By Raffy Paredes
Would you share your selfie on a 14-foot 3D head? Accepting your own face and flaws, and how you present yourself to the world was the impetus for a public art installation called “As We Are” by Matthew Mohr Studios.Mohr’s sculpture is made up of ribbons of ultrabright screens, comprising 850,000 LED lights which come together to form a three-dimensional human head. Visitors to the installation step into a photo booth in the back and have their portrait taken by 29 cameras atonce. Those images are then stitched together into a 3D model of their face and displayed on the giant head outside, warts and all.Tucked away inside the head are its “brains,” which can store 100,000 portraits on-site and even more in the cloud. The sculpture is expected to stay in situ for between seven and 10 years, and those images are set to rotate across the head the whole time, with special care given to equallyrepresent people of different ethnicities.“As We Are” is on display now in the ColumbusConvention Center Atrium in Columbus, Ohio (www.newatlas.com).
NVIDIA recently published a paper titled “Progressive Growing of GANs for Improved Quality, Stability, and Variation.” It describes a system that uses algorithms that are capable of generating artificial “photos” that look real to humans. In addition to faces, the neural network can also generate “photos” of objects and scenes. “While the quality of our results is generally high compared to earlier work on GANs, and the training is stable in large resolutions, there is a long way to true photorealism,” the researchers conclude in their paper. “That said, we feel that convincing realism may now be within reach.” So instead of searching for the ideal model for a photo shoot, photographers of the future may be able to generate one using artificial intelligence (PetaPixel).
Photoshelter.com has come out with “The Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests 2018” which can be downloaded on its website for free. What’s inside? A list of 42 contests that Photoshelter has evaluated and rendered a verdict on what to join and what to avoid. The criteria used were Entry Fees, Prizes, Submission Rights, Promised Exposure, and Feedback from past winners. The guide also reminds the reader of several recent contest controversies. It’s an informative read for those who plan on joining a photo contest.
And now to our featured readers.
Raphael Evan Grabador sent in the colorful photo titled “Rainbow After the Rain.”
Prakash Harchandani shares an untitled sunset image which he took while having coffee in Makati. “A few minutes before taking the shot, the sky was nothing like this,” writes Harchandani.“Then suddenly in a matter of minutes, the sky breaks into its full beauty and color.”
The black-and-white photo, “Mangingisda” comes from Arnel Cruzada. He took the photo in Marinduque while waiting for a boat.
From Chito Madamba is a telephoto image of the “rare October harvest moon.”
Melvin Anore submitted “Bangkero.” “He’s one of the oldest local fishermen in Barangay Pila-Pila,Binangonan, Rizal,” writes Melvin. “Sa kabila ng kanyang katandaan, patuloy pa rin siyang nakikipagsapalaran sa pangingisda sa lawa ng Laguna di alintana ang init ng panahon maiahon lang ang kanyang pamilya sa pang-araw-araw na gastusin.”
Rad King writes that his photo, “Abante Digos” reflects the abilities of Digoseños.
Nicky Ledesma shares his infrared photo titled “Riders.” He used a Nikon D40x converted infrared camera to shoot the image.
The nature photo, “Kilomi Falls” is by Arellano Galdo. “This is one of my favorite subjects since I started photography where I can experiment on how to use the shutter speed of my camera,” Arellano shares. “This photo was taken in a beautiful place of Man-ibay, Aposkahoy, Claveria, Misamis Oriental with my friends and co-hikers while chasing waterfalls at this place.This waterfall is one of the five waterfalls we visited.”
John Leo Vina shares “Raft,” taken at Chuzenji lake located at the foot of Mt. Nantai in Japan.
And from wetlands conservationist Jose Carlo Quintos is an untitled photo taken around the lakeshore of Laguna de Bay.
Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.