Space Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Trip

Last week the space shuttle Endeavour made a slow-motion journey through the neighborhoods and streets of Los Angeles, traveling by truck for the 12 miles from from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center. I've seen plenty of great photos of the trip--some via news organizations, and some on the facebook pages of my friends. But nothing as remarkable, or successful, as this storytelling stop-action video made by Los Angeles Times photographer Bryan Chan. It's a neat piece, and another example of the power of creative thinking when it comes to visual storytelling.

http://framework.latimes.com/2012/10/15/time-lapse-video-space-shuttle-endeavours-trek-across-l-a/
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Last week the space shuttle Endeavour made a slow-motion journey through the neighborhoods and streets of Los Angeles, traveling by truck for the 12 miles from from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center. I've seen plenty of great photos of the trip--some via news organizations, and…

Felix Baumgartner's Record-Setting Space Jump

Last weekend did you watch live, as I did, as Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space to the terra firma in the American west? I even made a screenshot of the moment, live, when he dropped free from his capsule 25 miles above the earth. Just a few minutes later he was standing on the ground and greeted by a photographer. (Show's you how important it is to get those pictures, doesn't it? The first person to greet him was a photographer with a D-SLR to his eye.) I've enjoyed looking through this gallery of photos from the Huffington Post, showing not only preparations for this particular flight and jump, but from historic jumps made by Baumgartner--and others--in the past. It's an interesting gallery definitely worth a look--and it includes those photos made by the photographer who greeted him on his return.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/14/felix-baumgartner-skydiving-photos-record-breaking-jum-red-bull_n_1965319.html#slide=1640139
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Last weekend did you watch live, as I did, as Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space to the terra firma in the American west? I even made a screenshot of the moment, live, when he dropped free from his capsule 25 miles above the earth. Just a few…

Even If It's Been Done Before, Do It Again

I'm always impressed when a photographer--or any artist, for that matter--can take a subject that has been well covered by countless artists previously, and turn it into something special that's unlike anything I've ever seen before. That's exactly the case with these very simple, very beautiful flower photographs by artist Sasha Kurmaz. These photographs don't appear to involve any particularly unique special effects, but quite simply they are gorgeous. It takes something special to photograph flowers in a "new" way, and there's a lesson in that. Everything may have been done before, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of room for each of us to put our own spin on any given subject. Thankfully Kurmaz didn't shy away from this well covered territory.

http://butdoesitfloat.com/Naught-is-beyond-Bliss
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I'm always impressed when a photographer--or any artist, for that matter--can take a subject that has been well covered by countless artists previously, and turn it into something special that's unlike anything I've ever seen before. That's exactly the case with these very simple, very beautiful flower photographs by artist…

Stop Corruption

I hesitate to say that I haven't encountered a corrupt Compact Flash card in quite a while for fear that I'll jinx myself. But it's the truth: I haven't suffered this peculiar problem in quite a while. So now I'm sure to be jinxed. While memory cards are a popular source of file corruption, they aren't the only possibility. This article--actually, a Q & A between reader and expert--on The Online Photographer blog illustrate a great approach to dealing with corrupt image files. Namely, you better lock that stuff down immediately. Corruption can come from bad drives, bad backup drives, loose cables, or really any number of hardware failings. The point, of course, is that this is something not to fool around with. The moment you discover a glitch in your system--a few funky files that just won't open right--you need to take care of diagnosing and repairing the problem immediately. Start here, and be prepared if this problem arises to nip it in the bud. 

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2012/10/catch-that-corruption.html
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I hesitate to say that I haven't encountered a corrupt Compact Flash card in quite a while for fear that I'll jinx myself. But it's the truth: I haven't suffered this peculiar problem in quite a while. So now I'm sure to be jinxed. While memory cards are a popular…

Buy Used At KEH

The last thing I need is one more obsolete (or at the very least, obscure) film camera. Yet I still can't help myself from perusing the virtual aisles at KEH Camera. A recent jaunt through the site reminded me about what an excellent resource it is for purchasing used cameras. Sure you can always use Craigslist and eBay, and even get great results. But KEH should be the first stop on anyone's used camera shopping list because their prices are fair, the quality is guaranteed, and they'll even buy your used cameras to help you fund your next purchase. It's a one-stop shop for those of you who, like me, just can't help yourself when it comes to film cameras.

http://www.keh.com/?gclid=CM6YpuPv_LICFQz0nAodk2UAgw
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The last thing I need is one more obsolete (or at the very least, obscure) film camera. Yet I still can't help myself from perusing the virtual aisles at KEH Camera. A recent jaunt through the site reminded me about what an excellent resource it is for purchasing used cameras.…

Wry Watermarks

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I hate big, bold watermarks on photographs. In my opinion, if you're that concerned about your photos being stolen, just don't publish them online. I understand there's a fine line between subtle protection and garish, gaudy ruination of photographs with big, bold watermarks. So I got quite a chuckle when I stumbled upon this art project via Wired's Raw File photo blog. Kip Praslowicz created outlandish watermarks for some of the world's most famous photographers. Not only does it indict the poor taste of some photographers and their watermarking predilections, but it also does a pretty good job with tongue-in-cheek commentary about some of the world's most famous photographers.

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/10/summing-great-photographers-up-by-imagining-their-watermarks/?pid=3943&viewall=true 
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I'm just going to come right out and say it: I hate big, bold watermarks on photographs. In my opinion, if you're that concerned about your photos being stolen, just don't publish them online. I understand there's a fine line between subtle protection and garish, gaudy ruination of photographs with…
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