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Travel Photo Thursday: Move Back to the SLR?

Travel Photo Thursday: Move Back to the SLR?

Nearly two years ago in “Travel Photo Thursday: Junk Your Camera!” I suggested that most leisure travelers could ditch their stand-alone digital point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras and simply use their smartphones to take trip photos.


And since I wrote that story camera sales have dropped rather dramatically.

But sales of point-and-shoot cameras appear to have taken the biggest hit, while those of the higher-end DSLR models may be increasing. Or depending on which information source you turn to, maybe the DSLR is facing “doom” as well.

And that “doom” is something Nikon is trying to avert with a new advertising campaign aimed at convincing those members of “GenX/Y/Z” (is there a “Gen Z” yet?) that seem to have been born with smartphones as permanent appendages to their hands to “move up” (or back) to using bigger, heavier, but perhaps more functional, DSLRs.

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Images of “Mystery Women”

Images of “Mystery Women”

The subject of a straightforward, “realistic” painting will temporarily hold the viewer’s attention.

But the viewer won’t be able to stop staring at one whose subject is enveloped in an air of mystery.

Mona Lisa

The woman in Leonardo da Vinci ‘s painting,”The Mona Lisa,” is just such a subject. Who is she, and is she actually smiling or not?

We could spend an eternity arguing about the identity and mindset of da Vinci’s most famous female model, and whether he painted a second version of her.

But what bearing do those questions have on photography?

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A Monument to “Selfies”

A Monument to “Selfies”

Pocketbooth-14-07-15-16-58-52A “selfie” is a photo one takes of one’s self. Back in the days of film cameras, we put a camera on a tripod or balanced it on a level surface, and then rushed to strike a pose before camera’s built-in timer had counted down 10 seconds, engaged the shutter, and captured our self-portrait.

Today, shooting a “selfie” is much easier. Just hold your cellphone at arm’s length, smile, shoot, and share the photo on social media or via e-mail or text message.

You can even use a smartphone app like “Pocketbooth” to create a “filmstrip” series “selfies” just like the ones people used to do in a real photo booth at places like county fairs.

Usually Tales Told From The Road’s “Travel Photo Thursdays” features my own photos. But once in a while, I come across work by a photographer that is so extraordinary that I feel compelled to share it with you.

And so today you are going to be treated to a monumental group of “selfies” from a street artist and photographer known simply as “JR.”

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