Monday, 28 November 2011

Wet Plate Photography...



Also known as the Collodion Process, this technique invented in the mid 1800's was rendered all but obsolete by the dry plate technology that arrived in the early 1880's. However, the process is experiencing somewhat of revival recently with many artists now using this old technique; like Sally Mann and Joni Sternbach just to name a few.

Rather than attempt to explain the process here, I came across this very nice video from [FRAMED], which shows very nicely whats involved and the very distinctive results that can be achieved.

I find it totally fascinating and I am currently tracking down a suitable workshop to attend... Anyone else interested ?

Monday, 14 November 2011

Earth from ISS...


Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael K├Ânig on Vimeo.

Check out the really impressive time lapse video taken from the ISS with their Low Light HD Camera.

The Aurora Borealis is incredible, along with the electrical storms, and you also get to appreciate just how much light pollution there is.

Enjoy !

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Kickstarter...



Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Project creators present their idea to the world and potential supporters decide whether or not to pledge money, when, and only when the funding goal is met is the pledged money passed on to the creator to complete his/her project.

As complete ownership and control of the project always remains in the hands of the creators, they normally offer something in return for the support given dependent upon the amount pledged.

There are many categories such as music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and of course photography.

Which brings me to the project of Tim Mantoani above, even though he has already surpassed his target, you may want to consider to be part of the group of people that are supporting the production of his book that he will explain to you above.

Personally, I consider the 20x24 Polaroid Camera to be one of the great photographic achievements of the last century and his idea of using it to photograph famous photographers with their favourite photo's really got me interested.

Take a look and see what you think.

Tilt-Shift Lens...



I know that no one in the club has a Phase One medium format camera (yet !), but this highly entertaining video from Adrian Weinbrecht regarding the newly available Schneider-Kreuznach Tilt-Shift lens for this camera system; very nicely explains the use of these sorts of lens and I thought would be of interest to all of us.

One Day on Earth...


One Day on Earth - Motion Picture Trailer from One Day On Earth on Vimeo.

One Day on Earth founded in 2008, created the first ever simultaneous filming event in every country of the world for the date 10.10.10.

With 11.11.11 getting close they will once again repeat this challenge of trying to showcase the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy and triumph that occurs in a single day on planet earth.

Form more information on how you can become part of this wonderful initiative, please hop on over to the One Day on Earth webpage.

LIFE.com 2011 Photo Blog Awards...


Life.com recently announced the winners of their first Photo Blog awards.

Having gone through 300 of the most popular photographic blogs on the web, they compiled a list of what they consider are the most compelling, most consistently insightful and surprising photo blogs for this year.

You can find out who where the winners and why they were selected here.

Out of the 20 my favourites are feature shoot, PDN Photo of the DayAmerican Suburb X, Whats the Jackanory, La Lettre de la PhotographiePictory Blog and 500 Photographers.

The ESAC Photoclub Blog was not selected, better luck next year I suppose ;-)