Santa Cruz – Stuck in Customs

HDR with Google Glass

On This Week in Tech Today

I’ll be on with Leo Laporte, Om Malik, and Dwight Silverman today (Sunday) at 3 PM PT, 6 PM ET. You can watch live at . If you’re around Petaluma and want to say hi, stop by! I’ll be sharing some new photos from travels and the Glass. We’ll probably also talk about stuff from Google I/O and other random tech geeky awesome stuff…

HDR with Google Glass?

I think I figured something cool out, although it is an absolute hack. But, that’s okay. I mean, if you can get the light, then you get the light. If you think about it, using Auto-bracketing on a regular camera (like a DSLR) to get an HDR is kind of a hack, since that’s not even the purpose of auto-bracketing. Today’s photo below shows the hacked effect working from a Google Glass photo. I have a lot more testing and research to do, and I’ll share it soon. It’s different than the usual HDR Tutorial (which was just re-written from the ground-up less than two weeks ago, by the way!).

An All-Glass Album

I made an All-Glass album over on Google+. I’ve been experimenting a lot with taking photos with Glass. And before you ask, regular visitors to the site (hi!) know that I post-process unapologetically. To me, the first photo is just a sketch. As long as you get enough light and color with an interesting composition, the rest of the light is yours to bend to your will. But yes, all these photos were taken with Google Glass. Some were taken on the San Francisco PhotoWalk a few days ago!

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Running down to the Beach

I was going down to the beach when I decided to get some quick photos up here with Glass. It didn’t take too long. Man, I sure do wish they were RAW files, but sadly they are just JPGs. It’s not the end of the world, but still… it’s a little limiting. Anyway, as you can see, the waves were crashing in and the weather was wonderful… I guess that makes up for the lack of RAW files! 🙂

Actually, maybe one of you smart people can tell me why tiny cameras like this and iPhones and Androids can’t make RAW files. I don’t know the technical reason. I assume it has something to do with sensor size and how much light it can collect, but some of that hardware stuff is beyond my ken.

After I got down there, I took a photo of the Natural Bridge, which you can see in the album above.

Running down to the Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-05-18 19:50:22
  • CameraGlass 1
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture2.5
  • ISO60
  • Focal Length3.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias


Evening in Santa Cruz

Fox News Central Park Bit Part 2

When I mentioned this on Facebook, everyone started coming out with their hot-news-opinions about Fox News! All you have to do is just put those two words together, then everyone will tell you want they think… and, they seem to simply assume that you care about the intricacies of their opinions. Hehe… it cracks me up… hey, I know some people take what people say on the news to be very important, that’s fine…that’s fine… Over here in New Zealand, the news mostly talks about horses when the best week to put blankets on them for the winter.

Daily Photo – Evening in Santa Cruz

I really rushed here at the last minute for this photo! I arrived just as the sun was setting to get some shots from above, then came down to the beach to take some more of the reflection off the wet sand. It was so perfect down there, and it lasted for a good thirty minutes after sunset, which was quite convenient!

After I was done taking these, a gentleman came over that recognized me from the website. It was good of him to do this – we talked for a little while – I always enjoy meeting new people, so if you see me, don’t be afraid to come say hello! 🙂

Evening in Santa Cruz

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-02-20 21:01:16
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1