Joyous news – You must see this

Go directly to this website and view the video. it’s four minutes and 28 seconds long and you will not be able to view it only once

This is the antidote to all bad news. It trumps the economic debacle. It will make your heart sing. thanks to Matthew Harding (and a cast of thousands) who took 14 months and visited 42 countries to create this simple masterpiece. It is exactly what the world needs now.

Go here and rejoice!! http://vimeo.com/1211060?pg=embed&sec=1211060

The power of the image

I see a lot of photos everyday thanks to Google Reader. I also read a couple of newspapers daily. Today in The Globe and Mail is a news photo from 19 years ago when Marc Lepine murdered 17 young women studying at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. The image, illuminated by direct flash, shows four heavily armed police officers entering the building. They are in shadow and are unidentifiable except for the fact you can see their are police or soldiers.

This image freezes time and brings us back to that horrible day so long ago.

And as I read on, two more iconic photos in The Globe and Mail:

The first taken shows soldiers of a different era. These were the boys and men of the Newfoundland Regiment of whom 90 per cent were killed over there in the First World War. The soldiers are doing their laundry. You can see the merriment in their faces. And then they were gone and all but forgotten. The second photo is of European Jewish refugees aboard the Exodus (In the film of the same name which featured a young Paul Newman) in the days before the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.

Such is the power of photography. What memories are you recording today?

Can you tell the difference?

Michael Reichmann, who is the author of the fabulous The Luminous Landscape website says he can’t tell the difference between the new $500 G10 point-and-shoot Canon (see review) camera and images taken in Algonquin Park with a $40,000 digital Hasselblad H2.

Don’t believe me. Go visit the website (where you can download the images and do your own printed comparison at:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/kidding.shtml

Image recovery

One of students found a website that has some image recovery software available as a free download.

Note: I’ve never used this software and I don’t make any claims for it. Use it at your own risk.

Zero Assumption Recovery and the website is www.z-a-recovery.com.

Another note: this software is supposed to work even on cards that have been formatted! However, if the card you’re trying to read is full of images, it can take some time for the software to work.