Tag Archives: Travel

Atlanta, The Elusive Mirage

Atlanta, Georgia. Home to The Braves, juicy peaches, and some well known southern hippity-hoppers. I’ve probably been there close to twenty times over the last two decades, but I’ve never seen this city with my own eyes. Continue reading »

Flickr Photostream Friday: Ragstatic

Its the last day of the year and I’d like to bless you all with some eye candy. Flickr user Ragstatic is one of my favorite contacts. He shoots with the mighty full-frame Nikon D700, and almost exclusively in super wide angles. Rags shoots mostly landscapes primarily in India and Southeast Asia. He is a master of composition, and manages to process High Dynamic Range very tastefully, often from a single exposure. But forget all the nerdy stuff, this guy produces some of the most awe-inspiring images I’ve ever seen. The colors are always bright and vibrant, but never feel overly saturated. Rags firmly understands how to make his camera and post-processing software see what the human eye sees and beyond. This is the caliber of images that grace the pages of high profile publications. Continue reading »

Learn How To Levitate

Becoming light enough to float is no easy task. Raising two hundred pounds several feet above the ground requires years of mental conditioning, serenity and balancing one’s chi. It demands complete concentration and an inner discipline unrivaled in eastern cultures. Or, you can do what I did… Continue reading »

Be A Better Vacation Photographer

We’ve all been there. You go on vacation armed with either your point-&-shoot or your shiny new DSLR and you shoot the crap out of anything you see that’s mildly interesting. But when you get home, you’ve got 3,000 pictures, and 2,500 of them are of the same 5 clouds. Photography blog Mostly Lisa discusses what steps you can take to minimize the stress during and after your vacation, so that you can actually enjoy it and come back with good photos. Continue reading »

Kuwait Puts Major Bans on DSLR Cameras: UPDATE: Not Really

Remember that scene in A Bronx Tale when Sonny thinks Calogero has planted a bomb under his car? He smacks him up a bit in a rage, only to later realize it was paranoia. That’s what’s kind of happening today in Kuwait with civilians toting Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras.

Photography in the middle eastern country has long been a touchy subject, with fears of ill intent constantly permeating the atmosphere. These recent guidlines have been put into effect by more Ministries than you can shake a stick at. The new strict laws state that DSLRs cannot be used in public, streets or malls except for purposes of journalism. Many photographers, both hobbyists and professionals have been forced to shift their interests and seek inanimate objects and landscapes as their new subjects.

Its stories like this that break my heart, but also make me feel fortunate that I live in a free(er) country. If I was ever told I couldn’t take pictures, or make any kind of art because the Gov’ment said so, I think I’d likely jump ship. On the other hand, some of the best art is produced with limited resources and the strictest of rules. I can see some incredible HDR photography developing in Kuwait soon.

UPDATE: The Kuwaiti Times issued the following retraction:

On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled ‘Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists’ in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused.

[Kuwait Times] via [Engadget]