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Beautiful Photography by Leonard Gren

Last week we received a suggestion from one of our readers about Leonard Gren's beautiful fashion photography. And beautiful it is! I was going through his site last night and found other great non-fashion related photos that definitely deserved a mention as well! I think what I love the most about Leonard's work is that it's so clean, as in, not overally processed with textures and what have you. All I've been seeing lately is incredibly overdone photos so this is a nice break from all of that. Anyway, don't forget to check out his portfolio and let me know what you think via twitter or facebook!

A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff

Owner of the number #1 Travel Photography Blog on the internet, Trey Ratcliff also know as Stuck in Customs travels the world taking the most stunning hdr photos one has ever seen, and also shares all his photo travel experiences on his personal blog. His work has been featured on national television a couple times and it has been nominated for numerous awards. Represented by Getty, Trey lives the life a lot of photographers dreamed about. With a non-stoppable traveling schedule his collection of hdr photos is an enormous font of inspiration. The post-processing work used to transform his photos into hdr is what make his work very unique and famous. Here you can see a great collection of over 30 photos of The World in HDR. For more visit StuckinCustoms.com Also check out the HDR Tutorial Created by Trey that has helped thousands of people to learn how to use this effect like him. The Book A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff Inside the Book The rich cover and interiors have been designed by the great French designer Fabien Barral, who also did the graphic design for the website. We have spared no expense in bringing you the highest quality book! More photos of the interior and other tidbits will be revealed in the next few months as we get closer to release. Besides new and extended descriptions with various tips, the book will also feature 10 unpublished photos that will remain exclusive to the book. Because I like to teach by example, the book will feature over 100 photos that I consider to be some excellent examples of "HDR done right". Whenever possible, I include tips and tricks and discuss the conditions of the shot. Often times, I also talk freely about various subjects that are related and help describe more about the way I think about these things. There are many thoughts and questions around human nature, the arts, science, religion, and more. This style has sprung up from the wonderful congenial and conversational style that has helped make this community so fun and exciting. I thank you all for your involvement, your passion, and your feedback. I appreciate it very much. Pre-Order Available

Beautiful Nature Photography from Alaska

Purchased by the U.S. government from Russia, Alaska became a part of the union as the 48th state of the USA on January 3rd 1959. But, although we consider Alaska a cold, lifeless area, we are very far from the truth. Alaska offers natural wonders that blend the end of their temperatures with a rich and diverse flora and fauna. This collection of 23 wonders of nature in Alaska show a lively area in each season. From the frozen rock solid to the delicate plains of this near Arctic land. Alaska Range Aerial Florida to Alaska on Bicycle (#171) September 18, 1997: Chandalar Shelf Powder Blue Evening by Gary Minish Idyllic Alaska Alaska Range Alaska Range-Glacier Mistical Alaska Welcome To Alaska Alaska Salmon Creek Falls HDR Another Peterson Lake Sunset Mendenhall Glacier and Fireweed Waterfall at Mendenhall Glacier Salmon Creek Falls HDR Glacier in Western Canada Alaska Anchorage A Winter Sunny Day Twin Peaks Frozen waterfall on the Seward Highway, near Turnagain Arm, Anchorage, Alaska Bear Mountain Hyder, Alaska Eagle stalking in Homer, Alaska Pot of Gold in Alaska About the Author: I describe me as a passionated of graphics and stunning artwork. Currently studying System Engineering, work as web programmer in Guatemala City. Love Sci-Fi, my primary computer is a MacBook and you can follow me on Twitter as jmanuelemus

The Amazing Photography of Philipp Klinger

Philipp Klinger is for sure one of my favorite photographers, his work is very well rounded with amazing photos of all types. One of the things that also impress me a lot about his work is that he doesn't mind sharing his experience on how he took the shot, what the shot is about and so on. Each one of his photos is a piece of art ans you have to check out for yourself. Make sure to visit Philipp Flickr for more. Turn To Clear Vision Technique/Processing Straight forward, shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/3.2 and then square-cropped and converted to b/w. Where? Top Of The Rock observation deck, Rockefeller Center, New York City, USA Invasion Technique/Processing: 1 shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, converted to b/w with Silver Efex, adding a slight blue toning. Where? Staten Island Ferry Terminal while waiting for the Ferry back to Manhattan. Is Time Linear? Technique/ProcessingShot with my Sigma 12-24 @ 24mm. The framing took a few attempts (especially to align the lines of the ceiling with the 12h mark of the clock... No fancy processing this time, just converted to b&w and a little dodge and burn for more contrast on the clock Where? Nearly all my photos are geotagged, so you can see directly on the flickr map where the photo was taken. This one's been shot in the brand new Guillemins train Station in Liège, Belgium, designed by the famous spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. It's still in work though and should be finished by the end of september 2009. Nevertheless, it's already a very impressive structure. New York - Brooklyn Bridge Panorama Technique/Processing: I've taken 8x7 = 56 shots for this photo. 8 for the panorama to cover everything i wanted and each of them with 7 different exposures for the DRI). Stitched the 0 EV exposure in PTGui and made it remember all the control points and the exchanged the photos for all other exposures (ranging from -3 to +3 EV). Those 7 panoramas where then blended in Photoshop using Smart Object Stacking and manual mask painting. Color and Contrast processing then done mostly using Nik Color Efex. My Tree During The Perseid Meteor Shower Technique/Processing Shot at ISO 2500 and 30 seconds exposure. I used this combination to get many stars in the sky, but they should still be visible as dots (thus the high iso and rather short exposure). Flashed the tree and the path using an SB-28 off-camera (in my hand) using the test button @ 1/8 several times. Nearly no post processing in Photoshop Robot Technique/Processing: Shot with the Sigma 12-24, then removed the lens distortion with PTLens and converted it to b&w using Nik Silver Efex Pro Cape Cod - Sunset Technique/Processing: HDR made using Photomatix (for a change) from 5 exposures New York City - The Police Horse Technique/Processing: Shot wide open with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Shadows lightened a bit and the cross processed with Nik Color Efex. No HDR or DRI (obviously ;)) Bale Of Straw Technique/Processing: DRI made using 2 of the 7 exposures (Smart Object method) and then processed in PS with Nik Color Efex and curves. Metropolis Technique/Processing: Just shooting straight up into the sky (not really 'just' as it took quite long to frame it symmetrically) with the Sigma 12-24mm @ 12mm. I darkened the sky and lightened the Chrysler Building entrance. B&W processing done with Nik Silver Efex Pro as usual. Location: NYC, Lexington avenue, between E 42nd and E 43rd street. The building on the left is the Chrysler Building and the one on the right is the Grand Hyatt Hotel in whose facade the Chrysler Building is reflected. Toronto Skyline Technique/Processing: We planned to take the Ferry to the Toronto Islands to take shots of the skyline from there, but unfortunately (for us) the ferries were on strike during our visit (Reminded me of the railway strikes we had in Germany last year...), so we had to go to the Humber Bay Park instead. I made a standard 5 exposure bracketing using the 70-300mm VR lens, taken at my night settings - most importantly ISO 160 which generates the least noise on the D700 ( ISO 125 and 100 are worse, as they are interpolated by software and thus result in a loss of dynamic range). Blended in Photoshop using the ADRI technique and the result was manually blended with the darkest exposure masking everything but the highlights. New York - Grand Central Terminal Technique/Processing: I put the camera onto the balustrade of the stairs and exposed for 3 seconds to achieve the motion blur. It's not very sharp in 100% view as i had to set the aperture to f/20. No HDR or DRI processing this time - only one single exposure, but i tried to retain as much detail in the highlights and shadows usind RAW and Nik's Color Efex (Tonal Contrast). New York - Brooklyn Bridge Sunset Niagara Falls at Night Technique/Processing: No HDR or DRI this time. Just one exposure (the colors were changing so i had no time to make several exposures) Is It The End Of Days? Technique/Processing: DRI of 3 images, processed to look a bit 'apocalyptic'...

Super Creative Photographs by Holger Pooten

I love to see surrealistic photos well done and if you with me on that you really going to enjoy this. Holger Pooten is a German photographer that has the most creative photographs I have seen lately, sharp shots with creativity overloading making his photos very unique. Make sure to check out his full portfolio at www.holgerpooten.com

Very Stylish Photos from Marta Orlowska

Marta Orlowska, or ...marta at flickr, as you will see here, is a very talented artist. Her photos are stylish, beautiful, have a great color composition and transmit us a great feeling. Some images look old, some look a bit like HDR and some even reminded me of the "Charlie's Angels". Take your take to admire this selection! Marta Orlowska has had a keen interest in Art for many years using different mediums such as pencil, charcoal, acrylics, oil, mosaics and more to express her unique artistic vision. Now using the camera and Photoshop as the next tools, she exploits them to evoke her feelings and mood. Using a photographic medium she creates a different world from everyday reality by capturing moments of others and her surroudings and by placing them in her own creative world. Saw Marta's work in one of our Daily Inspiration posts and really liked her style. So I decided to make this selection to share with you some of her photos. Enjoy the images and make sure to visit Marta's flickr page. :)

Beautiful and Delicate Photos by Sakura

I really LOVE macro... and browsing around Flickr I found the work from Sakura, a girl from Tokyo that has a natural talent to capture beautiful things. Her images are reallly delicate, colorful, inspiring and gorgest. As the images speak for themselves, I have not much to say. And I'm sure you will also like her work... I am a Japanese girl who live in Tokyo. Love to take photos of natures, just like small wild flowers and small creatures, around me. You can find me on flickr. Enjoy the images and make sure to visit Sakura's flickr page to check out further amazing photos! Enjoy... :)

Awesome Light Photography by Alan Jaras

Back when I was a kid, I was attracted to everything creative & colorful. My neighbor, who wrote books about experiments for kids, showed me a lot of colorful playings. My favorite experiment was closing my eyes and pressing my fingers against them. Most of the times you see a firework of colors in space depending on the light around you, and the amount of pressure you press against the eyes. Alan Jaras Photographs look exactly like those images I use to see on my head. The interplay and the interaction of light on materials and surfaces has long been a fascination for me. As a research scientist and microscopist I used many optical and lighting techniques to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of materials. I am now exploring the world of caustics - those magical patterns that are formed when a beam of light travels through transparent textured materials. Using traditional photographic techniques and pieces of complex shaped glass and plastics I project these patterns directly on to colour film. The resulting images and photographs that you see are purely analogue and are not computer generated, but a true representation of the patterns formed by the light beam after its complex journey through the refractive objects I create. I have always sought to find a bridge between art and science; with these "Refractographs" I now feel I have achieved my goal. Where to find him on the web Flickr.com/photos/alajaras/ - Flickr Account Gallery2c.com/ - Buy Prints Where to find him on the web Flickr.com/photos/alajaras/ - Flickr Account Gallery2c.com/ - Buy Prints

Photography Quick Tips: Desaturated Film Style Photos

Lately I've been getting a lot of photography how-to questions so I decided to start a series of posts called "Photography Quick Tips" where I'll share with you guys some short and simple steps to achieving the effects of your choice. As a disclaimer, I just want to mention that I'm not exactly a Photoshop expert like my cousin, Fabio (yeah, the Photoshop gene doesn't run in the family, who knew?). It's basically just pure experimentation on my end, so there are probably other ways to achieve these effects that I'm not aware of. In that case, just let me know. I want to learn from you guys too! Oh, and you can send me your questions via facebook or twitter. Anyway, I'll start the series off with a question I received last week from @shamefuld about how I managed to achieve film quality with my Canon Digital Rebel. Final Image Original Image How To Step One Open your image and before anything, double click on the Background layer over at the layers palette to unlock it. Step Two To get that medium format film effect we need to turn the rectangular image to a square. Do this by going to Image > Canvas Size. I chose to do 6.944 x 6.944. By doing this instead of readjusting the image size straight away, we can better control the crop later on. Step Three Since the canvas size is now smaller than our original image, scale it down using free transform (Command + t). And crop it however you wish. Step Four Now it's time to get that faded look. Go to create new fill or adjustment layer at the bottom of your layers palette, select Exposure and adjust according to your preference. The trick is to bring up the Offset and bring down the Gamma Correction a little. Step Five Go back to create new fill or adjustment layer at the bottom of your layers palette, select Brightness/Contrast this time. Check the Use Legacy box, bring down the Contrast and boost up the Brightness to your liking. This softens the image. Step Six Again return to create new fill or adjustment layer, select Photo Filter. Adjust according to the feel you want your image to have. I wanted a cold feel for this one. Step Seven Adjusting the Curves is just a personal preference of mine. Basically this is just a lot of experimentation and adjustment layers. Go to town with the adjustment layers option. Seriously, adjust layers to your heart's content, people. Most of the time I don't even know what I'm doing. I've found that sometimes you go in with something in mind but get something really different to what you wanted and really cool in the end, so just play around with it a little. Step Eight After that I just started repeating steps. Try adding some color fills like I did here (Create new fill or adjustment layer > Solid Color). Set the blend mode to Overlay and bring down the Opacity to around 30-40%. You can even go all out and add some fancy schmancy textures in there if you want. Maybe even some noise to reproduce that film grain effect. Have fun!

The Seductive Images from Alexia Sinclair

Alexia Sinclair is a very talented art photographer and digital artist based in Sydney - Australia. Her distinct style is easily recognized and highly original. Using a visual narrative to seduce her audience with each photographic feast, Sinclair’s art is dark and seductive, baroque and symbolic. Her multilayered photographs subtly present contemporary notions of fashion and beauty through innovative digital media, whilst restoring antique notions of classicism, elegance and luxury. Sinclair is an artist who skillfully walks the tightrope that divides the worlds of Fine Art and Commercial Art. Motivated by her love and devotion for all things intricate and unusual, this versatile creative uniquely approaches her creative production by filling all of the roles, from designing sets and props, to makeup and costumes. Sinclair travels the world photographing locations and models and works in post production constructing imagined worlds through the combination of her photographs and hand illustrations. I saw Alexia's work on my daily researches online and her images got my attention. I loved the colors, the atmosphere, post production and style. I'm pretty sure you will also like the images! Find more about Alexia and her work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page Make sure to visit Alexia Sinclair's portfolio and enjoy the images... :)

20 Beautiful Pictures of Cats

20 Beautiful Pictures of Cats

Sometime ago we had a pretty awesome post on pictures of dogs, which had some pretty sweet images, from all over the world. Today, it's all about cats! These little animals are pretty amazing pets and look real good in pictures. Also, you guys should visit each photographer's page to check more of their great work. Enough said, check these out! ;D Villi.Ingi The whitest cat I know FrizzText Red Cat Blue Alison Kinsey Has the cat got your tongue? jciv Cat in Motion Sarah Stewart Cuddles Cat tanakawho Cat among the cherry blossoms 3 Celeste RC The Cats of Ulthar David R. Preston Evil Cat strollerdos cat's eyes Erika Snyder Cat Portrait III Stephen Falken Mmm Giane Portal Asleep brothers franks-anger the cat AstridT the cat mamazmeilor Darn Good Looking Cat jennifah Cat hawflakes waiting for my cat prince

Minimalist Photography by Anders Lindén

After finding a preview of Lindén's work on BOOOOOOOM!, I instantly fell in love and knew this was something I had to share with you guys. Stockholm-based Anders Lindén's approach to photography is very simple. His photographs all have a slight mysterious vibe to them and a soft dreamy feel. And not to mention I absolutely love his use of low contrast and muted tones. Don't forget to check out his portfolio. Send me your suggestions for my next post via twitter or facebook. I'd love to hear from you!

Photographic Masterpieces by Kim Høltermand

If you’re not familiar with the work of Kim Høltermand you need to be. His photographic masterpieces scream of minimalism and moody tones. His work is extremely distinct and really has an epic style. If you’re a fan of photography this is one for you! Kim grew up in the suburbs of Copenhagen and throughout his childhood grew an interest in drawing. He had drawn from an early age but hadn’t taken art seriously until he got to college. Kim worked as a graphic designer while his interest in photography grew. He got his first SLR only a couple years ago and things have really taken off for Kim since that moment. Kim specializes in architectural photography. In a quote from himself “I heart Architecture”. Aside from architecture Kim also takes some really amazing nature and landscape photos, and has been thinking recently about beginning a to work with film. Here are some of his amazing works! For more information visit Kim's Behance page at http://www.behance.net/Holtermand About the Author I'm Alec Schmidt - a graphic designer from the US. I have an obsession with type, color and creativity. I hope to share tons of cool stuff with you about art and design! You can also find me on Twitter:@Anepic.

Captivating Romance Scenes Collection

I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that pictures of people kissing can get very old very fast and some can even be a little bit on the cliché side. But when done right, romance scenes can be beautiful and evoke great emotions in the heart. Today, I selected here for you guys the most beautifully portrayed love stories I found out there. Of course the story of Rosie Hardy and Aaron Nace deserves a mention for they fell in love through eachother's photographs on Flickr, and even though an ocean divides the two, they have withstood great obstacles to continue their story. She's 18, he's 24, she lives in the UK, he lives in the US (Chapel Hill, NC actually!). They've been together for a year now and just recently Rosie moved to the United States to be with Aaron. You can read more about their story here. Oh, and you can send me your suggestions/feedback via twitter or facebook. Amanda Rosie Hardy Aaron Nace Christopher Bienko Holly Clark Peter Van Laarhoven Max Kagarliksky Kiki Arnaud Bertrande t.tao Lou O' Bedlam Kelly Brown Jamie Leigh Haani Badeeu Katsja Voronova RuTh Salva López Julia Wade Diego Santacruz fridaycafe Kaleigh Sonia Szóstak Nicki Varkevisser Cari Ann Wayman Val Denise Bovee Katherine Elizabeth Suse Wall Edward Olive Olivia Gail Alejandra Maria

30 Interesting Light Leak Shots

Light leaks are probably one of the main reasons I enjoy analog photography so much. They're like little perfect imperfections that add a whole new feel to the image - makes the picture appear a little softer and dreamier. A light leak is exactly what the name suggests. It's when light accidentally leaks into the camera causing an area of the film to over-expose. Some people hate it and go as far as to cover the back of the camera with duct tape so as to avoid it, but I think it's beautiful so I gathered here a few interesting examples for you guys. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do :) And if you have any suggestions and feedback, feel free to contact me on twitter or facebook! Alessandra Maggioni Sarah Bernhard aaliyeh Christian Pitschl Jeremy Pettis 1-Zeke 2-Alex kaitlin van baarle Dustin Yager nick bartoletti becca newing

The Adventures of Abduzeedo and Amlight

These past two months, my cousin Fabio (abduzeedo) has been hanging out with me here in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sunday at 3:30 am he returned to Brazil leaving me here with memories from our wonderful summer. HOLD! You should really listen to this song while you read this post! It will enhance the experience. ;) I thought it would be cool to share with you guys a little bit of our adventures in America so you can see what we got up to and give you a taste of what our lives are like. Everytime Fabio said something stupid I'd write it down, so what better way to show you what our lives are like than to share with you some of the funniest quotes from the man himself. Oh, and I promise he's not as disgusting and mean as he sounds ;) Fabio: I'd give anything to take a shit right now. Fabio: Oohh, they left the virgin margarita.. let's get drunk! Fabio: Your birthday is 27... July... June! Amanda: You said July.... Fabio: That's because my English sucks F: I'm gonna fart really loud now. That deserves a quote. F: If I knew English my jokes would make so much more sense F: For the one year daily inspiration we're gonna post 365 images... it's gonna crash computers all over the world..... haaaaa I'm so diabolical F: I'm a ninja F: Sunny D is good but it gave me heartburn... more like hell in my heart. Like heartburn in my ass. Don't quote that. A: He's Jewish F: Marry him. Don't marry because of love, marry for money. Money is more romantic. A: He used to do a lot of drugs... F: And? F: I'm like a machine of beautiful quotes F: That was too much for your little peanut brain F: Nothing like some good old KFC fried in the oil of death. F: I'm like an oyster of quotes... pearls after pearls F: Your taste in men is weird. A: My taste? Your taste is anything living. F: That's a good definition of my taste. You nailed it. I have an appreciation for all female forms in the world. The least I can do is love them all. F: Not even the greatest chefs in the world would be able to assemble such a beautiful gnocci mountain F: If there's something I can cook it's greasy sauce. Delicious greasy sauce might I add. F: You know, people call me Mano because my retarded brother couldn't say Fabio. How bad is that? we went on a roadtrip first stop: wawa eventually we made it to philadelphia and then new york we relaxed a bit and then hit up the streets of brooklyn we got blisters from walking so much so we had a drink ;) then we went to dc walked up to lincoln's memorial goofed around came back to raleigh and went to ihop made key lime pie had lots of barbecues and drank way too much caipirinha actually this is what our fridge looked like most of the time we also kept making the same facial expressions without realizing we watched the fireworks on the 4th at a lake it was nice fabio dropped his lens in that lake actually we built ikea furniture (took us a couple days haha) and we made our own 3d glasses ...which we used to look at dinosaurs :) he got me a palm pre (thanks, cuz! :D) we compared phones... and feet? one day we woke up and bought a dozen donuts another day we made grilled banana s'mores :D we had a garage sale but he kept playing on his phone we went to outback! we goofed around in stores and we painted a blackboard in the kitchen where we drew silly pictures obama came to raleigh the same day we were going to florida. we thought we were gonna miss our flight we didnt... and luckily the flight was empty! he practiced his speech one last time we ate a lot of plane peanuts. can somebody explain to me why plane peanuts are so good? the clouds were awesome that day know what else was awesome? the view from our hotel room we waited for dan denney then we went surfing next day we went to busch gardens and i convinced him to go on the water rides :D his socks got wet... enough goofing off, time for the conference! we met a lot of cool guys then we had to set up took him a while ;) we came back to raleigh and bought gum at the farmers market, oh and fudge! we tested out a new lens for my camera we worked sometimes too.... ;) we saw coldplay! and then drew about it when we got home he decided to shave all his beard off this is where we ran everyday it was nice we went to red robin on his last night we got some really big burgers i got him a balloon! he tied it to my car... we went to walmart where he found a monitor he wanted we wanted to buy these as well (glow in the dark underwear!!)

Carissa's Russell Ruined Nation Showcase + Interview

Carissa Russell is a 25 years old graphic designer and photographer. Her work was introduced to us by one of our readers, Samantha Roman, who sent us the link to Carissa's project Ruined Nation and also suggested an interview with her. As her photos are great and she is also very kind, we will show here a bit more about this artist and her project. You can also find further info about Carissa Russel and her work at Flickr and at her portfolio (coming soon). So, enjoy the images from Ruined Nation and the interview! :) Do you recognize these places? They are places you have visited, worked and lived in. Places you know, places you have been in every day of your life. They are now used up and forgotten. These images show a view rarely seen of things you know very well. This is our Ruined Nation. Tell us a bit more about yourself. I’m twenty-five years old and from Ohio. I come from a family of creative people, my mom owns her own art gallery. I grew up in a small town, coming from where I did art wasn’t as supported as it should have been, but luckily my family really encouraged it in me. I went to college originally for computer programming, and ended up corporately employed as a web designer. When you first got interested about photography? I’ve always been an artist for as long as I can remember- I started out drawing, sculpting and painting. I picked up a camera about six years ago and started shooting pictures. People seemed to like my work saying I have “an eye” for it, the positive feedback kept me learning and improving my technique. Since I was working hard at building my career, photography became a great creative outlet for me that didn’t take up the time (or make the mess) that drawing or painting did. How and when did you have the idea for the Ruined Nation series? I was driving through mid-ohio and saw the most beautiful old house boarded up at the side of the road. I pulled over and checked it out. There was a panel of plywood that was loose on the front door, once I slid through I was hooked. The place was a mansion hidden behind tall grass and overgrowth. The inside, although the wallpaper was peeling and there were cobwebs everywhere, was spectacular. The entryway had a spiral staircase molded into the wall, red and yellow glass surrounded the door where the setting sun shone in and cast a subtle color to everything. Crown molding, ornate plaster designs around the fixtures, regal windows that the previous inhabitants had sadly torn off the solid wood doors to cover, every room had architectural nuances that I had never seen in a house. I couldn’t describe to you how incredible this place was or what a beautiful home it could have made. It was sad people had forgotten about it letting nature break it down and take it back. What do you wanted to show with this images? People throw things away every day. I wanted to show what happens when people toss PLACES away- these places that everyone knows, lives in. It’s sad, they don’t build things like they used to, each place is unique, never to be created again- I just document it. What do you like most about photography? And what would you say you don't like about it? I love how easy it is. Other photographers will laugh at me (I’ve never been into the elitism thing) but it’s true. I can create art by just seeing how I see. I use lightroom as my darkroom and process the images to give people the mood and feeling I felt when I was standing in that exact spot, seeing what I am showing everyone. Maybe it just feels easy to me because I’ve always just let my art flow. Inspiration flows into me and the art flows out. I’d have to say I also don’t like how easy it is. It’s easily devalued especially in the digital age- any other photographer will probably agree with me on that point. It's always a struggle as an artist to convince people that your work is worth something- and with the new influx of photographers the market has become completely saturated. Part of me is glad for that though, to hope that other people can get the same creative outlet that used to be reserved just for the very passionate or rich. There needs to be more art in the world. What are the hardwares and softwares that you use to produce your images? Most of my work has been shot by my trusty old Canon 30D. I recently upgraded to a 5D mark II, so my recent locations and everything from here on out will be shot with that. I also use a Canon Powershot G10 sparingly. I really like its macro feature. I shoot only in RAW and process everything through Adobe Lightroom. (a must for any digital photographer!) Lightroom is my darkroom, and I use it to capture what I feel the camera couldn’t. For the panoramic photos I do a lot I use PTGui to stitch them together. Beyond that I just load my images into Adobe Photoshop CS2 to resize/prepare them for web view. What is your main inspiration source? Everything. I don’t know how to say it any other way. I always carry a camera on me because I know the one second I don’t have one I’ll see a million things I find beautiful to take photos of. Which are your goals and future plans for your career? Wherever it takes me honestly. I just do what I do and it takes me to visit interesting places and meet great people. Do you have any advice for the upcoming artists? Just do what you feel. While people provide good inspiration and you can learn a lot from other artists techniques, don’t try to emulate them. Just stick to what you do as hard as you can, because that’s what makes people interesting. No two people see the world the same way, I think that’s beautiful…..and now I sound like a hippie. Thanks again for this interview Carissa... and the final words are with you... Thank you Gisele. Lots of people wonder why I want to go into dark, moldy, dirty and oftentimes dangerous places to shoot photos of what looks like a post-apocalyptic scene. Times are always changing. I think society has a fascination with places like I’ve been, whether they think it’s sad or beautiful, the images make you feel. And in my opinion, that’s what art is supposed to do.