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Utah

26 Dec

Finally finished my Utah photos from my trip over Thanksgiving. I wanted to finish these in time before I leave for Africa next week.

View the full gallery here.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, f/5.7, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, 20, f/2.8, ISO 6400)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 50mm, 1/1250, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, 1/1000, f/4, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 35mm, 1/1600, f/3.2, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, 30, f/2.8, ISO 6400)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16mm, f/5.7, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 35mm, 1/8, f/4.5, ISO 1600)

Final Honors Thesis

10 Dec

I’m graduating in exactly 9 days. I finally finished my Honors Thesis last week, the product of 2 semesters and a summer of research and work. I’ve created a website for it, www.maxwellkruger.com/thesis09. I encourage you to take a few moments to read it and share it with anyone who might be interested.

Abstract:

How can traditional media change to embrace an evolving readership and provide a news product that readers find useful and media corporations can make profitable? Newspapers are facing tough times because of the internet news revolution – news is available instantly, anywhere, and for free. It’s a no-brainer for consumers to get their news online. It no longer makes sense to wait a whole day to see the news, and even less sense to pay for it.

At the same time as readers going online for their news, they have also become capable of creating their own reporting; and at times doing a better job of it than trained professionals. This revolution has emerged from the ubiquity of camera and smart phones. In essence, every person with a camera phone (which is most everyone) is a reporter. The difference is that these reporters no longer have to be dispatched to the scene when something happens. They are already there and capable of capturing and uploading content before a traditional reporter has time to get there.

Through this thesis, I will explore this question of how traditional media can change to embrace new technologies and the concept of citizen media interactions. Although I will focus on newspapers because they are in the most trouble, these concepts can be applied to all forms of media to increase readership and become a more active member of the local community.

As a result of the research I conduct, I will create a prototype to demonstrate many of these concepts. The prototype is a multi-device platform that focuses on community involvement with news media. There will be a web interface and a fully featured mobile phone interface to allow photo, video, audio, and text contributions, discussions, and collaboration.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL TEXT THESIS

European Delivery 08 Video

6 Jun

After over a year (!), the film from the european delivery of my 2008 BMW Montego Blue 135i has been edited and posted online. It’s 23 mins and absolutely hilarious.

Thanks to Ian for finally editing the 7 hours of footage. Great job.

Here is the video, embedded. Click through to watch it in HD as it’s much higher quality and looks a lot better.

http://vimeo.com/5028367

I originally wrote about the trip here. There are plenty of great pictures from the trip.

Across Baltimore

31 May

As I previously said, I had the opportunity to once again climb atop a highrise building in downtown Baltimore City. This time, the building was across the harbor, providing a different view than I’ve shot before.

I got up bright and early to head down to the building around 6am. It was the earliest we could get up, but just late enough to miss the sunrise. That’s okay because the building wasn’t pointed in alignment with the sun and downtown Baltimore and the light was beautiful and warm anyway.

To get to the roof, we had to ride the elevator up 20 some floors and then climb a few flights of stairs. Definitely not the hardest roof I’ve had to access. Once up on top, I had to crawl under a fence-type thing to get to the outer edge of the roof. Early morning dew and repeated crawls to get to different sides of the building caused my khaki pants for work to get dirty quickly. Boss was wondering which gutter I had slept in the night before coming into work.

Below is the finished shot that I captured. Thinking about getting this blown up to poster size. Click below to view it in all of it’s 51 megapixel glory.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17mm, 1/500, f/5, ISO 160)

I took a few shots of my dad, hiding the sun with his head and hitting his face with a speedlight from camera left. I stood in and asked him to take the same shot of me. I probably edited it a little too much, but I like it.

(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17mm, 1/200, f/16, ISO 160)

One of his employees getting ready to drop off the side of the building.

(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 135mm, 1/125, f/8, ISO 160)

Blue White Remote Cameras

27 Apr


(Canon 5D Mark II & NIKON D300 stitched together) – click on the image to see a higher res version.

As promised, here is a writeup of the remote cameras that I did this weekend for the Blue White game. I went on top of the BJC several times last week to scout locations for cameras. Some of the ideal spots required bigger clamps than I own (which are all superclamps), so I will have to get new ones for the upcoming year. I decided to do two cameras of similar focal lengths pointing in opposite directions. I borrowed my friend’s D300 and used that in conjunction with my Canon 5D Mark II. 10mm on the D300 (the 1.5x sensor crop factor makes it a 15) and the 17mm on the Canon full frame sensor were roughly equivalent.

Each camera was set up using intervalometers to take pictures at 1 minute intervals. The Canon was using a TC-80N3 intervalometer. The Nikon used its own built in intervalometer. It’s a cool feature but tricky to use – they should have made it easier. Pocketwizards wouldn’t work at that distance from inside of Beaver Stadium. I’m thinking of rigging it next time so that one camera is triggered by an intervalometer which in turn triggers the other camera with a Pocketwizard – that would make it so that the images were taken at exactly the same time.

Each camera took a photo every minute and I chose 2 good ones to stitch together. Check out the image above. Make sure to click on it to view it bigger.

I also took all of the photos from the 5D and compiled them into a movie. Here it is below.

As this was just a test, there are some things to be improved upon. I will pre-set the exposure next time. I had the cameras on Aperture Priority thinking it was a good idea because the clouds would mess with the exposure. Bad idea. The exposures were less consistent, causing some flickering in the video, which I did my best to eliminate. Also, this made it a bit trickier to stitch the two camera’s photos together since Canon and Nikon aparently have totally different ideas of what a correct exposure is. Also, I’m going to try to secure the clamps more. It’s incredibly windy on the roof and even the super sturdy magic arms moved a little in the wind, causing some shaking in the video.

Next year, for football season, I’m going to do a lot of these types of shots and going to do some timelapse videos of in and around the stadium for the whole day.

This is from one of the walls around the air handlers on top of the BJC. We had to pull this ladder up the 3 various ladders and hatches up onto the roof.

(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17mm, 1/1600, f/4, ISO 200)

Here are the two magic arms overlooking the stadium and tailgating grounds. Quite a view from up there.

(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17mm, 1/1000, f/4, ISO 200)

Here are the cameras shot from the ground with my 1D before the game. You can see how they were pointed in different directions to make it possible to stitch the images together for a panoramic.

(Canon 1D Mark II, 300mm, 1/6400, f/4, ISO 400)

THON Timelapse Videos

23 Mar

As promised, I finished the videos for THON 09. Above is the one combining two different angles. One angle is from the catwalks and one is from my a camera attached to the bottom of the BJC scoreboard.

For the wide angle of the video, I used an old Canon S500 point and shoot camera connected to a laptop on the catwalks of the BJC. The camera was controlled by a piece of software called GBTimelapse which told the camera to take a picture every 30 seconds and download it onto the computer’s harddrive.

Since I didn’t have the luxury of space to fit a laptop on the scoreboard, I connected my Canon 1D Mark II camera to the bottom of the scoreboard with a Magic Arm and controlled it with an intervalometer to take a picture each minute (because I was worried that I’d fill up the memory card). You can see the scoreboard going down and up in the video – this is when I set up the camera.

Here are links to the individual cameras videos.
Wide Camera
Overhead Camera

Hit the jump to see photos of the setup.

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Thon 2009 from Above

24 Feb

This year, I covered THON in a unique way: from the catwalks. Last year, I got some really cool shots from going high up in the stands of the Bryce Jordan Center arena, but this year, I worked with some folks at the BJC to get some cameras up into the catwalks above. I’ve been placing remote cameras up there for basketball games, so this was not much different, other than the amount of cameras I used.


(Nikon D2Hs, 10.5 mm, 1/50, f/2.8, ISO 640)

In total, I covered THON with a total of 6 cameras, all doing totally different things. I had two cameras hooked up in the catwalks as straight remotes; one with a fisheye to cover the entire arena, and one with a 70-200 pointed directly down to get a tight overhead shot. I also had two handheld cameras that I used when I walked around the floor. The next two cameras are the cool ones.

The final sit down at the end of the 46 hours, shot with my overhead remote at 70mm.

(Canon EOS 40D, 70mm, 1/160, f/4, ISO 800)

On the Thursday before THON, I set up a camera connected to a borrowed friend’s laptop to record a timelapse of the entire thing, starting at the end of the basketball game that Thursday night to load out on Sunday evening. The computer was scheduled to take a photo every 30 seconds for the entire period to be later strung into a movie. The next day after the basketball game, on Friday before THON started, we were able to lower the scoreboard and attach a camera to the bottom with my 17mm lens. Since the scoreboard is directly centered in the arena, I figured it would get really cool shots from above with a wide angle lens. I couldn’t attach a laptop to the camera, so I used an intervalometer (TC-80N3) to record a photo every minute.

Both timelapse captures turned out extremely well and produced very entertaining videos. I am still working on the final cuts of the videos and will hopefully release them sometime this or next week.

I also photographed my friend Dan‘s band, Lowjack, who were lucky enough to play the opening set of the weekend.

(Nikon D300, 10mm, 1/125, f/4, ISO 1600)

Hit the jump for more images.

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Overhead Basketball Remotes

9 Feb

I finally was able to set up some cool overhead remotes for Men’s Basketball yesterday for the game against Wisconsin. I set the camera up on Friday with the help of Ed. We woke up early and climbed up into the catwalk of the BJC, hauling up a bunch of mounts, cameras, and lenses. I wasn’t sure what focal length or camera would be good to use, so I brought an assortment of lenses and cameras to try. What worked best was my 40D with the 70-200 2.8 at around 175mm.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17mm, 1/100, f/4, ISO 3200)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 50mm, 1/30, f/2, ISO 3200)

I attached the camera to a Bogen Magic Arm and Super Clamp and clamped it to a pipe in the rafters. After pointing it down and framing the shot, I had Ed get on a ladder right by the basket and I focused it using Live View. Shots came out pretty good. It really provides a totally different view of the game from above.


(Canon EOS 40D, 168mm, 1/800, f/2.8, ISO 1600)

The game was pretty bad, we ended up losing after playing really badly in front of 14,000 fans. Catch more photos of the game after the break.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17mm, 1/125, f/4, ISO 1600)

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