Vintage Camera Review: Mamiya RB67 Pro-S (6×7 Format)

A few years ago, I was told that a Hasselblad digital camera was going to kill the 120 format of film. At the time, I was absolutely astounded. For many years, I believed it to a certain point. 645 digital is good; in fact, it’s very good. But very few pieces of work out there have really delivered to me what I feel is that true medium format look. It’s what so many photographers strive for. But if you’re working with a camera like the Mamiya RB67 Pro-S, it’s impossible to not get that look you’re craving. A true workhorse camera for a portrait or landscape photographer, this camera has been in my arsenal for a fair amount of time now and I’ve often considered it to be my crown jewel.

If anything, it’s proven that 645 digital is close to the larger formats of 120 film, but it still isn’t totally there to me.

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Maria Svarbova Created Visually Stunning Conceptual Portraits By Removing Water From A Swimming Pool

All images by Maria Svarbova. Used under a Creative Commons licence. 

To create visually interesting conceptual photographs, several subjects can be combined to form interactions between different elements within a frame. Maria Svarbova chose to do the opposite by removing a crucial, usual element from a common location: a pool without water.

Simply titled “Pool Without Water”, this photo series feature two young ladies clad in swimwear in and around a swimming pool which was drained and completely dry. The two ladies were posed to swim without any presence of water, which was aided with chairs to prop their bodies mid air, as if floating on a non-existent water body. The most interesting element in these images was the expression and body language the two models convincingly presented: they were actually swimming in a waterless pool.  Continue reading…

Robert Cybulski’s Portraits Of Astronauts Are Eerie and Beautiful At The Same Time

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Robert Cybulski has created a conceptual portrait photography series depicting the pioneers of space travel, featuring black and white portraits of astronauts in their space suits.

In the photo series called “/blank space”, Robert Cybulski placed a few people dressed in full Astronaut suits in an empty room with plain walls and floor. There was nothing in his framing except the empty room and the astronauts, and in most of the images, we do not get to see the faces of the astronauts. The images are in full black and white, and the absence of color further emphasizes the emptiness of the room by the plain monotonous walls and floor containing the astronauts. The astronauts are left in various poses, either sitting, lying on the floor, or perhaps even floating as if they were in space.  Continue reading…

Nicholas Lindsey’s Beautiful Analog Portraits of Dogs

All images by Nicholas Lindsey. Used with permission.

Everyone loves dogs–the heartwarming creatures have been proven to lower stress in humans. In our years of interviewing various dog photographers, it’s usually tough to find the absolute star amongst the loads and loads of them out there. Nicholas Lindsey really stands out from the rest. In Nick’s portfolio, what truly tugs at my heart is his analog 645 portraits of dogs. They’re unlike much of the others out there and Nick’s methods to capturing the scenes are very unlike anything else that I’ve seen out there.

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Tim Tadder Uses Exploding Water Balloons As Wigs For Bald Men

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With a combination of high speed flash photography, willing good looking bald men and some cool water balloon explosion, Tim Tadder created an interesting visual exploration of close up portraiture work in his latest photo series called Water Wigs.

According to the photo project descriptions, Tim Tadder intended to do something new and totally different while maintaining a simple concept in creating a fun series of images. It was a studio portrait photography with a twist, as water balloons were hurled at and made to explode directly on top of bald men’s heads simulating the effect of water wigs. The precise capture of the moment the water balloons exploded was done via a laser and sound trigger to create just the right look of body of hair fitting the face in the picture. To further emphasize the fun and amusing part of the images, a triad of strong and bold blue, red and yellow colors were added to the head shots.  Continue reading…

Ryan Courson Magical Portrait Photographs Of Horses

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To be able to capture the best photographs of animals the photographer needs to understand the nature and behavior of the specific animal which he intends to photograph. Working in the horse industry and witnessing the beautiful horses every day, Ryan Courson has turned his love for horses into magnificent animal portrait photography.

Ryan Courson revealed to us that his journey in photography started seven years ago, and what inspired him to pick up photography was the desire to share with others the beauty, power, and personalities of the horses he witnesses working in the horse industry. Horses have become such a huge part of Ryan’s life and he hoped he could instill a sense of awe and admiration for horses through his photography work. In order to accomplish this, Ryan further emphasized that he pre-visualized his images to look the certain way they look with specific lighting effects, poses, and composition, without resorting to heavy post-processing to achieve the “painting quality” look. Continue reading…

Marco Varoli Explores The Symbiosis Between Food And Chef’s Identity

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Italian photographer Marco Varoli demonstrated how the food a chef creates can reflect their identity in his project called Idfood – The Food Pictures The Cook. In this project, Marco shows professionally taken food photographs alongside portraits of the Chefs who made the food.

Culinary is a form of art where the Chefs are the artists. Hence, the identity, unique characters, and individuality of the Chefs can often be reflected in their food crafts as well. It was no easy task shooting food alone since the photographs can only record sight, posing challenge to the photographer to convey other senses in the food experience such as smell, touch, and taste. Marco Varoli went one step further to connect the Chef and their creations, displaying the origin of the food and how the Chef’s unique personality, shown in carefully taken portrait photographs, affect the outcome of their food crafts.  Continue reading…