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Creative Self Portraits By Olga Valeska

“I’m a 21 year-old self-taught fine art photographer from France. As a child, I early found shelter in my imagination. I started to feel interest for art very quickly, through painting, drawing, writing, sculpting, making objects and costumes… At the age of 18, I started making pictures, but it was not until the age of 20 that I realized how fantastic a medium photography was, allowing me to combine all these passions. [more]

Depth of Field as a Creative Tool

With a simple change in focal length, we know that we can drastically change and control the depth of field. In this lesson from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan shoots a fashion portrait at the Vasquez Rocks in California. Not only does he cover how to control the depth of field, but you’ll also learn how he uses this tip to enhance his work. [more]

National Geographic Films Fastest Animal In Slow Mo

If you were asked to film the world’s fastest animal running in slow motion, what would you do? Director Hans Weise and cinematographer Greg Wilson teamed up with National Geographic to produce some stunning footage of a cheetah running at full speed. After meticulously building a 410 foot dolly to die for, the team propelled a few Canon 1D X cameras and a high speed Phantom along side the cheetah. I can’t wait to see the final footage but after watching the behind the scenes video I’m sure it’s going to be breathtaking.

UPDATE: Here is the final slow motion footage used for National Geographic:

Cheetahs on the Edge–Director’s Cut from Gregory Wilson on Vimeo.

Chase Jarvis Live: Behind Brain Farm’s Art of Flight

Most of our readers should be familiar with Brain Farm. Basically they have been taking cinematography to the next level when it comes to action sports; think of them as the planet earth of extreme footage. Chase Jarvis recently invited executive producer Chad Jackson and pro snowboarder Travis Rice over to his Seattle studio to talk about the release of The Art of Flight. Watch the inspiring interview in the full post [more]

Pictures Of Hurricane Sandy Approaching The East Coast

So as all of us know, hurricane Sandy is quickly approaching the east coast. This is has been labeled as the worst hurricane to hit the United States. “When Hurricane Irene came ashore last year it carried a surge of 4 feet. Sandy’s surge is expected to be 6 to 12 feet. More than 6 inches of rain is expected and in some areas it could top 12 inches” – LA times [more]

Surfing Photography By Dezign Horizon

With the summer gone and winter fast approaching, why not take a visual trip to Hawaii. Dezign Horizon is a surfer, photographer, blogger, and adventurist. He focuses primarily on surf photography but also enjoys landscape and travel photography. [more]

Mikko Lagerstedt’s Amazing Images Show A Dreamy Finnish Landscape

Finnish Photographer Mikko Lagerstedt, whose work we featured once before here, has been producing stunning work for a few years now. This new series of images, titled “Visions From The Edge”, captures a wonderfully moody and almost otherworldly representation of his home country. [more]

Deb Morris Captures Beautiful Shots Of Micro Waves

Australian photographer, Deb Morris, has created a really interesting niche for herself. She captures the beauty of micro-waves. Initially without description some of these images look just like regular sized waves. While most photographers focus on the huge waves, she focuses on waves that are no larger than 30 cm high! She focuses on the smallest ones that come to shore and captures them just when they break. The results are quite tranquil. [more]

FishLove Works To Promote Sustainable Fishing By Posing Celebs With Fish (Totally Naked)

In an effort to raise awareness of overfishing in the Atlantic Ocean, a coalition of photographers in Europe came together to work on a project known as FishLove. By showing how much these celebs love fish (enough to get naked with them!) they’re hoping to bring attention to the plight of many overfished species. While the photos are certainly attention grabbing, I think I much would have preferred video of naked celebrities trying to pose with live fish. In case you were wondering, this post is definitely NSFW and, while I’m at it, not safe for schools, either. [more]

BASE Jumping For Pirelli’s Annual TV Commercial – Behind The Scenes

Pirelli, known on this site mostly for their (NSFW) Calendar Photoshoots, also creates their TV spots with a high-level approach. Literally, this behind the scenes video shows the setup and production needed to capture skiers BASE jumping off of a huge cliff. How do Pirelli tires fit in? Check out the final cut of the completed video and you’ll see how it all comes together. Spoiler Alert: They throw a car off of the cliff too! [more]

Frank Hurley: Photographs Documenting Shackleton’s Shipwreck and Story of Survival

Twenty-seven people were all there were when Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition went awry. Luckily for us (they were lucky enough, all surviving after months and months), one of those was a photographer, Frank Hurley. Here are some amazing photographs documenting the 22 months spent stranded on the world’s most remote continent. [more]

Most Popular Photographs On Stumbleupon

Stumbleupon.com is an amazing resource for photography or anything for that matter. I was bored one day and decided to hop on there and ran across these amazing images on myrandomstuff.com. They very from spectacular landscapes to powerful portraits. [more]

Unbearable! Photographer Drops Canon 70-200mm Lens Into Polar Bear Tank

There are times I have described the images taken with the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens as scrumptious, but I was referring to the images, not the lens itself! German Photographers Marion and Dieter were taking pictures of a polar bear exhibit on a recent visit, and spotted Felix the Polar Bear enjoying an Image-Stabilized treat. How ironic is it that they were shooting with Nikons? [more]

“Birds Of Paradise” Project Aims To Reveal Birds Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen

Wildlife Photographer Tim Laman has been working on the Birds of Paradise project for over 10 years, hiking countless miles through undisturbed rainforests to seek out and capture some of the most unique birds that are native to only New Guinea. In this trailer for both the photo exhibit and National Geographic documentary, get a sneak peek at the almost alien like avian species that inhabit the rainforest. [more]

The Secret To Photographing Rock Climbing Is… A Ladder?

It just might be, although not used in the traditional way. An image of adventure photographer Corey Rich and free-climber Alex Honnold shows Corey shooting photos from an extended ladder, on the side of a rock face that is several hundred feet in the air. Shooting rock climbing photos can often be a challenge, and I for one have done it a few times but never considered a ladder before. As you can see in the full image, [more]

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