A photographic Rube Goldberg Contraption

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.

http://2dphotography.ca/blog/2011/07/rube-goldberg/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCYg_gz4fDo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ve4M4UsJQo

DPMag
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…

Thirty-Six Photographers Edit One Picture

What happens when 36 photographers are provided with the same digital image file and asked to retouch it however they see fit? You end up with 36 very different interpretations of the same image. Child photographer Michele Anderson proposed this task to 36 of her closest photographer friends, and the results are, sure enough, intriguing. What's surprising is that they're intriguing as much for the differences as for the similarities. There are tight crops and wide shots, high contrast and low, over saturated as well as under. Yet nobody decided to convert the image to black & white, and it looks like everyone provided something that a client would certainly be pleased with. It just goes to show that no matter how similar the equipment and the technique, there's still quite a bit of artistic vision at work in each and every photograph. 

http://thecreativemama.com/snowflakes-fingerprints-and-post-processing/

DPMag
What happens when 36 photographers are provided with the same digital image file and asked to retouch it however they see fit? You end up with 36 very different interpretations of the same image. Child photographer Michele Anderson proposed this task to 36 of her closest photographer friends, and the…

A Good Guy Wins

Every so often a good guy wins. It appears that has happened in the case of photographer Mike Mitchell and his decades-old run-in with the fab four. When Mitchell was just 18 years old the Beatles arrived in the United States. The young photographer was assigned to cover their visit and subsequent performance in Washington DC, which he did nobly. He then forgot about the pictures for nearly half a century. He recently re-discovered them, made prints, and decided to put them up for auction. To say the Christie's auction went off without a hitch is a gross understatement. Read all about Mike's endearing story, and the story of these great pictures of the Beatles, at the Online Photographer blog. 

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2011/07/mike-mitchell-and-the-beatles.html

DPMag
Every so often a good guy wins. It appears that has happened in the case of photographer Mike Mitchell and his decades-old run-in with the fab four. When Mitchell was just 18 years old the Beatles arrived in the United States. The young photographer was assigned to cover their visit…

How Leica Lenses Are Made

Not long ago I posted a link to a really neat Leica video. That one was about the history of the company—specifically, how the son of the founder saved many friends, colleagues and employees during World War II by sending them to work in facilities far from Hitler's reach. Today I've got another great Leica link, but this one is a bit more contemporary and a bit less life changing. Still, it's a pretty neat thing to see. It's a unique behind-the-scenes look at Leica lenses in production. Sure it's a Leica-produced video that amounts to a slick long-form commercial, but it works. Because this stuff is interesting. It's amazing how much hands-on work goes into these high-tech lenses. See for yourself at Vimeo. 

http://vimeo.com/26251829

DPMag
Not long ago I posted a link to a really neat Leica video. That one was about the history of the company—specifically, how the son of the founder saved many friends, colleagues and employees during World War II by sending them to work in facilities far from Hitler's reach. Today…

Rich Clarkson In His Own Words

When I was 18, a mere skinny little lad, I attended a photography workshop at the US Olympic Festival which was being held just a few miles from my hometown. During that week I learned from and rubbed elbows with some of the most prominent sports photographers of the last half-century, including the man who had organized the entire workshop—Rich Clarkson. I learned he was a pioneer and an icon in the world of sports photography. (He was a nice man, too, as I recall.) Here, Mr. Clarkson talks about some of his personal favorite photos, including how he made them and why they're important. I particularly like his solution to an egregious copyright infringer. See for yourself at the Denver Post photo blog.
http://www.lightstalking.com/lightroom-tutorials
Photo by Rich Clarkson

DPMag
When I was 18, a mere skinny little lad, I attended a photography workshop at the US Olympic Festival which was being held just a few miles from my hometown. During that week I learned from and rubbed elbows with some of the most prominent sports photographers of the last…

A Tip About Tips

I love Lightroom. In the year and a half I've been using it the program has become an integral part—really, the linchpin—in my digital workflow. I'm a fairly new user, though, so I'm also always looking for tips about how to improve my efficiency and efficacy with the software. So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this tutorial, this collection of video tutorials, at the LightStalking web site. From improving print quality to changing the look of the interface to watermarking tips, there are a whole bunch of tips in this tip—more than ten of them—making it well worth the free price of admission. 

http://www.lightstalking.com/lightroom-tutorials
DPMag
I love Lightroom. In the year and a half I've been using it the program has become an integral part—really, the linchpin—in my digital workflow. I'm a fairly new user, though, so I'm also always looking for tips about how to improve my efficiency and efficacy with the software. So…
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