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Sometimes you just get lucky and find a potential subject to photograph without even thinking about it. But you have to have your camera with you to get that photograph, although nowadays, that’s not too hard, as most people who have a cell phone have a camera with them.  According to Mylio

….it’s estimated that about 7.5 billion people will be living on our planet in 2017. Let’s say 5 billion have a mobile phone and approximately 80% of those phones have a built-in camera. That comes to about 4 billion people who can take photographs with their phones. It’s further estimated that on average they each take 10 photographs per day – 3650 per year. That’s a whopping 14,600,000,000,000 photographs annually…or to put it another way, just over 14 trillion photographs.

So when Ralph Gibson said in 1972;

Traditionally, photography has dealt with recording the world as it is found. Before photography appeared the fine artists of the time, the painters and sculptors, concerned themselves with rendering reality with as much likeness as their skill enabled. Photography, however, made artistic reality much more available, more quickly and on a much broader scale.

Ralph had no idea of the impact that cell phones would have to the world of photography. Certainly, photographs can be made available much more quickly, one click of a button and you can share a photograph with the world. And with so many people using the camera in their cell phones, there’s no doubt it’s on a much broader scale. But how many of those 14 trillion photographs are artistic…….

To this weeks challenge

Several years back I had the good fortune to be in Universal Studios, Florida. It was coming up to Halloween and the props guys were setting up some special scenes in the streets.

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I’ve got a feeling they both had something to do with Terminator, they were still setting up, so it’s hard to be sure.

Street Scene


Anyway, that’s it for this week. here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

Die and Dazzle – Fill and Feel
On the road through my lens – And the penny drops…
Steps A Round – Kimberly Balles Photography
Deep in Thought- The Road Taken – Rebecca Wiseman Portfolio
Louise-in-Btween- Embracing the Day Sunrise Road
Jackobo’s Photoblog The Road to the Top
Simply Photos Mule Train Route
Anvica’s gallery The Road Taken
The Yorkshire Dales  – Elaine’s Journey of Spiritual Awakening
Weekly Photo Challenge- The Road Taken – NJClicks


Blues Brothers

Blues 4, originally uploaded by Arkitekt878.

Way back in 2007 I got my first digital camera, a FinePix S304; cost me an arm and a leg. Not long after that I started experimenting with High Dynamic Range Imaging after being introduced to the technique by Peter Van Allen. You can check out his website here or his Flickr Photostream here. At the time it just blew me away as I could see the possibilities of combining the HDR technique with digital art. Problem was I didn’t really have a camera suitable for HDR mainly because the S304, great little camera that it is, didn’t do AEB. Well at the time I didn’t think it was suitable. I know differently now.

Jump forward to 2008, I’m in Universal Studios, Florida, and I’ve just taken a whole load of photo’s from the Blues Bothers show. They’re pretty grainy and noisy to start with because I had to up the ISO to get a decent image without blurring. Putting them through PhotoMatix just made them worse. Funnily enough the noise actually helped because as I was quite aggressive in removing it this tended to give a very smooth look to the final image. Using a blue tint and adding in some light beams gave the final effect.

Anyway I was so proud of this I submitted it to the Fuji monthly competition and within hours it was withdrawn for copyright reasons. Took me a while but I managed to convince Mr Fuji and Gladys the tea lady that it was all my own work and not a copy of anything. So it was re-instated. Never won the camera though……