Last week, The Seattle Times published a story headlined, “Women-only swim times spark emotional debate,” about a controversy over women-only hours at a pool in Tukwila. The women had requested the female-only swim times for both body-image and religious reasons.
The story was accompanied by a portrait I took of sisters Faisa Farole and Jamila Farole, who were trying to preserve female-only swim times.
This week, I learned that the Fox News network aired a story about a Minnesota swimming pool that was setting aside hours for Muslim women to swim. Fox suggested this was an example of the growing influence of Sharia law in the U.S., and included The Seattle Times photo from the Tukwila pool… The Seattle Times did not authorize use of this photograph on Fox News.
“A cautionary tale on the use of a photo” —The Seattle Times
Just in time for the holidays, Google+ Photos is updating its AutoAwesome tool to add a couple of holiday-themed effects:
Twinkle: upload a new photo of something that sparkles (like a Christmas tree or a chandelier), and we’ll gift you a version with lights that actually twinkle.
Snow: upload a new photo with snow to Google+, and we’ll gift you a version with snow that’s actually falling.
“Nelson Mandela’s last photo shoot” —The Flickr Blog
Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, passed away on December 5, 2013. Few men in the history of mankind have had more impact on a nation and inspired the world like the former president.
Shortly before he retreated from public life in 2011, Mandela participated in photographer Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons project — a photographic and short-film series profiling the men and women who shaped modern South Africa.
Instagram has invited members of the media to an event in NYC on December 12 to “share a moment” with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team.
It’s unclear what this event is in reference to, but considering that the invitation was sent in the mail, on paper, the photo-sharing app could be hinting at a future in print. Other invites were a block of wood with pictures printed on them, with a hanger on one side to hang on the wall. If that isn’t a hint toward printing, I don’t know what is.
Facebook offered to buy Snapchat for $3 Billion just a few weeks back, but it looks like it was Snapchat that ended up taking a piece of the Facebook pie instead.
According to a report by AllThingsD (and confirmed by Facebook), now former Facebook exec Emily White — the person in charge of bringing advertising to Instagram — has left the social media giant to take up the position of COO at Snapchat.
This acquisition is a bit different, however. Whereas both IQ Engines and LookFlow are apps specializing in image recognition and will, presumably, be used to improve Flickr search and organization, Ptch is a movie-making app. Ptch users have until January 2nd to pull their Ptches off the server before the app goes down.
Sample Letters to Copyright Infringers That Range from Civil to Pissed Off —Scientific American
Etymologist and photographer Alex Wild sends out a ton of takedown notices and demands for payment to infringers each year. And since he’s gotten a bunch of requests to share these, he’s published the 5 types of letters he uses as templates for other artists to use when infringed upon.
The letters range in tone and scope from civil DMCA Takedown Notices or “Credit Me Please” letters, to a much more strongly worded letter he saves for repeat commercial offenders.
To my surprise, Herzing mentioned that the dolphin calf that was photographed by Flip Nicklin and featured on the September 1992 cover of National Geographic magazine is still around. Her name is Nassau.
According to Herzing, shortly after the story was published (the last story the magazine has done on dolphins,) Nassau lost the tip of her dorsal fin in a shark attack. And since 1992 she’s become a mom herself several times.
So among the images I sought on this trip was a picture of Nassau, the cover girl from ‘92 now older and likely wiser, but still going strong. Like photographer Steve McCurry’s famous quest to relocate the “Afghan Girl,” I hoped to photograph this specific dolphin so many years later.
Only a couple of weeks after fixing compatibility problems with the Nikon D5300, Sigma has issued another Nikon compatibility notice, this time for the Nikon DF.
The problem is similar to the Nikon D5300 issues, only this “includes those lenses that do not have an internal AF motor.” It looks like this issue will be fixed by a free firmware update that is actually going to go live sometime today, so Sigma/Nikon users keep an eye out.
Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it. In this original series for Engadget, we’ll follow three seasoned street fighters and try to glean some practical wisdom about what engages their eyes, brains and fingers in the moments before they shoot.