I don’t market myself as a photographer or even claim to be one. But I do take tons of pictures all the time. Some of these make it into my surrealist photomontage art over at RSMITHINGS.com, but others I’m content to just share for fun with minor edits (also done 100% via iPhone, like my art). Here are a few from this year so far that have enjoyed positive reception over at my Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr and Pinterest presences.
How hard would it be to include an “add to playlist” option for a currently playing song on an iPhone?
I’m not asking for anything fancy – maybe just tap and hold the artwork for a song in music? Or maybe use that menu in the top right? Easy!
I used to be able to do this on my iPod 4, for goodness sake. I’d hear a song, think “hey, that’s good for this playlist” and add it. Boom, done.
As of this writing, the only way to add songs to playlists is a cumbersome procedure of selecting the playlist first, navigating to a track, then manually adding that track.
Yes, more important threaten humanity, but this has gotta be in like… at least the top 50, right?
Please, Apple — add this feature in iOS for us.
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A new photomontage blended from disparate compelling images:
Scattershot And All
Treetops from the west, Chiroptera from the east. This is the combined view of an overlook at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles juxtaposed with a bat skeleton from the Nature Science Center in my home state of North Carolina, all shot and assembled over a scattered period of time. See the originals at Flickr. Musical accompaniment: “All Is Not Lost” by OK Go. Poetry accompaniment by William Carlos Williams.
Spring and All
By William Carlos Williams
By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast—a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen
patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees
All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches—
They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind—
Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf
One by one objects are defined—
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf
But now the stark dignity of
entrance—Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted they
grip down and begin to awaken
What do you think? Ever seen a bat skeleton? Are you a fan of OK Go or William Carlos Williams (or both, like me)? What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Let us hear from you in the comments.
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Macro, close-up photography via smartphone opens a whole new world of detail and interesting possibilities for mobile photographers.
And for the more committed practitioners, I definitely recommend stepping up to the Olloclip macro lens.
I happened upon Olloclip’s booth at the SXSW trade show recently, and after a hands-on look at the lens and accompanying Quick Flip case (impressive engineering in its own right), I bought one on the spot thanks to the show special of getting a free case with a lens purchase. Gotta’ love trade shows.
The whole outfit is deliberately and intelligently engineered. The system is everything an accessory lens should be: easy, convenient, strong, affordable; and the case is really what sold me, since it solves for my major gripe of having to otherwise remove a case or deal with a less desirable alternative (such as an adhesive magnet, or just manually holding the lens to the iPhone). I also dig the futuristic, sleek design of the case — it has almost a cyborg-esque feel and even allows for tripod attachment.
Here’s a video review of the case itself:
And here’s a look at my first project with the Olloclip Macro lens:
Feather at Regular and Macro View:
These results speak for themselves. While there are a number of macro lenses available for smartphones, Olloclip has gotten it right at every level.
I’ve long been a fan of my previous macro lens made by Olloclip’s competitor, Photojojo, and at $20, it’s still one heckuva deal — a great way to get familiar with the possibilities of macro photography via smartphone. But for a bit more up front ($70 for the Olloclip macro lens), you get much more overall. Pair it with the Quick Flip case, and you’ll be set for some serious macro fun for a long time to come.
What do you think? Ever used an accessory lens for smartphone photography? Or for traditional camera photography? What’s a discovery you’ve treated yourself to lately? Let us hear from you in the comments.
The best use of technology I’ve seen in a while:
Above, Reznor Facetimes with Andrew Youssef, a photojournalist who has been battling terminal cancer for nearly two years. Youssef would have been at this very gig, but for health reasons could not make it, so Reznor got him there in another, very unique and personal way. Youssef has chronicled his story in his ongoing column at OCWeekly, titled, “Last Shot.”
Update: Nine Inch Nails Superfan Andrew Youssef Dead at 38 – Rolling Stone, Dec. 2. 2013
I first heard about Youssef in a writeup at Consequence of Sound, who summarize the event and Youssef’s story perfectly:
Whether you’ve followed Youssef’s story from day one or are just hearing about it now, it’s the kind of beautiful, gut-wrenching moment that not only proves the power of music but of a little human kindness.
Youssef replied, “I’m speechless” via Twitter after the performance:
— Amateur Chemist (@Amateurchemist) November 17, 2013
I’ve been into Nine Inch Nails since before I saw them at the first Lollapalooza about a million years ago. I’ve followed Reznor closely ever since, respecting his music and commitment to his craft. Here’s another reason for respect, to both Reznor and Youssef.
What do you think? Have you heard of similar stories? What would you do in this situation? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Terminally Ill Photojournalist Gets Surprise Call From NIN’s Trent Reznor During Concert (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- Trent Reznor Calls Cancer-Stricken OC Weekly Photographer During Show To Dedicate Song To Him (kroq.cbslocal.com)
- Trent Reznor FaceTimes Cancer-Stricken Fan During Concert (mukeshbalani.wordpress.com)
- Trent Reznor Calls Dying Fan During Nine Inch Nails Show (rollingstone.com)
I recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The only thing wrong with my visit was that it wasn’t long enough. Besides the many great works of art there, The Getty’s architecture and the grounds are a thing to behold. Here are some shots I snapped via Hipstamatic, and a bonus panorama shot. More at Flickr.
What do you think? Have you ever been to The Getty? Do you notice architecture and landscaping for their artistic characteristics? What’s a place where that’s happened for you recently? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Getty Museum Now Offering Images of Artwork in Open Content Program (j840maryboyd.wordpress.com)
- Interview with Emily Lytle-Painter of the J. Paul Getty Museum (designthinkingformuseums.net)
- Most Popular Paintings & Photos From Getty’s Online Art Collection (laist.com)
- Custom Garage Ventilation System For J Paul Getty Museum (pb4engineering.wordpress.com)
- Getty extends digitization programme – and committment to Open Content (artmarkettechnology.com)
Here’s the original by Jerry Uelsmann:
And here are my source images, all photographed by me over the last few years, with links to the full-size versions:
Uelsmann is The Man
I hope to make it abundantly clear that the inspiration and vision for this image is 100% Uelsmann — I take no credit for the origination of the composition, and I’ve made efforts to make this clear in a number of places. My effort here is strictly a study of technique and a visual challenge, with full respect and homage to someone who inspires me. It was fun to do, and I’m pleased with the result.
What do you think? Have you ever photographed, drawn or painted after one of the masters or someone who inspires you? What was the outcome? Where do you go for inspiration? How does that take shape? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Jerry Uelsmann Photography (calliedava.wordpress.com)
- Famous, inspired by Jerry Uelsmann (grahamcracker1228.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration (ryanbernadettphotography.wordpress.com)
- Artwork Feature At Lensblr.com (rsmithing.com)
- Jerry Uelsmann (mikaelatymukas.wordpress.com)
- DREAM THEATER’s LABRIE Says New Album ‘Stacks Up Phenomenally’ Against Previous Efforts (blabbermouth.net)
- Marian Bantjes, Ed Emberley, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor (kingakowalczyk.com)
- Photography – Photomontage 03/10/13 (thomasvauxmedia.wordpress.com)