Night Owls: A Colorful Analog Photo Project on Old School Cars

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Photo Essays is a series on the Phoblographer where photographers get to candidly speak their mind about a specific subject or project of theirs. Want to [email protected] This essay and images are by Seth Harwood and used with permission.

I am currently working my way towards my MFA in Photography. The first year was spent trying to figure out a sense of direction for my thesis work, and it was a stressful time, enlightening, but stressful. I touched on all of these different facets of my life, but nothing quite clicked. Night Owl slowly surfaced out of all these explorations. In all of these little projects I began to pull out photographs that seemed to be part of an overarching series, and when I finally made that connection,, that’s when Night Owl was born.

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The Nikon 105mm f1.4E ED Lens is a World’s First, Costs $2,199.95

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 105mm f1.4 E lens (2 of 2)ISO 641-80 sec at f - 18

Yes, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a real lens. How many telephoto lenses beyond the 85mm focal length with an f1.4 aperture have you seen? The answer is probably very few, and if anything we’ve seen 200mm f1.8 lenses from Canon years ago. But the new Nikon 105mm f1.4 E lens is quite an interesting one. With 14 elements in 9 groups, 3 ED elements, 9 aperture blades, fluorine coatings and an 82mm filter size this is a very interesting and different lens from what’s been available and out there.

Of course, this lens is also designed for full frame DSLRs. Further, the Nikon 105mm f1.4 E ED is also not at all cheap: at $2,199.95 expect it to really only be used by professional portrait photographers.

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Italian Summer Transports You To The Coast of Tuscany


All images by Lorenzo Grifantini. Used with Permission.

Lorenzo Grifantini is co-founder of a successful architectural company, but as a youngster he always had a passion for the cinema, and by extension, photography. For the past two years he has focused on improving his technical knowledge of photography while always looking for new stories to tell through his images. One of his recent series, Italian Summer caught our attention.

“To me, autumnal England is grey and miserable. Italian Summer, on the other hand, is hot, colourful, tattooed, tanned, dangerous, feral, and furious.” Mr. Grifantini says of the series, “Ultimately, Italian summer is the season when Italians can express their lightness of being and their love for life.” Traveling to the island of Salina in Sicily, Salento in Puglia, and Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany Grifantini’s work does a masterful job of transporting us all to Italia.

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Cheap Photo Alert: 4 Days Left on Nikon’s Current Lens Savings!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 24mm f1.8 G product images (1 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Nikon’s latest lens savings are ending on Saturday, so there is only a little time left to save on some of that new glass that you have been keeping an eye on.

  1. Nikon FX 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 VR (Save 90) – Deal
  2. Nikon FX 12-24mm F/4G (Save $315) – Deal
  3. Nikon FX 50mm F/1.8G (Save $43) – Deal
  4. Nikon DX 35mm F/1.8G (Save $33) – Deal
  5. Nikon DX 40mm F/2.8G Macro (Save $33) – Deal
  6. Nikon DX 10.5mm F/2.8G Fisheye (Save $175) – Deal
  7. Nikon DX 24-24mm F/4 IF-ED (Save $315) – Deal
  8. Nikon DX 17-55mm F/2.8G IF-ED (Save $300) – Deal
  9. Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8G (Save $100) – Deal
  10. You can find the rest of our Nikon listings over on the Nikon Deals Page.

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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10 Ways to Save Money as a Travel Photographer


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This post was syndicated from Format, prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally done by Matt Moreland, featured image by Matt Moreland.

As a freelance photographer who’s constantly hustling to find new clients and make connections, the only logical place for me to live is in a big city. Big cities are where all the ad agencies and brand headquarters are, so this is where most creative networking needs to take place. The only issue is, as someone whose work and style heavily involve outdoor lifestyle, nature photography and picturesque locations, I need to constantly travel outside of the city to actually create my work.

These two aspects of my work tend to conflict as the high costs of living in a city and the numerous costs of travel don’t exactly lend well to a freelance income. Luckily, over the past few years, I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks to lowering my travel costs, getting things for free, and finding secondary sources of income.

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Creating High Contrast Black and White Photos With Your Smartphone

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SNAP! Pro iPhone case review samples (18 of 21)ISO 251-1600 sec at f - 2.2

One of the most popular looks that many photographers showcase on the web is the high contrast black and white look.The growing popularity has to do with the fact that it obscures everything else in a scene to a certain point and forces people to focus on the most simple parts of the scene that they really want you to pay attention to. Black and white strips out of the color to make people really focus on the important details. Of course, it wasn’t always this way–but it’s seen a major resurgence in the digital photography world.

The look is beautiful and unlike the HDR fad, it’s much tougher to screw it up.

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The Social Experiences of Street Photography


All images by Chris Leskovsek. Used with permission.

“Black and white also helps with this as it strips the photo from unnecessary and distracting information.” says photographer Chris Leskovsek about his love of black and white street photography. “We live in an over informed society, so I try to keep it as simple as possible it is to me.”

Chris is a Chilean born Designer and Photographer, currently living and working in Auckland, New Zealand. He’s a graphic designer and took up photography partially as a tool for him to explore his surroundings. When photographing his subjects, he loves chatting and interacting with the people he photographs though he loved the idea of being the invisible photographer for a really long time.  It shows in his work as he’s been featured on The Huffington Post, Japan Camera Hunter, Olympus Magazine, D-Photo, ProPhotographer as well as in NZ Geographic Magazine.

And beyond that, he loves small cameras and comes across as incredibly real and candid about his work.

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Cheap Photo Deal: Getting Wide On A Budget

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Today’s highlight deal is the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4, a killer lens for those looking to get wider on a budget. Per our review:;

“This lens handles depth of field very nicely. It is very smooth and enjoyable. You can also be very selective with the depth of field. Using a shallow depth of field with this lens, it’s really easy to the blur the background or the foreground of you subject. At f1.4 the bokeh is really smooth as well as the other ranges. The bokeh is as good or better than most of my prime lenses and achieving it manually allows you to adjust it enough to give it that extra bit of softness.”

  1. Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 (Save $80) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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