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Thursday, 07 January 2021


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Real Estate photography is interesting because these days so much of it is just a realtor snapping a few shots with a phone and you are probably more likely to find funny mistakes. If you spend time browsing Zillow you can find some amazingly bad examples. This website I enjoy uses it to find examples of particularly garish McMansions, https://mcmansionhell.com .

Mike - don't think, even for a minute, the rest of the world ignored what happened yesterday. It came as a shock to everyone who lives in a lawful, democratic country. What we watched this side of the Atlantic was an attempted coup d'état, presumably orchestrated by an incumbent President. It was shameful. I felt as much embarrassed as any American citizen who has a modicum of decorum.
America wasn't made great again in the last four years. On the contrary, it narrowly avoided to become the laughing stock of the world. The Capitol invasion was something we'd normally associate to countries like Mali or Guatemala, not the US. Fortunately American institutions are strong and your democracy is solid, otherwise we'd now be lamenting a banana republic-style coup d'état.
Hopefully things will return to normal after January 20th and the US will resume their role in the world as a reference in democracy. Until then we're likely to have 13 days of madness ahead. Let's see what happens.

Tourism sites are obvious ones. When researching B&Bs for vacations (in the past, not so much now) I check out all the photos on individual B&B web sites. Some only show the building itself and the rooms, but some venture out a bit and show you the neighbourhood or nearby "points of interest". If B&B owners knew how important those photos were they'd pay more attention to their web site content.

Bicycle advertizing can be instructive. The good pics avoid highlight reflections on metallic parts, so you know someone took some care. Or maybe they photoshopped them away?

In the past year, I've spent more time than normal looking at museum and art gallery web sites. Most are ok but some need help. If you wan to encourage people to keep paying attention to art while stuck at home, web site photos should be more inviting.

Go to the New York Times real estate section for photos of homes for sale. Monday, three in California; Wednesday, three around the U.S.; Thursday, New York and the surrounding area.

Excellent photos to view on line.

Long exposures rule here. Some data captures last multiple nights.
(and that's with F2 glass)

Astronomy sites?

Yes, SpaceWeather.com. I often post my own photos here and have enjoyed seeing the variety of images that appear on the site.

Front page: https://www.spaceweather.com
Gallery page: https://spaceweathergallery.com


Mike, Mike! Fashion photography often is art, but not always.

The events, to which you referred as being of yesterday, were truly shocking. And yeah, across much of the world, which is a price you have to pay when your country has so much influence everywhere.

Are there no security cameras in the Capitol? I'd imagine that if the will is there, lots of arrest could be made with and from photographic evidence. It would be interesting to trawl through that footage and see what aborted sedition looks like as it starts and ends; at least I hope it's ended.

Unlike Mike, I've never had an interest in photos per se. My interests are in specific subjects. Like many boys, in the 1950s, I was attracted to motor-racing. I read most of the auto magazines in study-hall. Petersen Publishing (Hot Rod, Motor Trend) had a great photo staff, as did John R Bond (Road & Track, Cycle World).

What inspired me was the slow-speed-shutter work of John Thawley.

At first I shot very sharp frozen-in-time photos. After seeing Thawley's work I switched to impressionistic photos. Shooting a fast moving car at 1/90 second shows the speed and fury of auto racing.

I like the "Window-Swap" website that Kenneth sent. It's certainly a breath of fresh air compared to the usual photographs that we all still enjoy taking and viewing.

Look at the photographs and artwork on the walls - in Movies. Or, check out the cameras used or displayed in movies.
THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR has Faye Dunaway with a nice 8x10 camera showing in her abode as Robert Redford hides there.
Many movies have fine framed images on the wall in so many scenes.
Can be an interesting way to get more out of some movies that aren't otherwise that great or have some dead time between more interesting scenes.

The Law of Unintended Consequences bites us once again. Obama saving Wall Street instead of Main Street made Trump inevitable. Karl Marx could not been more right, History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

The democratization of photography also had unintended consequences. Without digital we wound not have had pointless camera-pointing. This PCP is as pernicious as the other PCP (phenylcyclohexyl piperidine) aka angle dust. Today the internet if filled with pointless, but sharp, photos. Many of the photographers seem to be dusted (PCP users).

Window-Swap is fun. Lots of cats & dogs enjoying the view. Some never-heard-before local music playing in the background. One voyeuristic camera placement allowed you to watch someone at their workbench. Amazing!

+1 on the NASA "Spaceweather" site and gallery, and also (especially) the NASA APOD site (Astronomy Photo Of the Day).

Name: Overview

About: "Seeing the Earth from a great distance has been proven to stimulate awe, increase desire to collaborate, and foster long-term thinking. We aim to inspire these feelings — commonly referred to as the Overview Effect — through our imagery, products, and collaborations. By embracing the perspective that comes from this vantage point, we believe we can stimulate a new awareness that will lead to a better future for our one and only home." (blah-blah-blah, etc.)

Meaning: Random aerial photos, usually updated daily.

URL: https://www.over-view.com/daily/

Latest: "US Capitol Building"

Sadly this year's will be last publication but I enjoy design work that is good and I find that in the Ikea Catalogue. The Annual Awards annuals of the Association of Photographers here in the UK (formerly the Association of Fashion, Advertising and Editorial Photographers) is another source that for me really tickles the nostalgia taste buds.

Mike, if you really are in need of some good distraction, I recommend a film (made for the BBC by an independent company)about the late Brian Duffy. Duffy (known as that) was part of the Norman Parkinson dubbed 'Black Trinity' along with the late Terence Donovan and David Bailey. The film was called The Man Who Shot the Sixties and is available on YouTube. It is an excellent production.

I have watched it several times and it is always enjoyable.

PBS has several good docs on photographers with lots of interesting photography. Then there is this available tonite:

Netflix drops trailer for Martin Scorsese's documentary on Fran Lebowitz


The Duffy program is also on the Duffy archive site: https://bit.ly/39dN4Al and Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/9141202

Two, for me: architecture, and gardens/‘landscapes with plants’. As an example of the former, have a look at Julius Shulman’s images of Case Study House #22, the Stahl house; and for the second, look at images in the various International Garden Photographer of the Year books/site.

(And I love the acronym for that last one - ‘IGPotY’!)

This UK property site has consistently good photography, and the houses they list hit my aesthetic buttons every time.


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