Saturday, December 29, 2012

Photoshop Color Picker

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pictures and Words

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words.
- Elliott Erwitt

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Lion Steals Camera

Photographer Ed Hetherington just got back from a trip to Zimbabwe where he had an interesting experience. He set up his Canon 5D near an animal carcass in order to remotely snap some photos of lions feeding. This is what he captured:

The lens survived, but the camera needed a little repair. But I'd say it was worth it for the story...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dumb Client Requests

The people at Sharp Suits designed posters with some of the dumbest feedback their clients have given them over the years. These are fantastic.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eve Arnold on Cameras

It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.
- Eve Arnold

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Another Appearance on "Things Organized Neatly"

Two days ago, I posted 2 "cute" photos of fall colors. I submitted those photos to the popular tumblr site called Things Organized Neatly, and 1 was almost instantly published.

Here's how it looked on their site, along with all the likes, comments, and reblogs over the first 16 hours or so:

Thanks Things Organized Neatly!! Always fun to see my work up on your site!

CLICK HERE to see my submission on Things Organized Neatly. (And click here to see my first photo on Things Organized Neatly from last October.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Colors

My 16-month-old son and I were out playing in the yard this past weekend as it was misting. We had some fun with leaves while we were out there:

Serviceberry Leaves (click image to enlarge)

Japanese Barberry Leaves on Grandma Monica's Pumpkin (click image to enlarge)

If you like these, make sure to check out 2 posts from 2 years ago (HERE and HERE) where I had similar fun with Privet Leaves and Crab Apple Cherries.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Girl With the Photoshop Tattoo

Have you seen this? Here's what designer Megan Orsi has to say about her tattoo:

When I was in high school, I spent every waking moment in Photoshop creating websites and collages for my favorite show, The X-Files (don’t laugh!). Thankfully, all of the time I spent paid off and now I’m able to use my Photoshop skills on a daily basis doing a job I love. Photoshop’s been a big part of my past, and now, it will always be a part of my future. Thanks, Adobe ;-)

Hope everyone enjoys the Photoshop Toolbar Tattoo =D

Here's the tattoo:

Color me jealous.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

"Everything The Light Touches..."

I found this recently on the revolving door at the CVA Photo Lab:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Restoration of the First Color Film

The first moving picture captured in color 110 years ago has just been scanned and restored. It's an interesting process the photographer went through to create "color" images.

A bit about the video and the original process:

Lee and Turner's invention has always been regarded by film historians as a practical failure but it has now been 'unlocked' through digital technology, revealing the images produced by the process for the first time in over a hundred years.

Turner developed his complex three-colour process with support, first from Lee and then from the American film entrepreneur, Charles Urban. Using a camera and projector made by Brighton-based engineer Alfred Darling, Turner developed the process sufficiently to take various test films of colourful subjects such as a macaw, a goldfish in a bowl against a brightly striped background and his children playing with sunflowers, before his death in 1903 aged just 29. Urban went on to develop the process further with the pioneer film-maker George Albert Smith which resulted in the commercially successful Kinemacolor system, patented in 1906 and first exhibited to the public in 1909. Sadly, Turner's widow never received a penny from her husband's invention.

On discovering the film, Michael Harvey, Curator of Cinematography at the National Media Museum, worked with film archive experts Brian Pritchard and David Cleveland to reconstruct the moving footage in colour following the precise method laid out in Lee and Turner's 1899 patent. They turned to experts at the BFI National Archive who were able to undertake the delicate work of transforming the film material into digital files, and so the team were able to watch these vivid colour moving pictures for the first time, over one hundred years since they had been made.

Friday, September 28, 2012

JPG Humor

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

The idea of "photographic truth" has always interested me. I wrote my MFA Thesis (entitled "What's So Documentary About Photography?") on photographers from the 1900s through the 1940s working under the guise of making "truthful documentary images," even though they were able to create images that fit their needs perfectly - whether "truthful" or not. I was wanting to show that photographic images considered to be "truth" need to be questioned... even before Photoshop.

The MET has a new show that is along these lines. It's not exactly what I was writing about, but it deals with old faked imagery:

In the first major exhibition of its kind, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has collected some 200 visually captivating photographs taken between the 1840s and 1990s - all of which have been manipulated.

'Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop' is devoted to the history of manipulated photography before the digital age and traces the medium’s complex and changing relationship to visual truth.

Here are a few images from the exhibition:

Dream No. 1: 'Electrical Appliances for the Home' by Grete Stern ca. 1950 Gelatin silver print

Man Juggling His Own Head: De Torb├ęchet, Allain & C. ca. 1880 by Saint Thomas D'Aquin Albumen silver print

Lenin and Stalin: Unknown Artist, Russian 1949 Gelatin silver print with applied media

A Powerful Collision: Unknown Artist, German School 1910s Gelatin silver print

Hearst Over The People: 1939 by Barbara Morgan

Room with Eye: 1930 by Maurice Tabard and Roger Parry Gelatin silver print

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as Artist and Model: 1892 by Maurice Guibert Gelatin silver print

Fading Away: Henry Peach Robinson 1858 Albumen silver print from glass negatives

Dirigible Docked on Empire State Building: Unknown Artist, American 1930 Gelatin silver print

Friday, September 07, 2012

The Hipster Alphabet

This is fantastic. And true.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Speed Graphic at the London Olympics

Renowned large-format photographer David Burnett was spotted with his Speed Graphic at the 2012 Olympics.

It's not often you see a camera like that peeking over the wall at the Olympics.

He was reportedly sporting an Aero-Ektar 178mm F2.5 on his Speed Graphic. Here's an interview from last month as Burnett was preparing to shoot his 8th Summer Olympics. Check out that link for a slideshow of amazing large-format Olympic photography.

David Burnett/Contact Press Images

Saturday, August 11, 2012

"The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday"

[Watching the Summer Olympics finally made me want to publish this...]

"The only easy day was yesterday" is a motto of the Navy SEALs.

This idea applies to my own life as a triathlete, as it does for many athletes, because it doesn't matter how hard my workout was yesterday - that was my "easy day." Today, I have to train harder and push my limits even more.* I chose this motto as the title of my first series in which my dual passions for TRIATHLON and PHOTOGRAPHY collide.

I picked up my camera on a random June morning in 2010 and called that "Day 1." My goal was to make a photo on every training day. The idea was simply an exercise: let's see if I can make interesting / beautiful / compelling images during (what often feels like) my daily training grind.

Since Day 1, exciting things have happened in my athletic life. I have raced my fastest Olympic Distance Triathlon (2:15:37). For the first time, I worked with a coach, who helped me reach my goal of a sub-60:00 10 Mile. During this time, my “daily training grind” has taken me to amazing places - some I wasn’t sure I would ever reach.

The images in this series are meant to give a little glimpse into my life of multi-sport training. I had a few self-imposed rules as I started shooting this project, but they evolved as I made more images. The training itself is usually quite fast-paced, so many of these images usually capture the calm moments just before or after the workout. Often you'll see me, my wife, or other friends reveling in that feeling of accomplishment that fills an athlete after a hard workout. These are the moments that athletes train for.

The only easy day was yesterday.

Day 1: 6/4/10: Tempo swim.

Day 2: 6/5/10: Long ride. Calm winds, but a few sprinkles.

Day 3: 6/6/10: Relaxing in the shade after a long run. Last long run before next weekend's oly tri.

Day 5: 6/8/10: Sarah coming to the finish of her first Time Trial.

Day 8: 6/11/10: Easy open water swim to get ready for tomorrow's race.

Day 13: 6/16/10: Foot still really sore, so just did some weights at the Y.

Day 15: 6/18/10: After icing my sore foot in an icy stream in southern WI while camping with my in-laws.

Day 19: 6/22/10: Dangling my feet off of Stout's Island pre-swim.

Day 20: 6/23/10: Celebrating my first non-wetsuit open water swim of the year with a post-swim cannonball.

Day 22: 6/25/10: Chatting in Square Lake after taking Matt for his first open water swim.

Day 26: 6/29/10: Sarah running intervals at dusk as I stretched on the in-field.

Day 34: 7/7/10: First lap around Square Lake without my wetsuit. Beautiful swim.

Day 37: 7/10/10: After a 1-mile open water swim in Lake Monona with 50 other people
in the location of the Ironman Wisconsin swim.

Day 42: 7/15/10: Catching my breath after a long run on a hot evening.

Day 43: 7/16/10: Hot ride. Two bottles of water gone in no time. New fat-wrap worked great.

Day 46: 7/19/10: Collapsed on the porch after a hard, hilly tempo run.

Day 47: 7/20/10: Hopping in Lake Independence for an evening open water swim.

Day 54: 7/27/10: After Sarah and I finished our evening open water swim in Lake Mary.

Day 65: 8/7/10: Pre-swim.

Day 77: 8/19/10: On Summit Ave after a hilly (and sweaty) run.

Day 79: 8/21/10: View down the road after my foggy 7 mile run.

Day 86: 8/28/10: In an ice bath after a long run.

Day 112: 9/23/10: The back of my shirt after running fartleks down the middle of Summit Ave in the pouring rain.

* p.s. I don't actually believe that Navy Seal motto for triathlon training. I tend to get injured, so I'm a big advocate of rest.

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