Monthly Archives: June 2011

American Football – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons (CC) library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Movement

Photo by: Bob Ramsey | License: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

This shot is great. I love the feeling of movement and the way it captures this powerful football moment. You can almost feel the force used by the players running and the crowd cheering.

As an European I never gave much thought to American football but after watching Friday Night Lights I became amazed with this compelling sport.
I have to confess that it makes European football (aka soccer) look like a bunch of ladies having their tea.

Now I just need to pick my team. ;)

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My Paris Photo of the Day: From the Top of the Eiffel Tower

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My brother was in town last week and we went all the way up the Eiffel Tower. The weather was horrible and we got soaking wet but I managed to get some nice views of Paris. Granted, a little touristy but I love it anyway.

In this view you can see South West Paris, the Seine river and some of the bridges. In the tip of the island on the river you can spot a replica of the Statue of Liberty. More on that subject in a few days.

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Elsewhere on the Web

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Over at the lovely Little Big, Carrie Anne just published my guest post about Montmartre Vignettes where I talk a little about this old Parisian neighborhood and show pictures.
Be sure to check out her vintage items shop on Etsy too. Super stuff!

Go check it out!

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Greek Countryside – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons (CC) library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Summer sun [explored]

Photo by: Nikos Koutoulas | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Beautiful photo of summer taken in the Greek countryside. The contrasting sky, the dry yellow field and green mountains give this landscape picture the distinct sense of the Mediterranean summer time.
Notice the way the sky is lit, there are no major overexposed bits. This light is diffuse and the sun enhances the clouds. Very good post production work.

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Video Tutorial – Enhancing the Eyes in Photoshop

I found this Photoshop tutorial on YouTube about a year ago on how to enhance the eyes of a person to make them more clear in a photo.

The tutorial is explained in good detail and I sure you will learn from it as I did. Enjoy!

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Friday’s Pictures: Moving in a Train Station

Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.

This week the theme is Moving in a Train Station, be that a train or a human.

I find trains a fascinating subject. Train stations are one of my favorite places to photograph. Strangers in a hurry, moving trains, tearful rendezvous… You will never run out of subjects.

ghost station

Photo by: Matthias Rhomberg | License: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Beautiful use of light and motion. The hint of the woman makes it for me.

catch the train

Photo by: gato-gato-gato | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This photo is not framed nor in focus, yet it makes use of that to give us the sense of urgency of the stranger trying to catch the train. Love the gloomy overall feel given by the black and white. Perfect example of a good photo breaking many rules.

the dystopian traveller

Photo by: txiribiton | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Another example of a gloomy visual feeling made possible with texture, desaturation and framing. Makes us feel like we are spying the lonely voyage of this stranger. Notice the use of a square frame to emphasize the high ceiling and give the traveler a more fragile look.

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Shallow Depth of Field – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons (CC) library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.


Photo by: autan | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Love the crispness of this picture but also the softness brought by the shallow depth of field. Lovely picture of a plum tree in bloom.

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Invader 1000 – Street Art in Paris

Until the 2nd of July 2011 you can enjoy for free Invader’s solo exhibition.

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This show celebrates the placement of his 1000 Space Invader in Paris and also shows some of his latest projects with Rubik Cubes.

Invader 1000

As a big fan since the first time I saw a Space Invader I loved the exhibition. He is one of the artists that best define my generation.

Invader 1000

If you are in Paris be sure to pop by and take a look.

Invader 1000

Gallery site (in French)

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Friday’s Pictures: Macro Abstract

Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.

This week the theme is Macro Photography so extreme that it becomes abstract.

UV Light

Photo by: Beo Beyond | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Love the shapes and the neon color contrast with the black background.

Flower Macro at 1:1

Photo by: Douglas Brown | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

It’s part of a flower, that much I can tell. Love the composition and bright colors.

Succulent (Titanopsis) macro

Photo by: Martin Heigan | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The fractal texture does it for me. It’s amazing the things we usually miss with our bare eyes.

Super Macro Eye

Photo by: Felipe Alonso | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This macro photo of the human eye has great colors and light.

Something that we can learn from these photos: attention to detail, awareness of graphic composition and very good lighting make great photos.

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Saint-Lazare in Paris – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Photo by: Phil Hilfiker | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Love how this familiar place in Paris (Saint-Lazare) looks so different seen by someone else. I also love the blue monotone and the movement.

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