“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all,” wrote Stanley Horowitz. It is apparently the succinctness and vividness with which Horowitz describes autumn that has so resonated with people searching for seasonally appropriate quotes. Accordingly, the macro images that follow all embody, to one degree or another, the brilliant patchwork of seasons that is autumn.
Paths, trails, or whatever else one might call them, are curious things. In some cases, it’s quite obvious that a great many people (and animals) have walked along a particularly rugged route countless times over the years, while other pathways are deliberately placed, meticulously designed, and regularly manicured. No matter their origin or intended use, trails can be enchanting and inviting or they can fill prospective travelers with a sense of foreboding and mystery. And sometimes they can do all these things at once. From a photography perspective, trails have a lot to teach us about composition, framing, mood, and geometry. The images represent all that is intriguing and instructive about pathways. Enjoy.
Photographing kids is always fun, but it can also be extremely challenging and doing it in a creative way is downright difficult. That is why we were pleasantly surprised to come across the photography of Wes Armson. Wes has some exceptionally creative ways of photographing his own kids and was kind enough to let us share some of his results here on Light Stalking. Take a bit of inspiration from his creative photographs of his children.
Anybody who has ever tried to take photographs of animals will know how difficult it can be to get good images. When you add to that difficulty, photographing them in the wild, then the chances of getting a truly good shot diminish again. That is why we were so blown away when we stumbled over the remarkable wildlife photography of Spanish photographer Marina Cano.
When you think of fearsome predators, which ones come first to mind? Wolves? Lions or bears? How about snakes or sharks? Some of you might even be in the midst of a bone-chilling flashback about a menacing spider you once encountered. But what about birds? There are some real rock stars among birds. Eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and other raptors characterized by peerless vision, powerful beak, and piercing talons are some of nature’s most efficient hunters. The photos below capture various birds of prey in flight, some in active pursuit of their next meal.
Photographer Catherine Opie once referred to sunrise and sunset as “the biggest cliché in photography.” While Opie’s series of photos “Twelve Miles to the Horizon” deals with the very subjects — sunrise and sunset — that she deemed cliché, I think it’s safe to say that Opie succeeded in approaching sunrise and sunset in a slightly different way.
What is it about time-lapse videos that makes them so fascinating? They compress hours of footage into seconds, speeding up the pace of things as we know them. Photographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović created a stunning time-lapse video filmed at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Called YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ, which is Navajo for Milky Way, the video will leave you speechless.
Did you know that sunflowers are capable of growing between 8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.7 meters) within just six months? There are many other sunflower facts that you probably don’t know. What I’m sure everyone here does know is that sunflowers make beautiful, intriguing photography subjects. Feast your eyes on these lovely sunflower images, and check out the links at the end for some cool resources on flower photography.
One of the great pleasures of outdoor photography is simply getting outside and into nature. To be honest, for some of us, it’s the main motivator. So we thought we would put together a small collection of wilderness photographs from some clever photographers who managed to get some very inspiring shots. Check the list of resources at the end of the collection for tips on how to get some of your own shots like these.
Mike Mellia is a New York based photographer whose allegorical photographs often tell a story through conceptual ideas and cinematic compositions. In his most recent work, a photo series titled Another Day in Paradise, he conveys the story of his late father. Capturing the mood of New York City in his photos, Mike creates images that are reminiscent of his father’s life.