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A New York that Doesn’t Really Exist Anymore: Samples from Richard Sandler’s new book, The Eyes of the City, look interesting.
500px: Amazing photography of deep-sea creatures by Yung-sen Wu.
The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters Are Ready for Glamour Shots: Photographers capturing images of astounding creatures in the night of the ocean are collaborating with biologists, who are discovering yet unseen larvae.
Manhattan Hike 2005: Ken Rockwell’s photo essay of his hike of the entire length of Manhattan. It’s a lot of fun, with some really great photographs, taken with a tiny point-and-shoot.
Beautiful Macro Images of Snowflakes: Moscow photographer Alexey Kljatov produces lovely, extreme closeup snowflake images using a compact camera with a reverse-mounted Helios 58mm F2 lens.
Don’t Call Clay Benskin a Street Photographer: Noir images taken in lower Manhattan.
Ming Thein: Extensive, interesting portfolio and comments on a wide variety of equipment.
Google Streetview Found Photographs: Some are shocking, some are beautiful.
Hiroyuki Ito’s New York City: Strong street photography.
Long exposure of fog flow: Several minutes under moonlight; a study in fluid flow that is also a lovely photograph.
Portraits of New York by Joseph Michael Lopez: Not Woody Allen’s Manhattan.

Images of bioluminescence: from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Image Library.

Jeff T. Alu: mostly greyscale, somewhat abstract landscapes; prints available.

Library of Underwater Images by John Petrak: Extensive, high quality, and well organized.

Jørn Tompter: Many pointless portraits of boring people and pictures of walls painted with pictures, but there are few strongly original compositions here that make it worth a visit. The site is entirely in Flash.

A tribute to the beauty of Wild Skies.

Beautiful Bug Closeups.

Michel-Jean Dupierris: he’s here and here.

Information

Cuba And The Automobile: Bryan Jones’ evocative photographic study and essay.
How to Expand Dynamic Range: With special reference to Fuji cameras, but generally interesting.
Image “Cloaking” for Personal Privacy: “an algorithm and software tool (running locally on your computer) that gives individuals the ability to limit how their own images can be used to track them. At a high level, Fawkes takes your personal images, and makes tiny, pixel-level changes to them that are invisible to the human eye, in a process we call image cloaking. You can then use these ‘cloaked’ photos as you normally would […] if and when someone tries to use these photos to build a facial recognition model, ‘cloaked’ images will teach the model an highly distorted version […] when someone tries to identify you […] they will fail.”
The algorithm for a perfectly balanced photo gallery: “Ever since we started working on Chromatic we knew we wanted the photos to be as big as possible. No tiny thumbnails, no square-cropping, no wasting of precious screen real estate.”
The ultimate camera strap?: Made entirely in the USA with sophisticated techniques and materials.
Lens and camera variation: “A funny thing happened when I opened Lensrentals and started getting 6 or 10 copies of each lens: I found out they weren’t all the same.”
Bell Labs Creates Lensless Single-Pixel Camera: Scientists at Bell Labs have built a prototype camera that uses no lens and a single-pixel sensor. This rather counter-intuitive idea is based around a grid of small apertures that each direct light rays from different parts of the scene to the sensor, and can be opened and closed independently. […] Because there’s no lens to focus the resultant image has infinite depth of field, rather like a pinhole camera.
The 100 billion frames per second camera that can image light itself: Detailed attempt to describe how the imaging system works.
CHDK Wiki: CHDK allows you to extend your Canon camera’s functionality by loading a program from the memory card. It makes no permanent changes to firmware and is completely reversible. You can add a battery meter (strangely absent on some Canon models), live display of overexposed areas, and much more. You can even write scripts to control your camera.
GitHub - lclevy/canon_cr3: “Describing the Canon CR3 fileformat from Canon M50 / EOS R / SX70 HS / EOS RP…”
Canon 5DSR versus Sony A7R II Image Quality Comparison: Ken Rockwell shows that an extremely high-quality lens can perform worse than an ordinary lens on a camera the latter was designed to work with.
On Photography: Susan Sontag’s classic book is still worth reading.
Detailed Olympus OM-D preview: No image tests or samples yet, but a fairly detailed user report from 2012.
Clarkvision: Articles and detailed demonstrations of techniques and topics in various areas of photography.
Polio’s Return After Near Eradication: A frightening and depressing article, notable for Diego Ibarra Sanchez’s strong photography.
pdiff: Perceptual Image Difference Utility: Fascinating project. No deb package.
PetaPixel: A bit heavy on the advertising, but plenty of great articles and photography.
Jonesblog does NYC: I enjoyed Bryan Jones’ photo-essay about Manhattan. It features strong compositions, interesting captions, and clever uses of the geometrical distortion of a fisheye lens to create a framing device.
CameraAxe: A “tool for photographers to trigger cameras or flashes based signals from various sensors”.
Cameras and Lenses: Wonderful interactive tutorial about optics, sensors, and the physical and technological process of photography. Well done and well written.
The Online Photographer: “Our mission: to help connect today’s photo enthusiasts to photography’s culture: its tradition, history, industries, best practices, accomplishments, literature, theory, legal issues, and current events.”
“bbum”’s photographic study of an emerging cicada: Before they dry their wings are a lovely green.
Bryan Jones on the Fuji X-Pro1: Detailed, and generally very favorable, impressions of this mirrorless camera system and two of its lenses.
Ethical Questions Raised by Photographing for NGOs: James Estrin’s discussion of the potential conflicts of interest that arise when photographers accept remuneration from advocacy or aid organizations features some arresting images, especially those of Khaled Hasan (spelled incorrectly as “Hassan” in the Times’ caption) documenting the stonecrushing industry in Bangladesh.
High-speed macro photographer shares his setup: Behind the scenes of Markus Reugels’ lovely water-drop imagery.
Strobist: Welcome to Strobist.: “This website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash with your DSLR to take your photos to the next level.”
Why I love my Leica: An historical appreciation.
ImageTragick: Tracking Imagemagick’s security vulnerabilities and offering work-arounds.
Sony’s Questionable Claim: Is their new camera as good as medium format film?
Panorama scripting in a nutshell: This is a short document describing the various Open Source tools and techniques available for working with panoramas in a non-GUI environment. The examples are based on Linux experience, but most of them should work on OS X or Windows with minor modifications at most.
A look at darktable 2.2.0: The latest version of the free and open-source photography workflow tool is a jump in sophistication and usefulness.
Criminalizing Photography: James Estrin’s 2012 interview with Mickey H. Osterreicher, the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association.
The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture: Stunning use of photography, video and web design in this piece on the architecture of food production in The New York Times.
Dance Photography Tutorial: Peter Norvig has put together a guide to photographing indoor events that’s likely to be useful for the beginner. But he leaves out one crucial thing.
Another Skirmish in the Photography Copyright Wars: Insightful open letter from a photographer to the band “Garbage” explaining why they can’t have the product of his labors without compensation — and why it was rude to ask.
Consensus on the Nikon Green Cast Problem: Two photographers agree about color problems in Nikon’s full-frame DSLRs.
The Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens and Insect Photography: Illinois-based biologist and photographer Alex Wild describes the advantages and difficulties of using this specialized tool, with stunning examples of the results.
Landscape Photography with a DSLR: Carsten Krieger explains how to use tilt-shift lenses and multiple exposures on a DSLR to approximate large-format photography.
Multicolr Search Lab: Find images from Flickr that contain the color combination of your choice. This is a slick, fun, and possibly even useful tool.
How to get a photograph of the five planets: The trick is to know where to look, and when.
HDR photography with iPhone 4: A brief introduction to the rudimentary High Dynamic Range photography built in to the iPhone 4. It looks like you can get surprisingly good results, although the three frames are taken with a delay of ⅛ to ¼ sec., even with a much faster shutter speed.
Film Resolution: The Pixel Count of Film: K. Rockwell’s analysis.
Creative Photography Techniques: 20 Tips for Stronger Images.
World Cup 2015 National Harbor Audience: A big crowd watched the US defeat Japan on a huge screen.
Who’s the Dick?: Guy uses a photograph without permission to promote his commercial album, which is itself a re-performance of someone else’s music, and the photographer he ripped off gets called a “dick” for not lying down.
DKNY Apologises to Brandon Stanton: They had violated his copyright by displaying hundreds of his photographs in a store window.
Single-shot compressed ultrafast photography at one hundred billion frames per second: Movies of laser pulses reflecting off mirrors and travelling through media.
New Kertész Book: 500 images from one of the best photographers of all time. In a related note, I was in a bookstore today (September 11, 2011) and took a look at an enormous tome of Ansel Adams’ photographs of the American West. I own some briefcases that this book would not fit in. I glanced at the price, expecting something over $100 — it was $40. How is this even possible? Have prices for photography books dived precipitously while I wasn’t paying attention?
A Fantastic Group of Reuters Photographs: This recent crop of news photographs happens to be a stunning collection of images.
Thoughts on Demosaicing for X-Trans Sensors: Fuji does not provide the technical information needed to process their raw files. Here is some research into reverse-engineering a raw processor.
Selfie by Monkey: … creates copyright conundrum.
Monkey Selfie Issue Resolved: Some entities specifically mentioned by the US Copyright Office that can not create copyrighted works are the ocean, the supernatural, plants, and monkeys.
Planning for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: This excellent, illustrated guide from 2015 covers weather, roads, crowds, navigation, and strategies for wrangling photographic equipment. And more.

James Duncan Davidson has some useful articles about photographic techinques and tools.

Viewfinder: “[…] a novel method for users to spatially situate […] their photographs, and then to view these photographs, along with others, as perfectly aligned overlays in a 3D world model such as Google Earth.” Visit the link for an impressive video, and read the brief article in the NYT.

The Histogram as the Image: cleverly hiding the “real” image as the histogram of a gif file.

Sense and Sensors in Digital Photography: A very interesting article by Charles Maurer full of good sense on the subjects of resolution, sensors, lenses, and more.

Here are some practical notes by Charles Maurer on color matching for digital photography, published 4 Oct. 2004.


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