Monday, October 31, 2022

DALL-E 2 AI Images: Halloween Gargoyle

I thought this would be an appropriate posting for Halloween.  The text prompt was: "Eerie gargoyle perched atop a church roof on moonlit night"

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Downtown Manhattan


When I visited downtown Manhattan last month to photograph the Swan Genarro Festival I stayed long enough to take some photos of the neighborhood and its great street art.  The building shown above was for many years New York City's police headquarters until it was converted into luxury condos.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Topaz Labs Releases Video AI v3.0


Topaz Labs has released Video AI v3.0, a major update to what is probably its most successful product, its widely praised video enhancement app which it claims has been "rebuilt from the ground up."  In the blog post announcing the update the company stated that the update's new features could be broken down into two main categories: improvements to usability and new AI models.  The improvements to usability include stacking AI models (i.e., the ability to enable more than one AI model in a single task), running tasks in parallel with filter support, executing scripts using the command line interface, and "important performance and stability improvements."  The two new AI models are the stabilization model and the Apollo slow motion model.

The updated app is available to new customers for $299.  The price for existing customers who do not have an active license (i.e., who have not paid the annual fee entitling them to a year's free updates) is $149.  As I had purchased the previous version of the software last December I was considered to still have an active license and received the update at no cost.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

DALL-E 2 AI Images: Wild Horses

Text prompt: "Group of wild horses racing through flower strewn valley in springtime as morning mist slowly rises.  Mountains in background.   Digital art"

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

DALL-E 2 AI Images: The Whaler

Here I uploaded William Bradford's Whaler and Fishing Vessels (above), and DALL-E 2 then generated the variations shown below.

Monday, October 24, 2022

NYC San Gennaro Festival


I took my Nikon Zfc downtown last month to photograph the San Gennaro Festival parade.  It's been an annual tradition in New York City's Little Italy since 1926.  The irony, of course, is that Little Italy no longer exists.  Like every other ethnic neighborhood in Manhattan, it's fallen victim to gentrification.  All that remains now are a scattering of tourist restaurants.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

GoPro Remote


I recently purchased from B&H the GoPro Remote for use with my HERO 9.  Like most GoPro products it's a well made piece of equipment and easy to use, a good value at less than $80.  I paired it with my camera without any problem at all.  The remote has a built-in battery that recharges from a USB C port via the standard cable GoPro includes with almost all its products.  It has an effective range of 196 feet and can handle up to five cameras, though I doubt I'll have much use for these last two features.

I purchased the remote primarily for use in vlogging so that I can begin recording while seated in front of the camera without having to change position.  No doubt I'll come up with other uses as I continue to work with it.

Friday, October 21, 2022

DALL-E 2 AI Images: The Debutante

The image seen above is Henry Fuseli's The Debutante.  The variations generated by DALL-E 2 are shown below.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

DALL-E 2 AI Images: Abbey in the Oakwood

For these images I uploaded Caspar David Friedrich's painting Abtei im Eichwald (above) to DALL-E 2 and watched as it generated the variations seen below.  I noted that once it came up with its own take on the abbey it stuck close to it through all four variations.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

DALL-E 2 AI Images: Morning Fog

Text prompt: "Morning fog rises slowly over the calm waters of a small ocean bay lined with standing rocks.  A lighthouse with its light flashing can be seen at one end of the bay atop a large pile of boulders."

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Monday, October 17, 2022

DALL-E 2 AI Images: Japanese Doll

For this post, rather than enter a text prompt, I instead uploaded a photo I had once shot of a Japanese doll (see above), and DALL-E 2 then generated the four variations shown below.