Phoenie Chen’s Magnificent Images of the Northern Lights on Kodak Portra 800

All images by Phoenie Chen. Used with permission.

“Truth to be told, I have never really gotten serious about photography,” says Phoenie Chen in an email interview with the Phoblographer. “I take pictures mostly when I travel, once or twice a year. Both of my work and studies have nothing to do with art or photography. I guess photography is more like an escape from reality for me.” Phoenie first got into shooting photos this way; and she loves to use Kodak Portra. In fact, these images of the Northern Lights were shot using Kodak Portra 800.

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Isaac Alvarez’s Humorous Portraits Merged Dog Heads with Human Bodies

All images by Isaac Alvarez. Used with permission. 

The most interesting portraiture work can include elements of humor, unusual concepts, provocative ideas, and meaningful messages the photographer intends to get across. Isaac Alvarez successfully blended all of these in his series of beautiful portraits featuring different breeds of dogs with their respective owners.

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Andreas Levers Captures Surreal Dolomites Landscapes

All images by Andreas Levers. Used under a Creative Commons License. 

In our previous feature article of Andreas Levers, he showcased a series of surreal conceptual images that looked alien and out of this world. Andreas continues with his surreal theme of images, this time capturing breathtaking mountain landscapes of the Dolomites.

The photo series titled “Südtirol” refers to South Tyrol, a northern Italian province which shares the mountain ranges of the Dolomites with two other provinces, Belluno and Trentino. Due to the natural geological limestone structure, the mountainous formation creates undulating peaks with unique features. Hence the Dolomites were declared as a UNESCO World Hermitage Site. Continue reading…

Rafa Macías Dabbles With Conceptual Photography Looking For The Unreal

All images by Rafa Macías. Used with permission. 

Photography walks on a fine line between representing the true reality versus the imagination, idea and concepts as intended by the photographer. The photographer can decide to merely record a scene as is, or choose to add a creative spin by showing there own perspective. Combined with lots of Photoshop knowledge, Photography manipulation has been a popular medium for artists to express themselves freely. For example, Rafa Macías from Spain playfully uses conceptual photography to showcase beauty while exploring an unreal, dream world.

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Photographer Joe Giacomet Parodies Vladimir Tretchikoff’s “Chinese Girl”

All images by Joe Giacomet. Used with permission. 

To bring portraiture work to another level, often photographers will explore interesting and specific themes to work with, which includes playing with creative ideas and inspirations usually drawn from cultural references. Joe Giacomet has created a stunning series of portraits parodying the Vladimir Tretchikoff ‘s famous painting titled ‘Chinese Girl’. Joe has been featured on the site more than once.

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Humor: Let the Movie Napoleon Dynamite Teach You How to Do a Headshot

Napoleon Dynamite is surely a cult classic film; and one of the parts that photographers can truly appreciate is the headshot session of Uncle Rico. If you’re an established headshot photographer then this will make you laugh and cringe at the same time. But even if you’re not into portraiture, it’s still something worth laughing at simply because of the dialogue and posing process. Then you take a whole load of other parameters like the ridiculous background and then top it off with the simple but ridiculous line: “Now just imagine you’re weightless in the middle of the ocean surrounded by tiny little seahorses.”

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This Vintage Camera Video Ad Was Shot With the Nikon F5

Lead photo by Tahir Hashmi. Used with Creative Commons permission.

These days, it’s not uncommon to see timelapse videos shot with just still cameras; but it was very uncommon to see it back in 1997 and done with the Nikon F5. A vintage ad (yes, because the 90s are vintage), this commercial was shot in 1997 by Alastair Thain using the Nikon F5 camera! According to the YouTube description, this was the first time a stills camera had ever been used to shoot “moving images”. More than 200 rolls of 35mm film were developed for the commercial, in rolls of 36 shots each. These were spliced, graded for colour, and edited.

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