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Fascinating pix: Josh Adamski

I DON’T KNOW how he does it.

I’m curious, of course. But more than that, I’m captivated.

Josh Adamski, born in 1948, says he has “done photography since I was a small boy.”

His photos are stunning.

Take a look here.

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Best Instagram photos

IF YOU DON’T KNOW about Instagram, you are r-e-a-l-l-y out of touch! Instagram is an iPhone (soon to be Android, too!) app that makes sharing photos with others a snap. It also features built-in filters that help you give your photos an old-timey or worn look.

I’ve used it. I like it…but I think there are better iPhoneography apps.

Regardless, Instagram is a hit with millions. And recently, the Instagram team chose a dozen photos as “the best.” There’s more than just a little disagreement over the choices, but that’s part of what makes iPhoneography and photo sharing fun.

Take a look here. See what you think. Then let us know.

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When the Chevy was “cool”

BILLBOARDS IN DETROIT are reminding drivers what it was like to be “cool.” That was about 50 years ago. But some of us remember the design statements that Chevrolet made with its cars back then. I was a bit younger then…I think they called us teen-agers.

I thought the ’55 Chevy was cool, the ’56 was OK (but I loved the gas cap hidden in the left rear tail light!). All my buddies loved the ’57 but I thought it was a style ripoff from the ’56 Plymouth. The ’58? Drool! The ’59…I wasn’t turned on by the gull wings. And after that? Well…I think I became more interested in other curves.

Still, these cars did make a design statement. And the billboards are striking. Even the writing is, well…”cool.”

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Art as people as flowers

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you looked at a photo, exhaled slowly, and said: “wow?” Not a loud “wow,” but a deep, lingering I’ve-never-seen-anything-like-that-before “wow?”

Get ready for that “wow.”

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Foto fixing fotog fired

A RECENT POLL here drew a number of comments about what’s acceptable practice when retouching photos. We later reported on the surprising results…and further comments.

Now comes this story of a Sacramento Bee photographer being fired after manipulating multiple photos.

Seems to me there’s some room for manipulation in feature or posed shots, but not spot news photos. And, yes, I understand and appreciate the arguments about the “slippery slope.”

I think I, too, would have fired the guy.

What do you think?

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Kubrick the photojournalist

STANLEY KUBRICK is famous as a director of some of Hollywood’s more memorable and controversial films.

Among them: 2001: A Space Odyssey. A Clockwork Orange. Dr. Strangelove. Eyes Wide Shut. The Shining. Full Metal Jacket. Spartacus.

And one of my favorites: Paths of Glory.

But what many don’t know is that Kubrick was an accomplished photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago for a photo shoot. Here are some of Kubrick’s photos from that assignment.

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