Here is another portrait from my archives. This one is of Chava, a local surfer. Usually, I like my subjects to look into the camera because I feel like it is a bit more personal and more likely to connect the viewer with the subject. Perhaps it is because of the extreme closeup nature of the shot, but Chava’s off-camera stare still seems to invite the viewer into his personal space.
Click on the full-screen button in the upper-right corner of the image below for the best viewing experience!
One of the biggest drawbacks to viewing photographs online is the loss of detail. Even when photos are shown fullscreen, much of the detail that is captured by the camera is lost due to the resizing of the images for web viewing. The image degradation is especially great when the image happens to come from a medium or large format image.
Luckily, there is a service called Closr.it that helps to bring more of that detail to the web. While the images may not be viewable for iPhone and iPad users due to Closr’s reliance on Flash, most desktop and laptop users will be able to experience many photos almost as if they were standing right in front of a very large print.
In a previous post, I had posted a 580 by 580 pixel image of one of my surfer friends, Bob W. Here is the same image viewed through the Closr widget. Much like a YouTube video, the Closr image can be viewed in fullscreen mode. Try zooming into the eyes to see the level of detail captured in the original image.
Yesterday, my wife and our son, Nate, walked around the tidal pools and collected a bunch of sea glass. Nate was so excited about it that he wanted to find some more sea glass today. We didn’t have time to make it back down to San Pedro, but we had a 0.5 ft low tide just after 5PM so he and I headed down to Dockweiler to see if we could find some sea glass.
We found a few pieces of glass, but they hadn’t been rolling around long enough to take all the sharp edges off so we just ended up throwing those pieces away. Instead we collected some smooth stones of various colors, some sea shells, and a couple of nice sand dollars. Afterward we climbed up a berm and I was able to get a shot of Nate against a colorful evening sky.