I get in hot water for recommending features in The New York Times, because not everyone subscribes, and sometimes, some of those people have already used up their ten free articles for the month. But it's January Second, and if you've used up all your free access for this month already, well, that's on you.
So I get to mention that the Times' beautiful "The Year in Pictures 2016" has restored my faith in photography. It demonstrates that the point we have arrived at, photographically speaking, is wonderful indeed—photographers are doing better work now, able to capture more situations more effectively, than ever before. It takes quite a long time to digest the entire presentation, and it's by far the best on a large screen. Well worth the trouble.
Old and droning on
If there's anything that makes me feel old, it's drones. Not a part of photography when I was comin' up, not remotely. (Y'see what I did there...remotely? Drones? Oh, never mind.) It's not actually an age thing exactly—an older cousin of mine who loves toys already owns one, and is doubtless happily disturbing the peace and dive-bombing the neighbors. But thinking about learning drone photography just makes me want to go lie down. Like spelunking, I hope to die before I have to try it. I'll gratefully leave that trick to the younger dogs to learn.
But I love pictures, and here's a lovely set not behind any paywall: TIME magazine's "The Best Drone Photographs of 2016." Marvelous stuff. Check it out and prepare to be amazed at the graphic intensity of the unusual perspectives. The JPEGs are a bit too small, but oh well.
(Thanks to John Camp and John Hogg)
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Benjamin Marks: "That was truly an amazing range of issues presented. I don't often react this emotionally to a collection of pictures, but I found I had to stop in the middle and collect myself. There is just so much to see there and much of the subject matter is waaay beyond my comfort zone for news. I confess that since November, I have withdrawn from news consumption somewhat, as the state of things was mainly making me depressed. I guess an end-of-year collection is the opposite of an overture in music, but that was the effect.
Stephen Gilbert: "Great photos, horrible year."
Mike Mundy: "Drones: I experienced one being operated last summer in the Sierra Nevada's Hoover Wilderness. Extremely annoying."
Steve Caddy (partial comment): " It's not that you have to learn drones. It's that you don't need to hire helicopters. I wonder if chopper pilots are lamenting drones the same way photographers sometimes lament smartphone cameras."