We've had another terrific week here in the world of photography with authors and artists from all styles and genres of photography sharing great shots and articles. This weeks hand-curated list is composed of a large variety of different subjects with something here for everyone. We really hope you enjoy checking out all these links and pictures as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.
Bite Size Tips: 13 Tips Showing You How To Get Perfect Focus Every Time – proper focus is absolutely critical to a great shot and this short article posted here on Light Stalking reveals a series of terrific tips that are sure to be of help. Sample shots are included along the way to show you the expected photographs you can capture if you nail your focus during capture.
A History of the Yosemite Firefall and Tips for Photographing It – there are a few natural phenomenon that occur in places around the world only once or twice a year, depending on weather conditions and lighting. The eerie bi-annual light show at Horsetail Falls in the United States is one such natural event, producing an amazing visual for a brief moment of time only over the course of a few days. This blog talks about the event and how to get the most out of photographing it while it exhibits itself to patient photographers from all over the world.
How to Create an Artistic Typography Portrait in Photoshop – this post includes a fairly in-depth video tutorial that takes you through the steps of turning a straightforward portrait into an artistic style typography piece in Photoshop. Each step is shown in the tutorial as we watch along and learn some pretty interesting techniques.
6 pictures you can take during lunch break – what a great way to put the fun back into photography! This short video presentation shows us a series of fresh concepts that you can apply to your photography during a short lunch break.
Sunny 16 And Other Photo Exposure Rules – exposure is an area of photography that finds people sharing a vast variety of opinions on how best to manage this important setting. This article covers some of the fundamental types of light you might encounter and gives tips on how to set exposure manually to get the best quality output.
Tips for Better ‘Getting Ready' Shots in Wedding Photography – wedding photography can be quite the undertaking, requiring the average professional photographer to invest an entire day on location with the bride, groom and their family to ensure all the great opportunities for awesome shots are realized. This primer article talks about the period of time when the bride and groom are getting ready for the ceremony, and is full of terrific tips on how to fully take advantage of that time to come away with a catalog of shots that document the feel of the day.
50 Winter Pictures That Will Seriously Make You Want To Shoot In Snow – shooting in the heart of winter can be something that doesn’t draw all photographers as the colors tend to fall into the monochromatic and the outdoor conditions are not conducive to lounging about in your favorite swimsuit. This can be a lost opportunity as we see in this breathtaking selection of winter themed shots that range from the abstract to character studies to wide landscape scenes.
Breathtaking Aerial Photos Reveal How Iceland Looks Like a Series of Beautiful Paintings – this article gives us a new approach to seeing the sights of Iceland, this time from the air with photography captured by drone. This amazing series of images reveals otherworldly looking images from this truly amazing part of the world.
30 Amusing Wildlife Photos By Award-Winning Austrian Photographer – prepare to have your heart melted in this amazing collection of wildlife photographs compiled into this single article for your enjoyment. This collection features a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats, and is sure to delight viewers of all ages.
Toy Photographer Mitchel Wu Brings Action Figures to Life in Hilarious, Fantastical Scenes – photography can be used as a force of good in the form of creative and hilarious photographs carefully designed, staged and executed to tell a great story in a frame. This post features the work of several artists who work with this style of photography and the article includes a selection of shots from Mitchel Wu’s Instagram account.
Winter February 2019 – snow here on Vancouver Island is for some years an elusive state of weather, however this year we got hit hard at a rather peculiar time of year when the entire island is usually engaged with counting flowers in an effort to brag to our friends and family back east. Check out this set of terrific monochromatic shots by local photographer Joseph de Lange who captures the pure essence of this weather event in a great series.
Urban Blight – Michael Criswell takes us on a short somber tour of Detroit revealing some of the buildings and homes that remain that are slowly falling into a state of utter disrepair and neglect, the final step of the effects of time before these places are enveloped by the land and disappear forever. Michael’s great compositional skills bring these places to sharp relief for those who like this style of photography.
Rallenreiher – Georg Scharf captures and shares a terrific shot of a very interesting bird standing in a small pool of water against a backdrop composed of warm tones. The colors found in the bird are harmonious with the palette found in the rest of hte image, making for a compelling wildlife themed photograph.
Steampunk Commander, Belgium – old abandoned power stations make for awesome urbex themed photography essays, and in this post we find Obsidian Urbex Photography exploring one such site in Europe. The various shots of the control panels, gauges and remaining equipment in the context of the haunting environment they reside in are great visual expressions of the effects of decay over time.
Into the Void – an abstract image composed in a tunnel that forms the perfect frame highlights the lone individual walking away from the camera in the distance, adding a great dash of artistic tension. WK Cheoh takes advantage of the repeating patterns in this composition to create and deliver a terrific vanishing point.
doesn’t look like someone else’s – Vancouver Island based photographer Diane Schuller shares a selection of some of her recent shots in this post sharing pictures captured in the region depicting various topics. Some of the shots are of still life, while others capture candid moments of island dwellers, revealing a small glimpse into life on Vancouver Island.
Phare de Mean Ruz… – Krzysztof Browko captures a highly stylized long exposure landscape shot with this piece, focusing on the dynamic waters of the ocean as they ebb and flow with an old stone tower standing in the distance overlooking the expanse. The beautiful colors in the sky highlight the overall scene bringing all the key elements out for the viewer to enjoy.
the soaring lines of worship – the city of Dublin is home to many historic and majestic churches, and in this shot, we are lucky enough to follow Frank King inside one such cathedral where he captures and shares this dramatic black-and-white architectural study. The lines created in the roof lines coupled with the textures of the stonework work perfectly together in this strong composition.
Reflection – a delicate mist lingers over this landscape scene as we find Tiger Seo composing this peaceful and serene image. The real strength in this shot lies in the still reflections of the scene in the waters in the foreground, adding a mirror-like reflection to the composition.
Trillium – check out this small set of close-up shots of a gorgeous Trillium flower in all of its colorful glory. Lisa Gordon does a wonderful job here of capturing the essence of this beautiful flower, allowing us all to enjoy a moment of serenity as we take in its natural beauty.
Hong Kong – this incredible cityscape shot was captured during the evening, highlighting the dramatic architectural features of this contemporary city as lights twinkle from all the buildings. Manjik photography also takes full advantage of the fast moving light trails from the city’s traffic, casting colorful light trails in the scene that act as perfect natural leading lines.
Sunrise in the Palouse – Garfield, Washington – the Palouse region in the northwest area of the United States is home to mile upon mile of beautiful rolling landscapes, mostly inhabited by large farms the take advantage of the extremely fertile soil conditions. The resulting landscapes are sometimes abstract in nature, as we see in this great shot that also features some of the terrific colors that are found here.
Spirit Island – Robert Downie finds this epic spot in the Canadian Rockies on a still day where the waters of Maligne Lake act as a mirror to reflect certain highlights of the dramatic landscape. This often-photographed little island is a true treasure on our planet, creating romantic and compelling scenes that are found nowhere else.
Margerie Glacier – the Alaska region is full of dramatic mountain ranges, incredible natural glaciers and seascape scenes that are truly second to none. This shot from Ron Niebrugge exhibits the natural beauty of the region as we look back at an amazing glacier along with a ship at the base of the ice wall that reveals the scope of the scene as a whole.
Forest Waves – this simplistic shot comes to us from Kilian Schönberger who focuses on a segment of a forest to deliver this abstract nature shot. As we look into the frame here, we see layer upon layer of trees, all accented wonderfully by a thin fog that hangs over the landscape.
out of track – black-and-white photographs can be the perfect medium for certain types of images, with urbex themed shots definitely falling into this category. This shot from Urban Vagabond features the inside of what looks like a train switching room that hasn’t had a human hand at any of the switches in a very long time.
In the air – we take to the air with this incredible photograph captured from a highly elevated perspective overlooking a marvelous landscape far below. Peter Zajfrid captures a farm in the foreground as the gorgeous landscape stretches out in the distance seemingly forever.
Sunrise at Lake Eibsee – beautiful golden sunlight streams in from frame left to dance across the scenery in this early morning shot captured by Alexander Lauterbach. The crisp details in the rocks in the foreground play against the forest and mountains in the distance that draw you into the frame.
Culzean Castle – Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland – built in the late 1700s this amazing stone castle sits in Scotland as a landmark and icon of the country. This shot comes to us from Len Saltiel who finds this amazing castle on a bright and sunny day, capturing the terrific essence of the location in the context of a frame.
Neverending Bridge – wonderful colors grace this photograph that features a famous bridge leading the viewer out into the forever, acting as a perfect natural leading line that culminates in a strong vanishing point. Ricardo Mateus’ beautiful color palette turns a simple composition into something totally alluring with this composition.