Shooting in public places can be dicey, and the stakes rise when you have start adding assistants, lights, a behind-the-scenes camera crew, and then start telling your models to climb street lights. Ben Von Wong keeps it classy during his recent shoot in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he shot dancers from the National Slovak Theater.
We all know Pablo Picasso for his very distinct artwork and as one of the great masters. He is credited with creating the style of cubism and is considered one of the greatest artists of the last century, if not all time. I am personally a huge fan of Picasso, but mostly his Blue Period. What many of you may not know is that Picasso wasn't just a master of painting, he was also a gifted photographer. In this series, Picasso plays with light painting and shows us that what today we think is pretty cool, he had already toyed with over sixty years ago.
Victoria Secret, the company famous for selling underwear, lingerie, and overall sex appeal, is also notable for their amazing models. By the time you see the images from their catalog or campaigns, they are always retouched. Do you ever wonder what the shots look like before retouching? Here are a set of unretouched photos of V.S. Angel, Doutzen Kroes, from a recent shoot.
With eight miles of galleries, the Louvre is still arguably one of the most grandiose museums in the world. When LIFE magazine photographer, Dmitri Kessel visited in 1953, he captured a glimpse of history in the making. His visit was just after the Louvre had been reorganized and redecorated to accomodate new additions to the vast collection.
Trey Ratcliff, the world's foremost HDR guru, recently relocated to Queenstown, New Zealand, which is quite possibly the most beautiful little town in the world. He just released a timelapse video of his first thirty days and thirty nights spent in the town, and it is definitely worth a watch - especially in the native 4k format. Wow! Whether or not you like Trey's work (we all know how polarizing it is) this little video
Photographer, Richard Mosse captured some amazing images while he was spending time with American troops in Iraq. The images in his series titled Nomads, juxtapose a smooth, fluid background with jagged, rough, sharp subject matter. The composition forces you to look at the holes and the ripped metal and it's made even more powerful because of the lifeless, smooth, gorgeously lit backgrounds.
Specialized lenses are tricky things. Since they are built for a set of specific purposes in mind, they really need to follow through on that small list of tasks lest they be discarded as an unnecessary expenditure. That is a lot of pressure to make an outstanding lens, so how did Sigma fare with their new 180mm f/2.8 macro? Is it a good addition to your lens collection?
AMC's Mad Men has to be one of the most popular television shows on the air. The imagery, lifestyle, and personalities dramatized in the series have really gripped the American public. Even the style of the period is making a bold comeback, going so far as to inspire a whole collection for men and women at Banana Republic. In this series, photographer James Minchin III gives us a behind the scenes look at the making of the magic.
It's hard to imagine Vegas as anything other than the fast paced, bright lights, gamblin', let's-go-get-married city that it is today. But the image of a quiet, dark town was what LIFE magazine was trying to portray in their skeptical 1955 view of Vegas. Most of these images taken for the magazine never appeared in the June 20, 1955 article. LIFE was trying to illustrate the scarcity of lights and customers after their big grand opening had died down, but these images say otherwise.
Scott Serfas has an incredible knack for being able to take beautiful photos in the snow. Combine that with a passion for snowboarding and Scott serves out some unbelievable shots of boarders jumping off cliffs. Not only does he catch amazing moments, his sequences give you a play by play of every twist and turn. I dont know what I find more fantastic, the shots or the boarders who jump off the cliffs. Which one is your favorite?
Thomas Hawk, San Francisco based photographer, took amazing photos during the 2012 Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork, Utah earlier this year. The Hindu festival of Holi is being celebrated every year on March, and became a big hit in the photography community in the past few years because of the use of a lot of colored powder that makes it all look very magical.
There's a feeling of quietness about South Australian photographer, Narelle Autio's series, Water hole. Using a couple of old orange Nikonos film cameras, a 20 mm lens, and no breathing apparatus other than her lungs, Autio captured some pretty incredible images during her travels in the outback.