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Downtown Minneapolis - View from W Broadway Street on an overcast afternoon.

 

I will refrain from going too deep into the processing details at the risk of confusing everyone :)

 

17 shot exposure blended vertorama. Post processed in photomatix and Lightroom 2. Images stitched using Microsoft ICE.

 

A Zillion thanks to Pritham for driving me to this spot on time :)

 

Take a Dive

Winter is slowly losing its grip. Minneapolis downtown from St. Anthony Main, near sunset.

 

Nikon D5000 @ ISO 320. Tamron 17-50mm @ 38mm, f/9, 1/80s. Panorama of 4 HDR images (3 images each tonemapped with Photomatix) with Microsoft ICE.

 

Press 'L' for large. Thanks for looking!

I couldn't come up with a better title for the lack of any creative ideas :)

 

Anyway, this is a HDR-Panorama of the downtown Minneapolis skyline. I just cant get enough of this place :)

 

There are 3 sections in this panorama. Each section consists of 5 exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 EV) which were used to generate the HDR in photomatix and then tone mapped using details enhancer. The HDR images were then stitched using Microsoft ICE. I then did some basic adjustments in lightroom 2. Here is a link for the high resolution images. I recommend you see them to appreciate the details.

 

i40.tinypic.com/2ed61hz.jpg

 

And here is an alternate crop (OK, actually this was the original) :

 

i39.tinypic.com/ao44n7.jpg

 

As always, black is SWEET

 

By the way, i guess i have to go pro on flickr to upload the full res images. Could anyone suggest me a good image sharing site where i can do it for free?

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

My first attempt at stitching panoramas. This was taken last night at a baseball game in metrodome. A total of 19 different handheld shots (yeah no tripod, but this is the best i could do :) ) were taken and stitched together in Microsoft Image composite editor. All the shots were spread out at a 180 degree angle of view, after stitching, it ended up looking more like a fisheye shot. Hope u guys like it :)

 

Shot with a Nikon D40, 18-55mm non VR kit lens. Stitched using microsoft ICE, Clarity, vibrance and a bit of unsharp mask in lightroom 2.

I think I've decided to run off a couple weeks worth of photos from the concert, so I'll take my time going chronologically through them.

 

I was amazed at how empty the stadium stayed until after Interpol wrapped up around 8. It was starting to seem as if the "sold out" stadium would have tons of empty seats even once U2 took the stage. As it drew closer and closer to 9, everything kept filling right in. By the start of the show, it was tough to find more than a few empty seats scattered around. This was taken about 50 minutes before U2 took the stage.

 

On a complete side note, I was up very late last night trying to edit a picture from the concert that I might use instead as a State Fair entry. When I got done, I opened it in Picasa and all the colors looked really dull compared to Photoshop. The same thing happened with a couple others that I tried quickly. When I opened them in Microsoft Picture Viewer, they looked great though. Unfortunately, I went to upload to Bay Photo and it had the dull coloring. The one above looked terrible on Picasa on my computer as well, but looks like I expected here on Flickr. From what I can tell, these programs are having difficulty with the ProPhoto RGB color space. Has anyone else had experience with this and possibly some recommendations on what to do?

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

I INTRODUCTION

 

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), innovative Spanish painter and etcher; one of the triumvirate—including El Greco and Diego Velázquez—of great Spanish masters. Much in the art of Goya is derived from that of Velázquez, just as much in the art of the 19th-century French master Édouard Manet and the 20th-century genius Pablo Picasso is taken from Goya. Trained in a mediocre rococo artistic milieu (see Rococo Style), Goya transformed this often frivolous style and created works, such as the famous Third of May, 1808 (1814, Prado, Madrid), that have as great an impact today as when they were created.

 

II EARLY TRAINING AND FIRST PROJECTS

 

Goya was born in the small Aragonese town of Fuendetodos (near Zaragoza) on March 30, 1746. His father was a painter and a gilder of altarpieces, and his mother was descended from a family of minor Aragonese nobility. Facts of Goya's childhood are scarce. He attended school in Zaragoza at the Escuelas Pias. Goya's formal artistic education commenced when, at the age of 14, he was apprenticed to a local master, José Luzan, a competent although little-known painter in whose studio Goya spent four years. In 1763 the young artist went to Madrid, where he hoped to win a prize at the Academy of San Fernando (founded 1752). Although he did not win the desired award, he did make the acquaintance of Francisco Bayeu, an artist also from Aragón, who was working at the court in the academic manner imported to Spain by the German painter Anton Raphael Mengs. Bayeu (the brother of Goya's wife) was influential in forming Goya's early style and was responsible for his participation in an important commission, the fresco decoration (1771, 1780-1782) of the Church of the Virgin in El Pilar in Zaragoza.

 

In 1771 Goya went to Italy for approximately one year. His activity there is relatively obscure; he spent some months in Rome and also entered a composition at the Parma Academy competition, in which he was successful. Returning to Spain about 1773, Goya participated in several other fresco projects, including that for the Charterhouse of Aula Dei, near Zaragoza, in 1774, where his paintings prefigure those of his greatest fresco project, executed in the Church of San Antonio de la Florida, Madrid, in 1798. It was at this time that Goya began to do prints after paintings by Velázquez, who would remain, along with Rembrandt, his greatest source of inspiration.

 

III YEARS AS COURT PAINTER

 

By 1786 Goya was working in an official capacity for King Charles III, the most enlightened Spanish monarch of the 18th century. Goya was appointed first court painter in 1799. His tapestry cartoons executed in the late 1780s and early 1790s were highly praised for their candid views of everyday Spanish life. With these cartoons Goya revolutionized the tapestry industry, which, until that time, had slavishly reproduced the Flemish genre scenes of the 17th-century painter David Teniers. Some of Goya's most beautiful portraits of his friends, members of the court, and the nobility date from the 1780s. Works such as Marquesa de Pontejos (1786?, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.) show that Goya was then painting in an elegant manner somewhat reminiscent of the style of his English contemporary Thomas Gainsborough.

 

IV ETCHINGS AND LATER PAINTINGS

 

In the winter of 1792, while on a visit to southern Spain, Goya contracted a serious disease that left him totally deaf and marked a turning point in his career. A mood of pessimism entered Goya's work. Between 1797 and 1799 he drew and etched the first of his great print series Los caprichos (The Caprices), which, in their satirical humor, mock the social mores and superstitions of the time. Later series, such as Desastres de la guerra (Disasters of War, 1810) and Disparates (Absurdities, 1820-1823), present more caustic commentaries on the ills and follies of humanity. The horrors of warfare were of great concern to Goya, who observed firsthand the battles between French soldiers and Spanish citizens during the bloody years of the Napoleonic occupation of Spain. In 1814 he completed Second of May, 1808 and Third of May, 1808 (both Prado). These paintings depict horrifying and dramatically brutal massacres of groups of unarmed Spanish street fighters by French soldiers. Both are painted, like so many later pictures by Goya, in thick, bold strokes of dark color punctuated by brilliant yellow and red highlights.

 

Straightforward candor and honesty are also present in Goya's later portraits, such as Family of Charles IV (1800, Prado), in which the royal family is shown in a completely unidealized fashion, verging on caricature, as a group of strikingly homely individuals.

 

V FINAL WORKS

 

The Black Paintings, scenes of witchcraft and other bizarre activities, are among the most outstanding works of the artist's late years. Executed about 1820, these paintings are now in the Prado. Originally painted in fresco on the walls of Goya's country house and now transferred to canvas, they attest to his progressively darkening mood, possibly aggravated by an oppressive political situation in Spain that forced him to leave for France in 1824. In Bordeaux he took up the then new art of lithography, producing a series of bullfight scenes, considered among the finest lithographs ever made. Although he returned to Madrid for a brief visit in 1826, he died in self-imposed exile in Bordeaux two years later, on April 16, 1828. Goya left no immediate followers of consequence, but his influence was strongly felt in mid-19th-century painting and printmaking and in 20th-century art.

 

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Edward J. Sullivan

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My desk in its present configuration. I'm kind of a messy person. The two vertical monitors: I call them the "Towers of Power". Most of the time the left one is konsole and browsers (generally Chrome, Firefox, and a VMWare or VNC connection for Windows), right one is all emacs. Macbook normally sits on the stand on the left, and I use synergy to type and mouse on it. I'm a software engineer on Google Books. books.google.com.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

Magenic Minnesota Minneapolis Corporate Office Open House

 

Custom Application Development Services and Custom Application Testing

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Magenic

1600 Utica Avenue South, Suite 800

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

sales: 877-440-3041

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Photo taken by Michael Kappel

 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

I replaced the original with this copy, where I cropped out a treetop and rotated the picture slightly so the building makes a ninety degree angle with the bottom of the picture... you know, obsessive compulsive stuff.

Not a fine photograph but the result of using Microsoft ICE, a free software

A panorama of the ruins of the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN. Taken a few years ago with a digital point and shoot, and stiched together recently with Microsoft ICE which I recently discovered and am thoroughly enjoying.

view from microsoft office

Their stores were almost directly across from each other - so we visited both. The apple one had way more customers

Workers scurry to clean snow out of the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank football stadium. The Vikings take on the Chicago Bears here Monday. Last week's 17 inches of snow collapsed the roof of the Metrodome. This consists of five vertical shots, pieced together in Microsoft's Image Composite Editor.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

Our keynote speaker, Jon Wood, author of "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World". Brilliant!!!! See PLA blog: plablog.org/2008/03/andrew-carnegie-with-a-yak.html

 

A Muse Air MD-81 turns final to KSMP Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in the middle of an early-season snowstorm. Early season storms like this often bode ill for ships on the Great Lakes - ergo the tale of the Edmond Fitzgerald.

Our keynote speaker, John Wood, author of "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World". Brilliant!!!! See PLA blog: plablog.org/2008/03/andrew-carnegie-with-a-yak.html

  

Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 18, 2013

 

About 40 people met outside Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to protest National Security Agency NSA) surveillance programs. The existence of PRISM, a surveillance program run by the NSA since 2007, was recently leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked documents revealed NSA is collecting people's online communications from corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype, and Apple.

 

More about the NSA PRISM surveillance program

 

2013-06-18 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Give attribution for: Fibonacci Blue

 

Magenic Minnesota Minneapolis Corporate Office Open House

 

Custom Application Development Services and Custom Application Testing

magenic.com/

 

Magenic

1600 Utica Avenue South, Suite 800

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

sales: 877-440-3041

tel: 763.398.4800

fax: 763.521.4090

  

Photo taken by Michael Kappel

 

View the high resolution Image on my picture website

Pictures.MichaelKappel.com

 

Follow Me on Tumblr.com Photo Blog

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Magenic Minnesota Minneapolis Corporate Office Open House

 

Custom Application Development Services and Custom Application Testing

magenic.com/

 

Magenic

1600 Utica Avenue South, Suite 800

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

sales: 877-440-3041

tel: 763.398.4800

fax: 763.521.4090

  

Photo taken by Michael Kappel

 

View the high resolution Image on my picture website

Pictures.MichaelKappel.com

 

Follow Me on Tumblr.com Photo Blog

PhotoBlog.MichaelKappel.com/

 

Magenic Minnesota Minneapolis Corporate Office Open House

 

Custom Application Development Services and Custom Application Testing

magenic.com/

 

Magenic

1600 Utica Avenue South, Suite 800

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

sales: 877-440-3041

tel: 763.398.4800

fax: 763.521.4090

  

Photo taken by Michael Kappel

 

View the high resolution Image on my picture website

Pictures.MichaelKappel.com

 

Follow Me on Tumblr.com Photo Blog

PhotoBlog.MichaelKappel.com/

 

Magenic Minnesota Minneapolis Corporate Office Open House

 

Custom Application Development Services and Custom Application Testing

magenic.com/

 

Magenic

1600 Utica Avenue South, Suite 800

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

sales: 877-440-3041

tel: 763.398.4800

fax: 763.521.4090

  

Photo taken by Michael Kappel

 

View the high resolution Image on my picture website

Pictures.MichaelKappel.com

 

Follow Me on Tumblr.com Photo Blog

PhotoBlog.MichaelKappel.com/

 

Magenic Minnesota Minneapolis Corporate Office Open House

 

Custom Application Development Services and Custom Application Testing

magenic.com/

 

Magenic

1600 Utica Avenue South, Suite 800

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

sales: 877-440-3041

tel: 763.398.4800

fax: 763.521.4090

  

Photo taken by Michael Kappel

 

View the high resolution Image on my picture website

Pictures.MichaelKappel.com

 

Follow Me on Tumblr.com Photo Blog

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I swear, IKEA has the best furniture at the best prices! Thanks to my brother who put it together for me! I would have, but I'd rather pay someone to do it rather than to do it haha... Never again will I buy a desk that has a pullout keyboard tray (can't STAND them!). I hope to keep this desk/workstation for a long time.

Magenic Minnesota Minneapolis Corporate Office Open House

 

Custom Application Development Services and Custom Application Testing

magenic.com/

 

Magenic

1600 Utica Avenue South, Suite 800

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

sales: 877-440-3041

tel: 763.398.4800

fax: 763.521.4090

  

Photo taken by Michael Kappel

 

View the high resolution Image on my picture website

Pictures.MichaelKappel.com

 

Follow Me on Tumblr.com Photo Blog

PhotoBlog.MichaelKappel.com/

 

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