- 11 Landscapes of Surreal Places Around the World
- Hiker Uses Selfies to Document 1,700 Mile Journey (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: You Won’t Believe It Isn’t Photoshopped
- Wacky Behind-the-Scenes Portrait Session with Author Rebecca Donovan (Video)
Posted: 31 Jan 2014 06:38 PM PST
This week we made a list of some of the most beautiful places on planet. Landscape photos have the ability to inspire wonder at the world around us. Take a look at these breathtaking sights:
To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to see and be amazed and to feel; that is the purpose of life. Explore and wander! Go out of your comfort zone and see all the wonders of the world! Of course, bring your camera with you!
Posted: 31 Jan 2014 02:04 PM PST
Seasoned hiker Kolby Kirk (a.k.a. “The Hike Guy”) set out to summit Mt. Whitney in 2011. But after a job layoff, he decided to change his plans and hike the Pacific Crest Trail as far north as possible. Throughout his 159-day, 1,700-mile journey, he took over 300 selfies to document his travels.
Kirk edited his photos together with some short video clips to showcase the amazing scenery he saw along the trail–and to show off his fabulous, mountain-man beard grown during the trek. Kirk also included a special video treat after his photo montage, so make sure you watch it to the end:
Most of the photos include Kirk with a straight face, but his indifferent expression is interspersed with some silly expressions and even a few photo bombers.
Kirk took his time editing the photos, making sure his eyes were aligned exactly in each photo to make the time-lapse video flow smoothly. Many photos showcase the breathtaking beauty seen along the Pacific Crest Trail, but only a few explicitly show his location. If you want to see all of the photos used in the video, you can see them on Kirk’s Flickr page.
Kirk created this video as a fun way to document his hiking goal for 2011, but he also resolved to hike 100 times by 2014, again documenting his adventure through photographs. Instead of taking selfies, he used items he found along the way to create and photograph the number of each hike. He compiled the photos on his 100 hikes website. He hopes to encourage and inspire others to embrace the hiking lifestyle.
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Posted: 31 Jan 2014 11:49 AM PST
To create unique and inspiring photographs, a photographer must teach himself to look closer at his natural surroundings and examine them with an eye for detail. The photo that you see below is a shining example of why. It would be easy to meander right past this incredible photo opportunity if you were not intentionally studying the setting:
If you are not able to tell for yourself, the hole in the leaf affords us a glimpse into the leaf onto which the spider has woven a web between the two slightly folded blades. One social media user eloquently described the leaf as a tent and the web its floor. Clever homemaking on the spider’s behalf truly provided the photographer with a rare opportunity.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: You Won’t Believe It Isn’t Photoshopped
Posted: 31 Jan 2014 10:31 AM PST
There are times, as a portrait photographer, when you have to be flexible in your planning and be willing to stray from the shots you initially thought you would be taking. As Eric Levin outlines in the video clip below, sometimes your subjects may surprise you. In order to catch their true personalities, you might just need a couple shots of tequila and a chandelier. Have a look:
In the diagram below, you can see one of the lighting setups Levin used in some of the shots he took of author Rebecca Donovan. Levin incorporated the use of window light, a halfdome softbox, and a Hensel studio light which was bounced off the wall for diffusion.
With this lighting setup, Levin was able to create the image you see here:
Part of the shoot also took the talent, Levin, and his crew into a forest to shoot on location. Levin was working with minimal equipment. Just an SB strobe and couple diffusion panels. Because the natural light was fading quickly, Levin found himself boosting his ISO to handle the low lighting conditions.
The diversity of the shoot, which had Levin shooting in three different locations throughout the day, would be a test for many photographers. In order to work with what he had available to him, Levin adapted and experimented by trying different ideas in regards to his lighting setup. Looks like the creative thinking paid off!
Go to full article: Wacky Behind-the-Scenes Portrait Session with Author Rebecca Donovan (Video)
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