Saturday, October 26, 2013

5 Ways to Discover New Photos Online

Kearsarge Pinnacles by Moonlight
Kearsarge Pinnacles by Moonlight
by Jeff Pang is licensed under CC BY 2.0 - discovered by going through a contact's favorites

I'm always on the lookout for photos to add to my growing collection of favorites.  Photos I find online help me expand my photography, through seeing the photographers' techniques (if they share them), their gear (I know gear does not in and of itself make one a better photographer, but it can open up new possibilities), and their locations.  Following great photographers on Flickr, 500px, Facebook, or another social network is an obvious way to find new photographs, but here are a few of my own ways that you may not have tried:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Then & Now: Saratoga Springs, NY

Being from Saratoga, I love to discover old photographs of the city.  Saratoga has a long and fascinating history, centered mainly around its natural springs, grandiose hotels (most of which are no longer standing), and horse racing track, which just celebrated its 150th anniversary.  It may not be as well-known a destination as New York or Boston, two of the nearest big cities, but I can assure you there is no shortage of subjects to photograph here. I just finished a great book Saratoga Lost: Images of Victorian America by Robert Joki, which compelled me to write this post, the fourth in my series of then and now photo essays.  Most of the "then" photos are stereoscopic views, which, with a stereoscopic viewfinder, will appear 3D.  You can also cross your eyes just a little bit until you see the shot in 3D, but be careful with that method!

Saratoga Race Course grand stand then:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk 2013

I know it's somewhat overdue, but I figured I'd post it anyway.  On October 5, I participated for the second time in Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk in Saratoga Springs, NY.  In years prior to last year, I had wanted to participate, but was never available on the day of the walk.

Saratoga is a great place to photograph because there are just so many scenes, from busy streets to tranquil parks.  Since the weather was overcast this year (which is definitely not a bad thing as far as photos go!), my shots had a different feel to them than my shots from last year's walk, despite being shot in the same city.

On Broadway, I got some shots of cars zooming past, thanks to a polarizer filter that helped me slow down the shutter speed just enough to capture the motion.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sony A7/A7r Blog Reaction Roundup

Since Sony announced their full frame mirrorless cameras, the a7 and A7r, just a few days ago, my Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feeds have been practically taken over by reactions to this exciting new development in the camera world.  I myself have been waiting for a full frame mirrorless to hit the market, but I'm not switching over just yet.  I'd like to see some more lens options and perhaps see what the competition has to offer before I commit.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Riding the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad in Upstate New York

Fall foliage is popping here in upstate New York!  Just a few weeks ago, I went on a meetup with my photography club on the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad to look at the fall foliage along the way and take a gondola to the top of Gore Mountain.

I grabbed a shot of the conductor before we started our trip up.

Saratoga North Creek Railroad Conductor (1)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Then & Now: Paris

Here is the third in my series on then and now photos.  As I am a French teacher (see my blog, where I have cross-posted this), it shouldn't surprise you that I go to Paris every few years.  I have published to Flickr quite a large collection of photos, so I thought it fitting to do a then and now post with this iconic city.

Notre Dame then:

Notre Dame, ca. 1900
"Notre Dame" (Public Domain Image) from State Library of Victoria via WikiMedia Commons

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