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Horizons, Architectural Photos by Bruno Cals

Horizons, a series of architectural photographs by Brazilian photographer Bruno Cals, will be on view at 1500 Gallery from May 6-July 31, 2010. The six photographs in the exhibition are part of a personal artistic project that Cals, a well-known fashion/advertising photographer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been working on since 2008. The photographs in the Horizons series are suggestive of something beyond the record presented. The images of the buildings in São Paulo, Tokyo and Buenos Aires explore the limits of two-dimensionality, and articulate a radically different perspective on a commonplace visual scenario. In expressing this fresh point of view, Bruno Cals has invoked contrasting themes of possibility versus impossibility, presence versus emptiness, and search versus satisfaction. About Bruno Cals Bruno Cals was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1967. At age 19, Cals moved to Paris and began a successful career as a fashion model. At age 26 he decided that he wanted to be a photographer and returned to Brazil where he began shooting professionally. Initially a fashion photographer, Cals worked for Vogue and Elle and Visionaire. Since then, he has become a successful advertising photographer, working for the largest advertising agencies in Brazil. He has won several awards, including three at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Some photos from the exhibition About 1500 Gallery Alexandre Bueno de Moraes and Andrew S. Klug founded 1500 Gallery in 2010. The gallery specializes in Brazilian photography and is the first gallery in the world with this explicit focus. 1500 interprets the notion of “Brazilian photography” to comprise photography made by Brazilian photographers, as well as images bearing a conceptual or thematic relationship to Brazil. 1500 represents the work of 17 artists, both emerging and established: 6 of 1500’s photographers are represented in the Sao Paulo Museum of Art’s Collection of Photography. 1500’s collection of images includes both contemporary and vintage photography. For more information, visit http://www.1500gallery.com

Breathtaking Pictures of Africa

It definitely the most beautiful continent in our little planet... the wildest of them all, Africa is getting some attention thanks to this year's World Cup at South Africa, but we really hope that it gets more than just plain attention. We hope for major problems solving. We've seen for so long people dying in Africa from starvation, thirst, war, etc, that in today's world, we got used to these things... but we must remember that it could be me, you, your parents there, dying of these things. I don't know... just looking at Africa and enjoying its beauty just seems a little empty now. Those people need help. We need help. This world is agonizing. I'm sad now. ... ok... just lemme finish this: you should all visit these amazing, talented photographers for more great shots. They'll appreciate. I hope you enjoy these. And think about it. Seriously. :/ Eric Lafforgue Lia "Boca Vermelha" Ben Heine Ben Heine Nick Brandt Cheryl Eric Lafforgue Eric Lafforgue Hamad Darwish Lyndon Firman Tris "More Altitude" Eric Lafforgue Eric Lafforgue Eric Lafforgue Guilherme Amorim Maurizio Peddis Ben Heine Paolo Livorno Nisa and Ulli Maier

Photoshop Quick Tip: Overprocessing in Photography

Tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom have allowed photographers to manipulate images in ways once never imaginable. These innovations have lead to increase of photographers known for their "surreal" imagery or extreme processing. One artist quite known for his processing is Dave Hill. You may remember us covering Dave Hill in previous posts. This "Dave Hill" look is most common in band photography. In this tutorial I will show how to get a similar effect to this HDR/XDR/Dave Hill look in a few quick steps. I want to point out that Dave Hill spends hours upon hours compositing, retouching, etc to his photos and that I'm not saying that this is the technique that Dave actually uses. Lastly; for best results, use strobes on your photoshoot. For example, expose for the background of your photograph then use a strobe to fill. This allows a far greater tonal range. Here are some examples using this method:

Beautiful Black and White Photography

I really love colorful photography and all its shades... but in terms of awesomeness, black and white pictures are years ahead. I find amazing how a picture gets this really beautiful feel once it goes through all the processes required. These are some fantastic black and white pictures, and I guessed it was a good time for a cool selection of BW pictures. These are some very talented photographers. I totally recommend you all to visit their photostreams for more of these great pictures. Also, I hope you all enjoy my selection! Cheers. ;) Got an awesome black and white picture? Show us!

Beautiful Sunset Photography

There is nothing better than to enjoy a sunset on a nice place, relax and watch live the beauty of nature. It's even better when you have a camera to snap some shots of this great moment, and this is what we have here, a collection of the most beautiful sunset photography from all over the globe. by /\ltus by kev747 by B?n by Philipp Klinger by petervanallen by salomon10 by msdstefan by Philipp Klinger by vrama by Harpo42 by Jill Clardy by aha42 by Rosino by sperimental by Patrick Smith Photography by nina's clicks by Symoto by jdizzy92 by dakota.morrison by Tomasito.! by 5ERG10 by Doug van Kampen

Colorful Lights in Bokeh Pictures

It's been a long time since we had our last post on bokeh. There are some pretty good pictures out there of this effect, and some feature blurred, colorful lights, which are just beautiful. If you don't know what bokeh is, it is the effect that you see in pictures when there's something on focus and another out of focus, blurred. When you get light out of focus, it produces this blurry effect which is amazing. Here's my selection of some pretty cool pictures. I recommend you to visit each photographer's page, because they got tons of great stuff for you to see... so just click each picture to go there! I hope you all enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Tiny Things, Flies and Creativity - Photos by Ukaaa

I already mentioned here that I love macro shots. And last week, while browsing for some inspiring images, I bumped into Ukaaa's work and I simply loved it! He combines tiny things, some flies and lots of creativity to compose really funny shots. Ukaaa, or Nicholas Hendrickx, is a very talented photographer from Belgium who got a flickr account in 2007 to show his growing interest in photography. I like to experiment with original ideas and compositions, I'm a perfectionist with great patience and an enjoyer of life and its little details... :) Though some of my digital macro shots might look unrealistic to you, all of them are 100% real and no Photoshop was used to edit them, except for some white balance or contrast issues, or to remove dust on the macro filters. I really liked his 'The Adventures Of Mr. Fly' series, you should check it out at flickr. Take your time and browse around his gallery, it has plenty of nice shots to look! Hope you like it as much as I did. :)

Great Advertising Photography by ED McCulloch

The best thing about blogging is that we discover new professionals all the time, and in this post it's not different, it was a suggestion from a reader, and it's this amazing advertising photographer from Salt Lake City Utah called ED McCulloch. ED has been creating things since he was born way back in the 70's. While in school he studied art and visual communications. He also spent some time studying art direction in South Beach. Ed works as a collaborative team to help create new and unique images. He feels that through collaboration and teamwork the greatest ideas can be cultivated, nourished and brought to life. Form more information we highly recommend that you visit ED's website the photos are simply awesome. Some Photos See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch See more at www.edshoots.com (open in new window) © ED McCulloch

Silent-View Photography Project

During my everyday search for inspiring images I bumped into silent-order gallery at deviantART and liked what I saw. Their photos are a bit different than usual, they are intriguing, sometimes bizarre, sometimes creepy... but all images are beautiful and can get our attention by its looks, colors, composition, characters or even the very nice details they insert at some scenes (if you pay attention you can find accessories as weird as bra and bird hats). Silent-order is actually the gallery of the Silent-View project. Absolute silence, as it is found inside a camera silens, is sensed as an unpleasant or frightening experience as result of the absent of reflexion and therewith the absent of acoustic orientation in space. It leads to sensory deprivation which may induce hallucination or thought disorder caused by the lack of external stimulation. It is used for inquisition and brainwashing and belongs to the white torture as it leaves no visible signs of torture but still is able to shatter human personality within short time. Silent-View photography is an art photo project consisting of a photographer (Silent-View) and a model (Fraeulein von Rosenfelde), that tries to implement impressions which may develop in a camera silens into pictures. Escape into the inside as the only way to deal with the isolation. I liked their photos, they have a cool atmosphere and a nice composition (makeup, hair, costumes, accessories, etc), everything matches and create a nice and eye catching image. If you like these images you must check out their gallery to see much more of their work and also to read more about the project. Hope you like it! I did. =)

Stereoscopic Images Inspiration

Stereoscopy (also called stereoscopic or 3-D imaging) is any technique capable of recording three-dimensional visual information or creating the illusion of depth in an image, that's the Wikipedia definition. This type of image is getting quite popular, so I decided to create a collection of stereoscopic samples, which the technique that can be explained by overlapping our left and right eyes usually do about an image. The parallax is the horizontal distance between the left and right image that appears in the objects relative to the observer, is responsible to make these images look 3d, That is why the stereoscopic cameras takes the snapshots using two lenses. via DPUF. About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 years old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interessant stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs oportunities send to marcostorres90@gmail.com, also follow me on twitter

Pencil versus Camera by Ben Heine

Ben Heine is a Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer. He was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and currently live and work in Brussels. Ben also has created a really cool series of works that called Pencil vs Camera. I’ve been taking photos and drawing since almost 10 years. This « Pencil Vs Camera » series is nothing but the result of several years of graphic exploration and a logic consequence of my artistic evolution. But the real idea came by coincidence while I was watching television and writing a letter at the same time a few weeks ago. Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw in transparency the television behind the paper. I then realize it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions. - Ben Heine For more information visit Ben's Flickr Page or his website at http://benheine.com/. Pencil vs Camera I took this photo in the "Palais des Beaux Arts" of Lille, France (I also made the drawing) This is a photo I took in Lille, France. I also made the rough sketch... This is the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. I took this photo last Winter and edited it today A sculpture, a photo, a drawing and friendship, all in once! :D I took this photo in Belgium. I also drew the rough sketch. Yes I know, this one isn't really poetic, sorry. :) This is a view of Utrecht from the Dom Tower, which is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, at 112.5 metres (368 feet) in height. I took the photo and drew the 2 sketches (I've lived 7 months in Utrecht). This is a view of the countryside in Braives, Belgium. I took the photo and drew the sketch (I wanted to make a very simplified composition on the paper to match the landscape). I took this photo near Brussels (I also made the sketch) This is a photo I took from Montmartre's hill in Paris, France. I also made the rough sketch. :D

The Streets in Black & White

I love black and white photography and specially shots on the street, where people are not expecting and most of the time don't even know they have been captured in that very moment. The feelings that the streets bring into a photography are so strong and priceless. Check out this selection of black and white photography. by Michael Penn by Hugh Hill by Michael Penn by alberto.degennaro by Sion Fullana by About a Mayordomo by charles le brigand by petergriffin_1892 by Doudou by silvertony45 by Sion Fullana by johnkershner by silvertony45 by C.W. Thomas by flydime by Sebastian Mary by Mohsan by Alexandre Foulon by Sailing (Ronn ashore) by ndnbrunei by bstorage by David Guimarães by H.M.Lenstalk by unclebuzz1 by Valery Titievsky by H.L.Tam

Beautiful Pictures of Volcanos

We've seen these past few days the mega eruption of volcano Eyjafjallajökull that has caused big trouble all over Europe. We thought it would be nice to check the other side of these magnificient moments: the beauty of a volcano! Erupting or not, these amazing, living mountains got a tremendous amount of energy to spend and most of these pictures catch right that moment when lava explodes through the air. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy these, and don't forget to visit each photographer's page by clicking in each picture. Cheers! ;)

Beautiful Monochromatic Portraits by Federico Erra

I really love portraits. I think they are beautiful, inspiring and sometimes intriguing. And what I like most about them is that some photographers have the ability to turn them into really deep pieces, in something that communicates without saying a word, in something that we look and find a connection between the person in the photo, the scene, the atmosphere, everything. Browsing around Flickr I found Federico Erra's gallery and simply loved it. He has some really impressive photos to show! I specially loved the monochromatic ones, so I made this selection here to show you guys. Since I was not 100% that all these photos were B&W and I wasn't able to check that with the artist I decided to call them monochromatic, to avoid mistakes. Federico Erra is an italian photographer who lives between Milan and New York has 29 years old and is very talented. This is all the info I got at his profile but I contacted him and I will work in a next post with further info about him. Enough said, I hope you enjoy the images... And don't forget to check out his gallery at Flickr. Enjoy. =)

The Multiple Faces of Times Square

I think that most people that go by Times Square in NYC take photos, specially if you a visitor, after all it's Times Square. So I decided to make a nice collections of photos of Times Square from different people, different views, different times and the result it's amazing, check it out! by basheem Times Square From Wikipedia Times Square is a major intersection in Manhattan, a borough of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. The Times Square area consists of the blocks between Sixth and Eighth Avenues from east to west, and West 40th and West 53rd Streets from south to north, making up the western part of the commercial area of Midtown Manhattan. Formerly named Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed after the Times Building (now One Times Square) in April 1904. Times Square, nicknamed "The Crossroads of the World," has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and has become a symbol of New York City. Times Square is principally defined by its spectaculars, animated, digital advertisements. The intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street, at the south-east corner of Times Square, is the Eastern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States of America. by moriza by moriza by Oli Haukur by zsumoz by gustavofoligno by Steve from NJ by andre stoeriko by Mike G. K. by Heaven`s Gate by straatis by Drive-In Mike by Paul in Leeds by Philipp Klinger by José Miguel M.P by Philipp Klinger by Nome by zokuga by zokuga by Klingon65 by elissasarts by Werner Kunz by DaveyWilson by nataliebehring.com by Vi P by Soda O by Arve Johnsen by Jörg Dickmann by Jörg Dickmann by Jörg Dickmann by Sion Fullana by John Fraissinet by mudpig by mudpig Share your photo on the comment area!

Stunning Photography by Gordon McBryde

From bright, colorful pictures to that other side, darker and moody... photography passes by both extremes in a fraction of a second, and it's great how the same photographer gets to picture both ends just perfectly. I know this guy for some time now, and it came the time to tell the world about him. Gordon McBryde is an awesome photographer that takes some amazing pictures... he also makes some great manips from his images, that only turn his art into something even better. One thing that I've always thought about his work, is that it's just the thing people love to post on tumblr, and when you take a look at these, you're gonna probably relate to that. For more of his great pieces, visit his portfolio at DeviantART. I hope you all enjoy these. Cheers! ;)

Creative & Stylish Photos by Ryan Schude

Ryan Schude was born in the greater Chicagoland area in 1979. Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College in Northern California before heading to the San Francisco Art Institute for photography. After shooting freelance for a bit and then working full time as a photo editor in San Diego, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he currently lives and works out of the Forge, a studio just outside of downtown. Focusing around a conceptual and narrative framework, Ryan blends a fine art background with a more produced look to create multiple stories within each photo. He is for sure very talented, and his images are really creative and stylish. The colors, the atmosphere, the characters, the scene... the whole composition is pretty unique and eye catching. Inspiration is constantly fed both by his immersion in the vast locations around L.A., and the strong creative network backed by the other two partners at the Forge, Collins Schude and Dan Busta, who are involved heavily in many of Ryan's projects. We received an email from one of our readers, Gustavo Balestraci, who mentioned Ryan's work and suggested the post. Gustavo was totally right, as soon as I entered ryanschude.com (something you should also do) I was captured by Ryan's images. I probably already said this before, but I really love when a photographer manage to produce images that 'speak to the viewer', images that capture our attention and make us think about them, make us build a whole history in our minds. These photos from Ryan had that effect on me, I could put together a whole history for every one of the photos. Well, enough said, time to take your time and take a look at the images! Enjoy. =)