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Sunday, October 15, 2006


This is a fascinating story with some beautiful and dramatic pictures: > Stories > The New Eldorado

(Don't miss the text, which is hard to read but very informative.)

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON thanks to Svein-Frode


Blogger Max said...

I didn't read the text yet, but on a sidenote, looking at the picture I thought it has cool perspective lines and planes. Those always have an impact on me.
One of the sweetest things in photoshop to me is to be able to make all the perspective corrections possible with a tilt-shift lens and with a lot less limitations, plus scaling possibilities. The quality of the initial picture is the limit, mostly.
Nobody finds this to be an interesting technique?
Sorry to have drifted out of topic, I just wanted to know if there is any related opinion.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Max said...

It's a great story. I've seen it before, in several different sizes and shapes.
A poor country rich in assets that are not accesible to the common population. Extremely corrupt politics that suddenly preach about globalization and free market. The few players that speak that language get in and make huge profits. The bigger part of the people remain alone with their camels and the ruined landscape.
Really, it's nobody's fault (I think noone is fully aware or able to change the whole mechanics of the process) but it sucks.
What free market hardly understands is that market pressure is positive for those prepared to deal with it and evolve, but will eat the rest of them alive.

10:39 AM  
Blogger dingbat said...

He definitely has an interesting eye. Perspective very well controlled and formal, yet framed very creatively. It does have that 'view camera' look to it, and I initially just assumed he keeps his camera exactly horizontal. But perhaps he does use PS tilt/shift. If so, he uses it well.

10:54 AM  
Blogger m. said...

Interesting. Mongolia has always been a backwater, aside from that little period in the 12th and 13th centuries. I don't believe the Khans did much to build up Mongolia proper when they had the chance. So I'm not terribly surprised that they have lots of undiscovered natural resources. No one has been looking.

While flash can be a good medium for showing photos (although I'm not particularly fond of it), however, I do not like it for displaying text.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Svein-Frode said...

It's such a great photoessay. He has a certain distinct look to his images, which is why I have been exploring his site for a while. Flash sucks when overdone, and the web design of his site could be improved.

What is this tilt/shift/perspective thing you are talking about? Never heard of that function, unless you are talking about perspective corrections with the crop tool?

8:40 AM  
Blogger kiampa said...

thanks for highlighting carl's essay, and the rest of his work. it's a great find.

man this stuff really makes me dream of that mamiya 7 i've been lusting after for a long time.


1:48 PM  

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