Archive for the 'Photography' Category

The aesthetics of sloooooow motion photography

[link] Friday, January 10th, 2014

This astonishing, haunting video is the work of an extraordinary photographic artist, Adam Magyar. There’s a terrific profile of him by Joshua Hammer on Matter. For this video he persuaded the German manufacturer Optronis to lend him one of its $16,000, high-performance industrial video cameras—used in crash tests and robotic-arm studies. The Optronis shoots high-resolution images at astonishing speeds: up to 100,000 frames per second, compared to 24 frames per second in a traditional film camera.

Instead of standing on a platform shooting passengers speeding past him, Magyar now positioned himself inside the moving subway car, recording stationary commuters on the platform as train and camera rolled into the station. Again, the ghost of Einstein permeates these images, and again, he was warping time: Magyar shot the footage at 56 times normal speed, turning 12-second blurs into nearly 12-minute films of excruciating slowness.

Amazing stuff.

Cafe society

[link] Sunday, December 29th, 2013


Seen in my favourite Copenhagen cafe.

Brancaster Staithe at dusk

[link] Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Brancaster Staithe at dusk, originally uploaded by jjn1.

We’re in Norfolk, where we go every year in order to write our Christmas cards. (We discovered years ago that they never get done in the chaos of normal home life.) This afternoon we took a break and went to the Staithe, which we had to ourselves. The tide was out and the whole place was beautifully quiet and deserted, so the only thing to do before the light went completely was to see if an HDR shot was possible. This is it.

Larger size here.

Wan Chai

[link] Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Wan Chai, originally uploaded by jjn1.

Seen in Chinatown this morning.


[link] Friday, November 15th, 2013

Intentions, originally uploaded by jjn1.

Bike shelters outside the Gates Building, this afternoon.

Sunset on the lake

[link] Friday, November 1st, 2013

Killarney, originally uploaded by jjn1.

Driving from Cork to Kerry this afternoon, the weather cleared and we stopped for a walk in the grounds of Muckross House. Following a path on the promontory into the lake, we suddenly came on this view. Too good to miss. Quality not great (taken with an iPhone4) but as usual the best camera is the one you happen to have with you.

Bill Eppridge RIP

[link] Friday, October 4th, 2013


Bill Eppridge, the great Life photographer who got the famous picture of Senator Robert Kennedy after his assassination, has died at the age of 75. Today’s New York Times has assembled a lovely portfolio of his pictures which reminds one how good he was.

Cheap lens + smart algorithm = much enhanced images

[link] Monday, September 30th, 2013

Fascinating video, reporting this research. As all photographers know, to get really good images at the moment you need really good lenses (and, of course, good digital sensors). And really, really good lenses are very, very expensive. So just imagine the astonishing impact this approach could have if a way can be found of commercialising it.

Mr Dodd, I believe

[link] Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Ken Dodd, Lime Street Station, Liverpool, originally uploaded by jjn1.

The bronze statue of comedian Ken Dodd, Lime Street Station, Liverpool.

In the shade

[link] Saturday, September 7th, 2013

In the shade, originally uploaded by jjn1.