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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

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...And I almost added, one hopes that eventually they'll learn to set the levels on their black-and-white pictures properly. There didn't seem to be a nice way to phrase that.

Mike

Yeah, auto-levels does better than a few I've seen via the Google Images path.

3000 pictures a day is a lot. But they've probably got more than one person doing it, so that would help.

"in the largest online photography site"

I think they're missing an adjective. Have they not heard of a little outfit called Flickr?

Mike,

Really, many thanks for all you put on your website, esp. things like this! I would have no knowledge of these opportunities, save your efforts! Please let me know if you have worked out an arrangement for someone to subscribe by using a credit card. I completely trust your site with that, and I don't like to use PayPal.

Bill Corbett
Advance, NC

I have to agree with the Bohemian -- I took a look and thought, so what?

Thanks Mike--I can now check the photos of the first photographer I worked for, "William Vandivert"--Great stuff--So far I found 2 photos--one was reversed and they hadn't corrected the color.
The best part were the stories he told me about covering WWII. One was when they found a bunch of bones around where Hitler died (thinking it might be him)--turned out they were from a pig. Close enough.
Thanks again Mike for the link.

Any chance of a primer on the all-time iconic Life images?

They need to improve the search on that site. Tried searching by date -- no good. There must be an advanced search page but I couldn't find it.

If you poke around enough you can find the picture of Lee Miller in Hitler's bathtub.
http://www.life.com/archive/wouldyourather/page/2
Of course they don't mention who she is. Certainly one of the most interesting life stories of a photographer I can think of.

Jury is still out on this one. I mean, I really applaud the effort but the way the site is laid out I feel like I am reading a tabloid. Let's hope over time it improves as I can really see myself spending a lot of time there.

"one hopes that eventually they'll learn to set the levels on their black-and-white pictures properly."

Good lord! No kidding! They look like copies of copies of the original press run.

That said, the naysayers need to get in a contemplative mood and just gently surf the site (the editors have done pretty well on big themes). There are some stunners there to be sure (in glorious 72-dpi) but it is more a monstrous-huge, rich historical resource.

Dave

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