Disney Meets Hollywood – Awesome Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

By on March 21, 2014, in Photography

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Annie Leibovitz is a world-class photographer best known for taking John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s portrait where  the naked John was embracing fully clothed Yoko. One of her most popular series features a mash-up of Disney’s well-loved characters and famous Hollywood stars. Originally, Annie was approached by Disney for their “Year Of A Million Dreams” promotion. The concept was such a hit that Annie is still making the portraits. Her A-list subjects include: Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, David Beckham as Prince Phillip, Michael Phelps as a merman, Russel Brand as Captain Hook, Jennifer Lopez as Jasmine, and Marc Anthony as Alladin – to name just a few.

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Split Second – Incredible High Speed Photograby by Daniel Nimmervoll

By on March 20, 2014, in Photography

 

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Daniel Nimmervoll is an Austria-based photographer who managed to capture these incredible macro shots of water droplets using his high speed camera. If you look closely at that shot above, you can see the .22 caliber bullet that passed through the column of water produced by the drop of water as it hit the surface. Might I point out that capturing a bullet in flight (albeit a low caliber one) is no mean feat by itself, capturing one as it passes through a drop of water which exists for a millisecond is relatively unheard of. High tech equipment can only do so much, it is to the photographer that wields them to whom due credit should be given. Kudos to Daniel for having the patience and the talent to capture these incredible shots.

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Bedtime Buddies – An Adorable Slumber Series by Jessica Shyba

By on March 19, 2014, in Photography

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Jessica Shyba is a photographer, blogger, and mother of three who skyrocketed to fame when she posted pictures of her son Beau and puppy Theo having an afternoon nap together. Puppies and babies are cute by themselves, but combine the two and you’ve got cuteness bursting out of the seams – a time and tested formula for internet fame. Theo is Jessica’s Shar-pei and German mix who she rescued from the local pound. “It was the cutest, most natural thing” – is how she described it when Theo climbed up on top of her two-year old son Beau during his afternoon nap. Their afternoon nap has become an adorable habit which elicits ‘awwws’ all over the world.

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Ubiquitous Beauty – Sand Macrophotography by Dr. Gary Greenberg

By on March 18, 2014, in Photography

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Sand is everywhere and most of us take it for granted, but not Dr. Gary Greenberg.  He is the photographer behind these exceptional macro shots of sand. He was a filmmaker and photographer until he decided to move to London to pursue his PhD in biomedical research. Dr. Greenberg also patented the 3D microscopes that he uses to take these incredible pictures. With Dr. Greenberg’s incredibly close-up shots, the viewer can see the beauty of each individual grain of sand. Who knew that gritty stuff between your toes  in the beach could be so pretty?

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What I Be – Daring Portraits by Steve Rosenfield

By on March 17, 2014, in Photography

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Steve Rosenfield is the daring photographer behind the “What I Be Project”. He asked volunteers to write their insecurities on skin using a marker. Often, what they wrote are the unkind labels that society had given them such as ‘homo’, ‘trans’, and ‘fat’. My favorite one is the granny with ‘Hitler’ written in the raised middle finger of her right hand. In an interview Steve revealed that he was touched by the participant’s willingness to share their story and how their labels and insecurities affected their lives and relationships. He said: “The ‘What I Be Project’ is all about honesty. n today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these ‘standards,’ we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart.”

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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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