I don’t know why anyone would make a puppy that looks so sad. Chris Chen photographed this stuffed animal sitting on the sidewalk alone, left out of playing hula hoop, and it makes this fake dog seem even more desperate and alone than a toy should ever be.
Cameras are amazing. Technology has advanced so much in the last ten years that our cameras do things photographers a generation ago never would have thought possible. High ISOs, enormous files sizes, speedlights that do much of the thinking for us, and video capabilities that would make Hitchcock swoon are all functions that easily fit in our camera bags.
However, we are photographers. Technological advances are great, but there are always features that could improve our experience. For example, I would love if Nikon or Canon could build professional level gear that was sized better for women. When working for more than an hour with a heavy camera, large lens and a speedlight, my hand cramps up into a position I like to call “The Claw.” It isn’t just that the gear is heavy, but that my hand doesn’t fit comfortably around it. While I’m at it, I know I am not the only woman who would love a camera strap that fit across my torso without squishing my lady parts.
I am not alone in dreaming about camera changes, so I asked a few local photographers what was on their list of dream camera functions. The answers below are as different as the photographers themselves.
Contest winners, new contests to enter, very sad tiger news (we warned you) and an amazing sports photo. Oh, and Cheese! We can’t forget the cheese.
- The local camera store Pro Photo has reopened at a new location, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- Exposed contest winner & regular contributor Chris Chen has an exhibit opening tonight at Wild Hand Workshop. Read his interview about the “Souvenir Shop” show which features photographs printed on portable media.
- Arlington Magazine has an interesting story about the founder of the American Nazi party, along with some fascinating and frightening historical photos of Nazis in Arlington.
- If you have ever wanted to travel to space, take a whirl around the 360 degree photo of the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Be careful not to push the wrong button. If you like that one, Air & Space magazine has a few more to explore.
- Speaking of space, this guy wins every “What’s in Your Bag” contest. Ever.
- High on a hill was a lonely cheesmaker, Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo. Reuters photographer Denis Balibouse documented a summer of cheese making by one family in the Alps.
- Canon has announced their “Show Us Your City” contest. You could win some sweet, sweet printers.
- The Chicago Sun-Times may have fired their photo staff, but that won’t stop them from making a profit off their work from the archives. Stay classy Sun-Times.
- Manfrotto has launched a new line of photo bags.
- NPPA has announced their Short Grant winners.
- The first winner of the monthly Leica Store contest is John Ulaszek. We profiled Ulaszek’s work a few months ago.
- A diverse list of 37 photographers you should be following on Instagram.
- Stan Grossfield captured what is surely one of the best sports photos of the year this week.
- In the saddest tiger news ever, the Sumatran tiger born at the London Zoo last month drowned. We are going to leave the Panda Cam right here. And this penguin photo.