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Take six minutes out of your busy day and remember what it means to be full of gratitude. It’s a short film by Louie Schwartberg.  It is grand, touching, very real, and meant for YOU. – Robert

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Carolyn T. for sending this just when I needed it.


Photo by Scott Rinckenberger, used by permission.

There is something to be said for perseverance, for persisting until the last moment you can. You can make a lot of moral and emotional arguments for it, of course, but there’s also a mathematical one: If you stick around long enough, sometimes the odds, stacked against you as they may be, will break your way.

This phenomenal shot shows the campsite where Scott and his friend were staying. It’s a lovely foreground, and the sky itself lent a fine photogenic backdrop. But as luck would have it, a meteor shot across the field of view during the short 30-second exposure.

Scott Rinckenberger is a photographer from Seattle. He was in Joshua Tree National Park, finishing up a five-week trip shooting scenes in the American west. I don’t want to spoil the whole story — he tells it well on his own website — but on the last day of the trip he threw the dice one last time… and they rolled his way Sometimes, things work out pretty well.  – Phil Plait

Excerpt from Scott’s web site:

What Are The Odds

by Scott Rinkenberger

I’ve been shooting photos for 20 years. I’ve made my living in the profession for the last 15. I can count on one hand the number of times that everything lined up perfectly and a truly rare image was created. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn about this shot, but the fact that, during a 30 second exposure, after a 10 second timer (during which I hopped down from the roof of my truck where the camera was on a tripod, and joined the scene by the fire), a meteor(or so they tell us) would enter the sky EXACTLY in the corner of the frame and explode in the very part of the frame that needed balance, just as I had finally worked out the correct exposure and lighting to match the foreground with the night sky, is beyond rare. It’s a non-chance. There is no way to plan for something like this. No way to even hope for it.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the story on Scott Rinkenberger’s blog.

Night Vision

Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe. Over the course of three months Luke Shepard journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way. Comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production, Nightvision aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks.

I urge you to take a moment and view this short film. My hat is off to Luke Shepard for his work.  It is exceedingly beautiful.

– Robert

Click directly on the image to play the video, or CLICK HERE to play it if you don’t have an image in your email notification.

Thanks to Linda C. for bringing this to our attention.


Grand Canyon

Once in a while, I see a “virtual tour” image that makes me sit up and take notice. That’s true of Richard Sisk’s work. For a shot at the rim of the Grand Canyon, visit Ricard’s Virtual Tour by clicking directly on the image above.

CLICK HERE to visit the Richard Sisk web site.

Thanks to John S. for bringing this to our attention.

85 Second from Getty Images. – Robert



Submitted by John Santoro on Wed, 07/10/2013 – 11:19am
Unified Color Blog


Robert Barnes is a digital artist working in Reno, NV and often “on the road somewhere in America” as he often signs his correspondence.

Barnes dove into digital media when digital artistry tools were new and crude; a time when creativity and imagination drove the genre. Fast forward to today and you’ll see that his work exhibits a unique look at the world and near-perfect execution. You can see more of Barnes’ work at his website.



Barnes shares his thoughts on photography with us:

Q: How does your locale influence your photography?

A: I moved to Reno, NV last year from Santa Fe, NM. It has all the benefits of living in the West, low humidity, spectacular landscapes, and closeness to Yosemite and San Francisco. In the brief time we’ve been here, Reno has surprised us with a myriad of photo opportunities. The Reno National Air Race Championships, The Reno Balloon Races, The Reno Rodeo (5th largest in the country) and Lake Tahoe – a 40 minute drive “up the hill”.

Q: What type of photography inspires you?

A: I work primarily with the Grand View. Landscapes that provide us with perspective, sense of place, and an ever changing palette of color, skies and terrain.

Q: How did you get started with HDR photography?

A: As a repeat visitor to the National Parks, I felt I was getting the initial “good stuff”. Challenging terrains like Antelope Slot Canyons, Horseshoe Bend, and The Grand Canyon in Arizona have, on a good day, a dynamic range that my cameras just can’t capture. My eye sees the image, the sensor’s latitude does not – at least not in a single image. HDR helps me present what I really saw – and often it is magnificent. In the one man show I have starting in September, I feature 4 surreal slot canyons that are the result of extensive use of HDR.

Q: Can you tell us what equipment and software you use?

A: My primary camera is the trusty Nikon D2X and 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor lens. A sturdy Tripod, Photoshop CS6 Extended and Unified Color’s Float 32 and HDR Express2 (on a Mac).

Q: How do you see photography developing over the next year or so?

I’ve been shooting for 44 years. I’ve learned that photography is not a competition… I use my photography and HD Video to create what I describe as “Photorealist Paintings and Sculpture.” Limited Edition work. In some cases I wrap my images around 3D models I’ve created. I use every tool in my grab bag to bring my work to life. My personal end point is the creation of fine art prints and videos that promote my work.

As we move forward – the advent of 4,000 pixel width video will draw a lot of photographers into the video field. The cameras aren’t the end point. The image – and how it makes the viewer feel is what I really care about. Stitching multiple images to gain the super high resolution I crave, combined with ever improving HDR technology we enjoy today – leads us to the next step in the evolution of image creation.

From Mathew Brady to the NASA Astronauts shooting images of the Earth with large format cameras, all these advances are within the creative grasp of photographers today. I look at negatives I shot in 1969 and the images I produce today. There is little comparison strictly from the measurement of clarity. But the content of my old shots hasn’t faded with time. The Space Shuttle launch, The Democratic & Republican Conventions. Shots from the Goodyear Blimp and portraits of Bob Dylan and Buddy Rich – still shine through because THEY were the reason I tripped the shutter. What lens or camera body I was using was only a means to an end. Content and Feeling remain. New technology improves the canvas upon which I “paint”. The near future will see many more shooters who embrace the time lapse capture, the astro-photography of the night sky, the danger of extreme sports with small helmet cameras. Our adventure continues.

CLICK HERE to visit the original source web site for Unified Color.

David Hockney
Photographer / Artist

While I use Photoshop in my fine art work everyday, I find Hockney’s comments on Photoshop and the end of “chemical photography” to be thought provoking and worthy of your consideration. Like all good “tools” the misuse or over use of it can lead to mediocrity and work without inspiration. This has been true since the beginning of time. – Robert Barnes

David Hockney, OM, CH, RA, is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He lives in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Kensington, London. Wikipedia


Thanks to Karl M. for passing this along to us.

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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.

The Alpinists


Metropolitan Opera

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

Geoff TompkinsonHyper Lapse photography is the art of taking single, individual images every few seconds, for a long period of time (15 minutes or more) and editing them together to make one continuous video.

The camera must move a set amount for each shot.  This is Geoff Tompkinson’s creation from 2012.


CLICK HERE to view the video.