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Mike Kelley

Guest Contributor http://www.mpkelley.com +Mike KelleyFacebook
I'm currently a Los Angeles-based architectural and interiors photographer. I graduated from the University of Vermont with degrees in environmental science and digital art, and after graduating, I moved to the Lake Tahoe area to follow my dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder. While I was fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world competing, injury eventually forced me to consider a different career. Shortly after, a chance encounter led me from full-time hobby photographer to full-time working photographer (funny, this life). I had always been interested in photography, but never imagined that I would be working as a full-time photographer, and I'm very excited to be able to share my knowledge of architectural photography, lighting, compositing and retouching with everyone who reads Fstoppers.

PocketWizard Plus X: PW Shakes Up Flash Trigger Market With New Product Offering

PocketWizard has just announced the addition of a new trigger to its lineup: The PocketWizard Plus X. Priced at $99 (and already in stock at B&H), the Plus X offers much of the same functionality and reliability as PocketWizard’s much-beloved Plus II and Plus III, but with a simpler, no-frills interface and a gentler price. Read on for the spec list, a mini-review, and my thoughts on the new unit.

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Karst Country: A Haunting Infrared Timelapse Of The Australian Countryside

Karst Country is a collaboration between artists Glen Ryan and Phil Ryan that has resulted in some absolutely surreal infrared imagery. This timelapse, shot with both RED Epic and Scarlet cameras at 4k resolution, is a joy to watch. I always find it so refreshing to see when new techniques are integrated into timelapse movies. For a few BTS images and some musings from the creators, be sure to check out their blog, which can be found here.

Fstoppers Wants Your Help To Improve Our Picture Of The Day Feature

As most of you know, we have a POTD feature which uses a single image for a 24 hour span and then archives them for later viewing in a month/day/year format. While it’s pretty neat, to be sure, I know that we could improve on it quite a bit to make it both more interesting for viewers and more beneficial for the photographers we feature. [more]

DC’s Air.Craft Is This Week’s Beautiful Example Of High Budget, High Octane Cinematography

DC Shoes collaborated with FMXer Robbie Maddison to create this beautiful short of Maddison at an aircraft graveyard which has been converted into a playground for the moderately insane. The film is chock-full of amazing cinematography, created with a number of big-budget cameras, and the color grading is just sublime. DC has confirmed a BTS [more]

The Thought-Provoking Fine Art iPhoneography Paintings of Brett Amory

How’s that for a tongue-twisting title? We have all seen plenty of so-called iPhone shooters, some more impressive than others, come and go over the last couple of years. But Brett Amory has taken it a step further, and creates tangible pieces of fine art from his iPhone images, and that extra attention and care transforms his iPhone snaps into fully-fledged artworks with mood, rhythm, and style. [more]

Photographer Mark Gee Captures An Absolutely Beautiful Real-Time Moonrise At 1300mm

Now here’s something I’ve never seen before. Photographer Mark Gee shot this footage of the moon rising in real time at Mt Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. The video, shot with a Canon 1d Mark IV, 500mm lens and 2x teleconverter from over 2km away used the extremely long focal length to create an incredibly surreal look, which silhoutted [more]

Fstoppers Reviews The Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 Aspherical Lens: A Fantastic Value For The Money

Rokinon recently released a new offering in the 35mm lens range, and I was super excited to get my hands on it for a number of reasons. The great price, wide aperture, and popular focal length of 35mm makes for a great combo, but never having used a Rokinon product before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. After an extensive review covering nearly two months (thank you Rokinon, for lending it to me for that long!) [more]

Right Place, Right Time: Capturing A Gorgeous Murmuration In The South Of France

About a year ago I posted a short and sweet little film about the phenomenon known as a murmuration, which is when an enormous flock of starlings gather together in one location and create a breathtaking visual feast. Filmmaker Neels Castillon was out preparing to shoot recently in Marseille, France, when a murmuration took place right above his head and he was able to capture the entire thing in beautiful high definition. [more]

These Early 1900s Collodion Images of Iceland Will Transport You To Another World

Here at Fstoppers, we definitely share a lot of photos made with cutting edge techniques and the latest technology, and while this is great for making everyday things look pretty snazzy, it’s easy to overlook the historical value that photography can have. This collection of glass plate negatives by photographer Magnús Ólafsson are an amazing look at a culture that you most likely had never paid much thought to. [more]

The US Air Force’s Year In Pictures: A Beautiful Display Of Aviation Photography

Check out this amazing collection of images of the world’s most expensive toys. Over the last year, the USAF has assembled their best images into this slideshow, and it’s really quite something. Check out a few of the images in the post, and be sure to visit the USAF’s slideshow page, where there are many more images, all provided in glorious high-resolution for your desktop-using pleasure. [more]

How To Ask For (And Receive) Good Critiques And Comments

Being a member of a lot of online photography communities, I see stuff like this all the time. A photographer just took a shot that I can tell they are really excited about, and want some feedback on it. They’ll post it to a forum or a Facebook page with the typical “C&C please.” line. And it drives me up a wall. [more]

An Incredible Interview With The Master Of All Things Portraiture, Greg Heisler

You’ve probably seen plenty of Heisler’s work without knowing it, and it can be said that he is one of the contemporary greats when it comes to portraiture. His work has graced the cover and insides of many of today’s largest publications, and he’s responsible for creating countless iconic photos of celebrities. In these videos (part two is in the post), Greg gives some fantastic advice to photographers about getting new jobs, [more]

Fstoppers Reviews: SLR Lounge’s ‘Mastering HDR Photography’ Workshop Will Change Your Photography In Ways You Never Imagined

If you own a DSLR camera, the odds are that you’ve tried to create an HDR image using one of the many available HDR software programs available on the market, and you might have even created what people call ‘disastrous’ results. But fret not, because SLR Lounge recently released the end-all, be-all HDR tutorial to conquer all other HDR tutorials. [more]

Behind The Scenes At Sigma: An Unexpectedly Captivating Tour Of Their Aizu, Japan Factory

This has got to be one of the most beautifully filmed behind the scenes videos I have ever seen. Sigma recently released this tour of their factory, set to an incredible ambient soundtrack by Voytak and cut with scenes of the Japanese countryside. The juxtaposition of the clinical interior scenes with the natural outside world were very effective and to be honest, I found the whole video somewhat powerful. Then again, [more]

Kevin Russ: New Interview Details His Inspiration and Techniques For Traveling And Shooting With Only An iPhone

We recently featured Kevin’s work here at Fstoppers, but in this new video Kevin talks about his inspiration, techniques, close encounters with wolves, bison, and moose (those iPhones don’t zoom that much, after all), sleeping in his car, his post processing methods, [more]

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