Holocaust Memorial 2008
Photo: Don Dixon
This online video has been gaining a lot of attention since it was released yesterday. It utilizes google maps along with html5 compositing to put trees into your childhood suburban neighborhood, and create an eerie user experience that really meshes the songs content to your hometown.
Aside from loving Arcade Fire and they’re new album “The Suburbs” I really enjoyed this Chrome Experiment. I’ve been keeping my eye on Mr.Doob for about a year now, and have been loving all the new HTML5 experiments he puts onto his blog. But I’m still not sold on HTML5.
The concept of HTML5 is good, that an open source format without restrictions can work on any browser, any platform, and not require a lot of additional content to be downloaded, and for objects to be tagged and trigger videos, or photos through those tags. The problem I’m finding is that a lot of HTML5 doesn’t even work on an iPad or iPhone. Even though Mr. Jobs is putting his foot down, and trying to kill flash. It still seems to run better than HTML5, and work on more platforms, and browsers.
I’m not saying HTML5 won’t be the successor one day. But it’s going to be a while yet. That being said, when it does fully arrive and is supported by all browsers, and platforms. How are users going to prevent pop-ups if they have so much versatility now. Think of pop-up ads and banners with HTML5, as “The Wilderness Downtown” illustrates, pop up windows can move around. There was even an HTML5 example of pop-ups playing ping pong.
As cool as this is, I’ve been victim to pop-ups before, especially in Internet Explorer Days. Just wondering how the users of the future will be able to prevent this intelligent pop-ups? Is the catch that HTML5 can’t have commercial pop-ups? Or will it get even more aggressive, and the user experience of web browsing diminish? Or am I getting too paranoid? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I’ve been working on a side project using MOGRAPH 2 to have objects fly in from outside of the web browser screen and land into a banner at the head of the page. The thing I’m trying to do differently is have the motion fly behind the page content. I’ve found it really annoying and frustrating when there is an expandable or rich media that is being intrusive and hard to close, when all you want to see is the latest news or content of a page. I will be finishing off the renders in the next couple of weeks, and should have an online version for people to try out. Enjoy the boards for now.
While visiting New York in July, the guys at B2Pro New York were kind enough to have me into their space and check out they’re incredible set of lights and parabolic reflectors. I was dying to see the lights and the throw of the light and how it wrapped around the face and objects. Unfortunately I was shooting with a point and shoot camera so the quality sucks, but the quality and durability of these lights is hard to compare to.
B2Pro has modded the lights for the production environment, so it’s great for location, and studio.
The only thing I found is that you need a joy box for lights over 2.5k, and the HMI’s have a low buzz to them not uncommon with that form of light. So your audio guy should be aware of that ahead of time. The tungsten versions have a fan that can also be quite hard for audio, but B2pro has a remote to turn it off for when a take is happening.
Can’t get enough of these lights, beautiful quality of light just like a Elinchrom. Will be really interested to see what B2Pro and RED have up their sleeve. Definitely will change the still/motion shooter market. If your trying to be a still/motion shooter I highly suggest working with these lights.
Canadian Artists are so often mistaken for Americans, So I decided to start a project to set the record straight. This is just one of many portraits from a series I call “Canadian Icons”. My objective is to put a photographic stake in the ground and reintroduce to the world our Canadian Heroes.