As creatives, sometimes we struggle to find that spark that ignites the fire of our motivation. Whether it’s a feeling we’ve hit a plateau in our skills and abilities, or maybe when personal matters overwhelm us and life just gets to be too much and we lose focus of our goals… Every once in a while I find that a piece of art can be the primer for that fuel to focus my mind and energy. One such video that did that recently is Revelation, by Sebastien Montaz-Rosset. [more]
Working for Fstoppers I come across a lot of photography, a lot! At a certain point it becomes hard to find artist that truly leaves me standing in awe. Marc Adamus does, the man was born to have a camera in his hands. His compositions are nothing short of textbook perfect, not to mention the dynamic range he is pulling out of his images is incredible. Marc manually blends separate exposures in a lot of his work. [more]
Photographer Sergei Gaschak photographed an area deemed uninhabitable to humans: the Chernobyl disaster’s ‘fallout zone.’ While a few people do still choose to live there, animals are more known to have inhabited the area, unaware, obviously, of the radiation that they expose themselves to. Still, few abnormalities seem to form in these animals, apparently, despite the few examples of albino spots and some more serious effects on various swallows. [more]
Timelapses aren’t just for moving clouds and the northern lights (but they sure are pretty) but in fact their use for studying earth sciences is becoming a key part in learning more about our landscape and using the images to educate and inform the masses. I interviewed Forrest Pound of San Francisco based Kontent Films, who was tasked with building custom timelapse rigs to document parts of the Colorado River. He has shared this DIY project step by step, so read on to learn more. [more]
Clients, deadlines, prints, taxes, insurance, equipment maintenance, paperwork… these are all responsibilities that can quickly fall on a full-time professional photographer’s shoulders; the weight swiftly dragging you to the floor. Between trying to make a living and trying to be creative all at the same time, sometimes it’s hard for us to just, ‘stop and smell the roses’, but it’s important to. Let me tell you why. [more]
Sergey Semenov recently won the 2012 Major Amateur Award at the Pano Awards (for panoramic photography) for his interactive panorama of NYC, made up of thousands of aerial photographs stitched together from numerous helicopter tours up above the big apple… [more]
Adventurer Dean Potter is the subject of a Nat Geo project called “The Man Who Can Fly“. For part of this project, filmmaker Bryan Smith with shooter Michael Schaefer worked on this stunning clip of Dean doing a highline walk in Yosemite with the moon filling the sky. Read on to find out how he got such an amazing perspective. [more]
I love when I run across landscape photography that just draws you in and almost makes you feel like you’re there at the location. Staring at the images as if you were actually looking at the sunset or the forest. Either way, Alonso Díaz‘s work does that for me. The colors, locations, exposures bring it all together in a perfect, stunning way. [more]
As photographers, we sometimes tend to make tight compositions and make the main subject in the photo take over a large area of the frame. We feel that if its important, we need to focus on it, make it apparent and zoom on it. Sometimes, zooming out or stepping back and making your main subject take only a tiny area of the frame, can do magic to your images. Check out these great images of minimalism found on Flickr.
A couple years ago I discovered Kevin Russ on Flickr. I love his portrait work and his use of natural light. I hadn’t seen much from him on Flickr in a while and just the other day I found out why. Kevin has been traveling the United States, shooting landscape photography with just his iPhone, and living off the print sales.
“In A New Light” is non-profit that uses nature photography to empower, teach, guide, and ultimately change the lives of it’s students- students whose background often includes struggling in school, abusive homes, and general hopelessness. Both the photos captured and stories told are simply inspiring. Read on for an interview with Ben Thwaits, pro photographer turned teacher for IANL, and to see some of the students’ impressive work. A Kickstarter to publish a photobook along with stories of the students is in the making as well. [more]
To have an eye for fine art requires a special kind of talent. Nicolas Ruel does a fantastic job of creating unique photographs that capture the essence of a city in his “8 Seconds” project. For all of his images within the project, he sets the camera to an 8 second exposure and changes perspective mid shot. This lets him capture a layering effect in a single shot.
Created by David Breashears this past spring, this gigapixel image shows some incredible detail of the Everest and Khumbu areas. If you look in the lower center, you can see the sprawl of Everest base camp, with the Khumbu Glacier icefall curving from just above the basecamp up towards the mountains. Apart from being visually stunning, images like these could prove useful for expedition planning, given their immense detail. Via GlacierWorks.
Photographer James Balog has put together a documentary called “Chasing Ice,” which we featured last October, designed to look at the controversial issue of climate change. The video here is the trailer if you haven’t yet seen it, but I stumbled upon another video of the largest iceberg breakup ever caught on camera over at The Guardian. [more]