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Navid Baraty→Rain2

Stunning Urban and Street Photography

For today’s photography inspirations, we have prepared  a very cool selection with street and urban photography, and most of them are captured in rain adding even more to their atmosphere. Our featured photographers for today are by Danny Santos IIPavel BukhvalovNavid Baraty and Heiko Waechter!

Before we begin, let’s see a short description of what is street photography from Wikipedia.

Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches,malls, political conventions and other settings.

Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment. On the other hand, much street photography takes the opposite approach and provides a very literal and extremely personal rendering of the subject matter, giving the audience a more visceral experience of walks of life they might only be passingly familiar with. In the 20th century, street photographers have provided an exemplary and detailed record of street culture in Europe and North America, and elsewhere to a somewhat lesser extent.

Let’s now enjoy today’s selections!

Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 14/02/2014

Martin Stavars→Nightscapes 11

The amazing BW photography of Martin Stavars

Today we have with us 19 stunning black and white cityscapes, from major cities of the world, by Martin Stavars!

Martin Stavars was born in 1981 in Czestochowa, Poland. He studied economics, computer science and photography, ultimately focusing on the latter.

He specializes in black and white cityscapes, landscapes and night photography. He and his camera have visited more than 20 countries, with Asia holding the key spot with the most visits and inspirations.

His work has been recognized in numerous international competitions – he has been named the ‘Architecture Photographer of the Year’ at the International Photography Awards in New York, and received the ‘Grand Prix’ at the Image International in Canada and Hei Ming Prize in Tokyo. He has also won the first prizes in the 2008, 2009, and 2011 at the International Photography Awards in New York.

In 2012, Charta Editions published Martin Stavars’ first monograph – entitled: Megalopolis.

Martin is the managing editor of ND Magazine (www.nd-magazine.com).

Let’s now enjoy his awesome works!

Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/11/2013

Jack-Long→Vessels-and-Blooms

The amazing splash photography of Jack Long

We have seen in an old article tips on how to capture high speed and splash liquid photography. Today we have some really awesome examples of creative splash photography by Jack Long.

“My personal work is with Splash / high speed fluid experimentation. All of my work is unique and unlike anything previously created. I have no interest in recreating what has already been done. While I may borrow from other genres for inspiration, I will not try to replicate. I don’t even like doing my own ideas more than once. I have a few selected techniques that I use that are self discovered. I am working to get the most out of these methods. The new and sometimes surprising results are what keep me going. I do not explain my techniques, do “how to’s” or tutorials.”

~Jack Long

So with no further ado, let’s enjoy Jack’s work!

Jack-Long→Vessels-and-Blooms

Hope you enjoyed today’s article with the stunning works of Jack Long! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 31/08/2012

Richard- itman→Pripyat We-Need-to-Temporarily-Evacuate

Abandoned and scary places

In today’s photography inspirations we have some interesting and creative photographs about scary and abandoned places, industrial settings and decadent and rusty objects!

Featured photographers are: Andrew BrooksRichard Pitman , Josephine Pugh , Marcus Jendretzke and Mark Mawson. Lets enjoy their works!

Richard- itman→Pripyat We-Need-to-Temporarily-Evacuate

Images are displayed here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution by the photographers in their Behance portfolio and for the sole purpose of promoting their work and art.

Article publié pour la première fois le 29/08/2012

Carsten Witte→Square Faces13

The amazing BW portrait photography of Carsten Witte

Carsten Witte is a fashion and fine arts photographer from Hamburg, Germany. Today we’ll just see some of his awesome black and white portrait photographs. So if you like you can check out his portfolio at Behance as well, to see much more of his awesome work!

I would love to hear your impressions on the selected works.

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 09/04/2014

Pelican Photo by Spyros Thalassinos

Top Photography Books for 2013-2014

In this article I would like to share with you my favorite (top) photography books for 2014. The list is comprised of books that I read on 2013 and highly enjoyed, books that patiently wait on my shelves to be read or books that I have planned to get on 2014. The list is divided into two main sections. The first part contains books that can help you learn and improve your photography skills, and the second part  inspirational photo essays from photographers i admire. You might of course disagree with the selections for one reason or the other, in this case I am looking forward to hear your own recommendations and book suggestions!

So let’s get started!

Books to improve your skills

Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. (Voices That Matter)
For years, editorial and commercial photographer Zack Arias has been a respected and trusted voice in the photography industry. Known for his photography, his teaching, and his ability to connect with photographers, Zack has long had an “open door” approach to discussing his career–the ups and the downs–and in so doing has provided a straightforward and candid look inside the industry. By consistently showing great work and offering helpful advice, he has built a large, loyal readership that looks to him for guidance in navigating the currents of a difficult and dynamic industry. Now, Zack finds yet another way to cut through the noise and offer truly valuable information to those struggling to make their way through the twists and turns of an ever-changing landscape.

In Photography Q&A, Zack answers over 100 questions that he fielded directly from the public. These are questions that range across all aspects of the photo industry: gear, marketing, street photography, vision, pricing, branding, light, models, work/life balance, technical advice, and much more. From how to “put yourself out there” and start to get jobs, to how to get paid for those jobs when the client is slow to cut the check–and everything in between– Photography Q&A answers many of the pressing questions that photographers are asking, but until now have not been addressed. The book also includes intermittent “Visual Intermission” sections–where Zack discusses individual images that were milestones in his development as a photographer–as well as worksheets on topics such as pricing and costs that help photographers to “know their numbers.”

With all this material, and with insightful, honest answers that come straight from Zack’s experience as a photographer who has seen it all (or at least a lot of it), Photography Q&A is an essential resource for any photographer looking for the real answers to the real questions in the industry today.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are

Get inspired to discover the beautiful images around you

Photographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interesting photographs. Wonderful images are hiding almost everywhere; you just need to know how to find them.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images that aren’t overworked. Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment. Inspiring photo examples from the authors, taken with DSLRs, compact digital cameras, and even iPhones, show that it is the photographer’s eye and creative vision–not the gear–that make a great image.

Creative 52: Weekly Projects to Invigorate Your Photography Portfolio

A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography–it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas. Many photographers struggle to achieve a high-impactportfolio, feeling that they lack the creative spark to invigorate them andmove their work forward.
Creative 52 is that spark–and your guide to a new and more creative portfolio in just one year! A remedy for that “average” portfolio, this collection of innovative projects will help portrait, wedding, and fashion photographers build a portfolio that draws the attention of editors and clients–leaving the competition behind. While other how-to books often use bland imagery simply to prove a technical point, and many fine art books are filled with beautiful imagery but contain minimal (if any) educational insights to help working photographers, this book blends both: inspiration and knowledge that you can use to create images that attract potential clients.
Divided into three parts–concept, technique, and post-processing–author Lindsay Adler’s 52 challenges each contain a description of the project, potential inspiration and suggestions of other artists to check out, and her own unique solution to the challenge–all to push you beyond your comfort zone to explore new ideas and approaches to your work.
Includes a year’s worth of weekly projects that motivate you to experiment with new concepts, techniques, and software tools like Adobe Photoshop to achieve more eye-catching images
Offers the cure for “expected” imagery, showing how to produce memorable photographs that are distinct from the competition, enabling you to reach new clients
Empowers you with the encouragement and expertise necessary to create spectacular images

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.

In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations.

You’ll learn:

  • Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it
  • Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone
  • Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity
  • How to creatively use shutter speed to either freeze an action or imply motion
  • Where to take a meter reading when shooting a sunset, snow, or a city at dusk

With new information on white balance, flash, HDR, and more, this updated classic will inspire you to stop guessing and take control of your settings for better photos anytime, anywhere, and with any camera.

The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life

“This charming book provides a fresh approach and offers assignments for those new to the craft. The book will also appeal to seasoned photographers looking for new ways to capture the moments around them in a more meaningful and personal way.”–Publishers Weekly

Renowned photographer George Lange’s work is guided by one simple truth: An unforgettable photograph is not about what the subject looks like, but what it feels like. In this entirely new kind of photography guide, written by Mr. Lange and Scott Mowbray, magazine editor and longtime amateur photographer, the rest of us will learn how to take photographs that don’t just document life but celebrate it.

No fancy equipment required. Just hundreds of simple, inspiring ideas and lessons—each one illustrated with a photograph—organized around the six essential principles of seeing like a photographer. (Here’s one: Shoot the Moment, Not the Subject.)

Here’s why to shoot in natural light—always. The fun of putting babies in surprising places. How to get intimate with food. Using a dramatic sky as your backdrop. The benefit of learning to know the light in every room of your house. Shooting hands or feet instead of faces. How to move past the “I was here” postcard effect. How to catch the in-between moments. Because in the end, it’s about living the moment, shooting the moment—and being in the moment forever.

Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
Stunning Digital Photography is much more than a book; it’s a hands-on, self-paced photography class with over 6 hours of online training videos and free help from the author and other readers. That’s why award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup’s book quickly became #1 photography e-book of 2012 and 2013 with over 100,000 readers.

This book gives you four innovations no other book offers:

  1. Free video training. Watch over 6 hours of fast-paced, hands-on video tutorials integrated into the book to support and reinforce the lessons. View the videos using any web browser or by scanning QR codes with your smartphone.
  2. Hands-on practices. Complete the practices at the end of every chapter to get the real world experience you need.
  3. Classroom support. Join an author led private community of supportive, helpful people who also want to improve their photography.
  4. Free ebook with lifetime updates. When you buy the book and join the private Stunning Digital Photography readers community, you can download the ebook and copy it to your smartphone or ereader for easy reference. The ebook is regularly updated with new content and videos as new photography trends and equipment emerge, so it never becomes outdated.

BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro
Absolutely anyone can take better photos!

If you can press a button, you can take great pictures. It’s as simple as that. In BetterPhoto Basics, Jim Miotke, founder of the popular online photography school BetterPhoto.com, shares tips and tricks to improve your photos right away, no matter what camera you’re using. Too busy to read a book? No problem—flip to any page for an instant tip to use right away! Learn to compose knockout shots, make the most of indoor and outdoor light, and photograph twenty popular subjects, from sunsets and flowers to a family portrait. Those who want to go further get tips on controlling exposure and the secrets behind ten advanced creative techniques. And everyone will appreciate Jim’s breakdown of easy fixes to make in Photoshop. No matter what your level of experience, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to start taking photos like the pros.

The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.

Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design – first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer’s Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter)
Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can often seem like an impossible task. With busy, cluttered backgrounds and subjects who don’t know how to pose, how can you take control and get a great shot no matter the situation? In Picture Perfect Practice, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks down the craft of photography into three key elements–locations, poses, and execution–that you can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day–just like you would practice a musical instrument–in order to master the art of making great images. With chapters that offer practice exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, you’ll learn how to approach a scene, break it down, and see your way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover symmetry, balance, framing, color elements, textures, and much more. The Posing section includes the Five Key Posing Techniques that Valenzuela uses every time he’s shooting people, as well as a complete list of poses and how to achieve, customize, and perfect them. The Execution portion, with sections like “Lighting through Direction” and “Simplicity through Subtraction,” reveals Valenzuela’s overall approach to getting the shot. The book also includes an inspiring and helpful chapter on deliberate practice techniques, where Valenzuela describes his system for practicing and analyzing his work, which leads to constant improvement as a photographer.

If you’ve been frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of real-world locations, posing your subjects, or executing a great image–or if you simply want to become a better shooter but don’t know where to start–Picture Perfect Practice gives you the tools and information you need to finally become the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be: the kind who can confidently walk into any location, under any lighting condition, with any subject, and know that you can create astonishing photographs that have a timeless impact.

Books to get Inspiration

Color Photography

National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years

For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s trailblazing magazine has inspired millions of readers to explore and take an interest in the planet we inhabit.

Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has given TASCHEN complete access to its archives to distill the journey of a lifetime into three prodigious volumes featuring photographs—many unpublished—almost as rich, deep, and colorful as the world itself.

 

Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs
Steve McCurry’s iconic images have made him one of the world’s most popular photographers working today. Now, for the first time, he shares the stories behind stunning images taken from around the world throughout his extensive career.

In the finest documentary tradition, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs delves into McCurry’s personal archive to reveal never-before-seen ephemera, including journals, portraits, maps, and beautifully reproduced snapshots from various assignments. The book is organized into 14 photo stories, each brought to life by narrative text and over 100 lavish, full-color photo plates. Together, these fascinating documents create a living biography of one of photography’s greatest legends.

Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit
As a photographer it’s possible to train your mind to see inspiration in any situation, and this book will show you how. By introducing you into her creative process, Brooke Shaden—one of the most recognized names in modern art photography—reveals techniques and exercises that you can undertake in order to be inspired by your environment, everyday, everywhere. In addition to the exercises, you’ll learn how to compose, plan and shoot colorful, atmospheric, fairy-tale artistic photography, so you can adapt Shaden’s techniques and apply them to your own photographic style. Indeed, all artistic photographers seek to achieve their own style, but it’s not always easy to see how to get there.

This book provides the perfect balance of insight and instruction to help you find inspiration whenever you need it, and capitalize on it every time.

Black and White Photography

Across the Ravaged Land
Across the Ravaged Land is the third and final volume in Nick Brandt’s trilogy of books documenting the disappearing animals of eastern Africa. The book offers a darker vision of this world, still filled with a stunning beauty but now tragically tainted and fast disappearing at the hands of man.

In addition to a range of starkly powerful animal portraits, Brandt introduces some new themes, as humans make an appearance for the first time. He also contributes two essays summing up his photographic odyssey, which has taken more than a decade of intensive work to complete.

On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books memorializing the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. Focusing on some of the world’s last great populations of large mammals—elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and their kin—he created two of the new century’s most influential photographic books: On This Earth (2005) and A Shadow Falls (2009). His iconic portraits of these majestic animals express an empathy usually reserved for human subjects. The magisterial On This Earth, A Shadow Falls collects the most memorable images from Brandt’s first two books, along with their accompanying essays. A testament to the bookmaker’s craft, it is the first volume on Brandt’s work to capture the superb quality of his remarkable, large-format prints, which are notable for their velvety blacks and tonal subtleties. At 15 x 13 inches it is substantially larger than his previous books, and it comes in a handsome cloth binding with a tipped-in plate on the front.

Sebastiao Salgado. Genesis
“In Genesis, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.” —Sebastião Salgado

On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense. From that day onward—though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer—the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who “always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,” shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely.

Raised on a farm in Brazil, Salgado possessed a deep love and respect for nature; he was also particularly sensitive to the ways in which human beings are affected by their often devastating socio-economic conditions. Of the myriad works Salgado has produced in his acclaimed career, three long-term projects stand out: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world, Migrations (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation and demographic pressure, and this new opus, Genesis, the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society—the land and life of a still-pristine planet. “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,” Salgado reminds us. “We must preserve what exists.” The Genesis project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.

Mitch Dobrowner: Storms

Mitch Dobrowner has been chasing storms since 2009, traveling throughout Western and Midwestern America to capture nature in its full fury. Making photographs in the tradition of Ansel Adams, to the highest standard of craftsmanship, Dobrowner creates extraordinary black-and-white images of monsoons, tornados and massive thunderstorms conjure awe and wonder. As Dobrowner states in the book’s afterword, “I experience storms as living beings, organic things, both rational and unpredictable in the way they look, how they move, grow and die. Every storm is different; each has a unique character. My job is to capture a ‘portrait’ of each storm I encounter, an image that does each one justice as if the storm was a person.” Dobrowner’s photographs been published widely by magazines, including National Geographic, Time and the Los Angeles Times. They are introduced here by Gretel Ehrlich, the American travel writer and poet, who creates her own images, in words, that evoke the stormy spirit of the American West.

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these
qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide—from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries—and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America’s post-war golden age.

It wasn’t until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maier’s negatives from a Chicago auction house and began collecting and championing her marvelous work just a few years ago that any of it saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer collects the best of her incredible, unseen body of work.

Photography History

Photography: The Whole Story
Unlike many other artistic media, photography’s origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field’s dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. Each key genre is chronologically presented within its social, economic, and political context, along with close analysis of specially selected works that best exemplify the characteristics of the period. With more than 500 gorgeous examples in black and white and color, the book explores in-depth virtually every aspect of the medium since its first public demonstration in 1839 to the latest innovations: from early portraits and the birth of photojournalism to travel photography and the mapping of the world; from the Pictorialists to the avant-garde; from celebrity and fashion to documentary and landscape. Along the way readers will learn why some photographs are considered iconic, and why the medium as an art form continues to challenge and enthrall us.

Article publié pour la première fois le 19/08/2014

Damien-Vassart→Paris-in-Black-and-White6-featured

The amazing BW photography of Damien Vassart

Today we have with us 20 amazing black and white photographs by Damien Vassart.

“Born in 1984 in Belgium, and holder of an Audio Engineer diploma, Damien Vassart has always been responsive to art, in all its ways. During his youth, he particularly involved himself into drawing and playing music.

In 2007, photography became a new expression medium for him. His preference goes to black and white, although color also owns a place in his universe. Cityscapes and waterscapes have become his predilection themes, skillfully highlighted in surrealist pictures, inviting the observer to contemplation and meditation.

Beyond a simple aesthetic side, the art of Damien Vassart is also driven by his fascination for passing time, and impacts it has upon the natural and non-natural elements that make part of the world surrounding us. So as to transcribe that, he uses extended exposure times for his takes, most of the time released at dawn or at dusk, moments of transition, moments of switching from one state to another, between agitation and tranquility, that he considers as the most propitious to capture the time.

His pictures have already been published several times in magazines and across the Web, and permitted him to win several international awards. They are diffused around the world by various art distribution networks.”

Let’s see our selection and of course you can visit and see more of his work in his Behance portfolio!

Images are displayed here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution in their Behance Project page, and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and their photographer.

Article publié pour la première fois le 24/03/2014

Alexander Semenov→Octopus Kingdom17

The amazing sea life photography of Alexander Semenov

Today we have with as a stunning selection of underwater sea life photography by Alexander Semenov!

It never cease to amaze me how many wonderful things in nature remain hidden from our eyes. And how many beautiful things yet remain to be discovered! And you will be surprised on how many of those are hidden in the depths of the oceans!

The amazing sea life photography of Alexander Semenov

The amazing sea life photography of Alexander Semenov

But before we get started with viewing today’s selections let’s meet Alexander.

” In 2007, I graduated from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in the department of Zoology. I specialized in the study of invertebrate animals, with an emphasis on squid brains. Soon after, I began working at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) as a senior laborer. WSBS has a dive station, which is great for all sorts of underwater scientific needs, and after 4 years working there, I became chief of our diving team. I now organize all WSBS underwater projects and dive by myself with a great pleasure and always with a camera.

When I first began to experiment with sea life photography I tried shooting small invertebrates for fun with my own old dslr camera and without any professional lights or lenses. I collected the invertebrates under water and then I’ve shot them in the lab. After two or three months of failure after failure I ended up with a few good pictures, which I’ve showed to the crew. It has inspired us to buy a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes. Thus I’ve spent the following field season trying to shoot the same creatures, but this time in their environment. It was much more difficult, and I spent another two months without any significant results. But when you’re working at something every day, you inevitably get a lot of experience. Eventually I began to get interesting photos — one or two from each dive. Now after four years of practice I get a few good shots almost every time I dive but I still have a lot of things that need to be mastered in underwater photography.

And the most important thing — I love Sea.”

-Alexander Semenov

With no further ado let’s enjoy his awesome photographs!

Hope you enjoyed today’s article with the stunning works of Alexander Semenov! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 05/02/2014

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The Amazing BW Photography of Vassilis Tangoulis

Hello folks! In today’s photography inspirations we’ll enjoy the work of the award winning photographer Vassilis Tangoulis.
Vassilis was born in 1969. His profession is physicist working as a Lecturer in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Greece. By profession he is involved in Atomic Force Microscopy which is a way to capture/photograph molecules so making the transition to Long exposure photography was inevitable. The last three years captures with his lens Greek landscapes using the long exposure techniques.

 

I like to capture moments that look not ordinary. Long exposures, infrared photography. I believe that looking the world through a filter could be a reason for re-evaluation..

~ Vassilis Tangoulis

Hope you enjoyed today’s photography project and looking forward hearing your impressions on it!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 03/01/2014

Bartosz-Matenko→Street-England-2

The amazing BW photography of Bartosz Matenko

Today we have with us 17 awesome black and white street photography, taken mainly in Poland and England by Bartosz Mateńko!

Bartosz Mateńko – (b. 1987, Szczecin). He specialises in documentary photography and reportage. Studying photography at the National Film School in Łódź. Graduate of Polish philology at the University of Szczecin. He is also an adept of culture animator course. Bartosz participated in street photography workshop with Bruce Gilden from Magnum. He experiments with collage, rayograms, video, paintings and fake polaroids. His works have been exhibited in Poland, Germany, Portugal, Lithuania, Belgium, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

Let’s now enjoy his amazing works!

Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 10/12/2013

Joanna Kustra→s e n s u a l6

The amazing fashion photography of Joanna Kustra

Today’s we have with us amazing fashion photographs taken by Joanna Kustra! You can see more of her works in her Behance Portfolio.

Born in south-eastern Poland in February, 1984. Her artistic skills developed quite early, since childhood she has been fascinated with music playing the piano and oboe. Her adventure with photography began at the age of 22 and in a short time from a hobby developed into a true passion and a way of living. She is a self-taught photographer, from the very beginning fascinated with people, portraits and fashion photography.

Now lives and works both in London & Krakow. You can visit her online gallery at www.joannakustra.com

Joanna-Kustra→Blue-emotions

Hope you enjoyed today’s article with the stunning works of Joanna Kustra! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 16/04/2014

Matteo Alvazzi Delfrate→Street-Photography

The amazing street photography of Matteo Alvazzi Delfrate

Today we have with us 17 amazing street photographs taken by Matteo Alvazzi Delfrate! You can see more of his works in his Behance Portfolio.

“I started photography in 2009, but I wish I could have started it when I was 10… everything would have been way different I guess.

I work best in the streets, walking around and freezing candid moments, which from that moment will follow me and my life for ever. I also started doing some studio shooting, but I’m still in the process of learning how to master artificial light and how not to blush in front of gorgeous women :)

My camera of choice is a small Leica M6, mounting a 35mm F2 Leica (Dentone) lens. I usually use Kodak Tri-X, but I still have to try many more types of film. In studio I use a Nikon D700

I think my studio shots will be influenced from my street photography. For me street photography is the best way to learn to compose in the friction of a moment, to actually see what’s there, to understand it, to use it and to bend it. ”

Matteo Alvazzi Delfrate→Street-Photography

Hope you enjoyed today’s article with the stunning works of Matteo Alvazzi Delfrate! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

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(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/01/2014

Hengki Koentjoro→JOURNEY

The amazing BW photography of Hengki Koentjoro

Born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, on March 24, 1963. Hengki Koentjoro is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, where he majored in video production and minored in the fine art of photography.

Hengki returned to Indonesia to become a freelance videographer/editor, specializing in nature documentaries and corporate profiles, and now lives in Jakarta with his wife Lana and their three children. Hengki is a part time practitioner of the art of black and white photography, which he believes to be his true purpose in life’s journey of expression.

Let’s enjoy his amazing works, and as always you can see more in his Behance portfolio!

Hope you enjoyed today’s article with the stunning works of Hengki Koentjoro! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/11/2013

By Genista 2

Expressive Animal Portrait Photography: Squirrels

We have seen in a previous article several expressive animal portraits. But today on the spotlight we have only squirrels! And more precisely 14 stunning and very expressive squirrel portraits, i came across at Flickr.

Generally Wildlife photography is regarded as one of the more challenging forms of photography. As well as needing sound technical skills, such as being able to expose correctly, wildlife photographers generally need good field craft skills. For example, some animals are difficult to approach and thus a knowledge of the animal’s behavior is needed in order to be able to predict their actions. Photographing some species may require stalking skills or the use of a hide/blind for concealment.

While wildlife photographs can be taken using basic equipment, successful photography of some types of wildlife requires specialist equipment, such as macro lenses for insects, long focal length lenses for birds and underwater cameras for marine life. However, since the advent of digital cameras, greater adventure travel and automated cameras, a great wildlife photograph can also be the result of being in the right place at the right time.

Photographing squirrels requires a lot of patience. They are quite fast but luckily curious of humans so most often they will stop for a quick peek at your camera lenses while trying to photograph them!

By audreyjm529 on Flickr

By audreyjm529 on Flickr

By clairity on Flickr

By clairity on Flickr

By Genista on Flickr

By Genista on Flickr

By Genista on Flickr

By Genista on Flickr

 By-Gilles-Gonthier on Flickr

By Gilles Gonthier on Flickr

 By-Gilles-Gonthier on Flickr

By Gilles Gonthier on Flickr

By John Morgan on Flickr

By John Morgan on Flickr

By law keven on Flickr

By law keven on Flickr

By Peter G Trimming on Flickr

By Peter G Trimming on Flickr

By Salmando on Flickr

By Salmando on Flickr

By Salmando on Flickr

By Salmando on Flickr

By Tomi Tapio on Flickr

By Tomi Tapio on Flickr

By Tomi Tapio on Flickr

By Tomi Tapio on Flickr

By wburris on Flickr

By wburris on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed today’s photography inspirations and looking forward hearing your impressions on it!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/12/2013