Lukas and Salome Augustin have made a beautiful portrait of Afghanistan.
Note that this was shot with Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D cameras and a variety of Canon lenses.
Zoom it full screen and enjoy.
[via Mamen Saura]
My flickr contact Julian has posted a spectacular monochrome landscape.
Flickr user Ewald Mario Bauer has assembled a number of flickr galleries which are collections of images that others have taken and allowed to be included in the galleries of other flickr members.
Note the page numbering on the bottom, there are 14 pages of them.
Frankly, I never looked on galleries as something of meaning because it seemed like a fancier way for people to collect links to favorite photos. But after looking through many of Ewald’s galleries I think a better explanation of them is a flickr feature that allows a user to curate a collection of things they find of interest and share that collection with others. I guess I was looking at this flickr feature from a bit too paranoid a viewpoint. In fact, being placed in someone’s gallery is useful in that it will lead new viewers to your photo stream.
Sometimes being included in galleries is something you don’t want, like some of my yoga images of my wife and our yoga teacher being included in galleries of “hot women.” As the owner of the image, you’re notified when someone includes it in a gallery and you can check things out and delete it from that gallery if you don’t want to be included as well as block the flickr member who made the gallery if they seem to be less than decent (my wife had mixed feelings, being flattered to be included in such a gallery).
I’ve not made a gallery on flickr and I’m not sure I’ll get around to it but I’m looking at this flickr feature in a new way after poking through Ewald’s curated collections.
Words are inadequate to describe the experience of photographing this immense power and beauty, And the most exciting part is with each trip I really don’t know what to expect. But today I see these storms as living, breathing things. They are born when the conditions are right, they gain strength as they grow, they fight against their environment to stay alive, they change form as they age, and eventually they die. They take on so many different aspects, personalities and faces. My only hope is that my images can do justice to these amazing phenomena of nature.
Incredible storm images. Go full screen for best effect.