Nikon Photomicrography Competition

Nikon Photomicrography Competition

I’m not fond of photography competitions (quite subjective) but this is an incredible collection of images from this year (2018) all the way back to 1975 when the competition started. Have fun pouring through images the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before.

Photomicrography is quite different from macro photography in that a microscope is used where in macro a 1:1 lens is used. This is small stuff.

[via The Loop]

Stamps from Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

This is just a taste of some loose stamps in my collection. I have many more mounted with hinges in albums and over time I’ll be working to unmount them and get them cleaned up and scanned.

For more on how these stamps were scanned and processed check out this post.

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

Polish stamp

Polish stamp

Hungarian stamp

Hungarian stamp

Hungarian stamp

Hungarian stamp

Earthrise

Earthrise

I keep trying to embed NY Times video but can’t seem to do it with WordPress. Just follow the link…

This is an incredible piece put together by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee for The New York Times about how the now infamous earthrise image came about. It’s a long time ago but what a magnificent achievement (to put men on the moon).

[via Kottke.org]

How To Use iPhone’s New Shortcuts

This is a brilliant video by Snazzy Labs. I’m not really ready to try it out yet but I’m posting it to placemark it for later.

I’m using Siri a lot more these days in my wife’s Honda CR-V with CarPlay. It’s extremely useful to use on the road (not shortcuts, just speech driven phone use). I use it in my truck but only through the phone: bluetooth is so awful that I just have the phone on a mount and use it directly.

Dear young people, “Don’t Vote”

This country belongs to whomever shows up. And do you know who shows up for every election? Old people. But only 46% of people 18-34 years old voted in the last election.

Fantastic piece.

I’ve voted in every election since I was 20 and I’m 66 now. My parents drilled into my head that voting is the most important right a U.S. citizen has and no matter what, it should never be taken for granted.

Stamps from British colonies

North Borneo

North Borneo

This is just a taste of some loose stamps in my collection. I have many more mounted with hinges in albums and over time I’ll be working to unmount them and get them cleaned up and scanned.

For more on how these stamps were scanned and processed check out this post.

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Bermuda

Bermuda

Wildlife photography in Finland

This is an incredible video documenting Morten Hilmer spending 15 hours in a photo blind on the Finland/Russia border.

Morten has a youTube channel with lots of other amazing videos: Morten Hilmer: Wildlife Photography.

There are many things to like about the video and the post where I found it up on PetaPixel:

I can feel Morten’s excitement, wonder, and awe of being in that blind and being so close to amazing things. We live in a rural place and have bears, foxes, bobcats, hawks, and other large wild animals come close to the house and it excites us just as much after 25 years of it. It’s thrilling and Morton’s post and video allow us to experience that.

The video and images are wonderful and the narration works well. Just enough music but not overly dramatic, the animals and situation provide more than enough drama without overdoing it with music.

What caught my attention was Morten’s comment about going from Nikon to Canon and not having enough familiarity with the Canon body to use it without thinking. This is a crucial point for folks who regularly consider sea changes of gear and it’s true for any kind of tool we use frequently. Car dashes come to mind.