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06 Dec

The 20 Best Viral Wedding Photos of the Year

In News,Trends by gcampbell / December 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

The 20 Best Viral Wedding Photos of the Year

You’re gonna wanna get those tissues out now.


2017 was a garbage year in general but at least we have love! Here, the 20 best viral wedding moments of the year that will make you believe in happy endings all over again:

1. These Hot Grooms and Their Luxurious Hair

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The world couldn’t contain their thirst over these photos when models Thad Nelson and Aren Muse got hitched in Cabo this October.

2. This Smiling Horse


When 21-year-old Patti Womer had her two childhood horses, Cricket and Dutch, walk her down the aisle to honor her late father, no one expected her equine companions to steal the show. However, Cricket’s reaction to a stray fly was captured on camera, and the resulting “smile” went viral.

3. This Third-Wheeling Best Man

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After a similarly posed engagement photo of Brittney and Kody Frysinger and Kody’s best friend Mitch went viral, the couple knew they’d have to enlist their photographer to recreate a version for their wedding. For all the third wheels out there, this one’s for you!

4. This Viral Wedding Party Photo

Raise your hand if you also silently panic and look to see what everyone around you is doing when the photographer says “now a silly one!” Anyways, one bridesmaid went viral on Reddit after her “silly face” photo got the meme treatment. Best silly face ever, hands down.

5. This Fanny Pack “Flower Girl”

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Jake Clark from Dayton, Ohio volunteered as the flower girl for his friends’ nuptials, distributing leaves (not flowers) from not one, not two, but THREE fanny packs.

6. Literally All These Destination Weddings

Don’t know what’s more beautiful: the scenery or the LOVE!

7. This Swarovski Heiress’s Fairytale Princess’ Wedding

These photos are SO extra in the best way possible.

8. This Extravagant $6 Million Wedding

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Any story that begins with “A billionaire’s son and his model girlfriend,” is guaranteed to be a blast, TBH. Every detail from this wedding is actually incredible, from the one million white blooms to the 12 foot wedding cake, to the private performance from Robin Thicke.

9. This Millennial Pink Wedding Moment

2017 was millennial pink’s moment and one bride incorporated it into her wedding in the best way possible. Australian bride Grace Limon wore a STUNNING, legit-newsworthy pink frock and had her bridesmaids wear white.

10. This All-Male Bridal Party

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If Brazilian bride Rebeca Sinohara and photos of her squad of five male bridesmaids applying face masks decked out in pink robes doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will.

11. All These Grooms Watching Their Brides Walk Down the Aisle


Don’t even THINK about clicking this link without a box of emergency kleenex handy.

12. This Cliffside Wedding


Tim and Kylie Healy had been married since 2015, but due to bad weather, the couple never got the fairytale wedding photos of their dreams at the time. So, naturally, when the California couple booked it to Norway this year to hike Trolltunga, a famous rock formation, they decided to take their wedding pics there. The photos are adorable, but also TERRIFYING in a way that makes you appreciate that these two fearless lovebirds found each other.

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13. This Bride Who Showed Up to Her Wedding in a Tractor


When Aisling and Mark Graham decided to get hitched, Aisling decided to roll up to the ceremony in a tractor and she seriously delivered.

14. The First Transgender Bride To Say Yes to the Dress


Atlanta bride Gabrielle Gibson made history as the show’s first transgender bride in March. Gibson said the moment was especially moving because she got to show that “trans people can love, and be loved…”

15. This Bridesmaid Getting Proposed to at Her BFF’s Wedding

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Selfless bride Jess Nakrayko worked with her best friend Jess Kieley’s boyfriend to get him to propose during Nakrayko’s wedding. The photos capture every moment of the surprise proposal and I bet you’ve never seen a woman mid-cry looking as gorgeous as Kieley.

16. Bride’s Hilarious First Look Prank


For a lighter twist on the “first look” wedding trend, Erin Goldberg decided to prank her future-husband by dressing in cat pajamas and sweats. His reaction really couldn’t have been more perfect, either.

17. These IRL Wedding Crashers

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Karen Fox noticed two strangers at her wedding but just assumed they were friends’ of her husband. It wasn’t until Fox found a card the mystery couple left for the newlyweds that she realized they really were strangers the whole time. Even better (or worse?) they were on a FIRST DATE.

18. This Bride Who Was Adorably Mistaken for a Fairytale Princess


Seattle bride Shandace Robertson was taking photos with her wedding photographer all over Seattle when a toddler stopped her and mistook the new bride as the princess from a book cover. You can see the little girl’s expression go from confused to STOKED in like, two photos, which makes the whole thing even cuter.

19. This Bride Who Wore Her Grandma’s Wedding Dress
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How’s this for something borrowed? When Idaho bride Jordyn Jensen decided to wear her grandmother Penny’s wedding gown to her own wedding, she knew she’d want to surprise her and have a photographer at the ready for the emotional moment. And boy, was it emotional. Jordyn was even considerate enough to do the unveiling at the rehearsal dinner and not the ceremony, because she didn’t want to overwhelm her grandma. The resulting photos of Grandmother Penny’s reaction are some of the most moving photos around.

20. This Bride Reading Vows to Her Stepson

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I literally dare you to get more than 25 seconds into this video of new bride Katie Musser reading vows to her new stepson and his mother without tearing up. You can’t, it’s impossible.

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21 Sep

— Link:  Apple’s iOS 10.1 Beta Includes Promised Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus Users

In New Technology,News,Trends by gcampbell / September 21, 2016 / 0 Comments
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Today’s new iOS 10.1 beta, available now to developers, includes a new “Portrait” camera mode for iPhone 7 Plus users, which was shown off at the iPhone’s debut event but wasn’t quite ready for release.

Portrait mode is designed to mimic the kind of shallow depth of field images that can be taken with a high-end DSLR, with a front subject that stands out over a blurred background.


To achieve this look, Apple’s built-in image signal processor scans a scene, using machine learning techniques to recognize the people in the image. From there, it creates a depth map of the image from both of the two cameras included in the device, keeping the people in focus while applying an artful blur or “bokeh” to the background.

According to TechCrunch, Apple’s Portrait option was built on technology acquired from camera company LinX. Portrait mode is using the 56mm lens to capture the image while the wide-angle lens gathers perspective data to build the depth map and divide the image into layers.


Once it has this 9-layer slice, it can then pick and choose which layers are sharp and which get a gaussian (randomish) blur effect applied to them.

Once the telephoto lens detects the subject, using autofocus and other stuff we’ll talk about in a second, the image processor inside the iPhone 7 will then apply blur in greater and greater amounts to the layers that are further away from that subject.

It’s in beta, so there are some quirks Apple will need to work out. Apple has said that Portrait won’t be used all the time, and it does appear to require good lightning and the right focusing distance between objects to function properly. It will take some experimentation to get good shots with Portrait.

Portrait mode is a new feature in the camera app that can be found alongside other video and photo taking options like “Video” and “Panorama.” It even includes a Live Preview effect that lets you see what the image will look like before you take it, something that’s unique to the iPhone.

15 Sep

— Link:  Leica unveils the Sofort instant film camera

In New Technology,News,Trends by gcampbell / September 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

And black & white and color film to go with it.

With Kodak and others trying to make film cool again, Leica has jumped into the fray with an instant camera, the Sofort. It uses Fuji’s Instax format, and Leica has even decided to release its own brand of film, available in black and white or color. The German company designed the body itself, though it’s very … un-Leica like. If anything, Fuji’s own retro-styled Instax camera has a more Leica-esque look.

The camera is equipped with an optical viewfinder, like classic Leica’s of old. It does have some modern touches, with different scene modes including “party,” “selfie” and “macro.” The black & white film will likely run €14 (about $17) while the color pack should cost €12 ($14) for 10 photos. You can also use Fuji’s Instax film.

Knowing this is Leica, you may be bracing yourself for the “red dot” tax on the Sofort. The camera runs $300, which is less than I was expecting. However, the very similar Instax from Fuji runs $175, and the Impossible Project’s Polaroid-like I-1 camera, which uses the classic, larger-format Polaroid 600 format film, also costs $300. I think the latter camera, frankly, captures the nostalgic fun of instant photography better than Leica’s oddly-styled model.

Steve should have known that engineering was not for him when he spent most of his time at university monkeying with his 8086 clone PC. Although he graduated, a lifelong obsession of wanting the “solitaire” win animation to go faster had begun. Always seeking a gadget fix, he dabbles in photography, video, 3D-animation, and is a licensed private pilot. He followed l’amour de sa vie from Vancouver, BC to France, and now lives near Paris.
24 Aug

— Link:  Moto Z’s Hasselblad camera add-on surfaces in fresh photos

In New Technology,News,Trends by gcampbell / August 24, 2016 / 0 Comments

Do you want a 10X zoom point-and-shoot on the back of your phone?

When Motorola and Lenovo unveiled the Moto Z, they unveiled a host of MotoMods… except for one. Where was that camera add-on we’d seen in leaks? Apparently, it’s still coming — and it might be more than you were expecting. Moto G3 has come across community photos showing that the camera module is not only Hasselblad-branded as anticipated, but packs a 10X optical zoom lens. There aren’t any clues as to the sensor, alas, but we suspect that this is more likely to be a point-and-shoot quality (maybe mirrorless) sensor given the size, rather than Hasselblad’s signature medium format. You’ll be taking better photos than you would with the stock camera, then, but we wouldn’t count on magazine-quality Instagram shots.

If leaks are accurate, you won’t have to wait long for more details. The Hasselblad MotoMod may be announced at Germany’s IFA show, which officially starts on September 2nd. There aren’t any clues as to the price, but we can’t imagine that Hasselblad camera hardware will come cheap. We’d expect something in the ballpark of a previous photography add-on like Sony’s QX10, which cost about $230 when new.

Hasselblad MotoMod for Moto Z
26 Jun

Video Montage Demo

In News by gcampbell / June 26, 2016 / 0 Comments
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24 Jun

A Fun Little Camera.

In News by gcampbell / June 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

Polaroid’s tiny Cube camera now packs WiFi

The Polaroid Cube, released last year, is nowhere near matching the quality of a GoPro. Still, this pocketable camera can be a good accessory for those times you can’t, or won’t, use a smartphone to take pictures. Today, Polaroid is announcing Cube+, the successor to its tiny, square-shaped camera, featuring an 8-megapixel sensor, compared to the 6 megapixels found on the original model. Most notably, however, is the addition of WiFi support, which lets users control the camera from an iOS or Android device — you can use the companion app as a viewfinder, or to edit and share photos. It will be available in August for $100 in a variety of colors, including hot pink and a green that glows in the dark.


22 Jun

Wedding Planning?

In News by gcampbell / June 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

Resources for Planning a Destination Wedding in Wine Country

Sonoma lies in the heart of wine country and is home to award winning wineries set amidst rolling mountains and towering redwoods that make this cultured town a worldwide wedding destination! But planning a destination wedding requires a lot more than putting together an amazing event and often spans several days, or even several trips out to our beautiful wine country. So to make your ENTIRE wine country wedding experience as stress free as possible, we’ve put together this brief list of a few of the more valuable resources you will need to make your Sonoma destination wedding a huge success!

Sonoma Lodging, Wineries, Dining, and Current Events

Sonoma Valley Visitor’s Bureau

Sonoma Vacations, Tourism, Travel Reviews

Sonoma Valley Insiders Guide

Local Sonoma News

Upcoming Local Events in Sonoma

Sonoma County Museum of Art


19 Jun

Welcome to Sonoma County

In News by gcampbell / June 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

Welcome to Sonoma County

With more than 400 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Tasting rooms in the world-class Sonoma wine region range from simple and rustic — two wine barrels and a slab of redwood as an outdoor tasting bar.

Go beyond the wine and discover more than 50 pristine nature parks that offer travelers miles of hiking and cycling trails through the towering redwoods or oak-studded hills. Rivers entice visitors to kayak, canoe, or simply float along the cool waters. A zip line excursion, a ropes course, or a hot-air balloon ride add a dash of adventure.

Breathtaking Highway 1 — Pacific Coast Highway — delights visitors with crashing waves, sea lions and otters sunning on the beaches, and amazing sunsets that color the sky in brilliant hues.

Intrigued? Here’s some information to help you plan. Get the FREE Official Visitors Guide & Map.


19 Jun

Add fun to your wedding.

In News by gcampbell / June 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

Wedding Reception Photo Booth Fun

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Photo Booths Add to the Fun!

Having been around for several years and relatively inexpensive to rent, photo booths remain a popular choice of fun entertainment for your guests! The atmosphere at your wedding will be full of energy, so imagine slipping into a photo booth and capturing all of the fun and candid moments of your event! A quick 20 seconds after your guests exit the booth, they’ll have a photo strip which makes for an excellent party favor and can act as a “memory” gift for your guests to take home. To enhance the entertainment value, many companies offer prop packages so the guests can dress up in fantasy costumes, boas, cowboy hats, fedoras, and mustaches. You want everyone to have a great time on your special day, and a photo booth is a perfect choice to let your guests remember all the fun they had at your wedding for years to come.


19 Jun

How World Press Photo Catches Image Manipulators

In News by gcampbell / June 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

How World Press Photo Catches Image Manipulators

June 09, 2015

By Greg Scoblete


Hany Farid (cowering) and Kevin Conner (brandishing fork) co-founded Fourandsix Technologies to create software to detect image manipulation. This image was not manipulated using software—only perspective.

When World Press Photo (WPP) disqualified 8 percent of its finalists’ photos in 2014 for image manipulation, emotions ran high. Gary Knight, the jury chair at the time, told The New York Times he felt “real horror and considerable pain” that so many images had to be rejected. This year, the number of disqualified images soared to 22 percent—more than doubling last year’s percentage—prompting WPP managing director Lars Boering to express not horror, but stunned disbelief.

“We were shocked by the 22 percent,” Boering admits. “Industry veterans I spoke to, the jury chair, everyone, just shocked. We thought it would be lower than the year before.”

The WPP contest rules state that the “content of an image must not be altered. Only retouching that conforms to currently accepted standards in the industry is allowed.” According to Boering, “currently accepted standards” encompass basic processing for color, tone, etc. Disqualifying manipulations are edits that materially change the image’s contents—such as excessive toning, and especially adding or removing objects from the frame. It was the latter action that implicated most of the rejected photos. “People have been focusing on the excessive toning [criteria] but that was only a small percentage of what we threw out,” Boering says. (WPP’s charges cannot be verified because it has not made the disqualified entries—or the names of the photographers who shot them—available to the public.)

While photo-editing technology grows more sophisticated with each passing year, the method employed by WPP to sniff out manipulations was surprisingly low-tech. It was facilitated by a major rule change from the 2014 contest—namely, that any contestant whose image was being considered in the penultimate round had to submit the original RAW image file. If they shot film, contestants were required to send an unedited scan of the entire negative, including borders. If the images were originally shot as JPEGs, which was more common in the sports news category, photographers were asked to send in the series of photos that the competition image was a part of, WPP forensic expert Eduard de Kam relays to us via email.

Armed with these originals, it was “a very visual workflow,” de Kam says. The contest JPEGs were compared side-by-side with the originals in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom on a monitor. Two forensic specialists, working independently, reviewed the images and produced a unanimous verdict on the photos they deemed in violation of the rules. “We only go for removal when we are absolutely certain,” Boering says. In most of these cases, he adds, “it wasn’t that difficult” to see that images had been altered.

Boering insists this simple compare-and-contrast workflow doesn’t yield false positives since—particularly in the case of RAW files—it’s extremely difficult to disguise editing. “You cannot cover your tracks in a RAW file,” Boering says. Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College and a leading expert on imaging forensics, concurs. “Because of the proprietary nature of RAW formats, it would be very difficult to open, edit and repackage a RAW image,” Farid tells us.

In fact, Boering says that only two of the disqualified photographers wrote in to question WPP’s decision. According to de Kam, most of the photographers who were disqualified “admitted they had made a mistake.”

Without access to original images, an organization would have to work a lot harder to detect manipulation, calling upon a range of techniques that are often unreliable, even when combined, says Jessica Fridrich, a professor at the T.J. Watson School of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Binghamton.

Nonetheless, by throwing multiple forensic methods at an image, it becomes more difficult for manipulations to go undetected, Farid says. The basic approach to discovering whether an image has been edited is to mathematically model the “entire imaging pipeline,” following light as it journeys from its source to a digital file, Farid says.

At each point along the way, there are expectations for how light should behave—expectations that are shaped by the geometry of the scene and the light source (for example: are shadows where they should be?) all the way down to the behavior of the camera’s sensor and compression algorithms. All across this pipeline, Farid says, there are models that predict, with varying degrees of specificity, what an image from a given camera and sensor should look like at a very granular level. Deviations raise red flags.

One such technique draws on a modeling of the color filter arrays used by image sensors to interpolate (or artificially generate) colors, Farid says. Interpolation algorithms used by camera companies yield a consistent pattern of color reproduction across an image, a pattern that is broken the moment an editor starts airbrushing or cutting-and-pasting objects in a scene. Farid also developed software to spot localized cloning by scouring an image for duplicated pixel regions.

Another approach is to study pixel-level image characteristics, like in-camera lens corrections, resampling artifacts and chromatic aberration, to ensure they are consistent across the image, Fridrich says. Systematic patterns of noise levels (called fixed pattern noise) can also yield clues to an image’s origins and whether it’s been altered, she adds.

Many of these techniques for image analysis are out of reach for most news organizations to use routinely. Farid co-founded a company, Izitru, that offers a free authentication app for consumers and businesses, but it doesn’t use all the modeling techniques used in a forensic search like the one conducted for WPP.  Fridrich says the modeling she describes requires a human analyst and specialist code, and are usually only requested by law enforcement and government agencies.

Regardless of how a manipulation is discovered, Farid says that the competitive pressures of photojournalism, combined with a lack of clear standards across the industry for exactly what is permissible during the editing process, will keep the issue of photo manipulation, and photo forensics, alive and well for the foreseeable future. For his part, Boering thinks WPP contestants understand the rules related to manipulation. “The focus should be on ethics. There is a generation out there—and it’s not an age thing—that has a different opinion about ethics in photojournalism and we need to find out why that is,” he says. “In photojournalism, ‘journalism’ should still be the main part. That’s not something we should change.”