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Rare to the Power Four

August 15th, 2013 No Comments

Our weekly walk through the wild and weird side of photography takes a rare train stop today: Rare.  Here are four rare photographs that some pro photogs would give an arm and a leg to have taken.  We’ll see a seldom-seen species, an equally seldom-seen cultural icon, a rare natural phenomenon, and an optical illusion that is rare in its perfection.

Species

Regardless of the rarity of this hitherto-unseen animal in the wild, this strangely delightful critter – a ‘olinguito’ for the record – is a charmer.  Look at those interested, alert eyes and quizzical expression!

This photograph, released only yesterday, is probably zooming towards ‘viralhood’ as you’re reading this.  This first-rate wildlife image is credited to a photographer by the name of ‘Reuters.’

Icon

The geisha is iconic of Japanese culture high and low; she is a figure of myth and controversy.  Alas, you don’t exactly see them on the streets of Kyoto (or Kobe).  Panasonic had the idea of a lifetime to use one for an advertisement for their Lumix GX7.

Bernie DeChant was the lucky photog who got the assignment.  Dan Havlik on Imaging Resource has the story alongwith a video giving an inside look at the ‘making of a geisha,’ in turn making Lumix look elegant, traditional, and trendy all at the same time.

(CaNikon: “Darn! Why didn’t we think of that?!”)

Phenomenon

Twenty-four hours back UPI brought us a story about Lars ‘Lucky’ Lundqvist.  He’s the photog who happened to be in the right place at the right time and grabbed his opportunity.  He took a video of a waterspout accompanied by a rainbow – it is as lovely as it is interesting.

This video just might result in little Gotland’s Baltic coastline and beach becoming a bit of a destination for nature photographers.

Illusion

If you believe the evidence of your eyes, Belgium’s bully boys Vincent Kompany and Marouanne Fellaini like to ‘get their kicks’ playing football with dwarves.

Your eyes would be wrong, however, as the truth is that Mathieu Valbuena, though about nine inches shorter than taaall Kompany and Fellaini, is not a dwarf by any stretch.

The camera angle, focal length, foreshortening, and the precise position and angle of Valbuena’s legs, far from appearing like foreshortening, give him the proportions of persons with ‘dwarfism’!

Credit for this fourth lucky shot goes to Yves Herman and that Reuters fellow once again!

 

A Tour of East Asia with Messy Nessy Chic

January 30th, 2013 No Comments
Coat of Arms of North Korea

Coat of Arms of North Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Step aside Picasso and your ‘Blue Period’, here’s famed NatGeo photog Steve McCurry with his ‘Blue Period’ – with a little help from Jodhpur, India.  Messy Nessy Chic serves up a charming set of photographs in their photostory Steve McCurry’s Blue City.

Unlike a painter’s palette, a photographer doesn’t have much control over his ‘palette’.  While Nature photographers, of course, can work with a green-based palette, a blue-oriented palette is a rarity so this delightful one is especially enjoyable.

Here are three figures, none facing the viewer, in an image that is photojournalistic, artistic and serene all at once, and that tells a little story.

The locals seem to have a yen for reddish hues (besides – at it again – playing chess).

Here’s one that’s a joy in its activity, the composition, the strip of colour, the swath of clay-brown, and – natch – the shades of blue.

 Staying in the East Asia and with Messy Nessy, you’ve heard of the Forbidden City but what about the ‘Forbidden Country’ – North Korea – from back in the 1970s? 

Here are some ‘Postcards’ showing a way of life that is quaint, universal and charming at turns, plus what we have come to see as being classically Communistic.

The photographs are not works of art here, what’s of value is the rarity of the underlying images which show, both, a secretive country from a bygone age, albeit in such colours as were permitted by the authoritarian powers-that-be.

Still staying with Messy Nessy and in East Asia, let’s close our tour in Japan – we have ‘Postcards’ once more, these of Apprentice Geishas.  

Don’t these girls seem mature behind their years?  And these?  Does this one appear old before her time?

A Prozac victim had titled her biography, ‘Girl Interrupted’.  Can we call geisha girls (and others in similar circumstances) ‘Girl Accelerated’?

Be that as it may, as the title of the article says, a few of these photographs are indeed ‘haunting’.

 

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