Tagged: Photography

Impossible to Hide

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Joey L. received a cryptic tweet from one of his followers asking if he was in India in 2007. In fact he was, and the story from there is quite incredible.

As we head toward taking over 800 billion photos in 2014 alone, the Fox imagines these encounters will become much more common – and it will become impossible to hide.

I Was Hidden on This Guy’s Hard Drive for Over 6 Years

Trey Ratcliff and His Photography Drone Visit China…and a Police Detention Center

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Image Via Stuck in Customs

My assistant is this 28-year-old female who was kind of cute and quite bubbly named Ady. I say this because it comes into play later in the story. One other thing I can tell you about her is that she was absolutely zero help in warning me that I was about to fly the quadcopter over the Chinese NSA and FBI buildings. That’s one of those things I would have liked to know.

Definitely would have been some good information.

Anyway, I went out to get my batteries and walked back. I saw Ady still standing by my quadcopter with a rather surly-looking female police officer. I was getting a bad vibe. As I approached, the surliness seemed to increase, and it was really harshin’ my mellow.

What happens next is totally worth the read. If you and your drone are planning upcoming travels to China, you should read this first.

Beijing From Above, Aka The Story Of How I Was Detained By The Police For Flying My DJI Quadcopter

Sony’s Run at Pro Photography Is Real

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By the end of 2008, the Konica Minolta heritage still shone strong in Sony’s Alpha DSLRs (not that this was a bad thing); however, it was benefiting in a major way from Sony’s superior marketing capabilities and brand recognition. It was the fastest growing brand in the DSLR market from 2006 to 2008, and seized the third largest share of the market, behind only Canon and Nikon, within two years of the introduction of the A100.

Unlike the giants like Canon and Nikon which have been building their products for decades, in just 8 years Sony has turned their purchase of Konica Minolta into a significant range of pro-sumer cameras that can really stand on their own.

While many other companies have been satisfied with slapping incremental improvements onto faux-retro bodies and calling it innovation, Sony embodies the “try anything once” mentality. In a matter of just eight years, Alpha cameras sped through their awkward Dad-driving-you-and-your-date-to-prom teenage period, and developed a spirit and character all their own, based largely on embracing the technological cutting edge.

Judging by the reviews of the A7 and A7s, I anticipate many new photographers and even some of the Canon and Nikon pros will take a serious look at Sony.

Alpha Dog: How Sony Created the Most Innovative Camera Brand in Under a Decade

Romain Laurent Takes Cinemagraphs to Fun New Heights

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A lot of people think it’s photos shot in a row, it is not. I film a scene and then freeze a frame that appeals to me.

The Fox fell in love with cinemagraphs back with one of my very first posts. It’s great to see Romain taking the medium to new places and sharing a bit of how he pulls off the magic.

Loop Portraits: Romain Laurent Reveals His Tricks

Then and Now – D-Day June 6, 1944

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70 years ago Operation Overlord (D-Day) involved 156,000 allied soldiers storming the beaches of France to rid the Nazi occupation. Peter Macdiarmid has taken photographs that match up with archived photos from that day to create this stunning interactive Then and Now piece. Very powerful.

D-Day Landing Scenes in 1944 and Now

Travel to the “Enemy”

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Travel to a place that has been considered an “enemy” of your country. When I was in Moscow and taking the train along the Trans-Siberian route, I looked around at all the kind, wonderful Russian people I was meeting, and thought, “In my childhood, you were the people I was told to fear. You are them?” It puts politics and fear into perspective.

Diana Gross
Teacher who left the classroom to teach the world how to tell their stories. National Geographic Traveler of the Year.

What My Great-Grandmother’s Voice Sounded Like

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My aim was to create work that would gain value over time. I would love to know what my great-grandmother’s voice sounded like, so maybe this project will be a part of giving someone that gift in 30 years.

The Fox had the pleasure of traveling to hear a talk by National Geographic Traveler of the Year Theron Humphrey.

After pointing his camera at jewelry and purses as a career he decided he wanted his photography and his life to stand for so much more.

So he quit.

He packed up his truck and took his camera and his dog Maddie on a whirlwind trip across all 50 states to talk to real people and document their stories.

Check out his site and get inspired. ThisWildIdea.com