One of the greatest pleasures in Photography is experimentation. To come up with a shot, a new view of the world that none has seen yet is a true challenge... a work for a visionary, maybe. But, aren't we all visionaries? I've seen these in the web a while ago... and was thinking that this technique was born from the curiosity of someone... observing that there was more to a drop falling into water than we can see at normal eye. And he was right. There's a world of instant, little umbrellas and mushrooms. And all he need was to try. So I tell you, try! Whatever you wanna do, try. Unless you're planning on killing someone or robbing a bank... in those cases, please, don't try. ;p These are some awesome pictures taken by fantastic photographers. You should all visit their photostreams at Flickr for more of their great work just by clicking in the picture you like. I know they will all appreciate it. Let's all show them some love! Cheers. ;)
There are two things I really enjoy, big cities and good photography. When these two combine it's just magic, I enjoy looking a concrete jungles from the top view and see how big and full of buildings they are, the show of lights that it makes at night it's just amazing. Here is a great selection of top view photography from cities all over the globe. Tokyo Nightscape | by Altos Photowalking | by Thomas Hawk City of Lights | by Paul Lower Manhattan, New York | by Frankhg Tokyo in Blue | by Magnumpi Manhattan View | by Digital Agent Still Growing | by Emarati Style Chicago Skyline | by Spudart Bologna | by Luca Zappacosta Above the Stars | by Andras Jancsik Is It the end of days? | by Philipp Klinger Navy Helicopter flying over Bangkok | by Ben North of São Paulo | by Blast Furnace 2 View of London | by superhoopsa Ocean of Lights | by Hughes500 View from the Top | by Joep R. NYC Cityscape | by Jorg Dickman Above Zurich | by thnkfst After Dusk | by Mauro Nascimento Shanghai Night View | by Yohanes Budiyanto
I'm pretty sure all of you guys read our post A World in HDR - A Great book by Trey Ratcliff and got simply amazed with the images and tiny portions of the book's content we showed here! And I'm also convinced that if you are a HDR lover, you are probably dreaming about this book... if you are a HDR curious you must be even more curious about it... if you had no clue about the existence of HDR (which I doubt) now you do want to know everything about it... and ok, maybe you don't even like HDR, but I bet that deep inside you do wanna read the book... Once again I repeat that this book is really amazing. The images, the content, Trey's excitement and passion, everything is so catching that you want to read the whole book in a single shot to get your camera and start picturing your world in HDR. :) So based in all that and with a great support from Trey Ratcliff we are having this giveaway where 3 of our readers will be gifted with a copy of A World in HDR! All you have to do is leave a comment saying what do you like most about HDR photos and next Thursday - not tomorrow, but Feb, 18th - we will announce the lucky winners. So get ready and shout out what do you like most about HDR!! Good luck guys. ;) A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House Farewell India The Airy Doom of the Duomo Masts and Shafts A Small Carousel in France The Fallout Bunker Fourth on Lake Austin Check out more about Trey here at Abduzeedo: Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images #2
I had seen these on the web a few times, but never really got to find the artist behind it. These are some awesome montages of superheroes and villains placed in historical moments, like the World War II. It's pretty amazing how realistic these are. That shows us how good Agan Harahap is. In his portfolio there's a bunch more great works like these, but I don't actually know if they're all montages. Anyways, after checking these you should visit his portfolio at flickr. I hope you all enjoy these! Cheers. ;)
Iain Crawford is a beauty and fashion photographer based in London that has a pretty impressive portfolio. His images are beautiful, colorful, creative and full of style... Some of them have a retro felling while others are modern and contemporary. Among his clients you can find names as Lancome, Max Factor, Givenchy, L'Oreal, Vogue and many other. Iain's work is really amazing and the images are very eye catching, so take your time to enjoy them. I found his work while I was browsing around vi.sualize.us looking for inspiration, and for sure these images are inspiring! Check out more of his work at his website or at his Behance profile. I hope you enjoy!! :)
Alex Gaidouk is originally from Russia but currently calls Brooklyn home. Every so often a photographer will come along and take pictures that make you wish you could teleport yourself to that exact location at that exact instant just so you can feel the beauty they feel. Alex did it for me. I don't know how he does it, and honestly I don't even want to know. I'm happy enough just marveling at these beautiful shots and wishing I could be at these places too. Some of the places he photographs don't even look very appealing, but he makes them beautiful somehow and that's something I can really appreciate. Check out more from Alex by heading over to his site or flickr. Hope you guys enjoy these as much as I did! Let me know what you think via twitter.
Alex Lataille is a freelance photography manipulator, who resides in Connecticut, United States. He has been working on manipulations for over two and a half years, and at the age of 20, he is proving to be quite an impressive artist. Alex is part of various art collectives including slashTHREE and Intrinsic Nature. He attends Bryant University, a business school in Rhode Island; art is his passionate hobby. Alex strives to consistently improve with every new piece, as well as helping to improve others with his “endless” critique. Be on the lookout for a feature and interview with Alex in the coming weeks!
I remember killing all sorts of insects as a kid. I never took a enough time looking at these tiny insects to realize just how some of these can be really adorable. Of course, I know that jsut a few are cute... but these pictures just show us these little creatures from another perspective. Here is a selection of pretty amazing close ups of insects, which I hope you all enjoy. Don't forget to visit each artists' portfolio for even more of these! Cheers. ;) OH HAI
I've already published some architecture posts with amazing photos, and if you realize, a lot of them are from the same phtographer, he's the portuguese Nelson Garrido. His technique and style for photos like those are simply awesome. The lights and colors bring even more value to each project. And as this is not enough, he also has some experiments and food pictures that are also beautiful! Because of that I made a collection with some of his photos, definitely you should check how great photos turn good projects into awesome ones! Architecture Foods and Experiments For more information about Nelson Garrido visit ngphoto.com.pt.
I came across Basilio Silva's portfolio the other day and was instantly drawn to his super edgy style. His fashion work is a sublime mixture of bright colors and sharp angles that really leaves me wanting more. I found virtually no information about him except that he's based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sometimes I wonder if artists remain elusive on purpose just to create this mystery about them and their work. Perhaps elusive isn't the best word...anonymous maybe? I think I really like not knowing anything about him and leaving the rest up to my imagination. Maybe it's best to just let the work do the talking. I think that's the true essence of being an artist--communicating and showing yourself through your work without this obscure necessity of words that we hold so much value on. Visual rather than verbal communication is what it's all about. Anyway, I'm being hypocritical right now by rambling on about this so I'm just gonna leave you with this collection of Basilio's work instead. Check out the rest here and, actually, I'd really like to hear your opinion on this whole elusive-artist thing (for lack of better word). Consider the topic officially open for debate. Tweet your take on it to me - @amlight.
We have already featured Pawel Fabjanski here on Abduzeedo. He is Poland based advertising and editorial photographer, it's fantastic the way he takes an urban style into most of his work and merge it into awesome fashion photos. For this post we will show you some photos from his exhibition called The Factory. Pawe? Fabjanski was inspired by “The Factory” exhibition and used it as a stage design for this special fashion editorial. Mariusz Waras and Krzysztof Topolski's spectacular site-specific installation was made specifically to be exhibited in the biggest room at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toru?. Fabjanski and stylist Magda Naumowicz created an editorial as full of concern as Fritz Lang's “Metropolis” movie. It was published by Polish magazine: Exklusiv. The collaboration of a visual artist and an experimental musician has resulted in a most interesting and thought-provoking artistic project. Mariusz Waras and Krzysztof Topolski?s spectacular sitespeci?c installation – a factory model ? was made speci?cally to be exhibited in the biggest room at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toru?. THE FACTORY magazine: EXKLUSIV by Pawe? Fabja?ski / shootme.pl Perhaps the factory and its mechanisms have been imposed on the entirety of societies, and Leaving the factory no longer possible. Escape from productivity is the only way to oppose neoliberalist order.
As time goes by Architects try to innovate and create different structures away from the usual. That's when these funky architectures come to live instead of the simple building shapes that we are used to. You most likely to be impressed when you see these unusual architectures. Check it out! by Ray by okaypookie by Wonderiane by Jeremy N3o by Wonderiane by Steve9091 by Ir by Forstonsr by r0gue shad0w by krooooop by Surrealize by brewdroid by Sarah Jayne Brereton by Brian Matiash by Iy wylde by Cybergabi by Samer M by Gary Syrba by Mac Girl by Julia Claire Jackson by Scot James by Scot James by Scot James
Marcin Stawiarz is an experimental photographer from Poland that has a sort of fascination for landscapes and urban scenes. I've been a great fan for a quite long time already and that's why I decided to share some of his photos with you, especially because Marcin is able to transform very ordinary subjects into almost surreal images through excellent illumination and different angles. All Marcin's photos look like they come out of a dream or something, very subtle and at the same time impressive. Not surprisingly, he has been awarded several times and also featured on many publication. For more information visit: http://www.stawiarz.com/ I’ve always been fascinated by landscapes – places that are absolutely desolate, where I can stay one on one with nature. For me, the growing joy right before pressing the shutter button as well as the possibility of interacting with the world filled with inspiration is as important as the creative act itself. This initial fascination has rapidly grown into obsession that eventually took control over my life. Since the beginning of my adventure with photography, every landscape has been an unforgettable experience, thanks to which I’ve learned how to interpret light – the single most important (and the single most waited for) factor that shapes my images. On the other hand, lighting is directly connected with another key element of photography – luck. Proper weather, interesting cloud patterns or even a couple of sunrays breaking through the clouds, have many times decided that after a couple of failed attempts I was able to reach a satisfactory effect the moment nature displayed her most unpredictable face. Whereas taking pictures with the main focus on a person involves emotions that are relatively easy to define, depicting an empty street or portraying pulsing nature usually requires qualitatively different feelings that have to fill in for the missing elements, thus making such photograph something more than a simple document.
Katheryn's style is one that I love--pictures that compositionally don't have a lot going on but somehow capture your attention anyway. There's this hazy feel in her shots, usually accompanied by this distinct air of mystery, that really makes you wonder about the story behind the picture. I appreciate photographers who make people think with their work more than those who just leave viewers in admiration of a pretty subject and composition. Swing by Katheryn's portfolio for more, and feel free to send me other photographer recommendations via twitter.
As you probably already know, Trey Ratcliff - the guy behind StuckInCustoms.com, the #1 travel photography blog in the world - released in December a great book called A World in HDR, which I had the pleasure of reading. The book presents the art of HDR mastered by Trey Ratcliff, and it presents it with a very nice sense of humor and passion that it makes you really excited to try it out if you are a beginner, or to improve your skills if you are already a pro. Trey's excitement, passion, talent and humor are a extremely evolving reading, getting our interest throughout the whole book. His adventures, trips partners (the urban legend Yuri), tricks and 'sunsets fixation' are able to evolve readers off all kinds, those interested in photography, HDR lovers (and also the 'haters'), art lovers, general readers and those curious people that like stunning images. The book explains the world of HDR... it gives us an insight about it, what it is, what is the concept about it and how is it that he does it. By the course of the book you will appreciate the whole range of colors so much that you will think why is it that you are not doing your own HDR to share with your lovely ones. You will get so excited about colors, light and tripods that you will finish the book and will run out of your house to try your fist experiment... and as in my case, you will see that is needs more than reading to get to do it right, but at least will will take the first step. I made here a selection of some of my favorite images from the book and also some of my favorite quotes from Trey. I really recommend this book either you are a photographer wannabe (like me), a pro or a photography lover. The images and reading will surely conquer you... Enjoy! :) I saw the light. Now I want to tell you about it. A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House Ultimately, I believe we are traversing the most exciting period in the history of photography. The use of emerging visualization tools combined with your creative spirit can make something that is singularly beautiful and uniquely yours. Farewell India Road shots are always fun, and although I hate to offer this advice because it is dangerous, it is often best to be in the exact center of the road. The Open Road Don't worry about getting caught. Churches are much more lenient that they were during the Inquisition. Notre Dame of Lyon You must check out Trey's step by step of how to enter into cathedrals with tripods... it's really cool. The Airy Doom of the Duomo Wake up early when you are in a new place. I don't like waking up early, and those who say they do might just be lying. But the light is usually so good that you can't sleep through it. Masts and Shafts This is my favorite image of all! I just loved this place, the light, the boats, the water...everything. A Small Carousel in France If you want to take an HDR photo, it is fundamentally important that you capture as much light as possible when you are on the scene with your camera. The Fallout Bunker I encourage you not to stay indoors during a storm, unless there is lightning of course, in which case you should probably stay inside. Otherwise, forget what your mom told you about rain. Fourth on Lake Austin The Tutorials & Some Further Tips At chapter 5 you will find tutorials that will guide you through the process of producing a HDR using the Stuck in Customs Style. The tut is easy to follow (even for a beginner like me) and you won't find those difficult terms or commands that you don't have a clue about it. But the important thing about this is that Trey also gives a perspective of the whole process, camera, tripod, taking the photo and so on. So if you are really just starting this, you will have now a good background of info to do it. And at chapter 6 he gives us some good advices about software and tools. I will show you the results of my first HDR attempts to show that if I could manage to achieve this (without having good photoshop skills), you can certainly do better!! I certainly need to go wild on the lights x contrast next time. By the way, my mom said the images look great for a beginner. =) First Attempt Second Attempt Single Raw Single Raw Check out more about Trey here at Abduzeedo: Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images #2 A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff A HDR Experiment by Fabio: HDR Experiments and RAWs for download
We had a laugh with this one. Totally Looks Like is a website that makes comparisons between well-known people/things and less well-known people/things. We gathered here a collection of the funniest and most obscure comparisons we found so you guys can start off the week on a good note. Some of these can get downright ridiculous but all in the name of good fun! I think my favorite is the second to last one, haha. Oh, and scroll all the way to the last one for our very own celebrity lookalike ;) 1940s Farmer Totally Looks Like Robin Williams Bill Ayers Totally Looks Like Justin Timberlake John McCain Totally Looks Like Chipmunks Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) Totally Looks Like Verizon Guy Jordan Pundik Totally Looks Like Quentin Tarantino Gordan Freeman Totally Looks Like Dr. House Ancient Statue Totally Looks Like Michael Jackson Llama Totally Looks Like David Bowie The Pope Totally Looks Like Darth Sidious Bradley Cooper Totally Looks Like Ralph Fiennes Hetty Lange Totally Looks Like Edna Mode Ozzy Osbourne Totally Looks Like Penney Marshell Young Albert Einstein Totally Looks Like Shia Labeouf Charlemagne Totally Looks Like Burger King Eddie Murphy Totally Looks Like Cruz e Souza Hillary Clinton Totally Looks Like The Joker Mask Joe Jackson Totally Looks Like Ludo from Labyrinth Michael Phelps Stretching Totally Looks Like Raw Thanksgiving Turkey Prince Totally Looks Like Jafar Sting Totally Looks Like President Grant Susan Boyle Totally Looks Like Bird Lady from Home Alone 2 Tim Burton's Mad Hatter Totally Looks Like Madonna Whoopi Totally Looks Like Lil Wayne Zombie Horde Totally Looks Like Twilight Fangirl Horde And our very own lookalike: Fabio Sasso Totally Looks Like... James Franco? That's right, ladies...tweet him up!
Flávio Demarchi is a photographer from São Paulo, Brazil who has been working for big clients such as Getty Images, UOL, Super Interessante and other major Brazilian publications. Checking out his Flickr account, there's a set called 2 cents of imagination where he shows off some incredibly clever photos. For more information we highly recommend that you visit Flávio's portfolio on Flickr. There are great photos and be prepared to spend a couple of hours checking them. Someone trying to take as many pictures as one possibly can. Intelligent critcs or constructive insults are more than welcome Hunger Hard Work Tu pareces el mundo en tu actitud de entrega Old and new (kind of...) Old and new (kind of...) II Hypochondria The censor is in your eyes Rich Soil Anorexy OMG... Transgenic neighbour Lost in blue Always on My world is upside down. Gluttony (remix) Harrassment