It's been a wonderful week in the wide world of photography with artists and content creators sharing great shots and articles in all corners of the internet. Toad Hollow Photography has been looking everywhere for links to tutorials, special features and great photography that would interest everyone who reads this weeks list, so we really hope you enjoy checking them all out as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.
6 Tips For Better Fall Foliage Photos – join Jason D. Little right here on Light Stalking as he explores some of the nuances of shooting the fall colors. Jason adds some great and colorful shots to the post as he discusses this activity, giving you a great idea of what to look for as you explore the great outdoors yourself.
An Introduction to Abstract Photography – the concept of abstract photography is discussed in-depth in this great article that covers a wide-range of subtypes within the genre itself. The sample shots that are included here to illustrate the points are all excellent examples of this type of imagery.
How to Create a Vintage Photo Filter With Photoshop in 60 Seconds – creating a vintage look with photography is a great way to convey a sense of something aged and weathered, a popular look these days in some circles. This fast-paced video tutorial is around a minute in length and takes you through the steps required to create an action that can be applied time and time again in your own workflow.
The 7 Ways of Zen Landscape Photography – ah yes, the way of the Zen masters, as translated and applied to the art of landscape photography. This post shows us how to apply this style while outdoors on a shoot, and some of the key compositional tricks employed to really accent this particular look.
5 Amazing Tips for Capturing Spectacular Low Light Landscapes – a short set of tips is shared here that will definitely help everyone who is starting out capturing low light level landscapes capture a great shot every time. Sample shots are included along the way as the tutorial unfolds, giving you a great visual representation of how to apply the tip in your own photography.
Minimalist photography tips for bloggers to create awesome and effective images – this great article covers some of the key basics to providing photography media for those who are primarily bloggers. Video and still presentations are included in this post, giving you some great insight on how to effectively accomplish those goals in the quickest and easiest timeframe possible.
Create Beautiful Portraits With a Single Light – this short video tutorial covers how to effectively use a single light when shooting portraits, and also discusses the processing technique that is used to create a vintage tintype look to the finished shot. The concepts are very easy to follow here, and when you see the completed images it really is a great look.
7 Secrets Of Black And White Photography – no one would argue that black-and-white photography is a genre and style all it’s own, requiring techniques and approaches to both shooting and post-production that are unique to it alone. This tutorial covers some of the foundations of this style, and includes an awesome set of example shots.
Winners of the 2017 NYC Drone Film Festival – I love the perspectives that drone photography can reveal, oftentimes showcasing a world that is otherwise invisible to the earthbound mortal. This blog post features some of the award-winning videos that were presented during the 2017 Drone Film Festival.
Rainer Wengel’s Photos of the Aurora Borealis on Film Will Captivate You – this is an amazing collection of shots featuring the beautiful and natural aurora borealis, as captured on a medium format film camera. The colors and details of these shots are distinct and originate on film, taking full advantage of the wonder of the phenomenon as it unfolds in front of the photographer.
It gets lighter every step – abstract shots based on architectural features are always an interesting subject to photograph and explore for the viewer, as shown in this great black-and-white image featuring a spiral staircase. Christophe Staelens does a great job in composing this one to highlight the contrasts and the dramatic vanishing point found in this particular staircase.
Saddle Bronc Riding – Michael Criswell freezes time in this amazing shot of a rodeo participant trying with all his might to hang onto a bucking bronco horse. This tight frame reveals the intensity of the moment in both the horses and the man’s face as the clock ticks and the pre-dispositioned deposit of the rider onto the muddy surface looms nearby.
Cologne – ah, the romance of a beautiful old European city as the light of day gives way to the blue hour, as revealed in this gorgeous shot by Adnan Bubalo. To the right of the frame we find a great bridge span, leading you into the frame where in the distance two spires from one of the old buildings creates an outline against the sky.
Growing Season – Endicott, Washington – the bucolic scenes of American farmlands comes to our screens in a Rockwellian composition shared here by Len Saltiel that features a wonderful wood barn sitting in the heart of an active farm. The light is wonderful for this shot, highlighting both the age and character of the barn, along with the inherent beauty of the countryside.
Palau de la Música Catalana – visit a beautiful concert hall in the heart of Barcelona, Spain, in this epic architectural study from Ole Steffensen. This wide vertical shot reveals much of the interior of this wonderful space as avid concert goers mingle in and take their seats in anticipation of the show that is to begin.
Tongass Brown Bears – bears in their natural habitat make for amazing photography subjects, revealing glimpses of their wonderful personalities in a setting that is comfortable to them, allowing them to act candidly. This great shot comes to us from Ron Niebrugge and features a mom bear with her two cubs nearby scouting out an active river presumably for some form of a snack.
Central Station – here we find a lot of artistic tension in a black-and-white photograph from Koen Jacobs taken inside a station. A lone man looks towards the edge of the frame while large windows beckon in ambient light, creating strong contrasts that accent the overall drama of the frame.
Night on the Old Bridge – Jim Nix shares two renditions of the same shot, post-processed using different color shifts to accent various aspects of this architectural wonder in Germany. This composition features the Old Bridge (aka the Alte Brucke) in Heidelberg, Germany captured at night, showing off the character-rich setting to it’s fullest.
September in Paris – Paris, France reveals itself in this wonderful shot by Manjik photography that showcases the old and intricate architecture of this famous spot. The Alexandre III bridge forms a perfect leading line in this image, taking us right into the heart of the city where centuries of history come to life for all to enjoy in great detail.
The Electric Desert – Scott Wood’s visit to Arizona yields this great storm themed shot that features the never ending landscape with a brooding storm hanging overhead discharging dramatic lightning bolts to the ground below. This shot features the tendrils of electric energy and a deep perspective into the landscape, revealing the true scale and scope of the region.
Moravian field… – Daniel Řeřicha captures a great shot here, featuring a set of rolling hills that create texture and depth in a piece that takes on a highly abstract feel to it. The warm and green tones explored in this beautiful picture highlight the sense the viewer finds when exploring it visually.
Retro car show – Derrick Birdsall shares a selection of shots he captured at a local retro car show, featuring various compositions of some of the details found in these classic cars on display. Derrick’s eye for detail and light comes shining through in this small set, showing off aspects of the cars that really exemplify the character they possess.
Kirkjufell – the cinematic feel used in post-production for this shot by Etienne Ruff does a terrific job of showing off the dramatic and rugged beauty of an often-photographed spot in Iceland. The majestic landscape of this place is often pictured by traveling photographers, and this one reveals an unique take on the spot with waterfalls up front and a jagged landscape as a backdrop.
end of day . . . – various vignettes found here on Vancouver Island offer great photography opportunities, as shown in this terrific shot from local photographer ƊƦคƓ๏ƝŦlץƊгєคɱʂ88. In this composition we find an outcropping of rock that forms a leading line out to the ocean in the distance as a person stands near the edge for a touch of artistic tension.
Slovenia – FIBA EuroBasket 2017 – the unquestionable allure and beauty of Lake Bled and the tiny ancient monastery that sits on a small island in the middle of it are highlighted by a muted reflection of the whole scene captured in the waters of the lake itself. Gürkan Gündogdu captures this wonderful picture just as the night sets, allowing all the lights of the buildings to create little pops of wonder as you wander through this picture on a visual voyage of discovery.
the wharfs of dawn – Frank King employs a long exposure technique to capture and create this stunning shot of wharfs floating over a water reserve in Calgary, Alberta. The colors in the sky are primarily of the purple palette, adding a sense of peace and wonder to this mesmerizing photograph.
Fire in the Hole – Keyhole Arch in Pfeiffer Beach, California is a photographer's wonderland several times a year as a natural phenomenon finds the sunset blazing vibrant colors through a small opening in the natural rock formations found at this location. Daniel F. captures a tight framing of this scene as it unfolds, creating a dramatic picture full of wonder, delight and hope.
Fireworks, Minnesota – capturing fireworks is a skill all of its own, as shown in this detailed shot posted here by Mark Paulson. Mark manages to nail this shot with crisp details in the color streams from the light show, emphasized perfectly by the various colors displayed in the skyborne exhibit.
Some fall colours from Toronto – a winding pathway in the forest is framed in vibrant colors as the full spectrum of fall comes to life in this amazing shot from Mindz.eye. As you wander the path in your mind's-eye, a terrific vanishing point in the distance draws you further into the frame.
Hummingbird – stunning details in this side-profile shot emerge in this photograph of a tiny hummingbird on approach to a feeder captured by Wayne Beauregard. Wayne also includes some background information in his post on these birds, adding interest to the amazing image that could easily stand on it’s own.