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30 December 1
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iPad lighting – how’s that?

Under - Industrial Design, Photography, Technology

Ok – this looks like an upmarket lighting solution where each unit costs somewhere between $499 to $829 depending if it is 16 or 64GB lighting device, or 3G! This would also come in handy to keep the light-person busy or may be not, as it would be rather distracting but anyway nice … as long as it is proof of the concept.

Out of all the unusual iPad usages, this could undoubtedly be put on top. Following the lead from this I could see people using iPad as a chopping board (it has already been used as a chopper though!) or something else.

Regardless, the outcome is great with very soft and diffused light. Interesting experiment by Jesse Rosten.

28 December 4
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Playing with the sky…

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Photography

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Valeria Prieto, based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, studied graphic design at the Institute of Architecture, Design and Art at the University of Ciudad. She’s been teaching contemporary art and illustration at elementary, middle and high schools in Mexico since 2002. She also serves as a photographer and collaborator in short films and animations.

Her latest work ‘Playing with the sky’ caught my eye on her blog which is simply brilliant! I asked her if she could share her thoughts around it:

Those images were shot with Sony Cyber Shot TX5, and then I selected some vintage images/elements to add more life into them. Sometimes I use a peephole and a crystal with cuts to get various background effects and I like to merge several photos into one.

I have loved photography since childhood. One of the best things I’ve seen in the city where I live (city of Juárez, Chihuahua, MX) are the sunsets, so I love to take pictures of them because every day it is different, especially in winter the sunsets are so colorful that I don’t need to apply color correction. I like to play with the shots by adding items such as musical notes and birds on electric wires, buildings or images that may become part of those great sceneries.

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

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27 December Share your
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Christopher Baker Explores Alaska for Martha Stewart Living

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

Christopher Baker films in Cordova, Alaska to document life around Copper River, one of the last pure watersheds in North America. As overfishing threatens the delicate balance of the eco-system, the state of Alaska and various agencies are working hard to ensure sustainable fishing for future generations.

The story of Cordova is featured in the first digital edition of Martha Stewart Living for the iPad. The “Boundless Beauty” special edition marks the publication’s twentieth anniversary, utilizing the Digital Magazine Suite available on Adobe Labs. Christopher Baker continues his long relationship with Martha Stewart, having worked with her since the Martha Stewart Weddings book in 1987.

22 December 4
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I have a confession to make…

Under - Art, Inspiration, My Musings, Photography, Photolog

I had been sitting on a stash of photographs that I’ve been taking since 2005 but never been able to process, upload and share them online. This is partly because I was busy doing everything else and never got the time to focus on photography. This is also because I’ve been inconsistent throughout in pursuing this passion of mine – but not anymore!

As time is passing, I’m starting to feel that the old relationship between my camera and me is reviving … which is indeed very old – nearly 20 years to be precise. This relationship can be divided into three phases:

Childhood
It all started with my father’s Mamiya SLR (which has long been discontinued). The excitement of holding a SLR camera at that time was more than the photography itself and the focus was more towards taking pictures of school friends and family. This was kind of an exploratory phase that resulted in serious consideration of this art for years to come.

Adolescence
This represents the time when I was at the art college. I also call it the golden-time as I had the opportunity to fully explore photography, from still to landscape and fashion to portrait. I was in fact able to earn a reasonable amount of money with my photography to fund this expensive hobby.

But, I can also be solely blamed for putting an abrupt end to this as I had to decide where I wanted to go professionally and, unfortunately, despite all the pleasures I had with photography, it wasn’t my destination as a profession. It was one of those strategic career decisions that one has to make early on, wittingly or unwittingly. My decision to adopt digital media over photography is something that I don’t regret, in fact it is something that I’m proud of, but this brought an end to this particular interest of mine before the potential could fully be explored.

Maturity or Amateur-ity
This is the present that started back in 2005 when digital cameras started becoming a norm for photographers opening up a whole new world of possibilities. Since then I’ve started seeing through the lens again with a serious resolve to make up for the abrupt end.

The pictures you see in this post are from the first batch that I uploaded on Flickr from the set called London. Keep watching the space on Flickr as I’ll be uploading more and more in the days to come.

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21 December Share your
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Backyard Booty Segment: Natural Progressions

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

Natural Progressions by Ryan Flett

This impressive video by Ryan Flett basically demonstrates what one can do with a DSLR – provided a creative flare is in place. From video footage to 3D photos and timelapses, everything is shot with Canon 7D and then processed with Photoshop and After Effects.

My segment for KMC’s Backyard Booty in Nelson BC. The segment is about the transition everyone in Kootenays make from Fall into Winter. From the moment the season ends we are waiting for it to return.

15 December 3
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When photographs speak to your heart

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

This remarkable work of a self-taught photographer is tremendously compelling. Jonathan Rosser, based in Washington DC, has captured nothing but his passion with a purpose in mind.

What is different about myself than most other photographers is that I am self-taught. I took no classes to find the right setting on a camera or lighting to make an image successful. About two years ago I started studying the photo streams on Flickr of other inspiring artists and guessed how they caught their striking images. After trial and error I was able to obtain the moment and feeling in a street portrait that I was searching for.

My passion is for the people who have nothing, and continue their lives among so many who choose to just walk by. Their spirit is shown in their faces and eyes and I try my best to honor them by their portrait. My dream is to show a series of my street portraits in a gallery setting, and open the perspective to others that may not take the time to see otherwise

As with most of my work, each of these individuals has a story and a name.







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4 December 3
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I wish they would only take me as I am …

Under - Art, Miscellaneous, Photography

James Birkbeck

Makeup and photography by James Birkbeck (self portrait).

2 December Share your
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Galapagos 2010

Under - Geography, Media, Nature, Photography

Galapagos 2010 by Darek Sepiolo

22 November 3
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The Unseen Sea by Simon Christen

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

A collection of time lapses by Simon Christen taken around the San Francisco Bay Area roughly shot over the period of one year.

Simon Christen, grew up in Bern, Switzerland, is a professional animator and an aspiring photographer. Having graduated from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, he has worked at studios like Disney and Pixar (where he is currently an animator).

In the past few years I have developed a passion for photography. It started as just browsing portfolios I admired; wondering how their photos were taken, processed, and treated. Eventually I decided to buy my first DSLR and began to experiment on my own, taking thousands of photos to only be satisfied with very few. Over time I have found my eye in some ways, feeling excited each time I catch something worth sharing.

As humans we have the urge to design everything. Once something becomes forgotten and nature starts claiming it back, a very interesting mix of human design and decay happens. I am fascinated by this mix of intricate shapes, unique patterns and colors.

Photography combines two of my passions; being outdoors and CG. Photography is also the perfect creative balance to animation for me. Animation forces me to study movement in great detail, where as photography focuses on a split second in time.

Below are some selected photographs by Simon Christen:

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18 November 26
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Pete Eckert – seeing without sight

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

Pete Eckert was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, and began to lose his sight when he was 28. But, the loss of sight didn’t make this ‘visual person’ lose his soul.

I didn’t take photography seriously until I went totally blind. I was trained in sculpture and industrial design. I have always been a visual person and planned to study architecture at Yale, but then I started to lose my sight. A doctor coolly told me I had Retinitis Pigmentosa and left the room without further comment. While listening to Dr. Dean Edell, on a San Francisco TV network, I learned I would go completely blind. A caller asked about RP. I remember the doctor’s words; they hit me like a hammer. “A person with RP gradually looses their sight until they go completely blind.” There is currently no cure for RP.

It took me two years to recover and figure out what to do. I was a carpenter at the time. I did first-rate work. So I never needed to hunt for a job. None-the-less I worked very little, just enough to pay the rent and for food. My girlfriend, Amy, stood by me during this difficult time. Amy and I were engaged. I worried about the future. At one point I laid out charts graphing the loss of vision over time for her. I told Amy if she left me after we married I wouldn’t hold it against her. She stuck it out. In June we will be married twenty-four years. Thank you Amy.

Source: Artists Wanted – a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent.