These Child Zombie Photos Are the Stuff of Nightmares

Photographer Amanda J. Alvares specializes in shooting portraits, wedding, and… child zombie photos that may give you nightmares. Warning: Some may find the portraits in this post disturbing. The California-based photographer began offering zombie shoots to parents a few years ago after doing some Halloween mini sessions. “Out of the several clients I had that day, my zombie images were my favorite,” Alvares tells PetaPixel. “I don’t know of anyone locally that does zombies the way I do, so I turned my ‘Halloween’ mini sessions into zombie specific mini sessions.” The horror is created using a combination of
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Photos of Tiny, Lone Figures Dwarfed by Large Buildings


Insignificant Moments is a photo series by Australian photographer Thomas Ryan that juxtaposes tiny, lone human figures against the architecture of large structures. “Insignificant Moments explores concepts surrounding the built environment we engage with on a daily basis; loneliness; isolation; and exploring the notion that insignificant moments in our daily lives are acts that provide the soul of the built environment,” Ryan writes. “Through the austere and lonely there is beauty in these insignificant moments.” Ryan shoots architectural photography, so he often finds himself on city streets, focusing his lens on different built environments. It’s his time out
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This Time-Lapse is of a Photographer’s 28,000-Mile Pursuit of Storms

Time-lapse photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski has just released his latest masterpiece. This one, titled “Pursuit,” was born of dedication, frustration, and 28,000 miles of chasing thunderstorms and tornadoes. “This past spring was a tough one,” Olbinski writes.” Supercell structure and beautiful tornadoes had been very hard to come by. In fact, the tornado in the opening of this film was the only good one I saw this entire year.” In one particular chase, Olbinski found himself feeling defeated and overwhelmed with failure. Here’s his story:
On June 12th, I broke down into tears. Minutes earlier, I
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Why I Burned My Own Property and How I Photographed It

I was committed to burning my property. I know this sounds a bit crazy but we’re talking about a prescribed burn. My wife researched programs in our area for homeowners to reduce fire hazard. In our area the firefighters are cross-trained for both wildland and structure fires so they are perfectly qualified to do prescribed burns on a residential property. After getting an assessment we got rid of all the pine needles dropped by the numerous ponderosa in proximity to the house and studio. The fire crew dug a containment “line” around the perimeter of our property. Then they trimmed
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Side-by-Side Photos That Blend Scenes from Around the World

After traveling through 40 countries in 2 years, Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger of How Far from Home decided to sift through their 14,000 photos and find similar shots from different parts of the world. Using these images, they created a series of beautiful “photo mashups,” or side-by-side images that blend together in beautiful ways. The mashup above combines Tower Bridge in London (left) with Brooklyn Bridge in New York (right). The goal was “to showcase how similar the world can actually appear,” the duo tells PetaPixel.
The Alps in Austria vs the Drakensberg in South Africa
Summertime in Iceland
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Shooting Grassroots-Level Auto Racing

The state of Wisconsin has some of the most storied and exciting short tracks in the United States, and I grew up attending many of them. I watched the greats of ASA and ARTGO battle on tracks like Madison International, Slinger Speedway and WIR. Witnessing wheelmen like Mike Eddy, Lowell Bennett and Matt Kenseth write their legacies. I became addicted to the smell of racing fuel and the sound of a wide open throttle echoing off concrete walls. As a kid, I developed a fascination with art and knew that I wanted to be a designer. I’ve worked professionally as
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What My Camera Saw as My Parents Died of Cancer

There is a whole range of feelings that happen with the delivery of bad news. In my case, like many others, knees lock, the heart speeds up and the hairs on my arms get a funny little tingle. My circumstances, however, were a little less expected. When my dad told my husband and me that he and my mom wanted to come into Manhattan for dinner, I was excited to see them and quickly made a plan for an 8 p.m. dinner at Café Orlin — my favorite for Middle Eastern food. As soon as we sat down, I
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Photographer Captures San Francisco Sights as Shapes

Photographer Burton Rast has just completed a new project titled, The Shapes of San Francisco. He spent 100 days exploring SF and shooting one photo per day of the city’s most popular and photographed sights, but “in a unique way.” Each photo focuses on shapes. “When I first relocated from Chicago to the Bay Area, I was immediately struck by the distinctive forms and shapes that make San Francisco such a striking city,” Rast tells PetaPixel. “As I explored my new surroundings, camera in hand, I began to wonder whether it might be possible to capture the city’s most
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This Couple Did an ’80s Themed Photo Shoot for Their 10th Anniversary

For their recent 10th anniversary, Steve and Danielle VanHorn hired photographer Vanessa Hoffmann of Giggle Monster Photography to do a photo shoot. But it wasn’t just any ol’ photo shoot — it was a 1980s-themed one complete with lasers, tube socks, and Spandex. Hoffmann’s portraits faithfully recreate some of the most popular photo trends of the time. You can find more of Hoffmann’s work on her website and Facebook page. (via Giggle Monster Photography via HuffPo)
Image credits: Photographs by Vanessa Hoffmann and used with permission

These Portraits of ‘Landfill Dogs’ Save Them from Getting Put Down

Photographer Shannon Johnstone is on a mission to save dogs from death. After shooting widely published photos showing the realities of animal shelter euthanasia, she began working on a new project called “Landfill Dogs.” Each week, Johnstone take one of the most overlooked downs at the Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and does a photo shoot with them at Landfill Park, a former landfill that has since been turned into a public park. “The location is used because the dogs will end up in a landfill if they do not find a home,” Johnstone
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This Duo Travels the World for Creative Architectural Portraits

Daniel Rueda and Anna Devís Benet are a photography duo who travel the world in search of eye-catching architecture. Once they find a great spot, they enter the frame and shoot creative portraits that play with the shapes, colors, and patterns of the buildings. The duo is based in Valencia, Spain, but they visit countries near and far in their hunt for photo ops. You can find more of their work on Rueda’s website, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as Benet’s website and Instagram. (via Daniel Rueda via Photoblog.hk)
Image credits: Photographs by Daniel Rueda
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This Duo Travels the World for Creative Architectural Portraits

Daniel Rueda and Anna Devís Benet are a photography duo who travel the world in search of eye-catching architecture. Once they find a great spot, they enter the frame and shoot creative portraits that play with the shapes, colors, and patterns of the buildings. The duo is based in Valencia, Spain, but they visit countries near and far in their hunt for photo ops. You can find more of their work on Rueda’s website, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as Benet’s website and Instagram. (via Daniel Rueda via Photoblog.hk)
Image credits: Photographs by Daniel Rueda
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What July 4th Fireworks in Los Angeles Look Like from a Nearby Mountain

On July 4th, photographer Dylan Schwartz watched the Independence Day firework shows in Los Angeles from an ultra wide-angle perspective. He climbed up over 5,000 feet and watched the brilliant shows across the entire L.A. basin from nearby Mount Wilson. One of the still frame photos Schwartz made is above. Here’s what the entire view looked like to him from the Mount Wilson Observatory (the above photo is the smaller frame inside the photo): “Everything is spread out in L.A.,” Schwartz tells TIME. “To really see what L.A. does for the Fourth of July, you have
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This Photographer Turns His Childhood Memories into Photos

German photographer Thomas Friedrich Schaefer has created Experiential Spaces, a series of photos that are inspired by fragments of his childhood memories of growing up. At the same time, he wants to stimulate the viewers to bring out their own childhood memories too. “I tried to reimagine my first memories to investigate my past,” Schaefer tells PetaPixel. “And also, try to be as historically accurate as I can be, which isn’t possible. For example, chocolate ice cream will never taste the same like the one you had when you were five years old. Nor will you remember the original
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The Best Drone Photos of 2017

Dronestagram is the first social network dedicated to aerial photography, and it has just announced the winners of its 4th annual drone photography competition, the International Drone Photography Contest. The competition is organised in partnership with National Geographic, and this year saw around 8,000 photos submitted from around the world. Both amateur and professional photographers were invited to compete over 3 categories: Nature, Urban, and People. “I was blown away by the creativity of the photos,” says Jeff Heimsath, photo editor at National Geographic Traveler and one of the contest’s judges. “The contest has certainly surfaced the best drone
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No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city. I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story. The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in
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This Guy Photographed the Moon and Jupiter with a Game Boy Camera

Astrophotographer Alexander Pietrow recently made some unusual photo history: he is apparently the first person ever to photograph the Moon and Jupiter using a Game Boy Camera. First released in 1998, the Game Boy Camera is a monochrome, 2-bit camera that packs a 128×112-pixel CMOS sensor. At the time of its introduction, it was the world’s smallest digital camera. “I wondered if it would be possible to do astrophotography with this camera,” Pietrow writes. “Searching the internet I was surprised that nobody had tried this before and decided to give it a go.” He decided to pair this “ancient”
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Photos of Japan’s Unusual Playgrounds at Night

Japanese photographer Kito Fujio has captured a series of photos of his country’s playgrounds at night. The Japanese playground structures play straight into the stereotypical robots and creative designs that we might associate with the country, but under artificial lighting at night, they take on a new dynamic. Lit from both the inside and outside using remote flashes, the playground equipment looks more menacing than inviting. Colossal reports that the features are made of cement in a style favored by Isamu Noguchi. Many of his creations can be found in the northern city of Sapporo (Japan’s 5th largest). Fujio has created a number of books
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