FotoFriday: gCaptain’s Megablock Move Time-Lapse

My podcasting partner, Captain John Konrad, Admiral of the gCaptain maritime empire is currently in Korea building a big ship. Here’s a cool time lapse photograph he took.

He has lots of other cool shots in this Shipyard Korea set on his Flickr page including some in HDR. Who would have known he’s such an artiste?

Anyway, he’s probably pretty lonely over there away from family and friends, so go over to his Flickr page and leave him a comment telling him how much you like his photos and how much you miss him. ;-)

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FotoFriday: The Big Picture on Somali Pirates

The Belize flagged MV Faina is escorted by a Kenyan port authority tug vessel into the port of Mombasa, Kenya on February 12, 2009, after it was released by Somali pirates a week ago. It arrived in Mombasa amid a raging controversy over its cargo of battle tanks and ammunition. While Kenya has always said the shipment was for its armed forces, several experts and diplomats in the region have revealed it was in fact destined to the government of South Sudan and was the fifth delivery of its kind in less than two years. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)Ma

Unfortunately Somali pirates have made big news again this week. Back on March 16, 2009, the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture blog covered this story with an amazing set of images that are worth revisiting. It’s really a sad story for all involved.

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FotoFriday: Want to Become a Citizen Photojournalist?

NY Times reader Camille

Want to become a Citizen Photojournalist?

The New York Times has asked readers to send in their photos from around the world Picturing the Recession. They ask “How do you see the recession playing out in your community? What signs of hardship or resilience stand out? How are you or your family personally affected? Creative ways of documenting the changes around you are encouraged.” You can submit your photos here.

Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story about how the global financial crisis and economic recession is having an impact on boating in America.(Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines) Always sad to see a derelict boat.

Brett Flashnick for The New York Times 

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FotoFriday: Surf’s Up, Down and All Around!

Clark Little is really into photographing waves. I mean literally! Check this image and the next one of him on the job.

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Clark shooting the shorebreak

Here’s a short video from Good Morning America! with the photographer.

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YouTube – Clark Little on Good Morning America

Go to his website and be amazed by more. For all of the hard work he goes through to make these beautiful images, please consider buying one, they are really not expensive.

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Foto Friday – Miniature maritime?

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The above photo by Flickr photographer Yueh Hua Lee uses an interesting Photoshop technique called “tilt shifting” to make his photograph of Jhongjhu Port look like a miniature. Please click on the photo above for a larger version to get the full effect.

Here’s a link to some other tilt shifted images on Flickr.com.

Here’s an interesting Youtube video that applies the same process.

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YouTube – Flip Camera Tilt-Shift Visual Experiments.

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Foto Friday – ClydeSights

ClydeSights - STEN ODIN and Pipers

I love photography. I love the Internet. Put the two together and you’ve got something that rivals this.

One of the greatest things about it is the wide range of styles that you can experience. Some like our friend OneEighteen are artists behind the lens and others, like another good friend, Tugster, are comprehensive documentarians. ClydeSights falls in the latter category.

While Tugster’s backdrops are the manmade mountains of Manhattan, ClydeSights are god’s version in Scotland. The full blog title is ClydeSights – Contemporary local shipping on the Clyde and the website says:

The ClydeSighter is a shipping enthusiast, who spent several years at sea sailing around the world before taking up employment with a local company.
Just like when visiting with Tugster, I can find my self lost for hours checking out the ships that work The Clyde. These photographers do a wonderful job of capturing our maritime heritage for future generations. Check it out.

Foto Friday – No Anchoring

"No Anchoring" by Tim the Sailor as seen outside the Russian Admiralty in St. Petersburg

The above photo was from a Flickr set called Signs by Tim the Sailor.  Like our Flickr friend OneEighteen, Tim the Sailor is a professional mariner who’s also a good photographer. From the About page of his great blog Tim’s Times:

I’m originally from Ireland but now live in Sweden.

The blog is mostly about ships or related to the shipping industry, but not limited to that, it’s a blog not a professional publication.

I am a qualified Master Mariner and have been working in shipping since 1990. Opinions expressed have experience in their substance, of course they are my opinions and I take responsibility for them.

Check out his Flickr photostream. He is also pretty active in the social media space; in addition to Tim’s Times, he’s got a great photoblog, Photo Journey, and you can keep up with him on Twitter. Tim experiments with his photography and does a great job of capturing the life of a sailor. Hope you enjoy his work.

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