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17 November 1
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Kashmir – A Skier’s Journey

Under - Geography, Inspiration, Media, Music, Nature, Photography


The first in a series of 3 ski-travel episodes, skiers Chad Sayers and Tobin Seagel travel halfway around the world to Kashmir to ski the high altitude Gulmarg gondola, only to find the snow pack is a ticking time bomb. Never the less, they find safe areas to ski and discover the beauty of Kashmir and the Himalaya – its people and its landscape.

The second and third episodes of ‘A Skier’s Journey’ can be viewed here and here respectively.

2 November 1
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Great Migrations, National Geographic

Under - Geography, Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography


23 October 3
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Bottle – a short film by Kirsten Lepore

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

Bottle by Kirsten Lepore

22 October Share your
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Pictory: Just like heaven

Under - Inspiration, Photography
A passing smile - Photographer: Garret Clarke

A passing smile - Photographer: Garret Clarke

After weeks of traveling alone through Sri Lanka, I found myself on an old train high up in the Ceylon Mountains. This passing smile from a woman on another train encapsulated the unmistakable feeling of joy I had experienced during the previous weeks.

Pictorymag.com is a showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. Anyone can submit one large, captioned image to each of Pictory’s editorial themes.

The current accidentally published theme ‘Just like heaven‘ looks into our happiest places, through the camera’s lens and mind’s eye.

Family farm - Photographer: Sam Coltart

Family farm - Photographer: Sam Coltart

My earliest memories all include lush grass, landscapes, and my father — the result of an idyllic childhood on a New Zealand farm.

Pictory (picture + story) is a project of Laura Brunow Miner who also designed and ran JPG Magazine.

7 October 3
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Time-lapse and HDR short films by Patryk Kizny

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Photography, Technology

The Dalescapes of Time by Patryk Kizny

I must admit that I’m starting to like HDR videos. The effect somehow looks even better in motion than stills.

Patryk Kizny shot these two short films (below) featuring a combination of time-lapse photography and HDR videos. Patryk Kizny’s method of creating HDR video is frame by frame which is different from Soviet Montage’s, who actually shot over and under exposed videos with two Canon EOS 5D cameras simultaneously. Both methods might have their pros and cons but the stuff below is simply beautiful.

He also put together his timelapse post-production workflow here just in case if you are curious.

6 October 3
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Motion by William George Wadman

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

Motion by William George Wadman

William George Wadman is an American portrait photographer. His work tends towards intimate traditional portraiture in both environmental and studio settings. He shoots in all formats and in both film and digital. He has been a contributor to TIME magazine, BusinessWeek, Improper Bostonian, POZ, among others. His images have been featured worldwide in The New York Times, La Monde, Der Spiegel, Times of London, USA Today, and Corriere della Sera.

Wadman worked as an art director for major brands including Colgate, Sprint, Clairol, RCA, and Xerox. After almost a decade in advertising he turned his attention to photography.

‘Motion’, featured here, is a series of long exposure studies of human motion shot in the studio.

Motion by William George Wadman

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4 October 11
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Landscape photography by John Parminter

Under - Art, Geography, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

This spectacular landscape photography by John Parminter offers ever-changing views of mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes of Scottish Highlands and English Lake District.

The breathtaking beauty and harsh ruggedness of Scotland and Wales, home to some of the UK’s most amazing sceneries, is a constant source of inspiration both to explore and photograph.

I was born and brought up in a rural community in the English county of Cumbria, home to the Lake District or Lakeland as it’s sometimes known.

The fells and mountains of Cumbria have always been a big influence on me and I’m regularly walking and running over them either for pleasure or in competition.

After spending many years enjoying the scenery that’s on offer, I decided to try and capture, in images, the natural beauty that I’m fortunate to live and spend my recreational time in.

I’ve had tremendous enjoyment capturing these images and hope to pass on some of their pleasure to you, they are for your enjoyment to view as much as mine.

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27 September 7
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Shinichi Maruyama

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

From writing in the sky to sculpting from liquid motion, photography has always been a part of Shinichi Maruyama’s life. Born in 1968 in Nagano Japan, he started photographing the mountainous terrain surrounding his own home city.

Writing in the sky

At Chiba University, Shinichi Maruyama majored in image engineering where he studied emulsion and learned to hone his passion for photography. After graduating, he began his professional career in 1992 at Amana Japan, one of the largest commercial photographic agencies in the world. Access to the latest equipment and unlimited use of film development labs, allowed him to build a massive repertoire of commercial images.

From 1994 onward, he spent 4 years as a freelance photographer, developing his own unique style, and beginning his documentary photographic studies of Tibet. He would go on to work for Hakuhodo Photo Creative in 1998, producing innovating advertising campaigns, and with access to their latest high-speed strobe equipment, began to develop a fascination for liquid and motion imagery.

Writing in the sky

Upon leaving Hakuhodo, Shinichi began a deeply introspective, artistic period. He travelled frequently to Tibet, to complete two photography books about the Spiti Valley region, The Spiti Valley, and Spiti.

In 2003 he moved to New York City and began work on what would become his ‘Kusho’ series. It is a stunning abstract collection made with sumi calligraphy ink flying in mid-air. The images saw much success and positive review in Paris Photo, Art Basel in Switzerland, and the New York Armory Show and led him hold a show at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.

At present, Shinichi Maruyama continues to work on and produce new artwork in New York.

Shinichi Maruyama

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25 September 1
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Making Future Magic: iPad light painting

Under - Art, Media, Motion Graphics, Photography, Technology, Typography

iPad light painting

Very innovative use of iPad by Dentsu and BERG in this iPad light painting video ‘Making Future Magic’:

This film explores playful uses for the increasingly ubiquitous ‘glowing rectangles’ that inhabit the world.

We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects with an iPad. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3-d light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation.

iPad light painting

Read more here and here.

23 September 6
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Coloring the ‘Migrant Mother’

Under - Art, Design, My Musings, Photography

Migrant Mother

There were three things (among several) that I really wanted to do for some time:

  1. Colorize a black and white photo (that I’ve never done before)
  2. Give Recolored a try and
  3. Start using my Wacom A5 tablet that I bought a year ago for sketching and never got the time to actually use it

So, having combined all of these into one task, I picked up the iconic photograph of Migrant Mother for this, taken by Dorothea Lange in 1936 during the Great American Depression, which I also mentioned few days back.

The thing that I wanted to avoid in this exercise is to have that artificial look-n-feel that we normally get to see when a black and white photograph is converted into color. Also, rather than just adding colors to make this photograph look like a real color-photo, my objective would be to capture the essence of this photo in colors and retain it. This can be done by using a color palette that is not overpowering and simply complement the original image.

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