HDR Pictures

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By , September 24, 2008 6:56 pm

Running experiments entails some time during which one has to be physically present but not mentally. Thus, I get a few moments to learn random facts and study things like the news. Anyway, so today I discovered “high dynamic range” pictures. Basically, the idea is to combine pictures taken at multiple exposures to create a final result with huge dynamic range. So I went through my pictures to see if I had taken any exposure-bracketed photos, and found one good candidate. So here is the result – an HDR (and then sylistically filtered) picture of Jordan and I compared to one of the originals.

Here’s the original

Original

And the HDR/enhanced version (from 3 originals)

HDR version of Jordan and I at the summit of our hike

The idea with the HDR pictures is that the enhanced dynamic range can be selectively filtered to make the picture look “special” to your eyes. I’ll be on the look out for opportunities to take/make more of these!

Update:

Here are a couple more pictures that I’ve HDR’d.

Of the block where our little apartment lives:

Our house

and of USF from UCSF:

The USF campus as seen from the UCSF parking garage

I think the second one is the most artistic. Anyway, I’ve figured out to set the camera up to take multiple exposures automatically, so I’ll look for opportunities to do HDR pictures as I go forward. Look for them!

“Fullness in Christ”

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By , September 19, 2008 4:21 am

Tiffany, one of Jordan’s classmates and bridesmaids, gave us a book of Puritan prayers (The Valley of Vision) as a wedding gift. I’ve enjoyed the few that I’ve read so far, and this is probably my favorite of them.

Fullness in Christ

O God,
Thou has taught me
  that Christ has all fullness and
  so all plenitude of the Sprit,
that all fullness I lack in myself is in him,
  for his people, not for himself alone,
 he having perfect knowledge, grace,
   righteousness,
  to make me see,
  to make me righteous,
  to give me fullness;
that it is my duty, out of a sense of emptiness,
  to go to Christ, possess, enjoy his fullness
    as mine,
  as if I had it in myself, because it is
    for me in him;
  that when I do this I am full of the Spirit,
    as a fish that has got from the shore to the sea
    and has all fullness of waters to move in,
    for when faith fills me then I am full,
  that this is the way to be filled with the Spirit,
    like Stephen, first faith, then fullness,
    for this way makes me most empty,
    and so most fit for the Spirit to fill.
Thou hast taught me that the finding of
    this treasure of all grace in the field of Christ
    begets strength, joy, glory,
    and renders all graces alive.
Help me to delight more in what I receive
    from Christ,
   more in that fullness which is in him,
    the fountain of all his glory.
Let me not think to receive the Spirit from him
    as a 'thing'
  apart from finding, drinking, being filled
    with him.
To this end, O God,
  do thou establish me in Christ,
  settle me, give me a being there,
  assure me with certainty that all this is mine,
    for this only will fill my heart with joy
      and peace.

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