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Kevin Van Aelst Art

Sat June 4, 2011

Featured Site: Kevin Van Aelst

Featured Site: Kevin Van Aelst

Our Featured Site is Kevin Van Aelst. Kevin takes common objects, like a roll of painter’s tape, window blinds, a banana, USB keys, measuring tapes, an apple, spilled sugar, crackers, etc. to create clever and original works of art.

My artwork is an attempt to reconcile my physical surroundings with the fears, fascinations, curiosities, and daydreams occupying my mind. The photographs and constructions consist of common artifacts, materials, and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged and reassembled into various forms, patterns, and illustrations. The images aim to examine the distance between where my mind wanders to and the material objects that inspire those fixations. Equally important to this work are the ‘big picture’ and the ‘little things’–the mundane and relatable artifacts of our daily lives, and the more mysterious notions of life and existence. This work is about creating order where we expect to find randomness, and also hints that the minutiae all around us is capable of communicating much larger ideas.

Visit our Featured Site: Kevin Van Aelst.

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graffiti ART attack!

Fri June 3, 2011

Is graffiti art? If it does not deface, but augment a wall, a sign, a pavement, why not? However, it would be great if the artists would use washable chalk instead of paint. Messing with street signs could pose a safety risk to drivers and pedestrians, but when done tastefully and carefully, makes us smile.

The following graffiti art is more than meets the eye and sometimes requires a second look to catch the full meaning behind it. There are pages and pages of it and we show only three of our favorites here, courtesy of the artist, Oakoak:

Guillaume Tell me...

Guillaume Tell me...

UFO's atttack in the city...

UFO's atttack in the city...

Futurama: Bender...

Futurama: Bender...

See more graffiti art at our Featured Site: Oakoak.

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The Amazing Iron Artwork of Mattia Trotta

Mon May 30, 2011

"come bambini come fratelli" Courtesy copy; Mattia Trotta

"come bambini come fratelli" Courtesy copy; Mattia Trotta

Our Featured Site is that of artist Mattia Trotta. His study in industrial mechanical engineering, specializing in technology and industrial production, reflects his approach to the world of visual arts. He leverages his technical expertise and knowledge of materials, to shape iron wires into works of art.

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Watching You Watch Me

Sat May 28, 2011

Featured Site: Moa Karlberg

Featured Site: Moa Karlberg

Taking pictures of people in public is not illegal, but what if it’s taken behind a one-way mirror as they watch themselves in it — and they don’t know they are being photographed and will be published? It does not help that the pictures taken and published are not necessarily the most flattering either. Photographer Moa Karlberg wants to engage others in conversation and debate about this issue.

Visit Moa Karlberg.

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Stolen Camera Finder

Fri May 27, 2011

Featured Site: Stelen Camera Finder

Featured Site: Stelen Camera Finder

If you lost your camera — as in someone stole it — what is the chance of getting it back? And how could you?

The idea behind our Featured Site, Stolen Camera Finder, is simple enough: upload a picture taken from the camera and the site will extract the camera’s serial number from the photo’s metadata (EXIF Info). No picture? That’s fine as long as you have the camera’s serial number. It then searches through its database to see if it can find a picture with the same serial number embedded in its metadata. If it does, you’ve found the person who’s now using your camera. If not, you can submit a stolen camera report and they’ll do a Web crawl to search for it.

There are a number of problems with this scheme:

  1. Not every camera saves its serial number in the metadata
  2. The thief may not upload any picture to the Web
  3. The thief may upload processed pictures to the Web that may have had the metadata removed
  4. The person who is now using your camera may have purchased it from someone else and is not necessarily your thief (though it’s still stolen goods and need to be returned)

I am not sure how well it works because I just dragged a picture from my latest camera review and, though it extracted the EXIF Info and serial number, it did not find this site displaying lots of other pictures taken from same camera. The search took a fraction of a second so I don’t believe it actually went and scoured the Web. I would guess the database is not extensive enough or up-to-date. The idea is great and I hope the author gets some venture capital backing to push this further. Sounds like something our friends over at Mountain View may be interested in?

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At last! Find Best Spots For Photos

Thu May 19, 2011

Click for GPS coordinates

Click for GPS coordinates

” Where in the world was this picture taken?” Click on it to get the GPS coordinates and here for more details.

Well, wonder no more. Our Featured Site today is picaspot.com (“Pick A Spot”) where photographers worldwide can share their favorite spots for taking pictures and mark them with GPS coordinates and other pertinent information. Then readers get to vote on their favorite pictures.

It’s a great idea, especially when we see a great photo and have no idea where it was taken and from what position. Of course, this may unfortunately generate lots of great looking photos that look similar — and hopefully this will spur the search for new and original perspectives. Photographers visiting a new location might find the site invaluable.

Whether this site will be a success or not remains to be seen since any already popular photography sites such as Flickr can quickly incorporate this coordinates and search features (already there for the most part). Also, the number and quality of the pictures will determine its usefulness to photographers. It’s just starting out and the database is still sparse, so your best bet right now is to search by category.

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Stéphanie de Rougé Looks Into Your Soul

Mon May 16, 2011

Featured Site: Stéphanie de Rougé

Featured Site: Stéphanie de Rougé

Why do we seem to have a certain fascination into peering into other people’s medecine cabinet, room or… fridge? In fact, if you have ever watched Cribs, you know that celebrities somehow feel obligated to show us the contents of their fridge, with everything impossibly neatly arranged on the shelves.

Photographer Stéphanie de Rougé takes a peek into New Yorkers’ room, then on their roof, finally into their fridge. In so doing, she seems to look right into their soul…


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DSLR Camera Simulator Teaches Exposure

Wed May 11, 2011

Lighting = Mostly Sunny, Distance = 7.5 ft, Focal Length = 43mm, ISO = 200

Lighting = Mostly Sunny, Distance = 7.5 ft, Focal Length = 43mm, ISO = 200

Our Featured Site today is “Learn Photography: Online SLR Camera Simulator!“.

This SLR Camera Simulator gives you a virtual viewfinder and allows you to change exposure controls such as ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

source Steve’s Digicams

Here is a short tutorial I quickly wrote using the SLR Camera Simulator to demonstrate its usefulness. Let’s start with the following settings: Lighting = Mostly Sunny (slide the Lighting bar starting from the left and stop as soon as it reads Mostly Sunny), Distance = 7.5 ft, Focal Length = 43mm, ISO = 200.

SHUTTER SPEED

Set mode = Tv (Shutter-Priority).

Our camera shake rule of thumb tells us that we need to set a shutter speed of the reciprocal of the focal length (i.e. 1/43 sec. or faster) for a blur-free handheld shot.

Shutter speed is too slow for hand holding camera resulting in blurred photo

Shutter speed is too slow for hand holding camera resulting in blurred photo

So go ahead, set the shutter speed to 1/20 sec. Notice how as you select the shutter speed, the camera automatically selects the aperture for a correctly exposed picture. Click Snap photo! Notice the photo is correctly exposed but slightly blurred. (If I select 1/30 sec., the picture is not blurred, so I assume the camera the author used to take those shots had image stabilization available.)

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Animated Gifs Elevated To Photography Art

Mon April 25, 2011

These are not your father’s animated gifs that do funny things to make people laugh. In the hands of Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, animated gifs have been elevated to ART.

Busy day in Manhattan… but there’s always time for the paper.

© 2011 Courtesy of Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

Granted, the problem with animated gifs still remain: when you first see it, it’s incredible, it’s like, Wow! After viewing it for the umpteenth time, you wished there was a stop button. And that is what I would recommend: do not set the animation to loop forever. Give it a number of loops, then shut it down. To see the effect again, the viewer would simply need to refresh the page.

Read an interview at: theAtlantic.

There’s movement in everything and by capturing that plus the great things about a still photograph you get to experience what a video has to offer without the time commitment a video requires. There’s something magical about a still photograph — a captured moment in time — that can simultaneously exist outside the fraction of a second the shutter captures.

See more animated gifs photos at our Featured Site: From Me To You.

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Street Photography of Strangers

Wed April 20, 2011

In a way, street photography is all about catching strangers unawares in daily acts. Ideally, they should not know we are photographing them since they usually change their behavior when they know a camera is pointed at them.

However, Dariusz Majgier takes a totally different tact. He actually asks for their permission and snaps a photo in all of 5 short seconds, a sort of “guerilla photography.” You’d be surprised how many people will acquiese simply because they are flattered — and don’t have enough time to really think about it and say no. It’s a good idea to snap the picture, thank them with a nod of the head and a smile and quickly walk away before they change their mind.

Wandering among the streets I meet a lot of interesting people. For me, it does not matter how old they are; their status, origins, skin color or religion are of no importance to me. I want to remember them forever just as they are when I meet them. Often it is the only occasion in life to talk for a moment and hand in my card. Maybe one day I ask you as well to have a photosession.

Visit our Featured Site: Street Photography of Stragers.


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Tibethan Portrait

Tue April 12, 2011

Phil Borges - Tibetan Portrait

Phil Borges - Tibetan Portrait

Phil Borges devotes his photography to the welfare of indigenous and tribal people, capturing the richness and value of the cultures.

“I want the viewer to see these people as individuals, to know their names and a bit of their history, not just to view them as an anonymous part of some remote ethnic or tribal group.”

The Tibetan Portrait exhibit and book were created to bring attention to the oppression of a deeply spiritual culture by a more powerful nation state. I saw the Tibetan conflict as another example in a repeating pattern of cultural genocide against indigenous people–a pattern that unfortunately continues to this day.

View our Featured Site: Phil Borges – Tibetan Portrait.


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A Girl And Her Room

Tue April 12, 2011

Rania Matar - A Girl And Her Room

Rania Matar - A Girl And Her Room

Rania Matar was inspired by her own teenage daughter and her girlfriends as they trnasformed into young women. Still a child, not yet a woman — a person on the cusp on becoming an adult, but desperately holding on to the child she just barely left behind. Posters of rock stars, political leaders or top models were often displayed above a bed still covered with stuffed animals.

Being with those young women in the privacy of their world gave me a unique peek into their private lives and their real selves. I thank them all for their trust and their willingness to share their private space and their private self with me.

Visit our Featured Site: Rania Matar – A Girl And Her Room

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