Monday, October 05, 2009

Cosplay Mania! Vol. 1

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

cosplay with us

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Photographer is Obsolete

Sony has announced the Party-shot personal photographer, an automated photo-taking cradle. The device uses the DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1's face- and smile detection functions to detect photo opportunities in social environments. The Party-shot sits on a table or tripod and tilts and pans to locate and follow potential subjects. It will also recompose its shots based on the rule-of-thirds.

Monday, July 20, 2009


This is Raj.  He has small feet right now.

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Aggie googled my name and chanced upon a few other Leonardo Colls: A 36 year old plumber in Argentina, some womanizer from Uruguay and a Columbian newspaper vendor.

A couple of those guys are on facebook. I think I'll send them a friend invite. Whatthehey.

Peng The Penguin's Flash Sync Basics

Flash sync speed is the fastest speed that your camera can use when you are shooting with flash. End of lesson. Class dismissed.

But wait. There are a few exceptions to every rule, and this one has two. The first is if you use camera/flash combos that support high speed sync. HSS uses an utrafast stroboscopic sync and acts like continuous lighting - in other words, more than one flash, so that the sensor is lit and the shadow formed by the secondary shutter curtain isn't there. The second is if you turn your camera so that the area shaded by the shutter curtain falls on something that isn't lit by flash.

So what happens if you use a shutter speed that's faster than the sync speed? In other words? What if my camera has a shutter speed of 1/200, and I use 1/400? Will my camera blow up?

No, your camera will not blow up. However, you will see a shadow on parts of your photo lit by flash. See Peng's photos below:

Notice that the shadow only covers up parts of the photo that was being lit by flash. Those areas too far away to be affected by flash aren't affected by the shadow.

Note as well that the flash exposure on Peng is independent of the shutter speed.  Let me say that again,  Changing the shutter speed from 1/100 to 1/640 had no effect on the lit portions, except that those lit portions had the shadow of the shutter mechanism covering them.  On the other hand, the background exposure changes with the shutter speed.  When Peng is slowly being engulfed by the shadow. He was scared, and asked to be hugged. I thought about it, and said, "No way. Here, have a fish."

(No Penguins were hurt during the making of this blog post - ed.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Impossible Project: Polaroid Film Returns?

A group of investors have acquired Polaroid's old equipment, and are planning to re-start the production of instant film! 


Thursday, January 15, 2009

We are PhotoBot!

Aggie and I are trying something new this year. We wanted a photobooth on our wedding, so we built one. Turns out that other people wanted the same service and booked the machine for a few more gigs. So now we're formally launching our photobooth service!

You can find us at