Hey friends, I have been working on a bunch of new videos during this time in Quarantine due to Covid 19. Today I want to share some of my favorite scenes shot around California over the years. Some memories of incredible moments out in nature in my home state.
I learned how to take photos here and spent most of my early career photographing these spots. California holds a special place in my heart. I have always appreciated the beautiful diversity of landscapes from the Dramatic Yosemite cliffs to the colorful rock formations in Death Valley. I know things are tough right now and I hope some of these scenes brighten up your day a bit!
The locations featured in this short film are Mount Wilson, Lone Pine, Death Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park, La Jolla, Ridgecrest, Mono Lake, San Francisco Coastline, Santa Barbara, Folsom Lake, The White Mountains, Davenport, shainblumphoto.com/
Soar over a state with much more to offer than just potatoes! This state contains millions of acres of untamed land, great ancient spines of stone, and the deepest canyon in America. Idaho’s past is as rich as its volcanic soil and this tour over the Gem State reveals unique visual treasures. From Hemingway’s haven to Hell’s Canyon, and from the world’s first atomic city to the birth of the potato boom, discover the beauty and history of Idaho.
Staff Writer Jocelyn Kaiser joins Sarah to talk about a recent Science paper describing the results of a large study on a blood test for multiple types of cancer. The trial’s results suggest such a blood test combined with follow-up scans may help detect cancers early, but there is a danger of too many false positives.
And postdoctoral researcher Timo Reinhold of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research joins Sarah to talk about his paper on how the Sun is a lot less variable in its magnetic activity compared with similar stars—what does it mean that our Sun is a little bit boring?
In a year of plagues, power struggles and star-crossed lovers divided by lockdown, Anne McElvoy asks James Shapiro, author of “Shakespeare in a Divided America”, what the bard would make of it all. Shakespeare is claimed by Americans of all political stripes.
But how can a lad from 16th-century Stratford-upon-Avon illuminate the past and future of the republic now? Plus, what the president might teach the professor about Shakespeare’s work. And, Shapiro prescribes a verse for the trials and tribulations of 2020.
Across the Land is a compilation of timelapse sequences shot across Canada in 2017 and is part of a cinematographic installation project called Across the Land. The film explores Canadian landscapes where technological modernity and natural spaces intersect.
When shooting a one shot film across Canada (see other videos) my camera assistant and I drove an average of 6-8 hours a day and would often stop to shoot a few time-lapse shots on the roadside if we saw something of interest. We’d also take advantage of the morning/evening light around one of the many campgrounds we would stay at. This resulted in hundreds of gigabites of raw image sequences by the time we finished the 9000km journey. I edited this film with imagery shot during the project and cut in a few shots I captured over the years to help tie some of the scenes together. View the project, more time-lapse videos, behind the scenes, GIFs, and stills at the following link.
In Ciao, Testino handpicks his favorite images of Italy, a country that has featured heavily in his life, from his friendships and breathtaking vistas to quintessentially Italian iconic fashion shoots and Italians’ ever-evolving allure to their effervescent lifestyle. Featuring three sections, IN GIRO (out and about), ALLA MODA (in fashion), and AL MARE (at sea), the result is a highly personal journey across the country through Testino’s lens paying homage to Italy, and it’s culture as well as a chronicle of 40 years of genre-defining photography.
Widely regarded as one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers, Mario Testino is responsible for the creation of emblematic images, transmitting emotion and energy in an open and intimate way. Throughout his four-decade career, Testino has been on a journey beyond the world of fashion capturing Earth’s traditions and cultures with unparalleled access and an extraordinarily unique point of view.
Peruvian by birth, Testino’s intimate connection to Italy found its roots in his Italian heritage, but blossomed when he experienced the country for himself. Discovering Italy was, for Testino, synonymous with discovering his passion for fashion. “Rome was all about the hottest, latest trends and fresh new styling, and I loved the way Italians could shed the latest look for an even newer thing without ever losing their own identity.”
The photographer and author
With a four decades career as a leader in the fields of fashion, culture and lifestyle, Peruvian-born Mario Testino OBE has many facets that take him beyond the surface of a photographer and artist placing him as a cultural visionary. Testino’s universe is broad, his impact is uniquely powerful and his lifestyle is completely authentic. Testino’s has seen his works published and exhibited in hundreds of cities around the world. Throughout his career he built unprecedent relationships with editorial and commercial partners such as Vogue, Burberry, and Gucci to name a few. His past and present muses include HRH Princess Diana, Madonna, Donatella Versace, Kendall Jenner and Mariacarla Boscono. His solo exhibitions have shown in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The contributing author
Alain Elkann is a New York–born author and journalist. Since 1989, he has maintained a weekly interview column for the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa. Elkann has lectured on art, Italian literature and Jewish studies at the Universities of Oxford, Columbia, Jerusalem, Pennsylvania and Milan’s IULM. He is President of The Foundation for Italian Art & Culture (FIAC) in New York and in 2009 was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the French Republic.
Season of the Solar Minimum doesn’t look that bad now. Ok there are three months (Nov-Jan) without auroras, but I seem to have shot plenty of material nevertheless. Most of it up North, but some also close to home in Southern Finland.
August: Pöytyä, Finland
September: Lieto and Hetta, Finland
October: Utsjoki, Finland; Kvalsund and Ekkerøy, Norway
February: Pöytyä and Ylläsjärvi, Finland
March: Pöytyä, Finland
April: Marttila, Finland