Picturing The Future Of The Olympics
Monday, August 22, 2011
If you're like me you love all things related to the Olympics. (Well, all things except for the performance enhancing drugs and petty politics.) But the pageantry, the spectacle, and the once-every-four-years rarity gets me really psyched up for both the summer and winter games. Well summer 2012 will see the Olympics in London and, as is required for any city to secure the Olympics, a whole lot of new facilities are being constructed for the games. Including this gorgeous structure—the aquatics center. Here's a gorgeous gallery of architectural images photographed by London photographers Hufton + Crow. Beautiful all by itself, it's going to be a stunning location in which the athletes can take center stage.
Photo by Hufton + Crow
Why You Should Take Pictures In RAW
Friday, August 19, 2011
If you’re a JPEG shooter you’re probably sick of being told you need to shoot RAW. The reality is you need to shoot in whatever format works for you, and know that you’re not doing anything bad by choosing JPEG. It’s just that RAW shooters tend to love the options this format affords them, and so they want to encourage others to fall in love with the format too. No matter on which side of the debate you fall, here are a couple of neat a graphical illustrations of exactly what the differences are between RAW and JPEG capture. The version posted here is the original, perhaps-too-oversimplified graphic. To see the updated flowchart, visit the Pixiq blog directly. Granted, these graphics were created to sway you to the RAW side, but what you choose to do with the information is entirely up to you. The pertinent part is how simply these flowcharts convey the differences between RAW and JPEG. Check it out for yourself.
Animal Self Portraits
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I have a soft place in my heart for "an animal stole my camera and check out the great pictures I found when I got it back" stories. There've been some good ones in the news this summer, so I thought I’d share with you three of my new favorites. First is a story from London's Daily Mail in which a photographer loaned his camera to an Indonesian Macaque who proceeded to take a smiling self-portrait and many pictures of his monkey family as well. The pictures are almost too good to be true, and some commenters question whether they might be—which does make for some interesting reading. Along the same lines is a video that's seemingly got half the Internet in an uproar because it's surely a "fake" done to promote a little video camera. Whatever its origin story, it's still a neat look flight from a perspective we don’t often see—the seagull perspective. Finally is a video that was shot by a lion in the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. It appears that she was encouraged to find this little video camera, which sure enough she did. She then took the running video camera for a walk. I don't know that I'll ever get tired of these animal-made videos and photos, and I’m sure the Internet will never fail to deliver them. If you’ve got a favorite, I hope you’ll share it in the comments.
Rock 'n Roll Photographer Robert Altman
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Are you a rolling stone, or were you at one time? Was your father? Did you maybe read the magazine in its early years of the 70s? Have you heard of the Rolling Stones at least? If any of these qualifiers apply to you, you may have been fortunate enough to see the work of rock 'n roll photographer Robert Altman. No, he's not the same guy as the brilliant movie director with whom he shares a name, but his work is equally exceptional. The photographer was present at many formative moments during the early years of rock, including the Rolling Stones infamous tragic performance at Altamont. Here the Selvedge Yard blog has collected a wonderful group of photographs, along with a bit of interesting information about this pioneering photographer through whose lens America watched the rock scene of the 60s unfold.
Photo by Robert Altman
Early Images Of Antarctica
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Here's another wonderful collection of historic images, this time documenting an expedition to the Antarctic in 1911 by Dr. Douglas Mawson. This was the first Australian journey to Antarctica, and it took three years. Not only is this collection a rare glimpse into life a century ago far from most of our homes, it's a look at early explorers living their day to day lives in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Beyond that, the images are as beautiful as they are interesting—something that the Brain Pickings blog does a great job finding.
Keeping Lenses Clean
Monday, August 15, 2011
I know all about how important it is to keep my sensor clean, and I'm sure you know this too. Anybody who's spent hours at a time retouching dust spots out of blue skies or other areas in a favorite photograph is bound to redouble his efforts to keep dust from landing on the sensor in the first place. But there's another important piece of gear you need to keep clean, and that's your lens. Old-school photographers are sure to remember keeping lenses clean; after all, ten years ago that was the main piece of equipment you worried about. Whether you're a microfiber cloth or a disposable wipes guy, a lens pen or a camel hair brush user, you've got lots of options and no excuse to not keep your lenses clean. The fine folks at LightStalking have put together a neat little video to help you follow their suggested best practices when it comes to cleaning lenses. They even updated their post after the video first aired to include another approach—the Hollywood approach—to keeping glass dust-free.
Photographing The Blue Hour
Friday, August 12, 2011
Here's a new one for you. I know you're familiar with the magic hour, and probably the golden hour, but have you ever heard about the blue hour? That's right, the blue hour. It's the time just before sunrise and just after sunset—adjacent to the times when the land is bathed in warm, golden sunlight—when the sky turns deep blue and everything gets a cool blue cast. It can be a wonderful time in which to photograph, though it's got to be approached a bit differently than the warmly dramatic true "magic hour" light. So how do you best capitalize on the blue hours? Check out this Lighstalking tutorial to learn how to shoot during these coolest times of day.
Photo by Garry - www.visionandimagination.com
A photographic Rube Goldberg Contraption
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Not long ago a video went viral and took the photo-blogosphere by storm. In case you haven't seen it, it features a photographic Rube Goldberg contraption in a four-minute free-for all that's as ridiculous as it is inspiring. (Minus the cheesy commercial endorsements built in.) The photographers of 2D Photography in Toronto crafted the fun project that certainly garnered them a bit of internet celebrity. Check out the video, as well as a behind the scenes look, at the 2D Photography web site. But that's not all I've got for you today. This video got me to thinking about some other great Rube Goldberg videos I've seen online. So I decided to compile a few and share them with you. There was a great one last year courtesy of the band OK Go, and one I remember enjoying on the television show Mythbusters. But my absolute all-time favorite, and a veritable industry standard in Rube Goldberg contraptions, was a commercial for carmaker Honda. Produced in 2003 the video not only showcases the awe factor of an over-the-top contraption, but it is filmed and photographed beautifully. Inspiring all around.