This Proposal Photo Was Shot Using a Drone


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When two of his good friends got engaged, photographer Mike Soulopulos flew his drone above them and got this creative proposal photo that captures the couple in a romantic shadow.

“There was no scouting or planning involved with this photo,” Soulopulos tells PetaPixel. “I just had a shot drawn out in my head and went for it.”

When the sun is right, all you need to do is properly position your subjects for optimal shadows.

“The sun was quickly setting, creeping closer and closer to the fog wall that was rolling in from off the coast, so I knew

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This Clever Timelapse Blends Seasons in Central Park Into One Frame


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Emmy-winning cinematographer and time-lapse photographer Tyler Fairbank visited Central Park in New York City over the course of two years and shot photos from the same locations with the same framing. Afterward, he blended the images into this mesmerizing 2-minute time-lapse titled, “The Seasons of Central Park.”

“Filmed over the course of two years, The Seasons of Central Park chronicles the incredible seasonal and atmospheric changes that take place every year throughout Central Park,” the film’s description reads. “Home to centuries-old bridges, 20,000 trees and 9,000 park benches, this two and half mile park is a beloved New York

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Shooting Street Photos in Ethiopia


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My first time in a Sub-Saharan African country was in Ethiopia, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, yes I know, I was expecting to get ‘in the zone’ at all times and take hundreds of great pictures like I expect from all my photography trips. Not too much to ask, is it?

Making the trip with fellow photographers Jure Maticic and Kristian Leven, we are all somewhat experienced photographers in foreign lands, so we are all used to having culture shocks of some sort and generally overcoming them to acclimatize and get on with

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Photos Inside the Art Institute of Seattle After it Abruptly Closed


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I photographed the Art Institute of Seattle 3 days after it was abruptly shut down. I taught photography at AiS since October 2007. I think it is important for these images to get out as this is what it looks like when a school closes.

On Friday, March 8, 2019, the Art Institute of Seattle abruptly closed with just two weeks left in the winter quarter, leaving students, faculty, and staff scrambling in a rough situation.

On Monday, March 11th, 2019, I wandered the halls of AiS after having taught there for over twelve years.

This is what was

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Photographing the Epic Beauty of New Zealand’s South Island


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New Zealand’s South Island is known for its picturesque landscapes, breathtaking high peak alps, and ever-changing weather. It is a world heritage for its untouched wilderness, clear night skies, and adventure tourism. After traveling through the North Island, it was time for me to jump south.

These images are highlights of a two month’s journey through the South Island of New Zealand. I traveled from the north region all the way to the austral region at Stirling Point, the closest coast to the South Pole.

Living in my van, I was able to drive coast to coast without haste, absorbing

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Photos of Death Valley Flooded with a 10-Mile Lake

I was out in Death Valley last week and was fortunate to photograph some unique scenes of the floods. A rare 10-mile-long lake formed in Death Valley after heavy rains.

From the road, one can see water, but due to the general vastness of Death Valley and the scale of the mountains and all, the body of water looks relatively small from the road even though it spans around 10 miles or so.

It was breathtaking, though! In between shooting photographs, we always steal a few seconds for ourselves and take some deep breaths out there, allowing the scene to

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Photos Show Diver Getting Sucked Up and Spat Out by a Whale


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Dive tour operator Rainer Schimpf was documenting a sardine run in February off the coast of South Africa when something unexpected and terrified happened: Schimpf was sucked into the mouth of a whale and then spat out, and the whole thing was caught on camera.

Photographer Heinz Toperczer was photographing Schimpf at work when his rapid-fire series of shots captured the incident as it unfolded. Schimpf’s and Toperczer’s accounts of the encounter, as well as photos and videos, can be seen in the 4-minute video above by Barcroft Animals.

Schimpf was been working as a diver and tour operator for

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These Car Ads Were Shot with Toy Cars


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A few months ago, the Czech car brand Škoda got in touch with Hungarian photographer Benedek Lampert and asked him to shoot car photos. But instead of expensive shoots featuring real Škoda cars, the company asked that Lampert only use 1:43-scale models of the cars.

“It sounded interesting, so I accepted,” the 24-year-old photographer tells PetaPixel. Lampert regularly shoots realistic small-scale photos featuring LEGO figurines in dioramas, so he had the necessary background and skills for this commission.

Lampert uses as little Photoshop manipulation as possible for his photos, opting instead to spend hours and hours creating miniature scenes

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Frozen Living for 34 Days on the Only Private Island in Central Helsinki


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Last winter, I got the beautiful chance to spend time living and photographing on a freezing island located right in the central Helsinki. I spent 24 nights there as the cold winter turned to spring.

It all started when I saw an article about an island that was for sale for one million euros. Katajanokanluoto is the only privately owned island in central Helsinki and is located just a few hundred meters from the Helsinki shoreline. I had seen the island many times before from the Suomenlinna ferry. Suomenlinna is one of the most popular locations in Helsinki among the

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Shooting the Last Photos of the Rare ‘Queen of the Elephants’


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F_MU1 was an incredible elephant. For more than 60 years, she lived a peaceful life in a quiet corner of Tsavo in Kenya. When I first saw her I was awestruck, for she had the most amazing tusks I had ever seen. If I hadn’t looked upon her with my own eyes, I might not have believed that such an elephant could exist in our world. If there were a Queen of Elephants, it would surely have been her.

These are among the last images captured of her. Shortly after they were taken, she died of natural causes. She had

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I Photographed My 5-Year-Old Girl as Captain Marvel


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My daughter loves female superheroes and I love making her superhero dreams come true. The other day she literally thought she was a superhero. She came home from school one day and told us that her friends had made fun of her because of her worn down shoes. To my surprise, she didn’t seem too affected and so I kept asking for more details. After all, she is a 5-year-old who makes up a bunch of stories anyway, and I wanted to get to the bottom of it.

She told me that in fact she had been made fun of

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Taking a Photo Trip to Antarctica


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When I found out I had the opportunity to travel to Antarctica, I couldn’t quite believe it. I should really start this story by thanking my mother: she’s had the travel bug her entire life, and eventually created a career for herself selling her experiences and knowledge. The same bug has allowed me to see the world from a very young age, and I learned quite quickly how much of an impact travel can have on your perspective on life, among other things.

Antarctica isn’t like any other trip though!

This took years of planning and booking, thousands of kilometers

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Notes from the Grey Zone: Interview with Alena Grom


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“Children living in a war grow up quickly, they have adult eyes. I talk to them the way I would talk to adults. I ask questions, but these children are traumatized, so sometimes they do not want to answer and I do not insist.”

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The Joy of Shooting Double Exposures on Film


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One of the many marvelous photography techniques provided by analog photography is the double (or multiple) exposure of film directly on camera. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibility of handling the negative from the moment of shooting, and this factor was the key one for me when it came the time to chose a camera.

I needed a fully mechanical camera that allows me to control shutter speed, aperture, and lock the film for double exposures.

Nowadays, it’s relatively easy to produce double exposure photos. Although I like digital photography, I’ve always preferred to create my double exposures with

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Shooting Street Portraits with a Go Go Gadget Octobox


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My name is Brendan Burkett, and I believe I have created an original device and street photography method. What I have done is attach a softbox to my back for ultimate portability. This allows me to get street portraits with a very unique light.

I live in Cincinnati and it all started when I went to Fountain Square downtown and was told that I needed a permit to use any kind of light stands or tripods. I noticed that some other photographers would get around this by having assistants carry a softbox on a monopod.

I thought, “What if

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Photographer Uses 150K Moon Photos to Reveal Its Hidden Colors


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Sacramento-based astrophotography enthusiast Andrew McCarthy extracted color data from 150,000 photos of the moon to create this enhanced photo showing all the different splashes of color on the surface left by impacts of different minerals.

McCarthy created this photo while shooting his ultra-high-resolution 81-megapixel supermoon photo that combined 50,000 shots.

“The color was already in that picture, hidden behind the glare of the moon’s albedo, and represents the mineral content of our moon,” McCarthy writes. “While my previous images showed you the detail you could see if your eyes were sharper, this one shows you what the moon could look

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New Photos of Jupiter Show the Planet from Fresh Perspectives


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Jupiter is usually shown with its cloud layers running horizontally across the face of the gas giant. NASA has released new photos from its JunoCam showing full-disc views of Jupiter from uncommon angles.

The composite photo above shows Jupiter’s southern latitudes. The photos were captured by the JunoCam camera on NASA’s Juno orbiter on February 25th, 2019. The composite photo below was captured on February 21st, 2019.

The individual JunoCam shots that went into both images were released on NASA’s Image Processing website before being combined and processed by Kevin M. Gill, a software engineer and “data wrangler” at

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In Bangkok with David Beckham


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“Washing lettuce laughing” — three words you don’t expect to read on a shot list for an advertising campaign starring world-famous athlete and humanitarian David Beckham. If we weren’t careful, this concept pitched by the advertising agency could have been confused with the stock photo meme “women laughing with salad”, but we knew there could also be a tasteful way to pull it off. We just had to channel our cinematic energy together towards the concept.

Editor’s note: You can follow Joey’s work on his Instagram. Joey’s lighting and Photoshop tutorials can be viewed at LearnFromJoeyL.com. This article

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UV Portraits That Reveal What’s Beyond the Visible


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For my latest project, titled RAW, I shot a series of UV portraits revealing the true appearance beyond the visible. Composed of twenty photographs divided into ten diptychs, the series illustrates the raw and natural character of the human being, revealed by the technique of ultraviolet photography.

Each diptych presents on one side the portrait of a human being devoid of any ornament, presenting the subject to the spectator in his own singularity; and on the other side is a detail of their body, a more abstract complement to their fleshy envelope.

No place is given here to the

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