Luminar AI for Combinatorial Science


"When speaking, the squash is pronounced giggity."

Still need to weld the antenna in a few places - the strap is just used to hold it temporarily. It's difficult to get materials, but this guy prefers to scavenge and a cobble anyhow. I ordered styrene for the doors and windows ages ago. Shelves at the local stores are sparse, but the good news we have green so everything is gonna be green. 

This pandemic project is trying to combine parts of street and conceptual photography. I choose colors, themes, symbols, while working to increase that random street magic. Using my collected pile of stuff, I might slowly construct a literal street. My theory is that combinatorial magic is proportional to the number of available elements, with some more provocative thing breaking the scene slightly.

I've watched people sit with one idea for hundreds of hours, while I often kill ideas in a day. My critic will find the problem likely to murder the idea. Sadly, it won't stick to silently judging other people's work.

Many great ideas are built of a smaller ideas - so it's important to make them mix. If I can very quickly preserve an idea as a real object, my critic stays quiet. This trick is so effective that I risk getting crushed under a hoard of objects. For safety I've chosen 1/87 scale.

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I installed Luminar AI photo editor. Tiny Science Guy approves of the "skinny" tool. I'm a fan of the Color LUTs, and Sky Replacements. I trialed a bunch of editors a while back, and Luminar made the best impression. The Object Eraser still needs AI ... 9 of the 31 tools are currently marked as AI. Honestly, software makes a larger difference than cameras and lenses right now. 

After Luminar, I still use Exiftool and Gimp. The longer workflow isn't ideal, but I know these other tools better. The Adobe fiasco has taught me to avoid all-the-eggs-in-one-basket. Mo tools is mo better. 

New Fujifilm cameras are out, and they do look nice and small. I've been using my iPhone, since it's got decent macro-focus and wireless image-transfer. I resize for the web anyhow, and since I'm not walking around with a camera I should dust-off the old heavy gear. Been expecting legit computational photography in these new cameras, but if the revolution's inside they're keeping it very quiet.

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