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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Weather Service predicts 1787 tornadoes this year. That’s almost 5 tornadoes per day.
Dorothy would shiver in her ruby slippers, all right.
Us? We want to chase ‘em down. ‘Cause the only thing cooler than 300-mph funnels of wind are the pictures you take of them yourself.
Luckily (kinda?) we’re right smack in the middle of twister season, here and across the globe.
Do it yourself: Chasing tornadoes, mind you, is DANGEROUS. And doing it right requires lots of fancy devices, like anemometers and hygristors. If the thought of hunting a roiling squall excites you, the Stormtrack website outlines the basics of storm chasing.
Do it with help: Want those amazing photos, but like your limbs right where they are? Consider a storm tour! Professional storm chasers lead you into twister territory in these weather safaris, and some are even made for photographers.
Fair-weather friend who prefers rainbows to cyclones? So be it. Rainbows are cool, too.
for the DIY-er…
for the Do-it-with-help-er…
(Check out the 2009 High Plains Photo Tour, sure to be a meteorologic hit)
The day that Jenelle Norris sent her book “Polaroid 600 and Spectra Film: Manipulations and Creative Techniques” to the printer for layout was February 8, 2008.
The day Polaroid announced they wouldn’t be making film anymore? February 8, 2008.
Lucky for us, rather than let her effort go to waste, Jenelle put her whole book online for free!
And it’s a dang good book, too. Everything you ever wanted to know about messin’ with Polaroid: transfers, double exposures, how to use 600 film in an SX-70. You name it, it’s in there.
Get out there and stock up on Polaroid, folks! The film’s going fast and if you’re gonna experiment, ya better do it quick.
p.s. Go to SavePolaroid.com for the latest on the effort to save everybody’s favorite instant film, and our guide to 10 ways to love Polaroid before it’s gone!
Remember the first time you flew in a plane and looked down to discover people had become ants, cars had become toys, and swimming pools, mere puddles?
We still love the view from up high, so it’s no wonder we’re smitten with Kite Aerial Photography (“KAP”, for those in the know).
The concept is simple: rig a camera to a kite, wait for some wind, let ‘er rip. The results — like DIY satellite photography. Check out the tops of tall buildings, spy on your neighbor’s backyard, or capture the abstract beauty of a lake from above.
Scott Haefner’s KAP site is something of a bible for the sport, chock-full of how-to instructions and sample photos.
See also: tilt-shift photography
We loooove Flickr. We want to marry Flickr.
What’s funny about our infatuation, though, is that it involves quite a few other people.
No, no, not like that. We’re talking about the clever developers who have transformed Flickr into the dynamic and lovable photo site that it is. Their creamy vanilla tools and bavarian dark chocolate add-ons are the frosting on the Flickr (cup)cake.
While there are many, many Flickr mashups out there, we’ve scoured through hundreds to bring you our favorite useful and fun ones.
Without further ado…
p.s. Did we miss one you like? Tell us about it!
We don’t speak Russian, so we don’t know much about the background of Russian-made PhotoFunia.
What we can tell you, though, is that the folks behind it really like Eugene Petrosyan. And they can do some really nifty things with pictures!
Put yourself or your friends in the newspaper, on a $100 bill, or up on a Times Square billboard! Always wanted to be on the telly? PhotoFunia won’t just make it happen, it’ll give you a feline audience. You’re sure to find something among the site’s 50-plus effects.
Especially classy: These lads even use facial recognition to automatically plug your face into the right spots in some photos! Putin would be proud.
p.s. Like this? Then you’ll probably like Dumpr, too!
Tim Kirsch is braver than us.
He lugs his DSLR and hefty tripod over fences, through pigeon poo, across teetering floorboards, and through the dark.
What’s this guy doing, you ask? He’s photographing the heart of the planet’s eeriest abandoned buildings. All in the name of art.
The results are stunning: a million shades of rust, ghostly-lit interiors, broken sinks, mirrors, typewriters, rotting pillows, a red barber’s chair that looks as new as the walls around it look old. Piles of tiles and wallpaper rot next to the room of broken wheelchairs. Birds nesting in a breaker room. Al Capone’s prison cell, just as he left it. (That’s it to the right.)
With so much new (and improved!) around us everyday, seeing the old and forgotten can really give one pause.
We’re inspired to bring our camera next time we’re rooting around that creepy cemetery on the hill. In fact, we’re searching out deserted buildings on our walk home.
p.s. Tomorrow’s the last day for the WeSay.com‘s election-related photo contest! All photos get on the homepage of their national website. Best photo wins $100 at Calumet Photo. Submit your entry on WeSay.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The smell of the road, the wind at your back, infinity miles per gallon…
Riding your bike sure is sweet. But you know what would make it even sweeter? The tried-and-tested, make-it-yourself, $10 + 10 minutes Photojojo BikeCam!
Just don’t assemble it while moving. And stop at all red lights. And stop signs. And use your hand signals. And wear a helmet, for pete’s sake. Your brain’s in there.
Read on to find out how…
p.s. WeSay is running a photo contest — submit election-related photos by the end of the week and they’ll be featured on the homepage of their national website. The winner’s photo will be shown as the ‘hero shot’! Submit your entry on WeSay.com or email email@example.com
Remember chain letters? They promised riches, luck, love, avoidance of certain death.
Well, we never got those envelopes stuffed with cash or cookies, but hey we’re still alive!
Take that simple idea, add photography, and you’ve got the Photo Chain, a picture of a picture of a picture, all across the world. See where your friends take a piece of you!
Step 1: Start the chain by taking a picture. Easily recognizable objects work best–think bright colors, big shapes, like a giant statue in the woods, neon yellow daffodils, or your stuffed monkey. Aim for a neutral background in this first photo.
Step 2: Send it to a friend. Email your shot to a pal in Honduras, your grouchpa in Sweden, anybody who’s handy with a camera and printer.
Step 3: Instruct grouchpa to download and print a high quality 4×6.
Step 4: Ask him to take a picture of that 4×6 in front of something in his world (rocking chair? chartreuse refrigerator?). Hands in the photo are cool, just be sure the 4×6 takes front and center so it’s still clear as the chain gets longer.
Step 5: Get grouchpa to send his photo-of-your-photo along to a friend to keep the chain going.
p.s. Want your photo in the Photojojo Book? It’s easy! We’re looking for dozens of photos. Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.
It’s guest time here at Photojojo!
Please give a rousing Photojojo welcome to… all the way from Rochester, New York… our buddies from Kodak!
Photojojo: Hi Kodak, welcome to the show. And what do you have for us today?
Kodak: Well Photojojo, we’ve got a DIY bookmark you can make from your photos! When it’s done, it looks like you’ve got a person sticking out of your book.
Photojojo: Wow, okay, that sounds cool.
Kodak: Also, it has magnets.
Photojojo: AWESOME! We are so in!
So, without further ado, let’s…
p.s. Wanna help out with the Photojojo Book? Send us your picture by July 18th and we might put you in the book! Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.
Deke McClelland is a full-blown, hardcore geek. The kind of geek we love.
How can you not love a guy who creates a frantic, hand-waving, occasionally obscenity-strewn, rap music video… about Photoshop keyboard shortcuts?
And it’s not just for pros. Anyone who’s ever used a marquee will enjoy this one.
If you haven’t seen his masterpiece, we challenge you to spend the next few minutes watching his video and not learn something new. Really, go. Right now.
p.s. Yanks may want to give our 11 Tips for Sparkling Fireworks Photos a read in advance of tomorrow’s boom boom show. Cameras and fireworks do mix.