Google will be shutting down Panoramio, its website for sharing photos of the world, on November 4. Now that Google Maps and Local Guides both have a photo-uploading feature, says Google, 'we’ve decided to move forward with closing down Panoramio,' something the company first announced plans for back in 2014. Many users were unhappy with the original announcement, and little has changed now that the shutdown is weeks away.
Panoramio was an early Web destination for photographers and travelers to share location-specific photos, enabling anyone to pull up a location on a world map and view any available images of it. That same feature is now available on Google Maps; in fact, Panoramio users who have shared content will Google Maps will still have their photos appear on the latter service after Panoramio shuts down.
Panoramio accounts linked to a Google account will automatically have their photographs uploaded to Google Album Archive at full resolution, the company says. In addition, Panoramio users will retain access to their account photos (within Panoramio) until November 2017, though new uploads and interactions with photos will be restricted. Google is encouraging Panoramio users to sign up under its Local Guides program.
Users who want to abandon Google entirely can export their Panoramio photos via Google Takeout if they have a Google account. The only exception are legacy Panoramio accounts; in this case, photos can be exported as a zip file via account settings > ‘Data Liberation’ > ‘Get photos’.
Teddy Boys were arguably one of the first British subcultures to use fashion as a way of self-expression. Images from a seminal book, which came out almost 40 years ago, are now included in a new London exhibition about them
In the early 1950s, when photographer Chris Steele-Perkins was growing up in Burnham-on-Sea, a seaside resort in Somerset, teddy boys were the only other outsiders. “I was born in Burma – so, there weren’t many people who looked like me. Teds were hanging on the street corners, posturing, standing out. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to them.”
Steele-Perkins travelled to Afghanistan, embedding himself with the Taliban four times, and spent time in Northern Ireland in the early 1980s, but his 1979 book The Teds became one of the most-referenced fashion anthologies in Britain.Continue reading...
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including autumn in Brandenburg and Ashura in MyanmarContinue reading...
Winter is only a month or two away and many photographers will find it challenging to press on through the dreary winter months; especially those of us that live in Seattle or other areas where wind, rain, sleet and snow pound the region for months on end.
In this article I've outlined some tips to keep your landscape photography fresh when the weather starts to head south.Photograph Transitions
The transition between fall and winter offers up a unique opportunity to photograph fall color under a fresh dusting of snow. If the forecast is calling for snow toward the end of fall, head out and see what you can find!
The warmer colors of the fall leaves and foliage will be presented in stark contrast against the cold tones of the snow and can make for very interesting and dynamic images. The above image was taken in the central Cascade mountains of Washington state at the end of Fall.Head to the Desert
This may sound like a weird tip, but if you have any sort of opportunity to visit the desert or the canyon lands of any kind during the winter, do it! Places like Bryce Canyon in Utah (pictured above) and the Grand Canyon in Arizona offer very unique conditions and compositions that the average tourist won't get to see during the summer months.
Snow can add a nice color contrast to the desert landscape and can also add soft textures to the arid environment. As an added bonus you won't have to deal with the crazy crowds and 100 degree temperatures.Icy Waterfalls
Shooting waterfalls during the winter months can often times make even popular and well shot locations look refreshing and new. Multnomah falls is one of the most recognizable waterfalls in Oregon and even it can take on a different appearance during the winter.
The frozen spray from the falls can add some really nice textures and visual elements to your images. The snow can also contrast well with the icy blue water flowing over the falls.
- If you plan to shoot waterfalls or any sort of moving water during the winter definitely invest in a good set of micro-spikes (for traction) to give you an extra edge for hiking and climbing.
- Trekking poles (your tripod can work in a pinch) are also a great idea to help with stability and balance while transversing icy terrain.
- If your tripod comes with metal spikes or feet it's always good idea to bring them along as they may work better (or worse) depending upon conditions.
- Lightweight gloves that are water resistant, but also offer great mobility and warmth can be a lifesaver when operating a camera in cold and wet weather
- Hip-waders and Gortex can definitely help keep you dry and comfortable.
Let's face it, slipping and falling into a river or on a rocky slope isn't something you really want to do in cold weather.The Mountains are Calling
Snow and the winter weather that comes with it can really add depth and layers to your images. Heading to the mountains with a longer focal length lens can really help to emphasize winter weather conditions such as fresh snow, low clouds and fog.
When the weather looks to be heading south I love to head up to the mountains to check out how the conditions are shaping up for sunset and sunrise.
- Bring waterproof and breathable layers, snow shoes and any other supplies that you may need when you find yourself hiking in cold conditions.
- Packing a Jet Boil (or another source of heat) and some instant meals can be a lifesaver if you're in a pinch.
- A GPS can be your best friend if your tracks get covered by fresh snow.
- Check the weather forecasts often and do some research to ensure that you don't find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The sunsets that often follow winter storms can offer some of the most intense and gorgeous light that you can capture. To really take advantage of this try heading to the coast just as a low pressure system has begun to move on shore. It takes a bit of planning but the sunset/sunrise conditions on the back edge of the storm can be absolutely spectacular! The above image was taken in late winter at Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast.
- Check the weather forecasts hourly when planning a trip like this.
- The National Weather Service here in the US is a great place to track weather and believe it or not the Weather Channel website offers some of the most accurate forecasts you can find on the internet.
- The NOAA Hi-Def radar smartphone App can give you a great deal of insight into minute by minute precipitation and cloud cover forecasts.
As an added bonus you won't have to deal with that pesky marine layer that often plagues the west coast of the US during the summer months.Stay Close to Home
If the conditions are just too dangerous or you just don't have time to plan a trip, look to areas near you for unique vantage points and compositions that can offer up very different photographic results during the winter months. This was taken near my home in Snoqualmie, WA.
Get creative in your surroundings! This shot was taken with my Canon 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS lens. Using longer focal lengths in your area can really open up new and exciting compositional opportunities.
The stands at tennis tournaments can throw all kinds of interesting shadows and light on to the court, giving photographers a great opportunity to capture the action in dramatic lighting. This shot of Benoît Paire during his match against João Sousa at the Shanghai Masters is a particularly strong exampleContinue reading...
A new book of photographs by Anton Rodriguez captures the ‘cult of the Barbican’
When photographer Anton Rodriguez started his blog “Barbican Residents”, a through-the-keyhole tour of London’s celebrated Brutalist housing estate, it was as much to satisfy his curiosity about who his neighbours were and how their homes looked as anything. “I’d been living here four years,” he says, “and I’d walk through the corridors and see different residents, and I wondered what their apartments were like.”
It’s the exclusively designed elements that are fetishised the most by Barbican enthusiastsContinue reading...
For over three decades the Beach Race at Weston-super-Mare has been the maddest, baddest and biggest event in the UK off-road calendar. Beach racing is an offshoot of enduro and motocross racing where riders on solo motorcycles and quad bikes compete on a course marked out on a beach, with man-made jumps and sand dunes being constructed to make the course tougherContinue reading...
Photographs from the Eyewitness seriesContinue reading...
Kailua-Kona in Hawaii hosted the 38th Ironman triathlon where 2,300 professional and amateur athletes gathered to tackle a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spiritContinue reading...
Ranked as one of the best fairs in the country, ‘Goosey’ is over 700 years old and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Guardian photographer Chris Thomond went along for the ride.Continue reading...
A crowdfunded photography calendar, created by homeless Londoners, shows off the chaos and beauty of city lifeContinue reading...
England captain Jos Buttler lost his cool as his side were beaten by Bangladesh in the second One Day International, which pleased the Tigers’ fans no endContinue reading...
Carefully staged, the American photographer’s film-like scenarios in Cathedral of the Pines depict pensive women in banal yet strangely uncanny scenarios
“One great thing about photography is that it kind of hovers between everything. It’s really easy to reach out to other mediums and have connections between things,” says Gregory Crewdson. In the American photographer’s series Cathedral of the Pines, currently on view at both the Paris and Brussels outposts of Galerie Templon, the evident overlap is with film: it was shot on an extensive production schedule over two summers and one winter in western Massachusetts. As with Crewdson’s previous series, such as Twilight or Beneath the Roses, his creative purview encompasses careful staging with a sizable crew, who attend to location scouting, set lighting, casting, makeup, props and storyboards.Continue reading...
For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of empty via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites
- Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘clouds’ by clicking the button below
We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘clouds’
We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘clouds.’ Share your photos of what clouds means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.
The closing date is Thursday 13 October at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 16 October and in a gallery on the Guardian site.Continue reading...
Every year, the cunicular equivalent of Crufts takes place in the US: the American Rabbit Breeders Association convention sees 20,000 rabbits compete for prizes. Last year, St Petersburg-based photographer Katya Rezvaya attended the event in Portland, Oregon, to photograph owners with their pets for her series Oh My Rabbits. “When I told people my main reason for travelling to Portland was to take pictures of rabbits, every single person laughed,” says Rezvaya. “But I’m glad I could make it work. I had heard that dogs and their owners often look alike; looking at some portraits I can say the same about rabbit breeders.” The 93rd convention starts tomorrow, 9 October, in Del Mar, California.Continue reading...
© Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume
Lorenz Holder of Germany has taken the top prize for a second year in a row in the Red Bull Illume sports and action photography awards. His photo of pro BMX rider Senad Grosic took Overall Winner as well as the Athletes' Choice award. Read on to learn more about the winning image and see more category winners. An exhibition of the top images is underway in Chicago and will go on tour after October 9th – visit Red Bull Illume's website for a schedule.Winning images from Red Bull Illume 2016
© Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume. Overall Winner
'Senad and I were on the way to a different location early in the morning, when we passed this scenic spot. We saw a sign from the street and I had some pictures in mind that I’d seen from this bridge on the internet. When we got there the sun was just above the trees and it was lighting up the full color-spectrum of the autumn leaves in a very soft way.
One thing that was a little annoying was that the lake was covered with leaves which had fallen from trees, so the reflection of the bridge in the lake was just not there. But sometimes you just need a bit of luck – I had been on a fishing trip some days before and still had my fishing-boots and a net in the car. So got the stuff and tried to clean the lake by hand. It took a while until it was almost perfectly clean – at least where it was relevant for the picture. Luckily the sun was still very soft, so we had good light for the shot.
I’d chosen a very low camera position to get an almost perfect mirrored scene on the water surface. The bridge looked like a perfect circle and the light was still very good. When Senad was on the bridge, it took us two or three tries to get the shot. There was also no more time for another try because the wind came up and the perfect reflection on the water was gone.
We jumped back to the car and drove towards our originally planned spot. It was an awesome feeling to have shot this picture with more or less pure luck. Without the sign next to the road, we would have passed one of the nicest photo scenes.'
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/640
© Daniel Vojtěch / Red Bull Illume. Sequence by Sony Winner
'Red Bull asked me to do some portraits and action photos of the Flying Bulls. We had an air to air photoshoot and I knew it would be great for a sequence. An airplane is the only place from where you can see something like this. I did one fast attempt. After I stitched the sequence it was great, but I could still be a little bit closer.
We had another photoshoot on another day so we tried it again but I was much closer to the planes in front. It was cloudy so the final image looks very dramatic. The pilot also turned on the smoke so you can see the trail behind.
The camera I used for this photo was Nikon D5 and Nikkor 16/2.8 fisheye because there was almost no space and I wanted to show inside the part of the airplane I was sitting to show the pilot’s POV.'
Camera: Nikon D5
Lens: 16mm F2.8 AF Fisheye
Shutter Speed: 1/250
© Jody MacDonald / Red Bull Illume. Lifestyle Winner
'When I was young I used to look through National Geographic magazines and dream of adventures like this; train hopping through the Sahara on one of the world’s longest trains. I had dreamt of the oceans of sand, the loud noises of the train, the cold, the wind, the scorching sun, the unknown smells and sounds of the desert and the discomfort that goes with it. So when I was asked to dream up and photograph a trip in harsh conditions, a 700 kilometer journey through the Sahara desert in Mauritania came to mind.
After weeks of planning, our journey began in the capital of Nouakchott, from there my brother and I moved north through the interior to board the Mauritania Railway. Our risky rail journey started from the iron-mining center of Zouérat in the Sahara, and snaked through the barren desert toward the port of Nouadhibou on the Atlantic. We wanted to get to the coast to try to find some unexplored surf breaks and capture the spirit of adventure and exploration through this incredible landscape. Having only a few minutes to hop on the train in the middle of the night, we spent 15 long hours slithering through the desert on the three kilometer train that transports approximately 84 tons of iron ore across a country crippled by terrorism, slavery, and poverty.
I photographed this image with Leica’s new X-U all weather camera with a fixed 23mm lens. I used a shutter speed of 1/500 to stop the motion of the train and an f-stop of 7.1 at ISO 100.'
Camera: Leica X-U (Typ 113)
Lens: 23.0mm F1.7
Shutter Speed: 1/500
© Dean Treml / Red Bull Illume. Spirit Winner
'In this image Josh Neilson of New Zealand is supported by fellow paddlers (L-R) Barnaby Prees, Sam Sutton, Tim Pickering, Ben Brown, Jamie Sutton and Jared Seiler as he waits for a helicopter evacuation after a bad landing off Matze's Drop, Storulfossen, Norway on July 7th 2014. It left him with a broken L1 vertebrae.
I traveled to kayaking mecca Norway for a few days to shoot and hang with my Kiwi mate Ben Brown, one of the world’s most prodigious adventure kayakers. As fate would have it he dislocated his shoulder the day I arrived, but luckily he was traveling with some brilliant paddlers so I still had subjects to shoot.
On the last day we found ourselves at this spectacular waterfall, where five others made the run, then Josh went off. After a good entry the nose of his kayak was thrust up and he flat landed at the bottom, the impact breaking his back. His colleagues were immediately on hand to assist and stabilize Josh, and Ben, who had previously suffered a similar injury, was able to reassure Josh while a helicopter was summoned. Josh was flown to Lillehammer hospital and then on to Elverum for successful surgery. With determined rehabilitation in New Zealand, Neilson was back in a kayak one year later and subsequently traveled back to Norway to paddle their rivers again.'
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF 24mm F1.4L II USM
Shutter Speed: 1/2500
© Vegard Aasen / Red Bull Illume. Mobile Winner
'This winter some friends and I went to Hakuba in Japan to ski some deep powder and big mountains. The day this shot was taken was a really windy one but the snow was still really good, so we went out into the backcountry. One of my friends brought his DSLR camera, so I decided to not bring my camera because I wanted to ski instead of taking photos.
We hiked for a while, and discovered a group hiking across the ridge above us. The wind and the clouds looked amazing, so my friend took out his camera and started shooting. I hated myself for not bringing my camera. Luckily I had my mobile phone in my pocket. I could not see anything on the screen, but obviously managed to aim pretty well.
A week later, I scrolled through my phone, while waiting for sushi at a restaurant. I had completely forgotten about the shot, so I was pretty stoked when I found it. I edited it to black and white in Photoshop Express on my phone, and was really happy with the result.'
Camera: HUAWEI P8
Shutter Speed: 1/3200
© Dean Treml / Red Bull Illume. Enhance Winner
'Jonathan Paredes of Mexico dives from the 28 meter platform on the roof of the Copenhagen Opera House during the first practice session of the second stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Copenhagen, Denmark on June 20th 2013.
I remember while I was originally scoping out the location for this event thinking how surreal images could look without the diving platform jutting out, and just the small form of the diver, and the huge cantilevered roof dominating the frame, and even discussed it at the time with my wife (the photographer Romina Amato) who was also there.
As I am editorially focused the integrity of the image is paramount so the platform stayed, but while reading the categories of Red Bull Illume this image jumped into my mind and I figured a quick ‘fix’ to one of my shots couldn’t hurt, so this version of the image really came about thanks to the 'Enhance' category. '
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM
Shutter Speed: 1/4000
© Micky Wiswedel / Red Bull Illume. Wings Winner
'My buddy Jimbo had been opening new hard routes in the area and we wanted to try and capture some of the climbs. With climbing photography it’s not often you can just walk somewhere to get a good angle – most good shots require some form of rigging. The angle of this image happened by chance. We were setting up for another shot but when I looked back I knew we had to change plans and grab the shot with the sea and horizon in the background, framed by this huge rock roof.
Lighting is also difficult, as climbers prefer to climb in the shade as cooler temperatures provide more friction between skin and rock. This often means overexposed backgrounds and underexposed foregrounds. The best I could do in this situation was to shoot somewhere in the middle.
The route is one of the hardest on Table Mountain. The last 'crux' section is near the top – you have a few pieces of protection below but there’s a final jump, or ‘dyno' for the last hold. The image captures what happens if you don't manage to stick that hold!
There was always a chance that Jimbo would fall, so I was ready for it. For the couple of seconds leading up to the big move I was holding my breath and ready to fire. I could definitely feel the adrenaline pumping! It’s a pretty big and impressive fall, but luckily far from the ground – that doesn't make it any less terrifying.
We had planned to grab some cool climbing shots, but in the end this image of Jimbo mid-air was the shot we felt captured the intensity of the climb. Jimbo did send the route that day – after a few more falls.'
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF 16-35mm F2.8L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
© Ale Di Lullo / Red Bull Illume. New Creativity Winner
'I’d been working on shots through transparent surfaces for a few years but it was during a long drive across Europe that I had this idea. I was forcing myself to think of new angles and nothing really came to mind. But when I said to myself that the best ideas are the simplest ones, that usually you have the answer in front of you, I realized the shot was actually in front of me. It was right there, where most people spend a lot of time everyday – cars!
Nobody had done an extreme sport shot from inside the car having the rider riding on the windshield. I understood that a shot like this had to be made in an iconic spot and the spot had to be in a city so it was clear that New York City with all its bridges was the place. And what could have been better than a NYC cab to shoot from?
Choosing Aaron Chase as the rider was natural. He has been a friend for a long time and happened to be a pioneer of street riding in our sport and is almost a local in New York. It took us one year of preparation, one full day of work, involved a few people and a bit of money. But I kept shooting, all the while fearing I would break the windscreen, and 12 attempts later I nailed this shot.'
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: EF 8-15mm F4L Fisheye USM
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
© Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume. Playground Winner
'I shot this unique location a couple months before this action shoot as a landscape picture because I just liked the whole structure and the way it was integrated into the landscape. It’s a viewing platform made of steel that has rusted over the years. You can walk up the stairs to enjoy the view over the lakes that surround the area.
I knew somehow, that there was the potential for it to be a location for an action photo. My first idea was to shoot snowboarding in it, but that was just impossible because of the limited space. I almost gave up on the idea, but then I bumped into Senad Grosic in Berlin one day and we talked a bit about spots and stuff. I showed him the landscape picture and he told me that we need to go back there to see what’s possible.
So Senad and I took a road trip and drove all the way to Senftenberg. We discussed and fine-tuned a plan that would look rad on photo. Senad had the idea to be dressed all white to give it more contrast, because I didn’t want to use flashes to keep the structure as evenly lit as possible. The angle is almost the same angle I chose for the landscape picture. It’s actually an architectural picture with the spice of action sports in it.'
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Australian analysis of more than 5,000 selfies posted to Instagram concludes they are not really about narcissism but simply a part of everyday life
The act of taking a digital photograph of oneself has been variously hailed as empowering, demeaning, narcissistic, artistic, feminist, anti-feminist and disruptive to dolphins.
But new research into the apparently very nuanced medium of selfies has led to the most outlandish conclusion yet: they are simply part of everyday life.Continue reading...
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