Ever since the invention of photography, we’ve been deeply fascinated by cameras and the images they produce. Historically, we’ve used them to capture portraits for sharing with families and followers alike, as well as to document political upheavals and our visits around the world; more recently, we’ve come to use tiny cameras in our phones for selfies, cats, and coffee porn. As cameras have become increasingly ubiquitous (at least in the West), many of us have forgotten what a recent invention they are. Looking through these advertisements from 1848 onwards, we can see how different the technology was back then, a familiar impulse to document, and what the camera meant to society when it was still new.
Continue reading The First 100 Years of Camera Advertising.
The Pavilhão de Portugal in Parque das Nações features a simple yet distinctive design that resembles a sheet of paper placed on top of two bricks. The overall effect is as if the concrete roof is bent under its own weight. This minimalist yet expressive construction makes the pavilion a rather interesting building to photograph. But what attracted me most were the building’s simple and strong lines accentuated by the bright Portuguese sun.
Nikomat FTn, Nikon GN Auto NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8, Ilford XP2 Super 400
Parque das Nações covers a large area full of interesting stuff to see and do, and by the time we made it to the building, my wife and I were pretty exhausted. So I didn’t really have the energy to thoroughly “work” the pavilion, and I had to make do with a few hasty shots, including the one I post here for your viewing pleasure.
Although I’ve been busy scribbling articles, I did manage to add a couple of new features to Mejiro. Firstly, it’s now possible to rebuild thumbnails. To do this, append the ?r parameter to the URL as follows:
This empties the photos/thumbs directory inside the Mejiro installation and prompts you to reload the main page to regenerate thumbnails. This feature can come in useful if some thumbnails get corrupted.
Mejiro now includes an upload form that makes it possible to upload photos and accompanying description files directly from the main page. To show the form, use the ?u parameter (e.g., http://127.0.0.1/mejiro/?u).
The good news is that you don’t have to remember all the parameters. The Help link in the footer shows a box listing all the available parameters and their brief descriptions.
Inclusion of the <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width” /> tag now makes Mejiro slightly more mobile-friendly, and the app uses Fira Sans as its default font. As an exercise, I also cobbled together a simple Chrome (and Chromium) extension for use with Mejiro. The extension adds a button which opens Mejiro in a new tab. By default, the extension points to a Mejiro demo, but you can easily edit the URL. The extension is not available on Google Web Store, so you have to install it manually from its GitHub repository.
As always, you can find the latest version of Mejiro at the project’s GitHub page.
Before, during and after you go on a trip, there are a few things to consider to improve your pictures as a photographer, no matter where the place is. Why do some people seem to get crappy shots, others seem to have loads of postcard shots while some people take off to the beaten path with creative shots? How can I get those iconic shots while still maintaining creative control on what you shoot? Without saying more, here are some ways to improve your travel photography.
Continue reading 12 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photography.
Although I mostly wield a film SLR camera loaded with a black and white film nowadays, it’s nice to grab a digital camera and photograph colorful stuff for a change. And despite the fact that most plants in the outdoor area of our local botanical garden had bloomed a long time ago, there are still clusters of flowers that make good subjects. Case in point, rudbeckia flowers. So far, we’ve had an unusually hot and sunny summer this year, but rudbeckias survive the heat by hiding in a shadowy patch in the botanical garden.
While walking in the garden, the missus spotted a huge almost neon blue flower which she thought was a thistle. It turned out to be a garden-variety (pun intended) artichoke. Who would have thought that a humble artichoke has such an impressive flower? Not me, obviously.
We’ve been enjoying the warm and sunny days to the fullest but, to be honest, we could now use a rainy day or two. Thanks for stopping by!