Whoa: photo manipulation before photoshop


There’s a new exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art called, “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop“.

Many of the images are blowing me away. Hopefully I’ll get out there to see the exhibit.



Jerry N. Uelsmann  (American, born Detroit, Michigan, 1934)

Uelsmann revived the technique of combination printing pioneered by such Victorian art photographers as Oscar Gustave Rejlander and Henry Peach Robinson in the early 1960s, when darkroom manipulation was denigrated by many proponents of straight photography as a flagrant violation of photographic purity. His pictures, which he creates in a darkroom equipped with seven enlargers, are filled with mind-bending paradoxes, oblique symbolism, and bizarre contrasts of scale. Uelsmann’s work is now considered an important precursor to the seamless compositing widely associated with digital photography and Photoshop.



photography: out and about

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Last night I grabbed this shot of a guy I saw from a distance. He was backlighted. I wanted to capture the essence of backlight, but still have a little illumination in his face.

I used my flash but aimed at a wall that was about 30 feet behind me. It still gave me that illumination I wanted without blowing out his face.

Click to enlarge.




Crossing the Weekend Threshold Inspiration: Five Regrets commonly expressed on death beds

I spend a good amount of time thinking about mortality.

I don’t believe in the afterlife, and taking that into account, I feel it makes each day taste a little sweeter. I refuse to think that things I do now will be bettered when we all reconvene in heaven for eternal life with Yeshua.

Reminders of mortality punch me in the teeth to make sure I soak up my time with my Tina and loved ones.

I read this list from Bonnie Ware about the five most common regrets she heard when working with patients in palliative care.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Read her entire post here.


Phil Plait: New Data Show Mercury Almost Certainly Has Buried Ice at Its North Pole

From Bad Astronomer Phil Plait at Slate:

New data from the NASA space probe MESSENGER indicate that Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, almost certainly has water ice buried beneath the surface at its north pole!

I know, it sounds completely crazy, but hang tight. It all makes sense.

Mercury’s north pole, as seen by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. Click to enhermesenate.

Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mercury is a mere 58 million kilometers (36 million miles) from the Sun and has a surface temperature of 430 degrees Celsius (800 degrees Fahrenheit). But that’s a maximum temperature. In shadows that temperature can drop drastically.

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