The Beauty Within – Portraits by Henry Leutwyler

By on March 13, 2014, in Photography

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“This is the only thing I like to do and why I wake up in the morning.” said Henry Leutwyler, photographer of the stars. He was born in Switzerland in 1961. He moved to France to become an apprentice to Gilles Tapie, a distinguished photographer. After firmly establishing himself as a talented editorial photographer, he moved to the Big Apple in the mid-90s. These days, he captures portraits for big Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts, Martin Scorses, Lucy Liu, Robert Downey Jr., and Rihanna. He said: “There’s a whole new vocabulary surrounding photography that I find quite vulgar. For me, it’s not about ‘shooting’ and sensationalism. It’s a magic moment that happens in the first few minutes of a sitting. Revealing something from out of my subjects that isn’t obvious — finding the beauty within.”

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Cute Up Close – Arachnid Macrophotography by Jimmy Kong

By on March 11, 2014, in Photography

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If eyes are windows to the soul, then spiders are basically leaking soul right out of their eyes. Spiders are universally feared, for their bite, hairiness, and overabundance of legs. But seen through a macro lens, these poisonous, hairy, eight-legged critters are actually quite cute. These close-ups of unexpectedly adorable arachnids are the work of Malaysian photographer Jimmy Kong. I love the way he captures the spider’s eyes; you can even see his reflection in them. I sure hope he didn’t engage any of them in a staring contest. Spiders don’t blink; they don’t have eyelids.

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Small Wonders – Fantastic Digital Images by Joel Robison

By on March 10, 2014, in Photography

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Joel Robison is a budding artist who lives in a valley in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains. According to him: “I love to run, bike, jump, eat and create and I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it!”. Joel’s imagination is fired up by living as close to the forest as he possibly can. His work is an interesting combination of whimsy, fantasy, and imagination. What’s fun about his work is that the viewer knows that it’s just a product of digital image manipulation, but allows themselves to believe in it anyway.

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Ordinary, Everyday Awesomeness – Photographs by Brock Davis

By on March 8, 2014, in Photography

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Brock Davis is an art director, illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer. He has numerous accolades and awards under his belt and his list of clients include big industry names such as Porsche, Harley-Davidson, Esquire, and the New York Times. In this series, he showcases the artistic potential of ordinary, everyday objects. No fancy cameras, lighting, or digital manipulation – just oodles of creativity. Brock also started his very own “Make Something Cool Every Day” project where he makes one piece of art a day, everyday, for a whole year. He is currently based in Minneapolis where his lives with his wife, his two wonderful kids, and his dog Zelda.

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Handy Harry – Creative Shots by Handy Andy Pandy

By on March 7, 2014, in Photography

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Handy Andy Pandy is a Melbourne-based, redhead photographer who is currently keeping up with his self-imposed 365-day challenge. For those not familiar with the challenge, the rules are simple. Take a photograph. Once a day, everyday, for 365 days straight! Most who do take on the challenge wash out after several months for lack of time, opportunity, or creativity. Not Handy Andy Pandy though, this guy has creativity out the wazoo. Sometimes, it takes him anywhere between six to seven hours to capture that perfect shot. He said: “I’m smack bang in the middle of a 365 Project and loving it! I’m trying to challenge myself and push myself to grow as a photographer and a photomanipulator”. When not carving a lightning bolt into his forehead, Andy contributes for the online photography site F Stop Lounge. He is also available for freelance work.

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Kingdoms of Concrete and Steel – Awesome Urban Photography by Jens Fersterra

By on March 4, 2014, in Photography

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Jens Fersterra is a German photographer who has an unerring eye for urban photography. All of his shots capture the grandeur and majesty of each modern-day metropolis. He combines the mood, lighting, and angle perfectly. My favorite ones are those he did in black and white, adding an imposing feel to these modern-day monoliths. Unfortunately, very little is known about  the artist himself but I guess the quality of his work speaks for itself.

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A Boy and His Best Friend – Heartwarming Shots by Elena Shumilova

By on March 1, 2014, in Photography

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Elena Shumilova is a mother first and photographer second, but she simply can’t resist snapping these heartwarming shots of her boys bonding with their pets. Elena got her first camera in 2012 and she hasn’t stopped shooting with them ever since. When capturing her subjects on camera, she prefers natural light for both indoor and outdoor shots. She loves everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image – rain, snow, smoke, street and candle lights, fog, and smoke. She said: “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is.”

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Up-Inspired Photoshoot by Cambria Grace

By on February 25, 2014, in Photography

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In this day and age where it’s rare for a marriage to last one decade, Nina and Gramps have been together as man and wife for more than six! Unfortunately for them, camera phones weren’t in vogue 61 years ago. They have but one picture of their wedding day, owing to the fact that they got unceremoniously stood up by their wedding photographer. Lauren Wells, the couple’s granddaughter, wanted to make up for the lost opportunity and organized an ‘Up”-themed shoot. With the help of Cambria Grace, Pop & Circumstance, and Wild Folk Studio; Nina and Gramps are now featured in a series which clearly shows the long and picturesque journey the couple have had together.

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Bee Naturale – Bee Macrophotography by Sam Droege

By on February 24, 2014, in Photography

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There are thousands of bee species in the U.S. and it’s pretty difficult to tell one from the other. The United States Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory is responsible for the daunting task of identifying and monitoring these bee species. To make things a little easier, Sam Droege (the head of USGS-BIML), turned to high resolution macrophotography. He said: “I had seen these insects for many years, but the level of detail was incredible. The fact that everything was focused, the beauty and the arrangement of the insects themselves — the ratios of the eyes, the golden means, the french curves of the body, and the colors that would slide very naturally from one shade to another were just beautiful! It was the kind of thing that we could not achieve at the highest level of art.”

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Shooting Animals Point Blank – Wildlife Photography by Edwin Kats

By on February 22, 2014, in Photography

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Edwin Kats loves to shoot small, furry animals – with his Nikon D4 DSLR camera. He lives the deep in the middle of a wooded area in the Netherlands where all he needs to do to take a wildlife photo is lean out of his kitchen window. To take the amzing shots featured here, Edwin did more than just lean out of a window. He learned that the best way to get great results is by sticking to just one subject for a long time. He said: “Try to get to know your subject and follow it through the seasons. Try to get them in the snow, against autumn colors and with a nice back-light on a sunny summer morning. Another advantage is that the animals, even the very shy ones, will get to know and trust you. The best possible feeling I can get is to be accepted and trusted by a wild animal.”. Edwin has been a wildlife photographer since 1992 and his work has been featured in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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