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Infrared Gallery
December 30TH, 2007

I just uploaded a gallery of images I captured with Home Made Digital Infrared Cameras.

Visit the Infrared Gallery.

Selection of Images:

Woods Walk Beaver Stadium Trail
Rocky Run Trail, Middletown Twnshp, PA
Photographed: 12-25-07
Camera: Canon A200
View of State College, PA
Photographed: 11-23-07
Camera: Canon A200
 Rocky Run Trail, Middletown Twnshp, PA
Photographed: 12-25-07
Camera: Canon A200

I thought it was an interesting time to get this gallery up, as Kodak has just announced it plans to discontinue production of its HIE-135 infrared film. I believe that photographers can get close to the same quality of images using digital cameras now, making the film obsolete. Read the whole article here.


Newest Fad?
December 30TH, 2007

I just started a minicity at myminicity.com. Is it the newest fad? Is it a marketing strategy? Will I receive tons of spam? Who knows?

Visit my minicity and help it grow just by clicking this link: http://scaredycat.myminicity.com/

ScaredyCatFilms MiniCity
ScaredyCat Mini City, Population: 1

Do It Yourself Infrared Camera
December 5TH, 2007

I have added instructions for how I modified a Canon Powershot A200 camera to take Infrared Photographs.

Here is a photo of a local business at Rochester Technology Park. It was a sunny winter day, with some clouds in the sky, perfect for IR photography. There was a little snow on the ground too. This image is interesting because of the moire effect the building created. Also of interest is the different panneling on the building which is not readily obvious in the visible spectrum. In addition, I believe a plane is flying over the building. It shows up as a bright spot on the dark sky.

Rochester Tech Park
Rochester Tech Park Grayscale


Do It Yourself Infrared Camera
November 19TH, 2007

I read online about how to convert a standard digital camera into an infrared camera. It looked really neat so I gave it a shot. Success on the first try! I am working on making a do it yourself guide on how I did it, and adding images to a gallery as I take them. Its all really neat, and I am really excited about it.

Read the Introduction and see how I began the camera mod here.

View the IR Photo Gallery here.

What does an IR Photograph Look Like?

IR of Our House
IR Photograph in Henrietta


Fun With Pumpkins
November 5TH, 2007

I decided to have a little fun with our pumkins this year, and made a scaredycat pumkin in memory of our web site. Then I decided to do a little time-lapse art. The following pictures were taken with different exposures for intervals of 5-15 seconds. I used a flashlight, lighter, and LEDs for the effects.

Blue Flame Red and Blue Flame On!
Stars Kitty Scaredy Cat



Logo Fun

November 5TH, 2007

Just playing around with some new logo ideas.



Indy racing League Gallery

October 9TH, 2007

I have started a gallery to display some of the photos of Indy Racing League (IRL) Drivers I have photographed. So far the gallery contains Danica Patrick Images. I hope to add more soon.

Danica Patrick and IRL Image Gallery NEW!


Last Implosions For Kodak Park - Buildings 65 and 69
October 6TH, 2007

Great day for an implosion, why not do two? I got to the viewing area a little late so I couldn't set up my second camera to do a movie, so images is all you get. It was quite impressive, and with a South Westerly wind the spectator area was right in the middle of the dust cloud. It only took about 30 seconds for the dust to reach us. It was very thick. We got the whole implosion experience in this one. As before, I have a photo gallery and stitched together movie for users to view.

Kodak Park Building 50 Implosion
Buildings 65 and 69 Implosions, October 6th 2007

I have created some videos of the implosions by stringing together images from the implosion galleris. I took a series of pictures in burst mode with our digital camera.

Buildings 65 and 69 Video Clip:

Here is a video clip of the burst mode photos strung together.

Building 23 Implosion
Created: 10-06-2007

File Size: 5.865 MB MPEG

Description: The implosion of Kodak Park Buildings 65 and 69 at 7:49AM October 6th 2007. Both buildings went down at the same time.

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Image Galleries:

I added the Kodak Park Buildings 65 and 69 gallery to the Digital Images Page of this web site. Now there is one gallery for each implosion.


No Hitter at Fenway Park
September 15TH, 2007

Fenway No Hitter!Way back in February of this year, I spent several hours sitting at my laptop computer trying to win tickets to a Boston Red Sox game in the ticket lottery. Tickets to all but the Yankee's series games are sold at that time, and they sell out usually by the end of the day.

A couple hours after the site opened for sale, I was able to purchase 4 tickets. This was my first time since 2000, I believe, that I was able to purchase tickets to Fenway at Face Value. Four tickets for my Brother in Law, and our wives on Saturday September 1st 2007.

We traveled out that morning, and to our amazement, we managed to see Clay Buchholz pitch a rookiw no hitter. Only the 11th no hitter in Fenway Park history. The night was electric. Fenway was as loud as any of us had ever heard it. From the sixth inning on we all knew we were witnessing something special. By the 7th, we knew the game was won. By the ninth the crowd was in a frenzy and standing for every pitch. This was the second time my hands hurt so hard from clapping them. (The first being the NHL game between the Flyers and Senators in which the record for most Penalty Minutes in a game was broken).

Video I took from the Grandstands that night, Section 3. Trying that YouTube thing...

Saturday September 1st 2007.


Cape Cod and More Panoramic Images
September 15TH, 2007

Cape Cod - Chatham
I just got back from Cape Cod for a weeks vacation a few weeks ago, and I have a few new panoramic images added to the panoramics gallery. There are some from cape cod, and one from Kodak Park that I took after the Building 23 Implosion.

These panoramics are available for viewing in the Panoramic Images Photo Gallery.

Given some time, I will probably get a few of the better images I took uploaded. We visited Province Town, Chatham, Centreville, Falmouth, and Martha's Vinyard.


More Implosion Movies and Galleries
September 15TH, 2007

I just got around to creating a video clip of the Building 23 implosion at Kodak Park on July 1st 2007. The reason why? Well, there was another implosion at Kodak today, Building 50. It was at 7:00 AM this morning. A little cool and some drizzle, as a front had come in last night. Kinda dark, but my dad and I had a good time. Estimated crowd was around 350 people. Far fewer than the 2,000-3,000 estimated for building 9 and 23 a few months ago.

Kodak Park Building 50 Implosion
Building 50 Implosion, September 15th 2007

I have created some videos of the implosions by stringing together images from the implosion galleris. I took a series of pictures in burst mode with our digital camera.

Building 23 Video Clip:

Here is a video clip of the burst mode photos strung together.

Building 23 Implosion
Created: 09-15-2007

File Size: 7.824 MB MPEG

Description: The implosion of Kodak Park Building 23 at 8:09AM July 1st 2007. The building went down in stages, so this video is a little longer than the previous Building 9 video.

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Building 50 Video Clip:

Here is a video clip of the burst mode photos strung together.

Building 50 Implosion
Created: 09-15-2007

File Size: 4.261 MB MPEG

Description: The implosion of Kodak Park Building 50 at 7:00AM September 15th 2007. It was a cold day with some drizzle. But it held off for the implosion.

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Image Galleries:

I added the Kodak Park Building 50 gallery to the Digital Images Page of this web site. Now there is one gallery for each implosion.


New Page - Downloads
August 19TH, 2007

I just added a new page to the website for downloads of images, applications, and anything else I think others may find useful. Enjoy it. Downloads Page.



Simpsonized!

August 19TH, 2007

This is old news, but when the Simpsons Movie came out, Burger King ran a promotion where you could "Simpsonize" a version of yourself, to see what you look like as a Simpsons Character. Well it didn't work out well at first, as the site couldn't handle the overload, and many people waited a long time (takes like 500 seconds to process an image) and got no picture. Also, the face recognition software isn't the greatest (but its also very difficult to do) so the pictures don't always look really like you. Putting these things aside, I still thought it was worth a try, so here is what I created with simpsonizeme:

Starting the Transformation
Starting the Transformation

Transforming
Transforming


The Results

 



Kodak Park Building Implosions
July 2ND, 2007

This weekend I went to Kodak Park in Rochester, NY to watch the implosion of two buildings. The first was Building 9 at 8:00AM on Saturday June30th. It was a fantastic implosion and I was able to view it from as close as 1500 Feet. I took around 90 pictures in all of the building prior to, during, and after the implosion.

The burst mode on our Canon SD700 IS was fantastic, capturing about 5 images every 2 seconds. Here's a sample of some of the photos. And a video of all the burst photos strung together.

Building 9 Video Clip:

Here is a video clip of the burst mode photos strung together.

Building 9 Implosion
Created: 07-02-2007

File Size: 5.322 MB MPEG

Description: The implosion of Kodak Park Building 9 on Saturday June 30th at 8:00AM. In forwards, and in Reverse. Each image has a duration of about 1/6th second.

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Image Galleries:

I have created two image galleries on the Digital Images Page of this web site. One gallery for each implosion. Each gallery also contains some information about the implosion, and a little bit about my impressions of each event..


Google Maps and ScaredyCatFilms
May 09TH, 2007

Recently I started working with the publicly available Google Maps API. It is a really neat tool that allows anybody with access to data to display it on a Map. I have chosen to display the location of National Geodetic Survey disks. These disks are usually about 4-inch round brass monuments in concrete posts. They are used for surveying at various locations. There are thousands of these disks in each state.

Benchmark Viewer
Example Survey Marker Viewer

I have created a sub-domain from this web site for the purposes of displaying the survey markers. For now, each state will have its own page. Google Maps, is generally speedy about displaying 100 markers on a map at one time, so the 66,000+ markers in California alone, would certainly bog down the viewer. For that reason I have started with a state by state implementation.

Visit benchmarks.scaredycatfilms.com to see more of the viewer.


Great News - ScaredyCatFilms Available in China!
March 18TH, 2007

I ran accross this web site, GreatWallOfChina.org, which checks to see if your web site is available in China. In case you were not aware, China blocks a large number of web sites in an effort to keep communist control over its populace. The good news is that ScaredyCatFilms is not blocked in China!

Great Wall Of China


New Look Home Page
March 8TH, 2007

I thought I would try to update the look of this page, make it look a little more BLOG like. We'll see if I was successful. Have to get some more updates here first. Get these pages populated. I think I will try and get more of my photography up here. Some selections of the nicer photos of taken, a kind of amature portfolio. Hopefully it will grow, and get better and better.


About Scaredy Cat Films
February 18TH, 2007

Scaredy Cat Films is an outlet for displaying anything creative that we have created. Right now, the "we" represents my wife and myself. I guess you could considere our friend Sam, as a Scaredy Cat Film consultant, as he helps out imensely by identifying new software applications we should try out, and helping with any technical questions.

Our equipment consists of:

  • 1 Dell Dimension 8200 Desktop Computer - Running Windows XP (2.26GHz, 512MB RAM)
  • 2 Dell Latitude Laptops - Running Windows 2000 (750MHz)
  • 2 Dell Latitude Laptops - Running Windows XP (1.0GHz)
  • 2 Moded XBOXs - Courtesy of my brother in law Craig

Various Software Applications we use for Scaredy Cat Films Development:

  • Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, and Image Ready
  • Macromedia Dream Weaver Development Suite
  • Blender
  • Canon and Kodak Image Applications

Our current Web Development includes a home page for the hockey teams we play on:

Kodiaks Hockey Home Page


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