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Being 14 years old is the time when we are still fully entitled to be careless and unburdened, but 14-year-old Zev from Natick, Massachusetts will make you feel that you could’ve done more at that age. This teenager, now better known by his nickname ‘fiddle oak’has already become an internet sensation thanks to his ‘Little Folk’ photo series that go way beyond his age in ideas and technique.

CLICK HERE to see the original posting and more images.

Thanks to Carolyn T. for sharing this with us.

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Elephant Meets Sea Lion Our Sun Spots The Coconut OctopusThere will always be collections of great photography floating around the web.  Are these really the Top 100 Photos of 2012?  Not necessarily.  But I found them on Stumbler and the collection (which includes all 100) is a wonder to behold.

If you visit the original source web site where I found these samples — you will see the titles and the proper credit that is due to the photographers who created them.

The site has this one caveat: *Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a POTD this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking amongst the photos.”

Our world is amazing.  Enjoy! – Robert




Since 1946, the Bregenz Festival ‘Opera on the Lake’ in Austria has been home to some of the most incredible outdoor stages ever built. Set on the gorgeous Lake Constance, the 6,800 capacity ‘Seebuhne’ Stage has been the setting for some of the world’s most famous operas.

During the 2007 performance of Tosca, the producer and director for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace were so impressed, they filmed a 10-day scene in Bregenz where Bond meets his adversary for the first time during a performance of Tosca.

CLICK HERE to see the collection of the amazing outdoor stages throughout the history of the Bregenz Festival, along with a detailed timeline of key milestones and events and information on the challenges of building an outdoor stage on the water.

I’m blown away by the scale and beauty this festival presents. – Robert

smithsonian-photo-contest-naturalworld-light-ice-nathan-carlsen Smithsonian-photo-contest-travel-rice-terrace-vietnam-voanh-kietSmithsonian-photo-contest-alteredimage-warper-metal-tim-wrightsmithsonian-photo-contest-people-police-brasilia-brazil-olivier-boels These are four of the images in this year’s Smithsonian Photo Contest.

CLICK HERE to visit the web site and see the other entries then cast your vote.

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Award-winning photographer Steve McCurry has published the photos taken with the last roll of Kodakchrome to come off the production line on his WordPress blog. McCurry has shot more than 800,000 photos including his iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ portrait, with the film. In an article posted by NPR in 2009 McCurry equated ‘losing the medium to losing a dear friend.’

CLICK HERE to view Steve’s images.

CLICK HERE to view the video and read more.

Thanks to Doug B. for bringing this to our attention.

2013 — Time for a shift in our thinking and the way we view the world.

Here’s a short animation piece by Ryan Musselman who is a Grad Student in Virginia Tech’s Creative Technologies MFA Program.

Here’s to you Ryan!




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Watch a preview of Landfill Harmonic, an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from recvcled rubbish.


The Recycled Orchestra is the creation of Favio Chávez, a landfill worker and musician from Paraguay.

The film, a teaser for which has been published online, features Chávez and an inspiring group of children beating the odds in the poverty stricken town of Cateura.

Cateura exists virtually on top of a landfill site where residents make their livings recycling and selling other people’s rubbish.

Situated along the banks of the Paraguay River, 1,500 tons of waste is dumped in the area each day.

But despite the critical levels of pollution and the threat to their health residents of Cateura manage to find the most positive of uses for the rubbish.

Inspired to do something to help the inpoverished families, Chávez began using the trash in the landfill to create instruments for the children.

“One day it occurred to me to teach music to the children of the recyclers and use my personal instruments,” explains 36 year-old Chávez, who worked as an ecological technician at the landfill.

“But it got to the point that there were too many students and not enough supply. So that’s when I decided to experiment and try to actually create a few.”

The documentary is Directed by Graham Townsley.

CLICK HERE to view the video teaser.

Thanks to Cathy B. for bringing this to our attention.


The wining photo of the Children’s Eyes on Earth International Youth Photography Contest 2012. Taken by 8-year-old Russian Anastaya Vorobko and entitled “SOS!” The prize is open to all children under the age of 17 and the winners were selected from over 4,000 entries.

CLICK HERE to view the winning entries.


These are a few early shots from my trip to Yosemite National Park & Mono Lake, California.  I will post more images from the trip at Barnes Gallery later this fall.  Many thanks to Tim Swihart for being my host, guide and long time friend.  We had a great four days exploring the park and sharing our love of photography.

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CLICK HERE to see What Makes A Photograph Great

Thanks to Brooks H. for passing this along to us.