Monday, August 30, 2010

Mosque at Ground Zero? Uh... Not quite

Well Im not sure what to say other than "Yep... I made a mistake".

Recently I was informed by a friend on facebook that the proposed "mosque" at "ground zero" in New York City is in fact an Islamic Cultural Center. Funny how some of the media has missed that fact. Yes there is a portion of the center that will be used for prayer services, but I have a feeling "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE" sells more newspapers and is a little shorter and more punchy to say than "ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER BUILT BLOCKS AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO AND HAS A PORTION OF IT THAT (pause for breath) IS USED AS A PRAYER ROOM!". Im sure you see where Im heading here.

My previous blog post I made I took from the Sacramento Bee: The Frame and it said nothing about it being a cultural center and that it actually wasn't AT ground zero. So I naively shared it with all you, without checking my sources. For that I apologize and I will not be doing that again.

If anyone finds anymore news on this subject send it my way.

But in the end I hope that you form your own opinion on this subject and get educated rather than blindly believing what you read or hear. The article that my friend sent me can be found linked below, I recommend reading it its very interesting:

'Ground Zero Mosque'? The reality is less provocative - Charlie Brooker, the Guardian

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Frame: NYC Mosque Protests



"NEW YORK (AP) -- The proposed mosque near ground zero drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators Sunday, with opponents carrying signs associating Islam with blood, supporters shouting, "Say no to racist fear!" and American flags waving on both sides. The two leaders of the construction project, meanwhile, defended their plans, though one suggested that organizers might eventually be willing to discuss an alternative site. The other, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, said during a Middle East trip that the attention generated by the project is actually positive and that he hopes it will bring greater understanding. Around the corner from the cordoned-off old building that is to become a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque, police separated the two groups of demonstrators. There were no reports of physical clashes but there were some nose-to-nose confrontations, including a man and a woman screaming at each other across a barricade under a steady rain."


VIEW THE IMAGES HERE

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FStoppers Shoots @ Oak Steakhouse

Hello all,

So FINALLY the guys over at FStoppers.com did another FStoppers original video. This time they headed out to Oak Steakhouse to do some food photography.

There are some pretty appetizing looking pictures in the end, one of the coolest things is that for part of it he only uses one light. An easy light setup with one light most of us photographers can do with just one speedlight. Anyways, enjoy the video!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Travis Harris: Model Shoot

So in the past Ive posted a bunch of videos from one of my favorite video blogs FStoppers.com. I am one of many that view that website regularily and wish they could drop their day job to do photography, their passion, as their full time gig. Well photographer Travis Harris recently did.

Travis is an FStoppers fan as well and awhile back assisted Lee Morris (one of the founders of FStoppers) with a wedding and since then he has took photography to the next level.

Here is a behind the scene video of one of his recent model shoots.

Shooting for "InFocus Models" from Travis Harris on Vimeo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Big Picture: Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics


On Saturday, Singapore welcomed young athletes from around the world in a ceremony opening the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. This is the first ever Summer Youth Olympics, an event designed to be celebrated in the same tradition of the Olympic Games - the major difference being that the competitors are all between 14 and 18 years of age. This year, 3,500 athletes from more than 200 countries are competing in 184 events in 26 sports.


Check out the photos HERE

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Chase Jarvis: NINJAS

Yet again another video coming from Chase Jarvis. I know Ive posted quite a lot of his stuff but he has some wicked ideas, and puts out tons of videos to show other photogs like me and you!
This is one of his shoots he did for fun, he shoots NINJAS!! Enjoy.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Frame: 2010 US Open Surfing


Its been awhile since Ive posted a photo series so I thought Id post one from the Sacramento Bee: The Frame. This one is on the 2010 US Open Surfing competition. Some pretty awesome images in this series, check it out HERE, enjoy!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Walking Across America: Stop Motion Style

A group of guys made this neat stop motion video of a guy walking across America (I think it might have been used for a Levi Jeans commerical). Its pretty awesome and was shot in 14 days using one camera, some string, a protractor and some creativity. The first video is their final product and the second is their behind the scenes and a look into how they shot this video, its pretty wicked.

Final Product


Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Headshot Photographer Peter Hurley

As some of you know Im a big fan of FStoppers.com. One thing I love about that site is they frequently do photographer interviews/showcases and awhile back they interviewed professional headshot photographer Peter Hurley. The video editing is great, Peter Hurley is an entertaining character, and the headshots he puts out are gorgeous and very interesting. Check out the video below

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In Harms Way: War Photographers Zoriah & Alissa

I stumbled across this episode of Harms Way on Youtube and thought it was really great. The episode showcases War Photographers Zoriah and Alissa Everett in the Gaza strip as they document the Israeli Pakistani conflict.
Its a very powerful episode because it shows you a little bit of what its like to be a photographer in a conflict zone, risking your life for images.

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5