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iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. the Harlem Globetrotters

The day after it came out of its box, my iPhone was put to the test: courtside, at the Huntington Center, to shoot the Harlem Globetrotters.

To push it to the limit, the camera was on auto. All image processing was done with the built in apps.

I am pleased with the results, considering they were not made from RAW files. This shoot was a week ago, and I have been shooting with the iPhone every day, including video.

My review: the iPhone 11 Pro Max used on automatic/no apps is very impressive, but, for professionals, apps are needed to be fully in control at the time of exposure, as well as have RAW files and the ability to bring out the best of the camera's potential.

I really would like to write in depth about this shoot, but am swamped. If you have any questions, I will be happy to reply. Just leave a comment below.

Click here if you would like to see my "automatic" results with food, and here if you would like to see some portraiture and art. Glassblowing!

Globie, looking up!
Zeus!
Big Easy is not happy. Neither is the ref.
Hi-Lite goes boom!

I am looking forward to shooting another sports event, with the apps. With indoor sports, the lighting is constant and the area is limited. The variables are positioning, timing and the magic on the court.

Carrot Cake!

Adam @ Gathered Glass Studio

On the last day of the decade, I wandered around Toledo and discovered the hottest (and coolest) place in the city: Gathered Glassblowing Studio. I am very thankful that Adam was so open minded, and allowed me to shoot him in action.

I will rewrite this post very soon, and include the name of the other glass master, whose name I didn't get... I will also add more details about the process, the studio and Adam.

For now, here are the photos. I am looking forward to shooting the finished piece. (The first and second image are out of sequence, the others show the process in chronological order.)

Natchez 1

VIEW 2019 part 1

I wanted to meet Skarred Ghost.

Tony, Antony Vitillo, is the AR/VR consultant who runs Skarred Ghost, one of the top blogs for VR and AR. I met Tony online in 2016, and we have shared our problems and joys since then. I was invited to speak in Munich and Paris, and hoped that somehow I could finally meet Tony in person, in Europe.

However, Tony was going to be in China until he returned to Italy, to give a presentation at VIEW, in Torino, Italy. I had never heard of VIEW. When I saw it, I immediately wanted to go. But my trip was on a budget far below “low budget”. Perhaps I could volunteer, like I would do at AWE, in Munich. Tony said he would ask the organizers, and that was how we left it.

 I arrived in Turin on the morning of Sunday, October  21. I’d taken an overnight bus from Munich; the city felt both friendly and alien. Two officers in a polizia car asked me if  I knew where I was going. 

“Corso Marconi...”

Though the officers described the bus and train options very well, I didn’t pay too much attention. Bubiko and I were going to walk.

An hour after leaving the bus, this tranquil scene of the River Po.
Man Ray, Man Ray. Will have to dig up my Man Ray story. No, I never met him, but did meet Julia, his wife, twice.

And, walk we did.

The address turned out to be the administrative office for VIEW, not the venue. I was relieved when someone answered the intercom; and happy when Ricardo, a handsome young man walked out. He attentively listened to my volunteering idea and seemed genuinely interested in my Bubiko demo. Like the polizie, Ricardo gave me directions on how to the venue, a place called OGR, which seemed to be near where the bus from Munich had dropped me off. I thanked Ricardo, slung my bag over my shoulder, and began rolling my little suitcase down the road.

 A blonde young woman called out to me! She was the driver for OGR, and she was going to the venue. As she drove me to OGR, we talked. She lived outside of Turin, and told me how beautiful the golds and reds of Autumn were beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.

Bamboo! Eco Hostel!
Just down the street from the VIEW administrative office.
Mustafa, whose nice little restaurant is very near to Bamboo Eco Hostel.
Bubiko with a group of very , very talented professional animators!

 We arrived at OGR, once a train station, now an art center.

I didn’t know what would happen inside, but I pretended that I did.

(to be continued)

Turino, 5AM...

Detroit Startup Week 2019 (1 of 2)

#DETSW2019 , Detroit Startup Week 2019, was phenomenal; a community that I was honored to be part of. Not only a great collection of professional and enthusiastic DOERS, the event had the coolest background in the world: Motown, 2019 stylee...

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And, if you, or anyone you know, will be in San Francisco on June 28th, there is this: Tech in the Tenderloin. A great bunch of kids will be there. And, it will be the world premiere of Bubiko Foodtour, the flagship character of my AR startup. Oh yes, Novaby, a fantastic 3D model making company will be there, as well as Niantic, who made Pokemon Go and the just-released Harry Potter AR game! #whenharrymetbubi

Phil Kanaby at Altimetrik, as part of Detroit Startup Week 2019. The word on the street is that Altimetrik is soon going to be hosting a talk about augmented reality, a talk that will likely touch upon theoretical AR/AV mashups! (AR= augmented reality, AV =autonomous vehicles)

This is a story about the best musical experience I have ever had.(Even though I only stayed for the first two songs of the concert.)

James Chapman, the CEO and founder of Plain Sight, an app that helps like-minded entrepreneurs to connect. Plain Sight sponsored the extremely pleasant opening night networking event.
John Henry at Detroit Startup Week 2019! John Henry is the Hustler in Chief! Inspirational, personal and challenging, John Henry's talk and presence made strong impressions. The man is a DOER!
Bubiko will definitely watch this video: https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/hustle-mastering-the-art-of-the-viral-food-video/5c5e09b8be40776f07688dd3
Wait a minute... somethin's going wrong... 🙂

The next post will be going up within the next couple of days. Besides the excitement of Detroit Startup Week, I will share a photo or two from my FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE!

PART 2 is here.

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Old West End Festival Parade (part 2)

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Lauri and Gary Justen, dressed in Edwardian attire.

More photographs of Toledo: 419ness

About Stephen Black

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Old West End Festival Parade (part 1)

Photographs by Stephen Black of the 2019 Old West End Parade.

A collaboration between the sculptor Jack Wilson and Stephen Black can be found here. The project is an augmented reality artwork.

419ness is a collection of blog posts of photographs of Toledo.

abstract mobile artwork
Lake Erie Water Safety
large white house on a green lawn

Part 2 is here!
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Memorial Day Weekend

419ness

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The Maumee River

About Stephen Black

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