Portraits of Strangers Found Through Craigslist

For their ongoing “Craigslist Encounters,” the Los Angeles-based photography team Kremer Johnson has been shooting portraits of completely strangers who are each found using Craigslist. Each subject responded to an ad titled “Characters Wanted” and agreed to pose for $20 an hour. Fstoppers writes that photographers Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson have posted the ad three times so far, and each time it goes up they receive about 70 to 100 responses. The photographers have shot portraits of about 30 people so far, and they’re aiming to photograph over 100 more in the upcoming year. Each subject is interviewed to
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How to Fake the Look of ‘Bullet Time’ Using a Single Camera

Here’s a new 3-minute music video by Russian/Ukrainian group 5’Nizza. In it, the band finds themselves in a variety of situations, but as the action is frozen they keep on singing while the camera pans around them. How was it done? It turns out the effect was created with a single moving camera and a green screen. The “bullet time” effect was popularized by the film The Matrix, in which Neo appears to stop bullets in their tracks while the camera spins around him. For the Hollywood film, they used multiple camera systems, digital compositing, and computer-generated characters to
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How I Shot Cliff Divers with a Total Solar Eclipse

This is a post about photography plus trigonometry. I remember half joking with my math teachers in high school, asking “why do we need to learn this? I’m never going to use it in life.” Fast forward to 4 months ago when Red Bull Media House calls and wants to shoot a cliff diver eclipse photo. After doing some research, I discovered that the eclipse would be in totality at a very high point in the sky, and it would be very difficult to line up with the divers given the long focal length needed. We had to figure
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This Guy Made a Time-Lapse of Himself Singing with 3 Years of Daily Selfies

Here’s a video by YouTube user oOtoke, who shot selfies for three years to create a timelapse of himself singing. Around 1,000 selfies were captured between March 2012 and April 2015. Somehow oOtoke was able to plan the photos well enough for his mouth in the photos to properly lipsync the song when played quickly as a timelapse. The song used is titled “Halo, Džozefina” (Hello Josephine) by the retired Serbian and Yugoslav singer Đorđe Marjanović.

The Last Portrait: A Photo Story About a Friend with Terminal Cancer

When a man named Arty moved into photographer Jared Polin‘s building, the two instantly struck a chord and became friends. Unfortunately, Arty had been diagnosed with cancer and knew the clock was ticking. Polin asked him if he could take his portrait, knowing that they would be treasured by Arty’s family in the future. In the 15-minute video above, Polin shares the story of Arty through this series of photos. Favoring headshots for their power and depth, Polin started by capturing some close-ups that showed the “soul” of Arty. “This is Arty,” says Polin. “After I did some of
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Alone Together: Photos That Show the Loneliness of Cities During Blue Hour

Alone Together is a photo project by Aristotle Roufanis that looks at the “loneliness of cities during the blue hour.” Roufanis is based in London, and this ongoing photographic project shows small, individual apartment lights as the only thing visible in a large metropolitan city at dusk. It’s easy to feel lonely in a big city. Life moves so fast and people rarely talk to strangers, so the project highlights this phenomenon of “social alienation” and feeling that a lot of city-goers may well be able to relate to. “The bigger the city, the lonelier we feel,” says Roufanis.
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This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

Back in May, artist Kevin Parry released a viral illusion video of himself walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out the other side. If you liked that one, check out Parry’s new video above featuring a compilation of many similar illusions. See if you can figure out how each one was done through a clever mix of camera work and digital editing. If you want to see even more, here’s a previous compilation that Parry released back in April:
You can follow along with new illusions as they’re released by following Parry’s Instagram account. (via Kevin Parry
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Timelapse: 30 Days of a Cargo Ship in 10 Minutes and 80,000 Photos

Here’s a beautiful 4K time-lapse video by JeffHK that condenses 30 days of a cargo ship’s journey across oceans into 10 minutes containing 80,000 photos. “Sailing in the open ocean is a unique feeling and experience,” JeffHK writes. “I hope to capture and share it for everyone to see.” Over the course of the month, Jeff captured a whopping 1.5 terabytes of photo data using a Nikon D750 and a Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 lens as the ship sailed through the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, Colombo, Malacca Strait, Singapore, South East China Sea, and Hong
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Dazzling Photos of Summer Firework Festivals in Japan

Every summer in Japan, there are around 200 separate firework festivals, known as “Hanabi Taikai,” which light up the sky in all sorts of colors. Japanese photographer Keisuke spent his time trekking to several of the shows this summer, an effort which allowed him to capture some mesmerizing firework photos. Keisuke is only 25-years-old but has already earned a number of awards for his landscape photography. His images have also attracted over 27,000 followers on Instagram. The firework festivals usually occur in July and August, and it’s a tradition that dates back to the early 18th century. You
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Steve Irwin’s 13-Year-Old Son is Quite a Photographer

The late Steve Irwin achieved worldwide fame as “The Crocodile Hunter,” wowing audiences around the world by getting up close and personal with Earth’s diverse (and often dangerous) wildlife. But here’s something you might not know: Irwin’s 13-year-old son Robert is making his own name as a top notch nature photographer.

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“Robert Irwin is a nature photographer and wildlife warrior who travels the world in search of incredible images of wildlife and wild places that have inspired many,” the
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Steve Irwin’s 13-Year-Old Son is Quite a Photographer

The late Steve Irwin achieved worldwide fame as “The Crocodile Hunter,” wowing audiences around the world by getting up close and personal with Earth’s diverse (and often dangerous) wildlife. But here’s something you might not know: Irwin’s 13-year-old son Robert is making his own name as a top notch nature photographer.

Happy Father's Day in the US! ❤️

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“Robert Irwin is a nature photographer and wildlife warrior who travels the world in search of incredible images of wildlife and wild places that have inspired many,” the
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‘Born From Urgency’: Joey L. Releases Book and Film on War Against ISIS

Joey L. has released a follow-up documentary to his 2015 film ”Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan”, again finding himself embedded with Kurdish guerrilla organisations on the frontlines against ISIS. The new documentary is titled ”Born From Urgency”, and is available online for free. Joey L. is well known for his A-list celebrity portraits and commercial work, but in recent times has turned his attention towards the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria to document the volunteer fighters on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS.

‘Born From Urgency’: Joey L. Releases Book and Film on War Against ISIS

Joey L. has released a follow-up documentary to his 2015 film ”Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan”, again finding himself embedded with Kurdish guerrilla organisations on the frontlines against ISIS. The new documentary is titled ”Born From Urgency”, and is available online for free. Joey L. is well known for his A-list celebrity portraits and commercial work, but in recent times has turned his attention towards the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria to document the volunteer fighters on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS.

‘Born From Urgency’: Joey L. Releases Book and Film on War Against ISIS

Joey L. has released a follow-up documentary to his 2015 film ”Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan”, again finding himself embedded with Kurdish guerrilla organisations on the frontlines against ISIS. The new documentary is titled ”Born From Urgency”, and is available online for free. Joey L. is well known for his A-list celebrity portraits and commercial work, but in recent times has turned his attention towards the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria to document the volunteer fighters on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS.

Finalist Shots of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 53rd year, and this year’s edition certain won’t disappoint. Today the competition offered a glimpse into this year’s finalists, which will be displayed in an exhibition that will tour museums and galleries around the world. This year’s competition saw almost 50,000 entries from 92 different countries, with photographers all competing for the top prize of over $6,500. Here are the finalists along with their details and captions:

Animal Portraits

Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest,
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The Photographer Who’s Friends with Over 200 Hummingbirds

By day, Melanie Barboni is an assistant researcher at UCLA who studies volcanoes. But one of her nicknames is “The Hummingbird Whisperer,” and that’s because she’s an avid photographer who has become friends with a colony of over 200 hummingbirds. After moving into her office in the geology building at UCLA, the first thing Barboni did was set up a hummingbird feeder outside her window. She has since set up three additional feeders, and in the 2.5 years that followed, the number of tiny birds that regularly visit to feed exploded to over 200 — and that number is
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This Teen Photographer Turned His 3-Year-Old Bro Into the Clown from ‘It’

A 17-year-old photographer has created a viral photo sensation by transforming his tiny 3-year-old brother into the creepy clown from Stephen King’s classic horror tale It. Eagan Tilghman of Mississippi did the creative photo shoot with his brother Louie. “The story is that my siblings love to dress up, and I like making costumes and doing their makeup and face paint,” Tilghman tells PetaPixel. “So it was a match made in heaven I guess.” The photos coincided with the film adaptation remake that’s receiving rave reviews. “I liked the new Pennywise [the Dancing Clown] costume so I asked Louie
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Glorious Portraits from the 2017 World Beard And Mustache Championship

The 2017 World Beard And Mustache Championship was held this past weekend in Austin, Texas, and people from near and far flocked to the Austin Facial Hair Club to show off their glorious (and meticulously groomed) facial hair. Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was on hand to shoot portraits of some of the best contestants. Here’s an incredibly weird beard that won 2nd place in the Freestyle category, worn by a man who goes by the name “Incredibeard:” And here are some other portraits of showstoppers this year: Official results have yet to be announced and will be
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Cameras Capture What It’s Like to Fly Into the Eye of Hurricane Irma

Want to see what it’s like to fly into the eye of one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded? After Hurricane Irma developed into a Category 5 storm yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew airplanes directly into the hurricane to gather weather data. Cameras on the planes captured videos and photos of the experience. Here are a couple of videos showing what flying through Irma’s 185mph (~298kmh) winds was like. This first one is by Nick Underwood of NOAA and shows the fierceness of the storm:

This Guy Shot a Selfie a Day from Age 12 to His Wedding Day

Here’s a 2.5-minute video by Hugo Cornellier, who has captured a selfie every day of his life from when he was 12 years old up until his recent wedding. The video starts in February 2008 and ends when Cornellier tied the knot in August 2017 — a span documented by over 2,500 photos.
Cornellier at age 12 (left) and at his wedding last month (right).
You may notice that Cornellier’s face is in the same position throughout the video. Each photo was manually stabilized by Cornellier as he put the frames together over the years. We previously shared
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