[REPOST] Jidouhanbaiki: Photo series that explores Japan’s obsession with vending machines

Did you know that Japan has the highest ratio of vending machines to landmass in the world? 自動販売機 – otherwise known as Jidouhanbaiki – is a Japanese culture where distribution companies encourage people to install vending machines on their own property, to earn money day and night while doing pretty much nothing. Their functions are multiple. Witnessing the shifting realities of life around them: at night they light the innumerable dark little streets of Tokyo; by day, they provide contemporary consumers with conveniences.

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[REPOST] Cities Are Stunning in NatGeo’s Travel Photography Contest

A new photographic perspective can completely change the way you see some parts of your city, whether it’s the Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Wall of China, or simply a stack of high-rising condos. Travelers from around the world have been submitting their perspective-changing images of cities to the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Competition, capturing stunning frames of familiar landmark and exotic settlements with the hope of winning the grand prize, a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

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Introducing Linux Photography

Setting up an efficient photographic workflow on Linux is more than just installing and mastering digiKam, the GIMP, and Darktable. Automating routine tasks like importing, organizing, and geotagging photos as well as using specialized tools for managing and processing images and RAW files can save you a lot of time and effort and make your photographic workflow more efficient and robust.

I’ve been using Linux as my photographic platform of choice for many years, and I’d written several Bash shell scripts that are indispensable for my photographic workflow. The Geophotobash script, for example, allows me to geotag a large number of photos with a minimum of effort, while the Little Backup Box script transforms a Raspberry Pi into a handy mobile backup device I use to keep my photos safe when I’m traveling. I also rely on several genuinely useful tools to back up my photos to the cloud, and I publish my photos using Mejiro, a simple photo publishing web application I built in my spare time. In addition to digiKam, I use gThumb for keeping tabs on photos and Darktable for processing RAW files.



The Linux Photography ebook sums up my experiences and provides practical information on how you can optimize and improve your Linux-based photographic workflow as well as get the most out of applications like gThumb and Darktable. You can learn more about the Linux Photography ebook at its Gumroad page.

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[REPOST] Cherry Blossoms Paint A Lake Purple Making Tokyo Look Like A Fairytale

Tokyo-based photographer Danilo Dungo uses drones to take stunning pictures of Japanese cherry blossoms. Every spring, he goes to the Inokashira Park to admire the blossoms, and while regular photography capture the park’s beauty, the drones reveal something else altogether.

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[REPOST] Europe’s Grandeur And Decay Captured By Croatian Photographer

Photographer Mirna Pavlovic has spent the last two years capturing the insides of abandoned buildings across Europe.

Despite the destruction and crumbling floors and walls, the beauty of the locations is still evident. In certain images, the floors are full of rubble but the ceilings appear almost perfectly maintained.

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[REPOST] Magnifying the World of Beauty That Lives Under a Microscope

In the 1920s, before matter could be magnified millions of times under electron microscopes, a German graphic designer was developing his own techniques for capturing the minute wonders of organic life.

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Put Unsplash on Ubuntu Desktop

Unsplash features not only a fine selection of photos you can use for free, but also a simple API (Application Programming Interface) that allows you to put the images to a variety of creative uses with a minimum of effort. For example, if you happen to use Ubuntu, you can whip up a simple Bash script that fetches a random photo from a specified Unsplash user and sets it as a desktop background:

uuser="Unsplash username"
size=$(xdpyinfo | grep dimensions | awk '{print $2}')
curl "https://source.unsplash.com/user/$uuser/$size" --location --output $path/unsplash-random.jpeg
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri file://$path/unsplash-random.jpeg

The key part of the script is the command that uses the cURL tool to fetch a random photo via an HTTP call. The call requires two parameters: the Unsplash user name and image height and width. The obtain the latter, the xdpyinfo | grep dimensions | awk '{print $2}' command uses a combination of xdpyinfo grep and awk tools.

The https://source.unsplash.com/user API call redirects to the actual URL of a random photo. Fortunately, cURL supports the --location option that can handle this. To save the fetched photo under the unsplash-random.jpeg name, cURL uses the --output option. Finally, the last command in the script sets the fetched photo as the desktop background.

To deploy the script, paste the code above into a new text file, replace the placeholders of the user and path variables with the actual Unsplash user name and the target directory path, then save the file under the unsplash-random.sh name. Make then the script executable using the chmod +x unsplash-random.sh command. Run then the ./unsplash-random.sh command in the terminal and behold the new desktop background.

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