Turtle Wears GoPro, Captures Exciting Pond Life


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Kyle Naegeli, AKA The Fish Whisperer, recently strapped a GoPro camera to the back of a turtle and let it go inside a small pond. As the 4-minute video above shows, some fascinating turtle’s-eye views of the world resulted.

“In this video I strap a GoPro to a red eared slider turtle and then he walks up the bank and eats fish from my hand,” Naegeli writes. “Hope y’all enjoyed this different perspective from the turtles point of view!”

Naegeli didn’t find a random wild turtle to serve as his camera-turtle: he’s a popular social media personality who

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I Photograph Birds in My Backyard by Setting Up Stages


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Last year I joined my local photography club. The club holds regular competitions and I was amazed by the quality of the bird and wildlife photographs. I’ve never been much of a natural history photographer. So it’s not surprising that my own photographs did very poorly in competitions.

In particular, a judge criticized a woodpecker photograph that I submitted because it was clearly on a bird feeder. “Hand of man!” he said as he dismissed my attempt.

A not-very-natural natural history photograph. Photography judges don’t like to see birds on garden feeders.

But this piqued my interest. I wondered

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When You Ask a Photographer Friend to Babysit Your Cat…


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Photographer and actor Josell Mariano recently had a friend ask him to babysit her beloved cat, Jade. He decided to use his time with the blue tabby cat to do a photoshoot.

“If I babysit the cat for more than 3 days, the photos just happen,” Mariano says.

“Here’s her face when she takes a s**t,” Mariano says.

Mariano shot portraits of Jade with a single strobe through a large diffused beauty dish located to camera right. He was using a Canon 6D Mark II with a 50mm f/1.8 at f/8 and 1/100s.

Mariano has since created a dedicated

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When You Ask a Photographer Friend to Babysit Your Cat…


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Photographer and actor Josell Mariano recently had a friend ask him to babysit her beloved cat, Jade. He decided to use his time with the blue tabby cat to do a photoshoot.

“If I babysit the cat for more than 3 days, the photos just happen,” Mariano says.

“Here’s her face when she takes a s**t,” Mariano says.

Mariano shot portraits of Jade with a single strobe through a large diffused beauty dish located to camera right. He was using a Canon 6D Mark II with a 50mm f/1.8 at f/8 and 1/100s.

Mariano has since created a dedicated

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Behold the Winning Photos of the 2019 Nat Geo Travel Photo Contest


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National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2019 Travel Photo Contest. Photographer Weimin Chu won the $7,500 grand prize for his Cities photo “Greenlandic Winter,” which shows the fishing village of Upernavik in Greenland.

“Upernavik is a fishing village on a tiny island in west Greenland,” Chu writes in the description. “Historically, Greenlandic buildings were painted different colors to indicate different functions, from red storefronts to blue fishermen’s homes—a useful distinction when the landscape is blanketed in snow. This photo was taken during my three-month, personal photo project to present life in Greenland.”

Here are the other winning

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13 of the Most Popular Photos in NASA’s Archive


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NASA revamped its Image and Video Library website in 2017 to make a massive trove of free imagery available to the public in high resolution. Here’s a look at 20 of the most popular shots in NASA’s photo collection.

#1. Earth

“Behold one of the more detailed images of the Earth yet created. This Blue Marble Earth montage shown above — created from photographs taken by the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on board the new Suomi NPP satellite — shows many stunning details of our home planet.”

#2. Milky Way

“In this spectacular image, observations using infrared

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This Total Solar Eclipse Film Took Two Years to Finish


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The Great American Eclipse was a total solar eclipse that was visible from the US back on August 21st, 2017. Nearly two years later, astrophotographer Phil Hart has just released this 2-minute short film of it, titled “The Moon in Motion.”

Hart spent a considerable amount of time setting up 12 cameras in both Idaho and Wyoming to capture the eclipse from different vantage points, deploying over 400 pounds of gear (including telescopes and mounts). Footage from 7 of those cameras went into this film.

“Outside a busy job, it has taken me all of the nearly two years

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Portraits of People with an Ultra-Rare Type of Body-Covering Birthmark


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British photographer Brock Elbank has a series of portraits titled How Do You C Me Now? that features people with Congenital Melanocytic Naevus, an extremely rare birthmark that can cover up to 80% of the body.

Elbank spent 33 months shooting the portraits of 30 people using a Hasselblad H4D-60 medium format camera in collaboration with the UK CMN charity Caring Matters Now. The subjects were flown in to Elbank’s London studio from 14 countries across 5 continents. The goal was to create body-positive portraits that raise awareness of a little-known skin condition that less than 1% of the world’s

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Photos of the Border Between Childhood and Adulthood


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Grown is a new photo series by Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Sebastian Baumann that “examines the border between childhood and adulthood — if there is any.”

“Each picture depicts physically grown individuals within a moment of sudden subconscious, almost apathetic, reflection,” Baumann says.

In each photo, the grown up is seen lost in thought with the toys and imagination-filled play of their childhood.

“What becomes of early dreams, hopes and fears once we grow up?” Baumann asks.

You can find more of Baumann’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.


Image credits: Photographs by Sebastian Baumann and

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A Photographer’s Powerful Photo and Message for a Mom After Birth


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After a child is born, that newborn baby generally becomes the center of everyone’s attention. One photographer recently captured an often-overlooked moment of a mom post-birth, and her photo and the accompanying message are going viral, reaching millions around the world.

After her friend Tammy Wright of Jacksonville, Florida, gave birth to a baby boy on May 20th, photographer Alex Dovel of Alex Michele Photography shot the above photo of an exhausted Wright holding the side of her hospital bed. Dovel then shared the photo on her Facebook page with the following message:

In the hustle of the room I

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A Group of Photographers Across the UK Passed Around One Dress


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Earlier this year, photographer Danielle Reeder of Somerset, UK, launched an experimental photo project called The Traveling Dress Collective. The idea was to pass one dress around between photographers based around the UK to see the diversity of the resulting portraits.

“What would happen if a group of photographers had the opportunity to shoot with the exact same dress?” Reeder writes. “How different would the results be?”

Reeder put together a list of photographers working in a variety of genres, from studio photographers working with posed models to lifestyle and documentary photographers who shoot in all kinds of

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These Working Cameras Were Made With the Strangest Things


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Brendan Barry is a UK-based large format photographer who has a curious passion for creating working cameras out of the most random everyday objects you could think of. ILFORD featured his work earlier this year, and here’s a look at some of his cameras and the photos they shoot.

Bread

A photo shot with the bread camera.

Mannequin

Honeydew Melon

A photo shot with the honeydew melon camera.

Abandoned Control Tower

A photo shot with the abandoned control tower camera.

Bread

A photo shot with the bread camera.

Junk

A photo shot with the junk camera.

Pineapple

Elevator

A photo

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Light-Painting Portraits of Music Stars Shot in a Single Take


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Light-painting photographer Jason Page and the team of ambassadors at Light Painting Brushes were recently invited to a music festival to capture creative light-painting portraits of the celebrity musicians performing over the weekend.

The project was commissioned by iheart Radio’s Wango Tango Music Festival in Los Angeles, and all the portraits had to be shot in a single take with around 1 to 2 minutes with each artist before they were ushered away for other backstage obligations.

Photographers Jason D. Page, Jason Rinehart, Efren Herrera, and Melissa Meyer came up with concepts for each of the musicians

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Photographer Creates Long Exposures of Himself Climbing with LED Lights


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Las Vegas-based photographer and rock climber Luke Rasmussen (AKA PhLuke) visited Looking Glass Rock outside Moab, Utah, and shot this beautiful long-exposure photo of himself climbing up and rappelling down the rock while wearing colorful LED lights.

What’s shown in the photo, titled “Through the Looking Glass,” is a 300-foot climb rated at a 5.4 difficulty and a rappel of roughly 120 feet.

The photo is a composite long-exposure image: using his 42-megapixel Sony a7R II (and Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 at f/8 and ISO 400), Rasmussen shot 17 separate 30-second RAW photos of himself during his 8.

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What’s New With the iPhone’s Camera and Photos Apps in iOS 13


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The 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off in San Jose yesterday, and Apple made several major announcements (including the new Mac Pro and 6K display) during the keynote presentation. One of the unveilings was for iOS 13, and a number of big improvements are coming to the iPhone’s Camera and Photos apps.

Portrait Lighting

Apple is “taking portrait lighting to a new level.” There’s a brand new Camera Portrait Lighting effect called High-Key Mono.

Portrait Lighting effects are now adjustable, just like they are in a real-world photo studio by moving lights closer and farther from subjects.

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‘Pillars of Creation’ Photos: NASA vs. a Backyard Photographer


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Pillars of Creation is a famous photo of the Eagle Nebula captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Photographer Andrew McCarthy recently captured his own version of the photo from his own backyard in Sacramento, California.

The original Pillars of Creation photo was captured in 1995. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the telescope, astronomers captured a higher-resolution version of the photo using the telescope’s new Wide Field Camera 3 in 2014.

The 2014 version of “Pillars of Creation” by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

For his version of this photo, McCarthy used a $1,350 Celestron Edge HD 800 telescope, a $1,345

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Photos of Venice Canals at Night


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The famous canals of Venice, Italy, are usually photographed with the hustle and bustle of tourists and boats. French photographer Thibaud Poirier decided to visit them in the quiet of the night and shoot beautiful photos showing a different side of the city.

Colossal writes that Poirier used Google Maps to locate bridges over canals before heading out to those spots with his camera.

All the photos in the series were shot from land (e.g. on bridges and streets).

You can find more of Poirier’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.

This is What a Sunset Looks Like from Space


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ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst shot this photo from the International Space Station showing what a sunset on Earth looks like from high above in space.

The photo shows a long stretch of clouds bathed in red and orange sunlight as the shadow of nighttime follows close behind.

Gerst returned to Earth on December 20th, 2018, after spending 362 days in space, the most of any active ESA

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Panasonic S1 Firmware Update to Add Advanced Video Features


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Panasonic has announced an upcoming “Upgrade Firmware Key DMW-SFU2” for the LUMIX S1 full-frame mirrorless camera that will add a number of advanced video features that will make the S1 more suitable for pro-level filmmaking.

Here’s a list of new features and abilities that are incoming:

  • 14+ stops of V-Log recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p*1 internal video recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p*1 HDMI output
  • V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
  • In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
  • A WFM (Waveform Monitor)

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My Journey to 28mm in Street Photography


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For many years, the only lens focal length I felt comfortable with when doing street photography was a 50mm.

Over the years, I’ve owned several high-end 50mm lenses for Leica M bodies, including the Noctilux and the amazing APO-Summicron.

I was quite happy with these lenses for a while, but I started to feel confined and that my work process was sort of automated in a way.

Unlike previous times in which I just changed from one 50mm lens to another, this time a bigger change had to happen — one that would challenge me and drastically change the way

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