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Fell into a Reddit hole and found these.


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Story behind iconic Steve Jobs portrait

How do you get a portrait subject to relax so you can get their true essence? What if your subject is Steve Jobs? You know the photo – here’s the story behind how it was captured.

the pair got to work and Watson began to approach the process like he was conducting a passport photoshoot; within minutes, Jobs was told to “slightly lean forward towards the camera” and give the expression he would give if he was at a table with a small group of people that didn’t agree with him, even though he knew he was right.

via Hypebeast

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San Francisco Bay on a clear day

Back in February, while everyone was watching the Super Bowl, DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite took this photo from its vantage point about 800 miles to the West out over the Pacific.

Normally haze would cause such and image to blur out from such a distance but this satellite is special. From the Mapbox blog where I found this remarkable photo.

We don’t often see pictures like this one. The problem is haze: as a camera in space looks toward the horizon, it sees more water vapor, smog, and other stuff in the atmosphere that obscures the Earth. But our friends at DigitalGlobe built WorldView-3 with a sensor suite called CAVIS, which lets it quantify and subtract haze – making atmospheric effects virtually invisible. Only WorldView-3 can see so clearly at this angle.

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As Above, So Below

My sister noticed that a recent photo I uploaded to Instagram looked familiar. The photo I uploaded below is of my two kids on a recent trip to Mt. Shasta.

The next photo is from a hike in Yosemite with my sister when I was a student at UC Berkeley.

Brother – Sister. 20 years hence.

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Timelapse of the Golden Gate

I had some time to kill over the weekend so tried out a timelapse of the fog rolling in over San Francisco. Here’s the result.

Sunset on the Golden Gate from ian kennedy on Vimeo.

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Gabby Douglas = Grace

I’ve been keeping half an eye on the Olympics this year but this photo by Greg Bull of the Associated Press stopped me in my tracks. (click image to enlarge)

UPDATE: Some details on how the photographer captured this shot over on Poynter.

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Those Who Seek Beauty, Will Find It

Over the weekend I saw the film, Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary about the New York Times street fashion photographer. It’s been years since I’ve wandered into to the Style section of the Times where Bill’s weekly On the Street photo-scrapbook lives (this week’s column, Reality Check). The film is an inspiration to those who live to work at their craft which Mr. Cunningham has been doing at the New York Times for many years.

Those who seek beauty, will find it is a quote from a charming speech Bill gave when accepting the chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture in France.

Bill Cunnigham at work

Related Links

  1. Bill Cunningham New York – official movie website
  2. Bill Cunningham – Times Topic page
  3. Man on the Street – 2009 New Yorker article
  4. Bill Cunningham (Photographer) – Wikipedia entry