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Great memories from last year. What are your Oscar predictions?

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The Vatican has embraced technology and put together this amazing virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. You can peer round and zoom in to every corner without having to battle tourists or leave the comfort of your home! There's even choir music to set the tone!

http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html
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اونقدر گفتن که آزادی به مرگ ساده تن دادی
شاید از جرم دیروزه که به این روز افتادیم
منم همراه تو میشم به عشق صبح آزادی
سکوتو میشکنی این بار ..بفهمن که هنوز هستی
با پروازت نشون میدی که از هیچی نمیترسی











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شعر آزادی از سروش سیدی با تخلیص؛
خط پنجم با فریادت با با پروازت عوض شده.
عکس: باغ وحش کرمان
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Crowds in The Rain, Akihabara

I spent a little time in town today, shooting around Akihabara, under a couple of bridges and taking pics of the people with slow shutter-speeds.

I know a few good places where I can shoot whilst staying dry and getting lots of people traffic.

Playing with the speed of the shutter to get more or less blur. This was at 1/4th of a second, hand-held. Great thing about the rangefinder is that it's light and there is no mirror-slap, so you can generally - if your breathing and posture is good - shoot it right down to half a second hand-held and still get sharp shots.

Epson R-D1
Avenon 21mm f/2.8 @ f/8
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Downdraft

D100 NEF. Big horizontal landscapes require big decisions. In my thinking either the land needs to be big (and the sky small), or the sky needs to be big (and the land small).

This is one of a series of images I took over the course of five years that I refer to as my Big Sky series (many of which were taken in the Big Sky state, Montana, though this one is in the state just below it: Wyoming). My decision is usually made easy by a simple question: what dominates what? In this case, the sky is obviously bigger and more dramatic than one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the US.

So it's got to be a Big Sky shot, not a Big Land shot.

I wish I had been more into panoramas and had a really high resolution sensor when this situation happened back in 2002. What you can't see is what's going on to the right and also in back of me, which was just as dramatic, maybe even more so. Indeed, a few minutes after this shot I found myself in the middle of a wild horse stampede, a sight and sound I'll never forget.

I chose this shot, though, due to the iconic mountains over the slightly less iconic and dramatic peaks to the right, because it says something: the grandest peak (pardon the pun) in the range is a mere trifle compared to just this one single downdraft. Moreover, the peak's and downdraft's shape mirror one another.

Note the date. I need to rework the image with everything I've learned about post processing over the years: the highlights are a bit rough, and I'm sure I could pull a bit more contrast out of the mountains, as well. Yep, not only have cameras gotten better since 2002, so have I.
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My Lamborghini Shot in Eurobiz Magazine

The latest issue of Eurobiz mag landed on my desk yesterday and in it the shot of Mr.Ishii, boss of Lamborghini Japan.

The pic was for the mag's 'Workplace' feature, a full-page feature on the inside back page every month.

Sometime this weekend I'll post a before and after shot as there was a load of messy ceiling (aircon units, lights etc) which I edited out using gradient fill in Photoshop.

Didn't take long but it's useful to see how some of these jobs start out life straight out of the camera.

The Gear

Nikon D700
14mm f/2.8
Several strobes fired with radio triggers: outside and inside the car.

Thanks to +Tim Buerger for assisting me this day.
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Sometimes More is More

Less can often be more but with this picture I reckoned a bit more would be the best kind of more. It's the Intercontinental Hotel in Yokohama, a shot I took the other day when I was down there for the Elliot Irwitt talk.

I originally framed it at the bottom with lots of space but obviously in the rectangular frame of my Nikon.

Cropped it to a square, flipped and rotated and added to itself.

It's given me an idea for a book jacket design and for a few more photos too.

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Nikon D700
Loreo 'Lens in a Cap' pinhole lens for DSLR
Cropped to a square and cross-processed in Photoshop.
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