In this behind the scenes video, you can get a glimpse into the production of a short film and a series of spots for Cabela’s new outfitter line. Tyler Stableford directed this project, and Anson Fogel was one of the Directors of Photography. The work done by their team resulted in some spectacular images that portray the connection that outdoor enthusiasts feel with their natural world. Click on for the final short and links to the interview series. [more]
The Aurora Borealis (Also known as “The Northern Lights”) is a light glow of the upper atmosphere caused by energetic particles that enter the atmosphere. There are 2 main colors associated with the glow: Green and Red, but because of limits of the human eye, we cant always see the red aurora. In order to see the aurora, the sky must be clear and dark, and to get it on film (or sensor) you need to shoot long exposure (between 10-30 seconds, depends how bright the Aurora is). Check out this collection of great images showing this phenomenon.
Longtime reader, photographer and winner of last year’s behind the scenes contest Justin Wojtczak, shares his review of the Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 lens with some footage he shot while out on-location in Los Angeles photographing a wedding.
From his video review, you can a see a range of videos and stills that were shot featuring a sampling of wedding and landscape images. Wojtczak also added the settings from each shot for the viewer to get a better understanding of the conditions he was working in. [more]
One of the greatest challenges when creating art is being able to create something visually stunning while maintaining the integrity to your message. Often, one must suffer for the other to thrive, and blending them both can be a challenge within itself. Jony Karlsson was able to merge those two perfectly, with his beautiful and heartfelt short film entitled Balance of Life. [more]
Documentary photography is something I have always wanted to get into. I do not go on enough trips to really get great shots that really bring emotion to the viewer. Azli Jamil does an amazing job of this exact thing. Just by looking at these shots, you almost feel what the subjects in the image are feeling. [more]
Jim Kazanjian’s surreal architecture images are a dreamlike scene that teeterings on turning into a nightmare at any moment. The dark dreamy mood and beautiful decay of crumbling elements allows the viewer to peek into a darker scene of a fictitious location. The hyper realism of the photographs was perplexing and I assumed that the images were shot and pieced together, little did I know that Kazanjian doesn’t use a camera for his creations. [more]
Lomography is into film revivals lately, recently releasing something quite similar to Kodak’s discontinued Aerochrome film, Lomography Purple. What’s so special about Lomography Purple? It changes all of your greens into a bright purple color. Surely such psychedelic effects will be revered by hipsters, lomographers, and acid-dropping enthusiasts around the world, but what is the actual use of such a film? Believe it or not, there is one (or two)… [more]
If you’ve been wanting to get an aerial perspective but dont have a clue how to fly an octocopter, check out the new LA100 by Lehmann Aviation. They’ve designed a drone that flies itself while an attached GoPro records the flight. After take off, the drone follows a preset flight pattern for five minutes and gives an excellent view of the surrounding area. While the usefulness for creative filming is severely limited by the lack of variety in flight path, it’s a fantastic idea for hobbyists who want to get a birds eye view.
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]
Man-made air pollution is everywhere and it’s woeful. There is no one we can blame for it. we all contribute to the destruction of our world – if its by using cars, smoking or using different kinds of sprays. But as any bad thing, man-made air pollution can help creating striking images that are both beautiful and sad. Check out these great images of air pollution found on Flickr and think of what Michael Jackson once sang: “What have we done to the world”?
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]