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Bye, Bye, Velvia

It's is a sad time to be a photographer. Especially a landscape photographer. Fuji has announced it will be discontinuing the film of choice for serious landscape photographers—Velvia 100 and Velvia 50—in large formats. Velvia 100 will be discontinued entirely, while the 50 speed—a beautiful slow film ideal for outdoor photography—will be maintained in the 35mm and 120 formats. That means this is the point at which landscape photography will make a huge sea change, lagging behind the rest of the world in which digital had overtaken film. What will Velvia landscape photographers do now? Or, rather, what will they do after stocking their freezers with as much large format Velvia as they can afford? It’s a time we’ve all known was coming. But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. A sad time to be a photographer, indeed.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/fujifilm-dicontinues-velvia-100f-50
It’s is a sad time to be a photographer. Especially a landscape photographer. Fuji has announced it will be discontinuing the film of choice for serious landscape photographers—Velvia 100 and Velvia 50—in large formats. Velvia 100 will be discontinued entirely, while the 50 speed—a beautiful slow film ideal for outdoor…

Three Bug Photo Tips

Steve Berardi, the PhotoNaturalist, always has great nature photography tips on his blog. Today I read his article about photographing insects, which has a few simple yet sensible pieces of advice. He skips the obvious (about using a macro lens and tripod) in favor of actual insect-specific tips—like positioning yourself so that your shadow doesn't obscure the subject, wait for cooler weather when bugs are a little less energetic, and pick a spot and stick with it since many insects revisit the same locations again and again. I know nature photography is a passion for many readers, so if you've got a macro lens, extension tube or closeup filter, now you can pair those tools with Berardi's suggestions and increase your odds of making great pictures.

http://photonaturalist.net/3-quick-tips-for-photographing-insects
Steve Berardi, the PhotoNaturalist, always has great nature photography tips on his blog. Today I read his article about photographing insects, which has a few simple yet sensible pieces of advice. He skips the obvious (about using a macro lens and tripod) in favor of actual insect-specific tips—like positioning yourself…

Amazing Photo Animations

I love the way creative photographers are broadening the boundaries of photography, and blurring the area between stills and motion. One of the neatest collections of photo animations I've ever seen comes courtesy of Kevin Parry. He's a music video director, and he combines stills and video into awesome animated gifs that appear to slingshot the camera around large structures like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Transamerica Building. It's a simple yet ingenious combination of zooms, camera movements and stills to create an effect unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Check out Parry's music video for Kalle Matson, shot by Andrea Nesbitt, and a bunch of other animated gifs at the Colossal blog.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/07/incredible-vertigo-inducing-animations-of-san-francisco
I love the way creative photographers are broadening the boundaries of photography, and blurring the area between stills and motion. One of the neatest collections of photo animations I've ever seen comes courtesy of Kevin Parry. He's a music video director, and he combines stills and video into awesome animated…

Impossible Photography

Got a spare six minutes? Here’s photographer Erik Johansson presenting a TED talk about his ‘Impossible Photography.’ It's really pretty cool. He creates very realistic looking images—meaning they're very well done, not that they look real. But they're actually surrealistic because of the content; many images display an M.C. Escher-like optical illusion quality. This photographer's work is as much about retouching and digital manipulation, but it's really unique and well worth a look—even if you’re not interested in creating your own out-of-this-world fantasy images. After the TED talk, check out Johansson's web site to see even more images and order your own prints.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-create-impossible-images-erik-johansson

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Got a spare six minutes? Here’s photographer Erik Johansson presenting a TED talk about his ‘Impossible Photography.’ It's really pretty cool. He creates very realistic looking images—meaning they're very well done, not that they look real. But they're actually surrealistic because of the content; many images display an M.C. Escher-like…

Photos Of The Shuttle's Final Years

Wired's Raw File photo blog is always a great resource for interesting photo essays. The recent gallery of photographs by Philip Scott Andrews chronicles the final years of the Space Shuttle program. And while I initially expected to simply scroll through the pictures for a second, I spent several minutes gazing at the little details in these intimate behind the scenes images—the likes of which I'd never seen before in the 30-year history of the shuttle program. It's a fitting chronicle of the end of an era, and a worthwhile visit if you're at all interested in the legacy of the iconic program.

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/07/a-new-look-at-the-end-of-the-space-shuttle-program/?pid=3001&viewall=true
DPMag
Wired's Raw File photo blog is always a great resource for interesting photo essays. The recent gallery of photographs by Philip Scott Andrews chronicles the final years of the Space Shuttle program. And while I initially expected to simply scroll through the pictures for a second, I spent several minutes…

How To Go To Iceland

I have long wanted to visit Iceland on a photographic tour. And based on the number of images I've seen from the tiny island in recent years, I'm not nearly the only one. Perhaps it's the almost martian volcanic landscape, the wild horses, or simply the remote oddity of the place, but one thing's for sure: American photographers are enthralled with Iceland. If you're interested in making your own trip to the country, I suggest you start by reading Sean McCormack's article on the Pixiq blog, titled "So you want to go to Iceland." It includes good information on Sean's own trip, which has everything from planning the ideal path to how to do it affordably (which does include camping) and what to take to ensure you'll get great photos. With a little bit of Sean's insight you're sure to have a good and comfortable time while traveling in Iceland. 

http://www.pixiq.com/article/so-you-want-to-go-to-iceland
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I have long wanted to visit Iceland on a photographic tour. And based on the number of images I've seen from the tiny island in recent years, I'm not nearly the only one. Perhaps it's the almost martian volcanic landscape, the wild horses, or simply the remote oddity of the…
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