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Kearton’s Imitation Ox

In his efforts to obtain photographs of some of the shyest birds, an English author resorted to the most ingenious devices, one of which was an imitation ox made of a bullock skin stretched over a wicker frame. Concealed in this with his camera, the lens of which peeped out of a hole in the chest, the naturalist photographer took observations and obtained some excellent pictures. An artificial sheep also proved of great service when studying birds of the moors and mountains, its realistic appearance never failing to deceive, and making it a useful hiding place.
Source: The Canadian Magazine - April 1904

Find more info about Kearton and his ox here.





Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Photography and Photographers, 1900's

Diamond Postcard Gun

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Original ad here.

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Original text here.

I am uncertain about how the technology of 1914 allowed for one-minute development of photos. But somehow they managed, as you can see from the buttons below.

And damn, that was one gorgeous hunk of equipment!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 07, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Hobbies and DIY, Photography and Photographers, 1910's

Your face on a pancake

Technology marches onward! Product development company Kinneir Dufort has created a machine that can print faces onto pancakes. It explains:

Combining CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology with embedded face recognition and tracking software, the system dispenses layers of batter directly onto a hot plate allowing the creation of detailed and complex images within the pancake surfaces. As the conventional pancake batter is applied it immediately starts to cook and change colour and as subsequent layers are added the different tonal qualities of the image build up.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Feb 23, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Inventions, Photography and Photographers, Technology

Shampooed Hair Art

Photographer Cheuk Lun Lo has drawn inspiration from shampoo, creating a photo series in which he focuses on heads of hair all lathered up and twisted into various shapes. More info at Designboom.





Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 03, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, Hygiene, Photography and Photographers, Hair and Hairstyling

Flashcube!



I remember when Flashcube and I protested the war at the Pentagon, dropped acid with Timothy Leary, and saw the Grateful Dead at Fillmore West. What an integral part of that decade he was!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 06, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Photography and Photographers, 1960's

19,998 And Counting

This entry is weird only in the fact that it's happened to one of our own through the magic of the internet. The number in the title represents the number of times the photos in this person's on-line offering have been looked at by visitors to either the site itself, Google Maps, or Google Earth. The back story goes something like this:

Several years ago I posted a single, simple little photograph of a village lane that could have been constructed a hundred, a thousand, or more years ago. To my surprise, it was, very quickly, viewed hundreds of times and I'm certain there weren't that many inhabitants of that village! A few year later I offered a nice little photo of a freshly painted iron bridge in Southern Georgia. To date, that photo has been views (and hopefully enjoyed) over 1,500 times.

Many years ago I held a one-man photo exhibition of my B&W work that was critically acclaimed in a few news papers, inspired at least one budding photographer, and proved that one professor really didn't know everything he thought he did about photography. Oh, yea, and almost 200 people came to see the show. A whole TWO HUNDRED!

As of today, I've been able to reach out 19,998 times to people all around the world. What an amazing thing that is both for me, as an artist, and for the person who's seen my offerings and been inspired to visit the places, or been given an opportunity to remember a good time in their life, or to just enjoy the photo for itself. What a rush!

If you'd like to view the photos you're most welcome to follow this link. And, if you've got some photos you think people would like to see put them up share the fun.

Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Sat Sep 20, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Photography and Photographers

Who owns the selfie?

1) Some monkey took a 'selfie' with a professional photographer's equipment.

2) Wikipedia used the image.

3) The photographer claimed copyright & brought a £10,000 suit.

Where do you stand on this? Who has the rights to the image?

Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Thu Aug 07, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Photography and Photographers, Lawsuits

Tokyo Compression

Photographer Michael Wolf took a series of photos he calls "Tokyo Compression" showing commuters in the Tokyo subway during rush hour.

The Southern California version of this would be thousands of people sitting alone in cars on the freeway, going nowhere.






[via World's Best Ever]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 27, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Travel

Toaster Selfie

Taking the selfie phenomenon to a new level of absurdity, the Toaster Selfie allows you to print images of your own face on pieces of toast. Just send the company a hi-rez photo of your face and they'll create a custom-made toaster selfie for you. [burntimpressions.com]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jul 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Photography and Photographers

Provide the Photo Context

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This is the complete image as it was printed, no cropping. Can you provide the context?

1) Homeless person at encampment

2) Migrant laborer at rest

3) Hippie at festival

4) Redneck sentry at site of still

Go here for the answer.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 25, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Photography and Photographers
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