There was a technique called Autochrome Lumier, and it was invented by Auguste and Louis Lumière.
It is breath-taking. I highly suggest you look at these.
The Creators of NYC: Polaroid Photographer Mikeal Kennedy
Josh Wool spent a decade as an executive chef, opening restaurants across the south. But all that changed in 2010, when the carpal tunnel in his hands meant he could no longer work. To keep from going stir crazy, he picked up a camera and found his next calling. Two years, thousands of portraits, and a move to New York later, Wool is documenting the people who inspire him on a daily basis. Welcome to Creators of NYC.
Mikael Kennedy is a travel-adventure photographer who specializes in Polaroids. He has documented his life and travels — from the jungles of Puerto Rico to the woods of Maine — for more than a decade, all housed on a travel blog called Passport to Trespass. I met with Mikael in his Greenpoint apartment to turn the lens on him.
What drew you to Polaroids?
The initial interest was purely aesthetic and functional; nothing else looked like a Polaroid, and as I was travelling and broke I didn’t have access to a darkroom. Polaroid being a self-contained process was a huge draw. There is also something inherently magical about a Polaroid; it’s a tactile experience. You are holding a photograph in your hand while it develops.
Stunning Photos of Cities Without Light Pollution
There are many advantages to city life, from conveniences like 24-hour delis and reliable public transportation to all of the culture that’s right at our fingertips. But there’s one thing that’s sadly missing from our lives: starry skies. In Thierry Cohen‘s thought provoking series Darkened Cities, which we spotted thanks to Visual News, we get to see what various cityscapes worldwide would look like minus all of the light pollution. The Paris-based photographer’s work is very precise; the skies that he superimposes into his photos are taken from locations that are situated on precisely the same latitude as the original cities, and shot at the same angle. The resulting images are beautiful, but there’s something apocalyptic about them too — especially shots of New York City, which recall photos of Lower Manhattan in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Photos taken by Haris, the manager at a cafeteria in Satwa.
I gave Haris a disposable camera and asked him to take photos of what a typical day is like for him in the cafeteria. I love doing this before interviewing people, the results are always interesting and it gives me more material for the interview. This project is still in progress.
Taken with: Kodak Disposable Camera.
So I finally decided to do the test… I started walking around with the M9 again. See if India really needed the color. I had to see for myself. The pictures I show here are taken with the M9 and afterwards converted with Silver Effex Pro. There are a few (see comments) that I actually took the time to switch and use both monochrom and the M9.
I think it’s fair to say, I really have fallen in love with the Monochrom. Keep in mind that my way of looking at things changed in the past weeks as well. Everything I look at, in my head is converted to B&W, therefor, maybe I don’t see the color contrast anymore. Although I think the lady in yellow, turned towards the blue doors, a high school color contrast, works better and more dramatic in B&W. I didn’t expect that to be honest.
The only picture, according to me, that really needs the color is the one of the women in red. The one with the fire also does better with the fire actually being orange/ yellow. And the man near the fence I actually like more in color as well. The lady in blue on the white chair is a tie, if you ask me… situation changed, so it’s hard to judge.
All in all, I guess I’ll be switching between the Monochrom and the M9 a little bit more. Especially now I’m in Varanasi, witch they say is, the capital of color. Of course just to keep my mind sharp on color as well as B&W and second of all, just because color does have it’s charm as well. Still, the sharpness of the Monochrom, the high ISO that makes it possible to shoot at night as well, the drama of B&W… I really like the Monochrom. I wonder if the M will give me these possibilities in the future…
PS looking back at this post a couple of times, I guess Black & White really is just my thing ;-)
Picture above, shot with the Monochrom
Picture above, shot with the Monochrom
Leica M6 + Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 SC, Arista Premium 400 @ 800 ISO (Tri-X rebrand), HC-110 Dilution H
After taking the bus to Kashmir, where at this time it’s cold, dark and cloudy, the Monochrom is growing on me. This means I start to love it more and more, but I also recognize its weakness and learn how to work with them. One of these weaknesses is, just like the M9, the screen. Even with the brightness turned to high, the pictures you take tend to be a little bit dark on the screen. At first I compensated for that, ending up with bleached out parts in my pictures. Now I just do the same as I do with the M9, don’t look at the screen.
The highest ISO (from 6400 to 10000) does have noise, specially when your not spot on whith your settings BUT, if you use the noise tool in LR, everything is just fine and you end up with beautiful, very useful pictures.
At the moment I’m in Srinagar, Kashmir. It’s freezing cold and rainy, very little sunshine. Having the Monochrom set to ISO 800 or 1000 gives me room to play around. During a Shia Muslim event called the Mourning of Muharram, I suddenly came across, it was useful to have some speed and some more depth of field sometimes. It was immense impressive and I could feel the way they all connected and formed a community. At first I felt a little uncomfortable taking pictures, but with this small Leica M, it was me more than the camera that got the attention.
Even inside the house where I’m staying, ISO 8000 gives beautiful results. At night in the living room, the family has big discussions while smoking a water-pipe. I don’t understand a word they are saying, but I love sitting in the middle of it all.
As this is a blog mainly about my work with the Leica and about showing what I do with it, I also started a different blog. Here I will tell a bit more about the trip through India, the thoughts I have in life and the way I look at things. I’ll keep you posted on when it goes live!
Christmas shopping around Nottingham City Centre.
On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we present photos — most of which never ran in LIFE magazine — from Hawaii and the American mainland in the aftermath of the infamous 1941 attack.
Pictured: Not originally published in LIFE. Training with gas masks in Hawaii, early 1942.
The photographer on photographing young women in Saudi Arabia:
I explored various options. I tried cutting a bit of the picture out – but it feels aggressive taking a pair of scissors to an image. Then I tried putting little things on top of the image to cover their faces. Eventually, I decided to re-photograph them with a strong flash to obscure the faces. What was nice was the texture this gave the picture, which made it feel more like a physical object. I got slightly obsessed with trying out different photo labs to see what texture of matte paper they had.
The project became my first book – Jeddah Diary – and this picture is on the front cover. Some people might find it hard looking at a book of photography without seeing any faces, but being forced to use techniques to hide them makes it more interesting. Some photographers might go to places like Saudi and just shoot interiors or objects but here you can almost see the face so it reminds you of the censorship, without being brutal.
Very rarely do I reblog, but this needs to be seen. It’s what photography is all about for me and this is such an inspiration. Thanks for doing what you do Ian.
The American Dream video is based on the fear of success, this thought is extremely powerful, fear has the ability to cripple us from pursuing our dreams. The moment I embraced my dreams it was as if the universe had drawn people to help us and share their stories. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people who live in America. Your support is the driving force behind our project. We could not have done this without you. We have made it this far because you shared and supported us through our social networking sites. We were able to connect with the people in this film because of the internet. Every time you share or like this project it brings us one step closer to photographing your town, people you know, possibly even you.
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This is beautiful.
The Sony RX-1 is looking very fucking impressive so far.
For those of you who haven’t read of it, the RX-1 is the first full-frame compact digital camera. It also sports a fixed 35mm f/2.0 Zeiss Sonnar with 9 blades. Currently it’s priced at $2,800. The price is a lot, but the camera is slowly winning me over.
This is the first rival to the Leica M digital cameras, in the sense that it’s a small digital full-frame. The Carl Zeiss 35mm usually sells at around $1,000, be it for Nikon, Canon, or M mount, meaning that you’re paying $1,600 for the body, and $1,000 for the lens.
This looks like the camera I’ve been waiting for, a full-frame digital camera with minimal buttons and a fixed good quality lens.
Engadget posted sample images/video here. You can even download the untouched samples. I suggest you do, because they are incredible. These are full res JPEGs, some shot at 3,200 ISO, all of them 6,000 x 4,000 pixels. The quality is outstanding. The only editing I had to do was a bit of white balance, and increasing some shadow tones. This could be because of a number of reasons, personal preference being one, and screen calibration being another. The images are tack sharp, and have virtually no noise to them.
Color me impressed, did Sony actually do something right?
Here is a 100% crop at 3,200 ISO:
I would suggest those of you who are looking for a compact to read up on this and check out the samples. I’m gonna wait, but I’m really considering getting this for my US trip next year.