Chasing the Ultimate Surfing Shot with Teenage Photographer Leroy Bellet – Photography Article

Chasing the Ultimate Surfing Shot with Teenage Photographer Leroy Bellet Red Bull TV’s video series Chasing the Shot pairs cutting-edge photographers with world-class athletes to show what it takes to capture unparalleled action photography. And for Season One’s main episode, they followed teenaged surf photography phenom Leroy Bellet as he set out to capture the surfing photo of a lifetime. Bellet is just 17 years old, and yet he’s quickly made a name for himself shooting what’s called “Double-Tow” POV…

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Photos of Endangered Species Where Every Pixel Represents One Animal – Photography Article

Back in 2008, the World Wildlife Fund teamed up with Yoshiyuki Mikami to create an incredibly powerful campaign using photos of endangered species where every pixel represented one animal left in the wild. Now, a programmer named Joshua Smith took this idea and updated it, releasing a new series of images that have quickly gone viral online. Smith took this project on as a programing challenge, uploading the results to Imgur when he was done. Inspired by Mikami’s art concept,…

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Photographer Turns Symphony Hall into the World’s Largest Darkroom – Photography Article

During this year’s STORY conference in Nashville, TN, photographer Blake Wylie did something really cool. He turned a massive symphony hall into what might be the world’s largest darkroom so that he could capture and develop a tintype portrait on-stage, in front of an audience of 1,400 people. The theme of this year’s conference was “liminal space,” and Wylie was one of several creatives who were invited to give presentations and speak in Nashville in September. In the past, he’s…

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Full-Frame Digital vs Large Format Film: A Side-by-Side Comparison – Photography Article

Photographer Usman Dawood of Sonder Creative recently teamed up with film photographer Adam French to put together an intriguing portrait comparison: high-resolution full-frame digital vs 4×5 large format film. They shot both cameras at about the same FF equivalent focal length, and then compared the resulting images side by side for your viewing pleasure. The video serves two purposes. First, Dawood wanted to address the common comment that “larger sensors produce shallower depth of field,” which is a simplification. In…

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Photographer Recreates Apollo Launch and Moon Landing Photos with LEGOs – Photography Article

Toy photographer Benedek Lampert recently teamed up with LEGO Hungary to recreate some of the most iconic photographs from the Apollo 11 mission in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The resulting images are truly impressive and are captured almost entirely in camera. LEGO Hungary got in touch with Lampert because they had just released the LEGO Moon Landing sets, and wanted to show them off in some cool ways. It’s safe to say Lampert went above…

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2019 Environmental Photographer of the Year Winners Capture the ‘Raw Reality’ of Climate Change – Photography Article

Last week, The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) revealed the winners of this year’s Environmental Photographer of the Year awards, highlighting images that turn an unblinking eye on man’s impact on the environment in ways both subtle and direct. The winning images were revealed on the same day as the UN’s Climate Action Summit in New York, and the CIWEM didn’t pull any punches in describing the global climate crisis depicted in many of the photographs: “These…

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This is the Upcoming Pentax APS-C Flagship DSLR – Photography Article

Last week, Ricoh revealed that it would be releasing a new flagship Pentax APS-C DLSR in 2020, but they shared very few details and only one low-resolution photo of the upcoming camera. Fortunately, photographer Niels Kemp was at the Pentax 100 Years of History event in The Netherlands, and sent us a few first-look photos. Pentax fans haven’t had much to celebrate lately. First, Sigma announced that it would no longer be making Pentax K-Mount lenses in order to focus…

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It’s 5 Feet Wide and Took 5 Years to Make – Photography Article

When you’re building the world’s largest digital camera, to power one of the world’s most impressive telescopes, you’re going to need to manufacture one of the world’s most incredible lenses. That’s how this massive, 5.1-foot wide optic—the largest high-performance optical lens ever made—came to be. Th 3.2-gigapixel camera being built for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) was thought up over a decade ago. But after getting the green light in 2011, and securing funding in 2015, it was off…

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Capturing Commercial Grade Product Photos in a Junkyard with One Light – Photography Article

Commercial photographer, director, and artist Isaac Alvarez of Unplug Productions recently set out to see if he could capture professional-grade commercial product photography with a single LED panel for light, and a junkyard as his “studio.” It seems the answer is yes… When someone says “product photography,” images of crowded studios with intricate multi-light setups probably come to mind. But Alvarez and the rest of the Unplug Productions team wanted to show their viewers “that you don’t need much gear…

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Hasselblad from Iconic Marilyn Monroe Shoot Expected to Sell for $300,000 – Photography Article

Auction house Christie’s is preparing to auction off the camera used by photographer Douglas Kirkland to shoot some of the most recognizable images of Marilyn Monroe. In honor of this impressive lot, they’ve put together a retrospective that takes you behind the scenes of this iconic and intimate photo shoot. “It was really Marilyn Monroe and this Hasselblad that started my career,” says Kirkland in the video. He was just 27 years old at the time, but had already started…

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Bear Crashes Wedding Shoot, Photo Bombs Bride and Groom – Photography Article

Knoxville, TN-based wedding photographer Leah McMahan Edmondson of Gypsy Soul Photography had to deal with an unexpected photobomber at a recent photo shoot in Gatlinburg. While taking portraits of the newlyweds, a large black bear strolled into the background of her shot, before taking a walk down the aisle. Edmondson tells PetaPixel that the furry wedding crasher showed up after the ceremony was over (thankfully). “After the ceremony I did my normal ritual of family group pictures and bridal party…

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Storm Chaser Creates Jaw-Dropping Reel of 4K 1,000fps Lightning Footage – Photography Article

Storm chaser and filmmaker Dustin Farrell (@dustin_farrell) has released a striking (no pun intended) new 4K highlight reel that condenses two years of storm chasing with a Phantom Flex 4K into three and a half minutes of jaw-dropping 1,000fps footage. The film is called Transient 2, and it’s a followup to Dustin’s first 4K 1,000fps storm chasing film “Transient” that he released back in 2017. It’s a combination of 1,000fps Phantom footage of lightning, as well as more traditional time-lapse…

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Photo Experiment: Shooting Portraits at 900mm – Photography Article

Photographers and YouTubers Manny Ortiz, Irene Rudnyk and Gerald Undone recently teamed on on something totally ridiculous. During Sony’s recent Kando trip, they got a model, slapped a 600mm f/4 lens onto a Sony a6400, and tried shooting some portraits at 900mm. You can imagine about how this went. Even headshots required so much distance between model and photographer that there was yelling—forget about full body shots. For example this setup: Yielded this photograph: Manny admits right in the title…

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Visiting the Camera Rescue Project in Finland: A Vintage Camera Paradise – Photography Article

Photographer and YouTuber Mathieu Stern recently got to visit one of the coolest places on earth for camera collectors: The Camera Rescue Project, one of the largest vintage camera collections in Europe. The Camera Rescue Project is an organization from Finland that is dedicated to preserving cameras for future generations. Their stated goal is to find, repair, and “rescue” 100,000 vintage cameras by 2020; according to the counter on the project’s homepage shows that they’re a little over halfway there.…

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A Painfully Accurate Parody Video – Photography Article

Australian YouTuber Currently Hannah recently teamed up with her friend Just Jess to create a brutally honest, hilarious video that answers the question: what would travel videos look like if influencers were honest? The first three minutes of the video is the parody itself: filled with beautiful, mostly slow-motion travel footage paired with an airy voice-over that describes each trope as you see it. “I learned so much about myself on this trip, but there was one thing that really…

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Recreating a 108-Year-Old Landscape Photograph – Photography Article

The Brisbane Water National Park on the Central Coast of Australia is such a beautiful place to be, and Somersby Falls is one of the most popular destinations. It’s not hard to see why. So when I stumbled across a 108-year-old picture of one of my favorite waterfalls in the park, I and decided to try and recreate it to see what had changed, and what had stayed the same. I’ve visited the Brisbane Water National Park a number of…

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Drone Captures Beautiful Footage by Flying Through Jungle Valley Waterfall – Photography Article

Spanish drone cinematographer Andres Aguilera Morillas recently visited Java, Indonesia, and captured some of the gorgeous footage by flying his drone through waterfalls in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Using a GoPro Hero7 attached to his first person view (FPV) drone, the 23-year-old filmmaker was able to successfully navigate a 200-meter deep canyon in the middle of the jungle, and capture the majestic Madakaripura Waterfall from a gorgeous new perspective. As he puts it in the video description, “This location…

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This Photographer Colorizes His Wet Plate Photos with Striking Results – Photography Article

Fine art photographer Borut Peterlin was recently commissioned to shoot some ambrotypes by costume designer Alan Hranitelj, but he went a few steps beyond your standard wet plate collodion photography. In addition to shooting some beautiful multiple-exposures, he also decided to colorize the scans, creating striking photographs the likes of which we’ve not seen before. There’s nothing particularly unique about wet plate photography, and there’s certainly nothing unique about colorizing monochrome imagery, but Peterlin is the first we’ve seen who…

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This Guy Built a Working ‘Wrist Flash’ That You Wear Like a Watch – Photography Article

Photographer and creative tinkerer Alireza Rostami is back at it. After turning a broken computer into a working camera in August, he embarked on a new DIY project: making a working flash that you can wear like a wristwatch. The franken-flash was built using parts from a broken point-and-shoot, and the strap from an actual wrist watch. You can see the raw materials in the photographs below: Early versions of the flash had a tendency to shock Rostami thanks to…

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Capturing Creative Portraits Using Only Continuous Lights – Photography Article

Photographer Neil van Niekerk recently invited his friend Marco Leibetseder into his NYC studio for a photo challenge: rather than using flash, Niekerk and Leibetseder set themselves the challenge to capture some creative portraits that showcased “depth” in-studio using only continuous lighting. We love it when talented photographers set themselves a challenge, whether it’s a cheap camera challenge, using only one lens, or capturing a new photo of the same subject for 365 days straight. This is where a photographer’s…

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There is No Such Thing as 120mm Film – Photography Article

If you go to Instagram and search #120mm or #120mmfilm right now, and you will find over 740,000 posts by budding and experienced film photographers alike. There’s only one problem: there is no such thing as 120mm film. And a new movement/website is doing its best to set the record straight. This gauntlet has been taken up by our friend Bellamy Hunt at Japan Camera Hunter, fellow sticklers at Emulsive, and, at the center of the battle for truth-in-film-photography, the…

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Street Photographer Beaten Bloody for Taking Photo of a Couple Hugging – Photography Article

Photographer Math Roberts experienced every street photographer’s worst nightmare during the Notting Hill Carnival. As first reported by The Phoblographer, Roberts was attacked, beaten bloody, and had his camera smashed to bits for taking a photograph of a couple hugging on the last night of the event. The incident took place on August 26th around 10:30pm. While walking Moscow Road, Roberts spotted a couple hugging and decided to take a photograph of the candid moment. “It [happened] about 500 yards…

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I Shoot Fake Miniature Scenes with the Real Milky Way – Photography Article

Breaking the rules and thinking outside the box is something a photographer should always try. You start your journey with photography capturing everything interesting you see, jumping from one genre to the other until you find your favorite style. I’ve passionate about astronomy since I was a child, and astrophotography was for me a perfect match. It combined my love for astronomy and my love for nature and landscapes with adventures, travel, and camping. This beautiful recipe is just perfect…

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Photographer Turns a Skyscraper Into a Giant Camera – Photography Article

Brendan Barry is a UK-based photographer who’s known for turning all kinds of unusual things into working cameras, from food and mannequins to shipping containers and camper trailers. But his latest project was his most ambitious yet — turned a Manhattan skyscraper into a giant camera. Barry took over the 46th floor of a skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan and blacked out the 27,000-square-foot space by covering up the 160 windows with a 360-degree view of the city. He then let…

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20 Photos of My Hometown of Amsterdam During Different Seasons – Photography Article

As a landscape photographer, I always travel a lot, especially this year. But I’m always happy to be back home in Amsterdam! I can never get enough of photographing the beauty of this city. The canals and buildings are just so photogenic. I just love to walk through the city in the evening especially. When the lights turn on, everything just looks magical! The typical Amsterdam canal houses reflecting in the canal in the evening. A winter sunset over the…

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Photographer Catches Squirrel Stopping to Smell a Flower – Photography Article

Dutch photographer Dick van Duijn was visiting Vienna, Austria, in June when he captured an adorable series of photos showing a squirrel taking a moment out of its busy day to smell the flowers. The wildlife, nature, and landscape photographer tells PetaPixel he was visiting Vienna especially to shoot photos of ground squirrels. “On the first day we observed them and their behavior,” Van Duijn says. “On the second day, we photographed them the whole day. In the evening just…

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2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Shortlist Captures Nature’s Beauty and Its Brutality – Photography Article

The covered Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition—a contest developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London—has revealed a set of 15 “highly commended” images from this year’s competition. The winners won’t be revealed until October 15th, but this shortlist gives you a sense of the incredible submissions the judges had to choose from. The competition, which is in its 55th year, received some 50,000 entries from photographers hailing from 100 different countries. Overall winners will be announced on…

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This Photographer Trio Recreated All of Apple’s Default macOS Wallpapers – Photography Article

Photographer and YouTuber Andrew Levitt recently teamed up with two friends—videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray—to try and recreate all of Apple’s default macOS wallpapers since they switched from big cats to iconic California locations… in a single week. In case you’re unfamiliar, MacOS 10.9 Mavericks represented a turning point for Apple. This is when the company switched from naming their operating systems after big cats, and began choosing names from natural landmarks and locations around California. We’ve…

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Winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 Revealed – Photography Article

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has revealed the winners of the prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, and as always, the winning images are spectacular. This year, the competition received over 4,600 entries that were captured in 90 countries across the globe. The judges had the unenviable task of identifying a winner, runner up, and highly commended image for each category, a winner for the Robotic Scope category, and a winner for the new Sir Patrick Moore prize…

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The Problem with Many of the ‘Photographers’ on YouTube – Photography Article

Professional event photographer and photography teacher Mik Milman recently published a video that’s bound to receive some mixed reactions. In it, Milman laments the dearth of experience of many photographers who pass themselves off as “experts” on YouTube, earning thousands of followers and possibly misleading beginners by offering bad advice and unqualified critiques. Controversial as the topic might be, Milman does a good job of keeping the video from turning into a “get off my lawn” rant. He’s simply pointing…

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