Dave Engledow is the “World’s Best Father”, at least according to his coffee mug. But if his photographs are to be believed, he’s due for a visit from the authorities. According to him, his wacky photos were simply a way for him to deal with his personal fears and neuroses as a new father. Ever since the birth of his daughter, Alice Bee in 2010, he has been creatively inspired to document the memorable moments of her life in their family. His wife Jen also had a hand in setting up the shots behind his “World’s Best Father” series.
At four millimeters in length, the Peacock Spider is hard to find. Once found, dedicated searchers will be rewarded with what is perhaps one of the most colorful, if not, the most colorful of all the arachnids.It is not just the brilliant coloration that earned the spiders their name. The male’s elaborate mating dance starts with a little leg-waving, segues into some abdominal gyrations coupled with displays of bristled back legs. The finale is the raising of the two magnificently colored flaps done with a little jig. It’s the final act that justified adding “peacock” to their common name. Dr. Jurgen Otto, an arachnologist, delights in capturing the Peacock Spider’s antics with his camera.
Dave Morrow is a photographer first, and a teacher second. He travels the world looking for that perfect shot. His impressive portfolio includes landscapes, cityscapes, and nightscapes. His shots of the night sky in particular, are quite impressive. He has even published a tutorial for the aspiring enthusiast. A hefty bit of the credit for the excellent quality of his star photos goes to Dave’s post processing technique, but it a great camera and the best digital editing software won’t get you anywhere if you simply don’t have the talent to recognize and take a great shot when you see it.
Minimalist isn’t very popular with a lot of photographers nowadays. Each shot is crammed with as much detail as it could hold. The result, while not altogether unpleasant, isn’t very relaxing to the eye. Animal photographer Andre Villeneuve has taken a different approach. Often, his shots contain nothing but the animal itself and its reflection. Andre is, by nature, an intuitive and spontaneous person who does his best to convey emotions through his photographs.
Julian Wolkenstein is a London-based photographer from Australia who is best known for his advertising photos. Julian obtained his Associate’s degree in photography in 1996 and after working a few years as an assistant, he started working for himself. One of his most popular series consists of a trio of people posing for portraits with comical shadows, another is his series ‘Echoism’ which was basically a work of pure symmetry. He currently divides his time between Melbourne, Sydney, and London.
Photographer Nelleke Pieters has a thing for the mystery of the deep, dark woods. Most, if not all, of her shots are of seldom used paths amidst the trees. Tracks surrounded by so much greenery on both sides it’s basically a tunnel. Twilight, dusk, and dawn are her favorite time of the day to take pictures, capturing the mystic mood of the forest.
Florent Courty is another young, up-and-coming photographer who takes amazing pictures considering she’s only 19 years old and largely self-taught. A few more years down the road she’ll definitely be someone to contend with in the world of photography. She started taking photography in January 2009 using a variety of cameras including a Canon 17-40 L and a Sigma 70-300mm. She lives and works in France.
Eddy L. strives to capture the beauty that most people ignore. To some, a rose may just be a thorny bush, but to him, it’s a repository of beauty. He loves taking long walks and she never goes anywhere without his camera. Who knows what magical moment he might capture on those rambling walks? His wonderfully dramatic close-ups of flowers which shows off their delicate hues. Interestingly, having gone through all the trouble of putting his name on his work, he didn’t make it very legible. So Eddy L., he’ll always be to me.
Mehmet Karaca is a 27-year-old amateur photographer who hails from Turkey. This young, talented photographer is into nature photography in a big way. His macro shots of bugs and critters are good enough to be used in National Geographic. A glance at his portfolio and you can see he takes every detail into consideration before taking the shot: lighting, angle, contrast, and focus are all taken into account. This one young photographer we should all watch out for.