You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. – William Albert Allard
I was listening to the On Taking Pictures Podcast this morning and Bill and Jeffery were talking about how the internet has changed the way we look at photography. We tend to look at the latest and greatest “novelty” photographs rather than looking at the beauty of images. I’m just as guilty as anyone, being caught up in the hype of whatever is around the next corner. The problem I find is how to look beyond the noise and find the people that really stand out. This morning I set out to find a few things that are just straight inspiration. The portraits by Russian photographer, Dmitry Ageev definitely fit the bill. You absolutely have to go to his portfolio and view the images large. Just amazing work. [via 1x]
And speaking of Bill Wadman... he put up a great post this week on his blog called Simple Tips to Dramatically Improve Your Photographs. These tips are extremely helpful, especially to beginning photographers.
I found Varina Patel’s website awhile ago, bookmarked it, and then promptly forgot about it. Luckily, though, I found it again this morning and decided to share it with all of you. She has some incredible landscape photography that, even if you aren’t into “nature”, is well worth looking through just for a little escape from whatever office cubicle you might be stuck in.
I have never seen star trails like this before. Taken by Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit on the International Space Station, the photograph was created by combining 18 long-exposure digital images. Pettit says, “My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes, however, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do: I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.” The most amazing part? The bright, blue blotches at the bottom are lightning flashes in storm clouds above Earth. [via Discovery]
These photographs were so incredible I couldn’t pick just one. Although they were first exhibited in 2002, they are still just as powerful now. Gregory Colbert’s project, called Ashes and Snow pulls together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. According to his website, “None of the images have been digitally collaged or superimposed. They record what the artist himself saw through the lens of his camera. While Colbert uses both still and movie cameras, the images are not stills from the film. The animal subjects of the photographs and films include interactions with both wild animals and also those that have been habituated to human contact.” [via My Modern Met]
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