Squirrels With Cameras

Darren wrote this at 9:13 am:

Well, I guess there really is a Flickr group for every possible photographic subject you can think of: Squirrels With Cameras.

Scott Alan Johnson has taken dozens of photos of wild squirrels with real vintage cameras. Not as in “I took this photo with my vintage camera”, but as in “here’s a squirrel behind a Kodak Duaflex IV TLR”.

You’ve really got to admire someone who pursues their vision with such dedication!

Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Adventure 2006

Darren wrote this at 3:00 am:

This looks like it will be an interesting adventure to watch – Adobe is sending a crack team of photographers to Iceland, where they’ll travel around taking photographs and using Adobe Lightroom on laptops to manage, process and output their images.

A dozen top photographers overcome the challenges of nature and technology on the assignment of a lifetime…

On the Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Adventure 2006 Blog, you can follow along with the photographers’ preparations before the event, see what happens during the adventure, and get their perspectives and impressions of how things went afterwards.

This should be a fantastic opportunity to see how a bunch of top photographers manage their digital workflow, before, during and after a big trip.

The photographers include:

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Fun Food Photos

Darren wrote this at 8:32 am:

I can’t read the text (it appears to be in Russian), but these fun food photos speak for themselves.

The photographer has been masterfully creative, carefully placing miniature figures on, in and around various items of food so they appear to be engaged in day-to-day activities. As straight food photography, these images are well-composed and appetizing. The addition of the figures makes them totally engaging!

If anyone can read the text or knows more about this photographer, please post in the comments below.

Ashes And Snow Exhibition

Darren wrote this at 7:40 pm:

Gregory Colbert has an exhibition running at Santa Monica Pier, California, USA, titled Ashes and Snow. On display are over 100 large-scale photographic works and three 35mm films. From all accounts, if you’re anywhere near Santa Monica Pier, this exhibition is well worth going to see.

The display runs through until May 14, 2006.

More information is available at the Ashes and Snow web site.

If, like me, you’re unable to get to the show, you can still see a very impressive portfolio of some of the images on display at the above web site.

Travis Ruse – Inspiration From The Everyday

Darren wrote this at 9:10 pm:

Travis Ruse is a New York City magazine photo editor who commutes to work by train. He carries his Canon 20D with him every day, taking photographs along the way, and then edits those shots down to a single ‘shot of the day’ which he posts to his web site each night. He concentrates not on the sights outside the train, but on the commuters themselves, and telling the story of what it’s like to be an NYC train commuter in the modern day.

In Travis’ own words:

I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I work in midtown Manhattan.

42nd & Lexington Ave., to be exact, right across from Grand Central Station.

As the crow flies, that’s just 6 miles. But on the tracks, it can be three trains, 11 stops, and 45 minutes each way.

This is what I see every day commuting to and from work.

The New York Times recently ran an article about Travis – When The Muse Is A Train.

File Magazine

Darren wrote this at 8:32 am:

If you’re looking for some inspiration or a different angle on photography, File Magazine, an online collection of unexpected photography, is worth a look.

From their About page:

what file is

The purpose of FILE is to collect and display photographs that treat subjects in unexpected ways. Alternate takes, odd angles, unconventional observations – these are some of the ways photographs collected in FILE reinterpret traditional genres. We leave the Kodak Moments to the family album, the glossy fashion spreads to Vogue, and the photo finishes to ESPN. Rather than taking the well-trod paths, we veer to left and get a different perspective. Confused? Browse The Collection. The photos say it better than we can.

what file is not

FILE magazine is not a photoblog, photo challenge/contest, or group photo album. FILE does not publish tips on taking photographs or provide evaluations of photo hardware or software. There are are many other sites that handle these topics better than FILE ever could.

Make sure you look through the galleries, there’s some great work in there.

The Making of a Photography Book

Darren wrote this at 8:00 am:

Bettina and Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo have written an article about the making of their coffee table book, California Earthframes. The article is titled The Making Of California Earthframes.

This is an interesting article to read about the considerations that go into producing a great book, from layout, to photo selection, to text, and finally printing. It sounds like the Steinmuellers were quite hands-on in the creation and publishing of their book.

If you’d like to buy California Earthframes, check the link above for more information. There is a link to a German store for those living in Europe, and presumably you’ll be able to buy copies of the book in the US once the first shipment arrives from the printer. An ebook version is also available for USD$9.95.

If you’d like to read another account of self-publishing a photography book, have a look at Producing Your Own Photography Book, which describes Michael Reichmann’s publishing of his photos from a tour of Bangladesh.

And here’s another – BC, Canada, photographer Mike Yip recently published a book about birds from Vancouver Island, and wrote up an account of his self-publishing experience (kindly hosted by Edwin over at CameraHobby.com). You can see some of Mike’s photos at his site Vancouver Island Birds.

Photographing China

Darren wrote this at 6:00 am:

Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape fame has recently returned from leading a two-week photographic tour of China. As he always does after such trips, Michael has posted a series of very well-written articles about various aspects of the tour:

While you’re at the Luminous Landscape site, don’t forget to check out Michael’s Bangladesh book. I’ve ordered for my Christmas stocking, have you?

Nikon D2X ‘Special Site’ Launches

Darren wrote this at 7:55 am:

Nikon has launched the D2X Special Site (you’d think they’d have the budget for a better name than that!).

The site is Flash-based, with a bit of an awkward interface, but if you can look past that it contains some good content. There are profiles, interviews and portfolios from top photographers including Peter Frank, Tim Andrew, John Shaw and Chase Jarvis. Additional Nikon photographers to be added in coming weeks include Joe McNally, Foto Natura, David Mendelsohn, Erwin Windmuller, Soenar Chamid and Steve Zhao.

Kodak ProPass

Darren wrote this at 6:00 am:

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