Back in May this year I made my first visit to Chicago from Toronto. As a night photographer, this city has been on one of my top 10 city destinations for night photography. Since I needed some new content for my new online portfolio which I built with Format, I hit the streets armed with my Sony a7r III to catch some night photos of Chicago. The two locations I enjoyed the most had to have been the observation decks on top of Willis Tower and the John Hancock Building. I was able to get some pretty incredible photos from up there!
What top destinations do you guys have for night photos? Looking for some cool suggestions for my next trip! I need to fill up my portfolio some more
There are some important changes coming that may affect you. Please read carefully.
Requiring TLS (https):
Effective June 11th, 2018, SmugMug will begin requiring all API traffic to be secured using standard TLS 1.1 (or greater) encryption. For most platforms, this should be as simple as switching your API endpoints from
https://api.smugmug.com/ but may require additional work if you are using out of date software.
Upgrading API version:
In an effort to ensure we continue to provide the best possible experience for developers, we are going to be disabling two of our older legacy API versions. Developers looking to leverage the most current features SmugMug offers will need to consider moving to our APIv2 platform. An easier path for some developers will be to migrate to API 1.3, which has a very similar syntax to the older API versions.
The timeline for turning off the old API versions is:
- API 1.1: May 21st, 2018
- API 1.2: June 11th, 2018
(From our blog)
SmugMug + Flickr together at last.
We are thrilled to announce that SmugMug has acquired Flickr. We couldn’t be more excited to unite two brands that share the same mission, passions, and values.
In a way, our communities existed long before our brands were established. Photographers have always found ways to connect with one another to share their passion, work, and inspiration. Both SmugMug and Flickr were born from a passion for photography and a mission to support the community we were already a part of.
For 15 years, SmugMug has built products that reflect exactly what we believe: that photography is the global language of storytelling. Flickr is the other side of the same coin. Since 2004, they’ve established themselves as a home where photographers can go to inspire and be inspired, to share, learn, meet new friends, and share a piece of the soul that unites us all: storytelling.
Together we are home to the creators, the shutter pressers, the doers and makers. We’re home to you. Home is where you can hang your hat and kick up your feet. It’s also where you can go to work on your passion. Relax. Reload. Refine. Bring your authentic self. Dare to risk and grow.
Learn more about the acquisition and our future together here: https://www.smugmug.com/together
Have more questions? We’ve got plenty of answers here: https://www.smugmug.com/together/faq
I traveled to Iceland in March 2018. Here a few of my shots. The rest are on my website HERE.
I was recently there for the first time. What a wonderful place! I had a very clear idea of how I wanted to photograph it. Whether it was a good idea or not is debatable.
A few recent ones.
1 Yucca flowers.
3 Vigas and walls. It's a southwestern thing.
In the late 1890's and early 1900's, the Southern Appalachians were considered to be the most dangerous part of our country.....more so than the wild west at its peak. Murders, barn burnings, kidnappings, were fairly common. Traditional law enforcement was absent as agents were literally afraid to venture into those mountains. The mountain folks had their own sense of justice and they fiercely resisted any intrusions from the " outside world ". Illicit booze was a staple of the region and the folks there fought tooth and nail with each other and anyone else who dared to intrude into their lives.
Not long ago, I was in Bakersville, N.C., on a mission to visit some of the more notorious sites where confrontations between various elements overflowed into virtually open warfare. While there, I was directed to a nearby burg that is the site of the only remaining water-driven grist mill in North Carolina. The Dellinger Grist Mill. This mill has been in operation for well over 150 years. The current owner and operator is Jack Dellinger. He's 86 years old now and represents the third generation of his family who founded the place. Man, I hit the gold mine with Jack. His knowledge of the history of the region is second to none.
To my great surprise, though, was the thrill of discovering Jack's other life endeavor.....he was a personal pick by Dr. Wernher von Braun to be on the very first team assembled to lead America into space. Jack spent over 40 years as one of Nasa's most influential computer wizards. One of the things that Jack is most proud of is his development of the software and mechanisms necessary to steer the mighty Saturn 5 rockets that carried our guys to the moon. I'm still stunned to have run across such an accomplished figure in our space exploration program that is as happy as a bug in a rug to operate this mill in the middle of the backwoods. I could talk to this guy for weeks.
But here's his mill....
This iron water wheel was made in 1859, shipped to a railhead about 40 miles from the mill, broken up into eight pieces of 500 lbs. each, then drug to the mill site by mules pulling sleds up and down mountain trails. It was assembled again on site and been in use since then.
Here's Jack. My wife on the left, a good friend on the right, and the amazing man himself in the middle.