This is a brilliant presentation by the photographer Martin Schoeller for National Geographic. The prelude on how he came to a “cataloguing” style by seeing the series of water towers by the German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher is a wonderful self-reflection on how he came to his portrait style.
The idea of keeping many things constant: lens, lighting, aspect ratio, etc. and just varying the subject is attractive to me and it’s part of the reason I enjoy using cameras that have fixed prime lenses: the angle of view remains constant.
Petapixel interview with Martin Schoeller
Very nice video post by Derrick Story on attending a sporting event with camera gear:
What’s in your bag, Derrick Story?
The video was filmed by Frederick Van Johnson wearing Google Glass.
Flickr member Andrew Xu took this spectacular architectural interior at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
Notice the subhead on their site: “stay different”
Very nice “borrow” from Apple’s “think different” campaign.
Flickr member Sun has posted a great Halloween image, reminiscent of Mr. Waternoose in Monster’s, Inc.
My flickr contact Craig Atkinson has posted a great action shot of kids in Halloween costumes on the street.
Both of these images were taken with Ricoh GR cameras.
My flickr contact Helena has posted a beautiful minimalistic image of three rocks in a bay in Lövberga, Sweden taken with her Fuji X-E1.
Petapixel posted a nice piece on musician, photographer, and videographer David Niles: Photographer Father Photoshops His Son Into the Fantasy Worlds of His Imagination.
It’s an incredible series, beautifully imagined and put together. David also has other excellent photo collections at his site: David Niles and if any of those images strike you you might consider buying a print from him at his Etsy shop.
Flickr member john frenzel has posted an excellent street shot in Florence, Italy taken with his Sony RX100.
Flickr member Ming Thein has posted a great architectural image taken in Singapore with a Ricoh GR. The streetlight really makes this image interesting.
My flickr contact Bob Dein has captured another great portrait in his 100 Strangers set with his Olympus OM-D. Here’s his report and caption:
In Tampa, I sat in a small trattoria eating a prosciutto and mozzarella Panini. It brought back fond memories of trattorias in Italy. The current bread wasn’t as good, but pleasant enough.
Across the street was a street musician, passionately playing a saxophone. He had to be my next stranger. I approached and theatrically placed a small donation in his jar. He thanked and ‘God blessed’ me. I quickly explained 100 Strangers, and he said fine. Max was from Cincinnati, but has lived in Tampa for twelve years. Then suddenly he began to play and moved in wide gestures. He just wouldn’t stay still for a second. The more I clicked, the more he moved. After several minutes I gave up and left. I waved, and Max raised his eyebrows in acknowledgement.
Well, the Olympus OM-D has one shortcoming. It is weak in continuous auto-focusing. It is poor for sports and birds in flight. It should be fine for portraiture. It was not fine for Max. Fortunately I took LOTS of shots, as several are focused on the background. This is my favorite – by far.
Steep Rock Preserve, Washington, Connecticut. For the past few summers I’ve been leading photo walks for the Steep Rock Association. For this walk (which took place in early August) we walked down the Shepaug River to the Hauser Bridge, crossed it, and walked back on the other side. The object is not hiking but taking photographs so we stop often and when appropriate I attempt a bit of photography instruction.
I was pleased with this shot of one of our group shooting down river. Got a bit of the early morning light and dampness and the stillness of the river in this spot. The Ricoh GR’s APS-C sized sensor can record quite a bit of detail and I’m extremely pleased with that. A bit of chromatic aberration in the high contrast of the tree branches against the sky but it’s not much and no doubt a better post processor than I could kill it easily.
Looking across the Shepaug River at a stand of trees and rock.
The ferns along the trail are dense and beautiful and again, I’m very pleased that the Ricoh GR’s sensor can pick up as much detail as it does.
Flickr member Mark has taken a great image of a tree from below. The light and shadow on the surrounding trees really makes this shot.
Flickr member Jamond Cheng took this great image of a dragonfly with his Ricoh GR (fixed 28mm lens so he had to be close).
My flickr contact Helena has posted an outstanding image of a jellyfish in Norway taken with her Sony RX1.
Everybody Street Trailer from ALLDAYEVERYDAY on Vimeo.
A street can be like a nerve ending.
Everybody Street chronicles the lives and work of some of New York’s street photographers. Featuring: Bruce Davidson , Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Jeff Mermelstein, and Boogie, with Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.
[via The Verge]
Flickr member Bob Dein has put together a wonderful collection of street portraits. It’s apparent in the images that he really knows how to make his subjects comfortable and he’s doing amazingly well at channelling a piece of their personalities. His subjects are strangers he meets on the street. I don’t know what he’s saying to them but its working.
The other thing I notice about his choice of subjects is that it’s not exploitative like many street portrait photographers I see. Many choose homeless people with the most distorted features or just beautiful women with great smiles. Bob has an eye for an interesting face and its clear that these people are from all walks of life.
Many of these were taken with an Olympus OM-D which is a micro four thirds camera and an Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens which on the OM-D sensor provides a 90mm angle of view, perfect for portraiture.
This is a brilliant BBC documentary on the photographer William Klein. Klein is a polymath: painter, photographer, filmmaker, and more. He’s also a real character. The documentary takes an hour to watch and its well worth it. Enjoy.
My friend Gary Sharp took this picture of me on our epic hike from undermountain trail, over Bear Mountain, down into Sage’s Ravine, then up the Appalachian Trail to Mt. Race, over Race and down the Race Brook Falls trail. It was epic because it was long (12 miles) and we ran into a fierce storm cell just after going over Mt. Race. We got hailed on and completely soaked going down the Race Brook Falls trail. We still had a great time.
iPhone 5 and Hipstamatic.
My long time flickr contact Peter Bowers has posted a spectacular image of a paddler in the Leslie Frost wilderness area, Ontario, Canada.
My longtime flickr contact rosemary has posted a spectacular monochrome of a lotus flower.
My flickr contact Helena has posted a spectacular landscape image of Bodo, Norway taken with her Sony RX1. It’s like looking at another world (or planet).