Thursday, August 19, 2010

I'm back...and better than ever!

Sorry it has been so long since I've updated my web page. A lot has happened since I did my last update. I think I may make this page a place to share my photography and videos and talk about how I took each photo. That way it will give my page a sense of direction. It will also motivate me to take more pictures!

Today I went to the Bronx Zoo to test out how bracketing works on my camera. Basically bracketing allows you to take a normal pictures, an underexposed pictures, and an overexposed picture all in a row. This allows you to either pick the picture that looks the best, or merge them together in the future like the HDR photo example that I posted a long time ago.

These HDR photos work best when there is a high contrast situation, such as a sunrise/sunset or a photo where the subjects are both indoors and outdoors. There are also a lot of nice nighttime cityscapes that work well in HDR. Here is an example of a picture I took today. It is a statue of a tiger with some flowers surrounding it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm With CoCo, CoCo is with TBS!

As most people know, NBC and Conan O'Brien recently parted ways and Conan was left without a show. Due to the terms of their separation Conan was told he could not appear on TV until at least September. This allowed Conan to have some time to search for a new channel for his show to appear on. Most people figured that he'd end up on FOX or one of their cable affiliates. This deal fell through, though. FOX's local affiliates make a lot of money on showing Seinfeld reruns during the 11 o'clock hour. They couldn't be persuaded to end those reruns in order to show a talk show. TBS heard about this and decided to offer a show to Conan. Initially he didn't want to do it because he didn't want to push back the George Lopez show. But, George Lopez personally called Conan to ask him to come to TBS.

Some people think that moving to TBS, a basic cable channel, meant that Conan was getting a downgrade from NBC, a network channel. I don't think this is true, though. Conan will have a better chance to get higher ratings on TBS because he better fits that network. Nielsen ratings show that the TBS audience and the Conan audience are an exact match. They also show a steady increase in viewers on basic cable shows compared to network shows. Also, TBS REALLY wanted Conan to come to their channel. With FOX it was a fight from the start.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the new show on the new channel. You can catch Conan on TBS starting this November at 11PM.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Photoshop CS5

Today Adobe will be holding an online show explaining the new features of the upcoming Photoshop CS5. There have been a few leaks already that point to a few cool looking things. The biggest one that everybody is talking about is content aware fill. Basically, if you have a picture that has an object in it that you don't like you'll be able to delete. Once you delete the object the software will look at the surrounding content and fill in the space left by the deleted object. Here is a video showing a few examples of this:

Another big feature that I'm looking forward to is the improved HDR photo processing. HDR photographs allow you to take multiple photographs at different setting and merge them into one very vibrant picture. This is especially helpful in low light high contrast settings. In the past I've used a demo of a competing piece of software to test this out (Photomatix). Here is an example of a picture I made with that:

Notice how the inside of the house is just as bright as the outside. This is a big part of HDR photography. I can't wait until Photoshop CS5 comes out so I can do more of these photographs without having to purchase a separate piece of software. You can pre-order Photoshop on or any other online retailer starting today.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring is Here!

After a brief stint with Summer, Mother Nature has finally settled back on Spring. Highs this week in the Northeast are going to stay in the mid to upper 60's. This is perfect weather to get outside and go for a walk, which is exactly what I did this morning! The birds were singing, the flowers were blooming, and the sun was shining. I took this photograph in my backyard after we watered the grass with the sprinklers. This tulip is just starting to bloom and the water droplets reflected the sunlight nicely.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I've had this song stuck in my head all day today. It is the title theme for the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movie. I think it reminds me of the Pirates of the Caribbean score, which makes sense because both were composed by Hans Zimmer. If you need a quick pick-me-up today then definitely listen to this song. By the way, a warning for the future: My friends refer to me as the "King of Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head". So, be might be humming this song for quite a while :)

Note: I'm not trying to sell stuff, but I only think it is fair to post a link to legally obtain a song if I'm going to talk about it on my blog.


Hello and welcome to the brand new! Here you will find a mixture of random musings and photos from me: Paulie Stormwatch. My hobbies include photography, computers, video games, movies, TV, hiking, skiing, ice skating, rollerblading, swimming, diving, and the occasional musical instrument or two. I have memberships with the Wildlife Conservations Society, American Meteorological Society, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, PADI, Divers Alert Network, and many more. So, if any of those topics interest you then definitely keep an eye on this site in the future!