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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.

Rajasthan, India

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.

W. Eugene SmithBy the mid-1950s, W. Eugene Smith had established himself as the premier photo essayist at Life magazine by creating “Country Doctor,” “Spanish Village,” and “Nurse Midwife.”  In 1955 he left Life, joined the Magnum photo agency and began his exhaustive documentation of Pittsburgh.

The American Society of Media Photographers recently discovered the transcript of an interview of Mr. Smith, conducted by the great portraitist Philippe Halsmann and the society’s first president. The interview apparently took place in New York during an Amercian Society of Media Photographers meeting in 1956, although the organization is unsure of the date. The transcript has been lightly edited.

CLICK HERE to view some of Smith’s images and to read the interview .

From the New York Times.


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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This project was created with the same spirit that America was founded on. Our intentions are to connect everyone in america through the lens of this camera and social networking sites. We can’t do this without you. We want to tell your story and show your city or town through photographs of you, and people you know. As we travel around America looking for people and places to shoot you will be able to keep track of where we are going and help us decide where we go next. Join us in our journey by liking our Facebook to get yourself photographed by us.

An extra special thanks to Brandon Rein, Scotty Hoffman and Trevor Atwater.

CLICK HERE to view the video.

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

I have visited Yosemite four times so far, and I intend another dozen visits. This video is exceptional.  It’s worth four minutes of your time to reset your mental compass and your sense of place in the Universe. – Robert

This Yosemite Time Lapse Video in HD is a truly wonderful look at the outdoors and nature. The video is a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. All timelapses were shot on the Canon 5D Mark II with a variety of Canon L and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses. The soundtrack is Outro from the album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” by M83.

If you have a slow internet connection click the HD symbol in lower right corner of video to turn it off.  Click the full screen X button to see its full beauty.

CLICK HERE to visit the original site.

Thanks to Scott R. for bringing this to our attention.

“Farewell India” by Trey Ratcliff

Sometimes a photo truly makes you want to pack your bags immediately and hop on the next outgoing plane to wherever it was you just saw. Today’s submission is exactly that type of photograph for me. Sure the Taj Mahal is amazing, but I think Trey was able to capture that “amazingness” is this photo. In fact, he captures a lot of it in his rather extensive and remarkable portfolio. So, do yourself a favor and check it out because this is one you won’t want to miss

Enter Trey:

I had a truly wonderful time in India and I can’t wait to return. After spending most of the day exploring the Taj Mahal, I found a car to take me across the river. The bridge was over 100 years old and crowded with every type of locomotion – from donkey to pull cart to bike. After working my way down to the river, I found I could not quite get low enough to take the photo I wanted. So, reluctantly, I took my camera off my tripod and buried it in the mud, about half an inch above the water. I spent all night in the bathroom saying I was sorry to the camera… cleaning her up back into her old self once again.

CLICK HERE to see the portfolio.

Thanks to for bring Trey Ratcliff to our attention. – R

Never take another boring photo in Yosemite. This collection of photos blew us away with its originality and should inspire you to think “out of the bun”. Just stunning.

CLICK HERE to visit the site at the LA Times.

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

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Louie is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, Syriana, Crash, Men in Black and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.

Louie went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming.

In 2004, BlackLight Films completed production of the theatrical feature film, America’s Heart & Soul, distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, BlackLight Films completed a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray DVD releases. In 2007, the company produced a 1-hour special, Chasing the Light, which aired nationally on PBS.

Past projects include the 35mm film Seasons of the Vine for Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.

Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Broadcast Spot, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for the Discovery Channel Special, Oceans of Air, and the Heartland Film Festival’s Truly Moving Picture Award for Walt Disney Pictures’ feature film release America’s Heart & Soul.

Louie completed production on a feature length nature documentary, Wings of Life, to be theatrically released worldwide, under Walt Disney Pictures’ new production banner, Disneynature. The film was released in France (March 2011) under the title Pollen and won the Roscar Award for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film.

CLICK HERE for the original source page with full size images.

Thanks to Mary M. for bringing this one to our attention.