Posts tagged photography

I rarely mention things about my hometown, even though I sometimes post planimetric pictures of its run-down façades. However, this 1945 photo by Helga Glassner did somehow capture my interest. In it you can see the southmost part of Avenida dos Aliados and the Praça da Liberdade at its end, and beyond that — at the top right of the picture — it seems the Douro river can be seen. And that strikes me as odd. Even though the picture seems taken from the clock tower of the City Hall building at the north end of Aliados, the building was still under construction in 1945. Was it taken from a crane, perhaps?

Having my studio in a building located in the vicinity, I find it nice to remember the time, not long ago, when there were trees and a bit of gardening in Aliados, instead of just the drab granite pavement that greets me as I leave the subway station every day. (via Pedro Quintas)

Humanae by Angelica Dass.

Besides being an interesting photography project, I find this really useful. One of the perils of color correction work is that after a while one starts to question how certain colors (for instance: skin) are supposed to look like. Not only your sight adapts to certain hues (blue-ish, orange-ish, etc.) until they seem neutral, but after a while you find yourself in a position similar to someone who repeats the same familiar word out loud until it seems strange and meaningless. So, no matter how good and calibrated your monitor is, objective electronic assistance is very much needed (if available, the vectorscope function is your best friend), and having a list of skin tones at hand can help — not forgetting one should always ask “what color is this skin under this light?”, a question that some decline to answer(via Designboom)

I’m pretty late to the Instagram bandwagon, but after seeing a friend using it I was convinced that anything that makes me want to take pictures can’t be all that bad.

So. I’m @eduardojmorais there. I also set up a Tumblr automatically synchronized to Instagram, as an improvised web interface: Caixote de Fotografias.

Edits Quarterly is not only a good e-zine* about film and photography. It has probably the best webdesign I’ve ever seen. Period. (Hat tip to Wired Webmonkey — it seems the same authors launched an e-zine about baseball.)

* Do people still make these anymore? This is so 1990s!