Wednesday Web Links 3/16/11

Here are your Wednesday Web Links for 3/16/11.

  • I have been collecting web links to photos and video about the Japan earthquake and tsunami all week. Check out my previous post about it here. The Guardian Newspaper’s Dan Chung has put together a video titled Aftermath – the Japanese Tsunami that is worth checking out. Aljazeera’s Matt Alard has been reporting with Steve Chao from Natori, Japan in videos titled Japan Earthquake, Natori 14th April (although I think he means March) and Japan Earthquake, Natori.
  • Do you ever run into other working photojournalists who are complete jerks? Well, you are not alone. The Chicago Tribune’s photo blog, Assignment Chicago, has a post titled Tuesday Photo Tips: The Importance of Not Being a Jerk written by Alex Garcia that touches on a lot of issues surrounding the way some PJs work. For me there are a lot of “preaching to the choir moments” in the post. Its worth a read for seasoned and aspiring photojournalists.
  • A couple of weeks ago Lensbaby announced a new optic called the Sweet 35. From the product description “The Sweet 35 Optic is a 35mm selective focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture that creates a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by blur.” It’s everything I have ever wanted in a lens baby optic and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Apparently everyone else agrees because they are currently on a 1-2 week backorder. Its part of the Optic Swap System and is compatible with the Composer, Muse, Control Freak and Scout.
  • And finally, the Denver Post is reporting that the Colorado Senate AG committee has OK’d a daylight savings time bill. If passed, (Warning: PDF Link) Senate Bill 22 would keep Colorado on daylight savings time year round. What does that have to do with photography? What that means is more light (YES!!) in the evening and less light in the morning. I can see it now: high school football games with decent light for at least the first half. Let’s hope this passes.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for checking out Wednesday Web Links.

HDSLR Video We All Should Aspire to Produce

The video above comes from The Guardian in London. It was shot by Felix Clay on an unnamed HDSLR (my bet is Canon 5D Mark II) and edited by Elliot Smith and Shehani Fernando. This is just one video from Laura Barton’s series called Barton’s Britain in which she travels throughout England, Scotland and Wales to create a visual story of modern Great Britain. In my opinion (and the opinion of the UK Press Photographer’s Year 2010 Awards) this is outstanding work. Finding a visual style in photojournalism is tough. It’s clear that Felix Clay has found his. There are several more videos on the Guardian’s site that showcase this as well. Check it out. Dan Chung’s Election Coverage

I have talked about the blog here before but never really talked much about the man behind it. His name is Dan Chung and he is also a great still shooter. He hasn’t had many update since the NAB Expo and I can understand why. Until recently Chung was devoted to covering the election for the man that would live at No. 10 Downing Street. If you don’t know who that is, google it and then move out from under a rock in Kansas.

To me, his work is very traditional. He captures many of the behind the scenes moments of the election that the public is often unaware of. His pictures are documentary, non-intrusive, story telling images. Having covered some of the 2008 presidential elections, I can understand the thrills, boredom and surprises of the campaign trail. I think he has done a great job with his coverage. I encourage you to check out his work for The Guardian, here, here or here.