Category Archives: Photography

iPhone App: Cinemagram

Do I need another iPhone photo app?  No, but this one looks so cool I’m going to have to download it.  This Cinemagram app turns your photos into animated mini videos.  The result is part photo, part video.  Check out some samples below.


Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls – Like a Volcano

I’d love to be in California at Yosemite right now.  Once a year at Horsetail Falls, the earth and sun align so it looks like lava is flowing from the falls instead of water.  The phenomenon only lasts for a few minutes and visitors can only experience this during 2 weeks in February.

Galen Rowell was the first photographer to capture this beautiful image in color in 1973.

Galen Rowell, Last Light on Horsetail Fall
Yosemite, California
, 1973

Scott Gediman of the Yosemite National Park Service/AP

To learn more, check out this article on

New York Times: Voyages – Readers’ Photos

The New York Times asked readers to submit a photograph from a culturally significant trip they’ve taken.  Some of my favorites are below.  Click here to see the rest.  I really wish I would have submitted one myself!

Winchester, UK
The Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur.  A place where all his knights congregate and were equal status.
Submitted by Adrian Morales

Marrakesh, Medina, Marrakech Menara, Morocco
This 16th-century madrasa is North Africa’s largest and one of its best preserved. Now a museum, the school and adjoining mosque offer wonderful examples of middle period Islamic decorative arts, attracting thousands of religious and artistic pilgrims each year.
31.63204° N, 7.986444° W
Submitted by Joseph Yackley

Page, AZ
This shot, in Upper Antelope Canyon, gives a sense of the dramatic interplay of canyons and desert light in the American Southwest.  While this is a very highly-photographed place, every picture is different due to changing light and weather conditions.
Submitted by Gregory Eaton

NYT Magazine: how To see a Tree

“Yes, there’s more than concrete in the urban jungle of New York City.” ~ Michael Kimmelman

A great article and even better photos from how To see a Tree from this weekend’s New York Times Magazine.  Mitch Epstein has been photographing trees (from a 1985 list of arboreal landmarks) around NYC for the past year.  He wanted to prove you don’t have to go far to see the beauty of nature.  Check out the article.  I think it will make you rethink the way you look at this city.

Weeping Beech, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2011.

“…Epstein’s pictures are portraits of these trees, but only sort of. The trees are not archetypes. They’re neighborhood characters, metaphors for urban life and architectural monuments. Before a strip of Korean stores in Flushing, a stubbly bald cypress on Northern Boulevard stands on a windswept sidewalk — as with many of the trees Epstein picks out, it’s an immigrant in New York…”


Classic Magazine Photos, Then and Now

Classic Magazine Photos, Then and Now from the New York Times Magazine

In a forthcoming book, the New York Times takes a look back at photos and revisits the subjects and where they are now.  This photo of an oil crew in Kuwait really stood out to me.  It looks surreal.  Read their story below. 
Names: From left, Ken Rose and Mark Badick.
Ages: 38, 28
Year: 1991
Location: Kuwait
Photograph by: Sebastião Salgado
From: “The Kuwaiti Inferno” (June 9, 1991), a photo essay about the crews charged with extinguishing Kuwait’s burning oil wells after the first gulf war.

Ken Rose:
It was our very first well in Kuwait, and it was a real lesson for us. It wasn’t difficult, as far as the fire aspect, but getting it apart, with the amount of oil that was flowing, proved to be quite a task. There were nine of us on that crew, and we did 180 fires in that particular sequence. But it really brought the whole team together. And it was a pure adrenaline rush.

I was in the oil patch for my entire professional career, on the production side of things. I was working for an oil company when I had a similar blowout in Northern Alberta back in 1985. I brought the Safety Boss team in to do that well for us. The owner and I struck up a pretty good friendship, and when he was going over to Kuwait in ’91, I asked if he needed any engineering staff, and he said, “You’re on the next plane, which is leaving on Thursday.”

I left Safety Boss after Kuwait to manage an oil-pipeline company. I retired in February 2000, and I’m loving it. And now, my associate and I, we’ve got a small charter-fishing business in Cabo San Lucas to keep us amused.

Mark Badick: I grew up in the oil industry, working for various service companies, and that’s how I ended up in the well-control business at Safety Boss. At the Kuwait well in ’91, I was crew chief; before that, I was a blowout specialist, working in and around the well head.

After Kuwait, I went back to college and got an engineering degree. I came back to the company after I graduated, and I just left Safety Boss for good in 2008. To be honest, it just wasn’t fun anymore. There’s pretty high pressure because of the costs of the job, and if it’s not fun, that’s when people get hurt. It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. If things go bad, they go really bad, and they go bad fast. But I just love the thrill of the chase. Besides, how do you follow that up?

Today I work for an oil company in downtown Calgary called Nexen. Ken and I e-mail, but he goes to Mexico for the winter, so I haven’t seen him for quite a while. But, yeah, tell him to meet me in Red Deer, because he’s buying.