Δευτέρα, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Photo: la collection Bernard Plossu, échange de bons procédés

Max Pam. New Delhi, 1971. Max Pam Collection Maison Européenne 
de la Photographie, Paris. Don de Bernard Plossu

Bernard Plossu commente deux tirages issus de sa collection personnelle, accumulée au fil de ses rencontres avec ses confrères, qu'il expose à Paris.

Certains échangent des vignettes de foot Panini. Bernard Plossu, 71 ans, contemplateur délicat du monde, troque, lui, des tirages avec ses collègues. "A une époque, la photo n'avait pas de valeur marchande", rappelle-t-il au téléphone, se remettant d'une bonne grippe.

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In search of Tanzania's bee-eaters

Bee-eaters are the supermodels of the bird world: slim, glamorous – and hopelessly out of reach for us mere mortals. But in the Selous Game Reserve, in southern Tanzania, you can see seven different species of bee-eater hawking for insects under sun-filled skies. Each one sports impossibly beautiful colours, outcompeting even the half-a-dozen species of kingfisher we saw here. On a game drive from Selous Impala Camp, in the heart of Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, we went in search of the “magnificent seven”.

Magic Moments of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee - Hindustani Classical Instrumental Audio Jukebox - Sitar

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This Mexican Street Artist Mixes Science Fiction and Psychedelia

South of the US-Mexico border, Smithe, aka Luis Enrique, creates some of the most striking graffiti and murals seen on the streets of Mexico City. But Smithe isn't just plying his trade in his home city. He takes his talents abroad, including stops in Miami for the Scope Art Show and New York City, where in 2013, he painted the largest mural of his career. Smithe's latest works, which he showcases on Instagram, are paint on canvas. They have a distinctly sci-fi and surrealist flair, dominated by rich pastels and stylistically drawn from psychedelia and pop art.


PhotoGallery: Gauguin to Picasso at the Phillips Collection

Cuno Amiet, Bouquet of Carnations, 1916.
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. Im Obersteg Foundation,
permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel © Mark Gisler, Müllheim

See more at: http://artdaily.com

2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year: winning photos announced

'Big Red' Guglielmo Cicerchia/UPY 2017
Giannutri Island, Italy

During the dive I found a fishing net in which many fish were trapped still alive. They were struggling to get free. Using a slow shutter speed and zooming during the exposure I wanted to emphasize the attempt to break free from the fishing net.

'Dancing Octopus' Gabriel Barathieu/UPY 2017

The winners of the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, and the photos are absolutely spectacular. The overall winner was Gabriel Barathieu with his image of an Octopus taken in the Lagoon of Mayotte on Mayotte Island.

He says, 'In the lagoon of Mayotte, during spring low tides, there is very little water on the flats. Only 30 cm in fact. That's when I took this picture. I had to get as close as possible to the dome to create this effect. The 14mm is an ultra wide angle lens with very good close focus which gives this effect of great size. The octopus appears larger, and the height of water also. Also, I didn't need flash because I had lots of natural light.'

'Imp of darkness' Damien Mauric/UPY 2017
Isla Fernandina, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

On his visit to the Galapagos islands, Charles Darwin was revolted by the animals' appearance, writing: "The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large, disgusting clumsy Lizards. They are as black as the porous rocks over which they crawl & seek their prey from the Sea. I call them 'imps of darkness'. They assuredly well-become the land they inhabit." The marine iguana are all but monsters. Endemic to the Galapagos, it's a rare privilege to share a moment underwater with this animal now considered as an endangered species.

'Competition' Richard Shucksmith/UPY 2017
Shetland Isles, United Kingdom

I was out off the coast making images for SCOTLAND: The Big Picture - a project about re-wilding that produces images to amplify the case for a wilder Scotland. Hundreds of gannets were circling the boat looking for the fish that were being thrown over the side. Suddenly a single bird dives and the others seeing it as an indicator and 20, 30, 40 birds are diving at once. Because of this behaviour competition between gannets is always going occur creating several gannets diving for the same fish. I could hear the birds as they hit the water right above my head just before they appeared in front of the camera. A great experience.


Κυριακή, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

The Soul of Jamaica

The good, the bad and the ugly of aerial photography

A glacial river in Greenland

The important thing to remember here is that you’re shooting from a moving, vibrating aircraft instead of from stable ground. This simply means that in order to keep your shots sharp, you’ll need to use a high shutter speed. Remember that the compensation mechanisms in stabilized lenses are meant to deal with human movement, not high-frequency vibration, and will thus offer little help. Same goes for your own hands’ stability: even if you’re rock solid, the aircraft is not, and you should always bear that in mind or suffer the consequences (as I unfortunately have in the past).


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to Exhibit Wevr’s theBlu

theBlu: An Underwater VR Experience, directed by Jake Rowell (Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Superman Returns), is a unique 6-minute presentation for NHMLA visitors, highlighting three environments. They’ll be able to encounter a 80-foot blue whale as it swims past a sunken ship; an undersea migration on the edge of a shallow coral reef, with turtles and swarms of jellyfish gliding by; and a deep dive into an abyss, where hidden creatures including angler fish and squid appear with the use of a virtual flashlight.

See more at: http://www.vrfocus.com

Scientists find 60,000 year old life form trapped underground

The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant 
in caves in Naica, Mexico.(Mike Spilde via AP)

An extraordinary population of microbes has been discovered trapped in crystal in a volcanically heated Mexican cave system where temperatures reach 60C (140F).

Some of them had been there for 60,000 years, shut off from light or oxygen and obtaining energy from minerals.

Attempts to classify the bugs showed that 90% could not be matched with any other micro-organisms catalogued in available databases.

They were also highly diverse, including around 100 different strains made up both of bacteria and other microbes known as archaea.