A tree on a lake shore in Sweden looks like a stalk of broccoli. A photographer decides to photograph it over a number of years. It becomes popular on social media. Someone else makes a video about the entire broccoli tree thing. This is that video. Amazing.
Instravel – A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience from Oliver KMIA on Vimeo.
This is a compilation of Instagram travel images by Oliver KMIA. Note how the music/sound overlays change with geography. Very well done.
Yes, many of the images are cliche or a bit too heavy on the “I’m the center of the world” meme, but all together it works well.
Zoom it out, turn it up!
Behind the Lens: My Year on Instagram 2015
Pete Souza is the official White House Photographer and he’s one heck of a photographer. He’s as good with an iPhone as he is with a Canon 5D III and while I don’t track him on Instagram I do track him on Flickr: The White House.
The pilots of Instagram: beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air
This is a very well researched and written piece on all the youTube and Instagram images and videos taken inside commercial flight cockpits which violate not only FAA rules but airline rules as well.
I must say, I’ve enjoyed many that I’ve seen but they’re definitely a no no.
[via Steve Splonskowski]
Salisbury, Connecticut. Hiking up to Bear Mountain via Paradise lane brings us by this small brook which, when it has water in it almost always has an interesting reflection in this one spot. Today it had broken light and a bit of foam that showed the slow movement of the brook. The iPhone and Instagram caught it better than my S100.
Richard Koci Hernandez made a wonderful video on photography, from film to iPhone/Instagram and everything in between. This is the best commentary on new tools I’ve seen/heard yet.
Photographers, embrace Instagram
Facebook’s plan to find its next billion users: convince them the internet and Facebook are the same
This is the story of Facebook’s rapidly unfolding plan to take over the world, or at least the world wide web. It’s a tale that’s been hiding in plain sight for years, and it begins with an explanation of how Facebook has reached almost a billion users. It continues with a roadmap for how the seeds of Facebook’s future growth – to two billion and beyond – have already been planted. In both cases, what matters is emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America: the striving, proto-middle class “next billion” whose first impression of the internet is often that it seems to consist entirely of a site called Facebook.
I’ve always thought Facebook would come out with a device (phone or communicator) that only ran Facebook but in fact, Facebook for SIM, Facebook Zero and various Facebook apps are better and more generic gateways to the Facebook community. Had AOL done this type of thing in the old days they might have lived a bit longer.
Through a series of canny partnerships, acquisitions, and roll-outs, Facebook has made its service usable for anyone, whether they’re using the latest iPhone or a five year old gray-market Nokia with a black and white screen. In many cases, users don’t even have to have a data plan.
And the key to Facebook’s strategy is that no matter where users start on the ladder of mobile technology, from the most basic device to the newest smartphone, Facebook becomes better and more fun to use as they upgrade. And this is also why carriers are so eager to partner with Facebook, because the next billion to come onto the internet will do it through a mobile device, on which every megabyte that they use in connecting with their friends can be measured and billed.
This piece is worth reading carefully and while I’m no fan of Facebook, this is a brilliant idea.
[via The Verge]
Beaver pond on Melius Road, Warren, Connecticut. I’ve been driving by this pond a lot lately between helping friends with a wifi network and cutting firewood and it was crying out to be shot today. I didn’t have my S100 so the iPhone had to do it.
Sitting inside a bird blind at the Audubon Center in Sharon Connecticut we had a great view of this pond. There were lots of birds but my small camera didn’t have the reach to pull them in.
Macricostas Preserve, Steep Rock. Washington, Connecticut. It was hot but I wanted to see what the Queen Anne’s lace looked like in Macricostas so I took a short walk with small camera and iPhone. Great stuff to shoot, too bad it was so hot I didn’t feel like doing anything. Heat and humidity sucks.
Queen Anne’s Lace with Canon PowerShot S100
Queen Anne’s Lace with iPhone 4S and Instagram
Bee Brook with iPhone 4S and Instagram