Tag Actual Pictures

Nailing the Shot: Practice, Practice, Practice

The Poynter Institute’s Steve Myers has a short interview with the Associated Press’ Greg Bull about his image of Gabby Douglas at the Olympics.

The image has gotten a strong response because of its clean background and great moment, but how you make a frame like that is simple: Practice.

A lot.

Olympic Ruins

Screen Shot 2012 07 30 at 9 18 58 AMThe New York Times’ Lens blog has a post up looking at the work of Jamie McGregor Smith who spend time in Athens, Greece, looking at the remains of the 2004 Olympic venues. “Remains” is the proper word – many of the sites, custom built for the games just eight years ago, are sitting unused and rotting away.

Study the images coming out of the current events – is this what will happen to them? Probably not as London has already stipulated some of the future plans for these sites.

Still, it’s pretty sad …

More Olympic Photos

This time, though, they’re a lot better … CNN has a gallery of Donal Miralle’s work up from past Olympic Games, some really nice frames in there.

Look At This

Horst Faas, as you know, passed away earlier this month. NPR’s The Picture Show has a great set of his images up, worth studying – the compositions and use of light from the war scenes he witnessed are just stunning.

Chechen Teens

120507 bigPicThe Big Picture blog has a great story up by Diana Markosian looking at young women in Chechnya – it is an awesome set of images.

The subtlety and composition of the 13th image is just gorgeous. And there’s a little hidden humor in frame 31, too.

A Film Legend … Shot Film

The Museum of the City of New York has a collection of images up shot by legendary Hollywood film maker Stanley Kubrick, all shot on subways around the city in the 1960s.

(Thanks to Andrew DeVigal for the link.)

A Digitized Visual History of New York City

New York City’s Department of Records has released more than 800,000 archival images of the city online. The collection, some dating back 100 years or more, also includes maps, motion-pictures and audio recordings.

Britain’s MailOnline has a nice collection of them up now, from street scenes to bodies in elevator shafts, it’s a stunning portrait of the city. If you’re a NYC aficionado, your world just got much more interesting.

Bonus Opportunity If You’re Headed to the NSC

If you’re Virginia bound this week for the National Press Photographers Association’s Northern Short Course, try and book a little time before or after. National Geographic has an exhibit up at their Washington, D.C., headquarters of unpublished image from the 2011 magazine stories.

(It would be wicked cool if someone at NG would open this up late for those of us who will be at the NSC all day … hint hint.)

(Thanks to Jim Richardson for the link.)

Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet

Most of us probably don’t know who Albet Kahn is, but we should. An early Twentieth Century millionaire, he dispatched photographers around the world to shoot color autochromes, a record of who we were then. If you scroll through the images there, take a look at the photo out of Montenegro – that’s not a crack in the picture frame, that’s a crack in the picture. This was shot on a glass plate, not the flexible piece of film most of us remember.

The BBC produced a 10-part series on these images last year (and, yes, you can order it online for about $30) (and, yes, I just did).

(Thanks to Christian Fuchs for the link.)

The Morgue Lives!

I am irrationally excited by this: The New York Times has launched a Tumblr site with images from their morgue. And not only are they publishing some long-lost and forgotten images, they’re shooting you what’s on the back of the print.

Awesome, eh?

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