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Flickr Calendar

I discovered via today’s Flickr blog post that you can access your Flickr photos via a yearly calendar. Here’s a link for you Flickr users out there:

In the URI, you can replace “me” with another username if you want to see their public photos. Of course, you can change “2013” to any year as well.

Looking at my own photo history, 2013 is the most consistent I’ve ever been in photo taking. Below is a comparison of 2012 vs. 2013 for me.

2012 Flickr Calendar

2012 Flickr Calendar

2013 Flickr Calendar

2013 Flickr Calendar


November 26, 2013 Posted by | How-To, Photography | , , | Comments Off on Flickr Calendar

Make your own action figure

Image from PetaPixel

I know what I’m getting my family for Christmas. 🙂

If you don’t mind holding as still as possible for 30 minutes and paying anywhere from $445 to $2295 (depending on the size of the finished product), you can have your own action figure (or wedding cake topper, or cat toy, etc.)!

via PetaPixel

August 14, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Science and Technology | , , | Comments Off on Make your own action figure

Transporter – An alternative to cloud storage

I qualify as a heavy user of cloud storage. Services like Dropbox and Google Drive are essential to my collaborative workflow. There are certain caveats to this, though:

  1. As a photographer, sharing 20GB of photos (from a single wedding shoot, for example) through Dropbox is cost-prohibitive. Collaborating on multiple wedding shoots will cost a pretty penny. Videographers have it worse.
  2. Companies require certain rights to your files in order to provide the “sharing” portion of their service, since your files will be living on their servers. As such, you are subject to their whims. (In general, you should be wary of any free service you make use of. Facebook, for example, just released new “functionality” in their mobile apps that automatically uploads ALL photos you take into a private album onto your account. It sounds convenient, but realize that once your files are on their servers, Facebook has certain rights over them.)
  3. My particular cable internet provider has a data cap of 250GB/month for my service tier (30Mbps). Once we hit that limit, we get throttled down to around 1.5Mbps (which is still preferable to getting overage charges). When I was experimenting with online backup solutions, I hit that data cap in half a month.

Enter Geoff Barrall, CEO and founder of Connected Data (and former CEO and founder of Drobo, Inc.). He is aiming directly at users like myself with a new product called Transporter. In a nutshell, it is a non-RAID NAS that provides Dropbox-like sharing. The kicker is how it works with other Transporter devices. If, let’s say, my photo business partner had a Transporter, we can have a synced folder for wedding photo shoots. Our Transporters will sync with each other automatically. The only “cloud” element is in the hand-shaking protocol between Transporters so that they can find each other. None of your data passes through their servers. This seems like a near-perfect win to me. It takes care of caveats 1 and 2 above.

Transporter has a KickStarter if you want to get in on the action early (and get a discount). According to an interview with Geoff Barrall, the Transporter will go on sale in 2013.

Transporter [website] [kickstarter] [video]

Interview with Geoff Barrall (starts at 1:07:00) – This Week in Photo

December 24, 2012 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Photography, Science and Technology | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Human Planet

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I’m late to the game on this amazing BBC series called Human Planet. If you have a moment, I highly encourage you to check out this audio slideshow by Timothy Allen. His captures are emotional and breathtaking. I can only aspire to even approach this level of photography.

Thanks for the link, Darren!

via BBC

Human Planet (audio slideshow | wikipedia | website)

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Photography | , , | 1 Comment

Bent Objects


“Zombies Are Nuts About Brains”

Sculpture + Photography + Twisted Sense of Humor = Bent Objects

via Wired via Bent Objects

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Humor, Photography | , , , , | Comments Off on Bent Objects

High Speed Video of Canon DSLR Shutter

The action begins at the 60 second mark.

Here’s a great video showing the mirror and shutter mechanism in a Canon DSLR. The action begins 60 seconds in.

Keep in mind that the entire real-time duration of the mirror swinging up, the shutter coming down, the exposure, the shutter coming back up and the mirror swinging down is .213 seconds.

Great find, Tom!

January 26, 2012 Posted by | Photography, Science and Technology, Video | , , , , | Comments Off on High Speed Video of Canon DSLR Shutter

Google Store View


My favorite camera store, B&H Photo Video, is one of the first businesses participating in having virtual tours of their stores via Google’s Street View technology.

If you look up B&H Photo Video on Google Maps, you can step inside.


January 19, 2012 Posted by | Photography, Science and Technology | , , , | 2 Comments

Capturing video at the speed of light — one trillion frames per second

So what kind of camera do you have? How fast can it shoot? 1/4000th of a second? 1/8000th of a second? Pshaw. What do you think of a camera that can shoot 1/1,000,000,000,000th of a second? That’s so fast that it can capture light traveling in slow motion!

MIT researchers have created a new imaging system that can acquire visual data at a rate of one trillion exposures per second. That’s fast enough to produce a slow-motion video of a burst of light traveling the length of a one-liter bottle, bouncing off the cap and reflecting back to the bottle’s bottom.

via MITnews

December 13, 2011 Posted by | News, Photography, Science and Technology | Comments Off on Capturing video at the speed of light — one trillion frames per second

Photography Themed Rube Goldberg

2D Photography Rube Goldberg

I’m a sucker for elaborate contraptions—especially ones that involve themes that are near and dear to my heart.


July 19, 2011 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Photography, Video | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Leica Lenses Sliced in Half For Science!

Pictured above is a Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm lens cut neatly in half. Call it death of a lens. I call it an interesting display on the intricate mechanical workings of a camera lens.

These were actually made by Leica students as a graduation project and boxed as a “cutaway model” of the lens.

This also gives you a good mental image of what you can potentially break if/when you drop your lens.

Thanks for the link, David!

via PetaPixel

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Photography, Science and Technology | , , , | 1 Comment