Toiletwolf (huh?) is right now one of my favourite photography weblogs. I’ve always been partial to austere planimetric (that is, ‘elevation’) photography, and I’m really enjoying the author’s use of longer lenses and croppings in the compositions.
Of course you can’t print the optics (yet), but we are getting closer and closer to the kind of technology described in The Diamond Age. However, whether next-generation tablets will instruct the Nells of this world how to lead armies against injustice or will just teach them how to animate GIFs is a speculation I will leave to the reader.
I think these first pictures taken with the 25mm Snapshot Skopar lens really show what the Voigtlander Bessa-L business is all about, even though I have to sharpen my scale focusing skills.
I was given a roll of old ORWO NP-20 film to try it. The film was probably long expired so most of its exposure latitude was gone and the results were a bit too grainy for 80 ISO (more like 800 actually). I liked using it, but I can't wait to load the camera with some Ilford Delta once I develop the color film I'm currently trying.
I really like National Geographic’s Found (I got the URL first, ha) for a daily dose of retro/archival photography. Here’s one of a balloon vendor running across a road with a trailing mass of balloons, taken 1921 in Buenos Aires by Newton W. Gulick.
Observing a solar eclipse on January 1, 1907, in the Tian-Shan mountains, probably in modern-day Uzbekistan. This is a photograph taken by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, a chemist and photographer who invented a new process for color photography and used it to document the Russian empire in the time period 1905-1915. You can view many of the photos on Flickr or at the Library of Congress.
— From the Science Tumblr.