This Photographer Captures Chicago’s Skyline as an ‘Urban Quilt’

For the past few years, Chicago-based photographer Angie McMonigal has been working on a project titled Urban Quilt. Her goal is to capture her city’s buildings as a patchwork of colors, textures, and materials. “I don’t just see individual buildings standing there as imposing towers of steel,” McMonigal says. “I see a patchwork. Different colors, different textures, different materials, different architectural styles, all pieced together.” “Some patches are pristine and new, others a little more worn. There are iconic patterns, immediately recognizable, and also bits that are hard to identify, fragments that feel familiar but are hard to place.
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A Gorgeous Flyby of Jupiter Made with Photos from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

Every 53 days, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies close to Jupiter and travels from the giant gas planet’s north pole to and past its south pole, shooting photos along the way. The eye-opening 2-minute video above was created using a set of these still photos. Colossal reports that it takes 1.5 days for the 6 megabytes of photo data captured over 2 hours to be downloaded by scientists on Earth. After the raw photos were beamed to Earth and made available to the public, Gerald Eichstädt colorized them, Sean Doran set the stills in motion, and Avi Solomon added
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The Photographer Who Shoots Wildlife in European Cities

Bristol, UK-based Sam Hobson is a wildlife photographer with a difference from others: he primarily shoots wildlife that he can find in and around cities: foxes, badgers, deer, toads, squirrels, herons, ravens, pigeons, goshawks, falcons, gulls and others. “Working with what’s on my doorstep has tons of benefits,” Hobson tells PetaPixel. “Getting to know my subject is probably the most important element of my photography. Shooting close to home means I can regularly visit the same locations, work with the same animals and really get to know the habits and routines of my local wildlife.” “Shooting the same
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Photographing the ‘Great Migration’ in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to see nature and wildlife as it has been for thousands of years. The 947,303 square kilometer country holds some of the most famous national parks and nature reserves in the world with diverse landscapes and dense population of wildlife like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater. One of the most famous nature phenomenon Tanzania is known for is “The Great Migration,” a huge annual movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest, accompanied by several hundreds of thousands of zebras and other antelopes, the largest overland migration in the world with
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Beautiful Photos From 1942 Show the Making of the New York Times

Taken in September of 1942, this captivating collection of black and white photographs show the New York Times in production during the height of World War II. The photographs were created as part of the U.S Office of War Information’s effort to document home front activities during the war. They were made by then 30-year-old Marjory Collins, who was part of Roy Stryker’s famous team of documentary photographers. Collins spent a single day documenting all parts of the production process, from dispatches coming in over the wire to the composing, printing, hand-bundling and distribution of the newspaper.
The Times
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Creating a Conceptual Photo of the Full Moon Getting Swapped In

Conceptual photographer Erik Johansson created this beautiful and surreal image titled “Full Moon Service,” showing a couple of workers swapping in a full moon to maintain the lunar phases. Johansson has also released a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the project was done, from concept to final shot. Here’s the 3-minute behind-the-scenes video:
The project was done in the late summer of 2016. It all started with a sketch of what Johansson wanted to create. After creating many of the props used in the shoot (e.g. spray painting a black moon symbol onto one of the worker’s hats), Johansson
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This Artist Creates Dreamlike Portraits by Combining Multiple Photos

Viktoria Solidarnyh is a Ukranian digital photo artist who creates surreal, dreamlike scenes by cutting out and combining elements from a large number of photos. She has released a number of behind-the-scenes diptychs showing her source images to reveal how her composites are made. DIYPhotography reports that it takes Solidarnyh an average of 3 to 5 days to find source photos and create her artworks using Photoshop and Lightroom (and armed with a graphics tablet). You can find more of Solidarnyh work on her Facebook, DeviantArt, Flickr, Instagram, and VK.
Image credits: Photographs by Viktoria Solidarnyh
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This is What You Can Capture with the World’s Smallest GoPro Drone

Video effects specialist Robert McIntosh wanted a tiny but powerful camera drone, so he built himself the world’s smallest high-definition drone. It’s a drone that can squeeze through the smallest of spaces, as you can see in the unusual 2-minute video above. “This is without a doubt the world’s smallest HD camera carrying drone seen capturing this epic continuous shot of the infamous Muscle Beach CA,” McIntosh writes. “Smaller, lighter, better.” His drone weighs just 94.7 grams with a stripped down GoPro camera mounted on it, and about 120 grams with a flight battery and foam roll cage.
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Beyond War and Narcos: Polaroid Pics and a Different Vision of Colombia

Before ever setting foot in Colombia, I knew there was more to the country than the stories and imagery of war, violence, drug trafficking, and assorted horrors which pervade the media. So, in 2003, I headed to Colombia for the first time. Little did I know that would be the start of a project that I would carry out over eleven years and become the book No Dar Papaya. On that first trip I photographed a project that explored Colombia through the prism of beauty contests, in 35mm, but I brought my Polaroid camera and made several Polaroid images. The
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How I Shot a Photo Series Based on The Twilight Zone

I had been itching to do a composite photo series for quite some time. It’s something I had never actually done up to this point, but I was and currently am a huge admirer of the art form. I’ve been following the great composite photographers like Dave Hill and Drew Lundquist for the past several years. I’m a hobbyist, you could say — I work at a company called mOcean directing commercials, but I’m fortunate to be able to shoot photography for some of the movie and television posters that come through as well. I learned most everything I know
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My Visit to the Abandoned Radioactive City of Pripyat

Before you read the rest of the article, and it will be a long read, please allow me to share a few thoughts with you. Visiting the abandoned city of Pripyat and the disaster site of Chernobyl was an experience that I was looking forward to for a very long time. While I was there I had many mixed feelings. On one hand, I was having laughs with my friends and found everything “amazingly beautiful” to shoot, while on the other hand I realized I was in and nearby the place where the world’s worst nuclear disaster happened. A place
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Capturing Dramatic Portraits Against the Spectacular Icelandic Landscape

My wife, Vicki, and I are full-time portrait and wedding photographers. But when we aren’t shooting these things, some of our favorite concepts are creating dramatic images of people in fantastic surroundings. After years of doing this kind of work I now find it difficult to photograph landscapes without placing a human subject into the image. In fact, some of our work of this type has been featured on PetaPixel before. We work with a lot of models and one of our all-time favorites is Sarah Maillet. When we heard she was going to Iceland for a visit I knew
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Guy Asks 12 Different Photographers to Take His Wedding Photo

Bjarke Ahlstrand, the so-called “Managing Dictator” of Copenhagen, Denmark-based photography company One of Many Cameras, is extremely well connected in Denmark’s photography scene. So when it came time to get married (again), he asked 12 of Denmark’s best photographers to shoot his wedding photo. (Warning: One of the photos below is mildly NSFW. Proceed with caution.) Large format, medium format, and full frame photographs ensured, captured on digital sensors and photographic film alike. There was no shortage of photographic styles and techniques used, and the results vary so much you might get emotional whiplash while scrolling.
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This Gorgeous 10-Second Milky Way Photo Was Shot Hand-Held

In an attempt to one-up photographer Aurel Manea, who shot these hand-held Milky Way photos with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II last week, New Zealand photographer Jonathan Usher took his own EM-1 II out for a hand-held long exposure. That’s how he shot this unbelievable image: a hand-held 10 second exposure of the Milky Way. It seems we may have started some sort of Internet ‘challenge’ with our post about Manea’s Milky Way photos. He had used a super fast f/0.95 lens to shoot his, and said he couldn’t do better than a 4-second exposure hand-held. Usher
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Photographer Captures Double Rainbow All the Way Wedding Image

There are instances when a photographer meticulously plans a wedding photo, and then there is serendipity. Such was the case for Portland wedding photographer Craig Mitchelldyer when he worked a wedding at Gorge Crest Vineyards near the Oregon/Washington border. Inclement weather is the soup du jour with rain during “200 of the last 245 days” according to Mitchelldyer, and he is constantly checking weather apps.
Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer / www.craigmitchelldyer.com / 503.513.0550
“There were a few clouds during the day, but they were the friendly white puffy ones, so
I didn’t even
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White House Photographer Pete Souza Shoots ‘President’ Frank Underwood

Obama White House photographer Pete Souza returned to politics this weekend. No, he didn’t decide to join the Trump White House he’s been mocking on Instagram, he spent the day with a different president: President Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix show “House of Cards.” In a fun publicity stunt for the show’s upcoming fifth season, which debuts May 30th, Souza joined Kevin Spacey as President Underwood and Michael Kelly as Chief of Staff Doug Stamper for a romp around Washington, D.C. After all, Souza knows a thing or two about following the President around and taking
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Seldom Bored: B&W Film Photography on the Streets of New York City

My name is Ricardo Lozano, and I’m a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. In my project Seldom Bored, I shoot photos to encapsulate what I know about life in New York City. A lot of what I shoot is black and white Kodak film. 400 speed Tri-X with some push. My pocket camera setup is a Fuji Klasse. I use this system with warming filters over the flash. Some of these images were made with a Konica Hexar. I purchased a used filter lot on eBay and tested them until I achieved the look I wanted. I keep
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This Artist Matches Pantone Swatches to Real Life

Pantone’s quest is to become the universal language of color. The Pantone Matching System allows printers everywhere in the world to ensure they’re producing colors accurately. Artist and graphic designer Andrea Antoni has found a different use for this language of color: matching it to photographs taken in his home country of Italy. Though not the first artist to re-purpose Pantone swatches, Antoni has used them in his own unique way to describe the world he sees around him. In his series on Instagram, he holds up a Pantone fan deck to match the landscape – from the Cool
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This Bride Doesn’t Have Girlfriends, So She Did a Photo Shoot with Bros

24-year-old Rebeca Brantes of Brazil is a computer engineering student who’s one of just 4 women in her class of 60 students. Leaving up to her recent wedding, Brantes realized that she didn’t have any girlfriends from school for a bridal photo shoot, so she decided to invite her best guy friends for an unusual photo series. Brantes invited photographer Fernando Duque to shoot a series of cliché bridal party “behind the scenes” photos, except with a group of five bros standing in as Duque’s girlfriends. “I came up with the idea one week before the wedding,” Brantes tells Bored
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