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‘OK Glass.’ California Landscapes #ThroughGlass

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A photographic reportage of iconic landscapes and locations, taken in and around San Francisco and the Bay Area ––all #ThroughGlass.
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  • San Francisco across the Bay - Fort Baker, Marin Headland  #throughglass
  • Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito #throughglass
  • 2060 Fillmore St (and California) Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA  #throughglass
  • Sutter Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA  #throughglass
  • Sutro Baths Upper Trail, CA #throughglass
  • Portola Valley Town Hall, Silicon Valley, CA  #throughglass
  • Edge of the Presido, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA  #throughglass
  • Diamond DA42-NG, Livermore Airport, CA  #throughglass
  • Diamond over the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA  #throughglass (for video of the flight click here)
  • Cessna Over Palo Alto #throughglass
  • Bucks of Woodside #throughglass
  • Woodside Road, CA  #throughglass
  • Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA  #throughglass
  • Stanford, Palo Alto, CA  #throughglass
  • Sutro Baths Upper Trail, CA #throughglass
  • PC1, Pacifica, CA  #throughglass
  • China Beach, San Francisco, CA  #throughglass
  • Tiburon Yacht Club, CA #throughglass
  • Muir Beach Overlook, Marin, CA  #throughglass
  • Golden Gate Bridge  #throughglass
  • PC1 towards Muir Beach, Marin, CA  #throughglass
  • Back Home - The Flatiron Building, New York #throughglass
  • ‘OK Glass.’ California Landscapes #ThroughGlass
     
    It began with answering the question ‘If I had Glass’ and evolved into a photographic journey around San Francisco and the Bay Area, discovering some new and revisiting some older, more familiar landscapes to photograph using Google Glass,

    Earlier this year, James Bareham of The New Cruelty was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Google Glass Explorer Program. After collecting his device in New York (in ‘Shale’), James set about practicing the art of using Glass to shoot pictures and record video.

    He discovered that it’s not as easy as it looks. It's difficult to align Glass to capture images with straight horizons or plum straight verticals; peripheral vision makes framing rather hit and miss; it's very easy to take a picture of your own hand when using the shutter button (as opposed to saying "OK Glass"); and the lens is not that great–at least in comparison with the latest generation of smartphones. But, as James wrote in his recent feature for The Verge, optical quality is not nearly as important as it once was. The fact is that any negatives are far outweighed by the positive that Glass opens up a completely new way of taking pictures. In the words of Oskar Barnack (inventor of the Leica) it is literally an "integral part of the eye".
     
    In early September 2013, James journeyed to San Francisco for a 12 day shoot for TNC client and decided to use the opportunity to shoot a complete portfolio of images on Google Glass. To create an even greater ‘Googly’ experience, James also decided to test the latest photo editing features of Google Plus to process and grade the resulting images. The only work that was not done within the Chrome browser was sizing the final image and the very occasional straightening of the horizon line. Yes, keeping the head dead straight when shooting is REALLY tricky.

    Google still have a long way to go with the Glass device, but there's clearly a wealth of photographic and video possibilities, and the equipment will only get better. It's just going to take a lot more practice to use.
     
    Creative Director / Photographer: James Bareham
    Retouching: The New Cruelty (using Google+)

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