Scott Johnson

Woodall Rodgers Park

image0 Woodall Rodgers Park will be built upon a deck that will cover a portion Woodall Rodgers Freeway. In the image at right, the green areas will be covered. Most of the infamous "concrete canyon" will become a tunnel. Check out the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation site for more info.

High Dynamic Range Imaging

A few days ago, I had not ever heard of High Dynamic Range Imaging, or HDR for short. When I saw an example, I knew I had to try it out. I first found out that the file format for these special images is wide open. It seems that Industrial Light & Magic created this format and open sourced the code to work with it. I found two excellent resources for studying up on HDR. And most importantly, I found Photomatix, which is the software for creating HDR images. I have barely scraped the surface of HDR, but I do have a sample image ready to go. I'm seeing the potential for a lot of fun photos with HDR. And apparently, there are a lot of great examples out on Flickr.

Dallas Happenings

There has been a lot going on in Dallas lately. And much more is in store for the future. released their final choices for the Chicken Fried Steak Countdown today. The Beaujolais Nouveau Festival is tonight.* Whole Foods is having a tasting tomorrow, too. More wine-related events can be found at

Next week marks the opening of Dallas Roof Gardens:

The top level of the downtown resto hosts a rooftop stream and dizzying (stay strong) views of the city. One floor below, there's the ultra-swank Petrus Lounge. And a quick walk down the staircase brings you into the main dining room, where chef David Gilbert (formerly of The Beverly Hilton) whips up palate-pleasing fare.

Coming up at the end of the year, New Year's Eve at the Nasher. Tickets aren't cheap, but Wolfgang Puck is making dinner.

And to make the Arts District construction a bit more bearable, I found some nice imagery of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater and the Winspear Opera House. The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation has exciting plans in store for our city.