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 | January 4, 2011 9:56 pm

If I am going to post all of the photos I used, it seems right that I should also show how the calendar turned out?  Right?

2011 Africa 01

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 | 8:18 pm

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in the calendar template I posted last week.  I didn’t realize that it would be helpful to so many people!

In addition to those who have shown an interest in the grid template, I’ve had several others ask about the photos.  Some have complimented me on my photographic eye (alas, however, I didn’t take a single one of the photos; no matter how much I would have liked to), and others have asked me where I got them.  Since multiple people have asked similar questions, I thought I would expound on where the pictures came from.

Because I’ve never worked on a calendar before, I thought that I should take somewhat of a dry-run prior to creating a high-profile thank-you gift.  For that reason, I pulled together a variety of Creative Commons images from Wikipedia, Flickr, and other related sources.  That was the source of the original photographs.

Then, because I wanted the images to have an Ansel Adams/Nick Brandt feel to them, I converted the photos to black and white using GIMP.  In some cases, other touch-ups were done to provide a more dramatic feel. In the gallery below, you can see all of the images.

Because the images were Creative Commons, however, it is also good citizenship to return them to circulation.  For that reason, you can find an archive (zip) that has the black/white conversions of the photos here.  Also included is a text file with the credits and sources.

If you enjoy the pictures, please consider making a small donation to Wikipedia or to another charity. One excellent candidate would be CHOICE Humanitarian.  CHOICE works to alleviate and eliminate rural poverty in South America, South-east Asia, and Africa.  You can donate on their home page.

Alternatively, if you use Windows 7, you can download a theme pack with the wallpapers.  They are available from the “Wallpapers and Themes” page of the main site.  Every penny of the donation will be sent to CHOICE.  Because CHOICE is a 501(c)3 organization, donations from within the United States are tax-deductible.

 | December 24, 2010 4:52 pm

Note: Still working on the book.

While at the book store yesterday, I came across a marvelous collection of photographs by wildlife photographer, Nick Brandt.  I’m not sure whether to call On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa a book of wildlife/landscape photography or a collection of classical portraiture and composition that happens to incorporate animals.  Brandt does a mesmerizing job of capturing both the surroundings and the personality of the animals he photographs.

Suffice it to say, I decided to pick myself up a gift.  After spending most of the morning studying the composition and contrast in the images, I am glad that I did.

(A side benefit was the ability to read the beautiful foreword by Alice Sebold, introduction by Jane Goodall, and afterword by Nick Brandt.  These can also be found on the photographer’s website.)

Note: The images below are both from Brandt’s first book, “A Shadow Falls,” as well as from “On This Earth.”




Giraffes at Play


Lion Couple


Savannah Vista