Viewpoint – Don’t Take a Photo Today

Don’t do it. Don’t take a photo today. Not with your phone, not with your camera.

Don’t even draw with chalk.

Today, August 19, is World Photography Day. It’s the day we celebrate France thinking they came up with the idea of photography. Ok that’s not fair. Photography, as we know it today, did find its footing in 19th Century France, and Messrs. Daguerre and Niepce deserve tremendous credit for sorting out how to create permanent images.

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Photo lesson – Stephen Wilkes – Day to Night

Let’s step away from the commentary on social photos and take a quick look at a technique we call multiple exposure.

I came across this article on CNN about a photo book, Day to Night, by photographer Stephen Wilkes. It’s a book of landscapes and they are stunning. What is remarkable about them is they are composites – multiple photos taken of the same subject at different times of day and night and then blended together to make an almost otherworldly photo.

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Viewpoint – An Ole Miss Snapshot

It came to light this past week that three University of Mississippi fraternity members posed with guns in front of an Emmett Till marker. In this same stretch of summer, tragically, a student from Ole Miss was gunned down, allegedly by a fellow student, her body dumped on a road near Sardis Lake, north of the college.

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Quick Snap – Don’t touch the jellyfish

Dear lord. Look at the size of that jellyfish.

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Viewpoint – Franky Flies a Firearm

It appears, as the French were celebrating Bastille day, the 1789 storming of said place, that inventor Franky Zapata showed up on his FlyBoard Air thing overhead (this was planned) of the parade route to, well one, show off his wickedly cool toy, and to get in on the whole militarization of parades thing.

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Photo Lesson – Photographing food

First, a caveat – there are many many ways to shoot food. Angles, lighting, plating, etc. So this is just a walk-through on one shoot I recently did for a pecan farm. And man, their products were absurdly good.

Second, I really need to do a live video on this topic, but it might need to wait until the next food shoot so I can get permission and set up to film.

With that said, hope this helps.

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The end of an iconic silhouette – VW Beetle

It’s 2019. Ford no longer makes sedans. You will buy an F150 or a Mustang and you will like it mister. Norway is puttering around with electric Teslas. Millennial types are, for the love of god, SHARING rides with each other. Germs, criminals, eww. And for those people actually buying cars, every other vehicle sold in America these days looks like a rounded off brick, convincing you that you live some sort of Sport Utility life.

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Quick Snap – Apollo 11 Landing Site 50 years later

June 20, 1969 humans landed on the moon. Full Stop. Period. 50 years ago two American men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (poor Michael Collins back in the Command Module) set foot on the moon.

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Quick Snap – Photographing fireworks

So how did you celebrate our nation’s birthday yesterday? July 2, 1776. Yep, you missed it. It was July 2, 1776 when the Continental Congress (reps from the 13 colonies in Philly trying to sort things out) voted to declare independence from England. NOT July 4. Here, let John Adams speak from the grave…

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The Emmett Till Story – Photographing the Sites

In 1955 a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago named Emmett Till walked into a general store in Money, Mississippi. Six days later he was dead.

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