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"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Friday, April 11, 2014

Remarkable Time Lapse by Photographer Louie Schwartzberg

We live in a world of "unseeable" beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, film-maker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature. ( Via TED talks)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Behind the Scenes Fashion Shoot with Olivia Wilde for Allure Magazine

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy at the Joughin Ranch in the Santa Susana Mountains in California.

*click on image for larger view*

Olivia Wilde: Behind the Scenes

Mind Blowing Macro Underwater Time-Lapse ~ by Daniel Stoupin

Daniel Stoupin snapped 150,000 22-megapixel RAW exposures to make this stunning 4K masterpiece. Sadly we can only view it in 1080P but it will still wow you I promise.

" To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures." ~ Daniel Stoupin


Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.
Daniel's Gear:
- Canon 7D (died at the beginning of the project as he had overused it in his research), Canon 5d MkIII (90% of footage was done with it)
- Canon MP-E 65 mm lens
- adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models)
- several motorized stages including StackShot for focus stacking
- multiple computers to process thousands of 22MP raw images and perform focus stacking (an old laptop died on that mission after 3 weeks of continuous processing).
Edited in Sony Vegas, Adobe Photoshop CS6...

What is stack focusing you ask? Focus stacking (also known as focal plane merging and z-stacking) is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source images

File:Focus stacking Tachinid fly.jpg
Series of images demonstrating a 6 image focus bracket of A Tachinid fly. First two images illustrate typical DOF of a single image while the third image is the composite of 6 images.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Behind the Scenes with Annie Leibovitz’s Game of Thrones Photo Shoot for Vanity Fair

One of the hottest shows on the little screen is featured on the cover of Vanity Fair. The cast of Game of Thrones gets the Annie Leibovitz treatment and she delivers. The countdown is on! Season 4 Premiere April 6 at 9PM.  GAME ON!

Annies gear: Profoto light with a Photek Softlighter ( removable shaft), Hasselblad with digital back ( Phase One IQ180 from the looks of it) and a HC 50-110mm lens.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Portraits of Famous Photographers

Since the Mid-15th century and the advent of better and cheaper mirrors artists have modelled for themselves in their own works of art. Whether it is an in-depth exploration of the artist’s own psyche or simply because as a model, the artist is clearly the cheapest and most available. Whatever the reason, nearly every artist, in every medium from painters to photographers have attempted this exploration of self.

The Term selfie has become part of our lexicon and was the Oxford word of the year for 2013. The self portrait has never been so predominant in our culture. But the photographic masters did it first and did it best. Have a look!

Richard Avedon, self-portrait, New York, ca 1963

© Andreas Feininger's iconic image of Photojournalist  Dennis Stock for Life Magazine, 1951

 Photographer Sam Haskins 1963

Helmut Newton – Self-portrait with wife June and models (1981)

© Sally Mann, Self-portrait, 1974

Model Veruschka and photographer Franco Rubartelli, January 15, 1968, Vogue 

© Robert Doisneau, La petite monique, 1934

Arthur "Weegee" Fellig Self Portrait

Stanley Kubrick

Ansel Adams

© Vivian Maier, Self-portrait

Henri Cartier-Bresson, self-portrait, 1957


Diane Arbus Self Portrait
Imogen Cunningham, “Self Portrait on Geary Street” (1958)

Yousuf Karsh ~ Self Portrait

© Felix Nadar & Adrien Tournachon, Pierrot photographer by the mime Debureau, 1854

André Kertész

© Ed van der Elsken, Self-portrait with Ata Kandó, Paris, 1953

Photographer Peter Beard

© Germaine Krull, Self-portrait with Ikarette, 1925

© Willy Ronis, Self-portrait, 1955

Jeanloup Sieff Self-portrait 
Mark Seliger self portrait in a stairwell at his studio in New York, 2011

© Gerda Taro, Robert Capa, Spain, 1937

© Helmut Newton, Self-portrait with model, Hotel Bijou, Paris, 1973

The first photographic portrait image ever produced was this self portrait of Photographer Robert Cornelius, daguerreotype, 1839

© Hank Walker
Self-portrait by photographer Gordon Parks

© Paul S. Taylor, Dorothea Lange pictured in Texas, 1934

© Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait in Mirrors, 1931

Ilse Bing 1986
© Oscar Graubner, Margaret Bourke-White working a top the Chrysler Building, 1934

Photographer Lee Friedlander self-portrait

Jeanloup Sieff self-portrait Undated

© Edouard Boubat, Self-portrait with Lella, 1951

© Umbo (Otto Umbehr), Self-portrait with Leica, 1952

© Martin Munkacsi

Photographer Willi Ronis
© Willy Ruge, Arno Boettcher, 1927
Robert Mapplethorpe Self portrait ( one of the few I can publish here)

© Nobuyoshi Araki, Self-portrait

© Irving Penn portrait of  Cecil Beaton with nude, 1946

© Daido Moriyama, Self-portrait with Dogs, 1997

© Weegee, Lisette Model, 1946

© René Burri's portrait of  Henri Cartier-Bresson, New York, 1959

© Lee Friedlander, Self-portrait, 1997

 Vivian Maier Self-Portrait 
 Andreas Feininger self portrait, 1946

O. Winston Link   anGeorge Thom with flash Equipment. New York, March 16, 1956.

 Edward Steichen, selft portrait.

Harry Callahan ~ Self Portrait

André Kertész Self portrait ~ distorsion-no-41-1933

© Peter Seker, Walker Evans, 1935-1936

© Jacques-Henri Lartigue, portrait of Richard Avedon, New York, 1966