Thursday, March 29, 2012

Absolutes Rules of Photography: Unhelpful Tips for Beginner Photographers

Browsing through the entries of this blog, one might think that photography is all work and no play, something that is to be approached with absolute solemnity and only when one is mature enough to differentiate between aperture and ISO. Nothing could be further from the truth as all photographers started their passion for photographers breaking a few rules here and there. If you've just bought a camera, or you're just looking to refresh your memory, these "Useful advices for photographers" by Ivars Gravlejs might be exactly what you're looking for.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Up in the Air: Awesome Examples of Aerial Photography

This week's intended series of posts have been condensed into this one mega-post, but that doesn't take away any of the awesomeness of the subject. It's all up in the air for today, literally speaking as all of these photographs here were taken from a higher than usual altitude. Featured here are the works of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Vincent LaforetBryan Solarski and Alex Maclean. All of these talented photographers and artists  are at the top when it comes to examples of awesome aerial photography.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mika Ninagawa: Color is Life

Ever since the advent of color photography, the process of taking still images has never been the same. Suddenly, the real world could be more accurately captured to great effect. While the correct use of color can portray life more faithfully, its more imaginative use lends itself well to more fantastical creations. Portrait and fashion photographer Mika Ninagawa has been applying this very principle to advertise to the rest of the world that color is indeed life.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Early 20th Century through the Eyes of Autochrome

The previous posts on Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky and Albert Kahn and their early 1900 color photographs opened up a world that looked real yet fantastical to many readers, so here are a few more examples of the early 20th century as seen through the eyes of the Autochrome camera.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Albert Kahn: The Early 20th Century in Color

Seeing the last days of the Russian Empire in full color is nothing short of a miracle considering the technology available in the decade of 1900. However, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky wasn't the only one experimenting with early color photograph techniques. While not that common, other color photographs did exist in the early 20th century in different formats. Apart from Prokudin-Gorsky, one other man honoured for his early color photographs is Albert Kahn, who did not limit himself to only one country but sought to record the entire world in the early 20th century in full color.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky: The Glory that was the Russian Empire

In the United States, some of the earliest color photographs were made by the FSA-OWI and showed the country in the depression era and pre-war years. It's easy to think that these might be the earliest color images in photographic history, but some 20 years before the likes of Dorethea Lange and Walker Evans began taking color images on the more accessible Kodachrome film, chemist cum photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was taking color photographs of his native Russia through his own innovative technique. The following images are just a fraction of the color pictures made by the photographer depicting the glory that was the Russian Empire.