Beautiful Cities of the World Collection
Here is another of the special animated creations for the recent drop on OpenSea.
To get this look, I used my Movie Night Presets pack which I really recommend. It doesn’t work on all photos, but if you want to give your night photos a little bit of an interesting look, I recommend it. It’s heavily inspired by Blade Runner and a lot of other “dark movies” that I enjoy.
If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll see a fun sneak peek of an upcoming drop over there. I have a new strategy that will either be awesome or crash and burn. We’ll see! 🙂
Here’s a sneak preview of the drop and a little bit about the pricing strategy. I don’t really know if it will work or not. I have very low expectations… so I guess we will see!
When we started the tour across Asia, we began here at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. It’s quite the showpiece! All of these hotels are nice, but this one was like extra-ritzy. This is one of the restaurants there called Tosca Di Angelo. The food was amazing and so was the photography options!
Photography is a great sport because it’s solitary and gives you some amazing adventures to have at night. It also gives you a reason to walk around the city and discover new things. The muggles like to explore cities too, but they are usually on their way for an actual purpose: bar, restaurant, or shopping. It’s nice the photography has no real purpose other than wandering and finding things you did not expect.
I was chatting with my friend Milly the other day about architecture photos. She was asking if I get bored of it because I’ve made thousands of them. I told her, no, not really, because it’s a fun personal challenge either to get a cool angle or to process it differently. If I was the architect, I’d love to stumble upon one of my photos and think, hey that’s cool! Perhaps it a bit of an homage, even though it’s inherently a derivative work.
I haven’t been back since the protests, but I know Hong Kong was a very safe place to take photos at night. There are so many cool lights and the city really comes alive at night. I just sort of wander around randomly to find cool scenes like this. Often times, I’ve got my earphones on and listening to cool music to inspire me even more.
If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll know today is Sunday and it’s time for a new video! We have about 200 in here now and you can see all kinds of goodies in there. Enjoy!
Let’s give this shot some HDR love…
When I was watching Devs (which I highly recommend, especially if you like films like Ex Machina from Alex Garland), I recognized the computer lab was in the shape of a cool mathematical fractal called a Menger Sponge. This is a fractal curve, a three-dimensional generalization of the one-dimensional Cantor set and two-dimensional Sierpinski carpet. It was formalized by Karl Menger in 1926. I’ve been working on lots of fractals lately at night in my lonely isolation and thought this was bizarrely mindbending. And, yes, I’m a math nerd.
The music is also from Devs, specifically the opening of Episode 4 of Season 1. The composers for the show at Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, and, if you’ve seen the show, then you know what a unique soundscape it has. Well done guys! 🙂
It took about 48 hours to render at 1080p on a rather beefy Xeon and high-end GeForce based Origin PC… just to give you an idea of the complexity of the math.
Here’s something most people don’t get to experience because it’s not really high on the touristy list of Hong Kong. If you head over to where the fish markets are, you can see these old-timey tram cars. They cost almost nothing to ride in, and you can just jump in and ride around all day! Those windows on the 2nd floor up top are particularly cool.