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The MAC software Picktorial (Click here) has been released in its new 3.5 version. And the big news is that it finally manages big libraries thanks to a new DAM module.
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Check out this aerial photo of four lakes in an icy winter landscape. Its actually not what it seems. Photographer Josh Nukem captured this photo of a frozen puddle from ground level in his own backyard.
Josh had snapped a casual photo of the ground using his iPhone 8 Plus. Later, while reviewing his photos, he came across this one and had to do a double take.
The way this picture of a frozen puddle in my backyard looks like a landscape from the perspective of a plane, he writes, adding that zero editing has been done to the shot.
After sharing the photo online this week, Josh has watched it go viral and become one of the top photos ever posted to the popular subreddit /r/mildlyinteresting.
This was just nature at its finest, Josh says.
Image credits: Photograph by Josh Nukem and used with permission
My name is Gabriel Isak. Over the past year, I have been working on a collection of images in which I wanted to depict the internal world of solitary people who symbolize our own unconscious states. The work is inspired by the years I went through depression, where I wanted to reflect human experiences that would allow the viewer to reflect on their own journey.
I began exploring photography about 12 years ago; around the same time, I faced depression for the first time in my life as a way to express my state of mind. Photography allowed me to escape into a different world, the one which I was creating, a place and a story that was lead by me, not that I was led by. But after a few months, I fell deep into the arms of depression and lost all passion for the medium.
In 2014, when I had come out on the other side of the depression and was pursuing a BFA degree in Photography in San Francisco, I picked up the medium again and began to unconsciously explore themes of depression in my work. Everything I created reflected on the years I was living with depression, inspired by psychology, surrealism, and the Scandinavian landscapes that I grew up around.
From there on it has been a medium I use to document our internal world focusing on themes inspired by psychology, surrealism and our unconscious mind.
How do you go about shooting one of the rarest sports cars in the world? Heres a 17-minute tutorial in which automotive photographer Mike DAmbrosio shares the 5 steps of his night flare style while shooting a $2.75 million Maserati MC12.
The Maserati MC12 is a limited production sports car that only saw 50 units produced in 2004 and 2005, each of which was pre-sold for about $670,000 at the time. An additional 12 racing cars were also made, meaning there are only 62 of these cars that exist in the world.
Heres a rundown of DAmbrosios 5 steps (watch the video above for a detailed walkthrough):
1. Clean and detail the car
2. Shoot a photo with lights on
3. Shoot a photo with lights off while light-painting the car
4. Turn lights back on and light-paint the bottom portion of the car
5. Combine the three photos together in post-production
DAmbrosio shot the photo using an older Nikon D5200 (a DX-format camera from 2012) and 16-80mm lens to show that you dont need the latest and greatest gear for this type of work.
Heres the finished photo that resulted:
AMMO NYC has also released DAmbrosios process as a free step-by-step guide in this downloadable PDF. You can find more of DAmbrosios work on...
How much has camera image quality improved over the past decade and a half? Photographer Jeff Rey recently decided to see by doing a simple test with his Nikon D200 crop sensor CCD DSLR, a camera that was originally announced back in 2005 with a price tag of $1,700 (over $2,200 in todays dollars).
I see a lot of people raving about the latest Nikon cameras and how they recover shadows etc, Rey says. This test is from a 12-year-old D200 where I simply click Auto in Lightroom 5.
Rey photographed a scene and intentionally underexposed the shot. He then loaded JPEG and RAW versions of the photo into Lightroom 5 and had exposure pushed by 5 stops by having the app make auto adjustments.
Heres what he got:
This test gives an idea of just how far sensors have come over the...
Photographer Paul Seibert created this beautiful aerial photo that shows how New York City changes between winter and summer. About half the frame shows a snowy winter view while the other portion shows the summer cityscape.
Seibert is the Director of Digital Content and a contributing photographer of/for FlyNYON, the New Jersey-based doors-off helicopter photo company, so he has taken a number of high-altitude flights in the companys helicopters.
The first shot that went into the composite photo was shot the morning after a snowstorm swept through the city, while the other one was captured during the summer. Both were captured on a Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L lens.
The hard part was the alignment, as there was about 1,000 feet of elevation difference, Seibert tells PetaPixel. One was shot at 7500 feet and the other closer to 6500 feet.
Thus, Seibert spent a considerable amount of time in post-production making sure all the focal points of Manhattan were lined up and that the grid was intact.
I set out to try and just do a split frame, but Id seen so many of those types of images, I wanted mine to be different, Seibert says. I started to blend the areas where I wanted to slowly transition, leaving some areas encased in winter, and others in summers warmth.
My idea was to keep the lower lying areas in cold, and the taller buildings, where the sun was hitting, in warmth; with some exceptions. My only regret is not using the...
My name is Mattias Hedberg, and Im a photographer based in Norrkping, Sweden. I was recently about to get the Flickr Pro upgrade and was hovering above the buy button when I decided to take a deeper look at the Adobe offer since it sounded a little too good. I was interested in other features of the plan also, but the Adobe one was very tempting.
Get 15% off Creative Cloud, Adobes impressive suite of creative apps that includes Lightroom and Photoshop.
I could not find any information about this offer on Flickr except this blurb. Theres nothing in the FAQ on the page that goes into any details.
It was only when I Googled and found forum posts on Flickr from other users that the extent of this offer became clear:
1. It only applies to the first year
2. Its only for new Adobe CC users
3. Its only for the full $53/month CC plan (not the $10/month Photography Plan most of us probably have)
This is the kind of s**t that should be plainly visible in the offer! Or, at the very least, in a fine print below. Right now its neither.
I wonder if the rest of the offers hold up to scrutiny. (And dont get me started on the SmugMug offer not for existing customers? Its owned by the same company now!)
In our hallway, we have some family portraits of our kids, but the portraits were taken some years ago time for some new ones! But we would also like to hang the portraits of their partners. The previous portraits were color portraits, and this time I would like to do some black and whites. So the challenge is taking seven portraits, each with the same look and feel. This is how I did it.
First of all, the seven new portraits should have the same look. I chose a square format, f/2.8, and a small light to the left side of the neck. So sharp eyes with fading sharpness to the back of the heads. I have a lens that goes to f/1.2 (the Canon 85mm), so the sharpness at f/2.8 should be great.
My studio was made mostly black. The main light from right above and stopped all the way down. One main fill light from under to fill up the shadows. One light at the background to make a beautiful gradient. The fourth light with a grid should make a small light at the left of the head.Studio setup
After setting up the lights with the right settings it was time to get the kids in the studio. I asked the kids to set their face to neutral. Well, that was easier said than done. Because the lights already were set up, I could only focus on framing and wait for that neutral look.Dont smile just look neutral
After the RAW images were shot it was time to do the post-processing. After removing the pimples and blemishes on the skin in Photoshop, the pictures were sent to the Nik plugin Silver Efex Pro. I made two presets, one for the girls and one for the boys. The presets were made to preserve that all the images had the same look. The girls preset was a little softer while the boys preset was a little harder with more detail. All the black and whites had just a tiny bit of sepia toning (only 10%) to give it just that little bit of warm feel....
Sometimes one of the best things I can do for my photography, specifically for improving my compositions, is to put my camera down and walk around without taking photographs.
While street photography itself is one of the best ways for anyone to train their eye to notice fleeting subjects and moments I often find myself so focused on that kind of image that I fail to really stop and take in my environment for atmospheric- and compositionally-oriented images.
I find that seeing the world through a viewfinder can lead me to only see things from that one perspective usually eye-level to my subjects and I can forget to explore possibilities from high/low angles or to find elements outside of my frame-lines that may be worth moving to for a better angle. But when I see without the camera, I am able to think more critically outside the viewfinder and tend to see things that I would have missed otherwise.
Despite using rangefinder cameras for the majority of my work, which allows you to view outside of the frame-lines for possible context, I still find that just looking with my eyes is a better way to understand different elements and play with how they might interact.
This doesnt match up exactly with my philosophy to always carry a camera, so I sometimes balance this idea by using a camera with a lens thats far from the way I usually compose. This means either a 21mm or 35mm as I tend to shoot between 50mm to 90mm.
This way I can work a scene and come away with a few images, but return later with my notes to capture all of those scenes I noticed beforehand but couldnt shoot. This also means that I will have had time to think about the space and may have even more ideas I could apply or remove ideas from my list that I decide arent as good on that visit as I thought they would be.
All of this depends on the kind of mood Im in for what kinds of photographs I want to be taking. I think that this has been most effective when documenting my local area all the shots featured in this article were taken within a five-minute walk from each other around Kings Cross and represent only about an hour of actual work p...
The new Darktable 2.6 has been released. Its available for Windows, Mac and Linux. This is not a low quality software but a seriously good Lightroom alternative. Try it out!
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I dont think Samsung will make APS-C and FF sensors any time soon. But what they are for sure is try to beat Sony in the overall sensor business. Digitimes reports: With use of CMOS image sensors (CIS) extending from
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Photographer Greg Sheard has suffered from depression for nearly two decades now, but two years ago he took up a new weapon in his fight against it: his camera. In this 5-minute video, Sheard shares his personal experience in how photography has been helping him combat depression.
One thing always remains in common when I go out to do photography, and that is: suddenly all of my problems seem to go away, Sheard writes. I feel at one with my camera and the location I am in and I have this sense of focus and perspective.
The camera superstore B&H Photo Video is the largest non-chain camera store in the United States and one of the (if not the) largest in the world. The store made this 1.5-minute video that tells the story of how the juggernaut of the industry came to be.
B&H was born over 45 years ago, back in 1973, as a mom and pop camera store in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It took its name from its husband-and-wife co-founders Blimie and Herman, who originally had a single employee.
Over the decades, B&H grew and grew, and now its a three-story megastore in NYC with over 1,000 employees and over 400,000 products. If youve ordered from B&H before and have wondered where your product ships from, heres a glimpse of a B&H warehouse thats seen in the video:
In an age in which major retail stores and chains are closing down left and right due to Amazons domination, B&H has somehow managed to not only survive but thrive.
Ive been photographing weddings for 10 years now, so Ive seen and dealt with nearly every lighting scenario possible, from a dark church with no windows, to a wedding ceremony at high noon with not a cloud in sight. But one thing most photographers dont know is how to photograph in dappled light!
As a professional, you dont have cant excuse yourself for bad photos because you were given bad lighting situations. There is ALWAYS a way to make it work. Some scenarios might be more complicated than others, but I will always believe that where theres a will, theres a way.
And its important for your clients to know that theyre in capable hands when youre documenting their day. There are no re-shoots for wedding days.Before After
So, dappled light. This is probably one of the worst types of light that a photographer can come across. And yes, in general, I would say that you should avoid it at all costs in most situations. (Note, I would absolutely avoid this kind of lighting with big groups.) However, if youre working with a couple, it is workable.
First things first: your camera settings and equipment. This kind of lighting can leave hot spots on the couple, which may or may not work for you. If you can find a way to make it artistic, absolutely go for it. If not, heres what I recommend
1.) If you have external lighting or reflectors, you should definitely use them in this situation. It will work as a fill-light and soften any weird lighting. (I would worry more about how the light is falling on their faces more than anything else.)Before ...
There is a particular obstacle that stands in the way of almost all travel, documentary and cultural photographers alike and, for some reason, no one seems to be willing to talk about it so Im going to.
The way I see it, that obstacle could be best described as misconception. No matter how hard I try to prepare for what may lay ahead in my photography projects, it never ceases to amaze me how much of a difference there is between what I think Im going to find and what is really out there.
So many times places I thought would be completely isolated from the outside world were overrun by travelers, and cultures I thought would be extremely protective of their arts turned out to be some of the most hospitable and welcoming people I ever met. My last photography journey in Ethiopia was a perfect example of just how these misconceptions can affect a photography project.
Note: The photos below contain some nudity.
In November 2018, I set off for my second photography journey to Ethiopia. Since I traveled in the northern part of the country before, I thought things would be somewhat similar in terms of how locals reacted to my work as a photographer and to me as a traveler. But, with this idea in mind, I didnt plan to revisit the places I traveled to before and decided that on this trip I would head south to a place known as the Omo valley.
The Omo valley is a particularly unique area in Ethiopia for its high concentration and diversity of indigenous tribes, many of which still maintain their own traditional lifestyle and ancient traditions. I chose to go there because, based on the portfolios of my peers and many photographers that I look up to, I recognized that it could have great promise for me, in terms of finding interesting stories, as well as, beautiful images to accompany them.
It took us over 4 days of driving across the wilderness until we reached Karoduss village which is located on the shores of the Omo river. Karoduss village is home to a tribal community known as Karo a name which loosely translates to the fish eaters and was given to them due to their stronghold by the river.
The Karo people are visually distinguishable from other tribes because of their almost exclusive use of white color in their traditional body painting designs, they are also part of the last few tribes who still hunt crocodiles in the river both of these were cultural characteristics I was eager to photogra...
Are you a portrait photographer in search of a 2019 New Years resolution? I dont know about you, but Ive been really stressed over the prospect of another year of not reaching my photography goals.Me, thinking about another year of failure
In 2018, I was supposed to shoot a minimum of 3 days a week and I was supposed to finally kill my Aperture library and be 100% on Capture One Pro and I was supposed to sell my old unused gear.
I accomplished exactly none of it.
Can you relate? Have you ever set a New Years resolution and failed to reach your goal? If so, youre not alone.
80% of New Years resolutions fail within 6 weeks, according to Joseph J. Luciniani. The failure rate for photographers is probably even worse! So maybe I shouldnt feel like an idiot: most New Years resolutions are unrealistic by nature.
And I think I know why: we are so ambitious in setting big goals that its easy to get discouraged at the first sign of trouble. We quit early because the end result just seems so far away. Thats why Im taking a radically different approach to my 2019 New Years Resolution: instead of shooting high, Im shooting low.
Im setting the bar so damn low I cant fail. When you read my 2019 New Years resolution, I actually want you to think, Really, Mike? Thats it?
Because Ive learned something in life: earning a small victory can give you the momentum you need to build up to big results.
When my junkyard-like bedroom needed a deep cleaning, I was so overwhelmed that I couldnt get started. And then it dawned on me. Instead of tackling the job all at once, I could break it down into tiny steps, each of which was easy to accomplish.
I started by throwing out exactly one piece of garbage a broken umbrella. And then I threw out a second, and a third, and a fourth. Then I did all my laundry. And I donated some books and clothes that I didnt want any more.
After 5 days of one-little-baby-step-at-a-time cleaning, my room was spotless. All because I started with that one small victory that resulted in a positive chain reaction.
Im challenging you to start 2019 with a small victory of your own. Find your own damn broken umbrella, and throw it out!
Ill share my 2019 New Years resolution and then present you with 4 options that might work for you.
Photographer J Salmeron of Metal Blast sparked a huge outpouring of support from other photographers and creatives last week after he shared how he was blacklisted by the band Arch Enemy while trying to protect his copyright. Now the clothing business at the center of the controversy has closed up shop in response to all the hate and threats it has received.
Salmeron originally shared how he discovered that Thunderball Clothing was using one of his photos without his permission to promote its products.The (now deleted) re-post of my work by Thunderball Clothing.
The photographer offered to let Thunderball use the photo and keep the post up by retroactively licensing it through a 100 donation to the Dutch Cancer Foundation.
Instead of responding directly to Salmeron, Thunderball (i.e. fashion designer Marta Gabriel) decided to turn to Arch Enemy instead. After a little back and forth with the band, manager Angela Gossow (who was the previous lead singer) informed Salmeron that he has been blacklisted from all future performances.
We have immediately removed the picture you took at FortaRock, Gossow wrote. By the way, we are sure you dont mind that you are not welcome anymore to take pictures of Arch Enemy performances in the future, at festivals or solo performances.
I have copied in the label reps and booking agent who will inform promoters no band wants to have photographers on site who later send such threatening correspondence to monetise on their images.
Unhappy about how the whole situation unfolded, Salmeron turned to the Web to share what happened. His post then went viral in not only the world of photography but in the music world as well.
Less than 48 ho...
Seems like 2019 could start with quite some exciting new gear: Sony: Sony is rumored to launch at least one new camera and new E-mount lenses in mid January. I hope the A7000 is finally coming! Nikon: Nikon might launch
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Press text: Irix lenses now fully compatible on Canon EOS R mount We would like to announce and confirm that there are no issues with Irix lenses, as regards their general operation for the Canon EF mount in their current
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Just get a new camera for Christmas and/or looking for a New Years resolution to improve your photography skills in 2019? Heres a 52-week photo challenge designed to get you motivated and to stretch your creativity.
The challenge below is the Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge by photographer Dale Foshe of Dogwood Photography. This popular challenge is in its four year, after successful runs in 2016, 2017, and 2018 that tens of thousands of photographers around the world participated in.
Each week, the challenge rotates through three categories: Storytelling (taking a prompt and turning it into a photo story), Compositional Eye (using rules of composition to train your eye), and Inspiration (using a simple inspiration as creatively as you can).
Here are the challenges for the 52 weeks of 2019:
If youd like to download and/or print it out, heres the challenge as a PDF:
The rise of Instagram in our culture has spawned a generation of professional Instagrammers who make a living from broadcasting (often sponsored) photos to their massive followings. Meghan Young is one such Instagrammer, and this 12-minute feature by Bloomberg gives us a look into what her life and career are like.
The 33-year-old Young spends her time climbing mountains and sharing views of her adventures with her audience.
One of my images has been subjected to criticism and scrutiny in a way that none of my other work ever has. The photograph in question is of a scene in London, Chinatown; a man reaches into a sewer while shouting about how someone threw his needles down there.
I waited a moment or two before I decided to make a photograph, shot two frames, and then continued my walk. At the time I took it I knew there would be a strong response to the photograph, both artistically and philosophically/ethically.
However, it will always be the prerogative of the photographer to decide on their own personal ethics and to apply those to their work. I will always photograph things that catch my attention, and leave it to the audience for whether or not it works for them. This should never stop me from creating in the first place no one needs permission to make an image, but similarly, everyone in the audience has the choice to enjoy or disregard whatever they want.
The main issues people brought up about this image were consent and exploitation.
I will usually disagree quite strongly with anyone who argues that consent is necessary for street photography in public. The law in the UK and many other countries defends photographers and photojournalists when it comes to candid photography in public spaces. Often permission will destroy the integrity of a true photojournalistic-scene.
The only time I ask for permission for photographs is when Im shooting portraiture one-on-one, when it is necessary, and this shows in my work. As a member of the public (especially in London, one of the most heavily CCTV monitored cities in the world) I dont think its reasonable to expect privacy.
Exploitation is a slightly trickier problem to deal with because there is definitely some profit to be had from this image, even if only from exposure. I was conscious when taking the image to wait until a moment his face was obscured; so at least his specific identity is not what I am profiting from, and rather the scene in general.
I also think that the image depicts quite a relatable form of suffering, an addict in a first world city. This is no more exploitative than war photography, or images of starvation and disease. If anything this is closer to home for much of my audience, and because of this has more emotional pressure.
DPReview just published this humorous 3-minute stop-motion video about how the full-frame mirrorless camera party was finally crashed by new brands in 2018.
Its time to ring in the New Year, and we invite you to join us at the Full Frame Mirrorless camera party, where well meet old friends and maybe some new ones as well, DPReview writes.
Itll be interesting to see how these major brands battle for full-frame mirrorless supremacy in the coming years, as Sonys market share of sales already experienced a sizable drop of about 1/3 by last month.
After shuttering its Lexar memory card business in June 2017, Micron sold the brand just 3 months later to the Chinese flash storage company Longsys and now Lexar cards are back from the grave. But Lexar is still waiting for US government approval, and the brands warranty process is at a standstill because of it.
A few months ago, photographer Nick Stern purchased a couple of Lexar SD memory cards and then discovered them to be faulty when his camera and computer would no longer detect them.
When Stern contacted Lexar, he was told that the company is only issuing refunds and not replacements right now due to changes going on behind the scenes.
We are currently experiencing difficulties with fulfilling warranty obligations, the tech support rep told Stern. This is due to a large amount of changes to the systems we utilize for replacements and refunds.
We are not able to offer a replacement at this time. However, we can offer to provide a refund  for your Lexar memory cards.
Stern then provided a PayPal email address and was told that his refund was on the way. After days of no followup, Stern contacted Lexar again and was told that Lexar is currently not able to issue any refunds until it receives United States government approval.
Due to the sensitive nature of the CFIUS requirements, we must have official review and approval from the U.S. Government before we can move forward, the rep replied. Once this review is complete, we will begin issuing refunds to customers right away.
We look forward to issuing your replacement or refund with approval from the U.S. Government.
CFIUS stands for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and its an inter-agency committee that revie...
This past month, a student showed me an Instagram post with floating scrabble letters and asked me how it was done. After a few moments of reflection, I decided there was a number of ways to photograph floating letters and it would be a great idea for a student lab. To explore different techniques would be a great lab. The students evaluated the techniques to see which was best for creating floating letters.
The Scrabble letters are obtained from an online retailer that sold a large bag of letters for a reasonable price.
After several other experiments were tested, the best results were obtained by the trapdoor technique. This experiment was the students favorite and the technique I will explain here.
In the trap-door technique, the scrabble letters are arranged in a specially built box that has two doors on the bottom that swing open when a solenoid is energized. The trap door is an easy device to manufacture and the one I use was 3D printed, by eBay seller talos_crete. He sells the 3D printed drop box or trap door for around 50 dollars. The current arrangement only allows four letters to be dropped at a time. For larger groups of letters, a larger apparatus would be better.
The process is controlled by programming an Arduino processor to use a push button to start a clock and energize the solenoid which in turn opens the trap-door. After the letters fall the desired distance the high-speed flash is triggered to stop the motion. On this apparatus, the camera is set to bulb mode to catch the action, but future systems will be controlling a camera to take a picture at the correct time. This improvement will allow the system to operate in a room with the lights on.
The process is so stable that one of the students Ashley Crichton made a GIF:
The trap door ready to drop scrabble letters:
The switch resides on an electrical brea...
Growing up as a skateboarder and BMX biker, Peter McKinnon never thought he would one day become a creative. But after he received a camera, he was bitten by the photography bug and got hooked. This 23-minute short film, titled The Bucket Shot, tells the story of McKinnons life journey to shooting the photo of his dreams.
The Toronto-based McKinnons eyes were opened to the joy of photography after he received a point-and-shoot camera as a gift for being in his sisters wedding party. And after seeing his friends DSLR in action, McKinnon saved up and bought his own.
He then dove headfirst into photography, shooting everything from weddings and portraits to stock photos.
It just took a hold of me completely, consumed my life, McKinnon says. From that point, I identified as a photographer.
But the genre that stoked McKinnons passion the most was landscape photography.
Theres just nothing like waking up early before the rest of the world, heading out when its still dark, and seeing nothing, but you know that landscape is right there waiting for you, McKinnon says. Its only a matter of time before the veil is lifted and the light starts to make it come alive. Youre the only one there with your camera, and youre capturing every moment of that.
Thats a feeling that only photographers know well. Its incredible.
Over 9 years of his journey as an artist, one shot has been swirling around in McKinnons mind: he wanted to visit Moraine Lake in Canadas Banff National Park during winter and capture the snowy lake with the water still liquid and blue.
So when the opportunity finally presented itself, McKinnon bought a plane ticket and flew across Canada in hopes of capturing his dream bucket shot.
Getting there was just the first step: as landscape photographers know well, having things like lighting and weather come together just right is often a game of luck and perseverance. McKinnon has plenty of perseverance, and on that day, luck was in his...
The SLR has been the dominant camera type in photography for the last 70 years. SLRs are more intuitive, easy to focus, and versatile when it comes to mounting lenses of any length. So why does the rangefinder, as a design, persist into the modern era? There is not a single reason why anyone should be using these archaic and fiddly cameras when more advanced and efficient machines exist.
There are actually 5 reasons:Demons Taking Shelter from the Rain. Taken with Leica MD Typ-262 and Distagon 18mm (cropped)
Rangefinders just look better they are the most camera looking camera that there is. Shooting with them makes you feel like a photographer there is a sense of sophistication and yes, snobbery, to using a piece of equipment that the average person wont know how to use.
Any monkey can click a Canon 5D into intelligent scene mode and fill an SD card with usable pictures, but it takes a certain aptitude to accurately focus and manually expose a Leica loaded with Tri-X to take a grainy photo of a graffitied wall.
And for this reason, people will react differently to having a Summicron shoved in their face, compared to a plastic 18-55mm Nikon kit lens not that either piece of equipment takes better or worse photographs. Authoritative gear just makes you look like a good photographer, whether you are one or not.Festival Prep. Shot with Zeiss IKON ZM, 18mm Distagon and Fuji C200 pushed to 800
For me, the great irony with rangefinders is that I rarely use the rangefinder. I much prefer to zone focus, looking at my lenses distance scale. At first, especially when shooting film, this was nerve-wracking and I took a lot of badly focused images.
The trick I would learn is to start with large apertures. I know when I click my 35mm into f/8 all I need to do is guess the distance away from my subject, focus approximately and so long as I get it in the ballpark, Im getting sharp pictures. As you get better, you can narrow your depth of field.
Zone focus is the best way to get candid photos. I have heard some ar...
Have you ever had the desire to make your Sony mirrorless camera look like it was built out of LEGO blocks? No? Er Well, in any case, now you can.
The Taiwanese company LIFE+GUARD has created a protective skin for the Sony a7 III and a7R III that features a pattern consisting of colorful LEGO-style blocks.
The result is a strange-looking camera that could come in handy if you work in certain genres (e.g. child portraiture).
The skin costs a cool $50 and can be purchased by contacting the company directly (an online store will be launched to sell the skin in early 2019).
Image credits: Photographs courtesy LIFE+GUARD
As I am always looking to improve my photography by learning, part of the process is seeking inspiration from others who create. I dont, however, confine myself to just learning from other photographers. I cast my net for ideas wide, and look to artists, writers, musicians whoever it is that will inspire me with new ways of seeing and fresh ideas.
Ive been spending a lot of time in Spain lately, close to Pablo Picassos birthplace. After visiting museums to see his work, and reading more about his creations, I found myself pondering over some of the ideas he talked about in relation to creating art.
Some of his ideas are fantastically inspiring and Id like to share them with you today and show you how they can help develop your photography.
Lets get started because, as Picasso said: Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.
Wherever you are, you are absorbing the energy and emotions from everything around you. If you are in the right mental state, of being open and receptive, it can help generate wonderful ideas.
Being peaceful and quiet really looking at things, not necessarily in a super-focused way, but just allowing your attention to drift is very helpful for your creativity.
In fact, I encourage everyone to do as much of this type of open awareness as it generates ideas for your creativity.
I read on the SIYLI website about open awareness in relation to meditation (which I think also applies to photography). Open Awareness is your ability to maintain your presence of mind while allowing different stimuli to pass through your awareness and its incr...
A number of prominent newspapers and magazines have laid off some or all of their photojournalists in recent years, but these moves are not without their consequences. A new study has found that switching from a photojournalist staff to non-professional photos causes, to no ones surprise, a significant drop in photo quality.
Professors Tara Mortensen and Peter Gade of the University of South Carolina and the University of Oklahoma, respectively, recently published the results of the study in an article titled, Does Photojournalism Matter? News Image Content and Presentation in the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record Before and After Layoffs of the Photojournalism Staff.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown, New York, is a newspaper that laid off its entire photography staff in 2013. The researchers analyzed news photos published in the paper before and after the layoffs, with 488 photos credited to professionals and 409 credited to non-professionals. While the paper continued to use pro photos from wire services after the layoffs, the use of non-pro photos increased from 19% to 33% in the 6 months before and after.
The researchers then analyzed each photo and scored them on a scale of four categories:
What the researchers found was that 82.2% of non-professional photos were simply information and lacked visual aesthetics and emotional connection. On the contrary, over 50% of the professional photos were at least graphically appealing.The results of sorting pro and non-pro photos by quality. Chart by American Press Institute.
Following the layoff, the paper published fewer images, and presented less prominently, the researchers write. Professional images captured significantly more ele......
If you opened up Instagram today, you may have been surprised to find that the vertical scrolling method of browsing content had been replaced with a completely different horizontal tap-based scroll. You werent alone, and the outcry was immediate. The good news is the switch was an accident and isnt a permanent change to Instagram.
If you saw your timeline orientation changed, the first thing you saw when opening up Instagram was a notice that read, Introducing a New Way to Move Through Posts.Screenshot via Engadget
Instead of swiping up and down on your screen as usual to move through content, the new means of navigation involves tapping on the right side of your screen to move to the next post.
Social media was instantly flooded with users reacting negatively to the abrupt change.
I was having a good day until I opened Instagram and saw the new update
Curtis Lepore (@curtislepore) December 27, 2018
Hey, @instagram I never want to sideways-scroll through my timeline. Ever. Please stop testing this "feature" on my account. Thanks.
Scott Neumyer (@ScottNeumyer)...
In the mid-1970s, 134 of the top photographers and curators in the world of photography posed for an unusual set of baseball cards that now sell for thousands of dollars as a complete set. The SF Museum of Modern Art just released this 4-minute video in which photographer Mike Mandel shares the story of how these cards came to be.
When Mandel was studying photography in the early 1970s, photographers didnt receive much attention compared to artists working in other mediums, but things were starting to change. As a baseball fan, Mandel decided to poke fun at the fact that photographers were starting to receive recognition by creating a series of baseball cards of famous photographers.
In 1974, Mandel spent $1,700 in savings traveling 14,000 miles across the United States to visit photographers. One of the renowned photographers who was enthusiastic about the concept was Imogen Cunningham.The Imogen Cunningham baseball card. Photo by Mike Mandel.
Mandel was then able to get Ansel Adams onboard by sending him the portrait he had taken of Cunningham. After waiting three months to book a shoot with Adams, Mandel was humiliated to find that his portraits of Adams were all completely underexposed. Mandel waited three more months for a second shoot, which finally produced a good portrait for a card....
One of my favorite environments for photojournalism is the world of fashion, which I fell into almost accidentally when I first started out as a photographer. It has been one of the most interesting, rewarding experiences both artistically and personally, and I would like to share some thoughts on working in that scene.
I shot my first London Fashion Week in 2016, not long after graduating from university with a degree in Advertising. I researched and contacted the PR companies directly with my portfolio, as well as some notes on my intended coverage. At the time I never considered that there might be something to see other than the presentations and catwalks, but I was wrong.
At the first show I ever worked at, presented by Marta Jakubowski, I found that although I was having a great time securing editorial images of the actual presentation I was finding it far more interesting to shoot the moments between models changing positions or the designer altering the scene these were far more dynamic and told more of a story than the simple posed portraits.
The moneymaking editorial shots were fairly easy and non-time consuming as everything including the lighting is already set up when you arrive. Its just a matter of covering the room methodically to capture every model and every detail in the collection before most photographers are done and move to the next show. However, I wanted to come away with more than just editorial work and began to negotiate access to backstage at the events I was attending in the hopes of a better collection of storytelling images.
Since 2016 Ive shot at over forty fashion shows, covering backstage on around half. I have a few series in the works from these, which Ill hopefully run as books and in gallery spaces. Over that time my workflow has evolved, and there are a few tips Id like to share with anyone interested in shooting in similar environments.
When you get backstage there are a number of factors that can
limit the quality of images you come away with, most pressing of
which is time. Youll have maybe an hour if youre lucky between
arriving and the show starting, and unless youre only there for the
backstage images youll need to be heading out directly to get a
good spot if its a catwalk, or to queue if its a presentation
This means that your images will be limited, and every shot counts.
Kodak Ektar is the reason I fell in love with film photography. My first roll completely blew all of my digital shots out of the water. I was used to the ugly JPEGS that my old Nikon D40 spat out and Ektar just gave me what I wanted sharp pictures, with silky grain and a look that I didnt know how to edit for.
I followed the recommendation I received by the person who sold me it: use it to shoot things and places and was not disappointed:
The tones are fantastic, with dark shadows and highlights that retain their detail. The sharpness and grain are top notch.
But the real reason to use Ektar is the color. Golden hour looks truly golden with this film, contrasted with beautiful, calming blue notes.
But when it comes to shooting people Portra is the far more popular choice for most. Not that I dont think it has its place as a film stock, but I have scanned so many rolls of other peoples Portra that Im tired of the look that it renders. Portra seems like a safe choice, and its pastel colors and muted tones can diminish the potential of a vibrant scene that I find so appealing in a portrait.
Many will insist that Ektar is a landscape or still life film and that its tone is too red to capture pleasing skin tones. I completely disagree: Ektar is made for the digitization, and is optimized for scanning and adjustment. If you know how to expose it properly and manage your color space you can take beautiful portraits with it.
After Canon handed out camera lens mugs at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, novelty lens look-alike mugs and cups have flooded the market. If youve received one or more of them as gifts, one thing you can do is turn them into camera lens desk lamps.
Filmmaker and freelance media producer Dave Knop of knoptop made the 5-minute video above showing how this do-it-yourself project is done.
Youll first need some basic tools, including pliers, a screwdriver kit, a power drill with bits, scissors, and a glue gun. Oh, and youll need an existing, working desk lamp to modify (preferably an LED one) since youll be switching out the lamp shade (and possibly destroying it in the process).
After removing the existing lamps shade and severing the wiring, youll need to drill the same holes you find in it into the camera lens cup. If the openings match well enough, youll be able to reassemble the system with your new lens shade in the original ones place.
The result is a lamp that adds a fun touch to any photographers home or studio:
If youd rather buy one than build one, Knop is...
After our flight to NYC got canceled last summer, we got stuck in Chicago for one night with no light painting tubes, no dress, no tripods, and no battery chargers. During the shuttle ride to the hotel, we started joking about using a bed sheet to fake a dress and to use whatever we could find in the hotel room as a light-painting tool.
It turned out that the shower curtains and hooks were amazing.
We also tried using our plane ticket printouts to roll our own light tube. Well, it worked!
The point we were trying to make with this shoot is to show that no matter the conditions, theres always a way to see the positive side and make the best out of it.
I really want to emphasize this: dont wait for the perfect conditions, dont wait until you have the right equipment. Just go out and shoot. Just do it.
About the author: Eric Pare is a Canadian photographer and visual artist who has received widespread attention for his light painting photog...
Since the acquisition from DJI Hasselblad seems to have slowed down on the classic camera development. Fuji now offers two G cameras awith a third camera coming in Spring 2019. But Hasselblad is still stuck with the X1D and there
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Back in June I covered Fortarock, a fantastic metal festival in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I had the opportunity to shoot bands like Dragonforce, Watain, Tr, Alestorm and Arch Enemy, all of whom are not only really fun to photograph, but also extremely talented musicians.
This being the Netherlands, shooting the festival also meant dealing with quite a bit of rain, particularly during the first day. Arch Enemy were particularly unlucky in this regard since their set coincided with a massive downpour. This meant that I had to juggle my equipment while hiding under a poncho, trying to make sure it didnt get too wet to function.
Still, the effort was worth it, and the result of that first day was an image of Alissa White-Gluz, the singer of Arch Enemy, that, as soon as I published it on my Instagram, was very well-received by everyone, even by Alissa herself, who re-posted it on her account.Arch Enemy at Fortarock 2018
Just as I saw that fans were re-posting the photo (something that I tend to turn a blind eye to, as long as they dont edit the images), I noticed that a company named Thunderball Clothing had posted it to promote their products.The (now deleted) re-post of my work by Thunderball C...
One of the earliest ways of creating color photos was by combining black-and-white photos shot using red, green, and blue filters. Matt Gray recently decided to use this technique to shoot color photos using his Game Boy Camera.
In case youre not familiar with it, the Game Boy Camera was a camera attachment released in 1998 for the Game Boy that could shoot 128112 black-and-white photos. Photographers in recent years have been using the retro camera for shooting unusual photos of things like solar eclipses, planets, and Formula 1 racing.
Gray carried red, green, and blue filters with his Game Boy Camera and shot each subject three times once with each filter.
After merging the three versions into single photos during post-processing, color photos emerged.
Gray also shares the Photoshop technique he used to combine the photos in the 4-minute video above (heres a text-based tutorial)....
The late Steve Irwin gained worldwide recognition as The Crocodile Hunter who shared the beauty of nature and wildlife. His 14-year-old son Robert Irwin is now doing the same thing, except hes also behind the camera in addition to being in front of it. And one of Roberts photos was just honored by a top photo competition.
When Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) unveiled its 2018 winners in October, one of the highly commended photos in the 11-14 Years Old category was a photo by Robert.
The popular photography website The Luminous Landscape (also known as LuLa) is undergoing major changes. The business is losing its entire team and the late founders son is taking over as owner and CEO.
LuLa was founded by Canadian photographer Michael Reichmann in the mid-1990s, making it one of the earliest websites dedicated to photography.
After Reichmanns passing in May 2016 following a lengthy battle with cancer, the site was continued by publisher and CEO Kevin Raber and others.
Now Raber and the team behind The Luminous Landscape are out, according to a source.
In an announcement published to the website today, Michaels son Josh Reichmann announced that he is taking over as CEO of LuLa.
This year we will introduce new faces and new voices: an expanded family devoted to studying and sharing the craft of photography. The digital photography industry continues to evolve (like everything else), Josh writes. Just as we have always done, we will continue to provide you with rigorous product reviews, compelling interviews with photographers from all over the world and videos that teach the latest in software and technology that will help elevate your photos from SD card to print.
Planned enhancements and renovations include a new search engine, a personal gallery service, an updated marketplace, and a focus on mobile friendliness.
I will not address the change for the website other than to say that I wish Josh & Irene the best, former team member Chris Sanderson writes in a LuLa forum thread. Personally, I felt that with the end of Kevins tenure as CEO and Publisher, I was provided an appropriate moment to also depart. It is time for a new generation to ta...
If you shoot a portrait and your subject is blushing or has red patches on their skin for whatever reason, removing the coloration is quick and easy in Photoshop. This 1-minute Photoshop tutorial by PiXimperfect shows how its done.
The technique involves using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to selectively target the areas of skin youd like to tweak. Once youve isolated the patches, you can use the hue, saturation, and lightness sliders manipulate the skin tones to match the rest of the face.
Finally, use masking to paint the skin tone correction into just the areas youd like to retouch. Voila!
Back in November of 2018, I put forward $450 in hopes of being provided help with the marketing of my fine art photography. Feeling lost, I figured that paying someone who had been doing this craft and supposedly making a very fine living off it for the past 17+ years was the best option I had. I was oh so terribly wrong.
Note: The names of people involved have been changed in this article.
I first heard of Robert Clows work through a fellow landscape photographer who has been successful in making a living from selling at art shows. This photographer had recommended I pick up Roberts book on marketing, as he felt it would be beneficial in the long-run and give me plenty to think about.
After looking at the reviews and thinking it over a bit, I chose to spend the money, buying it directly off Roberts website to give him the most support possible, instead of buying through Amazon where they would be taking a percentage of the sale. I mean, I would like people to buy from my website as well, when possible, so I get the most support, so why not do the same?
The book came in and all was well. I read it over carefully, taking meticulous notes in order to absorb as much information as possible. I didnt want to miss anything of use something of which there was plenty.
A few months after reading the book and trying to figure out everything on my own, I began to get very discouraged at the rate in which I was going. I wasnt making any sales that wouldnt happen until a few weeks later and I was quickly sinking, feeling more depressed and overall lost than I had in a while. I started looking for answers, messaging the photographers I know who are full-time in their craft; I looked online, trying to figure out what I was doing wrong and how to do better. Nothing helped.
Then I remembered Robert and the conversation we had on Facebook. He had told me that he could directly help me to better figure out my pricing structure, how to get my name out there and gain more recognition, etc. Overall, he told me that he could help me if I paid him for an hour-long marketing consultation over the phone. So thats what I did.
I was nervous yet excited leading up to the phone call. The date and time were planned out and I had sent him a list of 18 questions for him to briefly go over my hopes were that these questions would give him a better idea of what I was expecting. He had already been told that I needed help with my pricing and with my marketing in general and I told him over email that I was hoping for help to craft a marketing plan. This was what I was expecting to happen...
The concept of equivalent exposure can be a tricky one to wrap your mind around when youre just getting started in photography. Photography enthusiast and animator Vincent Ledvina of Apalapse made this helpful 5.5-minute video that explains it in a simple and visual way.
I made this video because equivalent exposures are something every photographer either needs to know for a photography course (like me) or wants to know to learn how to change settings on the fly, Ledvina says. Knowledge of how camera settings relate to one another is important in photography, especially when you graduate from auto mode to manual mode 
Ledvina also created a handy chart showing full-stop intervals of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.
P.S. If you enjoyed this video, you can follow along with Ledvinas educational photography animations by subscribing to his YouTube channel.
Shoten launched these new adapters for the Canon EOS-R NF-CR (Nikon F mount lens Canon RF mount conversion) CEF-CR (Canon EF mount lens Canon RF mount conversion) MSR-CR (Minolta MD MCSR mount Canon RF mount conversion)
A couple of weeks ago Nikoneye reported that the new bokeh beats would be officially announced in January. And it seems like their rumor is post on as Nikon USA just updated the page and now says the lens is
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Zeiss made waves back in September when it announced its new ZX1 full-frame camera, which has Adobe Lightroom built into the camera itself. The company just released this 2-minute video thats the first hands-on look at the upcoming camera.
The video features German professional photographer Sabrina Weniger, who was one of the lucky few to shoot and test out the ZX1 early. Weniger shares about her experience of using the camera for a few weeks in shooting on the streets of Dsseldorfs Little Tokyo.
I always hoped that Zeiss would enter the camera market, and when that happened I thought it was great and of course I was fired up, Weniger says. I find the camera is super intuitive to use. It feels special, its soft.
Weniger is also a fan of the giant 4.3-inch touch display on the back of the camera, which aids in editing photos with your fingers in the built-in Lightroom.
Specs of the ZX1 include a 37.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, an ISO range of 80-51200, a 35mm f/2 lens, a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30cm), Lightroom CC built in for RAW processing, a 0.7-inch electronic viewfinder, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, 512GB of...
Heads up: if you sell your photos as microstock, companies can use your work in big ways for a very, very small payment. A photographer just found that out the hard way after he found one of his photos featured on a number of products in Walmart.
Upon visiting a local Walmart himself, Stemm found his photo on greeting cards, calendars, and even large throw blankets.Still frames of footage recorded by Stemm during his Walmart trip.
Stemm had captured the photograph back in December 2017 while walking across a snowy bridge in the city. He shared it widely across social media and has been selling cards and prints of it.
Over this past year, an increasing trend in photography seems to be finding a viable alternative to Adobe Lightroom. Some have done it to get out from underneath the subscription service while others arent pleased with what remains to be inconsistent speed and performance. It seems to be more of the latter than the former, with the Lightroom Catalog largely responsible for the latter.
Im not a software developer by any stretch of the imagination, but my non-educated guess would be that there is only so much that Adobe developers can do to increase performance with the existing framework that supports the Lightroom Catalog without completely starting over from scratch. Lightroom Catalogs will be what they are until Adobe comes up with an alternative system that better supports the needs for photographers.
In the meantime, as photographers try to search for an alternative in a growing market of Digital Asset Managers, a viable alternative already exists within the Adobe ecosystem: Adobe Bridge. All that it requires is to give up the catalog in favor of simple file and folder management.Adobe Bridge Interface
Obviously, Catalogs do serve a purpose that makes them useful. But I think a fair question to ask is whether the advantages of using Catalogs outweigh the disadvantages. On one hand, Catalogs offer you the ability to easily share photo edits and information with other photographers or clients. Everything is contained within one database file that can be shared.
On the other hand, Catalogs, even with regular maintenance, can become unreliable and slow. Forcing many photographers to try to seek an alternative. I would wager that, if given some serious thought, photographers would find that Catalogs are completely unnecessary. Especially knowing that an alternative to the Catalog already exists through XMP sidecar files.
XMP sidecar files are, essentially, mini-catalogs that keep track of photos edits and other metadata that cannot be stored in the file of the photo. As you can see in the example below, for every photograph there is an XMP file with the same name.XMP Sidecar Files
If sharing a photograph with someone, as long as you pair the...
Sigma completes its Holy Trinity with the release of the all-new 70-200mm f/2.8 Sport is it the ultimate 70-200mm on the market right now? Sigma sent us a review piece of the upcoming lens for us to try out for a few days.
To many photographers, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is a key piece of gear. Its versatility in all sorts of scenarios, rugged build, and high-quality results make it a staple lens, and every major lens manufacturer has one on the market. Sigmas current 70-200mm f/2.8 has been on the market since 2010, and with Nikon (2016), Canon (2018), and Tamron (2017) having recently released updated versions of their lenses, Sigmas update was long overdue. At $1,499, the Sigma is priced just above the Tamron, but well below the Nikon and Canon lenses.
The Sigma isnt very sporty at first glance its the biggest, heaviest, and has an 82mm front filter thread. But size can be deceiving. The build quality on the 70-200mm is top notch. Everything feels high quality and well made. When handling the lens, you get the feeling that you could toss it into a bucket of water, take it out, and go about shooting an event.
Being a Sport line lens, it is weather sealed all around and has water and oil repellent coatings on the front optic. The finish of the magnesium alloy barrel is similar to that of many Nikon lenses, a slightly textured finish that helps you keep a secure grip on the lens. It seems to be a new type of coating from Sigma and is different than the recently released 60-600mm Sport.
The Sigma 70-200mm Sport has some new features on it, as well as som...
Introducing Sabrina Weniger: A professional photographer based in Dsseldorf and Berlin and part of our very select group of early ZX1 testers. Join us as she talks about her first weeks with the new ZEISS ZX1 and how the camera
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an eye-opening pair of new photos that show a massive crater of water ice on Mars. The crater measures 51 miles (83km) across and contains a 1.1-mile-thick (1.8km) mound of water ice all year round.
The ESA estimates that the crater contains 528 cubic miles (2,200 cubic kilometers) of water ice.
The composite photos of Korolev crater were captured by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) over a series of orbits around the Red Planet earlier in 2018 (starting at the beginning of April). During each of the orbits, the camera captured a strip of imagery. Five such strips were combined to create the two photos.
Debating which camera brand is best is a sure way to create a lively discussion among photographers. Its easy to endlessly discuss specs and online reviews and to think that the latest model will give us some missing edge. But what about when you really put images to the test with prints?
As fine art printmaker, Ive had the chance to do just that, looking at an endless stream of prints from photographers of all experience levels and types of equipment. And Ive come to the conclusion that for most people, what brand you use doesnt really matter.
Im not saying that there arent differences between brands. Lens selection, user interface, all these things lead to preferences that matter to the individual. And when you are pushing the extremes, like high ISO work, or specialty niches, youll find that some camera can do what you want and others cant.
But when looking at prints from the typical 24-megapixel camera setup, from a typical photographer, the brand camera they used is not immediately apparent to me. This was a bit of a shocking realization for me because I think its hard-wired in that some cameras are better than others, and that thinking usually validates the brand we choose to buy.
This is a complete flip from the days of film, where the sensor (film) had a tremendous impact on the final product and created legions of loyal fans for one brand of color film or another. Even today, different films have unique looks and feels hardwired into them that give them a unique fingerprint.
I dont see this same fingerprint from digital sensors in most situations. When photographing with typical ISOs of typical landscape subjects, camera brand is just not something thats stood out to me on first look when viewing prints.
So if camera brand is not the most visible difference between photographs, what is? Here are my top 5 ways to make a visible difference in your photographs.
Lens quality affects your photo more than any other factor. When looking at prints, the difference between a high-grade prime lens versus a typical prime or zoom is significant. Both the sharpness and the color rendition are improved, which adds to the sense of realism.
Shooting with high-grade primes will make a difference. Zoom lenses can never be as good as a well-designed prime.
Average primes and zoom lenses typically have a sweet spot of sharpness in the middle of the frame, with resolution (sharpness) falling off near the edges. High-quality lenses are designed to better maintain sharpness across the full frame....
I needed a landscape photo of a foggy forest on a sunny day, in which beams of sunlight were streaming through the trees and creating beautiful sun rays. The only problem was that it was summer and there was no fog to be had so I decided to rent a fog machine and see if we could make enough fog to simulate real fog.
For this task, I enlisted the help of my friend Chris Collacott, and together we created a pretty cool image. Heres an 8-minute behind-the-scenes video we made of the experience:
Step one: Rent a fog machine. To my surprise, fog machines are available for rent from construction supply rental companies. They are commonly used to test buildings for air leaks. The fog machine we rented was called the Battle Fogger, and it created a stunning amount of fog. It was perfect for the job. The fog machine came with a jug of glycerine fluid which is what actually makes the fog.
Step two: Rent a generator. To power the fog machine out in the forest we needed a generator and a long extension cord. But now things are starting to get heavy so I brought along a two-wheeled dolly to haul all the gear deep into the woods.
Step three: Find a suitable location. I wanted tall straight trees that would make for great beams of light. I found a great location that had a mossy forest floor which was even better. I didnt want a complicated foreground for this photo. The more simple the foreground, the better.
Step four: Get permission. I wanted to be sure we had permission to do what we wanted to do. The permission process was long and complicated. I will spare you the details but suffice to say we got our permission in writing.
Step five: Bring a friend: This is the kind of thing you cannot do alone. Fortunately, Chris is a landscape photographer and he has the patience for my crazy ideas.
Step six: The weather. The weather is everything. We needed a day where there was a clear sky so the sun rays would hit the fog, and also a day where it was not windy. Any small amount of wind would ruin the shoot because it would blow the fog away.
On the day of the shoot, we set up our gear and found a location that gave us a good foreground. We started up the fog machine and walked around with it.
Finding new ways to create isnt always easy, so you have to keep your eyes open for inspiration. One day while making my way down the rabbit hole of YouTube, I stumbled across a video. These guys had created 3 colored shadows off this pencil while keeping a perfectly white background. What in the world was this sorcery? Turns out it wasnt sorcery, it was science.
As my curiosity started to rise I noticed something else did as well it was inspiration.
Being a portrait/fashion photographer here in Downtown Los Angeles, I thought to myself what a great series of images this would make. So the first thing I did was Google this phenomenon and see if I could find anyone else who had created a portfolio out of this lighting setup. To my surprise, I couldnt, not to say it wasnt out there, but I now knew that I had something I could work with. So I set off on this little journey to create this series of images.
Ive been a photographer for 17 years now I picked up a camera when I was 14 and never looked back. At the age of 19, I enrolled into Brooks Institute of Photography and started to learn studio photography, and Ive been a working photographer ever since. With all the years of experience under my belt, I knew I could get this, so I started to experiment with this 3 colored shadow setup.
I think in order to grasp this concept, the first thing you need to understand is the mixture of additive colors. Additive color mixing is when you overlap three spotlights with primary colors (red, blue and green) in equal amounts on to a surface in a dark room. When you do this, all the colors mix together and it creates white. Its a like a reverse rainbow. I use this and light my model with this white light.
Now to me, this is the fun part. After lighting my model with the three colored lights to create the white light, we are left with some shadows colored shadows. These colored shadows are created from 2 of the 3 lights.
If our blue light is casting a shadow f...
The lens is officially called the Kipon Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Mark 2. Kipon unveiled the original Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 lens back in 2013, and it was a collaboration between Kipon owner Shanghai Transvision and the German company IB/E Optics.
The focusing on this is a bit of a pain in the ass at f/0.85, Wong says. You kinda expect that, really. When youre looking through the viewfinder or LCD screen, the peaking may be flashing, but it doesnt necessarily mean the bit you want in focus is actually in focus.
When were talking about f/0.85, that plane of focus, the stuff thats actually in focus, is incredibly shallow. Its wafer thin.
And when shooting wide open, the lens is soft like baby poo, Wong says. And theres a crap ton of color fringing, but the bokeh has a nice quality to it.
I crossed Shibuya Crossing 10 times for a new series of photos, and I watched pedestrians cross another 13 times. Crossings happen every two minutes, and theres a one minute window for you to run out there to photograph.
The specifics behind the photography process: stop down the aperture to around f/7.1 so the pedestrians will remain in focus, and slow down the shutter to approximately 1/13th second to create motion blur.
Lock onto a fashionable subject, use continuous autofocus, and pan as the pedestrian crosses. I used the brand new Nikon Z6 camera for this project and found the high ISO performance at ISO 3200 pretty decent. Two hundred frames later, these are the results.
One hasnt seen a throng if they havent seen Shibuya. Thousands of people cross those streets at once. And we wouldve thought Singapore during National Day Parade was crowded.
Now crossing Shibuya requires real technique. The seasoned pedestrian knows that to get to their intended side of the crossing quickly, theyve got to sprint. Wait any longer and straight streams of walking humans swiftly diffract into disarray, forming a massive obstacle course with objects that youve got to actively dodge.
If one could succinctly frame it in perspective, Shibuya is one giant game of musical chairs. The pedestrian light turns green, the traffic music plays, and people try...
There has been a nationwide increase in camera store burglaries in recent years, and another one just occurred in Manchester, New Hampshire. The thieves made off with roughly $50,000 in cameras and lenses in less than a minute, and the entire thing was captured on camera.
As the security camera footage in the segment above shows, four thieves smashed through the glass front door of the store with an ax before storming in with large plastic bins. The ax-wielder then began smashing glass display cases, allowing his accomplices to grab camera equipment by the armful to fill the bins.
The burglars entered and exited in just 53 seconds.A still frame from the security camera footage captured by Hunts Photo and Video. A second still frame showing the burglars leaving with their haul.
And this wasnt the first recent burglary for the store: another similar one occurred just 4 months ago, and that ~$50,000 loss is what prompted the manager to have the high-end surveillance camera installed.
Authorities are now investigating the crime and studying the footage to try and identify the suspects.
Fujirumors shared these first image samples that were posted online for a short period by PCH shop. PCH wrote on the article that has now been removed: Our first impressions are more than good! This lens is relatively light, handy
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Im Allen Murabayashi, the co-founder of PhotoShelter. We recently launched our Guide to Photo Contests 2019, an annual look at contests around the world that we think are worth your consideration. Heres an excerpt from this years guide that looks at the sometimes controversial world of contests.
Note: This article contains strong language.
When money and prestige is on the line, some photographers will find a way to cheat, steal and lie to win. Photo contests have unfortunately been plagued with scandals ranging from image manipulations to questions about authenticity and ethics in dealing with a subject.
The argument against photo contests continues to evolve. Ma...
Have you ever used a Leica M Camera? If so, you may know of the little front mounted lever that displays bright frame lines in the viewfinder to show the field of view for lenses of different focal lengths?
This feature has been very useful to photographers over the decades. I propose to you that a bright-line feature could be implemented into the firmware for your mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.
Here is how I think it should work:
Initially, the user goes to a menu item: Prime Lens Library. Let us say that the user has just purchased an 85mm lens. They select that lens from a list and add it to the library. Then they might also add a 50mm lens. And let us presume the camera has already registered a 35mm lens. Also, even though he or she does not presently own one, a 135mm lens is added to the lens listing.
Now. Suppose the photographer is using the 35mm prime lens, which the camera recognizes.
He or she realizes the 35mm lens is too short a focal length for the scene. The photographer presses the button assigned to the Lens Selector function. A bright-line appears in the viewfinder showing the field of view for a 50mm lens, and a 50mm identifier appears in the lower right corner of the viewfinder image. Another press of the button, and now the identifier changes to 85mm and a new bright line frame shows the field of view for an 85mm lens.
The next press of the button brings up the frame for the 135mm lens, and a smaller bright line frame shows the field of view for that lens, even though the photographer does not yet actually own that lens.
The photographer changes the lens from the 35mm lens to the 50mm lens. The camera recognizes the change. While using this lens or she again presses the assigned Lens Selector and the image in the viewfinder now shows a bright line frame for the 85mm lens, and, with another button push, the 135mm lens.
If the user is using a zoom lens, the framed images could cycle through all the prime lenses registered in the camera that are longer than the present zoom focal length.Leica frame lines, as seen in the Leica M10 manual.
Adding this software feature would be extremely useful for any photographer using prime lines, especially landscape and scenic photographers. Also, it could be added to existing cameras through a firmware update. Doing so would certainly give owners a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Viewfinder lens selectors have b...
A whole bunch of leaked documents posted by SonyAlphaRumors make it clear Sony is ready for 8K: 1) Sony has finalized the new XEVC 8K code (details on SAR). 2) There is a 60MP 8K sensor (details on SAR). 3)
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Oh boy! GearHeads like us will go crazy looking at these brand new images of the Nikon 58mm f/0,95 Z lens. And thanks to Nikon photographer Yusuf Kathawala for the first time we can see this lens mounted on the
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Mobile01 talked to Ricoh manager Noguchi Hiroshi and he made it clear that: 1) Ricoh will not make a Full Frame GR camera 2) Have no plan to make cameras with curved sensor Here is the full google translated interview:
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L-rumors reports that Panasonic will unveil the full S1-S1R specs in January. Shipment of the camera is rumored to start as early as in March. Whats sure is that Olympus will NOT join the L-mount alliance. In a recent interview
The image on tops shows the lens design difference between the EF and RF 35mm lenses. Thanks to the shorter flange distance the RF lens can be made much smaller while still having a superior image quality. In an interview
I think this might be the first real world image of the soon to belaunched massive 58mm f/0,95 lens mounted on the Z7. I wonder how many Z camera owners will actually buy that huge lens that is rumored to
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Here are the first leaked images of what is highly likely going to be the new Canon G7X Mark III: Specs: Wi-Fi Bluetooth installed New type radio component WM 601 Battery: NB-13L Color: Black / Silver Lens: 8.8
The Japanese store MapCamera shared the list of the ten most selling cameras from their store. This is not to be considered a valid source for a global trend anlysis. But still its interesting to see anyway :)
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I have missed fall in Oregon this year, but I am very happy to skip the wet winter weather I am used to. Trying to be outside as often as I can be. Marina Hansen seen here taking some evening photos with me. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"
A remote area in the Wallowa mountains that @marinavisual and I backpacked to back in the fall of 2012. #oregon #wallowa #traveloregon #oregonexplored #idaho #washington #eaglecap #northwest "IndyWatch Feed Photography"
The Nikon F4 film camera I worked with for a few years. Orignially manufactured in 1988, it was the go to camera for photojournalists during the 1990s until the F5 came out around ~1995 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"
The Nikon D3 I shot with for a couple years. I have used Nikon, Sony, Canon and an area of film cameras. I think this full frame proffesional Nikon system is what I liked the most. Really similar to the Nikon D2H I cut my teeth on back in college. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"
The Nikon D3 I shot with for a couple years. I have used Nikon, Sony, Canon and an area of film cameras. I think this full frame proffesional Nikon system is what I liked the most. Really similar to the Nikon D2H I cut my teeth on back in college. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"
Photographed on an early morning trip around Mt Jefferson. I was using a Nikon F4 film camera during this time. I would develop the film at a photo shop in town and then scan the negative frames digitally at home. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"
An early panoramic image I worked on at Crater lake during a solo trip I was on for about 2 weeks in 2012. I would read a lot about photography and composition during the day and try and practice some of the ideas I learned that evening while the light wa "IndyWatch Feed Photography"
It is about dang time the Bensons finally made me a baby!! I have been waiting and waiting until the day I could finally throw this shower and I could not have been more excited that Lyndi is pregnant and that very soon I will get to snuggle a baby Benson. The Bensons have a been a regular feature around this blog and I just love how cute her shower turned out so I had to share! There isnt a lot of ideas especially for a baby showers with kids attending, so I wanted to share some of the fun stuff we did. It really was so fun.
Flavored Coke and her favorite cookies from Thirst seemed necessary.
Last Monday I picked up a box of fuzzy, delicious Utah peaches. Just like I did every summer of my childhood. Weve been eating them all day every day since then. This summer marks 10 years of blogging for me and as I read back through the posts I realized that this is not the first time Ive been inspired by peaches to write about them and what they represent.
Last Friday we gathered together as a Gubler family to the Santa Clara Cemetery to bury my Aunt. Each gathering at the Santa Clara Cemetery is bittersweet, bitter because of what usually brings us there and sweet because were all there together. That cemetery holds much of my Moms side of the family-an entire section of pioneer graves with great great great grandmas, great great grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins babes and now even friends. I spent the early part of Stellas labor at that cemetery as part of a family reunion activity, and I vividly remember pacing in the heat, chasing young Paisley. I never thought I would love the idea of a family cemetery but its so very special to have the dead and the living from our family all in one place when we gather there.
My cousin reflected on our time spent together as a Gubler family in his mothers eulogy. We spent labor day weekend together every year running from house to house, staying up way too late and eating fried chicken together. We always loaded up the kids in all the big cars and drove down to the Santa Clara River to see the Kelly Ghost after my uncle would recall the tall tale about Kelly haunting the river after his gas station burned down. We would ride bikes down to the Merc to buy penny candy and if we were lucky wed have a family dinner at Chuck-a-Rama. These childhood experiences in St George are what pulled me down here when the time to pick colleges came. I never, ever saw myself settling down in Southern Utah and now, fifteen years later, here we still are!
Driving home from the funeral through the tree-lined streets of Santa Clara...
Ive always wanted to have a Back-to-School Feast and with all of the craziness and sleeplessness of the last few years I just havent made it happen. This year, with the example of amazing friends, I put together an evening together with our family to celebrate our childrens return to school. Im really trying to be more intentional about our family and what we do together. I want to start meaningful traditions that our children can remember. And I want to celebrate and teach them well. Setting intentions for the school year and having goals to accomplish are the beginnings of that (I hope!).
If youve ever read NieNie, you know that the idea of a Back-to-School Feast is rooted in her tradition. She has influenced countless others to start the same tradition and I love what she has to say about it here:
Many have wondered why I put so much effort into this feast. I do it because I believe in the power of tradition. I believe it strengthens and binds family relationships. I want my children to know they mean more to me than anything else in my life, and they deserve to have a fancy dinner. I want them to know they are worth all the time and energy it took to make it just perfect for them because these children belong to me as gifts from God and by golly, they deserve it!
This year our theme is to Be Brave. After sending Stella to school for her first full day, this theme is as much for me as it is for our children. Knowing that someone else will be calculating her doses of insulin and caring for her is always so stressful for me. The same goes for Paisley-is her teacher meeting her needs? Are the other kids being nice? Is montessori the right choice still for my children?
We started our Back-to-School feast with a fancy table, name cards and a delicious dinner of some of our favorite foods as a family.
This summer break has been a difficult one. We started summer with our house fully under construction-furniture everywhere, floors ripped up and dust carpeting every surface. As soon as we began to get that completely put back together our air-conditioning broke, leaving us hot, sweaty and useless (and broke!). I also spent the summer working a lot and feeling allll the Mom guilt about ignoring my children and not curating the perfect pinterest-worthy summer to stimulate their brains and fill my instagram feed with pictures.
This summer was also filled with uncertainty about the future-how in the world are we going to afford diabetes? Should I get another job? Where should that job be? Should we try and relocate somewhere? What if we dont like the new director at the girls school? (its a montessori and their new director doesnt come from montessori-what if she changes everything?) If I start working more, I cant home school if we hate it!? I spent many hours worrying, looking at options and praying asking over and over-what should we do?
It wasnt until I accepted a job at a restaurant and worked a shift that I had a moment of clarity. From there my prayers changed from what should we do? to I know what I want to do and what I dont want to do-please, please help us do that. And like a switch flipping, opportunity has become abundantly available to us. Unfortunately, money has not begun raining down from the heavens BUT it is there if we work hard enough for it. And so for now were staying, and working and living our best life these last couple weeks of summer:
We ate fish burgers with coleslaw.
One of the greatest blessings I enjoy in this life is having a village to raise my children in. I love having good friends I can laugh with. Friends that support us and show up for us and eat with us and we have so much of that it isnt even fair. We started this tradition last year of getting together at the end of summer and enjoying one last late night, cutting the kids hair and sitting out on the porch together. Cass is always kind enough to host (we looooove the Miller Manor!) and this year we decided to cook from the Magnolia Table Cook Book.
Magnolia After School Banana Bread.
I have lived in St George, UT for fifteen years now (15!! crazy!) and I have never been to Veyo Pool. Veyo is a darling little town just outside St George that has a pool, a roller-skating rink and one of the best pies shops in all the land. It is surrounded by volcanoes and has no stop lights and just the one gas station. In all of those 15 years, I have know Steve and Kim and they also had never been to Veyo Pool. So we all went to Veyo Pool together and it was well worth the trip (a trip with the Coopers always is).
The property has apparently been recently renovated and theres lots to do. Theres a food shack, picnic tables, ropes course, crawdad catching and of course, swimming in the natural spring pool. It reminded me of one of my most favorite places in Idaho-Heise Hot Springs, which is also a natural spring pool outside of town, so it felt a little nostalgic. And the slightly cooler weather was absolutely amazing! We were only there a few short hours and I wish it could have been longer.
This is how it usually happens in India. I get sent there on an assignment and I stack a few extra days on either end to explore a bit more of the countryside. I take thousands of photographs and dig myself into corners and poke my nose where it does and doesnt belong, and in the end the magazine publishes around 10-15 final pictures and Im left with more outtakes than I know what to do with. Photographs that I love, that I remember taking, that bring back very real and visceral experiences for me. The smell of a curry and the way a light flared down a side alley. A cat jumping from crate to crate at the fishing docks. A rickety river bridge and a boy floating in the water below. Sweet street side masala chai. A talkative guesthouse owner. A barber. A painter. A sweets shop employee.
Oftentimes the outtakes become my favorites. Theyre the m...
Swing lens panoramic cameras are harder to fabricate compared to
their flatback equivalents. Apart from the mechanical intricacies
involved, seldom one can use salvaged parts from other cameras like
the body or film back /path. For these reasons, examples of
handmade swing-lens panoramic cameras and related information are
scanty compared to other types of panoramic cameras.
Im sitting here in my newly put together office with lovely cold air blowing on me and my heart is so full. After not having air conditioning for a few weeks, Im just reminded once again how spoiled I usually am and how much I take for granted. There is just nothing like being comfortable after a long period of being uncomfortable to help you appreciate comfort!
Earlier in the summer I stood in my driveway as my two girls came riding in on their bikes from their friends houses across the neighborhood and I was reminded then about how blessed we are to live in a place where my girls are safe and can ride around without me worrying too much about them.
We so often take our good health for granted and even in the case of my sweet diabetic I am so grateful that we have all the supplies we need to keep her alive and well (even if they cost as much as our house!) The technology that we so regularly enjoy makes managing her disease so.much.easier than it was even 10 years ago. It allows me to be able to do things like send her to nature camp, swim lessons and friends houses and not worry as much if shes ok.
It was a fantastic 4th of July. We slept in and skipped the parade. We made puff-paint shirts. We abandoned our hot house (our AC unit died a week ago) and swam for the day and then headed to the Miller Manor for the evening. The Millers started the sweetest tradition of spending Independence Day at their house and we were happy to enjoy it under much better circumstances this time (2 years ago I spent the 4th on the Millers couch in-between IVs). We realized that between the 8 of us women, we have A LOT of children. We must be in Utah!
I love California. Every time we go I wonder why we dont live there. Its beautiful, I love the ocean, I love the food, I love ALL the things you can do. I love Cali. We tried to maximize every inch of this trip and just soak it all in and it was amazing!
We got up and left St George around 5 AM and made it to the Seven Magic Mountains bright and early. It was gorgeous. Our girls loved looking at them and asking a million different questions about how they got there, if they could fall over, how they got to be so colorful and could we have rocks like that in our yard?
Midway Fox had an epic explosion and found himself in a puddle. We had no idea his diaper was so full (we just kept giving him bottles of water to help him sleep while we drove) and I climbed back to see what the fuss was about. It was BAD so he spent a little time belted in next to me while we got to the next gas station! He loved it.
Some tearsheets from a recent trip to Kerala, India, where I spent a few weeks traveling across the state for a story on the cuisine and culture of the region. From the backwaters of Alleppey to the mountainous tea plantations of Munnar and most places in between. Ill post some of the outtakes in a separate blog, so its just these simple layouts for now. Thanks to Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia for the beautiful design.
Our eating habits change from time to time. Subconsciously, it can become affected by different factors and situations that experienced in daily life. While anyone can fall into the habit of eating unhealthy, the reality is that women may find it tougher. Biologically, women experience regular changes in their hormones which affect their eating habits. Its also no secret that this changes even more drastically during and after pregnancy. April Davis candidly shares the realities of postpartum changes, especially with the body and food intake. Its human nature, but it is still a difficult transition altogether.
Besides hormones and pregnancy being an uncontrollable factor of skewed eating habits, there are also a few other culprits. If you want to train yourself to eat better, make sure you are familiar with some of them below.
A lot of times, its about the food choices presented to consumers. When you start to feel hungry, you want to eat right away, and this is exactly the principle behind fast food. Eat This explains what the body goes through when you eat fast food regularly, and it does not look good. Nothing good will come out of eating high-carbohydrate, sugary meals often. However, even with the blatant warnings, people still eat them mainly due to convenience. Fast food chains are the ones always available in a 3-km radius, which makes them an easy option. If you are constantly surrounded by unhealthy food to begin with, it makes it harder to commit to a healthy eating routine.
On a lighter note, this can be solved by packing meals from home. Learn how to cook and recreate meals that use healthier ingredients. Nevertheless, dont feel guilty for indulging in a fast food meal if necessary. For example, if hunger is starting to cause dizziness or intolerable stomach pain, eat the next best option out there. Integrity is important, but so is making sure you dont develop any digestive health problems by skipping meals.
Some people, especially women, may feel like they now live in a world where their self-worth is measured by likes. The age of social media has brought the onset of body image issues. A lot of people put a lot of effort in the way they look online in order to impress, and it has seeped into the their eating habits. Whats more, its not just the masses who feel this way, but models and high-profile persons, too.
In 2016, there was a highly publicised case involving Brazilian model Delleny Mourao, which shed light on the sky-high expectations of mode...
There will be others who will write things more personal and heartfelt and poetic than Ill ever be able to. There will be stories told over and over again and moments remembered with fondness and tears and the ache that accompanies memories of things lost. There will be eulogies and anecdotes from those who knew him well. And sadness for a while because thats the first thing to fill such a large chasm in the world. There will be many things, now and later, as we try to make sense of his death and as we try to examine his life for clues and wonder if there was anything to fix or anyone to fix it before it became too late. And there will be others, perhaps, but perhaps no others like him.
I never met Anthony Bourdain, but I count him as a huge influence on my life and career. Bourdain didnt just show people the world we live in, he showed us how to get along in it, how to travel in it, and how to embrace the different peoples and cultures and bel...
Stella is 6. She made it. We kept her alive to see turning 6! Its crazy to think that her 1 year diaversary (diabetes anniversary) is coming up in July. Im so proud of her for making it here-sometimes as Im checking her at night it causes my breath to catch in my chest. Each day we fight her body to keep her alive and each day we do and she handles it all. Her fiery spirit and endless patience have been such a blessing through this not-fun disease. Shes pretty amazing, my 6-year-old.
Weve adopted letting our children chose a party or a trip for their birthday (if we can swing either) and this year she chose trip! (We were kind of planning on going anyway, so this worked out!) We had a quiet family party on her actual birthday and all she wanted for dinner was for us to go inside Chickfila and eat! Easy Peasy!
The landscape burns out and flattens the farther north you travel. The rolling hills of lower tea country turn to shallow wetlands and the ancient cities crumble into nothingness as the train travels on its long slow route out and away from Colombo. The sun shines golden and harsh. The trees are a pale green.
On the Jaffna Peninsula the light refracts off the dusty streets and shallow blue waters, scattering and illuminating. Its a strange land, far removed from the more touristed corners of Sri Lanka. The civil war that raged between the military and the Tamil Tigers for over 25 years decimated the economy and the population and the countrysides and for decades Jaffna was little more than the forgotten homeland of the few. Buildings crumbled. Time passed. Life found its way.
This trip was little more than a research mission wedged between a vacation in tea country an...
For years I've been wanting to pay a visit to That Wanaka Tree in New Zealand, and last year I was finally able to pull it off. Years ago I saw a photograph of "that tree" by Ian Brodie, before it was referred to as such. Then with the rise of social media, it seemed like everyone and his brother had a snapshot of it somewhere... Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.... It even has it's own hashtag; #ThatWanakaTree
Have you heard of it? Or seen pictures of the tree emmersed in Lake Wanaka?
I remember years ago roadtripping from Christchurch to Lake
Tekapo to Mt. Cook to Twizel and through Tarras, passing the exit
to Wanaka on the way to Queenstown. Now I wish I would have
made that side trip and maybe spent the night so I could have seen
That Wanaka Tree before it became so famous. So I could say,
"I knew it when...."
Wanaka is about an hour from Queenstown, and chances are that if you're looking for Wanaka you'll be spending some amount of time in Queenstown, the "adventure capital of the world." Just a hunch.
I'm sure you'll have your own GPS or be using Google Maps so you can figure out the directions on your own, but once you've entered Wanaka from Cardona Valley Road, then McDougall Street, make that left onto Ardmore Street / Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road and your GPS might take you past the first and then second entrances into the Wanaka Rotary Playground at the waterfront on the right. It might tell you to "turn right onto Tapley Paddoc...
From the verdant hillsides and rolling tea plantations of Ella and beyond to the temples and lakes and busy streets of Kandy, there isnt much about this part of Sri Lanka that hasnt been written about before. I was lucky enough to have some time for a quick stopover earlier this year on my way to an assignment in southern India. These tourist trails are well-worn and at times a bit worse for wear, but the overall sensation of being in the mountains is still overwhelmingly positive. The air is cooler in tea country and the sun just a bit more golden in the early hours when it crests over the distant horizon. Its almost enough to make you forget about the 8-10 hour standing room only train ride up from Colombo.
This isnt much of a narrative post. There are plenty of other blogs that can tell you ab...
I wrote this a year ago and I havent had the guts to publish it until now. Its a very vulnerable story and not necessarily something I want to dwell on, but its an important one. Recently a good friend of mine ended his life in suicideconsider this a tribute to him and to HG Mamas everywhere on this day of HG awareness. Also, no I dont want to talk about it.
Ive always been told that people that commit suicide were selfish. You hear that often when the topic comes up. Its not something I hope anyone would say to the faces of bereaved family that has lost someone to suicide.
But suicide isnt always selfish. Or, at least, it doesnt always seem that way.
Glennon Doyle Melton talks about seeing that door, and once youve seen it, you cant unsee it. Its terrifyingly true. That thought, that word, it used to scare me and seem so outside my circle-completely not a part of my reality.
So thats what I was thinking, there on the couch in that dirty basement alone. And thats when I thought of suicide. Thats when I decided that suicide would keep me from having to face my people and my pain and shame yet again. And so I imagined suicide and it felt like scary, sweet relief and the imagining lingered much too long to be safe. It registered with me, kind of like how you find the exit doors in a movie theatre before the show starts. Just in case. There they are. Kay. I know how to get out if I need to. Once...
After a long hiatus I become active again. Nevertheless, during
this time of inactivity I managed to get information on at
least a dozen of handmade panoramic cameras, which I'll
sequentially keep on publishing here.
Today I wish to present three cameras fabricated by Chave Treze from Portugal. He has several handmade cameras to his credit and I'll present three of his cameras which are of panoramic format. You can visit his webpage at http://chavetreze.blogspot.pt/
The first one is a converted Nikon F3 panoramic , with a Holga Lens that yields 24 x72 mm exposures. The details can be found here.
We had a wonderful Easter this year. After suffering from the flu as a family for the duration of Spring Break it was nice to have a break where we played and stayed healthy. Easter week was full of spiritual moments, family time and a sweet break from school. The weather was so gorgeous and we spent as much time as we could outside and at the park.
Weve been back in counseling for a season and our last session for now was particularly helpful. We talked a lot about forgiveness and I just wanted to share my notes. All of this information is from James Ottesen, our Therapist who I love dearly.
Resentment is what happens when you take something personally or make someone elses behavior a reflection of you. Resentment is blaming another person for how you feel today. And my biggest struggle lately? Its telling + retelling the story of being victimized, mistreated, done-wrong or betrayed. Its replaying old tapes. Rehearsal like this leads to things becoming ingrained from playing and re-playing that tape.
James explained that if you dont tell anyone about your wounds, they will worse but the inverse of that is also true. If you tell everyone your wounds, they start to become who you are and worsen as well. A healthy way to work though wounds old and new is to talk about them to a few close people (and/or your therapist) and work through them.
Healing comes when we stop taking things personally. Not everything that is done to us is a reflection of us or even about us! The only things we can safely personalize is anything that comes from ourselves. We should never think less of ourselves based on how someone else has treated us.
Its so easy for me to protect myself from most of the strangers of the world. If a stranger or even acquaintance doesnt like me, is rude to me, etc. I dont struggle with letting that go. When family, close friends or loved ones treat me badly (or have treated me badly) its harder for me not to take things so personally. I have to often remind myself that the way people act and treat me is a reflection of them-not of me.
He also explained that every human is carrying a backpack full of 2 kinds of rocks:
The river wound through the outskirts of the town flanked by tall trees and small homes. Women pushed bicycles over a bamboo bridge and boats ferried families and goods across its banks. Further along, farmers worked their rice paddies as children watched over grazing water buffalo. Mountains rose in the distance. The sea bordered to the east. This was My Lai.
It had been a long drive from Danang. When we arrived, we grabbed sandwiches from a nearby cart and walked along the dirt paths that crossed through the farmlands. The same dirt paths American soldiers walked when they landed here 50 years ago and made their way through the villages killing innocent men, women, and children in what became one of the most brutal and senseless massacres of the Vietnam-American War.
Monument Valley as seen from the observation deck at The View. Photo taken at dusk.
If you've ever wanted to visit the iconic location of Monument Valley in Arizona just over the Utah border, you should start by comparing the dates you'll be visiting with the available lodging in the area. It's pretty remote and they often sell out far in advance.
There are really only two hotels in the area, two campgrounds and one set of cabins. Let's look at the options.
INSIDE MONUMENT VALLEY
1) The View Hotel - This is the only hotel in Monument Valley and has only been in existence since 2008. It is visually unobtrusive and blends into the surrounding valley walls, making it almost unnoticeable if you're not approaching it from the main entrance.
This is me enjoying the private balcony on my first floor room. The view was beautiful.
It's an upscale hotel with free wifi and nice, cozy rooms. All 95 rooms across three floors have private balconies overlooking Monument Valley. Oh, yeah. It's good.
But there are rooms with no views which are significantly cheaper. Significantly. These "no valley view" rooms face the opposite direction of the valley, but at least you get to gaze into Utah. All prices for room types will populate when you...
Im starting this year slowly, considering things a bit more. Its a nice place to be in life, being able to pause like this. Next month things will get hectic again, but for now theres a kind of calm. And Ive learned to embrace that when it comes along. To that end, I bridged 2017/2018 with a trip to Japan and limited myself to shooting one roll of film per day. Twelve frames out of my old Rolleiflex camera. It was meant to slow me down and make me look at what I was photographing a bit more.
We spent Christmas day in Kyoto after a few nights in Osaka, walking through crowded streets and markets and temples and bamboo groves in the early mornings before the crowds descended. Then a few days in Kurashiki where we saw a young baseball team practicing drills and exercises at a temple in the town center. Onto the strange suburban sprawl of Nagahama and finally into Tokyo for New Years Eve in a small bar with an amiable bartender singing songs and pouring whiskies. There were other places and moments as there always are, but Im going to keep this...
Im cold. Its cold. It was time for soup. Warm, comforting, delicious soup. With kale, because then I can feel healthy about it! Look at me eating more veggies like a resolution-keeper in January! This easy to make homemade zuppa toscana soup is amazing the day you make it and gets better and better through the week after you make it. What Im saying is, if you think your family will eat the first pot, double it. You will thank me every day at lunch time.
I found myself at the Mexican market doing my grocery
shopping last week so I had to improvise. Normally the
recipe for a soup like this calls for heavy cream, so I did
some googling and found that Mexican table cream is a fantastic
substitute for heavy cream in recipes. Its consistency is
like a thin sour cream or thicker cream and it is delicious!
It was a happy accident because I actually think I prefer this to
using heavy cream and the soup didnt upset my lactose intolerant
I also recommend getting sausage links and cutting them open to brown them if you can because 3 links of mild italian sausage and 1 link of hot italian sausage seems to be the perfect mixture for this soup.
If fresh links arent an option:
Its sooo good.
My sweetest baby boy is 1! I still cant believe weve enjoyed 365 days of Fox. He is so tender and loveable and sweet. I cant wait to see what a cute little boy he turns into!
Jon did the Fox on the top of his cake and I worked on the patterns! The important thing was, it tasted good!
When the time came to plan family pictures, all I could think was that I was really done with 2017. Like last year, this year has been A LOT. Its been heavy, its been overwhelming, but its also been joyful and beautiful. So I decided we needed cake. 5 cakes. Five cakes to smash and eat and dose Stella for. Five cakes to celebrate a year with Fox. Five cakes for Paisley to throw at her sister and her parents and her frustrations. Five cakes for five Davis being here another year.
It wasnt until I took the first handful that I think he fully grasped what we were doing. Did we mention he got a ribbon in 4H for cake decorating? He makes sure to bring that up every time I make a cake.
Fair warning, this is going to be a long one. A kind of purge. A meandering document of nothing in particular, of everything in general. Of the past 10 years of work and life and some incidental happenings along the way. Plus way too many photographs.
I arrived in Vietnam 10 years ago. In that time, Ive been a sub-editor at a State-run newspaper, an intrepid (and incredibly unqualified) television host for a local travel show, an Art Director for an ailing luxury lifestyle magazine, a property-related photo retoucher kind of guy whoyou know, I actually had no idea what I was doing on that oneand a Photo Editor for a city publication. Ive also been a freelance photographer for a large portion of those years. Full-time since about 2011. It feels like forever, but in reality its barely the blink of an eye.
In all that time, Ive grown older. I have more grey hairs now, more laugh lines. Sometimes my back hurts. Ive seen myself change, for better and worse. Ive lugged film and large-format cameras across continents. Ive broken cameras and lenses. Dropped things. Ive lost hard drives and once threw a binder of negatives into an abandoned well in a fit of sadness, rage. Ive mad...
The Germans know how to bake, and Buchteln is a perfect example of that. I do fantasize a little about one day opening up a German Bakeryamongst my list of other things I want to be when I grow up. I found Das Cookbook right after I came home from Germany and realized that I could not live one more day without German pretzels in my life. No where, NO WHERE in St George sells a real, fresh German pretzel so I set out to learn how to make them and this cookbook has been a lifesaver. Not only does it include recipes for classics like Pretzels, Buchteln and Spatzle, but it has other amazing recipes-all with a slight Californian twist SO BASICALLY THE MOST PERFECT COOKBOOK FOR ME EVER.
What is Buchteln you ask? Its magical. Its delicious. Its what you daydream about when you think about rolls. Basically the Germans (I think technically the Austrians came up with these buteh) decided to just go ahead a pre-fill a sweet dinner roll with jam and then slather butter all over the outside so all you have to do is grab one and eat it as soon as their done baking.
I have many loves in my life. I love my family and caring for them. I love creating through photos, design and video. I love baking and cooking. And you guys, I love childbirth. Birth has become so important to me. Working in birth has felt important and worthy and fulfilling. Writing about what childbirth looks like, assisting Cyndi in the delivery of babies, being a labor support and doula for women and photographing birth all felt like my calling in life.
This blog, my photo work, my life plans all revolved around childbirth. I put all of my eggs in the birth basket and felt like I was right where I needed to be.
The question wasnt if I was going back to school to become a midwife, but when. During my difficult pregnancy with Fox I would lay in bed and plan my triumphant return to work assisting, photographing and writing about all things birth. Daydreaming about finally getting to have my own homebirth kept me going while pregnant. I really loved this work I felt so called to do.
And then after Foxs delivery and my exhausting pregnancy I put off returning to work. I referred out my birth photo clients and told Cyndi I wasnt quite ready. I started re-certifying in Neonatal Resuscitation and moving forward to getting the ball rolling and then everything with Stella happened.
If youre looking for a family of Oreo Connoisseurs, look no further. Since I have know Mr Davis he has been a lover of Oreos. When we were first married I would judgily stare at him at night as he would gobble down a sleeve of Oreos while I stayed on my diet. Ew. Anyway, over the years we have enjoyed several of the new flavors, been surprised by others and hated a few too. I knew we loved oreos, but it wasnt until my sister came over and commented on how many flavors were currently stocking (cookie butter, pumpkin, apple pie, pb+j) that I realized we can easily call ourselves authorities on the subject. The mystery oreos had us stumped (trix? fruity pebbles?) until my sister also commented on their smell. Target Bathroom. So Oreo, thats the guess from the Davis Family. Youre mystery oreos smell (and taste!) like a Target Bathroom!!
But beyond the Target Bathroom Oreos, weve found a few more favorites and I thought it would be fun to pull Mr Davis in to talk about them. Youll have to let us know if you have a favorite too!
Me: I would have to say the hot cocoa oreos are the new family favorite. I love them, our kids love them and they really do taste like you dipped an oreo cookie into hot cocoa! Some of their descriptions were cracking me up: Sip your hot cocoa while you dunk your hot cocoa. Oreo that is and When the weather outside is frightful, this new Oreo flavor is going to be downright delightful.
Mr Davis: Im not a huge fan of hot cocoa as it is (maybe I burned my tongue too many times as a kid), but these are good you got the balance of chocolate softly held in the arms of marshmallow in bite sized mug. I give them 2 out 3 sleeves.
A few months back, I traveled to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to work on a story about betterment and meditation and health for Lufthansa Magazin. I spent three days walking the old town, visiting temples and eating delicious food and meeting a large cast of charactersboth teachers and studentsresponsible for giving the town its new claim to fame as a healthy, hip, nomadic travel destination.
From Muay Thai to meditation, from massage to manic displays of freeform dancing, I tried to document as much of this alternative travel culture as possible. Vegan restaurants, energy harnessing workshops, and transcendental meditation classes were everywhere it seemed. Yoga retreats miles and miles away from anything. Dreaded men hula-hooping on quiet streets at dawn. And its easy to get down on western travelers coming to Asia to find a part of themselves or to capture some kind of fleeting bliss in a holy house on a mountaintop somewhere, but there̵...
We were all stuck along the sidewalks and roads, jammed into cafes and buses. Some fell asleep waiting. Others watched on their phones. Everything was happening a mere two blocks away, but it may as well have been miles. The royal funeral procession and cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej had been in its planning stages for over a year, since his death in October 2016. And with the country in mourning for just as long, I never expected the day, when it finally came, to go any differently. And so we waited together and apart for nothing really. Distant canons and a plume of smoke seen over the rooftops. Blockades and volunteers tasked with little...
Theres something satisfying about walking around a city with nowhere to go and nowhere to be, no time to adhere to. Just a small camera slung over your shoulder as you explore the nooks and crannies and alleys and get lost in the mazes of downtowns the world over. It had been a while since Id done that. Just walked. And so while on assignment in Kansai prefecture in Japan, I did just that. I was there shooting a piece on the Northern Soul revival in Kobe, but I spent a few days in Osaka as well, rummaging through record stores and drinking in basement bars and stuffing myself full of ramen. I made it a point to go out every afternoon and just walk with my camera and take photos of all the little things I often pass without a second glance. And while none of these frames will be hanging in the Whitney, they do co...
Ive spent more time recently moving back to films in a continued effort to slow down and consider what Im doing instead of just spraying thousands of frames and editing to get the best of the bunch. I dont post as much as I used to because I havent been shooting outside of assignments for a while now. But Im slowly getting back there, and its a nice path. Im just trying to figure out how to navigate it in my own way. Without guideposts or hashtags. Digging into the crevices. Finding whats left of what used to be a very tactile medium. Here are a few Polaroids from a recent fashion shoot with Sula Clothing in the UK just outside of Brighton. The sun was warm and the barley fields were swaying lovingly in the wind. The clothes were gorgeous and the model was amazing and for a few days there everything was right with the world.
On June 18, travel blogger Liz Carlson of Young Adventuress fame appeared on NBC News' Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly in an episode called, The Americans Are Coming: The Obsession with New Zealand.
I LOVE New Zealand!, said I, And I know about the Young Adventuress.. thisll be fun.
The Young Adventuress is an American self-made, successful travel blogger now living the dream in New Zealand.
You can watch the video here.... New Zealand is stunning and my second love.
So the liberal adventuress said on Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly from New Zealand,
I get really irritated when I go home and everyone talks about how America is the best country in the world. Theres this, such a strong nationalism. And Im like, Well, is it? You know? And I think its a time to question that attitude, you know?
Well, I get really irritated when spoiled little Americans go abroad and trash their own country. Yes, America is the best country in the world, in many respects. It has amazing landscapes and National Parks, offers opportunities that draw people from around the world like a magnet and then theres that little thing weve done over the generations called saving the world from itself. Stopping Nazism, Communism, Fascism and general treachery from devouring allies around the world, you know? And then when were done, we either leave or we leave behind a small presence to assist the host nation in the victories the US has won for them. We never occupy and are not imperialists. Those accolades go to other nations which shall remain nameless here.
And although Liz Carlson and successful travel bloggers like her
boast about New Zealands FREE healthcare, lets put on our thinking
caps, shall we? The US has a population of 320,000,00. New
Zealands population is just over 4 million. The difficulties of a
government providing free health care to its people is an
unrealistic one in a population of 320,00,000 (unless you want to
look at how China does it, and its not good).
Not only that, but how many Americans flee the US to get healthcare from (fill in the blank it literal...
Just a few quick Polaroids from a motorbike trip into the mountains of northern Vietnam near Pu Luong national park, a few hours southwest of Hanoi. A simple, soul-affirming kind of drive along small dirt roads and over rickety bridges and chaotic highways. It was a wonderful way to end over a month of assignments that took me across Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. More to come once my film gets developed. So for now.
Every year since 1977 the coastal culture from the local areas surrounding Bergen, especially towards the west, has been celebrated at en event called Torgdagen i Bergen. This area supplied the city with much of its food, workforce and other resources. However, the value of this and of the culture was not very appreciated in the more refined urban circles in Bergen. But time changes and now this is a gathering of traditional ships and boats of many sorts, performing local artists, Farmers Market and traditional fast food vendors. Many people dress up in local clothes of pre-WWII style. And a good time is being had by all.
From the temples of Ulawatu to the shores of Seminyak and into the mountains and rice fields of Ubud and beyond, Bali is a land of many splendors and wonder. Its a bit of a cliche to say at this point, but it does feel like a magical place, despite the mass amounts of tourism that simultaneously give reason for and benefit from this magic. I went in not expecting to be moved by it, but I was wrong.
More than anything, Bali manages to retain a bit of mystery while being a completely open book to the casual traveler. Theres an element of history and spirituality to just about everythingarchways carved from volcanic stone adorn traffic stops and temples and altars jut out from every corner on every street. The ground is littered with offerings and theres a constant smell of incense mixed with rotting fruit. Large waves crash against wide stretches of sand in the south while to the east in Tulamben Bay you can walk directly into the...
A lot of expats and travelers in Southeast Asia like to rag on Singapore. They say its too clean, too orderly. Its boring and polite and polished. Nothing but soft edges. But Ive always thought criticisms like that said more about the person than the place. Singaporelike everywhere else in the worldis largely what you make of it. Its a complex and complicated place, capable of being just about anything.
Little India on a Sunday is chaotic and wonderful, with energy pulsating through the crowded streets. Chinatown fills up with old men playing chess and gossiping as they sit idly about. Hawker centers dish out world class cuisine day and night. Locals and tourists alike browse through the Gardens by the Bay and the old colonial promenades downtown, and at night restaurants, cocktail bars, speakeasies, and clubs all come alive until the early hours....
A few months back, I traveled to Singapore to photograph a big travel story for Selamta Magazinethe inflight publication for Ethiopian Airlines. I got to run around and see amazing things, meet fantastic people, and eat more than a few world-class meals. Pretty much the perfect assignment. And then to boot, the story design and layout looked absolutely beautiful in the final magazine. So thanks to everyone over at Selamta for treating my images and the writers piece with such care and respect. I love seeing something come together like this. Here are the tear sheets. Ill post some outtakes and a more detailed account of my travels in Singapore in a few days. So for now.
A great introduction to the Linhof Technorama 6X12
Perspective Control Panoramic cameras by Bjorn Petersen
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