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World's Largest Treehouse - A Photo Story by David Walter Banks

Horace Burgess says he was given a sign from God back in 1993. He had a vision of an enormous treehouse, and was instructed to start building. Nineteen years later, Burgess has constructed the largest treehouse in the world. It sits in Crossville, Tennessee. This beast is 9,000 square feet, has ten levels, and is held together by approximately 258,000 nails. Atlanta-based photographer David Walter Banks was recently sent by Le Monde to capture photos of this grand edifice.

This isn't a Picture of Michael Jackson

Chris Buck's work often has a humorous side to it. He has an upcoming book called "Presence: The Invisible Portrait." In it you will find environmental portraits of celebrities. However, the celebrities themselves are hiding from the camera, nowhere to be seen. In the same vein, these celebrity portraits are also missing the celebrities. They are from Buck's series called Isn't. Which of these lookalike portraits could have fooled you?

Product Photography In The Garage, Capture One Has You Covered

Hey guys, Paul here. Today is a busy day of packing for me. I'm shooting 41 shows for New York Fashion week and my plane leaves bright and early. I will share my experience with all of you as soon as I get back. For now, I wanted to share a quick down and dirty solution to shooting product shots, or any subject for that matter, especially when you have the client present in the studio... or garage in my case.

Portraits of Holocaust Survivors by Dennis Darling

These images were taken by Austin-based photographer Dennis Darling. These photos of some of the last living Holocaust survivors are part of his documentary project called Families Gone to Ash. This group of individuals in particular were held at Terezin concentration camp, located in what is now Czech Republic. I would love to see more of his work, but Darling lives under the radar, with very little web presence.

Man Killed While Photographing Grizzly Bear

A San Diego hiker was mauled to death on Friday while taking photos of a grizzly bear. It happened in Alaska's Denali National Park, and is the park's first known fatal bear attack. Richard White was backpacking by himself, and stood about 50-100 yards from the 6oo-pound bear while photographing it. "The photographs in the recovered camera show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively. Spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin said the bear did not even appear aware of the hiker until the final photos, which show the animal looking toward the camera."

Everybody Wants to be The Sartorialist

Who knew that street fashion photography was so trendy? Like many others, I really enjoy the work of The Sartorialist and have followed his blog for years now. But I never considered that his popularity would lead to this - streets filled with photographers trying to emulate his style. Of course, this video does take place in the midst of New York fashion week. So I'm not convinced that what these crowds are shooting can even be considered street photography. Aren't they more like paparazzi?

An Inside Look At The Louvre

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.

Watch A Shark Steal $15,000 Worth of Camera Equipment

Emma is a 14-foot long tiger shark living in the Bahamas. And she steals expensive cameras. While a film crew was shooting a documentary called Shark Obsession, Emma swiped $15,000 worth of equipment. Fortunately, she dropped the 30 pounds of gear soon after and it remained undamaged. Unfortunately, her camera wasn't rolling at the time.

What Color Is Your Aura? Maybe This Camera Can Tell You

Photographer Carlo Van de Roer has been shooting portraits with the Polaroid Aura Camera. Created in the 1970's by a gentleman named Guy Coggins, the aura camera was designed to capture more that what can be seen with your human eyes. So, how exactly does this work? The subject puts his or her hands on sensors that measure electromagnetic biofeedback (note: this is the first time the term "electromagnetic biofeedback" has been used on Fstoppers...I checked).

Scott Hazard's Series of Torn Photographs

Called simply Photo Constructs, this series was created by photographer Scott Hazard. He layers and tears holes into the photographs to create a wormhole effect. It's interesting how this technique tricks your brain. My favorites are the sky images. It's so difficult to believe that the sky isn't just a blue wall. I'm intrigued by this process and would love to try it out myself. What do you think?

F-Stop Explained by Dylan Bennett

When I clicked on this video, I figured I wouldn't learn a thing. If you're like me, you fully understand how to use the f-stop principle, even if you can't remember where all the numbers came from. I know I've heard all of this before, but it's been years. When I explain f-stop to someone, I don't get quite so mathematical. In this video, Dylan Bennett provides a straightforward and mathematical explanation of f-stop.

Abandoned Photographs Found in the Streets of Detroit

In 2009 and 2010, Italian photographers Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese walked the streets of Detroit on a photographic mission. They set out to find lost, thrown out, and forgotten photographs of the city's past. Their collection eventually grew to include 'thousands of polaroids, letters, prints of photographic evidence, police documents, mugshots and family albums.' The project has now been

Jessica Backhaus Finds Beauty and Wonder in the Ordinary

This short documentary from Foam Magazine showcases the work of German photographer Jessica Backhaus. Her portfolio displays her passion for bringing magic into the ordinary and mundane. She simply shoots what she stumbles upon, and has a strong eye for light and composition. I love her repeated use of reflections in windows, mirrors, and water. Here are a few images from her series called What Still Remains: