Tag Archives: photography

The Art of Sand

I initially passed over this Discover gallery but decided to take a look once @mocost linked to it.

Who would have thought that sand had such diversity and beauty? Evidently Gary Greenberg did when he compiled these microscopic photographs of sand for his book, A Grain of Sand.

Composed of the remnants of volcanic explosions, eroded mountains, dead organisms, and even degraded man-made structures, sand can reveal the history—both biological and geologic—of a local environment. And examined closely enough, as the scientist and artist Gary Greenberg has, sand can reveal spectacular colors, shapes, and textures.

Black and White Photography on Overcast Days

Wired’s How-To Wiki has a short and sweet article on Producing Terrific Black & White Photos. There’s a good tip for those who feel the need to go photographing on an overcast day:

Most photographers will tell you that gloomy, overcast days are perfect for shooting in black and white. So the next time the fog rolls in or the clouds hang a little too low, take it as your cue to get creative with the shades of gray.

via Lifehacker (the comments are interesting here)

Documenting a Road Trip

My travel buddies (as I’ve now decided to call them) and I have decided to do a US road trip… probably in 2010. It will be a coast-to-coast affair highly influenced, no doubt, by this great time-lapse and Dave Gorman’s latest adventure. I can’t wait, but common sense says that I/we must.

This morning I’ve been thinking about how to document such a trip – it’s an important consideration, and one not to be taken lightly. MetaFilter saves the day once again, and brings up some ingenious ideas on documenting a road trip.

I’m considering two different approaches:

  • A hand-written journal packed with notes, drawings and ticket stubs.
  • A large, folded, laminated map annotated with pictures, the odd note, and with the route marked.

Obviously I’ll be taking my camera, but should I invest in some of that romantic Polaroid film now that they’re not producing it any more, or should I eventually get ’round to buying that Holga I’ve always wanted? Or should I do nothing, letting my memory of the event gradually fade, yet untainted by the pressures of ‘not wanting to miss anything’?

via Lifehacker

Remove Tourists from Your Photos

Holidaying soon? Avid photographer? Get annoyed by ‘tourists’ ruining your otherwise perfect pictures?

Thanks to a Google Reader glitch this morning that has set the last two years worth of Lifehacker posts as unread, I’ve just spotted a wonderful post from dsphotographic on removing those pesky humans from your otherwise great photos.

Every notable landmark seems to have one thing in common: visitors, and lots of them. But if you want that postcard shot or that image that shows how the location may have once appeared, you have a challenge ahead of you.

via Lifehacker

Photographer’s Rights in the UK

This morning I read an interesting BBC News article titled Innocent photographer or terrorist? that tackles the issue of illegal stop and searches of photographers and the growing incidence of this in the UK. A good accompaniment to my previous post, The Photo Police.

It reminded me of this handy little booklet on Photographers’ Rights in the UK produced by Linda Macpherson in conjunction with The Camera Club of London.

Some years ago it was said in a judgement that there is “no law against taking a photograph”. This implies a general freedom to take photographs that, sadly for photographers, does not really exist. There are, in fact, many legal restrictions on the right to take a photograph, and it would be more correct to say that one is free to take photographs except when the law provides otherwise.

So the question is, when does the law provide otherwise?