December 14th, 2011

Rickay grinning

One or two examples of visual imagination

This ad for a push-up bra is rather cool, when you consider the model is male. Certainly an effective means of demonstrating its effectiveness, even aside from the cuteness on display. ^_^

Darac spotted one of the more adorable tourist websites: Visit Iceland in a Flying Machine, starring an anthropomorphic country. (Not to be confused with the comic, Scandinavia and the World)

Minorly interesting nugget in this interview with Steven Moffat: apparently, they don't currently see any two-parters in the next season of Doctor Who. He even cites audience research (eep!) pointing to audience appreciation and viewing figures always dropping with the second part of a story. I'd like to look into that, to see how true that is, and see if I can work out why that would be so. Certainly, there've been some clunkers (Daleks of Manhattan, oy!), but then there was The End of Time, with a voraciously carpet-chewing Timothy Dalton. =:D (Though in that regard, he'd have to go a long way to surpass his turn in Hot Fuzz =:)

Two very short shorts you might care to peek at, both for the visuals (especially the latter, with a boatload of heavy-duty compositing Michel Gondry would be proud of), and the soundtracks, which share their origins of Nodey & Omar Tryana. First up is a 1m30 stop motion animation, not really with any particular narrative, but plenty of geometric imagination: Protéigon. Then, there's a 2m30 tourism spot, of all things, for Fontrevaud Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Welcome to Fontrevaud. With both of them, I'd recommend some good speakers or headphones, if possible.

Don't suppose anyone here has experience with ultra-wide angle lenses? I'd be interested in hearing peeps' experiences with any. Sometime in 2012, I'd like to lay my paws on something down at the low end of the focal length spectrum - the ideal, of course, would be the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, but whilst that's top-rate in every regard, it's also not quite the cheapest. (Now there's a surprise, in lens selection..) More realistically, I'm tempted by the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6. Not the fastest UWA around, but seems to be reasonably sharp, at least in the central area, and not bad on the chromatic aberrations front either - and going down to 10mm, even on a crop body, would open up new photographic possibilities. ^_^ But the Tokina 11-16mm seems also well regarded - perhaps sharper, but not as good on CA. And then there's the Sigma 8-16mm, which advances the art into Ridiculously Ultra Wide.. =:) Realistically, I suspect I'll wind up with the 10-20mm, primarily for cost, and its usefully wide range.