Jana Romanova’s “Waiting”

Via Slate. Jana Romanova photographed 40 couples, one for each week of pregnancy, over a two year span in Russia for her series “Waiting.”

Romanova-Waiting

She started her series by photographing her friends sleeping early in the morning in their bedrooms—a time, as she wrote on her website, “when people don’t really care about their appearance and one can see their attitude to each other and to this life that is growing inside their family.”

Great Horned Owls

Image © Brad Wilson
Image © Brad Wilson

A pair of Great Horned Owls live in a tree very near our master bedroom windows.  I have never lived in a house before that had mature trees that owls enjoy so much. There is a large, dying tree in my neighbor’s backyard and I believe it is their nest. Their calls at night to each other, gorgeous sounding, make me smile and I always whisper to Wife, “Do you hear the owls?” In her half-sleep, she usually says, “Yes.”

Listen to their pair call:

Read Audubon’s Great Horned Owls overview.

Read Audubon’s interview with Brad Wilson about photographing owls and see some other great photos of different species of owls.

Owls are in mating season, so be on the lookout, as they will attack!

Next Stop: Atlantic

Stephen Mallon’s Next Stop Atlantic captures subway cars being dumped into the ocean to rebuild reefs.

After being pushed and stacked like a sardine in these subways cars over the past decade, it is nice to see the sardine actually getting one of these as its new steel condo. These unbelievable photographs were captured over the past three years from Delaware to South Carolina. Since the 1600’s man has artificially created reefs. The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s recycling program has been involved for the past decade, retiring over 2500 subways cars to the ocean to help rebuild underwater reefs along the eastern seabed.

via PUBLIC SCHOOL

The Kids Are Not All Right

“News stories have become our modern fairy tales, our cautionary tales, and the Internet is today’s story book,” explained Hobin…. “Parents think they have to protect kids from everything, but they can’t shield them completely from the media.” The Playroom series features five editions each of 12 bright photos…The kids are arranged in staged tableaux, depicting oblique representations of subjects like the December 2004 tsunami, Lady Di’s death, 9/11, the dictatorship of Kim Jong Il and the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.

The kids are not all right.

9/11:

Hurricane Katrina:

Shooting Challenges

Gizmodo has a weekly Shooting Challenge where they present their readers with a photography challenge and then post the results a few days later. I am not a photography buff, but I do like to think that with enough research and time I could figure out how to make a few of these challenges happen.

My favorite challenges are:
Anthrpomorphism (faces where they shouldn’t be), Staged Scenes, and Blurry Shots. Good stuff!

Timbuk2 Camera Bag Hack

Turn a Timbuk2 Classic Messenger into an SLR bag with a few Domke inserts.


Genius.

I don’t have a very user-friendly bag for the SLR that I carry with me sometimes. The bag that it came with is awkward and screams “EXPENSIVE STUFF. TAKE ME.” The bag I use offers little to no padding for protective purposes. This Timbuk2 conversion is pretty slick and cheap.

Of course, I could always wait for Christmas and ask for a Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home.

Hipstamatic Guides

I’ve been using Hipstamatic more and more. With so many lens, film, and flash combinations it would take a while to figure out what all of the combinations are capable of doing.

Someone did, though…

Photojojo’s Ultimate Hipstamatic Guide!
Their Big Wall, with all of the examples, is a bit difficult to navigate.

I was at Lake Ozark over the weekend and snapped a few shots on the riverfront. My sister, on (in?) a coin ride.

You can see my other Hipstamatic shots in my Flickr set.

Hipstamatic

I downloaded Hipstamatic on my iPhone and messed around with it tonight. Lots of features, lots of settings, lots to learn how to use.

Hipstamatic is a camera app, and it seeks to recreate the experience of using an old analog camera as accurately as possible. Some of the greatest qualities of these old cameras was their unpredictability and quirkiness, and we wanted to bring that to the iPhone.

Here’s a shot of my room.

The app comes with three lenses, two film types, and a flash. You can purchase a lot of equipment for the app including other lenses and film types through in-app purchase.