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The Machine is Us/ing Us


We live in interesting times! This web stuff is fascinating. I think of it as humanity collectively wiring up a new external communal neural network and learning/inventing new ways of social interaction. Professor Walsh, a cultural anthropologist, with little more than text graphics, gets this point across brilliantly in this simple video (4:33), which over 5,700,000 viewers have watched.
You can hear his thoughts on the creation of the video in this video (9:58).

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So, keep looking throughout the rest of my website!
Images, text, audio, video, interviews, philosophy, technique, news, and much more.
What does the web do for you? Comment here!

Lecture – Antarctica – PEM, Salem, MA – 6/28


You can attend my free lecture (sponsored by Canon) “Antarctica”, Saturday, June 28 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.
My lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Polar Attractions. In it, I’ll discuss my 2005 and 2007 voyages through the Antarctica Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula. I’ll show several bodies of work. Antarctica represents my most directly representational work to date, designed to intensify the role of advocacy in my work, and will be presented along with useful facts assembled during my research of the area that highlight the uniqueness and global importance of the region. Following this, I’ll present Exhalation and Suffusion, two highly altered but related bodies of work that (like all of my work) challenge notions of singularity, remoteness, and stability. What do I mean? Come find out!
Read my Antarctica essays here.
See my Antarctica images here.
What do you think of my Antarctic work? Comment here!
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Birgit Neiser – How Far Is Too Far?


A few times a year I do one-on-one private sessions. Birgit Neiser came from Germany to take an HDR workshop with Dan Burkholder at MMW this week. A few days ago, she spent two mornings with me consolidating her knowledge base. We covered a lot of ground. An alumn of mine, Birgit stayed current and was well-prepared for the session. Private sessions are great for going over specific topics and spending as much or as little time as possible.
Learn more about workshops here.
Learn more about private sessions here.
After color adjusting a challenging image and taking it through the proofing process to a final 8×10″ print, she wanted to resolve a very interesting image. It was somewhat atypical of the rest of her work, but she was strongly attracted to it. So was I. She thought she’d like to correct some distortion, expand the canvas, and add add a cropped arm. It worked out handsomely, but when compared to the original it seemed less contemporary and edgy. We went too far. You don’t know how far to go, until you go to far. This answered a lot of questions for her about what to photograph, where to go to photograph, and how to photograph. We listed many elements that made this image work, with the idea of finding more like it – amputation, enjambment, off-kilter compositions, reflections, distortion creating abstraction, etc. Our heavy retouching session failed. Or did it? It’s not failure if you learn from it and then turn that failure into future success. At the end of the sessions, Birgit felt as if she was well along her way. Seeking outside feedback from trusted sources can greatly accelerate growth.
See more of Birgit’s work here.
How many trusted sources can you go to for feedback?
Can you think of times when feedback has helped your growth.
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Vincent Versace – Nikon Capture NX2 DVDs

On June 3, 2008 Nikon announced the release of the latest generation of their Raw processing software Capture NX2. Get a virtual tour of Capture NX2, find flash demonstrations of Capture NX2’s innovative Control Point interface, read about the new features, and download a 60-day trial version of Capture NX2 here.
Simultaneously, Vincent Versace announced the release of his 2-DVD set “Unleashing The RAW Power of Capture NX 2“ from Acme Educational. These DVDs will help you can get a headstart on your NX2 workflow. Wednesday, $44.95 preorder prices convert to standard $59.95 prices as soon as Capture NX2 ships. If you’re a Capture NX user order your copy now!

Read Vincent’s blog post on Nikon Capture NX2 here.

Find out about Vincent’s other DVDs here.
Find out about my DVDs here.

Focus on Nature / Iceland – Highlights



This is only a small taste of what you can expect to see in Iceland.
See more Icelandic highlights in Focus On Nature’s Image Album.
Read more about John Paul’s Iceland workshop (August 18-22) here.
Focus on Nature (Photography Workshops in Iceland) recently announced 15% discounts on their 2008 workshops. The discounts are made possible by excellent response from sponsors.
Enroll now! Space is limited.

Focus on Nature / Iceland – Destinations

Our Icelandic day trips are divided into “whole day” and “half day” trips. The variety of the destinations is truly stunning; waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs, hotsprings, geysers, volcanic debris fields, valleys, high mountain passes, and on and on. Here are a few highlights.
Here are some of the highlights of our day trips.

The Domadals route includes rugged mountains, deep valleys, and volcanic craters.
The South Coast includes fertile farmlands and two stunning waterfalls leading to black sandy coasts and a dramatic sea arch.
The Golden Circle is an area of intense geothermal activity with geysers, rapids, and waterfalls.
The Cold Valley is an area of extremes including glaciers and lava fields.

The diverse and mysterious Snaefellsnes Peninsula crescendos in a stratovolcano with a glacier at the top.
Find out about destinations even closer to our home base in these half day trips.
Read more about John Paul’s Iceland workshop (August 18-22) here.
Focus on Nature (Photography Workshops in Iceland) recently announced 15% discounts on their 2008 workshops. The discounts are made possible by excellent response from sponsors.
Enroll now! Space is limited.

Focus on Nature / Iceland – See Icelandic Horses


The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse that has lived in Iceland since the mid-800s AD, having been brought to the island by Viking settlers. It has since been bred for centuries without the addition of outside bloodstock. The most beloved trait of the Icelandic horse is its unique character. It is very willing, brave, happy, cheerful, confident, and offer its best with very little encouragement. It’s a horse that tries to please the rider, is sensible, easy to ride, and easy to handle.
Find out more about Icelandic horses here.
Read more about John Paul’s Iceland workshop (August 18-22) here.
Focus on Nature (Photography Workshops in Iceland) recently announced 15% discounts on their 2008 workshops. The discounts are made possible by excellent response from sponsors.
Enroll now! Space is limited.

Focus on Nature / Iceland – Walk Between Continents


During one of our field trips on the Reykjanes peninsula we will walk between continents (Europe and America) in few seconds. This bridge crosses between the European and American plates.
Read more about John Paul’s Iceland workshop (August 18-22) here.
Focus on Nature (Photography Workshops in Iceland) recently announced 15% discounts on their 2008 workshops. The discounts are made possible by excellent response from sponsors.
Enroll now! Space is limited.

Focus on Nature / Iceland – Visit Geothermal Wonderlands


Iceland lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is the interface between American and European tectonic plates. The plates are diverging at an average rate of two centimeters per year. The gap is filled with molten lava. This is the reason for the geothermal heat in large areas of Iceland with Geysers, hot springs and muddy hot-pots.
Read more about geothermal highlights here.
Read more about John Paul’s Iceland workshop (August 18-22) here.
Focus on Nature (Photography Workshops in Iceland) recently announced 15% discounts on their 2008 workshops. The discounts are made possible by excellent response from sponsors.
Enroll now! Space is limited.