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Friday, May 22, 2015

In and Around, People and Produce, Milwaukie Farmers Market and more

 The badge says he rides for the "son"
Biker Moma and Popa

 Better than a shopping cart, homeless man and his bicycle.

 Not a typical Portland outfit, but still makes a fashion statement.
Below, on the roof of the eight story Manor at Willamette View, what is it: an eagle or an osprey (sea eagle) or another large bird of prey? I think it's a juvenile bald eagle.

Photographers: These were taken with my Nikon D-7100 and my new Nikor 18-300 mm lens. The lens enables me to take candid photos of bikers  from a distance without risking getting beaten up. This is the perfect lens for street photography.

Street Photography - The Artful Candid

By Liz Masoner, Guide to Photography 
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 Street photography has a long history and has made many photographers famous.  Gary WinogradAlfred EisenstaedtMary Ellen Mark, and so many others showed us everyday life in new ways. What is it about street photography that so captures the imagination? The best way I can describe street photography is "the artful candid." Street photography isn't posed (at least not by the photographer). Street photography is all about found situations and subjects but they are photographed in an artful way. This type of photography, so often misunderstood even by many its practitioners, is about creating art out of everyday scenes. More>
Note how the lens functioned for the artsy photos of vegetables.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blooms around the house in the second season of spring.

I don't know what these white blossoming trees are just outside
my dining area windows and next to the patio.

This is just starting to bud out. I have no idea what it is or what it will look like.
Below, the path by the patio from the street to the tennis court and the buildings.

Just my silly monkey display... the left money plays the bongos, the monkey on the right likes his store-bought coconut milk. My neighbors gave me the large fire-pot.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rare and rarely seen historic photos from the past

This website has a remarkable collection of 179 photos from the early days of photography through the 1960's. There are many from World War I and World War II. Of the 179, I selected those that I thought were particularly compelling, especially those that showed meaningful expressions on faces.  I've added a few links on the bottom of the page..

Also of interest, the history of the camera.

As usual, click to enlarge photos.

KKK members having fun at Canon City

Simone, also known as "Nicole" was a French Partisan who captured 25 Nazis in the Chartres area, in addition to liquidating others

This is a famous photo.

From Wiki:
powder boy or powder monkey manned naval artillery guns as a member of a warship's crew, primarily during the Age of Sail. His chief role was to ferry gunpowder from the powder magazine in the ship's hold to the artillery pieces, either in bulk or as cartridges, to minimize the risk of fires and explosions.[1][2][3] The function was usually fulfilled by boy seamen 12 to 14 years of age. Powder monkeys were usually boys or young teens selected for the job for their speed and height — they were short and could move more easily in the limited space space between decks and would also be hidden behind the ship's gunwale, keeping them from being shot by enemy ships' sharp shooters.[4] Some women and older men also worked as powder monkeys.[5]
The Royal Navy first began using the term "powder monkey" in the 17th century.[6] The term was later used, and continues to be used in some countries, to signify a skilled technician or engineer who engages in blasting work, such as in the mining or demolition industries. In such industries, a "powder monkey" is also sometimes referred to as a "blaster".[7]

The hate in his eyes is palpable.

One of several famous photos. Ruby now has a website and does speaking engagements.

The SAS, or Special Air Service, which is similar to the U.S. Navy Seals, was and is a highly regarded part of the British military. 

She was a French fighter in the Resistance. Link

  • Photographers on the Front Lines of the Great War ... - Lens

    Jun 30, 2014 - By the start of World War I, smaller cameras and film formats let professional photographers make images quickly and under difficult light. Eastman Kodak introduced the Brownie in 1900, popularizing amateur photography. The Vest Pocket Kodak, introduced in 1912, soon became the most popular camera carried by soldiers.
  • WWI Photography

    University College Dublin
    World War I photography can be used to provide both supporting evidence for ... portable and newly mass-produced Kodak and Brownie cameras were taken to ...
  • Photography and Journalism WWI & WWII by Addie Burch ...

    Jun 4, 2013 - The types of cameras usually used in WW1 were like this: Here's an advertisement for the Kodak Brownie camera, c. 1900 Here are some ...
  • Were there cameras in WWI? What did they look like? - Quora › ... › Photography › History of Photography
    Mar 25, 2014 - Brownies and other cameras were small enough for soldiers to take along and take snapshots: ... How were airplanes used in WWI? Why were ...
  • The Vest Pocket Kodak was the Soldier's Camera | National ...

    Mar 13, 2014 - Over 2 million were sold before the model was discontinued in 1926. ... In use, the lens panel pulls out on a pair of lazy-tongs struts. ... coincided with a boom in camera sales linked with the outbreak of the First World War.
  • Photography - The Museum of Technology, the Great War ...

    Other sizes of plate were half and quarter plate which were used by wealthy amateurs ... This type of Camera was taken into the Battlefields during WW1.
  • WWI battle revealed in collection of secret images by ...
    Daily Mail
    Nov 17, 2014 - This is the astonishing moment that German soldiers were forced to ... The amateur photographer used a folding camera slightly bigger than a ...
  • World War I in Photos: Technology - The Atlantic

    The Atlantic
    May 11, 2014 - Today's entry is part 3 of a 10-part series on World War I, which will be ... When gas attacks were detected, alarms used included gongs and signal rockets. ... A German soldier holds a camera, standing in front of a destroyed ...

  • Who am I anyway?