This Time-Lapse Captures a Wet Microburst Dumping Water Onto Tucson, Arizona

On August 8th, 2015, Tucson, Arizona-based photographer Bryan Snider took his camera out and shot time-lapse photos of the Arizona landscape while a powerful thunderstorm rolled through his area. He ended up capturing some stunning shots of wet microbursts pouring water onto his city. “Notice how the ball of rain falls from the sky and starts separating before hitting the ground,” Snider writes. “Once it hits the ground you can see the power of microburst as it expands similar to the ripple you would see when you drop a stone in water.” (via Bryan Snider via HuffPo)
Image credits: Video by Bryan Snider/Live Storms Media

‘The Colors of Feelings’ Uses Colorful Liquids to Show the Emotions Swirling Inside Us

Earlier this year, photographer Thomas Blanchard released a mesmerizing time-lapse showing 21 kinds of flowers blooming. Now the artist is back again with another eye-popping project. The video above is titled “The Colors of Feelings.” It’s a colorful, experimental video created using paint, oil, milk, honey and cinnamon. “‘The Colors of Feelings’ is an experimental dreamlike video rocking us smoothly through circular moves,” Blanchard writes. “It is also an analogy of feelings such as anger, love, sadness and joy; they mix and eventually ease.” Here are some still frames Blanchard shared with PetaPixel: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Everything you see above was captured with a Canon DSLR, a Canon 24-105mm lens, and macro lenses.
Image credits: Video and still frames by Thomas Blanchard and used with permission

‘The Colors of Feelings’ Uses Colorful Liquids to Show the Emotions Swirling Inside Us

Earlier this year, photographer Thomas Blanchard released a mesmerizing time-lapse showing 21 kinds of flowers blooming. Now the artist is back again with another eye-popping project. The video above is titled “The Colors of Feelings.” It’s a colorful, experimental video created using paint, oil, milk, honey and cinnamon. “‘The Colors of Feelings’ is an experimental dreamlike video rocking us smoothly through circular moves,” Blanchard writes. “It is also an analogy of feelings such as anger, love, sadness and joy; they mix and eventually ease.” Here are some still frames Blanchard shared with PetaPixel: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Everything you see above was captured with a Canon DSLR, a Canon 24-105mm lens, and macro lenses.
Image credits: Video and still frames by Thomas Blanchard and used with permission

9 Months of Pregnancy Captured in a 3-Minute Room Decorating Time-Lapse

When photography enthusiasts John and Sara Jennings found out they were expecting their first child, they decided to get capturing the pregnancy on camera. They shot a series of photos every week for 9 months while they painted a picture and set up the nursery. Afterward, they combined the shots into this creative 3-minute time-lapse video in which Sara gradually gets closer and closer to their daughter’s birth as she’s working on the room. week10 “My wife and I are both in architecture and have a passion for photography,” John tells PetaPixel. “So when we found out we were expecting our first child we had to document the journey the best we could!” week25 “We paid particular attention to keeping everything consistent such as the time of day, the lighting, the clothes, and of course the camera angle.” week37 The last frames in the video were shot three days after their
3daysold
Continue reading "9 Months of Pregnancy Captured in a 3-Minute Room Decorating Time-Lapse"

This Photo Shows Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears

turtletear1 This remarkable photograph shows two Julia Butterflies in Ecuador quenching their thirst by drinking tears from the eyes of two turtles. The turtles calmly allow the butterflies to get refreshment from their eyes ask they bask in the sun on a log. The phenomenon of “tear-feeding” is something known as “lachryphagy.” Here’s a closer crop of the photo that shows the details of whats going on: turtletear2 The photograph was published by the Ecuador Ministry of Tourism with a Creative Commons license. It was awarded Picture of the Year in 2014 by the Wikimedia Commons. (via Wikimedia Commons via Colossal)

A Lightning Bolt and Rainbow Captured in One Shot

lightningandrainbow Tucson, Arizona-based photography enthusiast Greg McCown recently managed to capture a shot of a lifetime. While shooting landscapes near the small town of Marana, Arizona, McCown snapped this beautiful photo showing both a lightning bolt and a rainbow in the sky. “After years of trying I finally got my lightning and rainbow picture,” McCown writes. After getting caught in a heavy storm while out shooting with some friends, McCown noticed a rainbow and started driving toward it. He found a clear scene that was free of telephone poles and other distractions, and captured the photo above as the storm was fading away. “This was the last bolt to strike before the storm dissipated into nothing,” he says. McCown tells PetaPixel that he was shooting with a Nikon D600, a Nikkor 28-80mm lens, a tripod, and a AEO Micro 4.0 lightning trigger. Settings were: f/8, ISO 50, 1/125, and 28mm.
Continue reading "A Lightning Bolt and Rainbow Captured in One Shot"

Portraits of a Baby Boy and Bulldog Who Were Born on the Same Day

babyandbulldog1 Chicago-based photographer Ivette Ivens has been shooting a heartwarming series of portraits of her son and dog and the special bond they share. The baby boy, Dilan, and the French bulldog puppy, Farley, were born on exactly the same day about 8 months ago. Ever since Farley joined the family, he has been eating, napping, playing, and bathing together with Dilan. “I’m pretty sure Dilan thinks they’re both the same species, as they are both going through the stage of chewing on everything,” the photographer tells The Daily Mail. She calls the relationship “pure, unconditional, irreplaceable and inseparable,” and that’s what she hopes to capture in her images. babyandbulldog2 babyandbulldog6 babyandbulldog8 babyandbulldog9 “I just take these photographs during random parts of the day,” Ivens says. “There’s no need for another inspiration or idea when you see this out-of-control cuteness happening 24/7.” babyandbulldog7 babyandbulldog5 babyandbulldog4 babyandbulldog3 You can find more of Ivens’ work on her website, Instagram
Continue reading "Portraits of a Baby Boy and Bulldog Who Were Born on the Same Day"

Pictures That Tell Stories: The Street Photography of Jack Simon

DSC015a-1200x800 Jack Simon has worked as a psychiatrist for four decades. Ten years ago, he began a personal journey in photography, and these days he rarely goes anywhere without a camera by his side. Simon’s street photographs reflect a curious mind and a sharp eye. “I enjoy the hunt for that moment of mystery, surprise, and humor in my everyday life,” Simon writes. “I seek unplanned and unposed images that hint to a larger story, like a publicity still from some forgotten movie.” “These fragments of fictional stories are drawn from the real world in an odd coupling of my unconscious, my intentions, and chance.” He was recently interviewed by Seeker Stories about his approach to street photography: Here’s a collection of Simon’s work: DSC008a-1200x797 DSC013a-1200x800 DSC002c-1200x800 DSC005a-1200x800 DSC011a-1200x798 DSC030a-532x800 DSC030c-1200x798 DSCF0742-1200x800 DSC023b-1200x800 DSC024b-1200x798 DSC028c-1200x797 DSC020a-1200x798 DSC011b-1200x798 DSC019a-1200x800 DSC016a-1200x797 DSC013b-1200x798 DSC014a-1200x800 You can find more of Simon’s work on his website and on Flickr.
Image credits: Photographs by Jack Simon and used with permission

Photographer Shoots High Schooler’s Senior Portraits at Taco Bell

tacobellseniorportraits Missouri-based photographer Brendan Batchelor recently received a strange photo shoot request: a high school senior named Brittany Nicole Creech wanted to shoot senior portraits at a local Taco Bell. It was a serious request, so Batchelor visited the restaurant with Creech to turn her shoot idea into a set of real portraits. Here are some of the photos Batchelor made: 11705724_512731785547145_6199145387658670344_o 11845087_512731735547150_1175425950336278296_o 11823167_512731508880506_6702867355368381643_o 11221991_512731948880462_4374931321954546073_o 11844973_512731888880468_4733461928371249676_o 11222986_512732282213762_1098582045036369025_o 11794581_512732302213760_1371517053289528590_o Creech may be a huge fan of the restaurant’s food, but she may have other ideas in mind as well: her Twitter bio states that it’s her “life goal to be in a Taco Bell commercial.” In addition to being published across the Web and being shared thousands of times on social media, Creech also succeeded in getting
Continue reading "Photographer Shoots High Schooler’s Senior Portraits at Taco Bell"

Photographer Snaps an Epic Portrait of His Daughter Under a Rainbow

3yXSlqS The best portraits sometimes materialize before our eyes and fall right into our laps. That’s what just happened to wedding photographer Wes Eisenhauer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who captured this gorgeous shot of his daughter under a rainbow. Here’s his explanation of what happened: “I ran outside to take a picture. My daughter chased after me. I told her to go back inside because she was in her pajamas and didn’t have any shoes on. She didn’t listen. I’m glad she didn’t listen.” Since sharing the photo on Reddit and Imgur yesterday, it has already been viewed millions of times. “I’ve been taking pictures for about 3 years professionally, and I learned how to use my camera by taking pictures of my daughter,” Eisenhauer tells PetaPixel. Here are some of the portraits of his daughter he made over the past few years: nHvoSbO KJ6ExAs j6NWzuu SOFx5Uk xbrRF4R uRLMjX4 1cgUiUP sZeYqUe G6JVLQL DcvOdB0 D678uTJ QEuhZFo You can find more of Eisenhauer’s
Continue reading "Photographer Snaps an Epic Portrait of His Daughter Under a Rainbow"

Long-Exposure Photos of California Wildfires at Night

CA Fires For the past few wildfire seasons in Southern California, Los Angeles-based photographer Stuart Palley has taken his camera out into the hills to document the blazes at night. His long-exposure photographs show both the fury and the beauty of the fires. The resulting collection of images is now part of a series titled Terra Flamma. Palley isn’t just blindly venturing into dangerous battles between firefighters and wildfires: he completed the US Forestry Service’s “Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior” course to learn how to stay safe while making his pictures. Z By shooting long-exposures at slow shutter speeds, Palley is able to capture not only the intense glow of the wildfires, but light trails from sparks, firefighting airplanes, and the stars in the night sky. CA USA Fires fit=1440x1440-1 fit=1440x1440-5 Wired reports that there have been more than 3,600 wildfires in California so far this year due to the severe drought afflicting the state. Over the past
fit=1440x1440-13
fit=1440x1440-4
9k=-2
fit=1440x1440-7
fit=1440x1440-10
California wild fire
fit=1440x1440-2
Continue reading "Long-Exposure Photos of California Wildfires at Night"

Here’s a Love Story Told Through the Viewfinder of a Hasselblad 501C

After seeing the Paris through a Pentax video we published back in August 2014, filmmaker Keith Tedesco was inspired to turn the concept into a creative short film. What resulted was “Him & Her,” the 6-minute short film above that tells a love story through the viewfinder of a Hasselblad 501C medium format camera. stillframe1 It’s the story of a photographer who meets a young lady in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. It starts with the young man wandering the beautiful streets in search of photos. He meets a woman, and the two embark on an adventurous journey through the heart of the city. still2 still3 “Him & Her” was nominated for best short film at the Valletta Film Festival, and it won the best music video prize at the Castellaneta Film Festival.
Image credits: Short film and still frames by Keith Tedesco and used with permission

Photos of Amsterdam Coffeehouses Developed with the Coffee They Sell

cofeeprints Over the years, we’ve posted a number of tutorials on how to develop film using coffee and vitamin C, which combine to create a photo process known as caffenol. The solution can be used to develop prints as well, and that’s what photographer Gijs van den Berg did for a recent project that documents coffeehouses in Amsterdam. After photographing each shop, Gijs printed the photos in his darkroom using caffenol created from that shop’s coffee. “In the past months I have been photographing the last standing traditional coffeehouses of Amsterdam,” Gijs tells PetaPixel. “Because of the changing coffee culture they are slowly fading away.” His project is titled Gewoon Koffie, which is Dutch for “Just Coffee.” So far he has visited 11 different coffee houses, pointing his lens at the decor, the owners, and the patrons. Using caffenol gives the prints a natural yellow and brown tint,
013
006
011
004
009
014
003
017
005
008
012
015
016
010
018
001
002
019
020
Continue reading "Photos of Amsterdam Coffeehouses Developed with the Coffee They Sell"

Photos of Various Food Dishes Flying Through the Air

Piotr_Gregorczyk_10 Camden, London-based commercial still life photographer Piotr Gregorczyk likes to play with food and gravity. One concept he has focused on for a number of recent projects it the idea of showing various food dishes flying through the air as they come together on a plate or in a bowl. Piotr_Gregorczyk_02 Feature Shoot reports that many a food and drink spill has resulted from his photo shoots — a small price to pay for the distinctive photos that result. Piotr_Gregorczyk_06 Gregorczyk says that after carefully planning out what a photograph will look like, about 60% of it is captured with various techniques in his studio, while the remaining 40% is achieved through digital manipulation in post-production. Flying Food - Fajita - Men's Health - Weight Loss Piotr_Gregorczyk_01 Piotr_Gregorczyk_03 Piotr_Gregorczyk_04 Piotr_Gregorczyk_05 Piotr_Gregorczyk_07 Piotr_Gregorczyk_08 Piotr_Gregorczyk_09 You can find more of Gregorczyk’s work on his website. (via Piotr Gregorczyk via Feature Shoot)
Image credits: Photographs by Piotr Gregorczyk and used with permission

The Moon Passing in Front of the Earth, As Seen from 1 Million Miles Away

Last month, NASA shared the first full photo of Earth captured with its new DSCOVR camera that’s floating 1 million miles away. Today it released another amazing series of shots, with this one showing the moon floating across the face of the Earth. The 20-second video above strings a number of the pictures together. Although DSCOVR is shooting and sharing photos of Earth on a daily basis, this view of the Earth and the Moon together only happens twice a year due to the orbits of the Moon and the DSCOVR satellite. earthmoondscovrpic An interesting thing about this photo is that it shows the far side of the moon — the side that always faces away from the Earth. This side wasn’t seen until 1959, when the Soviet Union photographed it with its Luna 3 spacecraft.
Image credits: Video and photograph by NASA/NOAA

Fashion Photos Recreated with an Everyday Woman as the Model

spoof9 What would fashion photos look like if the models in them were more… ordinary? French fashion stylist Nathalie Croquet recently decided to find out. She took a number of photos from the high fashion industry, recreated the sets, and stood in front of the camera herself as the model. Working with photographer Daniel Schweizer, Croquet managed to nail most of the details in each of the shots. The project is simply titled “Spoof.” spoof1 spoof3 spoof4 spoof spoof5 spoof8 spoof10 spoof7 spoof6 spoof2 You can find more of Croquet’s work on her Instagram page. (via Nathalie Croquet via BoredPanda)
Image credits: Project by Nathalie Croquet and shared with permission; photographs by Daniel Schweizer

Music Visualized with Light Painting Photography

visualizemusic How do you go about capturing music in a photograph? Photographer Stephen Orlando has an interesting answer: light painting. By attaching LED lights to the bows of violin, viola, and cello players, Orlando is able to capture a creative representation of the sounds created by musicians. Orlando was inspired by the work of light painting pioneer Gjon Mili, who shot a series of experimental light painting photos of a violinist in 1952. By attaching a light to the bottom of Jascha Heifetz’s violin in a darkened studio, he was able to show the path of the violin over time with long-exposure photography:
Gjon Mili captured this photo of violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1952.

Gjon Mili captured this photo of violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1952.

For his modern remix of the project, Orlando attached multiple LED lights along the length of the bows. To capture movement over time, Orlando had to introduce movement between the performers and his camera, so he
motionexposure_Viola1
motionexposure_ViolaSeitzConcertoNo.2-3rdMovement
motionexposure_BachCelloSuiteNo.1Prelude
motionexposure_ViolaBachCellotSuitesNo.1
motionexposure_Violin1
Continue reading "Music Visualized with Light Painting Photography"

10 Winning Shots from the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Whale whisperers After receiving nearly 18,000 photo submissions, National Geographic Traveler magazine has selected the winning shots for this year’s Traveler Photo Contest. It’s a series of images of our world that dazzles your eyes and stirs your imagination. The grand prize winner is Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico, who captured a magical underwater photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale.

Grand Prize: “Whale Whisperer”

Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane Floriuk/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida ... in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.

Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing. Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane Floriuk /National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

“The photo wasn’t planned,” says
[This] gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh. Photo and caption by Faisal Azim/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photo and caption by Ahmed Al Toqi /National Geographic Traveler Photo ContestCamel Ardah, as it called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing ... between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser ... so they must be running [at] the same speed level in the same track. The main purpose of Ardah is to show the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels and the riders' skills. Ardah [is] considered one of the most risky situations, since always the camels reactions are unpredictable [and] it may get wild and jump [toward the] audience.
The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the milky way and magellanic clouds. Deadveli means "dead marsh." The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old, but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.
2 boys are trying  to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall
Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth (´†langot†ª), wrestlers or ´†Pelwhans†ª enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon and ghee (clarified butter). At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold. This relaxation ceremony is completed with massages to soothe tired muscles and demonstrate mutual respect.
The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered white rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully trying to stay 30 feet away to be safe, didn't provide me the photo I was hoping for. In the morning however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing infront of me.
A sauna at 2.800 mt high, in the heart of Dolomites. Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps.
Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay.
Whitefrost over Pestera village in Romania
Continue reading "10 Winning Shots from the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest"

Father and Son Take the Same Picture Every Year for Nearly 3 Decades

fatherson An anonymous father and son over in China are making headlines in that country and across the Internet after their special photos tradition came to light recently. Ever since the son was born in 1986, he and his father have posed for a picture together every year up through 2013. Together, the photos form a powerful series of images showing this special relationship over nearly three decades of life together.

1986

thirty-years-photos-father-son-1

1987

thirty-years-photos-father-son-2

1988

thirty-years-photos-father-son-3

1989

thirty-years-photos-father-son-4

1990

thirty-years-photos-father-son-5

1991

thirty-years-photos-father-son-6

1992

thirty-years-photos-father-son-7

1993

thirty-years-photos-father-son-8

1994

thirty-years-photos-father-son-9

1995

thirty-years-photos-father-son-10

1996

thirty-years-photos-father-son-11

1997

thirty-years-photos-father-son-12 “One day your parents put you down and never picked you up again.”

1998

thirty-years-photos-father-son-13

1999

thirty-years-photos-father-son-14

2000

thirty-years-photos-father-son-15

2001

thirty-years-photos-father-son-16

2002

thirty-years-photos-father-son-17

2003

thirty-years-photos-father-son-18

2004

thirty-years-photos-father-son-19

2005

thirty-years-photos-father-son-20

2006

thirty-years-photos-father-son-21

2007

thirty-years-photos-father-son-22

2008

thirty-years-photos-father-son-23

2009

thirty-years-photos-father-son-24

2010

thirty-years-photos-father-son-25

2011

thirty-years-photos-father-son-26

2012

thirty-years-photos-father-son-27

2013

thirty-years-photos-father-son-28 It appears that the tradition may have been broken in 2014, but this year the tradition changed into include a new member of the family line.

2015

thirty-years-photos-father-son-29 Hopefully the family will be able to keep up their tradition
Continue reading "Father and Son Take the Same Picture Every Year for Nearly 3 Decades"

This Guy Managed to Shoot a Self Portrait with the ISS

issshot Photographer Trevor Mahlmann has a knack for capturing light trails showing the International Space Station zipping across the sky. Back in June, he made headlines by photographing the ISS from the seat of airliner as he cruised at 40,000 feet. Now he’s back again with another neat feat: he shot a self-portrait of himself staring up at the ISS as it zipped by overhead. Mahlmann writes that he started thinking hard about how to photograph the ISS creatively after finding out from online resources that it would be making a pass over his area at around 10PM on July 31st. After a bit of brainstorming, an idea came to him. “I thought, why don’t I pull out my grandpa’s little Cessna 150, position it just outside the hangar in the grass, have the runway lights shine through behind, and maybe stand next to it and watch the ISS flyover,” he
flybymap
constellations
issshot
A crop of the photograph.
Continue reading "This Guy Managed to Shoot a Self Portrait with the ISS"