I think we'll go to Boston...

10/19/08 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Improv Comedy

Well the first Viola Question show is complete. The school was AMAZING. Very big boarding school outside of Boston.

Our VQ time began early in the day with a 3v3 soccer tournament, a couple guys from the group played together just for fun. We had a great time and even scored a goal! :) After the cars got here, we loaded in and began the trek.

We didn't have too much trouble getting there, however we did get pulled over. We almost missed our exit so the driver swooped over at the last minute, turns out there was a cop right behind us, but he let us go and we were on the road again after a short 2-minute delay.

Once we got there, we were ushered into their theater, which was fairly nice actually. We changed and warmed up, then ran out on stage. There were probably around 60-80 people in the audience which isn't too bad a crowd (but nothing compared to what our on campus shows are). I intro'ed Revenge, and participated in some commercials and the Oracle. Both of which went well. The group all thought it was a pretty good show, and the kids seemed to enjoy it.

Afterwords we took a 15-minute break and then went to do the workshop. Not as exciting for us, but it's always fun to see what other people do. Finally, we headed back to the house we stayed at, which was a very nice house just off the coast. We hung out, ate lots of pickles...and pickled green beans...and chatted for awhile before sleeping and finally treking back this morning. Back in New Haven now, and very screwed in terms of how much work I have to do.

Some pictures from the trip can be found on facebook here. Enjoy!

Darq Knight Opens!

10/16/08 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Photography, Theater

After tons of work, the Darq Knight opens tonight!!! In celebration of this, I am posting two of my favorite photos on the photo blog. The first is available now, and the second will be posted on closing night (Saturday). The full album is available on Facebook. Enjoy!

For all my Darq Knight posts click here!

Darq Knight load-in

10/13/08 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Theater

I know I owe everyone some writing. But it's been a really busy weekend. Today we loaded in all the lights for the Darq Knight...I spent 12 hours in the theater which means basically homework all day tomorrow. So that's not good, but the show still looks amazing. Sorry for the lack of updates, mid-terms and other endeavors also approach so it might be a week or so before I get a large story in, for now I've refined the HDR picture(s?) and tossed that on the photoblog. Check it!

Experiments in HDR part 2

10/09/08 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Photography, Technology
Experiments in HDR part 2

So this is the first of 6 -> 2 images I took today walking to pickup reading. Basically, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is done by take multiple pictures at different exposures and then merging them into one picture. I used the 40D's ability to burst fire 3 shots metered at -2, 0, and +2. And used qtpfsgui to merge them. The alogrithim I used for both was different, in the bike one I tried to find the most realistic look, whereas for the tree I used a different one for dramatic effect (and didn't play around with it much).

Next time, I should probably not shoot a tree, with leaves, which move. And while the bike one has almost no ghosting, a tripod is always best. Finally, I might try Photomatix which is supposed to have more realistic algorithms. Enjoy!

EDIT: Since that may not have been clear and these photos might look normal, here's the deal. The bike is in the dark and the sun is really bright. I shoot three photos, one with the bike exposed about right, one with the outside about right, and one with the Sunny areas about right. Then I combine these, so it looks closer to what you "see" in real life. Since the camera isn't able to capture the detail of different lighting environments in a single shot.

Experiments in HDR part 1

10/09/08 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Photography, Technology
Experiments in HDR part 1

EDIT: This photo was updated to look better...check it out on the photoblog

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A collection of musings from my time at Yale along with some thoughts about my "Freshman year of life" in San Francisco.


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