Snowy Tokyo

Tokyo is getting some cold weather right now, including a rare bit of snow. So it seems timely to introduce the photography of Yusuke Komatsu, who recently published a self-explanatory series of photographs titled Snow in Tokyo… More here.

Great atmosphere in these shots.

People usually shoot with smartphones

To survive, Mitarai says Canon, which produced pioneering autofocus gear popular with professional photographers, will shift its focus to corporate customers in fields like surveillance and medical care.

“People usually shoot with smartphones,” Mitarai said in an interview with Nikkei. “The digital camera market will keep falling for about two years. In our company, cameras have declined at around 10 percent a year in the past few years. Professional and amateurs use about 5 to 6 million units. Finally, the market will hit the bottom.” More here.

Can’t remember the last time I used a real camera. I, like most others, have gotten used to poorer quality photos as a worthwhile price for the ease of use. The same applies to poorer quality music on phones.

Tangled Mossy Trees

Wistman’s Wood in Dartmoor, Devon, England, has been the backdrop of countless folktales and myths involving the spiritual and supernatural. For his ongoing project titled Mystical, British photographer Neil Burnell has been visiting the forest and capturing the foggy, misty, twisted wood that has sparked wonder over the ages… More here.

Stunning photos.

Film photos

Fast forward a decade and a half, to an era when film is as nearly extinct as the planet we photograph it with, and I open that box to find twelve rolls of Ilford HP5 black and white negative film: seven of 36 exposures, five of 24, a total of 372 exposures to last me one single run around the sun. One for every day, and a week of wiggle room… More at PetaPixel.

No digital camera can recreate the film finish in any photo, but like almost everyone else I still go for the convenience and immediacy of my phone camera above a better end result. Sad really.

A 195 gigapixel photo

At the initial stage of creation, the Big Pixel Team decided to accept new challenges of taking photos with hundreds of billions of pixels by breaking the past limit of tens of billions of pixels. However, it’s extremely difficult. The previous splicing technology was no longer applicable. More images, bigger data treatment and network deployment and loading were new challenges. Regardless of such challenges, we were still full of fighting spirit and successfully overcame such difficulties one by one. After taking photos in the Oriental Pearl Tower which is 230 m high and after data treatment for two months, we successfully created this picture, the world’s third largest picture and Asia’s first largest picture, marking that our team became a top creative image production team of the world.

Check out the image here. Zoom in, zoom out, move around and be amazed.

Why It’s Still Worth Shooting with Film

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So, you might ask, why would anyone even think about shooting with old-school film these days? The stuff is finicky and has to be developed in a time-consuming process, delaying our now accustomed instant gratification of seeing photos immediately. But despite those drawbacks, film has stuck around—and it will continue to hang on because it maintains some important advantages over digital… More here.

Excellent stuff from James.

Earth’s Wonders

Once a matter of debate, we know today the Earth is not flat. But the satellite imagery we’re most familiar with — taken straight down––flattens and obscures the visual cues we get from perspective, making the imagery appear like maps, not photos.
Take for example this nadir view of Monte Fitz Roy. You might not appreciate that these are mountains unless you spot the clue in the jagged shadows coming off the mountain’s serrated summits… More at Medium.

Some of these images are absolutely stunning.