Aaron Yeandle’s Fascinating Portraits Allowed Him to Explore

Covid was a new and invisible terror,” the photographer Aaron Yeandle remembers. “March 2020 was a very scary time, as we were just seeing and hearing about these mass deaths all over the world.” In Guernsey, where Yeandle is based, the first lockdown ran for 88 days, starting on March 24th. During that time, the artist and his wife, like many of us, were flooded with countless pictures of people in hazmat suits, watching from their apartment as the global death count rose. Masks became a part of their daily lives. 

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Capturing Lightning Helped Travis Greer Overcome Challenges in Life

“Passion is what drives and compels me to capture photos and tell a story in compelling, innovative, and emotive ways,” says Travis Greer of Kentucky. During an emotionally turbulent time in his life, he shot a series of lighting photos which he then made into a definitive compilation. Planning and shooting these lightning photos was therapeutic and helped him overcome some lonely times, and it made him a stronger person.

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Learn Why Mitch Dobrowner Sees Extreme Weather Better in Monochrome

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“The storms and landscapes here on earth deserve our respect and admiration”, says California based landscape photographer Mitch Dobrowner. Having been gifted an Argus rangefinder in his late teens by his father, he was inspired by some of America’s legendary photographers. At 21, he quit his job to explore the Southwest of the USA with his camera. Since 2005, he’s been touring the country to capture some extreme weather phenomena.

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Be Inspired by These Cool Digital Infrared Images by a Prague-Based Photographer

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All images taken by and used with permission from Benn Murhaaya.

We love the fact that Prague-based photographer Benn Murhaaya‘s portfolio, which includes documenting events and collaborating with performance artists, has evolved into the more bizarre and sometimes surreal photography, many of which (be warned!) may be NSFW, because he’s done a terrific job with them – somewhat turning regular cosplay and fetishes into storytelling photographs that are considerably darker and twisted. And we also love the fact that he has been helping with the film revival movement by focusing a lot of his energy on shooting 35mm and large format films.

But it’s his older digital work from 2008 that’s got our attention here at The Phoblographer. While we were browsing through his portfolio, we happened upon his cool digital infrared images of landscapes and industrial decay that he mostly shot with just his Fuji Finepix S9600 camera and a Hoya R72 filter. And we thought we’d share them with you.

Of this series, Murhaaya has this to say:

“With exception of photographs from Industrial Decay set (that was shot on Canon 5D Mark II), those were all shot using a Fuji Finepix S9600 compact camera. Back then, in 2008/2009 when these photographs were taken it was one of more high profile EVF cameras. Filter I used was classic choice Hoya R72 an almost opaque piece of glass. This allows through only very narrow part of visible spectrum and lets through the near infrared beyond 700-800 nm. Together with the rather weak IR blocking filter inside the camera, I was able to take pictures with exposure times around one second during the most sunny days. With ISO set to 100 and aperture on 2.8. Using a compact camera, every picture was a battle against the noise, that quickly started showing up even on such low ISO. On the plus side, the EVF came in very handy, because it allowed me to compose with the filter on. After a while I got used to the world in near IR where leaves are white and sky turns dark, almost complete reverse of the normal tonal values, so I was able to judge the framing without the need to look through the viewfinder.”

Infrared photography has not really quite caught on, despite its attractiveness and the fact that when used right it really does add a kind of surreal quality to the images; that’s probably because shooting IR is a longer trickier process or maybe because it might just be too unreal looking to most photographers. But we’re hoping that sharing Murhaaya’s IR work will inspire you to utilize IR for an awesome series of your own.

Check out Murhaaya’s cool-looking IR images after the jump.

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Go on a Journey to the Orion Nebula with Awesome New Time-Lapse Video

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When Isidro Villo, an associate physics professor in Spain who is deeply interested in astronomy as well as photography, set out to create what he calls a “deep sky time-lapse” video, it was too years ago. After all, he needed to build a rigging that could automate the optical zoom of Sigma super telephoto lens as well as the exposure time he was using to make the video possible. And it was definitely well worth the wait.

Using a Canon 5D Mark II, a modified Canon 450D, a zoom telephoto Sigma 50-500mm lens, a teleconverter, and a Meade LX80 mount, Villo successfully captured the interstellar cloud in the Sierra Nevada region in Andalusia, Spain in all its glory.

In his awesome new time-lapse video, he takes us to an awesome journey from Earth to the reds and swirls of the Orion nebula 1,344 light years away. This here is no ordinary faraway shot of the Orion constellation where you can just barely make out the M42 nebula. With his makeshift apparatus, he managed to really zoom in to the nebula; and he did it so well that when you’re watching the video, you’ll feel as if you are being taken on a nice relaxing magic carpet ride to it.

Fittingly called M42: A Journey to the Orion Nebula, this 2-minute video will take to the mysterious and fascinating territory that is the deep space. See it after the jump.

Via PetaPixel

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