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There was a time when flash mobs were a huge thing, when hordes of people in big cities would gather to collectively do something out of the ordinary in full view of the public. Well, the Bay Area photographers have their own version. In true San Franciscan fashion, they took the idea behind flash mobs and changed your typical photo walk into something just a little more radical.

Aptly named the FlaskMob, the monthly photo meet and greet was first organized by photographer Evan Thompson in November 2013 as a more fun way for photographers to network as well as learn from one another. At every meeting that lasts for several hours, photographers join in on the merry-making armed with not only their cameras, but also with flasks (thus the name), as they go about the Bay City streets to document its usually vibrant and crazy nightlife.

From the looks of filmmaker/photographer ‪Whitney Dinneweth’s short documentary of the group’s third meeting, this is definitely different from your usual Saturday night photo walk.

It might be cool to hop on this bandwagon should you ever find yourself in SF, so be sure to visit the group’s Facebook page or sign up on their website to get updates. For photos from their awesome meetings, follow them on Instagram.

And do check out Dinneweth’s video after the jump to see what the group’s been up to.

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Printed photographs have always been, customarily, flat and it’s been that way since the beginning. But a Bay Area-based artist is changing that norm by creating three-dimensional printed photographs!

Emma Jaubert Howell of San Francisco, CA is a both a photographer and a glass-artist by trade. For years now, she has been trying to find a balance between her two passions, an endeavor she has most recently succeeded in doing – by capturing real images and printing them unto glass. And no, we don’t mean printing an image on paper and inserting it inside a blown glass. If the concept of Howell’s project is a little vague to you, that’s because it’s never been done before.

Taking advantage of the wet plate collodion process, a technique for making photographs from the 1850s, she basically records her images on her own custom irregular glass plates. To achieve this, she actually built her own camera and her own portable darkroom from scratch.

The process itself is almost as complicated as it sounds. Not only does Howell hike to her shooting locations carrying a camera that’s almost big enough to be a Bat-Signal, she also mixes (the chemicals), exposes, and develops all in one go in wherever remote area she finds herself in. And while her newly-invented technique sounds very technical, it also involves a good deal of creative process as she examines her glass plates and finds inspiration in their own individual waves, swirls, and folds to decide on her photographic subject and composition.

Howell’s the first to admit that her technique is far from being perfect and that there’s been a lot of trial and error but the results she’s gotten so far are mind-blowing and truly creative! See a gallery of her finished products after the jump.

Via Wired

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Every now and then, a timelapse comes around that completely blows our minds. This morning we were delighted to wake up to an email from Matt Maniego who linked us to his timelapse that took an entire year to create. Think about that for a second: most photographers barely stick to their 365 projects–and this is a timelapse.

Matt shot areas all over San Francisco for this video and called it “Paradise” because he feels that the city is very much a paradise to him. The video indeed takes you all around the city during the night and day. And overall, its beauty and execution is alluring.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Last year I visited San Francisco and loved it. The Vimeo blog recently featured this stunning time lapse from Simon Christen. Simon spent two years trying to create this: and it involved waking up at 5AM, looking at weather forecasts, and loads more planning. There was also lots of failure involved where the fog would be too high, too low, or gone sometimes.

But it all paid off quite well for him. Take a look and prepare to be astonished after the jump.

Via Laughing Squid

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The above image was shot at ISO 6400. Not a bad view of San Francisco, huh? Hit the jump for one more image, but instead it is some long exposure goodness.

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The Nikon D7000 is a sturdy camera of modest size (for a DSLR). With easy creative controls, a wide dynamic range, great autofocus, and a wide selection of available lenses, it’ll make a great vacation camera. To the classic Nikon “prosumer” niche (think D70, D80, D90…) the D7000 adds fun, easy, and respectable video recording, with autofocus and optional manual control. It’s a great camera for a day in the city, which is exactly how we’ve tested it on Day 4!

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