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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. =)

Light Painting Guide by Christopher Hibbert

Light painting, also known as light drawing is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a light source or by moving the camera, that's the Wikipedia.org definition and in this guide/tutorial Christopher Hibbert will give us some tips on how to produce this effects with your camera. Tools The lenses Of course the lens is chosen regarding the scene. Note that you don t need lenses with big aperture like 2.8 because you will need time to paint and therefore a very low shutter speed = small aperture. I started doing light painting with a 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 and I often use it at F/9, F/16. *Keep in mind that since you may be alone while doing light painting, you shouldn’t go too far from your camera using a 200mm lens for example. You don’t want your stuff to be stolen ;) Flash The flash fixes people and objects on the scene so they are clearly visible even for long exposure photographs. For example, on “Light soccer”, I was flashed at the beginning of the shooting. Torches and lights You can use any kind of light. It really depends on the color, the thickness, the brightness you need. I did my first light painting using the flashlight of my mobile. Actually, I use the mini light of a keychain and different sizes of Maglite. It is also interesting and fun to integrate uncontrolled moving lights in the process. (Lights from cars, trains, stars… see the following examples) Colors To obtain colored lights, you can use colored bulbs with your torches or use filters. I use colored corks from soda bottles… they fit perfectly on my small Maglite. Easier than having many torches in your bag and also cheaper! Plus, the red cork comes with a soda which boosts you for the night ;) Here is an example of characters colored using the cork of a soda bottle. Other tools Well you will need a tripod of course. Be sure to get one that supports the weight of your camera + lens and that is high enough for you. Another great tool to reduce camera shake and blurry photographs is a remote shutter release that allows you to block the shutter opened as long as you want. *Wear dark clothe! That will decrease the chance of you being visible on the image if you stay at the same spot while painting. Technique It is important to start, shooting at the scene without painting to setup the camera as best as you can in order to get a well exposed, well framed scene and a shutter speed slow enough. All you have to think about is pointing the light to the lens. Don’t worry if you need lasers, they won’t damage your camera’s captor! If you want to integrate lights from a car for example, start the shooting when the car is about to appear on the scene. By the way, you can use lights from cars to light the scene like I did to realize the following light painting. Subjects Light painting is about fun and creativity. Words, calligraphy, abstract shapes, characters, objects: use your imagination to add elements to scenes, create scenes, write words, names… Settings White Balance In urban scene, the light is often yellow… that is why all my first light paintings are yellow. In order to get the right white balance, you can use a compact grey chart like the one from TrueColors Focus It can be difficult to setup the focus in a dark place. Use one of your torches to light an area of the scene and make the camera focus on it. Once done, put the focus on manual so it won’t change while shooting. Tip: You can play with the zoom of your lens during the shooting to get nice effects like the following one. Slow shutter speed Different settings have to be setup in order to get the shutter speed you need. Low ISO decreases the sensibility and the noise on long exposure photographs. The aperture changes the depth of field and a small aperture means slower shutter speed when shooting dark scenes. The shutter speed can be as low as you want. Just be sure that the scene is well exposed. “Sunny night” The following photograph’s exposure time is around 16minutes. There were no lights at all in the streets. The scene lightning comes from the moon. About Christopher Hibbert Christopher Hibbert is a freenlancer photographer from Paris, France. He is an expert in light painting with an impressive portfolio full of very creative photos using this technique. Below you can see some examples, and for more information about him visit his website at http://www.christopher-hibbert.com/ Some Works

Awesome Multiplicity Photography

Multiplicity is the act of placing the same person a few times in the same photo, using that concept some people just took that to the next level and here is an awesome selection of Multiplicity Photography, check it out! by saboegel by MeFind by Seagers by A.J. French by Lens-Prince by Angela_Toidze by Michael Hunter by Michael Hunter by Michael Hunter by Michael Hunter by Michael Hunter by Sean Lee Cheng by Steve Kay by A | M by Sebastien.b by Michael Hunter by Dollen by Dollen by Mdm Bricolleur by tuthdoc99 by Figurita_nl by Kit Haselden Photography by F.A.R. FoTo by Nikilynn by poopoorama by hkvam by jaeWALK by Dave DiCello by RayPG 2.0 by RayPG 2.0

Awesome LeParkour Action Photography

In this post you will see some awesome action shots of LeParkour athletes flying every way you can imagine. These photographies show what the sport is all about from a close view. If you like action shots this is a must see. Enjoy! About Le Parkour Parkour (sometimes also abbreviated to PK) or l'art du déplacement [1] (English: the art of moving) is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment.[2] It is a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, as if moving in an emergency situation. Skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves are employed. The object of parkour is to get from one place to another using only the human body and the objects in the environment. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, but parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of the many suitable public structures available such as buildings and rails. via wikipedia BombDog BombDog BombDog DannyPack Fill Tyson Cecka H. Alejandro David Guimarães -TJPhoto- Badzo christian rapslef DannyPack H. Alejandro yari92 Baden West Baden West JB London JB London JB London Nathan Longfield JB London guigui_sk8_74 WildCAught1 Hikaru team JB London H. Alejandro JB London Wolfbeta Wolfbeta Mark Madeo Mark Madeo Mark Madeo Mark Madeo Mark Madeo Mark Madeo Mark Madeo Mark Madeo jean-ch carpentier

World Water Day Pictures

If you don't know, on March 22nd, 2010 was celebrated the World Water Day, a day for consciousness of how bad things are going with our clean water. And if our clean water is bad, we are faded to a rough future. Although we live on a water-covered planet, only 1% of the world's water is available for human use, the rest locked away in oceans, ice, and the atmosphere. The National Geographic Society feels so strongly about the issues around fresh water that they are distributing an interactive version of their April, 2010 magazine for download - free until April 2nd - and will be exhibiting images from the series at the Annenberg Space for photography. These pictures are my selection of a bigger collection at boston.com. For all the 43 (or so) pictures, visit their website! I hope you all enjoy this, and please, save water for our future. ;) The Maya believed natural wells, such as the Xkeken cenote in Mexico's Yucatan, led to the underworld. (John Stanmeyer, VII, © National Geographic) India's holiest river, the Ganges, is scribbled with light from floating oil lamps during the Ganga Dussehra festival in Haridwar. Hindus near death often bathe in the river; some are later cremated beside it and have their ashes scattered on its waters. (John Stanmeyer, VII, © National Geographic) Jared Otieno, a worker with the Kenyan Ministry of environment and mineral resources, sprinkles water cupped in his hand as he and other workers who helped clean two-and-a-half miles of the Nairobi river basin in Nairobi greet foreign United Nations visitors to the river basin site on March 21, 2010. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) Floating on dreams and whispers, girls from a West Bank village cool off in the salt-laden waters of the Dead Sea. With its main tributary, the Jordan, at less than a tenth of its former volume, the inland sea has dropped some 70 feet since 1978. (Paolo Pellegrin, Magnum © National Geographic) A man swims in a pool inside a condominium in Singapore March 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Nicky Loh) A boy swims in the murky waters of Manila Bay March 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo) A swan swims at Lake Toepper (Toeppersee) in the western German city of Duisburg on March 11, 2010. Balancing on a slippery makeshift ladder, women pass precious gallons hand to hand up a well nine people deep in the Marsabit region of northern Kenya. After the water reaches the surface, the women will compete for it with thirsty livestock. (Lynn Johnson, © National Geographic) Flood water drains from a ditch along Interstate 29 March 21, 2010 south of Fargo, North Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Upsala Glacier as seen from the International Space Station in February of 2010. Upsala is a large valley glacier in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park. Google Map. (NASA/JSC) Dry conditions produce cracked earth at a reservoir in Shilin county, Yunnan province, China, on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Yunnan is experiencing its worst drought in more than 60 years. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg) A Chinese softball player hits a ball during a sandstorm in Beijing on March 20, 2010. Beijingers woke up to find the Chinese capital blanketed in yellow dust, as a sandstorm caused by a severe drought in the north and in Mongolia swept into the city. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) A dead fish is seen floating in a polluted river on the outskirts of Yingtan, Jiangxi province March 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Stringer) Mahendra Kumar surfaces to catch his breath as he dives into a polluted section of the River Yamuna to scavenge for ornaments and coins left by Hindu rituals at the river bank, in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 22, 2010. Officials say factories are ignoring regulations and dumping untreated sewage and industrial pollution, turning toxic the river that gives the capital much of its drinking water. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) A villager bathes under a hose pipe used for the irrigation of rice field, as his son, left, looks on, on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, Monday, March 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) A floating restaurant is stranded in a branch of the Yangtze River in Chongqing Municipality, March 21, 2010. A severe drought across a large swath of southwest China is now affecting more than 50 million people, and forecasters see no signs of it abating in the short term, state media said on Friday. (REUTERS/Stringer) 4,000 baby bottles containing polluted water stand on the Bundesplatz in Bern, Switzerland, Monday, March 22. 2010. The action was organized by the Swiss association for International Cooperation Helvetas to highlight the UN's World Water Day. (AP Photo/Keystone/Peter Klaunzer) A fisherman paddles his canoe through dead fish along Manaquiri River, a tributary of the Amazon, near the city of Manaquiri, November 28, 2009. The world's biggest rainforest is suffering from seasonal drought, killing tons of fish. (REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker) Severed from the edge of Antarctica, this iceberg might float for years as it melts and releases its store of fresh water into the sea. The water molecules will eventually evaporate, condense, and recycle back to Earth as precipitation. (Camille Seaman, © National Geographic) A drop of water falls from a melting piece of ice on Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 16, 2009. (REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci)

Amazing Pictures of Lighthouses

For me, one of the greatest kinds of buildings is a lighthouse. I find amazing how much big storms it takes during a year and keeps showing the way to sailors everywhere. There are some photographers that really know how to catch the different feelings of it. I'm not going to make a poem out of it, so I just hope you all enjoy my selection. Here are featured the work of some amazing photographers... I recommend you all to check out their work at their portfolios. They'll appreciate it! Show them some love. Cheers! ;p

Volkswagen Beetle Photography Inspiration

The Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Volkswagen Type 1, was an economy car produced by the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003. Perhaps because of its classic German beauty or maybe because it was designed to be “The People’s car”, it’s one of the most popular machines ever built, an icon of design. Apparently people can’t have enough of taking shots of or with it, so we collected quite a few to share with you. Here are some ..enjoy! Source: www.deviantart.com Thanks for all users who shared their photography, click on picture for source About the Author I'm Ismail el Desouky, an Egyptian second year Computer Science Department Student in Arab Academy for science 7 technology.Like to check art -designs -music and all types of inspiration from time to another.

Beautiful Pictures of Churches

I really love those old, classic churches. It might be a tiny one in a village, or it might be a gigantic one that took many, many years to be completed. No matter what kind it is, I just know that some of these are so beautiful that they deserve to be appreciated by everyone. So I went looking for some great pictures of beautiful churches... both in and outside, and got to see amazing shots of these beauties. Here's my selection... I hope you all enjoy these. To check out the location of each, simply click at the picture to go the author's flickrstream. Don't forget to check their portfolio, also. Cheers! ;)

The Inspiring Work of Sam O'Hare

Earlier this morning I saw a really cool video from Sam O'Hare over at koikoikoi.com - a site filled with inspiring stuff. The thing is that Sam's video was so cool that I decided to search more about his work to show here to you, besides the video, of course. The video, entitled The Sandpit is a brilliant mix of time-lapse and tilt shift that shows a day in the big apple. Sam used a Nikon D3 to produce it. Other than the video, I really liked his photos. The shots are simple and beautiful, they have a stunning lightening composition and most of them show day-to-day scenes, witch I love. I think it's really nice to shot ordinary scenes, images from our day by day life. His images really got my attention... so here it is a selection of some of Sam's photos. Head over to his site to check out more about him and his work! I hope you like it. Enjoy. :) The Video The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo. Some Photos

Beautifully Weird Human Shapes

Experimenting is one of the greatest things on all creative fields. I was surfing at fffffound and got to see some crazy, beautifully weird experiments, a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess. They share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression. Unconsciously their work touches upon these themes, however it is not their intention to communicate this. They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low – tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement. To check out their blog, got to LucyandBart. I hope you all like it. And don't forget, always try things out. ;)

Fantastic Photographs by Eric Curry

Eric Curry was born in 1956 in Los Angeles, California. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in 1980, he lived in Scandinavia for the next 12 years, running his own advertising photography studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark, returning to the states in 1992. Originally trained and specializing in studio still life/special effects photography for all those years, Eric eventually transitioned over to location industrial photography, because it affords, as he comments: "A much broader pallet of avenues for creativity." Currently, Mr. Curry creates photographs exclusively on location for select clients and himself, taking full advantage of the depth and possibilities afforded by each and every new challenge. For more information visit Eric's website at http://www.americanprideandpassion.com/ Dive! Dive! Dive! Building a Mini Submarine - This photo is a Recreation of an actual event that happened 26 years ago. King of the Hill http://www.americanprideandpassion.com/ DC-3: Workhorse This is a real business that flies cargo every day to Catalina Island. NAVY HARDSUIT Photographed on the deck of a U.S NAVY ship http://www.AmericanPrideAndPassion.com 62' T-Bird: Honey, I'm Home... Photographed i El Segundo CA. I borrowed the car from a local museum and the house of a neighbor in town. Tres Amigos This real stage coach built by the Amish about 70 years ago, was photographed on a small ranch just north of Los Angeles. The horse shoer - Jud, the horse- Rio, and the dog -Digger are all locals that "volunteered" to be in my photo of Cowboys and the old west. Turn Around of Engine 2449 I was given permission from Union Pacific Rail Road to photograph one of their locomotives in the service yard at night. It took over a year of talking to finally get permission to do this difficult image. I tried to create an impression of these giant components almost scattered about randomly just like a child's toys being played with.... Lockheed-12: End Of Day This beautifully restored Lockeed-12 was photographed in Chino Airport, CA This aircraft was built in 1939 and served in WWII for the British, it did transport Winston Churchill and saw action and did also take battle damage. CAPTAIN AMERICA And 3-D BOY This is a photo of Jerome and his amazing creation. A super tricked out Harley Davidson motorcycle- sporting the character of Captain America, he is a "one man parade." The little boy on the side represents the junior Super Hero in all of us I think... Airstream Trailer: Home on the Range This beautifully restored Airstream Trailer was borrowed form the owner, and placed out in the desert near Death Valley, CA in order for me to make the photo. The trailer, pink flamingos, ice chest and vintage green chairs are al property of Doug.... Tractor In Flower Fields Lowrider: Eye Candy Photographed in the front yard of a total stranger, we are recreating the scene of a couple dudes hanging out in the front yard with their amazing car. M1-A1 Main Battle Tank On location at Fort Irwin, a United States Army Training base in the California desert. This image was created with this tank and her crew just days before the solders shipped out for their second tour of duty to Iraq

Awesome & Radical Snowboard Photography

Snowboard season is not over yet, to inspire the ones that love it I selected some amazing photographs to represent it. Whether you get inspired by the photography or the actual sport, get out there and let this inspiration take action. by Rune T by geoftheref by Altus by Brahm by Maurizio Polese by Ryan Dearth by f-l-e-x by Julius Koivistoinen by klOrklOr by rhys logan by NIELS AHA by Greg Miller by Entity Boardshop by rhys logan by nhuisman by thefracturedframe by Yanis / yanisnow.com by Yanis / yanisnow.com by Thorvildsen by AxGxOjun by JeroenKoning by Matt Cohen Photo / 1115 by richardbaybutt by dietrich by Ryan Taylor by Yanis / yanisnow.com by Georg by Prepelita Alexandru by tpphoto by Maurizio Polese by NZSki by norbertszasz by www.photovenom.com by Jeroen Koning If you have some snowboarding photos, feel free to share with us on the comment area

20 Beautiful Nature Wallpapers

It's been some time since we had a good wallpaper post. I was looking for a new wallpaper for my desktop and I found some amazingly beautiful images that just made me want to post a whole bunch of nature wallpapers. So I started to look just for nature images, and I found really great ones, worth sharing with you guys! To download these, you must first click the image... this will take you to the download site, where you'll choose your resolution. I hope you all enjoy my selection. Cheers! ;)

Inspiring Photographs by Caitlin Worthington

Caitlin Worthington, aka mumbojumbo89 at deviantART has some pretty good and inspiring images at her galleries! She does exactly the kind of photos I love... simple scenes, great expressions and amazing colors! For me, combining those elements you will have really good shots. And as you will be able to see here, this exactly the case of Caitlin Worthington's photographs. I was browsing around looking for inspiration when I bumped into one of her images (the first of this selection) and got amazed! The expressions she captures are really awesome, and combined with great colors, light and talent, results in really 'eye catching images'. Well, I suggest you check her website and DA profile for further inspiring photographs. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I did... ;)

Highspeed Photography: Drops

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. ;)

Amazing City Views from the Top

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

Giveaway: A World in HDR - A Great book by Trey Ratcliff

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