The Surreal Images of Heline Lam Convey an Inspirational Message

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All images by Heline Lam. Used with permission

Heline Lam does a lot of street photography–and she sources that as the inspiration for her more unconventional ideas. But ultimately, it comes from many avenues. She states that she is always observing the world around her while paying attention to her own inner thoughts and emotions. This, combined with a story line that she has already created, adds to her thought process was to place her subjects from different walks of life in extraordinary circumstances and to help them travel and explore in her images. She tries to communicate a single message in all of her work: No matter what the circumstance is and what life throws at us, we will still carry on and move forward.

If this sounds a lot like storyboarding to you, then you’re spot on. She puts her subjects in extraordinary circumstances.

Heline uses her iPhone 5S to capture many of these scenes. “To me, a photo is only as good as the moment that presents itself. And I always have my iPhone 5s with me, enabling me to capture those candid moments or expressions non-intrusively that would otherwise have been missed.” states Ms. Lam. “Any type of camera, be it a DSLR, point-and-shoot or smartphone camera, has the ability to produce great imagery; it really depends on the kind of photography that one does. I do not believe in taking a ‘perfect’ photo as spontaneity and certain imperfections are beautiful and lend themselves to more character and edge.” Heline says that she keeps an open mind and attributes that to the progression of the art form overall.

Heline told us loves structures, shapes and forms but that creating the right mood for the vision and idea that she wants to portray is equally important. “When it comes to composition, it is often subconscious and reflex-like for me.” states Ms. Lam. “I want to ensure that there is balance in my work, that the eyes are drawn to the subjects (whether it is a pondering look, a gesture, a figure, etc.) then to the target of the subjects, and that composition helps to achieve the overall vision.”

Below are more of Heline’s images.

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This Luxury Car Ad Was Shot Entirely on an iPhone

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You probably wouldn’t have known that the new Bentley commercial was shot on an iPhone if nobody had told you but it’s true. In an effort to introduce the Bentley Mulsanne’s uber sleek iPad integration system, which is part of the car’s connectivity and entertainment platform, the luxury automaker commissioned a creative team who has taken to the iPhone and iPad to film and produce the short documentary.

This elegant black-and-white short, entitled Intelligent Details, was filmed entirely on an iPhone 5s in New York City. It was then edited and produced using an iPad Air inside the car itself. Of course, they weren’t just hand-holding the iPhone. They had to use a number of iPhone accessories, including lenses, tripods, and mounts, to achieve such great and smooth results; but not more so than if they were using the usual film making cameras. By taking this route, however, they effectively hit two birds with one stone – they didn’t just advertise the car’s interior features, they also promoted the iPhone 5s’ camera capabilities.

Watch the short documentary after the jump.

Via Photography Bay

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With the FLIR ONE iPhone 5/5S Case, You Can See Heat Signatures

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Thermal imaging is coming to an iPhone near you with the FLIR ONE case. FLIR’s been in the heat signature game for a while at the professional scale for hunters and the like, but this is its first foray into the general public. For a cool $350, you can outfit your iPhone 5/5S with a FLIR ONE, and with the accompanying app, you can see heat in all sorts of ways. It will pick up heat from humans, animals and the environment from up to 100 meters away. The case is so sensitive that it can even pick up heat left by a footprint on a carpet after the person has walked away.. The app lets you set how the thermal image is displayed, and you can save images to your camera roll.

Anyone worried about it siphoning off energy from your iPhone’s battery will be delighted to know that the FLIR ONE has a built-in battery that’ll work up to four hours. It’ll can also function as a backup battery, giving your iPhone 50 percent more juice. The case should be available in spring this year, and you can preorder it now.

There are obvious uses, such as security and safety, but you could probably let your inner James Bond loose, at least in part, with this device.

Via TechCrunch