[REPOST] These vibrant 1960s photos show Russian teens partying with the proletariat

In the summer of 1967, American college students were thronging in California. Those hippies—in search of love, freedom, and rock ‘n’ roll—were the high water mark of a movement catalyzed by its complete rejection of midcentury America’s status quo. But if the Summer of Love’s lasting legacy would prove less than earth shattering, its ethos was echoing further abroad than many may have realized at the time. That very summer, many Russian teenagers were coming together in a similarly hedonistic fashion.

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Made in Japan: A Brief History of the Japanese Photographic Industry

To practice German, I translate photography-related articles and technical texts. The following is an adapted translation of an article published in the FOTOHITS Special supplement to issue 5/2017 of the magazine.

The Japanese optical and photographic industry has a long history. Already during the Meiji Restoration (1868–1912), Emperor Mutsuhito set the goal of industrializing Japan and exchanging knowledge with the outside world. At that time, around 3000 foreign specialists were invited to the country, while talented Japanese students were dispatched to European universities and companies with the goal of acquiring and bringing back technical knowledge. Here are a few noteworthy historical facts.

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Coarse Geotagging with Bash and Google Maps

If all you want is to geotag photos with coordinates of the city where they were taken, a simple Bash shell script is all your need.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

wget -q --spider http://maps.googleapis.com/
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "Google Maps is not reachable. Check your Internet connection."
exit 1
fi

if [ -z "$1" ]; then
echo "Please specify a city"
exit 1
fi

lat=$(curl -G -k --data "address=$1&sensor=false" http://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/geocode/json | jq '.results[0].geometry.location.lat')
if (( $(echo "$lat > 0" |bc -l) )); then
latref="N"
else
latref="S"
fi

lon=$(curl -G -k --data "address=$1&sensor=false" http://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/geocode/json | jq '.results[0].geometry.location.lng')
if (( $(echo "$lon > 0" |bc -l) )); then
lonref="E"
else
lonref="W"
fi
exiftool -overwrite_original -GPSLatitude=$lat -GPSLatitudeRef=$latref -GPSLongitude=$lon -GPSLongitudeRef=$lonref .

The script  obtains geographical coordinates of the specified city via Google Maps API, and then uses the ExifTool to write the obtained latitude and longitude values into photos in the current directory.

To deploy  the script, install the required packages first. To do this on openSUSE, use the following command:

sudo zypper in exiftool ImageMagick jq bc

Copy then the code, paste it into a new text file, and save the file under the geotag name. Run the commands below to install the script:

sudo cp geophotobash-simple.sh /local/bin/geotag
sudo chown root:root /local/bin/geotag
sudo sudo chmod 755 /local/bin/geotag

To geotag photos, switch to the directory in which they are stored, then run the geotag tokyo command (replace tokyo with the name of the city where the photos were taken). That’s all there is to it.

This is an excerpt from the Linux Photography book. Get your copy from Google Play Store or Gumroad.

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[REPOST] Inside Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

North Korea possesses the technological wherewithal to develop a nuclear bomb, launch devastating cyberattacks, and even hurl rockets toward its enemies. Yet it can’t manage to put together an airline that isn’t heavily stocked with Cold War-era Russian airliners.

That said, the Air Koryo fleet is pretty cool in a retro kind of way, and a passionate band of aviation buffs happily spend their days taking joyrides. “They’re beautiful,” says Arthur Mebius. “These planes still have the original interiors they were delivered with.”

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[REPOST] Wildlife Gets the Celebrity Photo Shoot Treatment

Randal Ford believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. An accomplished portraitist with commissions from the largest agencies and brands, Ford has changed tack with his series Animal Kingdom. Panthers, owls and cows all captured against monochrome studio backdrops that draw out their distinct personalities.

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Map Photos with uMap and PHP

If you happen to use a photo publishing application like Mejiro that stores photos and their thumbnails in regular directories, you can automatically map your photos with uMap and a dash of PHP scripting. Better still, there is no need to write PHP code from scratch: you can use a quick-and-dirty PHP script as a starting point.

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[REPOST] Man Buys Envelope For $3.50 In Flea Market, Discovers Lost Photos Of Barcelona By Unknown Master Photographer Inside

When American tourist Tom Sponheim bought a stack of photo negatives for $3.50 in a flea market in Barcelona back in 2001, he probably wasn’t expecting to find the secret work of a master photographer hidden inside them. But that’s exactly what he found when he returned home and developed them, because as you can see below, the pictures he discovered are nothing short of stunning.

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Recipes for automated and streamlined photographic workflow on Linux

Curve presets for digiKam and the GIMP

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