iPhoneographers Unite!

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Can you really get great shots on an iPhone?

That depends on how you define “great,” and there’s sure to be generational, educational, and experiential factors that cloud one’s idea of greatness. Furthermore, iPhoneography is often a divisive issue, with steadfast supporters and vigorous detractors occupying each end of the continuum. This all just serves to point to the subjectivity inherent in this discussion.

In the realm of mobile devices, the iPhone camera is generally well regarded but it’s hardly the god among mortals it was once considered. That doesn’t really matter, though. We all understand that, in the right hands, any camera is a good camera (or a good enough camera). So since the iPhone is, at the very least, a very capable camera, perhaps we should be talking about what iPhoneographers can do to maximize their camera’s potential.

It probably won’t settle any arguments about whether iPhone shots…

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Check Your Pocket: You Already Own an Awesome Street Photography Camera

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Mobile devices rule the world. There’s no judgment of any kind built into that statement, it’s just a slightly hyperbolic expression of something I’m sure we’ve all come to realize and accept.

Cell phones are no longer relegated to actually being used as phones; they’re gaming devices, remote controls, maps, books, compasses, movie screens — everything, even cameras. Especially cameras. Making street photography something more mainstream.

Some might complain about tiny sensors and subpar lenses and proclaim these as reasons they’ll never rely on a mobile device for their photography — totally legitimate reasons, depending on one’s particular photographic needs and standards.

Unfortunately, mobile devices are too often dismissed as being useless as serious cameras. But these devices have plenty of “serious” uses, especially if you’re into street photography.

It doesn’t matter what brand or operating system you’re partial to; your mobile phone has the potential to serve as a…

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4 Practical Tips for Better Street Photography

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Street photography is important. Such as brief assertion may ring hollow at first, but with a bit of careful consideration I think you will find that the brevity of the statement belies its true depth. Street photography is an exercise is patience and observation; while this characterization may suggest that a photographer is slow and deliberate in his or her technique, speed and precision are equally important because you need to be able to capture those fleeting, irretrievable moments you encounter. These moments, these spontaneous breakdowns of interpersonal barriers, lie at the heart of why any street photographer does what they do. And what each of these frozen moments reveal about the human condition — whether profound or whimsical — is, in my opinion, chief among the things that make street photography important.

Not everyone is cut out for street photography, but it is perhaps the most democratic of…

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Tribeca Dreams

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So, the Tribeca Film Festival happened (April 19-30, 2017). If you’re not familiar, the Tribeca Film Festival was established in 2002, purportedly as a means of helping to revitalize the area (Triangle Below Canal Street) in the aftermath of 9/11. It’s possible this isn’t entirely true, given murmurs that the festival was in the works before Sept. 11, 2001. I don’t know for certain how much of that is true, but it doesn’t really matter. Even if the Tribeca Film Festival wasn’t the direct brainchild of those who wanted to do something culturally and economically beneficial after 9/11, I’m confident that 9/11 was surely the impetus to get the show up and running as soon as possible.

There are multiple events (both official and unofficial) held in support of and related to the Tribeca Film Festival, including the Tribeca Dreams Photowalk hosted by Street Dreams Magazine. I’m generally…

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Bird nesting habits are incredibly varied

Our Fine Feathered Friends

Chick_in_Nest Photo by USF&WS                                                A hatchling bird in the safety of its nest.

For most of our birds, the nesting season is winding down. A few species, like Cedar Waxwing and American Goldfinch, are just now starting to think about nesting, but most birds have already finished with the work of ensuring a new generation of their species.

The majority of our common backyard birds build the traditional “cup-shaped” nest that is tucked away in a shrub or the fork of a tree. Birds that build nests in such a fashion include everything from Blue-grey Gnatcatchers and Scarlet Tanagers to Indigo Buntings and American Goldfinches.

IMG_4053 Photo by Bryan Stevens                                      …

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Egg laying has proven reliable for world’s birds

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Which came first? The bird or the egg?

That long-running philosophical mystery hasn’t been solved, but it does clearly focus on one thing that makes birds unique: All birds lay eggs in order to reproduce; no birds give live birth to their young. On the other hand, all but a handful of mammals do give live birth to their young. These exceptions are the duck-billed platypus and the echidna (a species of spiny anteater) that are definitely odd-ball mammals in that they lay eggs.

Still, it’s birds that are such dedicated egg layers. From the largest to the smallest, all birds start out life by hatching from eggs.

Yellow_warbler_nest_with_eggs Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife • Eggs of a yellow warbler snug in the nest.

The world’s largest bird, the ostrich, produces the largest egg of all birds. Each egg weighs a little more than three pounds. An ostrich hen can…

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