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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Island in Turtle Pond, Central Park

There is a platform on the west side of Turtle Pond that juts out about ten feet over the water.  The side facing the castle has thin wooden slats, with just enough space on them to place the camera on.

6:29:42 PM    

Red Door & Cobblestones #6

"In the woods there is a bird; his song stops you and makes you blush.
There is a clock that never strikes.
There is a hollow with a nest of white beasts.
There is a cathedral that goes down and a lake that goes up..." Childhood, Illuminations, Rimbaud

And in case no one has thought of it, this would be a good time for a biograph-type movie of Arthur Rimbaud. He had an amazing life after writing A Season in Hell and some other surreal poems, ending up in Africa as a trader.

12:15:46 PM    

Christos Gates
Christos' Gates, Central Park

Here are a few facts about The Gates which will go up in Central Park:

- 7500 gates that will line all the pathways in Central Park
- They will be up for 16 days
- The opening will be Feb. 12th
- The cloth that forms the top of the Gate will be saffron-colored
- And the Christos (husband and wife artists) have been trying to get this thing done for 26 years, or more exactly permission to get this done.

What you see above are the bases forThe Gates. The bright orange plastic gizmos are there so you don't trip over them before the rest of the Gates are put up. These things are pretty ugly and you have to be careful not to get them in your pictures. While I was taking pictures of the stumps, a number of New Yorkers approached and asked me what all these gray metal bases were for. I told them, for the Gates Project. But no one had heard anything about it. When I said that the entire park would have these connected saffron-colored Gates for about two weeks, they all said, that sounds nice.

If you ask the artist what any of this means, don't expect any real answer. But it is going to be big, and it may be very beautiful.
Christos Gates
Gates walking towards Turtle Pond

"The issue of securing the steel gates had become even more crucial, given a tragedy that occurred at the Umbrellas installation in California.

One of the umbrellas was unmoored by a freakish, swirling wind, and took flight, resulting in the death of a spectator..." - Art Kills (From New York Magazine)

11:10:50 AM    

Here is what I stumbled upon a few weeks ago that made me wonder about unsharp masking:

"To compensate for the blurring effect of the low-pass filter, sharpening must be applied before the picture is resized/resampled for a specific output process, but after other corrections�especially noise reduction�have been completed.

To compensate for the softening effect of the output process, sharpening should be applied after the picture has been resized/resampled."

Here is the source for this: Digital Photography, Microsoft Website

Here is more by Bruce Fraser (via Heath): Sharpening

Now, after going through the unsharpening section in Adobe Photoshop for Photographers, although they agree on the idea of doing the unsharpening after other adjustments have been made (for the purpose of output), I wonder whether you would do better by doing this in two distinct steps, because the settings for each purpose are different. I am not really looking for an answer, I can do some experiments and figure it out if I can see any difference at various sizes - but it is just to show that even some of the most basic techniques can be tricky.

I was able to write up a pretty good workflow for developing film on a page or two. I would probably have to spend a page or two on unsharpening alone. And way before that you get to monitor calibration, and color management. That's at least a chapter... which is why I haven't even attempted to write anything other than these tidbits. (P.S. Firefox rules).

9:08:42 AM    

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