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July 4th

Here's a few of my favorite images from the July 4th family reunion and fish fry in Iuka, MS. 63 people in all!

UPGRADE: Adobe Lightroom 3

Today I successfully upgraded to Adobe Lightroom 3.0. It was surprisingly easy, as I usually have the pleasure of spending hours fixing whatever went wrong in my software or firmware upgrades. But yet again, Adobe impresses me. I've never had any issues with their products.

So are my images and editing/retouching skills going to magically become better overnight?


(I'll pause now while you chuckle and say to yourself, "is he serious?")

Well, they should, right? It's the same with buy a better DSLR body with more megapixels, faster focus, and higher ISO's, and you are instantly a better photographer.

That's what I'm told anyway. :P

Washington, DC

My friend Tony and I rode our bikes to DC yesterday. It was a quick day trip of sightseeing rather than shooting pictures. So, I only took my Canon G9. As long as there's plenty of light, this little camera does a great job.

Point & ...shoot

Three MIT Students Take Near-Space Photos On a Budget of...$150?!

After looking at the photos, you'd swear they were taken from a NASA spacecraft. But NASA didn't have anything to do with these images.

Oliver Yeh, Justin Lee, and Eric Newton, three students at MIT, constructed a high-altitude research vehicle using a latex balloon, a plastic parachute, and a styrofoam beer cooler. Inside the cooler was a payload consisting of a $50 Motorola prepaid GPS-enabled cell phone, a $40 Canon A470 point-and-shoot camera, and disposable hand warmers to protect the electronics from the -55˚C temperatures of the upper stratosphere.

The rig flew to a calculated altitude of 93,000 feet. The 5-hour, 20-mile journey produced stunning images that show the blackness of space and the curvature of Earth's horizon.That's right. Return-trip flights to 18 miles above the Earth's surface, with pictures, on a budget of $150.

One of the coolest things about this project is that anyone can do it. In fact, the team will be soon offering plans on how to build your very own high-flyer. Think about the possibilities! With the economy downsizing and the scrutiny put on NASA in recent months, what better way to rekindle the fire of the space program than by high school science teachers encouraging students to take on such a project?

Chase Jarvis Releases Best Camera App for iPhone

A few days ago, Best Camera was released for the iPhone by Chase Jarvis, and it's swept through the photography community with great approval and praise. In the first 24 hours of launch, photographers and camera lovers swarmed the app and its community sharing website,

Before now, we had to use several different apps throughout the process of creating images. One to take the picture. One to do some editing. Then an app for each website to share to.

Chase's app consolidates all that into one fluid process and really makes the iPhone live up to its reputation. Take a picture, and you are immediately presented with a small arsenal of filters that can be applied to your image. Here's the real beauty: it's a non-destructive editing program. Apply as many filters as you want, and remove those you decide you don't need.

Get your picture just right and hit the Share arrow, and a list pops up of a few major photo sharing sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and the Best Camera community site. Also included is the option to e-mail images.

The online community at is growing exponentially every day. Within the app is a page that shows a live feed of images being posted to the site (the same feed is shown at the site's home page). The site's home Users can click on a thumbnail and place votes for those that they like.

Don't miss this app! Chase has delivered a quality program that streamlines the shooting and sharing process. For the amount of features and ease of use it provides, it's a steal at $2.99 via iTunes.