From neural radiances to zoom pinholes, from curved medium format sensors to synecdoche, from ocoloy to dodgy processing, from Richard Gere to the Italian catholic church, from street photography to astrophoto marathons, from marine biology to Nike, and more …
Technology, that most frustrating of enablers has taken its toll on my mood, this week 😉 The dev framework used by DS will no longer be supported, from June onwards. So that’s an unwanted redesign job waiting for me. And the API connection between the website forms (see bottom of this page) and the email provider that stores the lists of subscribers has been broken for weeks, as has been my will to look into it. That’s now corrected, however, and hopefully works.
If anyone you know hasn’t subscribed to DS and is willing to give it a try, now’s the moment to send them a link to this page for a test 😉 Thanks in advance.
Whether you are a religious person or not, it’s really difficult to watch those photographs without feeling a deep sense of loss. So much work and devotion lost to entropy. Individually, each photograph would be anecdotal. As a series, they create a crushing reminder of mortality of all things, and how nature both gives birth and destroys everything.
What happens when you view two images side by side (see in past WeekLinksPhoto)? Moving beyond the mere “magic of stereoscopy”, Ian Jackson not only questions the idea of “decisive moment” but also provokes ideas of parallel events where no correlation exists.
“Women Street Photographers also function as a vital community for those working today, and in recent years, the project has grown from an Instagram account to an artist residency and book collecting a small portion of images.” Brilliant.
Strictly speaking, this is more technical than creative. But, it’s still a very exciting type of one-nigh series to embark on. Usually, amateur astronomers do it visually to test their observational skills and their gear. But it can be as exciting photographically. Would anyone be interested in this as a DS challenge? We could put together our photographs to complete it?
From nano-diamond car batteries lasting 90 years on one charge, to (other) car batteries that charge in 9 seconds, a dyson headset that also filters the air you breathe, and more, this week has felt like it was April 1st every day. And now, a larger medium format, curved sensor, 200mp camera from Sony. Real shame it ain’t CCD! (note: the video shows a Mamiya 7. That camera and that sensor? Oh deary me, I’m feeling faint 😉 )
One of YouTube’s most successful and influential pros finds it underwhelming, in some respects (mainly price). But it’s not all bad (mainly quality). Apple’s usual blend, then 🙂 Viewers with a keen eye will notice the video is made with a Red Raptor, my dream camera. Hhhhhh
Now that’s thinking out of the box. The soft look isn’t for everyone, but those images have no distortion. Imagine big panoramas stitched from multiple images that minimise the diffusion but retain the softness. Yum.
When NVIDIA read Lad’s closing post on creating 3D in photography, they were obviously inspired to go further. And they have, using neural radiance fields (what a name, right? 🙂 ) Cool video and explanations inside.
Far too many photographers use far too complex techniques, often peddled by others with a vested commercial interest in making them public. While those may occasionally produce great result, they often hide why they work behind a fancy set of layers. The before and after shots in this video highlight just how much can be done through the simplest of techniques. Once again, I can not recommend Ansel Adam’s books too highly as the only tuition you’ll need to make great photographs.
Here’s one more way to help refugees, if buying prints wasn’t tempting enough. Pay $21 to attend this mobile photography webinar and the proceeds will go to a refugee camp in Bulgaria. The webinar airs on April 8, 2022, 5:30 PM EST.
Sure, why not celebrate the thing that inflicted 3:2 on the photographic world? And now, I can hear incoming Leica helicopters 😉 Sorry guys, I love love love love love your lenses (and the M11, drat!). 3:2, however, was an unnecessary touch of bland pragmatism that few would miss.
Unsurprisingly, quite a few Pretty Women in there (sorry). Joke aside, the interesting aspect of the video is Gere’s appreciation for photography and his understanding of it, thanks to his work with (cine) cameras, and close relationship with great photographers of the time. For the same money, would you prefer those prints or that ancient camera? No brainer for me …
A friend of mine heads important oceanographic missions at the bottom of the Mediterranean. For the first time, they are bringing down a robot whose sole purpose is to make pretty pictures. The reason why so many people are inspired by astronomy is because of the lovely photographs made by the Hubble space telescope. Dear Susan Sontag might not approve, but science struggles to find funding without pretty imagery. This marine biologist tells a similar story.
It’s easy to get miffed at the complexity of tech, particularly when you’re a content creator, and not a developer. It’s easy to point out the inevitable entropic disruptions between separate providers of said tech. But, reading this page, I hope you – as I – also marvel of what tech does for us, day after day, making our lives simpler, more exciting and more creative.
Here’s looking at you, tech.
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