See these stunning National Geographic images from Pine Ridge, the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. I volunteered as a coach at a photo camp in Pine Ridge in 2010 and was struck by how much beauty and suffering both exist there. The children of Pine Ridge are especially wonderful as well as vulnerable. It was eye-opening to see how they viewed their worlds through the photography they made, and it was exciting to take them exploring through the outdoors into areas many of them had never been to and to do activities many of them had never tried before.
I posted photos from the two-week vacation I took in early October with Sarah Sampsel and Kat Downs. See here.
New York Times photographer Doug Mills is using one DSLR mounted on top of another to shoot video and stills at exactly the same time, which we learn about in this Lens blog post. As it works right now with the video-capable DSLRs, you can take stills in the midst of shooting video by pressing the shutter, but the video footage is interrupted during that time. This results in weird blips mid-action that essentially end the clip and require cutaways to edit through. Mills has come up with really inventive approach but it’s totally disruptive to the audio since shutter sounds being picked up in the video will be unavoidable. And really, video is driven by good audio. It’s essential. I like the thought process behind this and maybe it can evolve somehow to better accommodate the audio, but as it stands right now, I won’t be adopting this method myself.
This is pretty amazing stuff. It’s screaming to be a video story. On the list for next year, for sure.
The annual Redneck Games, as depicted in this photo gallery.
(Bill Frake/Sports Illustrated)
This is an amazing National Geographic video documenting what it is like to photograph climbers at Yosemite. I’m a total amateur climber, just really starting to get addicted to the sport. Seeing the beauty of these landscapes and the impressive abilities of these climbers totally blows me away. And then imagining covering something like this..! Looks like an amazing gig.