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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.

Mind Tripping Stereographics

Ok, this is a completely different approach to photography. Stereographics are 3D photographs... usually set by 2 or 3 pictures from slightly different angles. It might be hard to see at first, but once you do it, you'll love it! These are commonly called "parallel" stereographics, and what you have to do to get the 3D image is make a single image out of each pair, with your bare eyes. Need a little more explanation? Check out here, here and here (thanks @aledagostin). Actually, the success or failure of this post depends on whether or not you guys get to see these in 3D, so come on!! Try it out! I hope you all get to see it! Cheers. ;)

What Lies Beneath the Surface by Guy Sargent

Guy Sargent is a self taught photographer that was born in 1965 and that lives in London. He works with a large format camera and capture beautiful images as you will be able to see here. The images we will show are part of his series called What Lies Beneath the Surface, which is an ongoing long-term project that begun in 2006 and examines both landscape and architecture in large format. I saw his work when I was doing my regular research for our Daily Inspiration post and the images really got my attention, so I decided to contact Guy and show the photos here to you. You can find more images of Guy's What Lies Beneath the Surface at Behance and Behance again. For further info about Guy Sargent and his photos check out re-title and Photography-Now. I don't have much of a history in photography, I was busy doing other things... Like most people using a camera in a serious way I feel I have something to say and choose a camera to do just that! Guy Sargent Enjoy the images, they are beautiful! :)

Heartwarming Wedding Photography

Yesterday, we received an email from designer Kevin Falk, a visitor of ours, asking for something that I haven't thought yet: Wedding Photography. I thought it was a great idea and start looking for pictures that really had that heartwarming feeling, and found many. These are some truly beautiful pictures, full of passion, love and friendship. These photographers really know how to caught the moment, and make it last forever in these pictures. And If you have a post suggestion, please send us an email. Also, you all should visit each photographer's page and check out their awesome work, because it's really worth it. I hope you enjoy all of these as much as I did! Cheers! ;) Ryan Brenizer Amy Barry Edward Olive Kate Lane Sheila Bocchine Shelton Muller uncommonmuse Lito Inso Daniel Krieger Domenico Bandiera Briant Murphy Kevin Lam Sonia Steinbach Kristen Honeycutt Aries Tao James Rubio Heather Waraksa Rosie Parsons Beverly Rubio Evrim Icoz Carrie Novak David Oastler Paulo Gabriel

Beautiful Personal Portfolios

These past few weeks I've been on the lookout for some nice portfolios to inspire me to make my own. I've been applying to some schools, my goal being NYU, and if any of you guys have any tips on colleges and building photography portfolios, please send them my way on facebook or twitter! I'd really appreciate any help! Anyway, I wanted to share with you some sweet portfolios I came across while surfing the web. Hope you enjoy them :)

Incredible New Portfolio of Dave Hill

Who doesn't know Dave Hill, the guy with the awesome hdr looking photos. Well, I think that was more when he first started getting recognized for his style and as time goes by Dave Hill is showing that he is just improving even more bringing very creative concepts and scenarios to his photos that already are full of style. So when creativity meets skills you get a great portfolio like the one you about to see. Dave Hill recently released a new website with a few extra pieces you may not seen, it also has a behind the scenes section where you can see the photo shots and clear out some doubts about how his work is done, it also has a blog and a display of his personal work. Girl on Adventure Behind the Scenes Video Modern Warfare Cowboy Arches National Park, UT Misc

Beautiful Nature Photos by Hugh Schneider

Nature photography probably is one of the hardest photography stile for you to reach an original style without repeating things. Hugh Schneider, aka rad-ix at deviantART, is a nature photographer that was produced a different work in this area using a photo composition that really attracts me: ilumination. Of corse the angles are also perfect, transforming the landscapes in magic places. He also has some great macros. Hope you enjoy the photos...

Beautiful Photography by Natalia Campbell

Natalia Campbell is a photographer that started pursuing her passion for photos after her daughter was born in 2004. Capturing the moments of her daughter's growth increased even more her interest about photography. Around december of 2007 she gave herself a macro lens for Christmas and started a whole new range of photography and a new passion. She has some very beautiful images as you will see here. I bumped into her work while looking for some images for our Daily Inspiration post. Natalia's photos really got my attention because of their impressive beauty. I make this small selection to show you, but believe me, she has much more great images at her Flickr Page, so check it out! You can also buy prints of all the images we will show here, just click at the images or go to Enjoy! :)

Amazing Light Paintings

Light paintings, also known as light drawing or light graffiti, is a photography technique in which exposures are usually made at night or in a darkened room. The images we are featuring here are from Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza, the guys behind LAPP-PRO. The light art performance photography (briefly LAPP) is a one-shot, long time bulb exposure photography, performed additionally with movement of light. LAPP originates on a real-time basis directly in front of the camera, created between opening and closing the shutter. The work from Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza was suggested by one of our readers, longo, who mentioned these guys and asked us for a post about them. As they have some really amazing photos, we made this selection to show you here. Long exposure photography involving light effects are really awesome. We also featured a post about it a while ago, Awesome Light Graffiti Pictures, and here we are again showing nice 'light paintings' to inspire you! In writing this post, I remembered the statement, "In photography, it's all about light." I would say that it all depends on the effect that you want to produce - the correct light, the right amount of light, extra light, 'moving' light and maybe no light! Personally, I really liked LAPP-PRO's photos. They are pure art! And thanks to longo for the great suggestion! Enjoy. :) Bonus - LAPP Nature

60 Interesting Lomo Fisheye Shots

I turned 17 last month and for my birthday a friend of mine gave me a Lomography Fisheye 2! I was really excited and wanted to check out what these babies could do before I took mine out for a spin. I know some of you guys don't particularly like Lomography because of the toy cameras. but I'll be the first one to admit that I really appreciate and, dare I say, love this style. Not to mention all the really unexpected things that you find when you develop the film! The light leaks, grain, over-saturation and high contrasts. I gathered here a few Lomography fisheye techniques that I found interesting. Some of these were taken with other Lomography cameras, like the Diana and LC-A+ with a fisheye lens adapter attached. I'm really digging the underwater pictures and the cute animal ones :) As always, if you have any images that you took or maybe some cool pictures you've come across and you'd like to share with us, please drop me a line on Twitter and/or Facebook. And if you have any suggestions for my next photography post, send them my way too! I'd love to hear from you! Dirk Liana Garcia Joyce Chang Shanti Graham Morrison Lisa Thomas Gavin Strange Michelle Abbie Freeman John Manoogian III Josa Johan Jeremy Villasis Luca Soffici Liad Cohen Lesley Silvia Kristin Tachibana Antonio Martinez Jena Ardell Albert Catalan Jen and Mutley Wendy Capili Squid Vicious Vilja Selde Morgan Maassen SunWai Ho Daniel Horacio Agostini 14-2-1 A-Zhan Chen Kinzica Geiza Dobashi Fakhar Ryan Sam Sarah Keogh Sasha Nikitin Boris Karaulov Matteomm Malabarista Lunar Teresa NP Johnny Klemme Dariogarofalo Tim Williams Josh Chen Rob Schrecongost Nuno Carriedee Feralicken Tucker Hayden Richard Anthony Morris Rebecca

Fantastic Fire Round Up: Photography, Illustrations and Logos

Fire has to be the most misterious of the 4 elements of nature. It warms you up in a cold night, but it might also kill you if you house is caught on fire. Probably the most interesting choice is to respect it, no matter water. As we say here in Brazil: he how plays with fire, wets his bed. :p Also, there's plenty artistic representation of this element, through various arts, and the ones featured in this post: photography, illustrations and logos. These are really fantastic, and I know you all like it! If you got some art based on fire, please, share with us!! Cheers!

Beautiful Fashion Photos by Jake Garn

Jake Garn is a photographer hobbyist with an insatiable need to create for as long as he can remember, whether it was drawing, building a fort, or even writing an unfinished novel. It was in the mid-nineties during a simple Introduction to Photography course that the seed for photographing was planted and Jake started his love affair with it! Since then he has produced some really beautiful photos as we will show here. "Specializing in whimsical fashion. I love color, I love crazy, I love beauty, I love a dash of humor in my images and I love my wife, dog and cat… not necessarily in that order.” Jake Garn I bumped into his work when I was doing my regular research for our Daily Inspiration post. I really liked the impression his images left on me: simplicity and beauty. I liked the photos and the way that they are composed without over productions, it gives us the sensation that the models are natural, maybe photoshop retouched but not "made on it". Here is a selection of Jake's fashion photos and portraits for you to admire. I hope you like them. Find more about Jake Garn and his work at: Personal Website deviantART Enjoy!

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:’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