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Craig Allen is a photographer creating unique images and spreading messages of photology to the masses.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mansfield Dam

Originally called Marshall Ford Dam, the name was changed in 1941 in honor of United States Representative J.J. Mansfield. The reservoir behind Mansfield Dam is named Lake Travis.

Mansfield Dam / © All rights reserved

This site has pictures taken during the construction of Mansfield dam.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography Technique

The following picture was taken using the High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique.  HDR is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of luminances between light and dark areas of a scene than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDR is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.

360 Bridge - Austin Texas

TutorialBlog has rounded up numerous HDR tutorials in one place. So if you are interested in this technique, I recommend that you check it out. Have fun!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Multimedia Development Project

This project is a combination of three courses I just finished for Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Enjoy and please provide feedback.

Flash I Project © All rights reserved
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Monday, March 15, 2010

New Simpson CPA Logo

Doug Simpson, a local Certified Public Accountant, contacted me for permission to use my Pennybacker Bridge photo in the header on his newly redesigned web site. He also mentioned that he was looking for someone to dessign a new logo as well. I submit an attend at the logo and we ran with it. The result is here:

Simpson CPA Logo

Simpson CPA Logo

You can see how it all came together at

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Maven with Flex

Maven is a tool that provides an uniform and easy build process for your projects. In real life this means generally that you describe your project in one xml file and Maven reads this information to compile and package your project. The pros of this approach are that the project can be set up quickly in new environment, you can quite transparently add new features, and you have all the time clear overview of libraries that are used in your project.

Get the Maven Flex Plugin:
The Maven Flex Plugin (mvnflexplugin) is a Maven 2 plugin designed to enable continuous integration for Adobe Flex libraries and applications, and to benefit of the power of Apache Maven.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Third Dimension in Layers Magazine

Layers magazine is the “How-to magazine for everything Adobe” and is dedicated to teaching readers how to use Adobe’s industry-leading software products for designers, illustrators, Web developers, and photographers.

Published bi-monthly (six-times a year), each issues contains step-by-step tutorials, tips, tricks, Q&As, in-depth articles, and is a trusted resource for comprehensive reviews and news. Layers is available by subscription or on newsstands.

Lee Brimelow wrote a tutorial named The Third Dimension in the May/June 2009 issue, which can be downloaded from

Here’s my attempt at adding 3D and animation to my original flat Flash movie.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Installing Eclipse Flex Builder 3 Plug-in

This explains how I setup the Flex Builder Plug-in to Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo). Most this information came from Lee Brimelow‘s Pimp My Eclipse articles. I have just widdled it down to something that I can reference for new quick installs. It’s definitely a work in progress and it has not been tested on a Mac.

Install Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo)

Install Flex Builder 3 Plug-in

    • Download FB3_WWEJ_Plugin and install at C:\Program Files\Adobe and associate it with the C:\Program Files\eclipse directory.
    • Edit your C:\Program Files\eclipse\links\ file by adding “path=” before the path.

    Should be : path=C:/Program Files/Adobe/Flex Builder 3 Plug-in.

Installing CFEclipse Plug-in

    • Select Help > Install new software… menu option.
    • Type into the Work with box and press Add….
    • Type CFEclipse into the Name field and press OK.
    • Tick CFEclipse (including CFUnit and Frameworks) and press Next.

Snip Tree View

Flex Formatter

    • New tool bar will appear after restarting Eclipse.
    • Import Lee Brimelow’s settings, unzip them, and import them through Flex Formatter’s preferences.

Eclipse Icon

    Download .ico and .icns versions and swift the shortcut icon. 

Splash Screen

    Download Random Splash Screen Plug-in that allows you to customize it. Download this plug-in and put it into your Eclipse plug-ins folder. Restart Eclipse and then go into the Preferences window. Under the General section you should see the Random Splash Screen option. From the preferences screen you can click to the pick link to choose a new splash screen. I modified this one.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Austin Power

This photo was taken in Austin Texas during a lightning storm. I captured the strike above the Seaholm Power Plant with my “lightning” quick reflexes, well actually just a long shutter speed and a wireless remote. Take a look inside.

Austin Power by CraigAllen / © All rights reserved
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Let’s Keep This Going!

It’s one day away from the official Help-Portrait day. To-date, over 7000 of you have signed up to participate at over 600 locations in 58 countries; and these are just the people Help-Portrait knows about.   We are getting excited and ready as well. Click on the count down link above to see what this is all about.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Photos that changed the world – Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein runs Getty Images, a stock photo agency whose vast archive of still photography and illustrations is a mainstay of the creative class. Full bio and more links

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