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Monday, February 28, 2011

Show flickr photos on a map with

I like the google maps functionality of displaying photos on the map, linked to, it is very useful when you are looking for a place to spend your holiday. is a similar service which displays on a google map photos from flickr. You can chose to display photos from a specific user, or a specific place. What is appreciable is that you can see the tags and search by tag. I wish there was the possibility to use your flickr information, such as your contact list. It may be developed at a later time.

For example this is a search of my most prolific contact, cogdogblog (more than 18,000 public photos at this time!):

Photos need to be geotagged of course, and public. Here is a map of Paris tagged "architecture":

Now you can share maps of your own travels! I think I might share maps from time to time.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

What you may have missed this week (1)

This week I am starting a new thread that will be up every sunday. It's a compilation of articles and photos published during the week that have been popular, or ones I particularly enjoyed. This way you won't miss photo news.

Let's start right away!

Back to the future

I had already seen projects of before/after photos of people. Irina Werning's "Back to the future" project goes further, as the photographer did everything possible to make the after picture look like the before shot: background, accessories, clothes and even facial expressions. No doubt Irina Werning is a perfectionist!

PANCHO IN 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires
PANCHO IN 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires by ©Irina Werning

Light-Paint Piano Player

I am not used to publish videos here. This one is very impressive and light painting fans will undoubtely appreciate. I found it first on Man Ryan Cashman rocks!

22 Remarkable Pictures of Rust

Another article from, a neat compilation of pictures of Rust by Tim Kok. I love it.

Found in Field Dead Oshawa, Ontario.  Old Ford truck used as a feeding station for livestock.
Found in Field Dead by ©Rick Harris

Photos opportunities

Corinne Vionnet has done a tremendous work on her Photos opportunities project. For 26 famous landmarks she has collected and merged thousands of photos into one picture. Results look like paintings.


The article Accessory Guide: Memory Card has been very popular this week, partly thanks to the site photo geek.
I would like to thank every person who shared my articles this week :)

Day 5 - New Friend My 4GB SDHC card died recently and shooting RAW with a 10MP D80 on a 2GB card was no joy. 160 photos is simply no enough. So, I ordered 2x8GB SDHC from eBay and they arrived while we were away. Now I can shoot over 600 photos on a card, and way more if I dont shoot RAW. happy me.
Day 5 - New Friend by ©Cristiano Betta

More news next week!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

10 Superb Bokeh

Today I would like to share 10 of my favourites bokeh photos including one from Romain Ballez's 60 quotes project and one from a previous 365 of ~jjjohn~'s.


paint me with bokeh bobbi brown new advertisement???  edited : replaced with minor editing..
paint me with bokeh by ©tian chew lim

Warning!!!...Tiger in training...:O)) Highest Explore Position #244 ~ On October 20th 2008.  Tigers - Howletts Wildlife Park, Kent, England - Sunday October 19th 2008. <a href=""><b>Click here to see the Larger image</a></b>  <a href=""><b>Click here to see My most interesting images</a></b>  Not the best shot Ive every taken, because its through a wire fence and from a distance, plus there were squillions of people in my way and twas hard to get a good angle...oh well as they say..:O))) Hope everybody had a great weekend..:O)))
Warning!!!...Tiger in training...:O)) by ©Keven Law

Day 343/365 : Flowers <b><a href="">#1</a></b> <a href="">FP</a> Project: <a href="">365 days of Bokeh</a>
Day 343/365 : Flowers by ©Giovanni Orlando

Day Fifty One <a href="">51</a>/<a href="">365</a>. <b>I grease the lens and frame the shot using a friend as my stand-in</b> ~ <i>Postal Service (Clark Gable)</i>  Today was a super fun photo friday! We had a lot of Canon shooters come out which was perfect because a friend of ours had a bunch of &quot;toys&quot; for everyone to borrow (14mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.2). I believe overall we had 2 x 5Dmkiis, 1 x 5D, an XTi, 2 x D700s, and a D60.  Shown as the main subject in the photo is <a href="">Dave Cohen</a>.  I also wrote my first article over on SLR Geek titled <a href="">Flash photography, and pwning the inverse square law</a>. So have a read if youre up for relearning the basics of exposure (we could all use a refresher), and how your flash plays a role. Cheers everyone!
Day Fifty One by ©Dustin Diaz

Newspaper Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. (George Orwell)
Newspaper by ©Luc De Leeuw

...and then came the Sun Hier en fin de journée, après une grosse averse.  Late afternoon yesterday, after a heavy downpour.  Canon EOS <s>1000D</s> 40D + SMC Takumar 50 f/1.4. <b>My first post with my new 40D =D</b>  <a href="" rel="nofollow">Large on Dark</a> <a href="">The Largest</a>
...and then came the Sun by ©Bruno

Quotes - 39 / 60 <b>The voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes ~ Marcel Proust.</b>  Lets go back to some concrete stuff !  Wall-e finaly made up his way through the <a href=""><b>umbrella</b></a> and ended on this pylon. It was his first time outside. Seeing somebody playing with a little toy on the street makes the people quite suspicious, as usual.  You probably missed it, but the project and a serie of concert shots have been projected at the <a href="" rel="nofollow"><b>Bar du matin</b></a>. Heres a <a href=";set=a.461595071086.256776.291270891086" rel="nofollow"><b>shot</b></a> of the event. Dont forget to <a href="" rel="nofollow"><b>subscribe</b></a> while youre there.  21 shots to go !  [ <b>Setup</b> ]  ► Canon eos 5D II  - 50mm f:1.4 @ 1/50  f:1.4 iso100.  [ <a href=""><b>60 quotes project</b></a> I <a href="" rel="nofollow"><b>Facebook</b></a> I <a href="" rel="nofollow"><b>Twitter</b></a> ]
Quotes - 39 / 60 by ©Romain Ballez

Claire | Six By Six <a href="" rel="nofollow">Follow me on Facebook</a>  Bokeh Panorama comprised of 23 frames. It would not be physically possible for any lens to achieve this depth of field with this compression from this point of view. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G See more of my bokeh panoramas  <a href="">here</a>.
Claire | Six By Six by ©Sean Molin

封鎖 by ©K Amagai

Day twenty seven <strong>27/365</strong>  It was very cold outside. I helped <a href="">Guilhem</a> for his daily shot, and then we made mine, but I was so cold that it quickly made me angry. I havent any motivation tonight. Im tired, Im gonna sleep.  strobist info: 540-EZ @ 1/128 @ 35mm camera right SB-28 @ 1/64 @ 24mm camera right, as backlight  camera info: Nikon D300 | 85mm | ƒ/1,4 | ISO 400 | 1/15s — Tripoded via Cactus V4
Day twenty seven by ©Cyril Gravelier

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Teemu Tuominen

Teemu Tuominen Of Kiuas   <a href=";size=large">View On Black</a>  From &quot;Revolution Begins&quot; September 5th 2008.
Teemu Tuominen by ©Hani Amir

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

365: Elkana Randrianaivo

I often write about the difficulties of running a 365 project and completing it. Well some photographers want to take the challenge to the next level.

Elkana Randrianaivo is one of them. He does not want to take any picture, he wants to push his boundaries and come up with a new idea every day. So basically he tries and build a photograph from an idea he has on mind, setting a scene and appropriate lighting. I feel this is a real artistic approach. Elkana told me he keeps learning from this project, I believe no matter your level as a photographer a 365 project is a good way to keep evolving.

Elkana Randrianaivo - 365

Petite percée
Petite percée by ©Elkana RANDRIANAIVO

Paper Doll
Paper Doll by ©Elkana RANDRIANAIVO

Bien attaquer sa journée
Bien attaquer sa journée by ©Elkana RANDRIANAIVO

Eventail architectural
Eventail architectural by ©Elkana RANDRIANAIVO

Pailles arc-en-ciel
Pailles arc-en-ciel by ©Elkana RANDRIANAIVO

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Photoblog atzoom

I like to write about various subjects, it has been a long time since I last introduced a photoblog. is a photoblog run by Pierre. It could have been introduced in the 365 section as Pierre tries to publish pictures on a daily basis. Pierre shares a lot of pictures about France taken with Canon gear. How not to like??

The blog consists of a series of experimentations, various photos through which Pierre acquires more maturity.

Pierre -

Sunrise by ©Pierre

Docks Vauban - Le Havre
Docks Vauban - Le Havre by ©Pierre

Heureux présage
Heureux présage by ©Pierre

Falaises de la Hève
Falaises de la Hève by ©Pierre

Tintin à Sainte Adresse
Tintin à Sainte Adresse by ©Pierre

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cheap accessory guide: lens cap clip

Don't you think there is a major practical problem with your dSLR? When you take it out of its bag, you put the strap on, remove the lens cap, turn the camera on and start shooting.
You take your shot, look at the picture (and smile), turn off the camera, put the lens cap back o... wait... where is... not that pocket... not this one... not here... Where in the world is the ^$*@#!* lens cap??
You know what I mean right? Most of the time, after two minutes you remember where you put your lens cap. Hopefully it wasn't in a dusty pocket. Some other times however it fell somewhere and you won't ever find it back. It's not that expensive, but losing it is very annoying and your lens remains unprotected until you get a new one (which you might end up losing too).

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. Hüfa definitely got that! They sell what should comes with every camera: a lens cap clip. Attach it on your bag, camera strap, shirt, anywhere you want and don't lose your cap ever again. You get one for $12.95 and three for $33, free shipping in the US. Until camera manufacturers think of a place on your camera where you could clip your cap, this is probably your best option.


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Monday, February 21, 2011

Accessory Guide: Memory Card

Memory cards are an important matter, as I read on an article "without them you cannot take pictures". In a perfect world we would just check if we do or do not have one in the camera, nothing more.
Unfortunately (or not) this is not a perfect world, and there are other points to check about memory cards you get.


Size is one of them. Nowadays cards go from 2GB to 32GB, more or less. What you need to do first is check the size of the pictures you take. If your camera handles RAW format, ask yourself what you want to get: JPEG files only, RAW files only, or JPEG + RAW (if available). Also do you want to take full size pictures? After that, when you know the size each picture will take on the card, you can work out the number of pictures you can fit on a card. This is what matters after all.
Also to take into account: do you carry a computer or another hardware you can unload your card on? Do you mind swapping cards (how often)?
If you listen to marketing, size is the only feature that should be taken into consideration. Yes, marketing has its way to make us focus on things and hide the rest of the picture from us. Choice would be simple to make if we lived in marketing world right? Well the bad news is we don't live in this wonderland.

SanDisk Extreme IV 8GB Compact Flash Card <a href="" target="_blank">Fr3d</a> wouldnt believe I own one. Fr3d, I own one. K? :p
SanDisk Extreme IV 8GB Compact Flash Card by ©William Hook


Speed is as important as size. When you see the size of the pictures you take, and have an idea of storage speeds, you have reasons to worry about speed! For example, I shoot in RAW+JPEG, my RAW files are about 20MB each and JPEG about 6-8MB (or more). That's 25-30MB per shot. When I move files from a disk to another on my computer, I'm happy to reach 20MB/s. With the same speed it would take more than a second to write a picture on my card; and you will not reach that writing speed. Imagine you take 5 pictures in a row. Now we've got a problem! Don't worry, your camera has a cache, data is written there first (it's much faster) and when the camera has time the photos are written on your card.
We talk about card speed, actually it is card speeds: reading speed and writing speed. They are not the same. It is much faster to read than to write (if you find this weird, think about how fast you read a line of text and how fast you write it).
Reading speed is mainly important when you want to transfer your photos to another storage (your computer, an external hard drive, etc.). If your card is really slow, you will also feel it when you browse your pictures from your camera.
Writing speed is crucial while taking photos. You don't want to miss a shot because your camera is saying "wait will I write on your card". It is even more important if you use continuous shooting mode.
As speed is not the main marketing argument, it varies a lot between two cards. To make this information more readable, "classes" have been introduced, most of the time you find class 2, class 4 and class 6 cards. Again, your need will depend on the size of your photos and how you use your camera. I personnally choose only class 6 cards. But even among cards in the same class, important differences can be found. If you are looking for the best hardware, you should definitely read reviews (see end of article).


I wish I could forget about this point sometimes. But very few of us can. Quality has a price, sad but true. The good news is with internet there is a lot of competition, so don't buy too fast, check prices everywhere before buying.


Last but not least, check if the card you want to get is compatible with your camera. This sounds obvious I know, but be sure before buying, you don't want a bad surprise. With SD cards for example, you can have three cards which look exactly the same, but one is SD, another is SDHC (SD 2.0) and the third is SDXC. While a device that reads SDXC will read a SD card, the opposite is not (always) true.

Day 5 - New Friend My 4GB SDHC card died recently and shooting RAW with a 10MP D80 on a 2GB card was no joy. 160 photos is simply no enough. So, I ordered 2x8GB SDHC from eBay and they arrived while we were away. Now I can shoot over 600 photos on a card, and way more if I dont shoot RAW. happy me.
Day 5 - New Friend by ©Cristiano Betta

Which to choose

Most of the time you decide (vote?) a budget, check what you can get with it, higher your budget because you want something better and buy. Here I would advise the opposite. This element is very important so you should first decide what is best to get, then look for the lowest price for this product. Also you can ask yourself if you should get one card of a given size or two cards of smaller size. In any case it is still good to have a backup card.
To make a choice, it can be very helpful to read reviews such as:

Note: I did not get paid by Sandisk for the choice of photos!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

20 photos through the eye of the fish

Kennedy Bridge Kennedy Bridge over the river Rhine in Bonn. September 2006.
Kennedy Bridge by ©Ville Miettinen

Day 16/365 : The evening dream Explore Front Page on Tuesday, August 12, 2008  Project: 365 days of Bokeh
Day 16/365 : The evening dream by ©Giovanni Orlando

-  blue roll - On explore Oct 12, 2009 #2
- blue roll - by ©Xavier

Stuck in a moment you can\
Stuck in a moment you can't get out of by ©Miguel Angel

More'ialis Borealis by ©Arnar Valdimarsson

San Michele The mood in this ancient church is different to everything I\
San Michele by ©Beat Küng

4/365 : Breathe Project: 365 days of SQUARE BW
4/365 : Breathe by ©Giovanni Orlando

Runway Sorry to post another fisheye but I\
Runway by ©Wendell

Fishy Smiles
Fishy Smiles by ©Steve Jurvetson

\ / OLYMPUS E-520 / ZUIKO Digital 8mm F3.5
\ / by ©sinkdd

escalating OLYMPUS E-520 / ZUIKO Digital 8mm F3.5
escalating by ©sinkdd

L'envol by ©Henry Marion

- Symmetry asymmetrical - Explore #241 Jun 14, 2009
- Symmetry asymmetrical - by ©Xavier

αммσиιтє Some souveniers from the trip to the Munot. The Munot is a circular 16th century fortification south of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen. It is surrounded by vineyards and serves as the city
αммσиιтє by ©Beat Küng

Grande roue, grande vitesse
Grande roue, grande vitesse by ©Yannick Garcia

Across The Bay - Instax Windows West Seattle.
Across The Bay - Instax Windows by ©Shawn McClung

Going down The lens was a little bit dusty :/
Going down by ©Poty

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

100: Self promotion

This is the 100th article on the blog, hooray!! Time for the first progress report.

I am very happy to run this blog. I am learning a lot, and though it takes a lot of time to find ideas, collect data/photos, mail people, write articles, translate articles, it is still fun to do this. My english is improving (a little) and I get to meet very friendly people.

The blog has evolved since the first article on November 12th: I understand as a blog about photography that people mainly want to see photos here so I stopped putting a single photo on articles; I have introduced recurrent articles like 365 projects and the photo of the week; the design of the blog has evolved too, with the adding of twitter, facebook and share buttons and some improvements in colors and layout. I have also developped tools to help me write articles (I am a -web- developper after all!).

OMAGOSH by powerpig

The 365 thread is doing fine. When I started it I thought it was a great idea for a thread, and I was pretty sure I would find tons of great projects to introduce as I found so many pictures of 365 projects. It turns out interesting projects are not that common, I must be too difficult to convince.
I try to talk about running project only (I think I have managed to do that) including at least 5-6 photos I would happily display in the article. Also I avoid projects which do not have their dedicated page (set if on flickr), I don't want to have to search the whole portfolio of somebody to follow the project.
The hardest time for selecting projects was the beginning of 2011, because many people started at this time and thus had very few photos in there project.
I am very satisfied with the quality of the projects displayed here. If I had to chose my favourite, it would definitely be Brandon Huang's. Man this kid is gifted!

72/365 Let There Be Light by Brandon Huang

About feedback I must say I am a bit disappointed in the number of comments on the blog. The number of visitors is increasing but I have very few comments even when I explicitly ask for them. The internet is so flooded with information that we do not take the time to comment or even read everything. I know I do that too, when looking for subjects, advice, ideas on other sites I do not always read the article in its entirety or take the time to comment. So I guess this is normal! When talking with friends, the comment I get the most is "You are lazy on fridays huh?" (I have nice friends!). Yes, this is the day the photo of the week is published. I know I don't write a comment for this one, but this is because it speaks for itself! And trust me, it is not easy to find the photo of the week: the photo will have a dedicated article, and it will be displayed on the side for a whole week; this make me very hard to please! Plus I try to find photos of types which have not been in this section yet.

A Supercell Thunderstorm Cloud Over Montana by Sean R. Heavey

Most viewed articles include mainly collections of photos to be honest. 11 portraits in tribute to old people is very popular on french blog (#1 article), Danbo is popular on both and the silhouette collection is leading here. I particularly enjoy the Sarah Lee beach collection, when looking at it you just wish you were at the seaside...

Daniell Playing in Silhouette (UNEDITED) by ©AnNamir

As a conclusion I want to share a few articles I feel could have done better and may deserve a look.
Connie Zhou architecture photography: I was just impressed after visiting her website, with full screen photographs.
Hien's 365 and Olivia Bell's 365: both use very nice filters, results are lovely.
Get a home studio: I just want one! Maybe start with a light tent.

What about you? Do you have a favourite article? Would you like to tell me what to improve or avoid?

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