Windows For the Soul - Photography

When field rats and lab rats meet

Too often the academia and practitioners fail to cooperate with a view to achieving a common goal: building knowledge. We, the academia, often disregard practical experience as we arrogantly look down from the top of our temples of knowledge, which are too often little more than a shrine to our pride and vanity, a mask for our ignorance. We, the practitioners, often have nothing but scorn for the "academics" and we tag them with all sorts of pet-names. More often than not, there is a bit of reason on both sides but both sides also fail to step forward and cross the boundaries of prejudice. This story is worthy of attention in the sense that it is a token of how stretching out a hand to the other side can lead to mutual benefits. Too often scientist fail to step out of their labs or their computer desks and venture into the field. Too often those on the field refuse to let the scientists come to their turf, refuse their advice or their insights, moved by their on insecurity or some other reason. Here, an experienced photographer shared his sensational finding with the academics and this openness cannot be excessively praised. Kudos to both sides.

Check out Gonçalo Rosa's blog for some of his remarkable work.

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Spiritual cleansing

Landscape Photography by Jack Dykinga.... or the definition of quality time: about 5 minutes standing before one of Dykinga's landscapes - I mean, being actually there - with Roger Water's "5:06AM (Every Strangers Eyes)" loud on your headphones. Spiritual cleansing.


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Link: Grand Canyon National Park by Jack Dykinga

The story of the future starts on day 1

A new year is always time for important resolutions, those of a fundamental importance that always end up being neglected after the first few weeks or even days. Today I found this suggestion for an app in a post in fstoppers.com and I though this could be a funny project to carry out throughout 2014 and decided to give it a shot. I am talking about the app “1 second every day” developed by Cesar Kuriyama in 2012.
It is curious that I read this post today, early in the morning (well, I did have a late start of the day...), when just a couple hours before, whilst tumbling around on my bed trying to find the will to get up, I was looking back into the past for long gone episodes of my life, reviewing them visually and regretting the lack of photographs of those moments. Yes, this app would have been quite useful back then. We often have photos of decisive moments such as births, weddings, parties, graduations, etc. However, the memories I am talking about are of the seemingly trifle moments, episodes, routines, places and people, all of them, though, a part of who we are. A long-lasting project, with a motive such as the one behind this app but over a longer period of time, would be an interesting one to pursue, even though the idea of retaining such visuals memories reminds me of Patrick Süskind’s (The Perfume) Jean-Baptiste Grenouille and his obsessive quest to trap scent. We’ll see... but I suspect that it is just a New Year’s resolution like many others before.

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Links: stoppers.com and 1 second every day

Son of the year

That’s it, I have just lost my shot at the title of son of the year (of course, in my case that’s just an expression to make a point...) after this one pulled by Lee Morris of fstoppers.com.

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Link: Photographer Surprises Father With... stoppers.com.

Photo of the day - Grzegorz Leśniewski Wildlife Photographer

I came across the web site of Grzegorz Leśniewski (Poland) some time ago and I was quite impressed with his work and with the quality of his site, despite the extensive use of Flash. This photo is only one of the many on his site that IMHO are fantastic.

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Link: White-taile Eagle and Red Fox by Grzegorz Leśniewski.

Ikea's treat for you cat lovers

I must confess I am more of a dog person, though cats have their charisma. I am also more of a photo person, rather than a video one. However, this Ikea video (Youtube) manages to be appealing even for someone with my confessed preferences. You can see both the video and the amusing BTS video at gizmodo.com.





I can’t help wondering how much of that furniture was in conditions to be sold once the video was finished.

Reflex - Gonçalo Rosa Wildlife Photography

I put a considerable amount of my effort to improve my photography in learning from those who know what they do with their gear and I do this both by seeking to educate myself with podcasts and workshops, and by checking out the work of the pros. I thought it could be interesting if I could share some of the Profiles and Portfolios I stumble upon on the web. I decided to start by sharing the link to the blog of a good old friend whose work I follow and whose tips have been precious in my effort to improve my skills. I am sure that if you did not know Gonçalo Rosa’s work already, you will agree with me as to its quality. I bet that if you enjoy nature photography and follow the work of great nature photographers, you will come across his name often in the near future.

Link: Reflex - Gonçalo Rosa Wildlife Photography