I think it's inevitable for novice photographer's to come across Ken's site as its web presence is just so strong. But when he claims that images coming out of his iPhone is better than the ones from his D3, that alone should prompt some readers to stroke their chin.He says a lot of stuff that are either blasphemy or something that comes across as attention grabbing. Take his RAW vs JPEG argument for example. He is so adamant that JPEG is better because "real photographers get it right in the camera" that his prejudice towards those who shoots RAW becomes apparent in his writing. I've shot long enough I think to understand the potential of RAW and the need for JPEG; I shoot RAW and recommend others to do the same, but never will you find me criticizing those who shoot JPEGs. You shoot what works for you. I'm embarrassed for him sometimes when I read this guy blab about how this and that sucks.
That said, I do visit his site now and then if I want to read up some stuff on Nikon AI lenses. The man has a great lens database, can't knock him for that.
Ming's blog offers a refreshing in depth look into the life of a professional photographer. He writes extensively about shooting philosophies. Sometimes I wonder how he could come up with these thoughts every week. Doesn't hurt that he knows quite a bit about all sorts of cameras. And unlike Rockwell, Ming actually can create photographs.
Tokyo is my favorite city, so it should come to no surprise that this blog makes the list. Dave the blogger is an all around great guy. His website is so beautifully presented. This blog is a must for anyone crazy about Leica gears.
Now I'm partial to photojournalism and documentary photography, so this site is a must. Time compiles some of the best work online and links it so it's really a convenient one stop shop for the best photojournalism stuff available. This site is where I spend most of my time on.
Some seriously really good photography here.
Reuter's Photographer's Blog
This site does the best photoessays online IMO. Reuter's global network of photographers makes possible the type of interesting, diverse, and frequent contributions you see on the site. not only do you get to see not-oft seen photographs, you also get to read how the photographers approach the assignment. The running diary on the World Cup was the best.
More or less similar to the Reuter's one. AP just started this one relatively recently, so I think they're still trying to figure things out.
Again, more of the same, but I find that Getty photographers are in a different class.
Of course, I also read stuff like PetaPixel and Nikon Rumors to keep abreast of creative works and camera stuff. But the above links I can honestly say shaped my photography.