Even now, when I don’t have the corporate overlords cracking the whip, I like to “waste” time on Fridays by looking at some fun stuff. Here are three things to make your Friday a little more visually interesting.
The Big Picture has photos from the 2012 Photo Contest in National Geographic Traveler Magazine. These are two of my favorites, but you really need to go look at all of them. They’re so evocative, it’s like taking a mini adventure with each one. Don’t miss the last photo on the page; it’s really something special.
Swimming in the Rain: My sister in the south of Chile. We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our southern lake house when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. Had to rush into the lake to take this snapshot! (Camila Massu/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree. (Fred An/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
This has been making the rounds this week, so you might have seen it already: 21 Images That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity. Number six really got me.
McDonald’s Canada posted a behind-the-scenes video of how the burgers in McDonald’s commercials are prepared for their closeups. When Dave and I were preparing for Well Fed, we read several books about food photography and food styling. For many commercial products, non-edible ingredients often stand in for food — for example, white glue instead of milk in cereal ads. We were 100% committed to making the food in Well Fed just as the recipe describes, then photographing it. No tricks! It’s somewhat reassuring to learn that McDonald’s photography also uses real food… or as “real” as McDonald’s gets, anyway.
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