The world of photography is an exciting place right now with artists and writers from all genres creating terrific content. In this weeks post we find that Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all over the internet for links to the best photographs, tutorials and publications to share here with everyone. We really hope you enjoy checking out this list as much as the Toad did in bringing it to you.
Something Different: Using a Wide Angle Lens for Portraits – Jason D. Little here on Light Stalking writes a great article that will have you stepping outside the usual to find a way of expression that is different. The concept of using a wide angle lens for portraiture is definitely not the way that most photographers shoot, but the results can be unique, and this terrific article shows you how with some great sample shots.
This guide to astrophotography will have you shooting stars in no time – shooting in the dead of night poses its own unique set of challenges that once overcome can produce stunning imagery. This great guide covers a series of tips and tricks that can help you get a jumpstart to capturing your own shots.
How to Create a Layer Mask with Photoshop – layer masks are a very powerful tool in the Photoshop toolkit, and this brief tutorial takes us through a brief look at how it works in action. A sample photograph is used for this tutorial, and screenshots of the workflow give you a great visual clue as to how to apply this to your work.
How to capture compelling compositions in your photography – this great article covers in-depth aspects of compelling composition in photography. Sample shots are included along with the tips and tricks, allowing you to instantly visualize the core concepts being shared here.
Six Ways to Find Free or Affordable Studio Space – finding studio space can be a tricky endeavor, with many spaces that are available for rent being well out of budget for many photographers who are in the building process of their practice. This article will give you some great ideas on how to reduce those costs, and in some cases even find space that’s free to shoot in.
This amazing storm timelapse makes rainclouds look like floating waterfalls – if you’ve never had the opportunity to see a Mike Olbinski time lapse video of dramatic weather phenomena, you won’t want to miss this post. Mike is known world-wide for his dramatic imagery, all capturing the fury and drama that nature can push down upon us all from the very heavens above.
100% Crops of 100MP Photographs of a 1 Million Dollar Hypercar – the word “whoaw!” doesn’t even begin to describe the shots you are about to see in this epic post. When you have one of the best medium format cameras in the world, a hypercar that seems to come straight from an alternative universe, and a vision the images are sure to stop everyone in their tracks. Shot using a super-simple and intimate setup, these images are beyond stunning.
This photographer shot his subjects on a real lava field for these incredible images – incredible otherworldly images await the viewer in this special presentation that finds us joining a master photographer who stages the setting and shoots in an active lava field in Hawaii. The resultant photographs are absolutely mesmerizing in their detail and drama, sure to delight and amaze everyone who views them.
How Photographing Skylines Made Me a Better Photographer – shooting skylines that have punch and interest can be a very fulfilling and inspiring practice, as shown in this terrific post that includes a bunch of awesome city themed photographs. Near the end of the article a great video presentation is also available, adding a lot of depth and interest to the discussion as a whole.
Two Days in Shanghai, China – Anne McKinnell takes us on a magical and mystical exploration of the incredible city of Shanghai, as witnessed through the lens of her camera. She uses several different formats and techniques in this set of images to capture a wide variety of different shots of this incredible city.
Belling & Murphy – I just love the raw artistic tension in this urbex themed shot from rob biek that takes us inside a room that hasn’t seen a real live person in countless years. A pair of old weathered chairs flank a very old TV set as years of decay have gone about creating distinctive textures and details that can only be found in settings such as this one.
Ribcage – Peter Stewart delivers a great shot here, one that takes on a distinct abstract feel in the form of lines and patterns. This architectural piece takes advantage of the distinct and unique circular shape found inside a housing estate in Hong Kong.
In The Weeds – Len Saltiel visits the epic Canadian Rockies in this post, coming away with a terrific portrait of a black bear. There is simply so much expression in this amazing bear’s face, captured perfectly in this terrific composition that fills the frame of the shot with the bear.
Yield to the Beast – for the fan of storm based photography, this dramatic shot showcases the epic power of a massive tornado as it rips across the vast landscape of Kansas in the United States. The dominant storm in this frame takes on a dark presence as it rolls across the grasslands of the region, perfectly composed and shared here by Derek Burdeny.
DIA – join Michael Criswell during a stopover at Denver International Airport during the evening hours when the facility is mostly empty. The first shot in this post is a monochromatic study of the interior architecture, full of great abstract shapes and leading lines.
凌空soho – wang zhen shares a night themed architectural study in this photograph, focusing on the contemporary buildings of the city as they sit under the dark skies of night. This shot features a blue color palette, adding to the inherent drama of the new-era buildings and showcasing them as the dramatic entities they truly are.
A Wintery Sunset – Scott Wood bears witness to an amazing sunset in the dead of winter, with glorious colors streaming across the sky and finding a soft reflection in the pristine white snow on the landscape below. This amazing spectacle is truly breathtaking, perfectly captured and posted here for everyone to enjoy.
WZ3 – a muted reflection from the water canals that define the buildings explored in this shot creates a soft and dreamy feel as you take in the finer details of the architecture. ⭐bxtong chan⭐ also features a starry sky overhead in this piece, finishing it off just perfectly.
Portland Head Light Rocks – a highly contrasted look at a terrific lighthouse perched on a rock bluff overlooking the ocean comes to life in this fabulous photograph from Steven Perlmutter. A gentle covering of white snow on the rocks adds a great element to this shot that is carefully processed to highlight the feel of the cold evident during the time.
Blue Mosque – built in the early 1600’s, this beautiful mosque is an attraction for locals and tourists alike. Efemir Art captures a stunning shot of this landmark, showcasing the gorgeous colors and lights that accent the various architectural features in a setting that includes a gentle reflective pool in the foreground for an added element of wonder.
Ribblehead Viaduct – a storied and history-filled viaduct is the prime subject in this great shot from Barry Turner. Barry includes a large swath of the surrounding landscape in the composition, adding great context to a structure that is very meaningful to the local communities.
Closer to the edge – a huge vista greets the viewer in this amazing landscape shot from Johannes Hulsch that finds a lone person standing near the edge of the cliff for an added touch of artistic tension. The cinematic feel brought out during the post-production of this shot accents the overall dramatic feeling of this amazing location.
seaspan osprey . . . – a distinctive splash of red from the main body of the boat cuts across the blue hues of the ocean that is travels across in this great shot from ƊƦคƓ๏ƝŦlץƊгєคɱʂ88. This shot is a truly iconic look at the scenes that unfold on a daily basis out here on the west coast of Canada.
The Bridge – David Naman shares an incredible landscape piece in this shot that uses an arched stone bridge as a frame into the heart of the picture where a wondrous scene awaits everyone. The mirror like reflection captured in the still waters in this shot create a serene feeling as the muted colors and deep contrasts of the trees that encircle the water draw the viewer in.
Two Harbors Light, Minnesota – Mark Paulson captured an extraordinary shot with this piece, featuring a lighthouse with the sun in the distance peeking just above the horizon. The composition is quite stunning, with a perfect pictorial alignment of the key elements in this great shot.
colors beach – rich blues are highlighted in this photograph taken on the shore with incredible natural rock formations just offshore for an added touch of drama in this shot by Agnès Perrodon. The prolonged shutter speed used to capture this shot drags the waters in a distinct way that combines details with a sense of great dynamism.
The best sunset in Strasbourg – wonderful purple hues dance across the sky as the sun sets in this picturesque place just waiting to be photographed by Jim Nix. Jim uses the natural lines from the canal as a leading line that turns into a great vanishing point that really does a terrific job of showcasing the glorious natural colors.
Ghost Tunnel – a round tunnel covered in yellow color draws the viewer into the picture where a lone person stands, creating a perfect sense of artistic tension along with the inherent abstract sense from the lines of the tunnel. As you follow the leading lines, a vanishing point in the distance adds to the overall sensation of this great shot.
Union Station V – photographer Ehpem shares a great shot taken inside Union Station as people hustle and bustle all around him, adding a great touch of tension to the scene. This incredible example of architecture is the perfect setting for such a shot.
Winter scenery – crisp details in the wood houses merge with the white snow-covered landscape in this stunning image by Adnan Bubalo. In the background, a deep forest helps to deliver a sense of scale and context in a shot that brings the cold of winter to the viewer in a still frame.
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