Thursday, December 22, 2011

happy holidays

from the bulb family to yours...

unintentional photographic education

after more than two years of waiting for me to duck under fences
and watching me photograph many a squished creature,
its seems that my banker has picked up a few things from this photographer.

he came back from his annual fall hunting trip with some hauntingly beautiful images...
(these aren't for the faint of heart, but they really are quite lovely)

ps- don't forget about the resolution challenge!

images by bob stanier

Thursday, December 8, 2011

a new year's photo challenge: "resolution"

before all of my student followers leave school for the year,
i thought i'd get the next photo challenge up and running
so they have something to do over their winter break!

this challenge is inspired by the impending new year 
and all of the meaning that we associate with such an occasion. 
"resolution" is a word that carries a lot of power
and has significance in the world of photography.

interpret the theme as you wish and 
make beautiful images that illustrate your concepts!

this competition is open to photographers of all levels
using all manner of photographic media...
feel free to use film, digital slrs, alternative processes, camera phones and photo editing software!
have fun exploring your resolution!
(there are two categories to ensure that professors aren't competing with their students)

submission guidelines:
*images should be resized to 8 inches on the longest side at 72 dpi (roughly 900k)
*files should be flattened jpegs
*files should be labeled with your first and last name and numbered (mine would be SarahBaron1.jpg)
*email submissions to with the word "resolution" in the subject line
*in your email, specify either the "Student/Amateur" or "Professional" category

*please limit your submissions to 3 per person

**the deadline for submissions is January 20, 2012!

the submissions will be curated by bulb staff and presented in an online exhibition.
this exhibition will be posted to the blog by January 27th.
the juror will then judge the images and choose two "winners" from each category.
winning photographers will receive a feature on bulb!

the guest juror for this bulb challenge is salma t khalil.
salma khalil is the co-owner of feather creative, a boutique new york-based post production studio
that specializes in photo retouching and exhibition printing. 
in her personal work, ms. khalil is interested in exploring the facets that comprise our identities 
and what forms our definition of home and family.

salma is an immigrant to the united states from alexandria, egypt. 
she has an mfa in photography from pratt institute in brooklyn and 
a ba in journalism from the george washington university in washington, dc. 
she currently lives and works in brooklyn, new york. 

her work can be viewed on her websites and blogs: ... this one is called "resolution", so she is an expert!


a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usuallyafter voting, by a formal organization
a legislature, a club,or other group. Compare concurrent resolutionjoint resolution.
a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to dosomething.
the act of resolving or determining upon an action or courseof action, method, procedure, etc.
the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute;firmness of purpose.
the act or process of resolving or separating into constituentor elementary parts.
the resulting state.
Optics the act, process, or capability of distinguishingbetween two separate but adjacent objects or sources 
of light or between two nearly equal wavelengths. Compare resolving power.
a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem,controversy, etc.
Music .
the progression of a voice part or of the harmony as awhole from a dissonance to a consonance.
the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved.
reduction to a simpler form; conversion.
Medicine/Medical the reduction or disappearance of aswelling or inflammation without suppuration.
the degree of sharpness of a computer-generated image as measured by the number of dots per linear 
inch in a hard-copy printout or the number of pixels across and down on display screen.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

help-portrait | 10 december 2011

hey bulb followers and photo friends!
i think this is a superb idea that deserves our attention.
please check out "help-portrait" and consider organizing an event.
get your class, club, group or friends together and help out some folks in need.
it does not have to be much, but tis the season.
what a great way to use our skills for good!