One of the tried and true techniques to making normal photographs stand out is to use a tilt shift lens and "miniaturize" your subject matter. Brazilian photographer Valentino Fialdini decided to put a unique spin on this lens trick and make the miniature world look lifesize. Using his tilt shift lens, Valentino was able to increase the depth of field in these tiny Lego rooms to make them look like normal building interiors. The illusion was accomplished by
Quite often, aspiring photographers of the world turn to the almighty interwebs to find answers to "How to take photos of __________". Sometimes, the better question is "How NOT to take photos of __________". Here are some examples of how NOT to take portraits of families while you're in your basement home studio.
This is what it looks like when day and night meet in a single image. Including the prep time, it took photographer Chris Kotsiopoloulos thirty hours to capture the hundreds photos needed to stitch this together. The shot was taken in Sounio, Greece. It got so cold at times that he had to use a hairdryer to keep the lens from fogging up. See the full post for more details!
This is a situation that seems to be getting more and more common. A couple in the United Kingdom were so upset by the atrocious images they received from their wedding photographer that they demanded a refund. Unfortunately Westgate Photography went out of business. The photographers had charged a paltry £750 (about $1200 USD), and the bride and groom obviously overpaid.
These days, it's not uncommon for 90% of what I shoot to end up filed away in some hard drive on a shelf never to be used. In that library of images, I have my fair share of weird shots and bizarre candids. However they don't hold up to what the blog Black and WTF showcases. I'm really at a loss for any more words. You'll have to enjoy these for yourself to get why I have nearly laughed myself into a coma. Happy Friday everyone!
Ronen Goldman (31) is a "surreal and conceptual" photographer from Israel. 5 years ago he started a project he calls "The Surrealistic Pillow Project" where he recreates things he sees in his dreams while sleeping, turning them into magical images. The resulting images convey happiness, sadness, exhilaration or sheer paranoia - as Dreams often do.
Massoud Hossaini, who is also the first Afghani to win a Pulitzer Prize. Hossaini's work captures the horrors of violence that occur in Afghanistan on a regular basis. The photo was captured just as a suicide bomber took his own life and that of many others in the vicinity. A girl dressed in green screams as blood runs down her face, and she is surrounded by bodies of the wounded and dead.
As Fstoppers' resident aviation dork, I felt compelled to share these incredible images of the last time Space Shuttle Discovery will take to the air. Discovery was recently retired, and has been ferried from her home in Florida to it's final resting place, the Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Not only is the entire process of ferrying a shuttle a technological marvel in and of itself, the photos that Nasa takes aren't half bad, either.
As far as I'm concerned, Emily Shur can do know wrong. I've been following her work and blog for a few years now for a couple of reasons. First, I appreciate that she talks about her dog almost as much as I do. Secondly, she's got a strong portfolio of celebrity portraits - many of them taken in a blank studio without the use of props. In this particular shoot she used props of the canine variety, and faced the humans toward the backdrop.
My childhood was filled with shooting things and marveling at the aftermath but it took photographer Deborah Bay to capture the results for all to see. Deborah took striking shots (pun intended) of various caliber bullets, after being fired into bullet resistent Plexiglas. Armed with the support of professionals at the Public Safety Institute and her Contax 645 with a 120 macro lens, she captured a phenomenon few of us get to experience.
Alex was browsing through a thrift store in Paris where he came across an old sterograph viewer from the 1930's. One item that sealed the deal on the sale was when the store owner told him that it came with a box filled with 50 glass plates. With it, came a view into a how France looked like in the 1930's. Here are some gifs that encompassed what he saw.
As today is the 100th aniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I thought it would be appropriate to share some really cool images of life aboard the famous ocean liner. These were all taken by Father Francis Brown and give us a glimpse of some of the day to day activities on board Titanic.
It's safe to say that most people probably haven't seen color photos of small town America during the tail end of the Great Depression. There is good reason for this, as the photos in this post are some of the only color photos taken during this time. Captured between 1939 and 1943 these photos show the effect the depression had on rural and small town residents. These photographs are currently owned and cared for by the Library of Congress.