A picture is worth a thousand words. Yet powerful storytelling with images takes a lot of time and craftsmanship. This is one of the things I think about on a daily basis. I love images and playing with them, as I believe they can both entertain and inspire.
My camera followed Yoyo while he was playing with fallen foliage on the tennis courts. Then I stitched the three shots in Photoshop into a single frame, forming a sequence of Yoyo’s three positions. It almost feels like the photo is coming alive, a different form of iPhone’s Live Photo:
Shanghai’s development has been nothing but spectacular. And however many words cannot inspire the kind of awe like this pair of photos between circa 1920 and 2009 can, thanks to a MIT scientist photographer Dheera Venkatraman. Here below is a GIF photo, tap here for an interactive slider version:
I started a photography project that set out to document Beijing’s air quality on a daily basis, thanks to a friend’s help. It has become an effective tool to visually present the drastic contrast of a good day and a really smoggy day in Beijing, such as this split screen. (Nowadays, the project deploys a system that automatically snaps a picture every hour and uploads the picture to our server via a local Wi-Fi connection.) [For an interactive slider version, click here on The Atlantic.]
When a scary tornado hit New York City in 2010, I picked up an interest in 3D photography, and used two iPhone 4’s to start shooting hundreds of pairs of photos over the devastation the tornado left behind, uprooting hundred-year-old trees and smashing slightly younger houses in Forest Hills. One of the friends I made in the stereoscopic photography community is talented Paul Aaron Johnson, who used the technique below to render a shot three dimensional without glasses:
2010年开始自学了一段时间3D摄影，用的设备也很简单，大多数情况都是拿着自己和老婆的两部iPhone 4出去写生（当时发生了一场龙卷风，上百棵参天大树被连根拔起）。学了不少，也结交了不少3D发烧友，但是感觉这个媒介还没法成为主流，而且后期制作等过程也过于繁琐，就没有继续深究了。不过下面这位朋友做出来的很适合裸眼体验的3D效果却值得一看：【其实就是GIF把连续若干帧画面串成小动画，有兴趣可到 Paul Aaron Johnson 网站看该系列更多作品】
Using the iPhone app “360 Panorama,” shooting 360 photos without additional lenses is possible, if not perfect. Above is a test shot standing on top of a boulder in Central Park on a sunny day. Tap here to see the real 360/VR effect, or scan the QR code below: