These Nightscapes by Paul Zizka Look Stunning

“The universe is telling you you’re not here for a very long time,” answers Paul Zizka when I queried why he places himself in many of his night landscape shots. He enjoys doing this to communicate the connection of mankind to the landscape on which we live. Some of his nightscapes look like they were taken on a different planet altogether, a testimony to the diverse Earth we inhabit but have yet to explore in detail.

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Photographer Zeb Andrews Caught a Beautiful, Rare Moment in Nature

“…I have learned to not dwell on the images I may or may not be making and instead just enjoy the process of making them,” explains photographer Zeb Andrews. He adds, “it is a lot of fun.” For most folks, Zeb doesn’t need an introduction. We’ve featured him on our site a few times. The Bruce Wayne persona of Zeb is one of the folks in charge of Blue Moon camera: undeniably one of the best vintage and analog photography stores. I speak with him weekly for our Rare Camera Store initiative. And when the night hits, Zeb dons a metaphorical photo vest and ventures out to make exciting photos. Below are just some of them.

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White Flames: The Aurora Borealis in Monochrome

All images by Joni Niemelä. Used with permission.

“Northern lights in black and white with a hint of toning were on my mind for a long time until last fall I got to finally create this series.” says Joni Niemelä. His work has been featured here on the Phoblographer before, but his Northern Lights images aren’t his true creative self. Instead, he explains that his other series called White Flames is more in line with his thought process. “I wanted to bring out more the shapes and luminosity of the Aurora Borealis and I think monochrome is the best method to do that. When you take out one element (colors) one can focus more on these features of the photo.”

This segment of Joni’s work has a lot to do with the reflections. Combined with the monochrome appearance, his photos become purely about the use of space and shapes in the scene. Then consider the almost cyanotype processing and you’ve got something even more intriguing.

While he hasn’t continued to work on this series, the ideas here have translated into a new series called Eternal Silence.

More images are after the jump.

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Review: Macphun Aurora HDR

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When it comes to HDR imagery, it’s tough to beat Trey Ratcliff–and that’s why Macphun collaborated with him to create Aurora HDR. The software works as both a standalone program or as a plugin for a myriad of software; and is designed to give users better HDR images with relative ease. Aurora HDR is by Macphun, the same folks who created Noiseless Pro–with many of them being former Nik Software employees. To refresh, Noiseless Pro won an Editor’s Choice award.

I was given a demo of Aurora HDR before it was announced; and I had a bit of familiarity with the software. Since its launch, there have been updates that allow Lightroom users to export images with the current edits that they’ve done to their photos. That’s incredibly important if you didn’t get it right in camera to begin with.

On average, it has some major advantages over what Adobe Lightroom offers with their Photo Merge HDR process. But on the other hand, it also has its quirks.

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