Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel” is a hidden underwater river in in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The ‘river’ is due to a phenomenon called a halocline. Water with different salinity form layers underwater. Cenote Angelita is actually made of fresh water until about 29 meters when it switches to a 1-meter layer of hydrogen sulfide, after which the entire cave bottom is filled with saltwater from 30 to 60 meters deep. Diver and underwater photographer Anatoly Beloshchin has documented this phenomenon in great detail. He never dives without his trusty camera, some lights, and a fishing pole – just in case.
Alex Greenshpun is an extremely talented photographer well worth watching out for. Her gallery in deviantART is chock full of her outstanding photographs. She does macrophotography, black and white, and animal photography. She even has a few portraits thrown in for good measure. Now, beagles and golden retrievers are adorable from just about any angle, but Alex does them justice with her perfect angle and focus.According to her website: “In photography, [Alex] finds not only an art-form, but a language that enables her to express the way the world is seen through her very heart”
Nick Frank finds inspiration everywhere. His specializes in architecture photography and with his penchant for finding the perfect angles, it seems he just can’t go wrong. According to him, his photography is not about showing the reality, it is always my personal subjective view. He loves shooting with a wide angle lens since it compresses the center with interesting results in the outer part of the image. Nick is interested in both portrait and architecture and has yet to decide which specific area of photography to pursue.
Jellyfish are some of the last things you would want to see in the beach. They’re icky, they’re slimy, and they sting. The only way they could possibly get worse was if they could fly. Well, Russian photographer Alexander Semenov has apparently photographed a few specimens doing just that. He has spent the better part of his career documenting oceanic wildlife. Alexander is a zoologist who specializes in the study of invertebrates. Underwater photography was just a hobby of his, until he started taking underwater pictures with his old DSLR camera and became fascinated with the results. Don’t worry, jellyfish haven’t yet learned to fly, Alexander’s amazing ‘flying’ jellyfish photographs were actually taken underwater from an upward angle.
Matej Peljhan is a Slovenian photographer and triathlete. An odd combination, certainly, but what’s odder still is that he’s missing an eye and his right arm. When he was ten years old, he was involved in an accident with some explosives left over from World War II.the incident made a huge impact in his life and led him to create his Little Prince series with Luka. The series features a Luka in a variety of whimsical poses, not unlike the protagonist in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel. Luka is a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy who can’t walk, dress, or feed himself. While Luka’s movements may be severely limited, his imagination is not. He was the one who came up with the ideas for his poses in the series. He lives and works in in Ljubljana, Slovenia with his wife and their three children.
Underwater photographs have become commonplace ever since the introduction of waterproof cameras into the public market. Most of them feature the vividly colorful underwater seascape – complete with corals, fish, an an occasional shark. Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro went against the grain with his heavily desaturated photos. With all the colors leached out, his underwater photos turn menacing. Oddly enough, it is this quality that makes his work more compelling. Hengki studied video production and fine art photography in the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. He currently lives and works in Java, Indonesia.
William Wegman is a photographer best known for his series of compositions involving dogs (usually his own). William keeps quite a few Weimaraners and has gleefully photographed the in every pose imaginable, complete with costumes and props. He originally wanted to be a painter. His career in photography took off after pictures of Man Ray (his first and most famous Weimaraner) became a sensation. He appeared in The Tonight Show in where he showed a clip of his short film Dog Duet. William currently lives and works in New York where he paints and writes when he’s not off taking pictures of his dogs.
Harry Whittier Frees is an American photographer who may arguably be the father of the modern LOLcat. Harry began his career in photography when, at a birthday party, a paper hat fell on a cat’s head and Harry took a quick picture. He sold his photo to a postcard printer who asked for more of the same. When Harry realized the demand for animal shots, he started taking pictures in earnest, complete with costume and props. His cats, Rag and Fluff, were his most frequent subjects but he was not above borrowing a few neighborhood pets to complete a scene. He says: “These unusual photographs of real animals were made possible only by patient, unfailing kindness on the part of the photographer at all times.”. He also added that “Speed is essential in securing these pictures, but very often it is impossible to be quick enough. Young animals cannot hold a pose any better than human babies, and the situation is complicated when they are called on to be precocious in situations naturally foreign to them.”
Sako Tchilingirian is an experienced photographer, digital artist, jeweler, and architect. He takes landscape pictures, gives it a bit of digital tinkering, and comes up with dramatic results. His work is not unlike old paintings in the realism style. He currently lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
Jamey Stillings has a passionate interest in and curiosity about people, cultures, ideas and technology. They are the guiding forces in his photography and life. He has more than 25 years of experience in photography under his belt and he uses a combination of well-executed production and an open approach to achieve excellence in his field. According to him: “Energetic and creative collaboration and friendly effective teamwork are at the heart of my most successful projects.”