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Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images #2

A while ago we featured a post about Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images. Since our readers really liked the first post and Trey has a lot of incredible new photos at his website, Stuck in Customs, I decided to make a "sequence" of it. I have to say that his work continuous to amaze me... so here is a new selection of Trey Ratcliff's work that I'm pretty sure you will like!! I liked so much this whole HDR universe that I even tried Trey's HDR tutorial, but as for the result I got, I really need a lot of reading and practicing around the subject to try it again. Another great thing that I just read on Trey's blog is that he announced a book,A World in HDR, which has pieces of his work with extended descriptions, more information about the photos and also some tutorials to help you with your HDR creations. Thanks again for Trey and all his kindness!! So now, go ahead and enjoy the images! ;)

25 Exceptional Examples of Long Exposure

I'm sure it doesn't come as a surprise to you guys by now that I'm a photography-enthusiast at it's finest, so from now on I'll be posting on different and sometimes unconventional photography techniques that I enjoy. I know that Paulo had previously published a post on Long Exposure shots, but I just wanted to add to his article and show you guys some of my favorite examples of this technique. It's a fairly simple process that requires basically just time and experimentation - and also a tripod or sturdy surface (in my case, I used a trashcan). I added a picture I took in Chicago last year that by means do I think is exceptional, but I just wanted to hear what you guys thought, so let me know :) Also, if you have any images that you took or maybe some cool pictures that you've come across and you'd like to share with us, please drop me a line on Twitter and/or Facebook. I'd love to hear from you! Amanda Macedo Andrew Marino Andy Logan Brian Talbot Cormac Phelan Dawn Ashley Drew Baker Dustin Misener Eugene Chang James Joel Ellis JunJie Kenneth Katie Lee Kristin Drozdowski Laura Taylor Lomographic Society International Morgan Harper Phillip Chee Piero Fissore Sam Doyle

Summertime on the Road #1

Summer is upon us and there’s nothing like a road trip to kick start the season. As many of you may already know, I am Amanda, abduzeedo’s cousin. I live in Raleigh, North Carolina and for the past two years my cousin has been staying here with me during the summers. Last year we ventured to the great city of Chicago, but this year we had so much more on our agenda. Fabio arrived June 8th, and as the morning of June 9th neared, we took off. We visited our nation’s capital, the city of brotherly love, and the big apple – Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. During our stay in New York, we had the pleasure of meeting fellow designer Grant Friedman, most commonly known as Mr. Colorburned, and we also hit up the streets of Brooklyn with BK native himself, Tarek Ahmed, or Mr. Joomp. Mr. Colorburned and Abduzeedo Mr. Joomp and Abduzeedo We are now back in Raleigh but you can rest assured we’re not done yet. The summer has just begun and we have a lot of ground left to cover! Next on the agenda is a quick jump to St. Petersburg, Florida. Fabio will be speaking at the Front-End Design Conference on July 31st, and I, of course, will be going with for moral support… and so he won’t have to ride the roller coasters at Busch Gardens alone ;) There is still time to buy tickets and trust me when I say that this isn’t something you’d want to miss out on… a little birdie told me there will be some abduzeedo freebies given out during the conference ;) Tickets can be purchased here: http://frontenddesignconference.com/I’m looking forward to meeting lots of designers and Abduzeedo readers so I hope to see you all out there! Some Photos from our summer so far...

The Extraordinary Work of Marko Bizarro

Photography is much more than taking a camera and snapping some photos. It gotta have art direction, understanding of illumination and of course, the whole post process involved in this equation that will make a photo really stand out. Mark Bizarro from Quito, Ecuador, shows us that he does have all those skills and also a lot of creativity that certainly make his work extraordinary. For more information visit Marko's Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/akabizarro/

Amazing Underwater Portraits

Ok, this one I didn't expect: yesterday, during my daily walkthrough various sites, I ran into something that I never paid any attention: underwater portraits. These are truly amazing and you should check them out. Underwater photography in general is very interesting. It's somewhat misterious, since it is set somewhere no humans live in. There's really not much to talk about, all we have to do is to look at these and imagine. They are really amazing. And by any chance, does any of you got underwater pictures, portraits, or whatever? If you do, share it with us! We'd love to see some more. Hope you like these... cheers! ;) javiy Georgia Wiggs Radio_138 Preckie RN Rhea Q p_j_laney Elena Kalis

30 Beautiful Bokeh Photos

Following my series of posts about photography, this time I have listed some really nice bokeh photos. I really love the bokeh effect that is nothing more than light out-of-focus. Of course the technique might be simple but to take a beautiful photo you need to know much more than just the technique. Bokeh (derived from Japanese, a noun boke ??, meaning "blur" or "haze") is a photographic term referring to the appearance of point of light sources in an out-of-focus area of an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field.[1] Different lens bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject. Amanda Macedo Jarrod C thedigitalfly ( un guignol à Paris ) Hannah Hylen .emilykim. robot rock charlie chocolate mouseteeff Bridge ? Marc?? Honeycorn Marc?? Calliope Rose Zoe ??(??????•? ??)?? Cusker Daniel Beaman Photo Lindylu kvdl alejandrohdezruiz wick.tyler Jonathan Caliso Photography neatmummy > sëbastián Ncmedia1 ting hay

Interview and Photography Showcase with Chris McVeigh

As I promised at The Stunning Work of Chris McVeigh post, here I'm featuring an interview and also a photography showcase to show you a bit more about Chris and his art. As I mentioned before, I really liked his work and creativity, so I'm pretty sure you will also like to know more about this artist. As at the first post we focused on Chris's "toy photos", at this one we will focus on his beautiful and colorful photography. I really liked his perspective, his way of picturing scenes... He captures regular things with a whole different vision that you will be able to check out with the selection we've put together here, along with the interview!! Find more about Chris McVeigh and his work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page So, enjoy the images and the interview! :) When did you discover your artistic vein? I think I've always been creative. This is probably a result of my grandmother's careful nurturing; she encouraged me to draw and paint at a very early age. As I grew up I took on more complicated projects that included sprawling Lego cities and elaborate dioramas for my Star Wars figures. And in my senior year of high school I produced a weekly newsletter using a very, very early page layout application on my Apple IIgs. How did you start working with design e photography? As I mentioned above, I started using page layout applications relatively early (i.e., 1989) and my interest in design flowed from that experience. My first contracted job came in 1990, when I produced a calendar for the local School Board. This led to the creation of posters, signage and price lists for my campus computer store when I was at university (I was *NEVER* satisfied with Times Roman or Helvetica!) The story of how I went from creating signs for a computer store to contributing artwork for Microsoft ad campaigns is long and complicated, so I'll be succinct: In 1991 I created another paper newsletter, this time about Apple. I gave it away at the store I worked at, and a number of people suggested I put the newsletter into a digital format and distribute it online. This garnered the attention of a number of key people and segued into many different jobs: web designer, contributing editor, illustrator, and even animator. At some point, a close contact started working at the ad agency MRM Gould (now part of McCann Erickson). He brought me on board for several small projects, and I apparently did a good enough job that they would come back to me again and again. You can see some of the projects I worked on at http://www.powerpig.ca. I got a very, very late start with photography—just two years ago! I never thought I had any capacity to be a photographer and so never pursued it. However, at the encouraging of a friend (the same friend who got me started with the ad agency), I bought a digital SLR on March of 2007. It didn't take long before I realized that I could apply the same principles of design to photography, and moreover, photography was also a much faster and more forgiving process. How did you improve your work and technique? Trial and error, persistence and just a dash of obsessive-compulsiveness. I'm never satisfied with anything, so I keep pushing myself to do better. I'm entirely self-taught when it comes to both design, photography and even applications like Photoshop; I've found this the best way to wrap your head about technologies. I know that you are also a technical writer, tell us more about that. I've always had a capacity to write as well as illustrate, stemming as far back as grade school. My first independent effort was the newsletter I produced for my high school, called BHS This Week. My next major project was an Apple-focused e-zine (this is in the days before the Internet) called MacSense. Eventually I moved to macHOME (now defunct), which I contributed to in some capacity for almost eight years. I've not done much technical writing since that time, aside from writing iPhone app reviews for MacLife.com. What do you like most on your job? And what would you say you don't like about it? I love that I get to work from home, and that I can work as much or as little as I like. I also love that I can work without someone looking over my shoulder all the time. That said, I'm very goal driven and I feel an incredible sense of satisfaction when I've completed a major project or produced a well-received photo. What are the softwares and hardwares you use to produce your art? What would you like to have in the perfect equipment or software to produce your work? At the moment, I use a new 24" iMac with 4GB RAM/640HD. As far as photography goes, my workflow includes iPhoto for photo management and Adobe Photoshop CS4 for editing. (I have avoided Aperture/Lightroom simply because I almost always end up processing my pictures in Photoshop.) On the design side of things, I still use and love Freehand MX. (I will move to Illustrator CS4 at some point, kicking and screaming no doubt!) Other applications in my workflow include Fireworks, Flash, and of course, Photoshop. I think I pretty much have everything I need to produce my work, though I am waiting for a perfect display technology to come along. My eyes are sensitive enough that I can easily see minor variations in luminosity, contrast and color temperature across most modern displays. Hopefully, OLED (when it is finally mass-produced in reasonable sizes) will be able to overcome these flaws. What is your main inspiration source? I am not sure I can single out one central source of inspiration. I just find great satisfaction in being creative, especially if my creativity can also entertain a crowd. I think it helps that I don't take myself too seriously. Which are your goals and future plans for your career? I'm hoping I can capitalize on the momentum I have with my toy and chipmunk pics and become more involved with commercial photography. Overall, I just want to enjoy myself, and if I can do that and get paid for it, all the better! Once again, thanks for the interview Chris. And to finalize, do you have any advises to the upcoming artists? Thank you Gisele. My advise would be: do what you love and the money will follow. Old cliché, I know, but it's absolutely true. :D

30 Super Stylish Lomo Photos

Photography, for me, is all about the spontaneity of the subject and the setting; pictures that make you think and feel. We've covered HDR, Long Exposure, Sun Flare, and many other photography techniques. But now it's about time we cover perhaps my favorite technique of all: Lomography. I hope you guys like them as much as I do Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and alternative film processing are often considered part of the "Lomographic Technique." Users are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photography, and use these techniques to document everyday life, as the Lomo LC-A's small size, simple controls, and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage, and photo vérité through the much-touted "10 Rules." thank u very little mcwhirtermichelle neåt sammrowe Les Brumes

Really Cool Black and White Photography

Sometimes, colors are totally unnecessary. Even more, sometimes, colors might blow everything up. In photography, we got great examples of that. Here's a cool selection of black and white pictures that are totally interesting. I hope you enjoy these, and if you got more examples of this, please drop it in the comments sections! We'd love to see it. Cheers! ;)

Great Fashion Photography by Chayo Mata

Chayo Mata is a beauty and fashion photographer working and living in New York. She is a professional that was born in San Antonio, Texas, who graduated from ETSU with a BA in Commercial Photography and moved to NYC where she exclusively assisted for Steven Meisel (from American and Italian Vogue) for three years. Since then she has been professionally shooting for 7 years in New York. "Working with Steven Meisel, an icon in the photography world was the most valuable education and experience for my career. However, my greatest inspiration came from my parents. I remember seeing my father’s 35mm Minolta camera on his shelf. No one was allowed to touch it, and it was considered the most valuable piece in the house. A carpenter by trade, he was a weekend photographer. His favorite shoots were couples happiest days, their weddings. I looked at that prized position for years, and often felt it was a magical instrument that had the ability to unleash great beauty, and great truth. Then in high school a course was offered in photography, and I was allowed to find my own eye for beauty and truth. I was fully entranced and knew I had found my life's passion, even at such a young age. As I moved into my college years I attended San Antonio College and I began to shoot portraits. Although simplistic, they were so soul stirring and beautiful I knew this was not only my soul's passion, but also how I would move into making my career. I am thankful for my father's untouchable camera, as it stirred me. My gratitude will always be with my parents for their undying support of my life choices. I have been shooting digital since the beginning of my shooting career. I was shooting 5% digital then and now I shoot 99%. What keeps me alive is growing in multi media. Learning how to use new tools, various software, cameras, or working with any new technology gets me excited! Today I continue to find beauty in everyone and enhance or emphasize the beauty they have to offer". "I always look for the beauty a person has to offer. I like to contribute with my art with Photoshop and Illustrator to empathize or enhance their beauty. School seems to be a forever element in my life". Chayo Mata Fashion photographs sometimes seem easy to be taken since they always evolve good looking people, nice productions, fantastic make ups and some pretty cool ideas, but all of that without a great talented eye behind a camera is not that much. The photographers at this kind of shooting have to see the beauty beyond the person that is posing, need to capture the whole atmosphere of the scene in a unique way to get the attention of the people they intent to reach. And besides that they also need to make the models feel comfortable with them so the photo will look more natural, beautiful. As you will be able to see here, putting all that together is pure art! So enjoy it... ;) Check out other photos from Chayo at her Website.

27 Super Cool Pictures of Detroit

A nice thing about photogaphy is that if you take a walk though any city, you'll find some spots that usually no one would care, but once you take a picture of it, the captured image gets its own life, giving that particular spot a new mood. In the blog called The Motor(less) City, the photographers portrait a post industrial Detroit... almost left empty, with at least 12,000 abandoned houses, ready to be torn down. This is the scenario of these pictures, and I bet you'll take a new a look at this city. Don't forget to make a visit to the blog! Those guy appreciate it! Cheers! ;)

45 Great Tilt-shift Photographs

Tilt-shift photography is a technique of photographing using a special configuration at your camera so that you can capture the scene in a miniature scale. Tilt-shift actually stands for two different types of movements to get the photo: rotation of the lens relative to the image plan - called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane - called shift. This miniature effect can also be reached at photoshop as you will be able to check out at the tutorials links mentioned here. This post was suggested by one of our readers, tiltshift (Yuri). When I received his suggestion and started to research more about the technique I was pretty impressed because I actually didn't know how the effect was done. And worst, don't laugh at me, I always thought that those images were real... little people and little things putted into very little scenarios. :) So now that I learned more about this I want to share this images with you and encourage you to read more about this kind of photography. Interesting links about tilt-shift: Wikipedia: Tilt-shift Photography Wikipedia: Tilt-shift miniature Faking Tilt-shift Tutorial Tutorial Also make sure to click the images to go to the source to read more about the artists or the technique. Enjoy!! Images suggested by our reader tiltshift

The Stunning Work of Chris McVeigh

Chris McVeigh is an author, illustrator and photographer that lives in Halifax, NS. He started with photography in 2007 when a friend insisted that he should purchase a digital SRL. Chris is a natural talent! He now excels at creating clever, quirky and often comical pictures that employ everything from action figures to backyard wildlife. (In fact, a combination of the two garnered the attention of Lucasfilm, who featured his picture on the front page of starwars.com!) I bumped into his work when I was doing my regular research for our Daily Inspiration post. Let me say that I was not only inspired by his work but I also got stunned by it. He has soooo many great works that I would like to show here that I decided to split his material into 2 posts. This first one will be about his excellent "toys photos". Chris captures the characters in a very interesting, comical, expressive and creative way. I'm pretty sure you will like all these images... I loved it!! :) Find more about Chris McVeigh and his work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page Flickr Page for Picture Setups Enjoy!

The MILK Design Trend

Milk is an opaque white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It provides the primary source of nutrition for newborn mammals before they are able to digest other types of food. Not only all that but Milk is the new and most growing design trend (design meaning typography, manipulations, illustrations and more), it seems like everywhere you go online you find a bit of milk. By being one of the biggest trends of the years milk is also providing a great source of inspiration to vitalize your mind, but sometimes trends get old so let's enjoy while it last. Get the cookies ... Milk Typography Milk Photos Milk Illustration

20 Fantastic Pictures of Lightning

A few days ago we had amazing post on long exposure pictures. That day, during my search for those picture, I ran into some pictures of lightning, and I realized that it would make a whole new set of fantastic pictures. And I was right. These are truly fantastic. If you don't know how to take pictures of lightning, don't worry... it has to do with luck just a little bit. It's not about capturing a picture in the right moment, but using long exposure to collect any lightning that might happen during a lightning storm. Just set your camera to capture for some seconds (as you wish), point it to the storm, and shoot it. The chance to capture an awesome lightning bolt is enormous. Anyways, these is my selection! I hope you guys enjoy it and please, visit all these guys pages! Chees! ;) swamysk David Benna Paula H Ajka_Hungary Bob George Jim Skea Doug Humphries David Parrish adam berk Jimmer Greg Foster Michael James Eduardo Mustad Philip Schexnayder Orrin Otherwords Thomas Black Father_McKenzie Mathias Rousseau Tamás Somoskeöy Paul Kim

29 Amazing Long Exposure Pictures

Long exposure is one of the techniques that I find the most amazing. The way that the camera captures those few seconds and you're able to see it, is really amazing. Pictures like that got a special feeling, somewhat magical. When an image is taken including stationary and moving subjects (for example, a fixed street and moving cars or a camera within a car showing a fixed dash-board and moving scenery) using a slow shutter speed, interesting effects, such as light trails occur. Long exposures are easiest to accomplish in low-light conditions, but can be done in brighter light using neutral density filters or specially designed cameras. We'd love to see your pictures! Post them in a commentary! And don't forget to visit these photographer's photostreams! Cheers! ;) Lucas Janin Patrick Smith Mohammed Al-Naser Agus Sutanto Robert Orthen Paul Corica John Ryan Laura Dyszynski David Herreman Tyler Westcott Te-Wei Liu Jason Theaker Salbjörg Rita Jónsdóttir Jim Skea Stu Worrall Stefan Elf Markus Bahlmann Justin Kern AndWhyNot Erick Loitière Broddi Sigurðarson Philipp Klinger Victor von Salza Andreas Nellas Toni_V Ar'alani

Inside the Wave Photography by Clark Little

Clark Little manages to do what no one has ever done before, go out on the Hawaiian sea and take photos from inside the waves. It's a very dangerous type of photography when going into waves that vary from 3 - 15 feet, but it pays off with the result because the photos are unbelievable amazing, definitely something you never seen before. It all started in 2007 when Clark’s wife wanted a nice piece of art to decorate a wall. Voluntarily, Clark grabbed a camera, jumped in the water, and starting snapping away capturing the beauty and power of monstrous Hawaiian waves from the inside out. “Clark’s view” is a unique view of the ocean that most will only be able to experience safely on land, while studying one of Clark’s photos. "I enjoy the power and beauty of the thick bombs that roll through. Now I can capture some of those heavy moments without getting slammed. Well, most of the time." Now with a camera upgrade and an itch to get that better shot, Clark has taken this on full time and has moved his office from land, to the inside of a barrel. Since the recent stir of Clark’s work, his images have been run on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, Paris Match (France), Hana Hou (Hawaiian Airlines) magazine, Surfer magazine as well as multiple publishers and newspapers in the U.S. and overseas. Here is a little interview that Clark gave to the abc news. All these photos are copyrighted by Clark Little and they are all for sale on his website, so you can chose the ones you like and have them on your wall. To check out more of his photos visit www.clarklittlephotography.com