At Play With National Geographic’s YOUR SHOT

YOUR SHOT On National Geographic

by Carl Kruse

Among the many sites to share images online — Instagram, 500px, Snapchat – one of the best is National Geographic’s “Your Shot,” a place where amateurs and professionals alike gather to share their photos. Their effort makes YOUR SHOT a feast for the eyes. And often the soul.

Some of what happens on “Your Shot” finds its way to the fabled pages (at least for photographers) of National Geographic, making YOUR SHOT also a catapult for aspiring artists hoping to attract the attention of a larger stage.

Of special interest is the “Daily Dozen” where magazine editors select their 12 favorite images of the thousands uploaded daily. Most of these photos are a fantastic voyage in of themselves, and taken together a respite from the travails of daily life. Much goodness here.

For fun I’ve taken to posting some of my own iPhone images to strut  along the Canon 5D and Nikon 4DS images of world-class photographers. While superior cameras make it easier to create beautiful images, it is ultimately technique and the artistic eye that make way for the magic on YOUR SHOT, giving even those with lowly smartphones a chance to run for the money.

Examples of iphone photos I have posted on “Your Shot” include:

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Street Art Berlin, Germany

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More Street Art in Berlin, Germany

Others include:

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/10142571/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/9974413/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/10001003/

Surely, you can do as well, probably better.

Photographers retain full copyright to their photos, so all cool for those worried the big bad magazine will abscond with your work.  By the way, all images on this site are copyright Carl Kruse.

Stop by and check out what’s happening, and if you do, say hello.

On YOUR SHOT I’m at

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1247970/

My National Geographic profile is

https://members.nationalgeographic.com/108927222984/

Keep doing goodness.

Carl Kruse

Reach out to me info AT carlkruse DOT net.

 

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Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker

The Boros Bunker in Berlin
By Carl Kruse

What to do with an abandoned, six-story tall World War II bunker in Berlin? If you’re Christian Boros, build a 10,000 square-foot penthouse atop, fill lower levels with eclectic post-1990 art and open to the public.
Pock-marked walls show battle damage from war
The Boros Bunker, originally designed by Albert Speer in 1942 as an air raid shelter for top-level Nazis, metamorphosed into a banana storage during the Communist era, then into a rave hotspot in the 1990’s before finding itself in the hands of Christian and Karen Boros.

A five-year renovation by Berlin’s Realarchitektur resulted in its present-day glory, receiving the Beton Architectural Prize for 2008.
Boros Bunker
A historical structure, home, and private art collection all in one, the bunker is a fantastic testament to what we can do if we want to do it. The artists in the collection include Olafur Eliasson (a favorite of Christian and Karen), Damien Hirst, Elizabeth Payton, Anselm Reyle, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Tobias Rehberger.   This is not a museum but a private vision, the personal adventure of two people who love art and gathered what they thought worth gathering.  And as they went collecting, they imagined living with all of it (or at least on top of it), which led them to the bunker.
Kruse - Boros Exhibition
This place is worth a visit when in Berlin.  Its collection might leave you wondering what is Art, and why some works are here. Christian Boros perhaps wonders himself as he says that he deliberately buys art that he does not understand.  Whatever your impression it is a magnificent project, an adventure, one heck of a wild exploration.

Boros Bunker: Reinhardstr 20, Berlin – Mitte

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Contact Carl Kruse:   info AT carlkruse.net

Further links:
BOROS Bunker ( Kruse )
Video of Boros penthouse ( Carl Kruse link) 

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Vicky Surveys Photography for Carl Kruse

As Carl Kruse is away, we let intern Vicky Srivastava write an article on the different types of photography for this blog update.  His first on the internet.

Photography and Its Unending Types

Photography is an art of different forms and types. Most people would have it that the fundamental purpose of photography includes preservation of memories, precious moments and subjects, even if this description seemingly limits the scope of the craft. Photography has developed in various stages, and it is still developing with its history going back to early man; although obviously not in electronic form, images of subjects were still preserved.

This article aims to expose the different types of photography practiced by both amateurs and professionals.

Standard types of photography are portraiture and landscape, however there is an unending list of what people do with photography.

Both professionals and amateurs usually align towards a certain type of photography over others, with professionals usually being uber-specialized. But as most types of photography overlao with each other it is easy to pick an area of specialty in tune with the personality of the photographer.

Photojournalism

This type of photography involves capturing events or actions as they are happening. These photographs are mainly used to entice readers for news stories. Photojournalism requires many years of practice to gain the ability to capture human emotions in a single photograph.

Macrophotography

The taking of photos at a very close range is the domain of macrophotography. To specialize in this kind of image-taking, in-depth knowledge and the appropriate professional film equipment are prerequisites. Moreover, handling lenses and other expensive tools require training.

Documentary

This type of photography resembles photojournalism. However, documentary photography is usually intended for historical proof of an era while photos taken in photojournalism often show one event, action, or scene. Experience and training are needed in order to capture human emotion in documentary photography.

Glamor

Glamor photography specializes in showing the beauty of the human body. The photos taken in glamor photography are mostly sexy but usually respectfully and stylishly taken. There is a significant focus on light and shadows to reveal the human body.

Action

Action photography has different forms, but sports photography is the more popular of the genres. It requires the photographer to rely on his instincts, after studying the subject, to predict the next move to get an outstanding shot.

Portrait

This type of photography is one of the oldest and the most traditional types of photography. Its primary aim is to capture the distinctive nature of the subject in a photograph, which could be human or animal.

Art

Art photography can involve photos in several subjects. The subject can be animals, nature, fascinating view of typical daily objects, etc. However, its basis is aesthetic.

Wedding

Wedding photography in very complex because it is an amalgam of documentary photography and portrait photography. It requires a high sense of responsibility, knowledge, and skill. Photographs taken by wedding photography are usually post processed for cool vintage and lasting look effects.

Advertising

This is another photography type that combines different types- portrait, glamor, and macrophotography. The photographs must be interesting and catchy to the consumers, especially in print since they are to illustrate a service or product. A design firm or an advertisement agency is always involved in advertising photography.

Travel

Travel photography also incorporates different types of photography- glamor, advertising, documentary, and portrait photography. The photographs taken must reveal the life or activities of a certain place in the world, which could either be in landscape or portrait form.

Aerial

As the name implies, it involves capturing of photographs from above. To achieve this, the camera could be handheld or mounted on a helicopter, aircraft, kite, etc.

Baby

Baby photography involves taking photographs of babies. The photographer is expected to understand babies and their ways to be able to get great photos. Some people specialize in this form of photography. It also combines portrait photography and documentary photography.

Commercial

This is a blend of photojournalism, advertising photography, wedding photography, portrait photography, and editorial photography.

Concert

Concert photography is one of the most complicated types of photography; in that, the location is full of action from the band in front and thousands of fan behind with no one standing still. It is a type of action photography.

Fashion

This type of photography captures clothing and various fashion items. It is majorly engaged for fashion magazines or advertisements.

Equine

It involves specializing in taking photographs of horses and everything about horses. It could also include action photography and portrait photography.

Fine Art

Also referred to as art photography, fine art photography involves producing high-quality photographic prints of creative works of professional artists. It is very technical and requires various settings to preserve the properties of the original work.  This type of photography is the favorite of Mr. Carl Kruse.

Food

The primary aim of food photography is to create awareness and educate viewers about the art and business of food.

Landscape

This type of photography aims at interpreting the land, its beauty, and features.

Nature

It places a strong emphasis on displaying natural elements such as wildlife, plants, landscapes, etc. in the photographs taken. The photographs are always taken outdoors.

Underwater

Underwater photography involves capturing marine elements and events. It is usually taken during scuba diving or swimming. It requires specialized cameras and equipment.

Wildlife

This is the most challenging type of photography because the photographs are taken in the natural habitat of the subjects involved.

Conclusion

Although anyone could go into photography, becoming a professional photographer requires training, knowledge and certain equipment. Expertise and experience are needed when it comes to photo subject ideas, lighting and exposure settings, composition, etc.

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Jack Delano- Experiments in Light Photography

It was some time in the early 1990s that I came across Jack Delano’s work in a photography book titled “Puerto Rico Mio: Four Decades of Change.” Here Mr. Delano compared images from his first visit to the island in the 1940s with those he later made of the same sites 40 years later.  Coming of age in the 1970s-early 1980s in Puerto Rico as I did,  was to witness socioeconomic changes that saw my grandmother raised in an earthen floor shack yet found me in a first-world college prep school with eyes set on the Ivy League. Delano’s images are stirring, magnificent, capturing a people and place in deep flux.

Delving further into his work I noticed he had experimented with light photography  /light painting with some long exposure shots using mostly natural light for effect.  Many of these images are well known but they were a surprising treat for me.

kruse-delano“Chicago Railyards,” Jack Delano, 1942

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“Chicago Union Station,” Jack Delano, 1943

Carl Kruse uses both images from the public domain — photographs from the U.S. Farm Security Admin., which employed Jack Delano in the early 1940s.

I invite everyone to learn more about Jack Delano, a photographer of his time, and beyond.

Carl Kruse

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