Perfect travel or street photography is a delicate concoction of the right place and the right time mixed with a superb eye for the extraordinary. William J Palank is one of those individuals who managed to brew that concoction with a supernatural elegance. While traversing the globe, his weapon of choice these days is the Leica M9, a digital rangefinder that produces an uncannily beautiful image. To help us celebrate Mirrorless Month, Palank describes what about the Lecia M9 allows him to shoot at his best.
Sometimes a big wedding isn't for everyone. Sometimes you just want to elope with the one you love and keep your wedding small and intimate. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with that, although if I did it I'd have to go into hiding from my family out of fear of what they might do. Regardless, just because you elope with the one you love doesn't mean you shouldn't document it. When Whit and Colby decided to elope they made sure to have it documented. Check out these beautiful photos from Blush Photography and video from Christopher Robert.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the US last week but it appears that his entire delegation didn't return to Iran. Ahmadinejad's photographer is reported to have filed the paperwork to seek asylum and remain in the United States. According to U.S law, once you've filed for asylum, you can legally remain within the country until a decision is made.
Lisa Kristine, after realizing slavery exists in many places around the world today -- 27 million people are estimated to be in slavery -- spent time traveling, taking photographs of such examples to raise awareness about the still very real issues around modern-day slavery.
Some of you might feel you have been abandoned with recent Fstoppers outages while we were dealing with malicious code and moving the site to a fresh server. Well, we're back with a fresh start, so hopefully we'll be okay going forward! Here are some great photos by Amy Heiden that really do conjure feelings of abandonment. Let's have this last bit of loneliness and be done with it!
Photographer Alexander Gardner set out to do at the Antietam battlefield in 1862 what no other photographer before him had attempted. He wanted to to document a battlefield before the dead had been cleared away. These were taken before newspapers could print photos. But not long after, the photos were publicly exhibited and for a culture that had never seen the morbidity of war, it must have been shocking.
Now available on Netflix, "Shooting Robert King" goes behind the scenes of what it was like to be a documentary war photographer. You always hear and see images from the war but NEVER about what it's like to be thrown into it as a documentary photographer. At just 24, American photojournalist Robert King began his 15 year journey to follow his passion. Originally he set out to win a Pulitzer prize, but in the end found himself with a life changing experience.
Ryan Allen, the founder of SBC Skateboard Magazine, has worked tirelessly for over 15 years to create timeless images of skateboarders risking life and limb. Check out this incredibly down to earth behind the scenes video, which gives some insight into what it took to create a jaw-dropping image of a skateboarder ollieing (jumping, in non-skateboard slang) between two towers of shipping crates. The sweaty palms are included at no extra cost!
Have you ever thought about making the exciting move to photojournalism? Then we have someone you have to listen to. Sarajevo born photographer Damir Sagolj has been on the Reuters' staff since 1997 and is currently their chief photographer in Thailand. He spent five years in the Bosnian army and worked for the Paris-based Sipa press agency as their Bosnian photographer. To sum it up: he knows his shit. So if you answered "yes" to the question above here are 7 tips from Damir that you better take to heart.
For once, I'm going to keep my mouth shut. I'll let NASA do the talking on this one, and then let the picture speak for itself: "Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) the morning of September 11, 2001.
11 years passed since that horrible day on September 11, 2001, where 2,996 people lost their lives and many more injured in the biggest terror attack in history. Since that horrifying day, every year on the night of 9/11 - NYC's sky is being lit up by 2 beams of lights as a memorial for the twin towers. Check out the best photos of 'Tribute In Lights' found on the net.
Horace Burgess says he was given a sign from God back in 1993. He had a vision of an enormous treehouse, and was instructed to start building. Nineteen years later, Burgess has constructed the largest treehouse in the world. It sits in Crossville, Tennessee. This beast is 9,000 square feet, has ten levels, and is held together by approximately 258,000 nails. Atlanta-based photographer David Walter Banks was recently sent by Le Monde to capture photos of this grand edifice.
Adam Magyar is a conceptual photographer who is best known for his breathtaking series Urban Flow. In his newest project, Stainless, Adam has stitched together multiple high speed photographs of passing subway trains capturing awesome detail of urban commuters. The above video is a brilliant and clever marketing piece for the Stainless series (which can be seen here). I'm not sure what camera he used to turn 12 seconds into 8 minutes of HD footage but the results are memorizing.
People often ask me "what is the most difficult part of shooting weddings?" One challenge I face at every wedding is having to pose the bride and groom in less than flattering sunlight or in a less than perfect location. Wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela is tackling this very issue during his creativeLIVE workshop. Robert's free-to-watch workshop will air September 6-8th and you can ask him anything live through webchat.
We've been featuring a lot of space-based photo news lately, and for good reason. Since the Curiosity's landing on Mars, there has been a renewed interest in life beyond Earth. That, and NASA has been rockin' it with some seriously cool stuff. Like this, a photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope of a supernova exploding 80 million lightyears away.