Saturday, October 6, 2012

Build Yourself a Cheapo DIY Beauty Dish Using Styrofoam Bowls

Photographer Kirsty Wiseman didn’t want to shell out money for a real beauty dish — she doesn’t really need one — so she built this funny-looking DIY beauty dish for a few pennies using a couple of Styrofoam bowls, a couple of cocktail sticks, and a piece of aluminum foil. After playing around with it, Wiseman was delightfully surprised to find that her gear hack actually produced decent results. She writes, In sum, although my beauty dish is somewhat smaller (and uglier) than your average dish, it’s worth playing about with a homemade one until you can appreciate what size you want to work with and whether you like the results to warrant buying the real deal. I’m on the look out for larger polystyrene dishes to broaden the area I want to work on but in the interim, I’m happy to faff around with my little creation until I decide whether to spend the big bucks or not. Or maybe just continue using this monstrosity and fake it until someone can convince me otherwise. To try your own hand at creating an ugly beauty dish to play around with, head on over to Wiseman’s site for a step-by-step tutorial. Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/05/build-yourself-a-cheapo-diy-beauty-dish-using-styrofoam-bowls/#A3F8ej8tbwVqcpeV.99

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Never-Before-Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve

Back in the summer of 1942, the US Army called upon a young man named Glenn W. Eve (above left) for World War II. After finding him to be 5’9” and just 125 pounds, the military deemed him unfit for combat. Unlike Steve Rogers, there was no experimental serum available to Eve, but luckily he had a desired skill: photography. In 1944, Eve was promoted to private first class and placed in the Signal Photo Corps in order to document the happenings in the Pacific. One of interesting inventions being used during the war was the Mobile Photo Lab: a full-fledged lab built into the back of a 34-foot semi in 1944. Inside was a negative developing room, a printing room, and everything else a photographer back then needed. Its purpose was to “provide immediate photographic processing of high priority pictures”, something that is now more easily done using digital cameras, laptops, and the Internet. Here’s a taste of what it was like working out of a mobile photo lab during combat, according to a letter from Capt. Herman to Lt. Sontheimer: Sleeping under the laboratory truck and other vehicles during their first night on the beach-head, the crew members got their first taste of combat. Sniper fire crackled close around them and U.S. artil­lery barrages screamed overhead intermittently. [...] To handle priority, tactical processing at night, the men often worked through Jap air-raids in which bombs struck within a block on all four sides of them. Exploding bombs frequently caused so much vibration of photo enlargers that prints blurred and had to be remade. Yet, production kept up to schedule and the men slept when they could. Throughout the first month on Leyte Island, the mobile lab crew worked an average of 12 to 18 hours a day (and night). As the only photo lab on islands at times, the photographers were called upon to process images that were critical to the war effort on very short notice and around-the-clock. After the war, Eve bequeathed a large collection of his unpublished photographs to his daughter Debra, who left them in a box for decades until finally revisiting them a few years ago. She has since published many of the never-before-seen images to a website she set up titled “The Pacific War Photographs of Pfc Glenn W. Eve.”

Here’s a sampling of the photographs along with the captions given to them by Glenn W. Eve:
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve hiroshima
“Part of the devastation caused by the atomic boming of Hiroshima, Japan.”
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve hirohito1
“The first meeting of Gen. MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo. Sept. 1945 at the General’s Headquarters.”
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve macarthur1
“Gen. MacArthur signs surrender documents aboard the Missouri, Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, 1945″
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve Apocolyptic
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve battleships
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve dejection
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve geisha2
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve promenade
The Never Before Published Pacific War Photos of Private Glenn W. Eve shopping district
“Looking down the Ginza, Tokyo’s main shopping district. Sept. 29, 1945″
If this story piqued your interest, you should head over to the Pacific War Photographs website to explore for yourself. Debra Eve has done an amazing job at curating the photos and documents, and presenting them in a fascinating way.

Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/03/the-never-before-published-pacific-war-photos-of-private-glenn-w-eve/#jyQj5tUxLiPzbMuW.99 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ansel Adams Prints Found Sitting in a Box in a UC Berkeley Library

UC Berkeley’s library system is the fourth largest library in the United States, so it’s no wonder that treasures are often forgotten and buried inside the rare collections. Case in point: a massive collection of signed prints by Ansel Adams have been discovered in one of the 32 libraries, just sitting around in a box. The San Francisco Chronicle writes that dance professor Catherine Cole made the discovery after following a trail of documents: “I kept seeing the name Ansel Adams and thought ‘what the heck is he doing all over the UC archives,’ ” says Cole, who followed this lead to the Bancroft Library, where 605 signed fine prints by Adams sat in a box, among the university’s rare collections. [...] “This is an extraordinary resource that has been buried like a time capsule,” says Cole, 49, who discovered the prints while doing independent research on the California Master Plan for Higher Education. Adams had been commissioned in 1964 to photograph the University of California school system by then-President Clark Kerr.
f you’re in the Berkeley area, you should stop by the Bancroft Library Gallery, where 50 of the beautiful photographs are now on display for free public viewing. Most of the found prints have never been exhibited before, so you’ll be in for a treat! MORE ADAM'S PICS