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What Makes a Good Photo Great?


Twain’s Game
Twain, holding a cue-stick at one end of a pool table, around 1907. “Be good and you will be lonesome,” he once proclaimed.

It’s an irony of the Digital Age that, at a time when photography is more popular than ever, sometimes it can be difficult to find anyone who can explain why certain pictures and photographers are, quite simply, great.

If you’re someone who wants to take their photography to the next level, you can take classes, read books, and visit websites like LIFE.com which offers useful photo tips, insights from professional shooters, editors on what, exactly, makes photos memorable and moving. From the basics like lighting and composition to taking the best portrait or travel picture possible, scroll through their galleries to learn a something new today.

Photo: Bert Underwood/Getty Images

Kaleidoscope City Vortograph From the Sky Down by Simon Gariner


Photographer and artist Simon Gardiner created From the Sky Down, taking inspiration from Japanese architect and photographer Kawahara Kazuhiko (otherwise known as Palla). He also used what he knows about the photography technique vortography to make this magnificent kaleidoscope city.

“Vortograph is the first completely abstract kind of photograph; it is composed of kaleidoscopic repetitions of forms achieved by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of three mirrors. Alvin Langdon Coburn, a member of the Photo-Secession group and a pioneer in nonobjective photography, invented vortography in 1917 and remained the principal advocate and practitioner of the technique. So nothing is new!

“Like me Kawahara Kazuhiko uses architecture as a source of inspiration for his kaleidoscopic images but he has taken it to another level. He was producing this kind of work for a few years now, perhaps the movie Inception was inspired by his work? Well I do like his work, so had a go at using the triple image idea of the Vortograph fused with Kawahara Kazuhiko.”

Simon Gardiner Flickr

The Flock by Wojtek Kwiatkowski


Animal Arabian Horses Herd

A fine photograph. However, a group of horses is usually referred to as a ‘herd’ the term ‘flock’ generally refers to a group of birds.

The Flock by Wojtek Kwiatkowski


Bionic Exoskeleton Helps Wheelchair Users Stand and Walk

London, England – Engineer Thomas Dwyer stands with the new Bionic Exoskeleton next to Amanda Boxtel who is paralysed, is helped to walk with the aid of the new ‘Bionic Exoskeleton’ during its launch at the Excel centre on October 21, 2011 in London, England.

The bionic device developed by Ekso Bionics is a wearable, battery-powered, robotic exoskeleton, designed to aid wheelchair users and those who have suffered from spinal cord injuries to stand and walk.


Photos By Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Survivor by Simon Butterworth (photo) and Rudyard Kipling (poem)


The Lone Survivor

At the apex of the sapling, bare
A single yellow leaf
Flutters wildly in the south wind
Quite stout in its belief
That it alone will conquer
What others did not endure
That when the days grow longer
It’s grasp will still be sure

Like the flag on Suribachi
This lone survivor stands
While each of many comrades
Lies strewn across the land.
Though near the Winter Solstice
And the end of leaves’ commission
The spirit of this hold-out
Defies ordained abscission
Though its days are surely numbered
And thousands like it fell
This fragile leaf of cottonwood
Stands tall for winter’s knell
Within certain individuals
Such strength can well be seen
When things seem lost and hopeless
And survival’s just a dream.

As penned by Rudyard Kipling In his lines entitled “IF,” And immortalized by O. Henry, This last leaf gives me a lift by holding out, against all odds And winning, through today.  The victory’s in the holding on, Tomorrow?  Who’s to say?

Dan Crummett
187th AHC
December 1, 1998

Photo Credit: http://www.simonbutterworthphotography.com/

Fans Showing Their Love for Conan O’Brien Through Art


Starting Monday, the New York Museum of Conan Art (aka NY Coco MoCA) is displaying more than 50 pieces of fan art created for the late-night TV star at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle.

The NY Coco MoCA exhibit will be on display until Nov. 3 and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you’re not in New York, you can check out a few samples of the geeky works on display in the gallery.

Top 50 Most Popular Pieces

The fifty pieces below enjoy the distinction of having been Facebook ‘Liked’ the most times, by you, Coco MoCA’s ultra-cultured patrons.

Priporoshilo (image) by Mikhail Tkachev and (poem)


“In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter,
Long ago.

–   Christmas Carol   


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