What We Learned This Week: Wildlife Viewed Two Very Different Ways
How do you like your wildlife? Fierce, or funny? This week we spotlighted the finalists of the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which featured a number of heartwarming images of animals -- a Weddell seal, for instance, dozing peacefully - along with uncompromising scenes of the natural world at its most cutthroat. (One of the standout images featured a male hippo crushing a hippo calf in its mouth.) Then again, we featured the shortlist from this year's Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, a competition that reflects, perhaps, our need to understand nature in terms we find more congenial.
Spotlight: Timelapses of the Near, the Far, and the Future
The art of the timelapse has become ever more sophisticated. Today, for instance, we spotlight a 55-second time-lapse from photographer Aryeh Nirenberg that visualizes the Earth rotating around the Milky Way. He accomplished this by fixing the Milky Way as the point of reference and having the landscape spin instead. We also feature storm chaser Mike Olbinski's latest stunning timelapse, and a macro time-lapse from art director Ben Ouaniche, who captured pills dissolving in water. Meanwhile, filmmaker Joseph DiGiovanna is shooting a 30-year-long timelapse of New York City.
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The DART Interview: Vlad Alvarez
Peggy Roalf: Which came first, the pencil or the brush? Vlad Alvarezz: The pencil. My work is finished digitally, but everything starts with a tight sketch, and the pencil has always been my tool of choice for preliminary ideas and sketches. A lot of times I like to do finished drawings from my sketches to keep a physical version of the art. PR: Please describe your work process—is most of your work done directly, or do you also use digital media? VA: Even though al my sketches ...
Honor Roll: World Press Photo Announces Latest 6X6 Talent Program Winners
Today, a spotlight on new talent: The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the six photographers chosen for the second round of its 6X6 Talent Program in South America. The program spotlights under-recognized visual storytellers from six different regions around the world who have been singled out by an international group of nominators. The six talents from South American chosen in this round are Johanna Andrea Alarcon Alvarez (Ecuador); Andres Cardona Cruz (Colombia); Felipe Jacome (Ecuador); Prin Rodriguez (Peru); Liz Tasa Palomino (Peru); and Marcos Zegers (Chile).
On View: Gallerist Robin Rice Shows Her Own Work, In Her Beacon, NY, Loft
Robin Rice has taken up spinning. Not the kind you do on bikes, but the kind deejays do. She's got turntable set up at her loft in Beacon, New York, in a converted 19th-century textile mill along Fishkill Creek. A photo of her at her turntable was included recently in Chronogram, a lifestyle magazine focusing on the Hudson Valley, which coincided with an exhibition of Rice's own photography at her eponymous New York gallery -- the first time her gallery had shown the work, which she's been doing since the disco days of the 1970s. This month the images will be on view in her loft as part of Beacon Open Studios, an annual event in which artists open their workspaces to the public.
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.