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I first heard about this online promo for the new Simpson's movie from the blog, and I have to say; this rocks! You upload a photo of yourself (it has to be 640x480, so go to Photoshop, create a new blank document that's 640x480 pixels, then drag a photo of you into that document; scale it and position it so it fills the space, then save it as a JPEG), and it analyzes your face and turns you into a Simpson's character. You have some control over how the final image looks (including accessories) , and besides being very well done, it's an incredible productivity killer (luckily, I'm still on vacation, so I have time to do silly stuff like this; see the "Scott Kelby Simpson" version of me shown above). Here's the link to turn your own photo in a Simpson's character.

It's the end of the week, nearing the end of my vacation, and here's what's going on: Want to see a very cool glimpse of the future? Check out this article on David duChemin's "Pixelated Image" blog about a new technology called "Zink" (Zero Ink), which will put hand-held mobile color printers into our hands that don't use ribbons or inks (and developers will be able to add this technology to their products). Start at David's site to learn more about this very promising technology. If you haven't caught the past few episodes of Photoshop User TV, we've got a very special new segment from our buddy (and Photoshop World instructor) Deke McClelland. He's been doing some stuff with channels that I don't think you'll find anywhere else, so if you get a sec--check out these last couple of episodes (and there's more Deke…

Here's a shot from another scouting shoot---this time at the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth (click on it for a larger view). Again, it's a "high noon" daylight shoot just to test shooting conditions, and I plan to get back there to shoot it again in better light. It was funny, when I first got there, I see another photographer with his tripod set-up and as I walk by he says, "Hi, Scott." I go over and say hi, and he says "I've been reading your blog." Small world.:) Turns out he's from Jersey and staying with his sister about 40 minutes away. I also learned that I'll be seeing him again in September, as he's coming to Photoshop World. Cool! :)

Here's a shot I forgot to post from my sunset shoot at Cape Porpoise, earlier in the week (click on it to see a larger view). I'm going shooting near there again this afternoon with wedding and portrait photographer Scott Eccleston, who's based about 30 minutes from where I'm staying in Maine, and kindly offered to take me shooting. Weather permitting, we're going to shoot at two nearby farms, and a couple of his local favorite shooting locales. Even if the weather's bad, we'll still have fun!

OK, so I went back in much better light and got these two shots (they look MUCH better bigger, so click on each one for a larger view). I was waiting for the couple on the right to move out of frame so I could take the shot, but while I was waiting my wife climbed down on the rocks, and when I told her why I was waiting, she said, "I think they add to it." Ya know, I think she's right. :) Although the light and color were much better, there were hardly any clouds in the sky during the reshoot (there's always a tradeoff, right?), so I like the light and seeing more foreground here, but I prefer the clouds from the previous shot. Anyway, I had a great time shooting (the temperature was perfect and there was a wonderful breeze).…