that later . . . if you have any of the cartoon apps like Comic Life or ComicStrip, use C4LA to change your photos into line art and the “cartoon” will look more “cartoon-y” . . . examples below:

Original . . .

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and, the Camera 4Line Art app.

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Next is the PhotoTropedelic app . . . it’s been updated recently, which caused me to have another go at “psychedelisizing” some photos . . . same pic as the original (first image), but using the “Tropedelic” color pallet, and then the color pallet of the original image . . . this app will give some truly graphic FX to use in you cartoon pages.

First . . . the PhotoTropedelic color palette . . .

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. . . then the original photo pallet.

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And lastly(sic) . . . here’s a NSFW combo using the Fuji Instax app, some PhotoForge2, and the Halftone app . . . no original, too “racy” . . .

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Mixing the visuals . . .

Here’s what’s left of a foto I snagged off the ether . . . I mixed the final image using the following apps, in sequence, as listed:

  • Photo Pad
  • Fuji Film Instax app
  • PhotoForge2
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    The Fuji Instax app was used for the “bandaid” brush stroke; with the Photo Pad app, I used the filter feature’s “abstract” option; and, with PhotoForge2, I adjusted the exposure, cropped and flopped the image for the end result.

    I don’t make written notes documenting the slider settings (percentages) I use, cos that’s not my style . . . the app features and options are simply the visual cues, the “chart” if you will, how I play between the cues is based on experience, and the “now” . . . thanks to Karl Lagerfeld for providing the “now” . . .

    Breakfast . . .

    I was getting ready to make breakfast and decided to give the iPad camera a bit of a workout . . . The iPad is unwieldy and has a tendency to shake . . . or maybe I need a cup-o-coffee!! . . . whatevah . . . green onions (chopped), shiitake, three eggs, pepper and some kosher salt.

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    . . . of course I have a secret ingredient . . . a Ballpark beef weeny sliced on the diagonal!! Once the mash-up cooked, I add some katsu sauce . . . you could add some Bulldog sauce or mayo . . .

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    . . . got this from Sankaku Complex . . . make it moe (cute) . . . YOU dial up the site, I won’t be responsible for leading you astray . . .

    Raymond’s Deli . . .

    . . . inside looking out . . .

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    . . . here’s the beauty of iOS5 . . . I can type text on my iPod Touch (because it’s more convenient while eating, etc.) and when I decide to work on the iPad, it’s there waiting to be edited or whatever . . . tres cool, non?

    Had a most relaxing lunch at Raymond’s Deli . . . self-proclaimed “best little dive on 395” . . .

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    Must admit that the pastrami “sarni” was exceptional, went well with vintage punk on the speakers, travel log, and surfing video on the flat screen. 5 stars for atmosphere and good food!!

    . . . more pics . . .

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    . . . The skylights bring back memories . . . Like when this was the PiƱon Bookstore (pronounced “pin-yon” for those of you who failed Spanish I) . . . used to get my comic books here, like Sargent Rock, Lash LaRue, Little Lulu, etc. . . . nickel or a dime, and I ain’t talking bags . . .

    A Little Tribute . . .

    Yeh, the world lost one of its best, but like Jobs was known to have approached the future, ” . . . let it go . . .”

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    . . . thanks to Apple for all the innovative thought – I used to be a PC, but in the last year, and the past month, I have become, as one person said, ” . . . A member of the iFamily.”

    I have an iPod Touch that was my introduction to the wonders of technology, stuff that Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers were privy to in the early 20th Century; after much bitching and moaning, Apple got the camera stuffed into the iPod Touch 4G, and I snagged one, simply because the camera feature was what was missing on my original iPod Touch. Now, I have an iPad2 and plan to get a MacBook Air shortly . . . As my daughter said when I told her that I was adding a MacBook Air to my “crew“, she said, “It won’t be a crew dad, that’ll be a fucking POSSE!!” Well, I’m going in as a 50% investor in a new iPad2 for her, because she needs one! Her refurbished MacBook Pro is just a bit behind the times, so she’s going to “. . . let it go.”

    Thanks Steve, and all the family at Apple . . .

    Photo taken with my iPod Touch 4G and processed with the Plastic Bullet app.