Dave Bullock / eecue

photographer, director of engineering: crowdrise, photojournalist, hacker, nerd, geek, human

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Downtown Los Angeles Time Lapse in HD

I shot another time lapse yesterday, this one went for nearly a full 24 hour period. I'm starting to get the hang of this whole time lapse thing. This time I shot 3 bracketed frames during the day every 60 seconds. Then when the sun set I just went to single exposures. My favorite part is when the sun sets and reflects off a glass building. Make sure you view this in HD, preferable 1080p full screen:

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Secret Stairs: Part 2 - Silver Lake

Last weekend, Penelope and I took our second Secret Stairs hike together. This time we hiked through the hills of Silver Lake. I fell in love with the neighborhood, it was so beautiful. If we don't end up buying a house in the Pasadena area, we will likely buy in Silver Lake. Here are a few photos from the hike:

Yellow House in Silver Lake

Yellow House in Silver Lake

Spanish Style House in Silver Lake

Spanish Style House in Silver Lake

Silver Lake Reservoir

Silver Lake Reservoir

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Downtown Los Angeles Clouds - HDR Time Lapse

This weekend I marveled at the beautiful clouds above Downtown Los Angeles. I decided to shoot an HDR time lapse using my 5D Mark II. Here are the results, make sure you select at least 720p, 1080p for full screen HD goodness:

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Secret Stairs: Part 1 - Montecito Heights

Last weekend Penelope and I went on an interesting urban hike through a series of hidden staircases in Montecito Heights. We found the hike in an awesome book gifted to us by Pen's mom called Secret Stairs: A walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles by Charles Fleming. The book is packed with hikes in different LA neighborhoods that take the reader up and down a series of staircases hidden away in plain sight.

We really enjoyed our first hike through Montecito Heights. I dragged along my camera and tripod and made some HDR photographs:

Secret Stairways Montecito Heights

Fallen Stairs

Fallen Stairs

Purple Flowers, Billboard and Abandoned Mechanic

Purple Flowers, Billboard and Abandoned Mechanic

Downtown Los Angeles From Montecito Heights

Downtown Los Angeles From Montecito Heights

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Coit Tower - San Francisco 2011

A few months ago, Penelope and I took a trip to San Francisco. At one point we went up to the top of Coit Tower, something I hadn't done since I was a child. I wanted to shoot some HDR photos from up there, but they don't allow tripods. Luckily I was able to brace the camera against the glass and got some steady shots:

Downtown San Francisco from Coit Tower

Downtown San Francisco from Coit Tower

Coit Tower View

Coit Tower View

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Death Valley 2011

For our semi-annual vacation this year, Penelope and I went to Death Valley, Tahoe and San Francisco. I posted the Death Valley wildflower photos a few weeks ago. Here are some of the landscape shots I captured in Death Valley.

Skidoo Mill

Skidoo Mill

Salt Creek with Water

Salt Creek with Water

Wildflowers in Death Valley

Wildflowers in Death Valley

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Photography Student Metaphoto

I went out on my balcony to check out the sunset and noticed a couple of people with a large-format camera in the parking lot. Turns out one of them was a photography student. I thought it would make for an interesting metaphoto:

Photography Student

Photography Student and Downtown Los Angeles Photography Student
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Anza Borrego

This weekend Penelope and I went trained with our Search and Rescue team out in Anza Borrego. We competed in an orienteering race and did an ELT search. I came in 4th in my division (Orange) out of 10 people. During a slow point in the mission I shot some photos of the amazing views at Buttes Pass in Anza Borrego:

Ocotillo in Anza Borrego

Moon and Clouds During Sunset in Anza Borrego

Click here to see the rest of the Buttes Pass Anza Borrego photos.

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The Station Fire - One Year Later

Roughly one year ago a huge fire tore through Southern California burning over 160,000 acres of forestland. When it first started, I took photos of the Station Fire blazing through our local mountains.

A few weeks ago, and almost exactly a year after the Station Fire was extinguished, Penelope and I went for a drive up Angeles Crest Highway. The route we usually take, through Pasadena/La Cañada is still closed, but we were able to access the forest going in the back way.

The bad news is, much of the forest has been burnt to a crisp. The good news is that there is life everywhere and the forest will return eventually. Here are a few photos I shot of the forest coming back to life:

Life Coming Back

Life Coming Back

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June Gloom Series: Part 6/6: HDR Scrapyard

I love junk. One of my first jobs was working at the world's most amazing junkyard: The Black Hole.

Over the years I have photographed some really cool junkyards including Norton Sales and APEX Electronics. I am always on the lookout for cool places with giant piles of interesting junk. If you happen to know of any particularly cool junkyards let me know in the comments below.

A few weeks ago when I was shooting my June Gloom series in Vernon, I came across a metal recycling yard. On a whim I walked in with my camera and tripod and asked if I could take some photos. As it turned out they were fine with that. I made my way through the giant piles of aluminum, copper and steel scrap and captured the HDR images you'll find after the jump.

Giant Pile of Aluminum Scrap

Metal Recycling Yard

Click here to see the "June Gloom Series: Part 6/6: HDR Scrapyard" photos.

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2007 HDR Year in Review

Here is a short movie I put together of my HDR photos from this past year:

Note that the images aren't actually in order. If you're interested, the full resolution Quicktime movie can be found here [~100MB].

Update: My friend Steve Kesler asked me how I put this movie together. It was actually pretty straight forward. I just exported the images from my photo management application (LightRoom) and then in Quicktime I selected File > Open Image Sequence. I then selected the first image in that folder. It takes a few minutes to process the images and then I saved and uploaded in to blip.tv.

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HDR Dorkbot Socal Presentation Notes

Dorkbot Socal Presentation

I have uploaded the slides from my HDR presentation last weekend at Dorkbot Socal. I am going to be giving an HDR workshop at some point in the next few months. Keep and eye out for more info about that. [Image hosted by flickr]

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HDR Photography Talk @ Machine Project : Dorkbot Socal #25

6th Street Bridge and Downtown Los Angeles

I'm giving a talk on HDR Photography this Saturday at Machine Project for Dorkbot Socal #25.

Today's digital cameras have a limited dynamic range compared to film. If you shoot a photo of a landscape with a beautiful cloudy sky, your landscape will be properly exposed, but your clouds will be washed out or vice-versa. High-Dynamic Range photography allows you to circumvent your sensor's limitations by taking multiple photos with different exposures and combining them on your computer. All you need is a camera capable of manual exposure settings, a tripod and a computer and you'll be on your way to HDR mastery. Presented by Dave Bullock.

I'll be showing (for the first time) the individual RAW files that I combine to create some of my favorite HDR shots.

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South of Los Angeles, an HDR Excursion

Today the sky in Los Angeles was filled with the most beautiful clouds that we've had in some time now. I couldn't resist driving around my favorite industrial areas South of Los Angeles and shooting some photos. I even got a chance to try out my new Gobi Stealth roof rack, which has a mesh top and can support 300lbs, making it a perfect photographic platform. Here are the results from my excursion:

Bridge Over Los Angeles River

Boilers

Railroad Bridge Over River

Trains Below the 710

All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D, through a Canon 24-70 EF f/2.8 L atop my trusty Bogen Manfrotto 3021BN connected to a Arca Swiss B1 Monoball Head triggered using a wired remote. Each photo you see here is a combination of 3 bracketed shots: 0,-,+ 2 EV which were combined with Photomatix. More photos after the jump.

Trains Below the 710 Tracks and LA River Porta-Potty Boilers Clouds Above Downtown LA Bridge Over Los Angeles River Downtown and LA River Railroad Bridge Over River
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Norton Sales HDR Photo Essay

I have an undying love for junk. Growing up I spent countless hours digging through my fathers' collection of vacuum tubes and old radios. The junk box, filled with untold thousands of assorted screws, bolts, nails and other detritus, was my playground. When I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and my father started working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he took me to what is arguably the world's greatest salvage yard, The Black Hole. I ended up working at Ed Grothus' amazing junkyard for 3 summers during my years in high school.

Recently I took a tour of APEX Electronics with the Dorkbot Socal group and shot some HDR photos of what I saw. Last week a saw an article in the LA Times about Norton Sales, and decided I had to go and shoot some HDR photos of their collection. I emailed the owner, Carlos, a link to my APEX photos and asked if I could come by and do a shoot. He was in to the idea, so on Sunday I drove up to North Hollywood and shot the following photos:

High Pressure Flex Hoses

Rocket Booster

More photos after the jump...

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Los Angeles HDR - Bridges, Graffiti and Rainbows

Double Rainbow and LA River

Graffiti on Bridge

South Gate

You can check out the rest of the set here. Previously someone had emailed and asked me how I create these images, they are just 3 shots put together using Photomatix. You can read a great tutorial on Photomatix here.