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Illustrating African Folktales of the Congo Basin in Photographs – Fine Art Photography Article

Illustrating African Folktales of the Congo Basin in Photographs “The Rainbow Python“ The Story Tree from “Stories of Tees and Tree of Stories“ “The Mole and The Sun“ The Odzala-Kokoua National Park is the crown jewel of the Congo Basin— one of the largest, oldest, most intact preserves that has never been logged, or overexploited by poachers and hunters. In an age where the natural landscape is disappearing at a tragic rate, this corner of the world is one of…

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The Destruction of the Amazon in Photos – Fine Art Photography Article

The Destruction of the Amazon in Photos Jenipapo dos Vieiras, Maranhão – 2019. Paulo Paulino (25), a.k.a Lobo Mau (“bad wolf”), was killed on November 1st 2019 in an ambush by illegal loggers inside the Arariboia Indigenous Land. He was a member of the Guajajara forest guard in Maranhão state. For several towns in the surrounding region, the local economy is based largely on illegal timber and irregular sawmills provide jobs for poor, unskilled workers. Indigenous activists who confront logging…

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Life Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Fine Art Photography Article

Life Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone It’s early September, 2014, and the sun is shining over a verdant landscape dotted with grazing horses. The people who live there, mostly the elderly women known affectionately as “babushkas,” travel by foot. They plant potatoes. Photographer Raul Arantes has just set foot in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, nearly 30 years after the nuclear disaster.  The photographer spent one week in Chernobyl, traveling to the remote areas that belong only to those known as…

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How Cindy Sherman Revolutionized Portrait Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

How Cindy Sherman Revolutionized Portrait Photography Untitled #574 by Cindy Sherman, 2016. Untitled #466 by Cindy Sherman, 2008. The camera acts as a proxy for consciousness: observing, distilling, and recording fragments of time for futures to come. Awareness of its presence often creates a schism on the person being photographed — a heightened awareness and sense of self-regard that make prompt posturing and performance, a desire to take on a persona and act the part. We wish to be as…

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Engaging Public Discourse on Climate Change Through Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Engaging Public Discourse on Climate Change Through Photography After being discharged from the Navy in 1968, native Los Angeleno Wayne Levin moved to Hawaii, where he has continued to live over the past half century. He began to pursue his studies of photography in earnest, eventually receiving his MFA from the Pratt Institute in 1982. After completing his studies, Levin returned to his adopted home to teach photography at the University of Hawaii. Soon thereafter he began making underwater photographs,…

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Announcing the Winners of The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards! – Fine Art Photography Article

Announcing the Winners of The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards! ‘Fading Flamingos’ © Maximilian Mann We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards. Now in its fifth year, our international competition drew hundreds of outstanding submissions, and in the end, our judges selected thirty-one photographers to be part of our upcoming group show at Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, New York on January 23, 2020 from 6-8PM. This year’s jury included Jessie Wender, Photo Editor…

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A Photo for Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary – Photography Article

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of incorporating the moon into photos whenever possible. And so, with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20th, I was excited by the possibility to shoot something special for the occasion: Putting a man “on” the moon. The man here is Ty Johnson, a paramotor pilot, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As NASA will tell you, getting a man to the moon is harder than it looks. This is how we…

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Sony a7R III vs a7R IV Image Quality Comparison – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nfATpqwNCo] How much of a difference can an extra 19MP and a newly-designed really make? Apparently, quite a bit, as you can see in this quick side-by-side comparison of JPEGs shot on the 42MP Sony a7R III and the newly released 61MP Sony a7R IV. The short comparison was created by Tony & Chelsea Northrup, who were at the announcement event in New York yesterday and were able to start testing the new full-frame mirrorless camera right away. The…

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This is the World’s First Solargraphy Timelapse – Photography Article

Solargraphy is a technique for photographing the sun’s path through the sky by using a pinhole camera to expose photographic paper for anywhere from a few hours to over a year. Photographer Sam Cornwell has created what he believes is the world’s first solargraphy timelapse. Cornwell is the founder of Solarcan, a unique can pinhole camera that makes it easy for anyone to shoot solargraphs without having to create the pinhole camera themselves. A “matrix” of 27 Solarcan cameras were…

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Building Hyper Realistic Photography Sets Underwater – Photography Article

Being an Underwater Photographer I’ve always been drawn to creating dreamscapes below the surface, it’s just part of the allure for me, and trying to build a whole room underwater was one of the goals I’d set myself quite a while ago. Having been a primarily traveling photographer meant that I didn’t have a proper studio in which to experiment, but that all changed last year when I built my own Underwater Studio at my home in Long Beach, California.…

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One Photographer’s War In Ukraine – Photography Article

Andriy Dubchak is one of the only photojournalists to have covered the conflict in eastern Ukraine from its beginning. In this article, he shares deeply personal memories from the front lines. “His name was Eduard Yuriyevich Fedorov, a Ukrainian marine. I took this photo in March 2018 as he escorted me from a frontline position near Mariupol. He said, ‘Give me a couple of photos, as mementos.’ On June 27 he was hit by an enemy bullet. For five days,…

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This is a Drone Hyperlapse of the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkiGyEG_PG4] Photographer and astronomer Matt Robinson was in Chile for the only total solar eclipse of 2019 on July 2nd, and he managed to capture the total eclipse in a drone hyperlapse. Robinson shot the imagery with the Hyperlapse setting on his DJI Mavic Pro 2. “I wasn’t sure if it was going to work but I didn’t want to use it manually because I wanted to watch what was my first-ever eclipse,” Robinson tells PetaPixel. “Around 10 minutes…

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Shooting High-Res Thermal Photos of Iceland to Show Nature at Work – Photography Article

A computer vision engineer by day and photographer by night, I never take the path most traveled, especially when it comes to imaging technology. Thermal cameras are one of the most interesting types of cameras, and while they are widely used in industrial, scientific, and military applications, they are largely untouched and unknown to the general public. Thermal cameras aren’t your average infrared camera, which sees light in the 0.8-1.7 micron range of wavelengths, depending on the sensor technology. On…

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Winners of the 10th Annual Audubon Photography Awards Revealed – Photography Article

The National Audubon Society has revealed the winners of its 10th annual Audubon Photography Awards: a competition that showcases the most incredible bird photography from across North America. The 2019 winners were selected from over 2,253 entrants who submitted from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. In addition to awarding a grand prize, professional prize, amateur prize, and youth prize, the judges of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards introduced two new categories: the Plants for…

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Does Sensor Size Affect Depth of Field: The Definitive Answer – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A4DVUF9HFg] In this video, I’m going to put to rest this question once and for all: does sensor size affect depth of field? I’ll be physically taking pictures with a full-frame camera and a Micro 4/3 camera, and showing you the visual difference in a range of aperture settings. There are lots of theories and opinions on this but here is the definitive answer. See for yourself and let us know what you think. Is there a difference in…

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Capturing the Rodeo with a 100-Year-Old Kodak Vest Pocket Lens – Photography Article

This year the Reno Rodeo is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and photojournalist Ty O’Neil decided to photograph it in a way that would pay proper homage to that history: by capturing the 100-year-old rodeo with a 100-year-old lens. “With the Reno Rodeo celebrating 100 years I, as a photojournalist, wanted to capture the celebration of a centenary of rodeos,” O’Neil tells PetaPixel. “Inspired by the historic images of the Reno Rodeo I set about trying to find a way of…

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LAPD Crime Scene Photos from the Mid-1900s – Photography Article

A new exhibition in Los Angeles will feature crime scene photos captured by police officers in the Los Angeles Police Department from between 1925 and the 1970s. Back in 2001, Fototeka founder Merrick Morton, who’s also a photographer and LAPD reserve officer, received unprecedented access to Los Angeles’ records department and its immense photo archive. At the City Records Center in downtown Los Angeles, which houses 150 years worth of city documents in 47,500 square feet of cardboard crates, Morton…

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I Shot the Boston 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on Expired Film – Photography Article

It’s 6:30PM on the 4th of July in Boston and I had just gotten off work—one of those poor souls whose job doesn’t care about national holidays. What’s worse is that all of my plans fell through; my roomies are at a private event on Google’s rooftop, the cute gal I’m dating is visiting family in Pittsburg, and all of my climber bum friends are up in New Hampshire making the most of a 4 day weekend. So I walk…

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Photographer Captures Rare Meteor Explosion While He Slept – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9KOJJs_es8] Time-lapse photographer Matthew Vandeputte recently captured something truly awesome. While he was sleeping soundly in a cabin somewhere in Utah, the camera he set up earlier that evening captured the moment when a meteor entered the atmosphere and exploded, leaving behind a green trail of dust and ionized gas. The event happen on May 31st around 2am, approximately 1 hour after Vandeputte set up his Canon 6D Mark II with Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens and Canon TC80-N3 remote…

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Photos Capture the Pain of Animals at the Bangladesh National Zoo – Photography Article

Going to the zoo is one of many ways for people to entertain themselves. People also go to them for educational purposes or to do research. The main purposes of zoos, however, is to protect wildlife and let all of us understand the importance of nature. There are many exotic animals that face the risk of dying out in the wild. Therefore, the zoo plays an important role in saving endangered animals. But in Bangladesh National Zoo, the case is…

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Butterflies Released to Honor Groom’s Late Sister Stay for Entire Wedding – Photography Article

Butterflies are sometimes released at weddings and funerals to remember loved ones who have passed. Wedding photographer Jessica Manns recently experienced and documented a particularly memorable butterfly release memorial. The groom of the wedding at Fox Hill Farm in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, had tragically lost his sister a few years ago in a car accident over the Christmas holidays, and his parents released monarch butterflies during the ceremony to honor her life and memory. “There’s a common belief that our loved…

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NASA Captures the Galaxy’s Biggest Fireworks Show – Photography Article

As photographers in the US are gearing up to capture photos of 4th of July fireworks, NASA has released a gorgeous “fireworks” photo of its own. It’s a shot of a “the galaxy’s biggest ongoing stellar fireworks show” that started 170 years ago. Eta Carinae is a doomed super-massive star 7,500 light-years away that went through a “Great Eruption” in the 1840s that made it the second-brightest visible star in the sky for over a decade — it was so…

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23 of the Best Dog Photos of 2019 – Photography Article

The Kennel Club has just announced the winners of the 2019 Dog Photographer of the Year competition celebrating the best dog photos from around the world. This year, the 14th edition of the contest, nearly 7,000 entries were received from 70 countries around the globe. The overall winner was Swiss photographer Denise Czichocki for her photo “Dreaming Merlin” (shown above), which shows a 14-year-old rescue named Podengo sitting among magnolia flowers. The photo was also 1st place in the “Oldies”…

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Photographer Films ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ from Up Close in Hide – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmMBN8bpyzE] Nature photographer and guide Tero Pylkkanen was camping out in a hide in Kuhmo, Finland, when two large brown bears decided to start brawling right in front of him. Pylkkanen managed to capture this 3-minute video of the “best bear fight ever.” Pylkkanen says the first bear showed up about an hour after he started camping out. An hour after that, the second bear showed up in the area and the two bears started sizing each other up…

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Photographer Surprises Grandparents with 60th Anniversary Photo Shoot – Photography Article

When George and Ginger Brown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month, their granddaughter, wedding photographer Abigail Lydick, decided to surprise them with a special anniversary photo shoot. George and Ginger got married back on June 6th, 1959, almost exactly a year after a chance encounter at a restaurant and then falling in love. In the 60 years since, they’ve watched their family grow to include 4 kids, 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren (who call them “Long Grandad” and “Long…

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This Volcano Eruption Was Shot from Space with a Nikon D5 – Photography Article

The Raikoke Volcano on Russia’s Kuril Islands erupted this past weekend, sending a massive plume of ash and gas 8 miles (13km) into the sky from the 2,300-foot-wide (700m) crater. An astronaut onboard the International Space Station managed to capture a beautiful photo of the plume as the station orbited by 250 miles (402km) overhead. “On the morning of June 22, astronauts shot a photograph of the volcanic plume rising in a narrow column and then spreading out in a…

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Photos of Kyrgyzstan, The Beauty of the South – Photography Article

The first time I visited Kyrgyzstan, I explored a bit of everything. The second time, I focused on the south shore of Issyk-kul Lake, where I mostly found impressive canyons and dry landscapes. This time I decided to visit the South of Kyrgyzstan. Starting at Osh and surroundings, I made my way back to Bishkek and explored locations that I didn’t know before. The main thing that surprised me here was how green the landscapes were. Especially in contrast with…

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This is a Modern Car Race Shot with a 1968 Super 8 Camera – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMf5eeqXisM] A guy named Nick Shirrell recently attended a car race, but instead of shooting it with a modern camera, he brought along a Canon Super 8 camera that was launched back in 1968. As you can see in the resulting 3.5-minute video above, the results were delightful. Shirrell shares that he shot the For the Sake of Racing event on April 20th at the Gingerman Raceway in Michigan using a Canon 1218 Super 8mm camera loaded with Kodak…

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Giant Squid Caught on Camera for First Time in the US – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqim34DvCrs] Giant squid are incredibly difficult to catch on camera in the wild — the number of times it has happened can be counted on one hand. But scientists just released video of the first time a giant squid has been filmed in the waters of the United States. CNN reports that the scientists funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research were on a two-week mission in the Gulf of Mexico about…

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Photos of a 3-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Serving in Her Donor’s Wedding – Photography Article

Husband-and-wife wedding photographers Mark and Jeannie Broadway shot a wedding last year that they’ll never forget: it was one in which the flower girl was a 3-year-old cancer survivor who had been saved by bone marrow donated by the bride. Hayden Ryals had been walking through campus at Auburn University as a student in 2015 when she came across a Be The Match table. She decided to put her name into the national registry of volunteer bone marrow donors. About…

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