Monday, July 31, 2006


Sunday, July 30, 2006

Street Art

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Your Table Awaits

Friday, July 28, 2006


Thursday, July 27, 2006


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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Third Man

Because the movie The Third Man was made seven years after Citizen Kane, and because it also features actor Orson Welles (the director and actor who portrayed the character Kane), critics widely acknowledge that director Carol Reed was influenced by the visual style of the earlier film. If anything, the camera work in The Third Man is better integrated into character and plot than is the case in Citizen Kane. A few of the shots in Citizen Kane seem affected by Wellesian excess. That is, the shots almost seem to be there for their own sake, a kind of cinematic "Gee whiz, if you thought that shot awhile ago was impressive, look at this one."

In The Third Man, as in the best of film noir, the lighting so expertly conveys a mood and a sense of place, the atmosphere itself almost becomes a character. Of course, not just any film noir has a Graham Greene script or the relentless zither music of The Third Man, where direction, photography, acting and score all combine for a film experience that is satisfyingly complete in a way that is unique.

After re-viewing the movie recently, I located the review of it--and specifically these comments on the photography--written by the superb film critic (and marvelous writer) Roger Ebert.

[Carol] Reed and his Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Krasker, also devised a reckless, unforgettable visual style. More shots, I suspect, are tilted than are held straight; they suggest a world out of joint. There are fantastic oblique angles. Wide-angle lenses distort faces and locations. And the bizarre lighting makes the city into an expressionist nightmare.... Vienna in ``The Third Man'' is a more particular and unmistakable *place* than almost any other location in the history of the movies; the action fits the city like a hand slipping on a glove.

For another blog entry, with examples, on fine film photography, follow this link to a discussion of Days of Heaven.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Monday, July 24, 2006

Dreamworld of Artisans

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Point of Sale

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Garden Gate

Friday, July 21, 2006

Checking the Settings

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Picture Day

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mandala Construction

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tribute to Film

Monday, July 17, 2006

Dreamworld of Plants

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Saturday, July 15, 2006


Friday, July 14, 2006


At his website, photographer Scott Howard has posted a 720 megapixel photo of Sydney Harbor. (The photo above is a very, very small, cropped representation.) In actuality, the photograph consists of 169 photos made with a 6 megapixel camera, then stitched together using computer software.

The interesting--and in this case interactive--aspect of all that resolution is that you can go to Howard website and zoom in until you see individual people across the harbor. Now that's telephoto!

The link to Scott Howard's Sydney Harbor photo is here.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pro Volleyball

More photos from this event here:

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Built to Scale

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Touch of Color

Monday, July 10, 2006

Drinking Fountains

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Birmingham, Southside

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Under the Lights

Friday, July 07, 2006

Taking a Break

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Coffee Drinkers

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

American Road

Monday, July 03, 2006

Empty Suits

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Old Capitol