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"Crumble"

I captured this while waiting for a shoot to start in one of Raleigh's abandoned rail yards. Surprisingly, this place has no signs forbidding traffic or usage. I really liked the look of the ground here, and a nearby ledge provided me enough elevation to capture this shot. With a bit of processing and some split toning, I came out with this!

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#monochromemonday   #monochromeworld   #splittone   #photography   #urbandecay   #urbanexploration  
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“Drying Season”

I captured this shot of tobacco at the State Fair last year. I love the texture of drying tobacco leaves. It has so much character and detail. I didn't want to go with color, as I felt the color drew attention away from the crevices and wrinkles, and eventually came out with this image after a lot of tinkering.

Resolution: 3456x4320

This is available as a print at my website!
http://www.wdibblephoto.com/Nature/i-gQhQrH6/A

#monochrome   #monochromephotography   #tobacco   #leaves   #photography   #nature  
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Is that a Panda, or a Gibbon? Investigating the mystery of Adversarial Examples

Machine Learning (ML) models show great promise in the field of computer vision, which focuses on enabling systems to model and understand digital images automatically (https://goo.gl/whsbSH). 

But sometimes those ML systems get it wrong. As it turns out, many machine learning models, including Neural Networks, have intriguing properties. One such property, “blind spots” (http://goo.gl/FPuCzk), causes them to misclassify adversarial examples - images that are formed by applying very small, but intentional, perturbations to existing correctly labeled examples. Moreover, when these different models misclassify an adversarial example, they often agree with each other on its class. But why does this happen? 

At the 2015 International Conference on Learning Representations (http://goo.gl/DxCNM1), Google Research Scientists +Ian Goodfellow, +Jon Shlens, and +Christian Szegedy presented Explaining and Harnessing Adversarial Examples (http://goo.gl/XCMCun), where they investigate neural networks’ vulnerability to adversarial perturbation.

Previously, the thinking was that adversarial examples were due to overfitting and the non-linear nature of Deep Neural Networks. In this paper, the authors argue that, rather, existing models are too linear, and that generalization of adversarial examples across different models can be explained as a result of the  different models learning similar functions when trained to perform the same task. In doing so, they propose a fast method of generating adversarial examples that can be used to help train models to resist adversarial perturbation.
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"Argyle"

A closed and shuttered window. From the rust around the edges, this window's shutters have been closed for quite some time. I shot the composition with the intention of taking a wide crop and putting it into monochrome. The pattern wasn't very interesting in color anyway. Once I took it to black and white, I performed some dodging and burning to make sure I got the effect I wanted. 
In the end, I wound up with a wide pattern that widely resembles a fabric pattern. I love the high contrast, diamonds on stripes. Despite the foreground and background being in focus, I also like the color differential, and how it really separates the two of them.

Resolution: 4204x2103

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http://www.wdibblephoto.com/Abstract/i-c2LS5wL/A

#monochrome   #monochromephotography   #blackandwhite   #abstract   #patterns   #argyle   #abstractphotography  
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"Are we all bigots?" This is a question raised by actor Morgan Freeman in Wednesday night's premiere episode on a new season of the Science Channel's "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman." Freeman, who serves as th...
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... Bullshit. #DYAC
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Yay my state 
Some North Carolina law enforcements officers have been arrested in an FBI sting, the government announced Thursday.
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“Deep-Fried Life”

Last year's fair was really great. We ran into one or two of my students, and going with our friend Fan was an absolute blast! One thing that always scares me, to be honest, is the food. I feel like I'm going to go and see them offer deep-fried people one day. Still, the signs, the colors, the smells... There's no mistaking it. It's definitely the fair!

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#statefair   #photograph   #colors   #colorful   #northcarolina   #fairthings  
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"Morning Snow"
True snow in Raleigh is a rare thing. We normally get a disgusting, ice-snow slurry. The snow this morning was fine and powdery, and made excellent snow cream! This mom and her child were out as early as I was, tramping bravely through the cold street. I shot this with Kodak BW400CN film.

Resolution: 1818x1228

This is also available as a print at my website: 
http://www.wdibblephoto.com/Raleigh-Streets/i-bcwzV28/A

#film   #filmphotography   #35mm   #35mmfilm   #kodakbw400cn   #streetphotography   #blackandwhite   #snow   #monochrome  
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"Untitled 01"

The area around North Carolina's capital building is good for a few things. For those into it, the site is a treasure trove for Ingress players. For me, it's a challenge that wants to be photographed, but in unique ways or at special angles. And as photographed as it is, capturing it in a new way is difficult. 
This is an infrared photograph I took. I only got a few exposures in before another photographer injected herself into the scene. I asked if she could wait for a bit before shooting the family she was with, but she was having none of it. I packed up and left, and was pleased to discover that at least one of my prior shots had been properly exposed. 
This was great, as I was still new to shooting with the infrared camera. I didn't know what to expect from it, as I'd never shot infrared in my life. I didn't even know I'd ever get to use an actual infrared converted camera. Despite all that, I am really happy with the way this particular shot came out.

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This is available as a print at my website! 
http://www.wdibblephoto.com/Raleigh-Streets/i-LbKXcXC/A

#monochrome   #blackandwhit   #infrared   #infraredphotography   #monochromephotograph   #architecture   #raleigh   #raleighnc   #northcarolina   #buildings   #historical  
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“Tulips, Orange and Yellow”

This is an old shot I found while I was sorting photographs, that I decided was a good one with a little work. Taken with my old Rebel XTi, this was in my earlier days messing around with Canon's Program mode and RAW format. At the time, I wasn't as aware of what I was doing as I am now. I've come a long way, but once in a while, I still find older work that's not bad at all. 
Floral photography isn't my most common pursuit, but I do still enjoy it for some of the same reasons I like birds. Superb levels of detail, excellent colors and contrast, and a captivation of your eye make it fun and interesting.

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Also available as a print at my website! 
http://www.wdibblephoto.com/Nature/i-xgcpmkx/A 

#flower   #floralphotography   #flowerphotography   #colorful   #spring   #bright   #brightcolors   #naturephotography  
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Importance of Color in Printing
I admit, I'm really new to the whole "creating images to print" game. I only got introduce to it a year ago, and realized how important color calibration and correction is. Since then, I've learned a lot about these two terms, as well as acquired a Canon Pr...
I admit, I'm really new to the whole "creating images to print" game. I only got introduce to it a year ago, and realized how important color calibration and correction is. Since then, I've learned a lot about these two terms...
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"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer,to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” - Ben Stiller

I am a photographer by hobby, and educator by profession. I seek to show others the way I view the world through the lens of my camera.
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I've been here a few times now. While there are a few helpful, courteous staff, I found many to be rude and condescending. To make that worse, they were either unknowledgeable, or intentionally misleading. I went in with questions regarding camera body pricing, and was basically told that "anything with ten megapixels is out of date and not worth looking at". Having printed 20x30's from 10MP just fine, I beg to differ. I, like someone else, was also told that scratches don't matter on a lens, and also that they "are professionals" and "know all about it. How else would we sell it?" when I questioned them on this. I don't know if they're simply uknowledgeable, or intentionally misleading. The attitude they get with you if you disagree with them, or admit a small budget (my budget tends to be VERY small), is very much "You're just street riff raff and don't know what you're talking about." After 3-4 encounters like this, I simply took my business to Southeastern Camera up the road. I post this with the caveat that I was last there about 3-4 months ago.
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