Posted by: David Vernon | June 27, 2009

Adding Up the Weeks

Lake Josephine Taxi

Hitting the road for a couple weeks has a few consquences, one of which is the amazing backlog of photoblog entries you can rack up while gone. Another is you might get to see visions like Lake Josephine up in Glacier National Park. That’s not the consequence. Leaving such a place is definitely the downside. As for the backlog – I’m most of the way through it – I’ve been working hard on a Saturday.

Yep. Most.

Anyway – time for still another Linkapalooza…

Future friend of the blog (someone please let him know, eh?) Joe McNally has totally revamped his website and blog. That’s great and all – and you can see some really top notch stuff over there but I was even more pleased when I got my July copy of National Geographic and saw Joe had shot the article on telescopes. Beautiful stuff for a guy who thinks he can’t shoot landscapes…

Another NatGeo shooter who is still blogging up a storm, Steve McCurry, has a poignant essay on AIDS in Vietnam. The essay is thoughtful and haunting; a wonderful online presentation involving stills, video, and sound. We’re going to be exploring online slideshows and presentations in the next few weeks here on the blog FYI – but I’ll leave you with one more McCurry thought. Kodak announced this past week that they’re ending production of their awesomely famous Kodachrome slide film. It’s been all over the Internet this week – with the mandatory references to Paul Simon’s “Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away” – but the cool thing is Kodak has asked McCurry to shoot the last roll off the production line. What a freakn’ honor. Interestingly – if you have a few spare rolls of Kodachrome laying around – don’t linger. Apparently there is only one lab left in the US that processes ¬†Kodachrome – and they’re only onboard through 2010. So you can shoot what you want – but don’t delay on the processing (follow the link to get the lab info).

So Farrah Fawcett passed away a few days ago. As a 46-year old man (shhhh!) now, I was amongst the legions (in the millions) of teenaged boys in the 1970s who had THAT poster. Photographer Bruce McBroom talks about shooting that iconic image of Farrah (with said iconic image included).

I can’t seem to leave things alone – and I think I’m kinda preaching to the choir now – but I was hopped up when I saw Bruce Percy’s own diatribe about how Photoshop is a tool and that Photoshopping an image is not a crime (or even a bad thing). I of course couldn’t agree more. And if you check out the article, there’s a great video on Ansel Adams’ work in the wet darkroom that’s all about using tools. Let’s keep the ball rolling on another topic near and dear to my heart – the professional/non-professional debate. David duChemin nicely encompasses my thoughts – with his thoughts.

The Luminous Landscape blog has two good articles for perusing. First esteemed landscape shooter William Neill talks about Landscape Photography and Black and White. Well worth the read. And then Irish shooter Peter Cox gives some good visuals on Shooting with Gradiated Neutral Density filters.

Digital Photography School has a slick article nee video on shooting living movie posters. The main culprit – the Red One camera.

Wedding shooter Jasmine Star has a straightforward article on How to Build a Photo Portfolio for people shoots. She is a magical shooter for one so young and a real testament for following your heart and really doing the work.

Alright – those are the highlights of the last few weeks. I’ve still got a few things to read but that should hold you until … I read them. Have a great week ahead.

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