Awesome Art of the Day: Zombie Playground by Jason Chan

Found this awesome zombie themed art while browsing the web. Its drawn by an artist who goes by Jason Chan. He has some pretty cool imagery on his website, though some of it is a tad Not Safe For Work. You have been warned. His gallery doesn’t seem to be updated anymore. Instead he seems to be opting to post his latest art directly to his blog.

Also if his artwork looks familiar to you, its probably because you saw it in the special features section of the I Am Legend DVD. Jason was commissioned to do two of the comics for the movie. They turned out really well plus you can even view them online here. Warning blood and sad music.

FCUK The Dark Knight T-shirts

I’d just like to take a moment to complain about the lack of awesome FCUK Batman The Dark Knight T-shirts in the US. See all those awesome T-shirts there at the bottom of this page? I’m particularly a fan of the Heath Ledger inspired Joker t-shirt.


You know how many we can purchase in the US?

Just this guy. I can’t even drive up to the Canadian stores because they only have 1 shirt to choose from as well. The spirit is willing FCUK! Its just that I don’t have the money/time to fly to Europe at the moment. Plus I don’t enjoy paying some chain smoker on ebay 3 times the price to pick one up for me either. Anywho thats my little rant for today. Enjoy the awesome t-shirts…

UPDATE (March 26, 09): Just checked the various FCUK online stores and they are no longer carrying any of the Batman shirts listed above.

U.S. AQUA PURE DRINKING WATER

I found this U.S. AQUA water can in an antique shop in Poulsbo, Washington. On the side it talks about how it’s “IMPERVIOUS TO NUCLEAR FALLOUT” and cheap insurance. This convinced me that I had to buy it.

Then it sat on my desk for a month and a half. Besides providing life sustaining water in case of political destabilization due to the Nuclear Armageddon that we all know is coming in the near future, it also makes an awesome paper weight.

I haven’t been able to find anything about U.S. Aqua or it’s fallout impervious canned water on the internets, (other than some long dead eBay links that won’t even show the seller or the specific auction even) so this is my original content contribution. Heres the complete text from the side of the can. Below that you’ll find a gallery with a bunch more images of said water can.

U.S.
AQUA

PURE DRINKING WATER

CONTENTS 12 FLUID OZ.

This can contains water pumper from our own well and immediately processed under scientific methods resulting in a highly pure drinking water. Under ordinary storage conditions, this water will keep for years.
IMPERVIOUS TO NUCLEAR FALLOUT. But, in case of fallout, wipe can and can opener before opening can.
This water is processed under provisions in permit issued to Teasdale Packing Company by California State Board of Health and meets the requirements as set forth in the U.S. Public Service Drinking Water Standards.
Recommended for convenience in emergency uses. It is cheap insurance to have a supply on hand.

PACKED BY
TEASDALE PACKING CO.
SAN JOSE,
CALIF.

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Burn After Reading Was Great

Burn After Reading Poster

I saw “Burn After Reading” at the theater last night. I thought it was great. If you liked the trailer you may like it. If you thought the trailer was lame you have a much higher chance of liking it, or at least that was my case.

Go see it. It’s funny. You’ll laugh. Or you’ll stare uncomfortably at the screen.

Also the “PC or Mac” line cracked me up.

Update: Found the CIA Man song by the Fugs, that you hear at the end credits, on Amazon MP3.

The Dark Knight Motorcycle Jacket

The Dark Knight easily ranks as my favorite movie for this year. If you’ve seen it you know how great it is. Heath Ledger, so awesome as the Joker. Blah Blah Blah… Oh right the motorcycle jacket you see Christian Bale wearing 1/3rd of the way through the movie.

Turns out Belstaff, the guys that made said motorcycle jacket, are taking pre-orders for a batman jacket of your very own. Or if you’re not into the pre-order thing you can pick one up at Barneys New York, home of all things that don’t fit me, at some point in the future.

How much is this motorcycle jacket going to set you back? Only 1,200$ for the chance to look like 6,000 other guys if the LA Times is to be believed. Hopefully the majority of the jackets will see some motorcycle time, or at least a Lamborghini Murciélago.

Via LA Times

Lamborghini Via Flickr

ISO 50 Is A Lie

I just took delivery of an EOS-1Ds Mark III and wanted ask a question about ISO to ensure I’m optimizing the quality of images from this fantastic camera. I’ve been doing studio work with my EOS-1D Mark II and II N on the extended ISO 50. Is there any quality compromise when using this lower ISO? I was using it thinking I would be getting better quality with the lower ISO, but I read something to the effect that it actually increases noise and that extending the range is only a method of light- not quality-management. Am I better off shooting at ISO 100?

The standard ISO range for the EOS-1Ds Mark III camera is 100 to 1600. Optional settings for ISO 50 and ISO 3200 are enabled via menu command, and are indicated on the camera’s LCD data panel as “L” for Low and “H” for High, respectively. Part of the reason behind this is that these settings are not truly ISO 50 or ISO 3200. Instead, in the case of “L,” you’re looking at ISO 100 processed by the camera to achieve an effective rating of ISO 50. Similarly, “H” means that the camera is processing an ISO 1600 image to achieve an effective rating of ISO 3200. “L” images have about the same level of noise as ISO 100 images, but they have less “headroom” in their tone curves to recover overexposed highlights than do ISO 100 images captured with the 1Ds Mark III. This is typically not a problem with evenly lit scenes, but it may become an issue with scenes that have a lot of dynamic range to them, such as sunsets, backlit flash photos, etc.

ISO 50 can be helpful when you are trying to achieve a creative effect, such as a wide aperture to blur the background behind the main subject, for instance in portraiture. It can also be helpful when you are using studio strobes and you don’t want to stop down the lens excessively, or in outdoor situations when you want a longer shutter speed to blur subject movement like the water in a waterfall. But if none of these situations apply, you are better off to use ISO settings in the 100 to 200 range in terms of overall image quality and maximum dynamic range.

© Chuck Westfall

http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0804/tech-tips.html

Words do not express how much this annoys me…