Russian Photographer Works to Find Her Father Through Salvaged Photos

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All images used with permission from Natalya Reznik

Finding your family when you don’t know them is some serious detective work. Natalya Reznik last saw her father when she was super young. According to Reznik, her father was a Captain and would come and go for many weeks at a time. Her parents never lived together though. Eventually, her mother found out that he was cheating on her and even bore a child with another woman. Her parents were quickly divorced and in a fit of rage, her mother destroyed nearly all of the photos of her father.

Because of this, Natalya grew up for most of her life not knowing her father. And in her own personal investigation, she has gathered what’s left of the clues of who her father was.

Now here’s the weird part: if you go to Natalya’s website, there are no other photos from this project. A quick Google search though reveals that the images existed on Blurb, but they are now gone. Natalya states that the project is still an ongoing series. “I am planning to publish a book with these photos in the near future (I mean self-publish). As you can see I used pages from an old album of my mother and mixed real photos of her with the collages which I made by myself,” she states. More photos from the project as well as an artist statement from Natalya are after the jump.

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These Documentary Style Portraits Were Shot with a Lensbaby Composer Pro and Sweet 35

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Lensbabies when used correctly can create some really beautiful images. Using their tilt-shift effect that is natural to their design, many photographers also know that they’re not simple to use and take dedication. Gretchen Robinette, a photographer local to Brooklyn, NY has released a couple of very cool images shot with the Lensbaby Composer Pro Double Optic with Sweet 35, and Canon 5D Mk II. It goes to show that in the hands of the right creative, they can do much more than just shoot landscapes.

Check out more of her photos and what Gretchen had to say about using the items  after the jump. This is much different than her other portraiture. Also check out her website.

 

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GoPro Released A Video Featuring People Who Freakin’ Ride Sharks In Pure Serenity

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“I don’t know how long I was on the bottom, but for some reason everything happened right.” stated the narrator of the above video. Shark Riders was released by GoPro’s Vimeo channel a while ago and somehow or another avoided many blogs. However, if you choose to sit through and watch the whole thing, you’ll be mesmerized by the shark riding footage and just how beautiful some of the underwater scenes are.

To shoot this video, the company used the GoPro Hero 2 and their dive housing. But even that is quite intense. For the best viewing experience we recommend watching it on an Apple TV and letting it render. It’s totally worth it.

Big thanks to Brandon Remler for the share.

Two Photographers Capture Rare Photos of Two Comets In the Sky At the Same Time

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Capturing one comet can sometimes be a once in a lifetime experience. But capturing two? Oh man! Two photographers (one in Chile and another in Australia) captured photos of Comet Pansstarrs and Comet Lemmon in the same shot.

One of the double-comet photos was taken by Yuri Beletsky, a Magellan Instrument Support Scientist at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Beletsky  used a Canon 5D Mark II set to a 30 second long exposure on Feb. 28 to nail the shot. Astrophotographer Justin Tilbrook (who hails from Penwortham, South Australia) captured them on Feb. 17.

This is a super rare experience, and CNN is calling this the Year of the Comets.

Via Space.com

Long Exposures of Sleeping Couples Are Trippy and Hauntingly Beautiful

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Paul Schneggenburger has recently released a series of very beautiful photos that he shot of sleeping couples. Paul kept his lens wide open for six hours with no illumination besides candlelight while fully documenting the way that the couples turned and tussled throughout the night. The project is called, “The Sleep of the Beloved.” The images are currently part of the Anzenberger gallery and are totally worth a look.

Hit the jump for more.

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This is How You Should Crop a Portrait

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If you’re looking to get into portraiture then you’ll learn very quickly that sometimes a photo should be cropped in order to make it better. It’s a skill that many photo editors learn quickly. Digital Camera World just released this awesome infographic on how to crop a portrait. It covers a basic fundamental that I was taught in photo school: Don’t crop at a joint–ever! always crop a little bit above or below it.

Save this infographic for when you’re editing: print it out and put it on your wall next to your monitor–it will provide a very quick, easy and visual guide for you when editing.

Rolleiflex Hacked To Take Fujifilm Instax Images

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We love crafty people and the crafty projects that they do. Kevin over at TheFilmme hacked his TLR to take Fujifilm Instax images. The way to do this is by using a black film changing bag, either the Instax adapter for the Lomography LC-A+ or an Instax camera, and a Rolleicord Plate Adapter. The entire hack requires removal of the camera back and placing the film very securely and safely in the plate adapter–hopefully within a dark room or changing bag if you’re that skilled.

The results are pretty darn cool if you nail them correctly. Check out the Google Translation if you’re interested.

Via Filmwasters and TheFilme

Christian Cantrell Creates Scenes Using Legos and Awesomeness

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All images by Christian Cantrell and used with permission

Christian Cantrell is the Engineering Manager over at Adobe–but when he’s not playing Bruce Wayne he puts on the cape and cowl to become one kick ass photographer. His latest gig involves loads of softly lit and bokehlicious photos involving LEGOs. The photos depict scenes involving lots of famous characters, like Darth Vader. More of the images are after the jump and can be seen on Cantrell’s 500px page. And in case you’re wondering, Christian shot the photos with a Canon 7D and the 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

“What I enjoy most about photographing Legos is the challenging of infusing as much life and emotion as possible into largely expressionless toys. I know I’ve succeeded when I see that people are touched, inspired, amused, or even offended by simple pieces of plastic,” said Mr. Cantrell when I asked him about the series.

Be sure to also check out Christian’s Adobe Blog, his personal blog, his main websiteTwitter feed, and Facebook page.

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This Photo of a Parasite Attached to a Fish’s Tongue Isn’t From the Movie Aliens

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Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom. That’s probably what this parasite says when it attaches itself onto a fish’s tongue. This incredible but simplistic photo above shows the creature known as the Tongue Eating Parasite that latches itself onto a fish’s tongue. According to this awesome and very well done short video by Anna Rothschild of Nova, the parasites tend to enter fishes many a time–we’re talking about two or three at a time. They can also change their genders. Usually the female will latch onto the back of the tongue of the fish, suck its blood and drain the tongue until it is no more. The fish then uses the parasite as its own tongue. The males will live in the fish’s gills and try to mate with the female while she is attached. The female continues to live her life sucking blood or feeding on the mucus within the fish.

This is one nasty critter, but it is one great image that simply demonstrates everything that the parasite does in just a couple of pixels.

Via I Fucking Love Science. Photo from Treehugger and shot by Dr. Nico Smit.

Dodge and Burn Shows off The Evolution of the TLR Serigraph

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Dodge and Burn is the maker of lots of cooler T-Shirts than some of the other stuff you see out there–and not everyone shoots RAW either. For those of you interested in the original RAW and are a fan of TLR cameras, this piece of artwork might find a great home in your apartment–under the right light of course.

In their newsletter today, the company stated that while making these serigraphs, “we have stayed true to traditional craftsmanship and production techniques. Each camera was carefully researched and illustrated by hand. The serigraphs were then screen-printed by our fine-art printers, one of the best in New York City.”

The posters (or serigraphs) are 20.5 x 28.5 inches and come in two colors: red with white text (which will look great along side your White Striped Vinyls) and metallic silver with white text. Ink for the silver poster was mixed with aluminum paste, creating a metallic sheen that offsets the cameras beautifully while playfully interacting with the white type. Two three inch bulldog clips are included for hanging and you can snag yours for $75.00 each at their online store.


Photo of a Woman’s Commitment to Her Horse Goes Viral

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Photo via the Telegraph, from REX features (Peter Ristevski)

While perusing Facebook, I found this touching photo of a woman in Australia trying to save her horse. The story behind the image is that 18 year old Astro (the steed) got trapped in mud on a beach. Anyone that has been around horses also know that they’re not light animals–they’re quite heavy and that is why cavalry would never traditionally charge through mud. Seeing this, Nicole Graham (the women pictured, who owns more than 10 horses and runs a horse dentistry business) jumped into the mud and held the horse’s head over the mud for three hours to protect it from drowning in the tide.

A tractor and harness were able to help free the creature.

But this one gripping image (the photographer is apparently unknown and not cited on Facebook, but we’d love to talk to you) has gone viral on the web with over 11,000 likes and over 4,000 shares. The image represents the bond between a woman and her horse that she obviously cares so deeply about–and she refuses to give up on it even in the darkest hours.

Editor’s Note/Correction: Apparently this story is from last year. Sorry about the confusion. Either way, it is still an excellent photo.

Via Wild for Wildlife and Nature and The Telegraph

Tim Briner Captures Grand Central Terminal in NYC Turning 100

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Photo via the NYTimes. All photos in this story used with permission from Timothy Briner

Tim Briner is a documentary/fine art photographer that I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside with. Recently, he pointed his lens at NY’s legendary Grand Central Terminal. This year, the major transit station turned 100 years old. Tim took to the station to not only document some of the sights to behold, but also the people that go in and out each day.

As Whitewall magazine notes, many of the commuters carried bags from major clothing shops because this project was also worked on around New York Fashion Week.

Hit the jump for more photos from Tim. Also be sure to check out his website–particularly part 1 and 2 of his Gotham City project.

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Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman Interviews Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is an influencer and inspiration to many of us: and recently we learned that he inspires Scott Schuman–a man that is an inspiration to me personally. In the video, the two talk about finding the light–and observing natural light to create the best images. Steve has also shown off nearly every single one of the photos from his last roll of Kodachrome, though both myself and photographer Bill Wadman are wondering why not everything was shown.

In the photo community, Steve is far more famous than Scott. However, Scott’s domain is the fashion world. He left his day job as an Editor to take care of his child and so also started the Sartorialist–one of the best fashion blogs currently out there. In terms of street photography, street portraiture, and an overall business model–Scott has been a huge inspiration to me since leaving my own day job.

This is only Part 1 of the video series, and Part 2 is yet to come.

These Snowflake Macro Shots Were Done with a Canon Powershot

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Image shot by Alexey Kljatov. All images in this post shot by and used with permission from Alexey Kljatov.

Alexey Kljatov is from Moscow, Russia and is quite the hobbyist photographer. He loves light painting, Sci-Fi and macro work. In particular though, he recently showed off a series of really awesome macro snowflakes that he shot. He also links to a tutorial on exactly how to do this and talks about it more on his LiveJournal.

More of Alexey’s work here on his Flickr. But hit the jump for a couple of selections of the images as well as his rig to shoot them: which is essentially a Canon Powershot A650 IS with a Helios 44 M-5 attached to the front.

Interested in more Macro tips? Check out this tutorial we did on how to use a flash for your macro photography.

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Eirik Loves to Make His Own Stuff, So He Built Himself a 6×17 Panoramic Medium Format Camera

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I’d come to the conclusion that I’d like to build my own camera.” This is how it all began–the urge to build something unique and personal with his own hands. Soon after this thought formed in his mind, Eirik Russell Roberts stumbled across pictures taken with a 6×17 camera in the Torres del Paine in Chile. He was immediately hooked. And suddenly, he knew what kind of camera he was going to build: a 6×17 panoramic medium format camera. But that’s easier said than done.

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Photographer Recreates Famous Paintings Using His Daughter

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Photos Used with Permission from Photographer Bill Gekas

Bill Gekas is an award winning photographer out of Australia and a recent piece that he did tips the scale in terms of portraiture and fine art. Bill found inspiration in paintings from the old masters, and while perusing through their work got the idea to recreate the works through photos. Now, this has been done before, but once someone considers how much set design (or masterful Photoshopping) goes into this, then you begin to understand why these images are just so much more beautiful.

With that said though, they do quite the job of standing out on their own. Take a look at some selects after the jump.

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ESPN Recreates Famous Album Covers Using Athletes; Real Katy Perry Is Still Hotter

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Photos by Matthias Clamer & ESPN

Every now and then, a creative director is given some extra leeway and some extra budget money to actually do something cool and creative. In this case, Matthias Clamer photographed famous music album covers using athletes. Among the covers are those from Nirvana, Beyonce, RUN DMC, Michael Jackson,  and more. But perhaps my favorite is the one remake of a Bob Dylan cover. There is something just so humanly romantic to it yet as a photographer who has spent lots of time behind the lens photographing weddings and engagements, I can see many photographers creating nearly the same image while making viewers want to be either the man or woman in the photo. That’s not to say that Matthias’s work can easily be duplicated necessarily; but that the concept is simplistic and works very well for the image.

There is a full round of on If It’s Hip, It’s Here. Sadly, Dave Chapelle wasn’t used as Rick James.

Via If It’s Hip, It’s Here

PS: Did anyone see Katy Perry’s Dress last night at the Grammy’s? Man, oh man.

 


Through the Lens: A Look Back at Miroslav Tichý

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Three years ago, I walked into the International Center of Photography for the first time before I was due to meet a friend. It was a chilly February afternoon in 2010 as I was working my way down from Central Park, where I had been taking some photos. I hadn’t heard of ICP before, but given my family roots in photography (you can see a truncated version of that in my staff bio), I felt compelled to enter. The major exhibition on the main floor was that of Miroslav Tichý, a reclusive Czech photographer who, among other things I learned, made his own cameras, cut his own glass, and paid no mind to the quality of his images. There’s more to be told, and I will tell it to you as it shook the foundation of my then-nascent practice and understanding of photography.

 

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Most of the Photos from Steve McCurry’s Last Roll of Kodachrome Are Now Live

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Recently, there was a documentary on Steve McCurry’s last roll of Kodachrome done by National Geographic. But thanks to the clever pointing out of On Taking Pictures, we now have a view of nearly ever single photo that Steve shot on the last roll. When you really get down to it, you start to not only see a culmination of all that he’s shot, but you get to study his mentality a bit more. For example, Robert DeNiro is the only celebrity to grace the roll twice. But then you get into the Bollywood stars and lots of the special people in India that Steve loved to photograph. A lot of these photos are posed portraits using lots of soft lighting that also seem very natural.

Keep going through the images though, and you’ll see a return to Steve’s documentary and street photography work. They’re quite nice and McCurry is an inspiration to nearly anyone out there.

Via On Taking Pictures

Photographer Documents Exorcism; Possessed Grabs Camera

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Exorcisms, at least on television and in the movies seem like quite the scary occurrence. But when we see them, they’re usually done by the Catholic Church. We never really see them done by any other culture. Being of Indian descent, looking at this recent blog post on the Photographer’s Blog from Reuters is particularly troubling. Danish Siddiqi (whom the above photo was shot by) had quite the time photographing the occurrence it seems. According to him, the person perhaps became possessed when she turned emotionally weak. The exorcism process involves being beaten with a broom, hair pulling, and other physical forms of violence. At one point, a priest even says that if the demon returns, he will make it drink water from a lower caste.

The caste system, for those of you still new to Indian culture, is a form of hierarchy dating back to the days before Jesus. There were the priests (Brahmins, which my family belonged to), the warriors, the artisans and more. But at the bottom is the untouchables–and these people are still very highly discriminated against for the sole reason that it is part of their culture. Think of it as racism in America, which still happens every day.

Head over to the Reuters Photographer’s Blog to read more of the account and view Danish’s photos.

Tom Broadbent Documents All Those Furries That You See on Forums

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If you’re used to creeping around 4Chan or Reddit, you’ll know the story about furries. For the rest of us, they’re a meme of a sort that started at a Sci-Fi con as a drawing and then went viral. At the heart, they’re personified animals–and they digg sexy time the way humans do. We’ll stop right there.

Tom Broadbent recently did a project documenting people who cosplay as these characters, but wanted to show them doing daily everyday tasks. This is similar to the project documenting superheros during daily life that was done previous.

Head over to Tom’s site for the best web viewing experience.

 

Via The Verge, Feature Shoot, iO9 and Flavorwire