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manta rays week #4 [Nov. 19th, 2011|02:43 am]
Alexander Safonov
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Manta ray and remoras, Lankan Reef, Maldives



Canon EOS 350d + Canon EF-S 10-22mm + Compact Dome Port + Sea&Sea YS-110 strobe

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Time to move forward "manta rays week". This image is not very special from artistic standpoint - but it has historical significance for me. It's first manta ray I successfully captured with SLR camera - and even managed to light it up with strobe more or less professionally ! ^_^ Despite it being not so striking otherwise I still like remoras.

As you know I'm having a lot of fun on G+. Number of my followers is almost 10,000 now - just in less than two months - and I think it is going to grow a lot in next year. G+ is place to be. Especially when you can recieve such a wonderful present from your followers - check this amazing "reanimation" of one of my photos from super talented artist Dunken K. Bliths. Whoa, I've never seen anything like these before. Freezing motion into beautiful photo -yes, many people do. Reanimation ? This is totally unique !
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[User Picture]From: barsik71
2011-11-18 09:45 pm (UTC)
Reanimation ? This is totally unique !
Well, nothing special actually... Probably because I'm familiar with motion graphics a bit... GIF animation looked cool several years ago, but nowadays it's just dog & pony show for me...

Totally crazy people are there. Have a look at what they created (both the movie and the backstage) just to present their iPhone app! I DO LOVE Andrew Kramer and his team !!!
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[User Picture]From: pats0n
2011-11-18 11:08 pm (UTC)
these guys are cool - but I think their software is more about face tracking which is very specific topology and is quite streamlined thing. Guy manually animates arbitary stuff in arbitary way :-) It's different for me :-)

Demon Cam is cool -saw it before :-)
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[User Picture]From: barsik71
2011-11-19 10:07 am (UTC)
Software of both is about After Effects.

What I meant while I was talking about Andrew Kramer - he is not just a real After Effects Magician who can easily exploit various tools and techniques in a very creative way, he also possesses an extraordinary sense of humor. All his job is about having fun! Have a look: small iPhone app with face tracking, which one may probably use once in a lifetime, but they created a real Hollywood-like blockbuster with loads of special effects (a basis for further tutorials indeed!) just to present it!

Approach Dunken K Bliths utilises is just animating stills.
At first glance in that particular case he separated the image into three layers: 'sailfish', 'sardins' and 'water surface'; distorted and keyframed 'sardins' and 'water surface' (e.g. with the Free Form effect); keyframed 'sailfish' motion path; blurred layers in some points...

As for me, promoting him sound like promoting Lord of "HDR" Trey Ratcliff... Sorry...
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[User Picture]From: pats0n
2011-11-19 10:17 am (UTC)
maybe you are right - maybe I'm biased since he did my photo too - but take a look at his page - he does dozens of photos every week and some animations are quite creative - and he has sense of humor too (unlike Lord of HDR :-)
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[User Picture]From: barsik71
2011-11-19 10:39 am (UTC)
I did look through before I posted my very first comment and found nothing special...
Feel my pain, don't get biased...
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[User Picture]From: pats0n
2011-11-19 10:50 am (UTC)
okay ! Well of course Demon Cam and Andrew Kramer are different class. It's obvious - guys are super talented and funny and everything. But their consumer product is very dogmatic still - even if super-cool in terms of technology and quality. Demons, orbs, blah-blah.

I liked Dunken because every animation he does is different. Maybe it's because I'm ignorant myself in this area and it strikes me same way "HDR" will strike stone age photo viewer - dunno. On other hand I spend enough time on internet to make more or less informed conclusions - I see his art more as comedy of some kind - and he does funny job sometimes. Do you know other guys whom do similar thing ? I mean taking still photos and reanimating them ? Of course if anything becomes mass replicated it's not interesting anymore. I mean if hundreds of people will start shooting bait balls and diving gannets I will quit tomorrow ! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: barsik71
2011-11-19 11:33 am (UTC)
As I mentioned earlier, animating stills is just an approach, which is widely used in motion graphics per se (you may find an example even either in my blog or FB page... ).

One of the animating stills technique, so called 'dimentional stills', became very popular after 'The Kids Stays in The Picture' movie, and now is included in almost every After Effects teaching course...

I know some guys/gals from Adobe After Effects Forum, Creative COW or ProVideoCoalition etc., who are good at motion graphics. But no one of them is obviously specialises in presenting GIF animation as a 'consumer product'... As I also already mentioned, GIF animation looks like dog & pony show for me now (CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT КАЛАПКИ THOUGH !!!). E.g. Microsoft stopped supporting GIF animation in MS-Office and Windows Picture Viewer since 2003, if I'm not mistaken...
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