Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Early Morning - Wyoming, Rhode Island

Wyoming Pond Early Morning - click image to view larger
I shot this the other morning on my way into work. It was about 30 F degrees outside with just a bit of mist rising off the water about 5 minutes after sunrise. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful state as Rhode Island and have this kind of glory around every corner.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Providence Clouds Time Lapse

I shot this short time lapse this afternoon on the parkway in East Providence overlooking the Providence River and Providence. This 12 seconds represents about an hour. It is best viewed if you switch over to Vimeo and watch it at full screen.

Providence Houses

Providence House - Click image to view 360º panorama
Driving through the East Side of Providence I found a couple of interesting houses to take pictures of while killing time to pick up a friend. Providence is full of great houses and you could spend a lifetime photographing them. This was not ideal lighting conditions but you can get an idea of the architectural styles. The links below will take you to the panoramas.

House 1

House 2

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Ben and I visited the Rhode Island Community Food Bank today during their open house and they were gracious enough to allow me to shoot some panoramas while we were there. What an amazing place and so needed. Ben helped with a food drive with the Scouts a few weeks ago and collected lots of food, but the ware house here was amazing.  Check out the panoramas below.

The Mural

The sorting area

The warehouse

The freezer

The kitchen

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a very worth while endeavor, please visit their website, and better yet get involved.

Dynotech Tuning, Seekonk, MA

Dynotech Tuning Shop - Click image to view full panorama
Ben and I stopped by to visit a friend at Dynotech today and got a great tour of his shop.  What a cool place. If you want you car to go fast then this is the place to go. Check out the full 360º panorama here. You can also visit the Dynotech Tuning website.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Foundry Show, Pawtucket, RI

K. Weber Paintings at the Foundry Show - Click image for full panorama
We made our annual trip to Pawtucket to attend the Foundry show. This is a fantastic show of Rhode Island area artists from all fields. You can find most anything here.  Kathy Weber has been a long time friend and we go every year to see just what she has been is always a treat, and her prices are reasonable, as is true throughout the show. The links below will give you an idea of the depth of the show.

Kathy Weber's Booth - my favorite painter

Foundry 2  -  some cool glass art

Foundry 3 -  a view from the middle of the Foundry

Foundry 4 -  Art Head Studio

Foundry 5 -  and a jazz band - they are very good

Foundry 6 -  sculpture and mobiles

Foundry 7 -  Bryce Studio

I hope you enjoy these panoramas and stop by the Foundry this weekend and buy locally, the holidays are here. . . . . Here is a link to The Foundry Show for times and location.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Francis Street at night

Francis Street - click image for larger view
Looking down Francis Street from the Statehouse. Nikon D300s, f5.6, 1 sec, ISO 200, 66mm

Waterplace Park in November

Waterplace Park - Click image to view the panorama
Last night while Rob and I were shooting downtown we walked down to Waterplace Park and had the place to ourselves.. this was just after 8:00 - not late night. This is really bice in the summer during Waterfire. Providence is really a pretty town. I shot this two ways as a conventional exposure panorama and as an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. Check them both out.

Conventional Panorama

HDR Panorama

Let me know what you think. . .   Ed

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Providence Statehouse

Providence Statehouse - Click image to view panorama
My friend Rob and I took a short photographic journey to downtown Providence this evening and I got this shot of the statehouse while Rob was shooting time lapse of the traffic in front of the mall on Francis Street. The sky was fantastic with low fast moving clouds that were illuminated by the city lights. I shot this HDR image using my Nikon D300s with a Nikon 10.5mm lens on a 360Precision Absolute tripod head. This image is composed of 63 exposures.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Choppin' Letters

Carved Sign - Click for larger image
I carved this sign for my friend Josh.  He had found the piece of driftwood shaped like an 'S' on his honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest so I got a piece of cedar and chopped this out for him. It is going to be a present for his family.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Occupy Providence

Occupy Providence - Click to view first panorama
Well I had to go down myself to see what the fuss was all about.  Every radio show and television show I tells me something different about these protests, so I decided to go find out for myself. As it turn out the park is more full of trash and tents than people.  The folks I encountered were quite pleasant and seemed to be into the theme of things but I couldn't get a real solid answer as to what the protest was actually about.  The best answer I got was that they are protesting all the corporate greed that has developed since World War II in the post war industrial complex and that all the greed is on Wall Street. Like I said I didn't get a real clear answer. I met a man named Robert - the one with the drum in pano 3 - he said he has set up camp here and comes down when he is not working on a project. He is a film maker and documentary maker from Charleston.  Most of the tents were empty and there were only twenty or so people in the park. Poor old Ambrose Burnside had all sorts of things taped to him and his horse.. I wonder if anyone there even knows who he was.

And here is one just for fun... as I was walking back to my car I did some shooting and shot this HDR shot (way too overdone) on Orange Street and to my surprise it came out mostly orange!!

Some of these files are slow to load because of their size - please be patient.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dee's Place, East Providence

Dee's Place, East Provience, RI - Click for larger view
Another dawn shot. This is Dee's Place in East Providence, a great place for breakfast. My good friend Christopher and I have been meeting here at 6:00 am once a week for the past 15 years or more.  I highly recommend this place for breakfast, right at the base of the Washington Bridge on Warren Avenue.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Early Morning McAllister Tugs in Providence

McAllister Tugs at Promet Marine - Click image for larger view
I was out early this morning before work shooting the McAllister Tugs in Providence.  As I reached the Tug terminal in Providence these two, the McAllister Sisters and the Nancy McAllister, were underway. One tug was towing the other. It was a bit too dark to shoot them as I was getting a lot of motion blur, so I decided to go down to the Providence Piers and lo and behold the same two tugs were arriving at Promet Marine. I would guess that one needed repairs. I got this shot as they were entering the slip.  I shot this several ways including an HDR shot, but this single, non-HDR was my favorite.  I love shooting tugboat art. . . .  ISO 250, f4.5, .5 second exposure, 95mm - on tripod

Sunday, October 30, 2011

More from our western trip of 2010

Golden Gate Bridge
Below are several links to 360º panoramas I have shot in the past and never developed.  I shot these in April and May of 2010 while traveling out west. This series will start in San Francisco and head to Sedona... and I still have many more to develop. Some of these interactive panoramas are very high resolution and may take a minute to load.

1. Golden Gate Bridge

2. View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks 1

3. View of San Francisco 2

4. Yet another view from Twin Peaks

5. Jacuzzi Vineyard

6. Hiking around Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite 1

7. Hiking around Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite 2

8. Hiking around Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite 3

9. Hiking around Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite 4 This is one of my favorites

10. Beef Jerky Stop in the desert Fixing lunch

11.  Desert in Bloom - Somewhere out in the desert

12. Las Vegas Sunset

13. Las Vegas 2

14. Hoover Dam from the parking lot

15. Bell Rock, Sedona AZ

16. Cathedral Rocks -- this one has some strange coloration-- I malfunctioned

17. Oak Creek 

18. Oak Creek,and Cathedral Rocks Sedona

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Joseph Conrad, Mystic Seaport

The Joseph Conrad, Mystic Seaport -- Click image to view panorama
Today we went to Mystic Seaport in Mystic Connecticut and toured the village and the ships.  In this shot Nana is taking a picture of Grace on the deck of the Joseph Conrad. Another view of the Seaport. These are 360º interactive panoramas - to navigate the panorama click and drag your mouse or use the controls at the bottom of the screen.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cape Cod cranberry time

The Harvester - Click image for larger view
This past weekend we visited friends on Cape Cod and hiked through cranberry country and it was harvest time. Harvesting cranberries is fascinating to watch and it is all in slow motion. The colors are amazing as well.

Pumphouse and Cranberries - Click image for larger view
This bog was huge and the wind was assisting the harvest as all of the cranberries were blown to one side of the flooded bog.

Pumphouse - Click image for larger view
This pump house was operating and had two engines running inside - one Ford and one Chevy - both were operating on propane.

Yellow Capped Mushroom - Click image for larger view
Although I have posted this one already on Facebook I thought I would post it again here. We passed many mushrooms during our walk but this one stood out like a beacon.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Meredith C. Reinauer in East Providence

Meredith C. Reinauer - Click to view larger image
Another image from our evening cruise up to Providence. I love tugs and all working boats and got this shot just after sunset of the composite unit of the Meredith C. Reinauer and her barge at the fuel docks in East Providence. That is Providence in the background just across the Seekonk River. As with all my photos, prints are available.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ray Pat

Ray Pay nearing Pawtuxet Cove
The other day as we were doing a short sunset cruise out of the cove, Ray Pat came cruising in. I believe that this is a 1955 Chris Craft Commander, a boat I have always loved. When I was about 10 years old I built a model of one of these and it sat on my bedroom shelf for years.  I always pictured Ernest Hemingway out fishing in the Gulf on one of these beautiful boats and dreamed of the day that I would go to sea.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Matunuck Construction HDR

Click Image to View Panorama
On my way into work this morning I stopped at the construction site of the new pavilion at the East Matunuck Beach in southern Rhode Island. Vibco vibrators will be used in the consolidation of the concrete here and the pour was supposed to be first thing but has been postponed. It was great to be here just after sunrise and get this shot which I did in an overtly almost sinister grungy HDR style. Hopefully I will get some more good shots and great video when the pour happens. This really isn't my style but is a fun thing to mess with, especially with this sort of construction site.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Roll in The Hay

We all went down to Escobar's Corn Maze in Portsmouth, RI to walk the maze, and had a great time. The kids had fun in the hay bales after the maze.  strung all my stills together to create this short clip.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Orange Box

Click to view larger image
Sometimes you come across a scene that just reaches out to be shot. This is really a nothing scene with little to actually focus on but I liked the play between the blues and the orange. So I snapped it and messed with it a bit and got this... still needs a bit of work maybe, but I though it was worth posting.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A visiting bug

Praying Mantis - Click image for larger view
Yesterday at work this guy came into the shop for a visit and posed for me as I took a few pictures. My friend Mike spotted him and called me out to where he was waiting to have his photo taken. So thanks to Mike and thanks to the bug for these great shots.

"Aren't I beautiful" - Click image for larger view
When I went to pick him up the little bugger attacked me, I think he thought he was going to throw me to the ground. I gently walked him outside and showed him where the sunshine was. . . all the while he had me in a death grip.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Slater Mill Complex - Click image to view panorama
Another view of Slater's Mill in Pawtucket. This is an HDR image composed of 35 exposures, shot with a Nikon D300s and a 10.5mm lens.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Slater Mill, Pawtucket - Click Image to view Panorama
It is that time of year once again when I shoot for the World Wide Panoramas event that takes place during the solstices and equinoxes.  The theme for this event is History and what better place than the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Moonlight Schooner off Newport - click image for larger view
A photo from a couple of weeks ago when we went down to Newport. I worked on this image a bit in Photoshop and rather like how it came out. Comments?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September Stars

September Stars from Edward Huff on Vimeo.

Another time lapse experiment.  This time in my driveway trying to shoot some stars with a really bright moon. Short but good proof of concept... and I like the cat on the roof at the 3 second mark. . .
Shot with a Nikon D300s, Nikkor 10.5 mm lens,  f2.8, 360 ISO, 10 second exposure every 12 seconds - video is running at 30 fps.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Brenton Point Time Lapse

On Saturday night Ben, Rob, and I took our cameras and sat on the rocks in Newport for a few hours capturing some images.  This is a time lapse I shot... I was hoping for something quite different but had the exposures too short and got this instead.  It was a learning experience and hopefully next time will get it right.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Fine Day For A Mow

A fine day for a mow from Edward Huff on Vimeo.
Mowing the front yard on a glorious Tuesday evening. What a fine day for a mow. Who says it takes a long time to mow the front yard? Beautiful evening after the earthquake just waiting for the hurricane. . .

Monday, August 22, 2011

Visiting with friends

Barbie and Tom here for a visit - Click image to view 360º Panorama
Having a great weekend with friends from Chicago - Oak Park - which is almost  Chicago. Had a great cruise and now kicking back sharing good stories. Click here to view panorama

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ben Floats a Phone

Messing around using the Force, Ben has the ability to actually make things float.
Well maybe we used a little After Effects here too.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Making a Camera Slider

Making a Camera Slider from Rob Ranney on Vimeo.

My friend Rob made this short piece while we were making a camera slider. It is rare that I am in front of the camera... for the obvious reasons. Thanks Rob, nice job.

Monday, August 1, 2011

HDR Still Life

Champagne Tasting - (Click Picture for larger image)
This past weekend we entertained aboard Tapestry with a Champagne tasting. I Took several exposures hand held, (5 at one stop apart) and blended them to get a start on this image. I then messed about with it in Photoshop and what you see is the result. Again this one may be a bit overdone but am having fun playing with the limits of good taste. . . . I should have moved the pocketbook off the chair. . . drat!

After the champaign tasting our group moved over to our friends boat and had a tasting of Rosé which, as it turns out, is not very popular.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Installing forms - HDR Image Overcooked

More HDRI Fun (Click image to view panorama)
Had some fun at work today shooting this image -- I like the grungy way it came out and thought I would post it here..  This image is composited from 35 exposures one stop apart and blended in Photomatix. Nothing like good clean fun to make a 'dirty' picture. Too much chromatic aberration, I may fix this before publication. This is a large, high resolution image so it will take a while to load.

Dramatic clouds over Pawtuxet Cove

Dramatic clouds - click image so see full picture
Saturday morning as Benny and I were getting the dinghy ready for launching these clouds moved by bringing a bit of rain. I got this shot with my fisheye lens and it really shows off the sky. . . click on the image above to see the full image. They were really spooky looking and very unusual, but we loved watching them - we had 5 minutes of really hard rain and a few lightning strikes but it all went by quite fast.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Cruise 2011

Dock in Hadley Harbor - Click image to view gallery.
I have put together a gallery of images from our summer cruise. This year we left Pawtuxet Cove in Rhode Island and headed first to Fairhaven, MA. From there it was off to Onset, MA to anchor for the night before heading through the Cape Cod Canal and on to Boston. July 4th we arrived in Boston Harbor as the USS Constitution was finishing her once a year turn around. Missed it by 10 minutes. . . the joy of cruising at 7 knots. We stayed at a marina in Boston and saw the fireworks after a great dinner at the Old Ironsides Grille. On the morning of the 5th we toured the USS Constitution before heading out to Peddock Island, one of the many Boston Harbor Islands. A great night on a free mooring. The following morning we cruised across Massachusetts Bay to Provincetown and picked up a mooring there. Ptown has become such a touristy place that we were happy to leave in the morning even in the fog. We traveled back across the bay to the canal once again and on to Hadley Harbor where we planned to stay the night and ended up staying three nights. This place is just beautiful (see panorama in the post below). And then it was a quick skip home through 4 foot seas and into the flat calm of the bay to end another great cruise. The weather was fine, the food was outstanding the boats performed perfectly, but best of all, the friendship that will live in our hearts forever.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hadley Harbor

Hadley Harbor, Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts - Click Image to view Panorama
A view from the roof of Tapestry in Hadley Harbor, the sweetest anchorage in New England. This IS Shangri La! We stayed here for three nights during our summer cruise and hated to leave. All we did was swim and eat and hang out.. real vacation time.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Steppingstone Falls Revisited

Steppingstone Falls - Click on image to view panorama
I revisited the Steppingstone Falls on the day of the summer solstice. Of course the area is now in full leaf, the water is flowing well and the ferns are lush and all very beautiful. This little known spot is a great place to hike and get lost in your thoughts. I had a great time shooting pictures and taking video.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's a River

It's a river from Edward Huff on Vimeo.

A short piece from Steppingstone Falls.  I should have brought the slider...duh.
Everyone should visit this wonderful place.  It is a great location to sit and reflect.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Camera Slider

Slider First Test from Edward Huff on Vimeo.

My friend Rob and I made a camera slider for video work the other day. This is the first test footage of flowers in my front yard taken with a Nikon D300s.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Providence Sunset Time Lapse

Providence Sunset from Edward Huff on Vimeo.

Just for fun I ran over to the lot on the parkway that overlooks Providence, here in East Providence, and shot the sunset this evening. The sunset was shot at one frame every 10 seconds and the rest at one frame every 3 seconds. Shot with my Nikon D300s

Monday, May 23, 2011

Home, 1998

17 Peckham Street, Rehoboth, MA • Click image to view panorama
This is one of my earliest surviving panoramas, and is of my house in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Before we sold this house and went cruising I documented the entire house with this new VR technology that was all quite experimental at the time.  I used Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Studio (I think that was the name) to assemble this image.  This was taken in early April of 1998 with a Kodak digital camera --  I cannot remember which model it was. It took some doing to get this image converted to post on the blog... how times have changed.  The quality certainly isn't very good but it brings back memories. I built this house in 1974 when I was 25 years old with the help of Carol and many friends, and my Dad, who came out from Illinois for the first couple of weeks of construction. We hammered every nail, shaped every stick of wood and painted and finished everything before we moved in during the fall 1975, The main house with the gambrel roof was the original structure.  In 1989 I added the glass sunroom and the garage. The skylights in the garage roof were over my studio (upstairs) and the workshop (downstairs)

Monday, May 9, 2011

All Saints Episcopal Church, Bay Head, NJ

All Saints Episcopal Church (click image to see panorama)
We attended a wonderful wedding in this magnificent church this past Sunday, Congrats Dana and Dan Danizig. And a special thanks to John and Anita for their hospitality -- and warm wishes to all the wonderful people we met and and the old friends we reunited with at the wedding. I will post more as I get them developed.

The Wine Library

  Click on image to view panorama or see links below

On our trip to New Jersey we had to stop at the Wine Library in Springfield, NJ.  Their website is a favorite and a great place to shop.  The store is phenomenal. I have been a big fan of Gary Vaynerchuck's podcasts for years ... check him out at The DailyGrape

Here is the store from the outside

Here is a view from the upstairs

And of course "the Vault"

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stepping Stone Falls

 - Click on image to view panorama
Stepping Stone Falls in West Greenwich, Rhode Island was completely unknown to me just a few weeks ago. Thanks Andrea for telling me about his beautiful place. This is the first of many that were shot and will be shot here. I stopped here after work and shot several panoramas.  This place has a beautiful spirit and I will return when I have more time and can relax and explore.

A view from the other side

Another view, from the footbridge

Along the river

Friday, April 29, 2011

Things I Make at Work

A few have asked just what I do at work so here is a quick 1 minute smattering of some of the intros, bumpers, animations and such that I sprinkle in the video pieces I make.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recent Video projects

I have been working on several video projects recently as a very small part of a major piece for my good friend Koji. The above clip puts a second sun in the sky.  This  was a difficult track as there is little reference to track  on the horizon.  I ended up hand tracking this clip which was a very tedious process. I did several short clips (3 - 6 seconds) taking still images and disassembling them in Photoshop and then adding 3D movement in After Effects. Here is an example. Koji's best know work is "Virtual JFK" a compelling documentary about what might have happened if JFK had lived. Rent it on Netflix.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Foggy Morning, Hope Valley

 Click on image to view panorama
It was a beautiful foggy morning this morning on my way into work so I drove down to the Hope Valley village and snapped a few shots. I am not certain but I believe this is the center of town.

Link 1 - Town Center here.

Link 2 -  Wood River bridge here

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunrise Celebration

During Communion
Easter Sunrise Celebration at Swan Point Cemetery this foggy Easter morning was put on by several community churches including Central Congregational Church, Community Church of Providence, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Providence Presbyterian Church and St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Swan Point Cemetery is a beautiful cemetery on Providence's historic  East Side along the banks of the Seekonk River.

A view from the path below the tents here

Daffodils along the path near the Seekonk River here

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Haines Memorial State Park

Haines Memorial State Park from Edward Huff on Vimeo.

I captured this 'sunset' at Haines Park in East Providence during Ben's Scout meeting on Monday night. It looked promising but then the sky closed in and the fog rolled in and as you can see - not too spectacular. In the last second or so Carol, Grace and I walk across the scene. I shot this at one frame every 12 seconds with a 10.5mm lens. The 'pan' was done in After Effects.

Monday, April 11, 2011

St Anne's Exterior

The exterior of St Anne's Church in Fall River, on South Main Street. What a magnificent structure and it can be seen for the other side of the river and from all over Mt. Hope Bay.
View the panorama here.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

St. Anne's - Fall River, MA

Click on image to view panorama

St. Anne's Shrine in Fall River, Massachusetts. Shot this today as we were returning from lunch.  
This is a 35 exposure HDR image blended in PTGui and adjusted in Photomatix.  Although I am fairly pleased with this shot, I would like to go back and reshoot and get a few more angles and see it in different lighting conditions. This is a magnificent building. As I was leaving the church I spotted this curiosity.

In the Kitchen

I shot this one during the wine tasting while everyone was in the other room eating birthday cake. This is a 35 exposure HDR image processed in both PTGui and Photomatix - this was about a two hour process but I think it was worth it. I like the softness of this exposure. Love to hear your comments.

Another Wine Tasting

Saturday April 9th was a great day as the monthly wine tasting group got together once again and sampled lots of good wines. They also surprised Bob and I with a birthday cake as we both celebrate our birthdays in April - thanks Carol.  I shot this one before we made a mess. This is an HDR image shot with my Nikon D300s and is composed of 21 images.