From dawn to dusk, that’s “time slice” photography

Monday, 1 September, 2014

Photo by Richard Silver

New York based photographer Richard Silver takes pictures of the same scene over the course of several hours and then splices segments of each to produce a single “time slice” image. It’s a technique, no pun intended, that casts an image in a whole new light.

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A guide to taking great photos of Moon

Monday, 1 September, 2014

If you’re like me and wonder how so many people, apparently amateur photographers, succeed in taking so many great photos of the Moon, as evidenced by the abundance of such images that can be found online, this might help you match their standard, but you will need something other than a smartphone camera to work with though.

Due to a smartphone’s small sensor, you need ample magnification to capture any kind of lunar detail. But smartphones don’t have optical-zoom lenses, and using digital zoom doesn’t have the same effect. What you really want is a far-reaching telephoto lens for this kind of shot. The longer the better. Ideally, that long-zoom lens will be hooked up to a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, as their larger sensors capture sharper details. And because of the lens’s optical reach, you also want a tripod or a flat surface to steady your camera. Even though you’ll be using a fast shutter speed, the slightest movements with a long-zoom lens can add blur.

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The silent, but not forgotten, railway line of Paris

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

Photo by Pierre Folk

Something to add to the list of things to see while in Paris, the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, or “little belt railway”, a disused rail line that circles the French capital, and the subject of an extensive range of photos taken by Pierre Folk.

To do sooner rather than later, it seems property developers have their eyes on the land the rail line occupies, so it may not remain in its present state for much longer.

Via Colossal.

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How my smartphone camera turned me into an outlaw in New York

Tuesday, 26 August, 2014

Photo by Humza Deas

I dare say the movement is not exclusive to New York City, one that sees Instagrammers going to all sorts of lengths, possibly lengths that are not entirely legal, to take an exceptional photo, but the some of the work of these so-called outlaw-instagrammers is mighty fine.

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Iceland, photos from the ground and the air

Monday, 25 August, 2014

Photos of Iceland taken by French artist and photographer Sarah Martinet have been doing the rounds online in recent weeks, and for good reason… they’re amazing.

While some images were snapped on the ground, it is the aerial photos that are most incredible… imagine if we could all work from an aircraft upon which we were able to open the windows of.

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Earth, from space

Thursday, 21 August, 2014

Actually from a couple of months ago, not that my delay in posting makes this collection of In Focus curated photos taken from Earth orbit any less impressive. I especially like this shot of the Grand Canyon… not quite the way we’re used to seeing it, no?

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The combat gear of British soldiers since 1066

Tuesday, 19 August, 2014

Photo by Thom Atkinson

I was into the knights of old when I was a kid, so this photo series, by Thom Atkinson, of combat outfits worn by British soldiers from 1066 through to today, was absorbing to say the least.

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Having a great time living off the grid, wish you were here

Monday, 18 August, 2014

While trekking about some little way from the beaten track in the north of Portugal, in bush in the vicinity of Peneda-GerĂªs National Park once, I happened upon an expatriate American who was determined to make a go of living off the land there.

Home was an abandoned, and somewhat dilapidated caravan, and he told me of a plan to start farming livestock as a source of both food and income. I often wonder how he fared, or, who knows, still fares. At least he couldn’t be faulted for the location he’d chosen.

So what is life like for those who decide to live on the fringe, off the grid, and far from the rest of society? French photographer Antoine Bruy has spent the last two years going around Europe, looking for, and photographing, people doing exactly this, for his “Scrublands” photo series.

I think it’s fair to say that the lifestyle is not for those who enjoy their creature comforts…

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Putting a name to the place where grandpa took these photos

Friday, 15 August, 2014

The family of an Australian man, Stephen Clarke, who recently moved into a retirement home, are looking for help nailing down the locations of a stack of photos he took while travelling the world in decades past. Maybe you know some of the places that still haven’t been identified?

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The beauty of Iran, in photos

Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, photo by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji

If you’re wondering whether or not to ever visit Iran, these stunning images by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, will leave little doubt in your mind as to how to proceed.

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