Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Steve McCurry: Life in Color


From Henri Cartier-Bresson and Annie Leibovitz, we continue this blog's series of noteworthy photographers, this time with photojournalist Steve McCurry and his works of vibrant color photographs.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Land of the Rising Sun


It's been two weeks since the major earthquake in Japan, and now we are getting reports of an earthquake that yesterday hit Myanmar, China, Thailand and Laos. With so much focus on the devastation, I think it would make for a nice change of pace to shift our attention instead towards the timeless beauty of one of those nations, the Land of the Rising Sun.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Muse as Artist


We're taking a break from last week's sports theme to feature another favorite photograph of mine that I discovered recently, this time with a clever twist. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

The 105th


As of this post, this blog now has 105 followers! I was hoping to post by the 100th follower, but I unfortunately slept through the momentous event. Nevertheless, 105 is a nice enough number.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Greatest


Borrowing from the Iconic Photos Blog and in keeping with the theme from the previous week's image, this week also features something that has to do with sports. The historic photograph above was taken by Neil Leifer and shows the great Muhammad Ali standing over a knocked down Sonny Liston during their second fight for the WBA/WBC Heavyweight Championship held on May 25, 1965 in the city of Lewiston, Maine.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Iconic Photos Blog


While this blog is meant to feature the newest and best images and gear in the world of photography, it will also celebrate old photographs that have either captured the most influential moments in the history of the world, or have inspired different groups, countries and governments into significant and often times radical change.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Calm


Just a quick update on the recent earthquake in Japan. While I mentioned in my previous post that I wouldn't be posting pictures of what happened, I happened across this New York Times post with a before and after comparison of some of the affected areas. The images are just amazing and I felt compelled to share them with you.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rebuild and Regrow


I had actually prepared a different post for today, but in light of recent events I decided to devote this space to yesterday's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan. Barely three weeks after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the world once again bears witness to the destructive power of nature. Rescue efforts are underway, but there is still the possibility of repercussions around the Pacific Rim.

Instead of featuring more images of the tsunami and its devastating effect on the Japanese people, I chose to highlight a picture that reflects the beauty of the country, as well as the hope I have for the survivors (I borrowed the above photo from Flickr user momoyama).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Fencers

 

Each week, I'll be featuring famous and not so famous photographs that in my opinion deserve to be seen by as many people as possible.  Some will be widely known shots that have been circulated repeatedly over the news and the Internet, while others will be unknown to most, but exceed the prerequisites that this blog is about: good photography.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Nifty Fifty: A Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens Review


The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens was my first lens purchase after I got my DSLR, and it should be the first lens on any new photographer's to-buy list as well. I had spent two or three months browsing the Internet for recommended lenses for beginners, and this one was always near the top of the list. This semi objective review should help you decide whether or not to purchase it for yourself.

The 50 mm f/1.8 is not a zoom lens; it is a prime lens or a fixed focal lens meaning it only captures an image at that particular focal range. In exchange for zoom range, prime lenses are often sharper, have better color saturation and have a much larger aperture value.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Annie Leibovitz: Three is not a Crowd


Annie Leibovitz is one of the most sought after portrait artists today. Starting as a staff photographer for what was to become Rolling Stone magazine, she quickly developed a non-intrusive yet intimate style of photography which is evident in here more recent work, including her Vanity Fair photographs.

As she grew in experience, she became more daring and creative in her work, and her reputation steadily grew throughout the decades. Today, Ms. Leibovitz is known for her unique and sometimes controversial portraits (you can see her posing beside one of those controversial pictures, the portrait of a nude and pregnant Demi Moore in the early 90's).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

CanoNikon



CanoNikon is the term most often used to describe the rivalry between fans of Canon and Nikon. Both companies are the worldwide leaders when it comes to modern 35mm cameras and for good reason; the quality of their bodies and lenses rank among the best anywhere. Professionals use them for portraiture, sports, photojournalism, etc. Visit any country and one of either will have a large presence. It's the same in my locality where the two are neck-and-neck in terms of sales.