James Balog's Chasing Ice

James Balog is a phenomenal photographer. In 2005 National Geographic sent him to the Arctic on assignment to document earth's changing climate. Balog was somewhat skeptical, but after a single visit to the Arctic he says his eyes were opened to the severity of climate change. Eight years later he's become the focus of the documentary Chasing Ice, which chronicles Balog and his crew as they scramble to record glaciers as they disappear forever. The film's synopsis spells it out: "It's the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet." The film looks gorgeous and riveting, and can still be found in some theaters throughout the country. If it's not playing in your area, though, you can log on to the web site to help bring the film to a theater near you—which you might have to do, as there's no DVD available yet.

http://www.chasingice.com
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James Balog is a phenomenal photographer. In 2005 National Geographic sent him to the Arctic on assignment to document earth's changing climate. Balog was somewhat skeptical, but after a single visit to the Arctic he says his eyes were opened to the severity of climate change. Eight years later he's…

Interesting Aerial Lens Arrays

Have you ever used one of those old-school camera calibration charts to test the resolution of your lenses? Did you know they're called Tri-bar Arrays? For years they were the standard test of a lens' ability to resolve fine details. The standard was created by the American military back in the 1950s, and the Tri-bar Array remained the de facto standard until the digital era brought it to an end in the mid 2000s. Because of the pattern's military origins, there are still some intriguing large-scale remnants of the pattern in use today. You see, various air bases and military installations around the country painted giant versions of the Tri-Bar Array adjacent to runways for use as a calibration and testing tool for aerial and satellite cameras and lenses. It's a pretty neat holdover from the cold war days, and thanks to Google earth we can see these interesting artifacts for ourselves. Thanks to Michael Johnston of The Online Photographer for pointing us to this interesting article at the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

http://www.clui.org/newsletter/winter-2013/photo-calibration-targets
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Have you ever used one of those old-school camera calibration charts to test the resolution of your lenses? Did you know they're called Tri-bar Arrays? For years they were the standard test of a lens' ability to resolve fine details. The standard was created by the American military back in…

The Vivian Maier Movie

If you've read this blog with any regularity, chances are good that you've picked up on my affinity for the story of Vivian Maier. Well now I'm rejoicing again because Ms. Maier's silver screen debut is almost here! The Chicago nanny who spent decades creating some of the most amazing street photography ever seen—even though it was never seen outside of her own files prior to her 2009 death—has become one of the most prominent names in 20th century street photography. It turns out that her photographs are only part of the story; the lady herself was quite a mystery too. She's a mystery that is explored in greater depth via this upcoming documentary about her life and work. I, for one, can't wait. 

http://www.findingvivianmaier.com/Finding_Vivian_Maier/Trailer.html
DPMag
If you've read this blog with any regularity, chances are good that you've picked up on my affinity for the story of Vivian Maier. Well now I'm rejoicing again because Ms. Maier's silver screen debut is almost here! The Chicago nanny who spent decades creating some of the most amazing…

Winners Of The World Press Photo Contest

Last week the winners of the largest news photography contest in the world were announced. The 2013 installment of the World Press Photo Contest saw Paul Hansen, a Swedish photographer, taking home the top prize for his heartbreaking photograph of the aftermath of a bombing strike in Gaza City. That photograph has caused a little bit of backlash and discussion elsewhere in the photoblogosphere, because of its polished post-production refinement that some deem to be excessively manipulative. Wherever you may stand on the issue, I recommend the article at Michael Shaw's Bag News blog for more discussion and links related to the controversy. Regardless, the gallery of World Press winners is amazing and well worth a visit. As with any gallery of world-class photojournalism, you must be prepared for some intense, challenging imagery, but if you can stomach the occasional graphic content, the work as a whole is sublime. View the gallery at the Baltimore Sun's darkroom blog.

http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2013/02/from-gaza-to-kansas-city-yes-photos-but-so-much-more
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2013/02/56th-world-press-photo-contest-winners/#1
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Last week the winners of the largest news photography contest in the world were announced. The 2013 installment of the World Press Photo Contest saw Paul Hansen, a Swedish photographer, taking home the top prize for his heartbreaking photograph of the aftermath of a bombing strike in Gaza City. That…

A Look Inside A Lighting Kit

You can learn a lot about still photography by studying filmmaking. (The reverse is probably true too, right?) With the ever-increasing convergence between photography and video production, I find that I'm paying increasingly more attention to what's happening in the video world. Case in point: The Frugal Film Maker, Scott Eggleston, is a DIY video guy, and in a recent episode (highlighted on the DIY Photography blog) he breaks down all the great gear he carries in his lighting kit. It's great stuff, very helpful if you're trying to outfit your own location lighting kit—whether that's for stills or video, and it's especially perfect if you're doing a little of both.

http://www.diyphotography.net/do-you-carry-a-lighting-kit-in-your-trunk
DPMag
You can learn a lot about still photography by studying filmmaking. (The reverse is probably true too, right?) With the ever-increasing convergence between photography and video production, I find that I'm paying increasingly more attention to what's happening in the video world. Case in point: The Frugal Film Maker, Scott…

Get Valuable Feedback On Your Photographs

I find that it can be awfully easy to crawl into a whole from which I never emerge, forgetting that in order to improve as a photographer it's important to continue showing other people my photographs in order to get useful feedback. Without valuable feedback from other photographers, you're missing a fundamental part of the foundation of photographic skill. It's not only good to learn what the consensus believes to be "wrong" with your photographs, but it's also useful to develop a thick skin to withstand tough criticism. Here's a list, courtesy of Lightstalking, of five valuable places online where genuine photographic feedback is not only appreciated but encouraged.

http://www.lightstalking.com/5-incredible-online-communities-to-get-genuine-feedback-on-your-photography
DPMag
I find that it can be awfully easy to crawl into a whole from which I never emerge, forgetting that in order to improve as a photographer it's important to continue showing other people my photographs in order to get useful feedback. Without valuable feedback from other photographers, you're missing…
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