2/26/2012

Phone•ography

Phoneography.

Whether you have heard the word or not it is, by millions of people, a notable art form that is demanding to be recognized.  Nearly 30 million iPhones were sold last quarter along with another 3 million Android phones.  These smartphones are equipped with cameras that range anywhere between 5 to 8 megapixels.  That kind of resolution is competing with most point-and-shoot digital cameras and some low-end DSLRs!  Phoneography is not a new concept.  The idea was first presented on the Photosynthesis blog back in August of 2009:  Don't Have a Camera?  Use Your Cellphone!

Especially over the past year I have read many accounts online where more "traditional" photographers are challenging the concepts of phoneography.  Without quoting any singular person, the more negative attitudes can be summed up as grouping all phoneographers together as "Hipsters who slap a digital filter over an image and call it photography!"  The attitudes about what is, what isn't, and what can be considered photography will be constantly challenged...just as 35 mm film challenged those that were shooting medium format or the onset of digital photography challenged those that are still shooting film.  But for those photographers (such as myself) that have embraced this changing technology you definitely need to check out Photojojo's 10 Tips to Make Your Phone Photos Amazing!

And, while your there, be sure to also check out Photojojo's new blog Photojojo ♥s Phoneography!

2/19/2012

Eric Cahan: Sky Series

Photographer Eric Cahan's Sky Series photographs are a way of cataloging his visual experience.  It is hard to believe that very little post-editing is used to create his images.  "The actual process is done with colored resin filters I make myself and hold in front of the lens before I shoot a picture. When a color filter is used against a blue sky, it always alters the color of the sky. I know the colors I am trying to conjure and choose the filter accordingly. Many factors affect the capturing and manipulating of light and shadow, which is why I work at sunrise and sunset and also, invariably, at the water’s edge.  My mission is to capture light.  Light is the true subject of this series: its constant mystery, the way it shifts and colors everything around it in nature.” 



 Punta Cana Dominican Republic, Sunrise 6:58 am                                 Eric Cahan





 Gouvneur Beach, St. Barts, Sunrise 6:34 am                                                   Eric Cahan





 Sag Harbor, NY, sunset 7:33 pm                                                            Eric Cahan





 Los Angeles, CA, sunset 6:16 pm                                                 Eric Cahan





 Fort Pond Bay, Montauk, NY, sunset 8:10 pm                                        Eric Cahan




Inspired by the Impressionists' ideals of capturing a fleeting moment in time, Cahan's work is "meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time.” 

To see more of Eric Cahan's Sky Series, go to ericcahan.com.

2/09/2012

New Work: Advanced Photography

WOW!  What a spectacular start to the spring semester!  There is an amazing group of students enrolled in Advanced Photography this semester, spread out over three classes.  Their work is so solid and mature for the first critique.  I'm extremely excited to see what they will produce over the remaining months!!


 Patrick Lacy, junior



 Samantha Wise, senior



 Jon Brooks, senior



 Genevieve Akins, sophomore



 Brittney Childers, junior



 Danielle Phelps, junior



 Carson Taggart, junior



 Kelsey Haflich, senior



 Payton Templeton, sophomore



 Natalie Bender, senior



 Kyler Collins, junior



 Sarah Press, senior



 Taryn Wilkerson, junior



 Kody Wade, senior



Mitch Montague, senior



Jared Scrinopskie, sophomore



2/05/2012

"The Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth Ever"

Last month, NASA released a new image of Earth that according to them is "the most amazing, highest resolution image of Earth, ever".  The photograph, or series of photographs, was captured using NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite:  Suomi NPP.  The image, as seen below, was made from several passes using the satellite's Visible Infrared Image Radiometer Suite instrument (or VIIRS). 

Unfortunately, the image seen here does not even come close to capturing the true resolution of the 8000 x 8000 pixel image.  To view the photograph in its true size, click ------------->  HERE!!



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Update 02/09/12:  the other side of The Blue Marble...with an even greater resolution than the Western side!



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