Monthly Archives: December 2013

Creative Retouching by Cristophe Huet

Creative Retouching by Christophe Huet

Creative Retouching by Christophe Huet

Photographer Christophe Huet combines computer generated art and photography in order to melt the barrier between fantasy and reality in his surreal advertisements. His skill in digital manipulations makes him a favorite among advertising companies.

Huet’s experience in printing and being a lab technician got him interested in photography and ultimately retouching. He prefers complicated compositions rather than beauty retouching. For Huet, being consistently creative is not difficult, you just have to keep an empty space in your mind any saturation of images.

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Life As We Know It by Adrian Sommeling

Life As We Know It by Adrian Sommeling

Life As We Know It by Adrian Sommeling

A gifted conceptual photographer and a father, Adrian Sommeling beautifully and creatively integrates the aspects of his life into his photo concepts. His photos are imaginative and tell stories and his six year old son is the star in every image.

Dutch photographer Sommeling was inspired by seeing the world through the eyes of his 6-year-old son. “He likes to pose as a model for my creations, as long as I want to play with him after that. I’m happy he can focus for a long period of time when he has to act. Many children that are in front of the camera can only concentrate for a few minutes.”

By using unique post processing and HDR techniques, Sommeling has found a very creative style of story telling. With only a couple of years of professional photography, he sure is gaining popularity in the photography industry.

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Iceland Landscapes by Snorri Gunnarsson

Iceland Landscapes by Snorri Gunnarsson

Iceland Landscapes by Snorri Gunnarsson

Some parts of the world has its share of beautiful landscapes and one if them is Iceland. Reykjavik based photographer Snorri Gunnarsson has captured breathtaking photos of what this place has to offer. It is not easy to take these kind of shots bu Gunnarsson make it seem easy.

Years back, he ran a photographic company in Columbia, focusing on advertising and studio photography. He was also a freelance photojournalist for Victoria Times Colonist and Peninsula News Review as well as magazines like Boulevard, Fathers Quarterly Japan, Photolife, Photoshop and Gardenwize.

In 2010, he moved back home to Iceland and photographs for various companies and advertising agencies.

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Jeweled Bugs by David Chambon

Jeweled Bugs by David Chambon

Jeweled Bugs by David Chambon

French photographer David Chambon has focused his lens on wildlife and nature photography for over ten years. From large beasts to tiny insects. He is also fond of macro photography, magnifying the littlest yet most beautiful details and seeing it at a bigger scale.

In these series, as insects rise in the morning, Chambon is there capture the condensed moisture that has covered their little legs and wings throughout the night making them look like they’re encrusted with diamonds. Waking up early in the morning allows him to capture these macro shots.

Roughly translated from French, the artist says, “I see to capture the magic moment and to capture the spectacular beauty of our nature.” His obvious skill and patience is evident in his magnificent photographs.

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Photographing High Points by Vitaly Raskalov

Photographing High Points by Vitaly Roskov

Photographing High Points by Vitaly Roskov

Vitaly Raskalov is a Moscow-based “Skywalker” and photographer. When you say Skywalker, it means climbing the tallest buildings and structures with no harnesses, no tethers, no ropes, no safety equipments, just balls. Now, you get the point.

Vitaly Raskalov is one just one of the best Skywalkers today. And he loves taking pictures while being up there. The fact that he is still alive after all these crazy position he has taken on high points is amazing.

One of his recent feats was climbing Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza which now stands 450 feet tall. Raskalov explained that he and his crew waited until tourist hours are over before they begin their ascent so that security guards won’t notice them on their way up and down.

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Tattoo Photography by Brian Cummings

Tattoo Photography by Brian Cummings

Tattoo Photography by Brian Cummings

Photographer Brian Cummings started photographing tattoos when one of his hair and makeup stylist asked him to take photos of tattoos all over her body. He shot her in the Rembrandt style. He liked it and decided to do a series, photographing about a dozen people over six months.

According to Cummings, photographing tattoos is a challenge. The skin is not a flat surface so there are highlights and shadows. And in the case of imperfections, the editing process should be very careful so as not to disrupt the tattoo’s sheen.

Although he’s very skilled in shooting tattoos, he himself is not inked and has no personal experience in the subject. Cummings was glad when he didn’t do it when his friends were getting them, because he would have some awful barbed wire in his arm.

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On Fire by Benjamin Von Wong

On Fire by Benjamin Von Wong

On Fire by Benjamin Von Wong

Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong wanted to capture the image of a man on fire, so he did the only reasonable thing: He set a man on fire. Whoever said you shouldn’t play with fire would be thinking twice after seeing these images. According to Von Wong, “Inspire me and push me to challenge the impossible in creating unique compelling artwork.”

For this particular shoot, he spent a lot of time organizing and going into details. Von Wong didn’t know a lot how to properly set people on fire so he got some help from a friend of his who had set himself on fire before – the renowned stuntman Felix Famelart, who also became the subject for this shoot. The resulting images are amazing and shocking.

Von Wong’s motivation words: “The most important thing is to get out there and try and challenge yourself with new ideas. Push yourself and never stop trying. Be different.”

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Yawning is Contagious by Julian Wolkenstein

Yawning is Contagious by Julian Wolkenstein

Yawning is Contagious by Julian Wolkenstein

Take a look at the picture. . . . . did you yawn?

It is true that yawning is contagious as most of the people who saw this photo project of Julian Wolkenstein yawned. (I even yawned myself.) The series contains photos of different people caught in the act of opening their mouth wide. Maybe because of drowsiness, hunger or it might also be because of looking at other people yawn.

Julian Wolkenstein is a commercial photographer whose portfolio of photographic works contains bizarre, interesting and weird images. Among his photos you will find horses with glamorous hair extensions, people with toupee and his famous project, the echoism which explores the link between symmetry and beauty.

If your answer is to the question above is yes, then you have contacted the yawning syndrome. Maybe its time for you to sleep :)

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Peacock Spiders by Dr. Jurgen Otto

Peacock Spiders by Dr. Jurgen Otto

Peacock Spiders by Dr. Jurgen Otto

The Maratus volans, better known as the Peacock Spider, is the cutest arachnid you will ever see. At four millimeters in length, the Peacock Spider is hard to find. Hiding in the undergrowth, it is the sort of thing an average stroller would pass by, but not with arachnologist Dr. Jurgen Otto.

Dr. Otto has very keen eye for details and he is mostly rewarded for photographing this tiny creature. The male species has two rounded, brilliantly colored flaps that he uses when he courts his mate. To get the attention of a female spider, the male spider will first wave his legs, vibrates his abdomen and like a peacock, raises his magnificently colored flaps and dances for the female.Thus, justifying the name Peacock Spider.

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World’s Best Father by Dave Engledow

World's Best Father by Dave Engledow

World’s Best Father by Dave Engledow

Dave Engledow is World’s Best Father, well, according to his coffee mug.

Engledow is creating an unconventional scrapbook for his daughter Alice Bee, so that when she grows up, she will have a complete photographic record of herself in funny and weird situations.

The first shot he did with Alice was just a simple one where he wanted to make fun of himself – a new father, sleep deprived and kind of clueless. When his fans saw this, they wanted to see more so Engledow made it into a series. The mug in his photo that says “World’s Best Father” ultimately became his trademark in his photos. He portrays in his pictures the kind of father he doesn’t want to become – distracted, clueless and overbearing.

Engledow and Alice actually pose separately and the pictures are just Photoshopped into a final product. He manipulates the images digitally so they look more cartoonish.

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Before and After Portraits of Drug Abuse by Roman Sakovich

Before and After Portraits of Drug Abuse by Roman Sakovich

Before and After Portraits of Drug Abuse by Roman Sakovich

London based photographer Roman Sakovich‘s project Half highlights the drastic physical effects of drug abuse compared to the clean cut version of the same person. He shot this series while he was still a photography student at the Arts University College in Bournemout. This photo project gives the viewer the visualization of the damaging effects of drug abuse in our bodies.

If you think that his photos were just an example of Photoshop trickery, then you are wrong. They were created with the help of talented make-up artists and costume designers. Sakovich had the right side of the models dressed as professionals while the left side was dressed as a drug addict.

“These photographs are not a merge of two images into one,” Sakovich explained. “Instead I have used make up on one side of the face and kept [the] other side normal. With regards to styling, I tried to do everything in-camera rather than in post-production.”

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Reef Dwellers by Felix Salazar

Reef Dwellers by Felix Salazar

Reef Dwellers by Felix Salazar

Who could have ever thought that the creatures lived beneath the sea were this colorful? Well, LA based photographer Felix Salazar brought the world wonderful photos of coral reefs and sea creatures. His underwater macro shots are breathtakingly detailed.

The photos in his project Reef Dwellers were not actually taken under the sea. These corals really live in huge saltwater aquariums. One might think that this images were Photoshopped, but these were the ones he got just right, selected from hundreds of shots.

Felix Salazar is not just a photographer but also a composer and a guitarist. He is the resident composer/arranger and co-director of Los Angeles Electric 8.

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Wildlife Photography by Roeselien Raimond

Wildlife Photography by Roeselien Raimond

Wildlife Photography by Roeselien Raimond

Roeselien Raimond is a former art therapist and web designer. She has always been interested in both art and living beings. But nowadays, she tries to combine her love for nature and art by getting into photography. A few years ago, she was living a very hectic life and she needed some peace of mind, and she found it in nature and wildlife photography. Her camera was a pretty good excuse to roll in the grass and forget about her busy life for a while.

The unpredictable nature of the wild changed Raimond’s world. Nature photography demands a lot of patience and flexibility because you can never foresee its natural behavior. She learned to take things as they are and go with the natural flow which are mostly unexpected, but can lead to something wonderful.

As Roeselien Raimond said, “Learn and get inspired by looking at others, but finally choose your own path.”

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Nature Photography by Mark Bridger

Nature Photography by Mark Bridger

Nature Photography by Mark Bridger

Mark Bridger describes himself as an amateur photographer but judging by the quality of his photos, he could be right up there with the professionals. He started photography when his wife bought him a camera on his birthday. He said he always wanted a camera but never got around to buying one. He typically loves nature, from the smallest critters to the largest animals.

He often spends a few hours of dawn in Knole park in Sevenoaks England, walking around hoping to get some nice pictures before the sun is completely up. His shots of wild barn owls are from Norfolk, a bird spotters paradise.

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Unique Wedding Photography by Sergey Ivanov

Unique Wedding Photography by Sergey Ivanov

Unique Wedding Photography by Sergey Ivanov

Professional Russian photographer Sergey Ivanov is well-known in the photography field especially in wedding photography. With Sergey Ivanov, you can expect a unique and fun-filled wedding album. He shoots dreamy, artistic and romantic wedding pictures.

His work has allowed him to travel all over Europe. Most of his works rely heavily on post production manipulation. He shows that there is no limit to Ivanov’s imagination and what couples could portray. Anything that his imagination could think of is game for Ivanov. The pictures tell different kind of stories, one which is even base on the popular Alice in Wonderland with a Cheshire Cat in the sky.

The only thing that his unique wedding photographs have in common with the traditional ones is the white wedding dress.

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Dog Days by Candice Sedighan

Dog Days by Candice Sedighan

Dog Days by Candice Sedighan

Candice Sedighan is a young and budding photographer from Los Angeles, California. Her portfolio is a dog-lover’s dream. Its photos are mainly of her dog Champ with occasional shots of her sister’s dog Pugsly. She said: “I really like to capture the true essence with dogs, which is that they’re always so happy. The time Champ and I spend together, he’s just always beaming with happiness and you can really see that through my photos.”

She started photography when she was 13, by the time she first got Champ. As of now, she has already taken more than 20,000 pictures of her dog and her sister’s. She has also won about $5,000 in different photography contests and her photos have also been featured in Hallmark cards.

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Volcano Photography by Liudmila and Andrey

Volcano Photography by Liudmila and Andrey

Volcano Photography by Liudmila and Andrey

It’s not everyday one gets a chance to get up close and photograph a volcanic lava flow but when Plosky Tolbachik, a volcano in the eastern part of Russia became active again after a 36 year dormant period, photographers Andrey and Liudmila braved the dangers and barely got away with these hard-core pictures.

Andrey and Liudmila adventured up the volcano with a team of volcanologists to capture images of the eruptions. At first, they were afraid that they might be hit by bubbling lava but luckily, their volcanologist calmed them down.

They were calmly standing at a safe distance away from the lava flow when tragedy struck, “at some point we realised that something was in the way of lava stream, and it was getting through every hole and crack it could find – or break through. It looks like that the crater, on the edge of which we were standing, actually saved our lives because at least lava started leaking inside it, instead of swelling up the slope.”

One of the volcanologists lost his backpack to the lava flow, but the photographers escaped safely with their sensational pictures.

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The Blond Twins of Mengele by Gabriele Galimberti

The Blond Twins of Mengele by Gabriele Galimberti

The Blond Twins of Mengele by Gabriele Galimberti

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti‘s photo project The Blond Twins of Mengele documents the abnormal number of twins in the town of Candido Godoi in Brazil – the so-called “twin capital of the world.” 20% of the population in this town consists mostly of twins with blond hair and blue eyes. Twins occur normally once in 80 pregnancies, but here they occur once in every five.

Jorge Camarasa, a specialist in the Nazi post-war flight to South America, claims that this high rate of twins may be due to the Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele. During the Second World War, Mengele carried out experiments for the production of twins. He visited the small town of Candido Godoi various times and made it his laboratory where he worked on creating his master race.

Mengele gave medical attention to several women, followed their pregnancies and treated them with new types of drugs. The majority of twins were born in 1952, the year when he was first reported to have visited the town.

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Photoshop in Real Life by Flora Borsi

Photoshop in Real Life by Flora Borsi

Photoshop in Real Life by Flora Borsi

A young, 20 year-old creative photographer, Flora Borsi, is making waves on the web. She started taking interest in photo manipulating in 2004 and ventured into photography in 2007. Her work features cleverly manipulated images. One of her photo projects is the Photoshop in Real Life which realistically imitates the tools and features found in the photo editing software.

Borsi’s photos visually the physically impossible in a form of photo manipulation. She always pays attention to the rules of geometry, color harmony and the lighting. Her works have been published on BBC Culture, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, The Daily Mail and many more.

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Partridge In A Pear Tree, In Gingerbread by Megan Reardon

Partridge In A Pear Tree, In Gingerbread by Megan Reardon

Partridge In A Pear Tree, In Gingerbread by Megan Reardon

This delicious-looking partridge in a pear tree Christmas cookie project is made by Megan Reardon. She made it by following a structural gingerbread recipe and royal icing. Megan is not a photographer, but a blogger. She blogs mostly about arts and crafts. She gets her ideas from magazines or other people, or anything that interests her. She uses her blog as a way to remember things, to meet different people and to exchange information.

Reardon doesn’t have a background in photography and she doesn’t have a very good camera. She just takes dozens of pictures and sort through them for the best then she uses Photoshop to crop and sharpen. Nevertheless, Reardon takes beautiful pictures to accompany her how-to articles.

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Deep Sea Creatures by Joshua Lambus

Deep Sea Creatures by Joshua Lambus

Deep Sea Creatures by Joshua Lambus

“My photos are to show people things they haven’t seen before… or maybe things they see all the time… in a way they’ve never cared to look” – J. Lambus

Underwater photographer Joshua Lambus is one of the pioneers of blackwater diving photography. It involves scuba diving during the night to capture the shy, rarely-seen, nocturnal sea creatures. These creatures glow beautifully in the dark.

Lambus once focused on the candid emotion of people, but now he finds even greater interest in the ocean. He said, “I never cared much for modeling and posed portraiture, that wasn’t alive to me. I liked seeing life, I love photographing life. After a shoot, I’d sit and look through my prints, I would see a world moving, shifting, living… dying.” The situation of our fragile ecosystem that is on the verge of destruction is what drives Lambus to continue his work for a greater purpose. He hopes to tell a story and ask for help for those without voice.

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Light Paintings by Michael Bosanko

Light Painting by Michael Bosanko

Light Painting by Michael Bosanko

Cardiff-based artist and photographer Michael Bosanko made light painting his specialty. He stumbled upon light painting when by chance, photographing a moonlit landscape went wrong. The long exposure he used left streaks in the final image. Curious, he tried to keep the camera on the tripod and and used torchlight to ‘draw’. It worked, and after experimenting with other flashlights, Bosanko was hooked to light painting ever since.

His personal Light Paintings portfolio has one thing in common: not one image was photo edited unless he re-sizes for the web or using watermarks. There is no layering or overlapping of any kind. Bosanko has chosen this path to keep his light graffiti pure and to learn from his mistakes and triumphs.

He uses a vast number of tools. He mostly uses digital pro Canon gear or sometimes film. Camera settings vary according to environment and exposure ranges from seconds to over an hour. The tools are mostly simple household torches along with bulbs, LEDs, fire or anything Bosanko can get his hands on.

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Flying Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Flying Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Flying Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Humans can fly. Fish can fly. Who said jellyfish can’t fly?

Most of us doesn’t like jellyfish. They’re slimy, icky and they sting. And what if you heard that they can also fly? You’d probably never go out into the beach again. Russian photographer Alexander Semenov might have photographed a few jellyfish doing that.

Jellyfish are actually beautiful creatures. Dangerous but beautiful. They hover in the water slowly waving their dome and spreading their tentacles. No wonder Semenov took a fancy in them. He is a zoologist who specializes in the study of invertebrates.

And if you’re still worried about them jellyfish flying, don’t be. Don’t worry, they still haven’t learned to fly yet. Semenov’s ‘flying’ jellyfish photographs were actually a result of an underwater shot taken at an upward angle.

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Cenote Angelita: An Underwater River by Anatoly Beloschin

Cenote Angelita: An Underwater River by Anatoly Beloschin

Cenote Angelita: An Underwater River by Anatoly Beloschin

It seems impossible, but these photographs of Anatoly Beloschin shows an untold story of an underwater river in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula called Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel”. While it may seem that the divers are hovering above a small creek, the photos were actually shot in a submerged cave.

The formation of the ‘river’ is the result of a phenomenon called halocline where water of different salinity form layers because of variation in density. Cenote Angelita is made of fresh water until about 29 meters where it changes to a 1 meter of hyrdogen sulfide and the res is filled with saltwater from 30-60 meters deep. So in reality, the so-called river is actually saltwater resting at the bottom of the cave.

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The Labour Process by Jenna Shouldice

The Labour Process by Jenna Shouldice

The Labour Process by Jenna Shouldice

Warning! Contains mature content.

The Labour Process is a photography series that sprung out of an idea of documenting the beauty of laboring women by photographer Jenna Shouldice. These photographs were made all across Canada participated by different women giving birth in a combination of home or hospital settings. Some of these women were cared by midwives and some by doctors and nurses. It features the moments before birth, the mothers’ pains, the push and at last the little angel out in the world.

Shouldice has a big love for people and a strong draw towards women’s issues. She trained as a Doula in 2011 to further her birth related work and spends a lot of time in the birthing community. Her photography project is an ongoing series and is not limited by geographical location.

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