Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Slightly less 'racially-inclusive' stock photo seen in the wild...

Remember the hullabaloo back in June about the Photoshopped image used on the City of Toronto's Summer Fun Guide? (Google search)

Here's an excerpt from an article in Canada's National Post:

City digitally adds black guy to Fun Guide cover to make it more ‘inclusive'

The smiling, ethnically diverse family featured on the cover of Toronto's latest edition of its summer Fun Guide was digitally altered to make the photo more "inclusive," which city officials say is in keeping with a policy to reflect diversity.

(Hover over the image below to see before-and-after versions)

The original image of the happy family above was a stock photo and it has now found its way into the hands of Qwest Communcation's art department. I just caught it in a rotating ad on Qwest's Residential user landing page:


Funny how some stock photos just seem to pop up over and over and over again. Have any examples of stock photos you've seen recycled in ads? Was your company negatively affected by the use of a recycled stock photo? Post your examples below, thanks!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Filmy goodness

We took a vacation to Southern Utah (Moab, Dead Horse, Arches) and I brought along my vintage Yashica Mat 124 and some rolls of Fuji Pro 160S.

Yashica Mat 124 (1969)

I love that camera, love not only the images it creates but also the conversation it strikes when I'm carrying it.

Here are some of my favorite snaps from the trip:

Delicate Arch

Landscape Arch

Dead Horse Point Overlook

It's also a nice choice for portraits (though I am in the market for some closeup filters and a lens hood, anyone selling?):


Joe and Pete


More photos with this camera:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

From the archives: Greater Buffalo Red Cross September 11th Remembrance Vigil

Greater Buffalo Red Cross September 11th Remembrance Vigil

"...Beginning Thursday, September 7th at 3:30 p.m., 3,000 flags will be placed on the front lawn of the American Red Cross, each flag representing a person who lost their life during the 9-11 attacks. These flags will remain on display through September 13th."

1969 Yashica Mat 124
Kodak Portra 400 NC

Delaware Ave at Summer
Buffalo, NY


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A drive-by with a bonus PIA (photographer in action)

Colfax Ave
Denver, CO

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

[Part of my "Drive-By Shootings" street photography series]

Our dog is one strange beast.

Our dog is one strange beast., originally uploaded by calanan.

Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO

Nikon D700
Tokina 12-24mm f/4