I first saw photographer Alain Laboile’s remarkable images of his family on PetaPixel: Father Captures Carefree Childhood at its best in Heartwarming B&W Photo Series and PetaPixel chose just the right images (and words) to illustrate what is so great about Alain’s collection.
What’s so great about these images? They capture not only the spirit of childhood but also more nuanced personalities of the children and feeling of place that’s so difficult to capture in still photography. Many of these images could have easily been part of the Family of Man exhibit, they’re every bit as good as W. Eugene Smith’s famous image of two children walking out of a tunnel of foliage into light.
The entire series is here: Alain Laboile Photographies: La famille and it’s well worth taking the time to look through the entire series.
There is no mistaking that Alain is a remarkable photographer who has produced a clear channel into the feeling of what it’s like to be in his family. For still photographs to do this is nothing short of amazing.
Flickr member Greg Turner took this picture of the UK coast in storm with his Sony RX1r.
My flickr contact Helena Normark took this amazing image on Gråkallen mountain in Trondheim, Norway with her Fuji X-A1.
My flickr contact Jack David Hubbell posted a number of images from what looks like roller derby on ice (ice derby?) in Council Bluffs, Iowa taken with his Sony RX1. I can’t get enough of Jack’s work, it’s some of the best edgy monochromatic work I’ve ever seen.
My flickr contact Tommi Linna shot this wonderful candid through the window of a frame shop in Stockholm, Sweden. Fantastic image.
My flickr contact Luca Rossini shot this incredibly well lit shot on a bus in Rome with his Sony A7.
My flickr contact Gary Sharp has captured another excellent Oregon coast landscape on a cold and dreary day (typical of the area, I’m sorry to say) with his Ricoh GR.
Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.
Loren and I took a short hike on compacted snow and ice around the Macricostas loop using micro spikes. It’s fantastic to have a nice hike like this so close by (ten minutes down the road from my house).
The “summit” of Waramaug Rock affords a nice view of Lake Waramaug and this day it was completely frozen over with lots of ice fishermen out.
Bee Brook was also quite photogenic although it was tough to get down near the water because the snow and ice would collapse under our feet and going into the brook wasn’t something we wanted to do on a cold day.
Great needle ice in patches on the trail. All in all a very nice hike and much needed after lazing around Los Angeles in relative heat.
These are high contrast JPEGs right out of the Ricoh GR. Very little processing. Every now and then I prefer these to the RAWs.
Flickr member Tommi Linna took this wonderful out the window image with his Ricoh GRD IV. Wonderful image and processing.
My flickr contact Chris Leskovsek took this excellent black and white image with his Ricoh GR in Aukland, New Zealand.
Flickr member Des Brady took this amazing image of an injured sheep that he’d just rescued from barbed wire with his Sony RX100.
My flickr contact Maciej Dakowicz has such a great eye for these kinds of images. They could be contrived but they never are. Brilliant work.
Flickr member NeroPan” shot this with in China with his Ricoh GRD IV. His black and white work is exceptional, check it all out by clicking on his name here.
Descanso Gardens, Flintridge, California.
It was a beautiful day to wheel my mother around these lovely gardens and unlike back home in Connecticut, here flowers were in bloom.
There was plenty of color but I’m very much into monochrome these days. The light on this small clump of flowers was compelling so I wheeled my mother into this little grove and spent ten minutes shooting here.
While the Sony RX100 II makes exceptionally fine images, it’s controls are less than wonderful compared with the Ricoh GR. It’s nice to have a second camera with a zoom lens but I reach for the Ricoh before the Sony most days if for no other reason, it’s easier to use/control.
My almost 99 year old mother watching me take pictures
Flickr member Spacenoodle took this brilliant candid on the train in Seoul, South Korea with his Fuji X100S.
Alice Herz-Sommer died recently. She was the oldest living pianist and the oldest known Holocaust survivor.
This is a beautiful film, made last year. The fact that a Holocuast survivor could say: “every day life is beautiful” is a testament to the human spirit.
Apple preparing software update to enhance functionality of iPhone 5s Touch ID
While initial reviews of Touch ID generally praised the “single touch” system for being easy to set up and consistently accurate, a number of users have reported what is being called “AuthenTec Fade,” or intermittent recognition failures that begin to occur months after first configuring one’s prints.
I first posted on Touch ID here: Out of Touch ID, and here: Touch ID. I thought I fixed the problem with my last post but in fact, Touch ID on my iPhone 5S has faded to not working consistently.
Needless to say, I’m looking forward to this update and I’m glad Apple has finally acknowledged this problem.
Descanso Gardens, Flintridge, California.
It was a beautiful day to wheel my mother around these lovely gardens and unlike back home in Connecticut, here flowers were in bloom. Of course, this particular stream wasn’t exactly Sage’s Ravine; it was lined with concrete, but it still looked great.
There was plenty of color but I’m very much into what the little Ricoh GR is doing with high contrast. These were RAWs that I converted in Lightroom based on what I liked with the Ricoh’s high contrast JPEGs. I continue to love this camera, it’s fun and easy to use and the results are astounding.
Back home in freezing Connecticut now. Sigh.
This is brilliant. Honda’s ad agency is really doing some wonderful things.
[via Steve Splonskowski and Elia Insider]
My flickr contact Helena Normark took this wonderfully detailed landscape image in early December in Trondheim, Norway with her Ricoh GR.