Playing around with 3D lighting in Quartz Composer. Shadows are rendered somewhat lamely, but still very cool for any sort of experimenting, prototyping, or less critical interactive components. In this demo I was testing out my custom Quartz nodes (Editor -> Add to Library ) for my Korg nanoKontrol MIDI control to manipulate parameters on the fly. Apologies for the crappy audio, my computer fans were blasting and I was too lazy to plug in a mic. Recorded with the most excellent Syphon Recorder.
Light: Interactive Worship Experience, a set on Flickr.
During my time at Gull Lake Centre, I put together an interactive worship experience during Senior Teens 2012. Put together in just a day using equipment on hand, the installation focussed on the theme of “light” in scripture, both in word and in environment.
Three LED PARs lit the room in different colors, and responded to the voices of people sitting in the room, as well as movement on the three video cameras. Verses could be read aloud, which colored the screens. Three video cameras captured movement in a unique way and relayed them to the three projectors.
I finally opted to re-invest in some new photography equipment, this time in the optical area.
I contemplated between the new 55mm and the 35mm, since the 55mm certainly has a unique close-up perspective (and from what I understand a slightly better portrait shot) but since I already have a 55mm in manual form, and 35mm seemed a bit more versatile, I opted for it in the end.
Most of my comparisons will be to the kit lens my D40 came with, the 18-55mm stock zoom that is pretty much the cheapest lens Nikon sells. My first impressions are that this thing produces very sharp pictures. Perhaps I just haven’t picked up my DSLR in a while, perhaps I just haven’t been using RAW often enough, but these look pretty sharp to me. Thanks to the F1.8 aperture size, plenty of light can enter the camera in low light, which makes it easier to capture a shot without dropping shutter speed to blurry-inducing levels, or increasing the ISO on the rather limited sensor of the D40.
To compare, check out the two shots below, first with the 18-55mm at about 35mm at F4.6 (largest allowed at this zoom point) and 1/200 shutter speed. The next is the same image shot wide open (F1.8) with the 35mm prime. Both were shot at ISO 800 on the D40.
My goal was to be able to shoot in lower light without being forced into high ISO ranges, so this should help out quite a bit.
Check out more shots of the day on the Flickr set.
Fun with new 35mm, a set on Flickr.
Remember the McLuhan TV Wall? That was part of a larger interactive installation project that is now making its way out to the Edmonton International Airport. More on that soon, but more to the point: Wave II (TV Wall was Wave I as I liked to call it) is now underway.
Wave is an interactive installation project with the goal of encouraging inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary involvement, as well as to celebrate the centennial of Marshall McLuhan‘s birth, a Canadian communication scholar who was born in Edmonton 100 years ago. The final project will be unveiled on June 23 at noon in the atrium of the Enterprise Square (old Bay building) downtown as part of the Media Ecology Convention 2011.
The final design is still under heavy development, something I’m very excited to be a part of. I’ve been working with Cezary Gajewski in the past few days, setting up our shipment of equipment and new toys in our development lab. Here’s a few images and stats on the project.
- 1x Mac Pro (8 Core)
- 1x Mac Mini
- 1x MacBook Pro (mine)
- 2x Sharp 60″ LCD TVs
- 2x Acer monitors
- 8x KRK Studio Monitors
- 1x M-Audio ProFire 610 audio interface
University Departments involved: Drama (Tech), MACT/Extension, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Design, Music, English
Number of alphanumeric displays to be manufactured: 300 (by hand)
Video after the jump.
If you’ve been following along on my YouTube channel you may have picked up on a few clips of a recent project of mine involving a gigantic pile of old TVs.
The purpose of the installation was to explore Marshall McLuhan‘s theory, “the medium is the message.” A group at the University of Alberta is developing a larger interactive installation entitled “WAVE” to be setup at the Faculty of Extension in celebration of the 100th anniversary of McLuhan’s birth. Our TV Wall was setup, with guidance from the WAVE Group, at a reception to raise awareness about the project.
So what is it exactly? The setup consists of 11 Television from 1960s onward that are tuned to play different channels. In one corner of the room we had an antenna connected to a high-end RF Modulator capable of outputting 3 different video sources on any channel. These three sources were from DVD players all at a different point on a media disc. In short, we setup a trio of our own TV Stations in the lobby of the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the results were pretty spectacular! Most of the TVs were from Kevin‘s personal collection, along with the VHS Reporter Video Camera that was feeding a few of the screens, and a few of them were acquired from a few Facebook call-outs and dumpster diving.
Hoo-boy! Has it ever been a busy month. I’ve been super busy with shows, websites, conference management, tech support, and of course some video thrown in for good measure. (Oh, and did I mention Old TVs?)
Here’s a “quick” video I put together for my home camp of Gull Lake for their LTD Program. Although I was never in the LTD program, it was great to hear what it’s all about! I say “quick” because we started with about 2 hours of footage and banged it all down to 2 minutes, so the editing process was far from quick.