Downstream from Niagara Falls is a small colonial town that sits right on the mouth of the Niagara River. Other than being the first capital of Upper Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL as the locals call it) was the front line of the War of 1812. Its strategic location and fertile soil made it a location that was inhabited for thousands of years before the British set up a colony there. The great lakes made trade possible from the outskirts of the 19th century world all the way through to the Atlantic Ocean. The one obstacle that boats had a hard time navigating was Niagara Falls and the treacherously fast flowing Niagara River. Everyone who wanted to get from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and back again needed to stop in Niagara-on-the-lake.
This strategic location made Niagara-on-the-lake (then known as Newark) a very prosperous place in the 19th century. Many homes that are still there to this day tell the story of colonial riches. In the summer NOTL is lush and green. We went for a stroll in the wintertime around old town to take some pictures of the variety of 19th century homes found all around the Old Town.
Growing up in NOTL there was literally nothing to do as a teenager. We would drink beer down by the river in spots where American soldiers had gotten off their boats and had been torn to shreds by British guns, or hung out in the ramparts that were successful at funneling American troops into cannon range. The bloody battles that were fought in NOTL can now only be imagined but the colonists who fought for their land against the Americans had quite the reputation. The Butlers Rangers were a bunch of militiamen and Native Americans (in other words they were local farmers who also fought). Instead of lining up for battle like what was popular at the time, they hid in the trees and ambushed the Americans at every opportunity.
The Americans took over NOTL a number of times and the local people always took it back. On one occasion the Butler’s Rangers decided to go on a rampage in America and burned every village from NOTL to Washington DC. It was the men of NOTL that were responsible for the burning of the original White House. After Butler’s Rangers were through with the White House they white washed over the burnt parts and that is where it got its name.
Walking around Niagara-on-the-Lake is wonderful in the summer time because of all of the lush, well-kept gardens, but if you enjoy 19th Century homes, taking a stroll in the winter is a joy.
Far from the romanticized images we see on television, kitchens are marred by a mesh of savage industrial hardware, organic flesh and bones, and the souls that inhabit it, as photographer Mike Kumagai discovered. His series exposes some of the notions we carry of kitchens and cooking in the only medium befitting of the task: 35mm film.
Justin Quinnell’s expertise when it comes to pinhole wizardry is unquestionable. This photographer and lecturer from Bristol, United Kingdom, has crafted the most unusual of pinhole projects, from installing cameras onto ships cruising around the Caribbean to taking photos of his kids being born from inside his mouth. One other project that he is known for is being able to make a pinhole camera from a soda can. Watch the video below and learn how!
The late King of Pop made a lot of achievements throughout his career with his group and later on his own, but it was through “Billie Jean” that his status as an international pop icon was truly cemented.
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
There’s something about New York that attracts people, something that makes both visitors from the most bucolic places and tourists from the most cosmopolitan of cities fall in love. Countless movies and television programs have been filmed in New York, and so many songs have been written in reminiscence of the place. It’s not just the Empire State Building, Times Square or Broadway; there’s something special about the streets and the people who walk on them that make spectators stop, look, and listen.
Aside from the Magazine, going through the User Blogs is another way to keep tabs on the latest happening in the community. Throughout the year, it was filled with articles on new discoveries, thought-provoking opinions, and exciting exhibits that surely entertained, challenged, and inspired everyone. Let's take a look back at the fruitful year through the most popular user blogs of 2014.
The Horizon Kompakt is a miracle in the shape of a 35mm camera. Just watching its multi-coated swing lens as it sweeps 120° degrees is a wonder to behold. With "Day" and "Night" shooting settings and battery free operation, it's also incredibly simple to use. Capture picture-perfect panoramas and get prints approximately the size of two standard frames. With the Kompakt, you'll see the world from a whole new perspective.
Introduced in the late 1980s, Nikon F4 was the third improvement of the original Nikon F from 1959. Read on to find out more about this outstanding professional SLR camera that remains a favorite of many photographers decades after its release.
2013 was a fantastic year for Lomography. It was when we got technical, using our 20 years of analogue experience to create new products that inspired brilliant and unforgettable memories. Let's take a look back by visiting the special site that we made to honor yet another successful Lomography year!
Iconic photos from the past are hard to pass by. They just have this certain look and feel to them that made them memorable but an ad campaign for a newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa put a modern twist on some of them. Here’s a clue – selfies.
We have prepared a special set of filters to boost up your creative possibilities with the Petzval or any other lens with a 58mm filter mount. Get all in one set or pick your favourite and step up your game!
Wide-angle lens are further divided into sub-classifications: Wide, ultra-wide and ultra-ultra-wide. Based on current standards, wide lenses for 35mm cameras are those with focal lengths ranging from 24 to 35mm. Lenses are considered ultra-wide if they have focal lengths from 17 to 21 mm, and ultra-ultra-wide if from 12 to 16mm. The New Russar+ is a 20mm lens; hence it falls under the ultra-wide classification. If you have an ultra-wide lens or if you intend to get the Russar+, you might as well make the most out of your precious investment. Read on for a few guidelines on shooting with ultra-wide lenses.
This time we went up North and discovered that our Petzval lens has made it all the way to Scandinavia, Denmark. Enter with us the world of Swirly Danish Portraitism and meet Dann Nørgaard, a photographer from Copenhagen who captures the depth of every glance.
Here’s a random and rather mysterious tale for you folks. Just the other day, I was at a local bar with a few friends. It was much like any other evening; we were sipping a couple of cocktails, recounting our adventures, falling over ourselves with laughter and half-drunkenly meditating on the meaning of life (a scientist once told me it’s 42 by the way). But then something truly strange happened. Read on to hear my story and please make a comment with your guess at the end!