Nice write-up about one of the biggest challenges of wedding photography: guests.
“Put your name and date on everything.” That’s the first lesson every kindergartener learns in school. This will come as no surprise to those in the art world. Generally when you see something on display in a gallery or museum, a label identifies the creator and date. Sometimes it contains other info too, but it will almost always include at least that much. It’s the same with books. And with albums, and statues in the park, and Guinness world records, and anything worth reading online, and so on. And photography is no exception.
San Francisco, CA
Just shooting random stuff in my house.
Anton (Hasselt, BE) is a photographer and fond of long term projects. At least, he thinks he is. His very first project: a look inside a Japanese Yakuza crime family changed his life. Or maybe it did not change it. Or maybe a just little. Or maybe a lot. In his talk he will focus on hanging in there, common sense, publishing independently, press attention, feeling lucky, and working hard. It will be About finding out what’s important. And being scared. And growing up. And making a few images along the way. Oh, and about serendipity. You know, those little moments when you suddenly realize that things are falling into place. In fact he will talk about a lot of things and show us some remarkable pictures as well.
Treasure Island, 2013.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens is on sale for $94 with free shipping. This is one of the first lenses I tell people to get when they get into the DSLR game. It’s cheap and fast. Good for portraits and is generally a bit more artsy-fartsy than the kit lenses.
Knitting on Muni.
San Francisco. December, 2010.
I miss being out with Geordi.
Groupon (via Aluminyze) is offering Aluminum Photo Prints at the prices below. Shipping starts at $5.95.
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- $16 for $35 worth of Aluminyzed photo prints
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I’ve never used them before, so if you get one, let me know how they are.
Just going through some old stuffs.
Pier 39, San Francisco.
In 1906, most of San Francisco was leveled by an earthquake and destroyed by fires that followed. Photographers captured scenes of the devastation. Photographer Shawn Clover created composite photographs that blend historical scenes from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and his own present-day captures of the same locations.
One of my favorite things to do introduce kids to photography. Yes, I like to take pictures OF them, but taking pictures WITH them is a whole new ballgame. I give them a camera and give them basic tips like “get real close” aka filling the frame. You really need to figure out how much information they can handle and execute.
I’ve also realized that children nowadays only know about digital cameras because that’s what they see their parents using. When I shoot film with them, they always ask me to see the back of the camera, looking for the LCD screen.
I don’t do any actual film developing, but the final part of the project is to drop off the cameras/film at the local drug store and go back after an hour to get the prints. It’s interesting to see what kind of shots they get. I love the perspective of their pictures, most of which are shots really low to the ground or portraits from low angles…oh right, because the kids themselves are short. See, it’s so
funny much fun.
The image above is my friend’s daughter Bethany, taken on our photo walk in Golden Gate Park. Funny, she shoots with her left eye, just like me.
Another familiar photo to remember another historical event that took place this month a few years back, but I never knew it was so wide. That’s a LOT of tanks!
Check out the video footage too! It looked like he was just passing through on his way back from a grocery store or something.
Forty years ago this month, one of the most memorable images during the Vietnam War was taken. Kim Phuc, the 9 year old girl in the photo, was running from her village that was hit by napalm.
Everyone has seen that picture, but I didn’t know video footage also exists. Warning: the footage is graphic. Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to document this here so I can find it easily in the future. Where do you go to buy photography equipment when you’re in China? Look no further than the Beijing photography city. If I remember correctly, it’s about 2 stories filled with a hundred different stores/booths.
I didn’t buy any big-ticket items, but I did pick up some accessories that were fairly inexpensive. Prices are comparable to US retail store prices, although online US prices are still slightly cheaper. Be careful when buying though, because I believe those gray market items do not include the manufacturer’s warranty.
If you want to check out photography equipment in China, visit the “photo gear mall” in Beijing.
Beijing Photography Equipment City
Address: Beijing, Haidian District, Wukesong Road No. 40
Phone:010-88119728 88119763 (Chinese only)
Store hours: 9:00am – 17:00pm (Winter), 9:00am – 18:00pm (Summer)
Subway: No 1 line, Wukesong station, Exit B to the North East of the Wukesong intersection, Walk 1km (10 minutes) to the north (east side of the 4th ring road). The place is on the right side of the road.
Image taken in Hong Kong, 2009. I think the picture looks a little too cartoon-y. Not sure what it is. I just remember the lighting was pretty bad in the tiny cafe place we were at.
Holi beauty, Batman! Taken at the Hindi festival of Holi, the film was shot on a Phantom Flex- a camera that can capture up to 2570 frames a second creating super slow motion. This slow motion gives it an almost-photographic feel and really helps me pay attention to the composition and the fantastic lighting.
San Francisco’s Pier 39, with the Bay Bridge in the background.
I was reminded of this song (CD here):
I wouldn’t say I’m a super emotional personal person. I’m not good with using words to describe how I feel or what I’m thinking–pictures and music often do a better job.