Tag: Photography

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Delightful Apocalypse

 

Squirrels, for all their zany antics, are too polite to sneeze on you. Roaming around city streets might be an invitation to disaster right now. But there remains plenty of parkland and wilderness to wander free of worry. Just try to avoid sciurologists, which I assume are as erratic and unpredictable as their subjects.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Snapshot: The Kodak Brownie

 
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George Eastman circa 1890

No man did more to bring photography to ordinary people than did George Eastman (1854-1932). Eastman, who had two sisters, was born into a successful family on a small farm in upstate New York. When his father’s health began to fail the family moved to Rochester, NY. His father would die in 1862 when young George was eight and his mother was forced to take in boarders in order to make ends meet.

Among those boarders would be the Henry Strong family. Strong would become and remain a life-long friend and business partner of Eastman (he served as president of Eastman Kodak from its inception until his death in 1919). As for George, he would begin working full time at age 14 as an office boy (his workweek was 10 hours per day, six days per week at $3 per week). Eastman was a smart and diligent young man who was steadily advancing in the work world.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Photographs and Memories

 

Scrolling through the scanned images from many years of 35mm manual camera photography, I ran across this image. It was one of my better shots from my first military assignment, in Bavaria, West Germany. But who was that young officer doing a standing backflip under the elevated barrel of a King Tiger tank? I had not spoken with him since I left Germany in the spring of 1990, and his name had faded from memory. A bit of poking around the internet answered that question and filled in a vague memory with surprising detail.

When I reported to my officer basic course at Fort Bliss, Texas, I saved my modest pay until I could buy a good basic 35 mm camera kit. I bought a Pentax K1000 camera. Knowing I would be shooting film on the go, my hands often occupied with a map, mike, or machine gun, I went with a compromise lens, an aspherical 28-200mm wide to telephoto lens. That lens stood me in good stead through about seven years of active service, until I busted some pin or ring when I tossed the camera into a back seat.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Magazine-Worthy Photographs

 

In his Impromptus column at National Review today, Jay Nordlinger closes with a photo, taken by my wife, of the bee balm and daylilies in our front yard.

I saw a photo the other day and thought — and said — “Magazine-worthy.” It was snapped by our Molly Powell — National Review’s Molly Powell — who lives in New Hampshire. With her permission, I share it with you. A bit of New Hampshire on a late afternoon, with bee balm and daylilies gracing the stage:

Afternoon in New Hampshire (beebalm and daylilies), by Molly Powell

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Whether you remember watching the first lunar landing on television, as I did at my maternal grandparents’ home in the summer of 1969, or if you became acquainted more recently with the video footage, you know it was grainy black and white video. So how did President Trump get this glorious color footage?   More

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Animals are infuriating photography subjects. They dart away at the slightest noise or movement. They move constantly or at the very moment you take the picture. Even familiar animals in the wild look at you as if all your previous encounters were just patient preparation for finally eating them. (Which farm animal ratted me out?) […]

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Increasingly, photography is a field blended with other disciplines. For generations, photography was simply about capturing what human eyes see; stamping a moment beyond the original viewer’s mind, out where the image can be shared. But today there are other options. The roles of artistic painting can now be mimicked by photographers — creating scenes […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. More

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On this episode of Viewpoint, AEI’s Katharine Stevens sits down with photographer Chris Arnade. Arnade has a PhD in physics and was a Wall Street trader. After a crisis of conscience following the 2008 financial crash [3:02], Chris abandoned his banking job to travel the country and chronicle the lives of America’s forgotten masses. But more compelling than the photos were the real conversations that Chris had with real people across the United States [5:23]. He discusses analyzing the “front row and back row” of educational classes [13:56].

This interview originally was published on AEI’s YouTube channel.

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Why do you care to see fancy architecture? What is the appeal? The history, you might say. It represents a time long past; of emperors and kings, or of barbaric tribes and silk roads, or some such. For the science, you might say. What incredible engineering was necessary to build these grand structures! For the […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Openly Sneaky: Photographing Animals

 

Though I am by no means an expert photographer, years of stalking animals has given me reason to consider how critters are best approached without spooking them. Perhaps you have some tips of your own.

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Boy, we are living in an age of stupidity. This story is an argument in favor of that assertion. Online social media giant Facebook has initiated a pilot program in Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom in which users are asked to submit their intimate photos to Facebook and, in return, Facebook […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Fall Walk on a Rainy Evening

 

A lovely evening for strolling the neighborhood and experimenting with the camera. Anyone else getting out and enjoying the changing colors?

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Rather than repeat my usual routine of writing a post only to delete it before publishing (because the argument stinks or because I realized I just wanted something to say), I thought some of y’all might be interested in a hobby of mine: virtual photography. If there’s interest, I will turn it into a weekly […]

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