Blurb definitely makes selling easier and at some level I liked the output better (slipcover on the hardcover version), but Aperture gave me more flexibility around background images etc.. That flexibility also made Aperture easier to use, although getting a result that I liked was harder aka too few constraints.
A how-to note: I created the flash file by printing a PDF in Aperture and then running it through swftools using the instructions on Tao of Mac on how to build swftools, and then disabling the print/zoom/etc menu by following this Oct 2007 post by WorldCrafter
I initially shot this set looking for textures and backgrounds to use for photoshopping but I ended up with a few shots that stand on their own -- well "on their own" in photoshop with Tiffen 2.0 filters.
The Tiffen 2.0 filters are a substantial improvement over the 1.0 version. They allow multiple layers and individual layer "transparency" control. My current workflow involves keeping layers of my favorite filters up in the "Effect" pane. I keep them turned off but can quickly turn them on without having to wade through the filter selection hierarchy (which I'm sure is clear if you shoot with a lot of real physical lens filters, but isn't the point of this package that you shoot first and filter later?).
BTW Version 2.0 is a bit crash-happy on OSX 10.5.5, but I'm getting in the habit of doing a quick save before calling up the filters.
A couple of weeks ago I was in LA -- one of my prime goals for this trip was to see how the gardens at the Getty had grown in. When it was installed Irwin had said "see what it looks like in ten years". Coincidentally, (well, probably not) this is the Getty's tenth anniversary.
I've never been particularly fond of the museum itself, and I'm not familiar with the collection, but when I first saw the garden ~9 years ago, I enjoyed it a great deal. Irwin started out as a installation artist and it shows.
I have tried to find photos that capture it, but it really must be experienced: the views in every direction change significantly as you traverse the path. Here's a shot from the Getty web site
a nice image from flickr
and two of the nicest ones from Paula Panich a writer/writing coach
These are in process photos, I will put up completed photos in a later post.
Here's a view up Royal St.
Looking down onto Royal St.
plus a few shots of the installation.
Even though I talked one of the members of the team that are doing this I forgot her name (I'm awful with names). If you read this and want to be credited/linked to let me know -- I would like to give credit where credit is due.