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Top 10 Photos: May Day

Photo #1: Maypole Outside Clarendon Building, Oxford by Richard (etnobofin on Flickr)

In our tenth Top 10 Photos post, and in honor of the the month of May coming up, I wanted to do a search for off-the-beaten path photos which take us into all that conjures up "May Day." I found quite a few special images, but chose only ten of them for our Top 10 vote; I've not put these 10 in any particular order - that task is up to you. Use the survey at the end of the post to vote for your favorite photo. Thanks for voting and check back soon for another Top 10 Photos vote!

Photo #2: Tom Fisher as Sam Docker in BBC One drama Mayday by BBC

Photo #3: Woman Shouting During Moscow May Day Communist Rally by Mikhail Metzel / AP 

Photo #4: Eldery Woman Waves at May Day Occupy Wall Street March by Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images 

Photo #5: May Day Elephants in Bangkok by PA Photos

Photo #6: Mike Haywood Goes for the Line in May Day Rugby Match by Getty Images

Photo #7: Jake from Mayday Parade in Halloween Costume by Mayday Parade

Photo #8: May Day Sidewalk Chalk by May Day NYC

Photo #9: Jason May a.k.a. Hip-Hop Artist MAYDAY

Photo #10: Burningman May Pole by Yelloideas






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5 of My Favorite Photography Blogs

Portrait from Karen Walrond's Chookooloonks/Wildly Convinced You're Uncommonly Beautiful blog
The brilliance of blogs is that they usually represent a unique individual's point of view. It's the world according to Herbert or Heather Blogger, and it's usually a combination of news and views that gets you jazzed about your specific topic of interest. Alternatives to traditional news reporting and magazine journalism, you can go to a topic-specific blog and get your content fill without having to read diluted news that covers an entire waterfront.

Travel photo by Trey Ratcliff from his Stuck in Customs blog
So here are some of my favorite photography blogs, in addition to our NYIP blog, of course. My faves tend not to be too corporate or alligned with a specific manufacturer. They're quirky and opinionated. They're wise and authentic. Try out a few posts from each of these blogs, if you haven't already. I think you'll really like them.
  1. Photopreneur - This website takes a practical look at photo sales opportunities for anyone with a camera, from hobbyist to pro. I like the way the team of writers, who are usually professional photographers and/or marketers, focus in on specific individuals or outlets to offer helpful advice. Sample post: What It Takes to Give Up the Day Job and Become a Successful Photographer
  2. Chookooloonks or Wildly Convinced Your Uncommonly Beautiful - Words fail in trying to heap praise on photographer and author Karen Walrond and the portraiture and other photographs she posts on her quirky and always inspiring photo blog. This is how a talented photographer presents her images to the public; minimal type, beautiful images, and a personal point of view. Sample post: Random Thoughts on Fashion, Frida and Identity.
  3. Beyond Megapixels - If you want basic and creative how-to assignments to help you better master your digital camera, and you're not a pro, this is a great blog. The posts are detailed and self-explanatory, the photo examples are wonderful, and the screenshots of digital image editing help explain the process. There are sections that will help you learn the basics and explore good equipment and resources. Termed a blog that guides "the rest of us" in photography, this is a great site for anyone who wants to learn photography and do better work. Sample post: Focus Stacking in Landscape Photography.
  4. Stuck in Customs - Travel photographer Trey Ratcliff's entertaining and beautifully photographed blog gives you a taste in both still images and video of what it's like to be a top travel photographer. Sample post: The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle
  5. A Photo Editor - Wow. Rob Haggart, a former magazine director of photography, and other contributors from various photo domains (e.g., art photography, fashion photography, travel photography) have put together a blog that covers the inside track on end-users for professional images. This is a great way to see inside a professional photo shoot - and sometimes learn how much it costs - and see great work and compelling reports from photo seminars aimed at pros. Sample post: Pricing & Negotiating: Hotel Lifestyle Shoot

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