Tag Archives: photography

No Copyright For You! – LINK

United States copyright regulators are agreeing with Wikipedia’s conclusion that a monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted by a nature photographer whose camera was swiped by the ape in the jungle. The animal’s selfie went viral.

via Monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted, US regulators say | Ars Technica.

I think this is my favorite news story of the day.

Time-Lapse Video Shows Star Trails and City Lights Streaking From Space – LINK

“Fly through both space and time with this amazing new time-lapse video, showing beautiful star trails and city lights streaking over the Earth’s surface as seen from space.

Photographer Christoph Malin from Austria created the stunning film by stacking image sequences taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The results show off incredible patterns of light as the ISS zooms by. Along with the man-made metropolises, viewers can catch a glimpse of lightning corridors flashing within clouds, green auroras, satellite tracks, meteors, and even a quick appearance by the famous sun-diving comet Lovejoy at about 1:42.”

via Time-Lapse Video Shows Star Trails and City Lights Streaking From Space | Wired Science | Wired.com.

Taking a Stab at HDR

My first crack at HDR images. It seemed only fitting that my first attempt be with photos from my favorite place on Earth.

Zion Canyon. Click for full size.Click for larger image

I don’t have a camera that does bracketing so I had to manually adjust the shutter speed for each exposure. All in all, I’m pretty happy with how they came out. what do you think?

As you can tell from the watermark, I don’t have the full version of photomatix. I’m not sure if I’m ready for that investment yet.

2010 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar – LINK

As we find ourselves in December once more, I’d like to present the third annual Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar for 2010. Keep checking this page – every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the Hubble Space Telescope, some old and some new. This year there is also a temporary RSS feed for the calendar. I continue to feel very fortunate to have been able to share photographs and stories with you all this year, and I wish for a Happy Holiday season to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone. – Alan

via 2010 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

Advent calendars have been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember; my parents still get a calendar for all the grandchildren every year. So finding this magical combination of family tradition and astronomy was quite pleasing.


My Photography SUCKS! – LINK

National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30th. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well. National Geographic was again kind enough to let me choose some of their entries from 2010 for display here on The Big Picture.

via National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

People who know me know that photography is a major part of who I am. Looking through this small sample of submissions for this year’s National Geographic photo contest, however, has helped me realize that my own photography SUCKS!

Look at this amazing collection. Do it! Do it NOW!

Maybe The Most Powerful Photo I’ve Ever Seen – LINK


Praying Tibetan monks seen through flames, distorted by the heat shimmer above the mass cremation of victims of the earthquake in Yushu County on April 17, 2010. (AP Photo) #


This is perhaps the most powerful, devastating, and amazing photo I’ve ever seen; the emotions it generates are difficult to describe.

The scene is heartbreaking; yet there is a serenity, a peace that I cannot explain.

My heart goes out to all those who suffer from such tragedies and those who work tirelessly to alleviate the effects.

NOTE: Make sure you view the photo at full size or on the boston.com site, the resizing is pretty brutal.

Amazing Photos of Iceland’s Volcano

Lava spurts out of the site of a volcanic eruption at the Eyjafjallajl volcano near the Eyjafjalla glacier in Iceland on March 27, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Boston.com has a collection of some amazing photos of the volcano erupting in Iceland.

The Big Picture is a fantastic source for great event photography. One of my favorite sites in my Google Reader feeds.

Check it out!

Photographing The Newest Man-Made Marvel – LINK

Photographer Jamey Stillings speaks very casually about his relationship with
bridges. Even though his photo studies began over 20 years ago when he
was an MFA student. Even though he has been obsessively documenting the
construction of the Colorado River Bridge at the Hoover Dam for over year. Oh,
and he almost forgot to mention that his son’s name means “bridge” in another
language. In fact, Stillings seems almost surprised at the recurring

I’ve been across Hoover Dam a few times since construction started on this engineering marvel; it’s always interesting to see how much progress has been made from the last trip.

This photo set is awesome.