miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2012

A year in the life of a tree

Photographer Mark Hirsch drove by the huge oak in southwest Wisconsin for 19 years and never pointed a camera at it -until a friend challenged him to try out the camera on his new iPhone 4S.
So Hirsch stopped his truck on the country road they were driving down, and slogged 500 yards through the snow to take his first photo of the tree.
Shocked by the image quality, Hirsch decided to make it a project and has since taken a new photo of the tree every day for almost a year.

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lunes, 29 de octubre de 2012

The Big Cats in Kenya - Africa Part I

Part I – The Big Cats

Having watched several documentary’s on Kenya and the Great Migration, I finally had the chance to witness this marvel of nature first hand last month. As breathtaking as it was watching thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra’s crossing the river, surprisingly, it was not the highlight of my trip. Rather, waking up every morning and seeing Lions, Cheetahs, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos and several other beautiful animals was what made this trip the greatest photographic adventure that I’ve ever taken.

Because of the diversity of the wildlife and the limited space available for this article, for now, I will focus solely on the Big Cats of the Masai Mara. Future articles will include the Hippo’s, Giraffes, Elephants, and of course, shots of the migration itself.

In preparing for this trip I did extensive research and conducted several phone interviews with a variety of tour operators before finally deciding on Gamewatchers Safaris. And, I could not have been happier with my choice and the results. Gamewatchers exceeded my expectations in every conceivable way (thanks Julie)

Getting to Kenya is a bit of a hike. Generally speaking, the quickest way to get there is to fly to either London or Amsterdam and take a direct flight from one of these two European hubs to Nairobi. Once in Nairobi, your tour operator will (should) arrange for you to be picked up from the airport and driven to one of Kenya’s several Game Camps. This article will feature photographs taken at two different Porini Game Camps in the Masai Mara. 

 Of all the big cats in Kenya, the Cheetah was probably my favourite. These majestic and agile creatures are certainly not camera shy; providing for outstanding photo ops.

You will be amazed at just how close you can get to these animals (in a jeep, of course and with an experienced guide and driver). And as a result, you probably won’t need anything longer than a 300mm lens. If possible, I would highly recommend taking two camera bodies. This is especially true if you use prime lenses. Taking two cameras will also minimize the risk of getting dust on your sensor and will maximize your chances of getting your shot. 

By being patient and spending time with the animals, you’ll maximize your chance of capturing “keepers”. You’ll also be more likely to “experience” what you’re witnessing rather than merely capturing it.

I spent several hours watching this Mother training her two sons how to hunt. Successfully…

Like the Cheetahs, the Lions and Lionesses of the Masai Mara are not camera shy. So much so that several of the shots I took of them were with my 5D Mkii and my 24-105. A combination that I would normally use for portrait shots.
While at rest, these animals appear rather docile. However, as you can see from the wound above this Lions eye, they are wild animals and need to be respected. Always listen to your driver and tracker and never taunt or bate the animals. 

Perhaps the most allusive of the big Cats is the Leopard. These incredible animals are hard to spot and unlike the other big cats, tend to be very shy. I was fortunate enough to spend the day with this particular Leopard. She spent quite some time staking out her area before settling in for a full day of sleep (like all Big Cats the Leopard is nocturnal). I ended of falling asleep in the back of an open jeep for a few hours as this beautiful cat slept a few meters away (remember “experience” what you are seeing).

Shooting in Africa is truly an incredible and at times overwhelming experience. In order to prepare for this type of trip I suggest (1) research the various tour operators and speak to them on the telephone to ensure they offer what you are looking for – Tripadvisor is a good source for reviews (2) take lots of memory cards and if possible try and upload your cards to a laptop every night (3) take two camera bodies and a few lenses such as a 24-105 and a 70-300. For those that choose to make the trip, be prepared to be spoilt for choice.

Bio: Kamal is an avid photographer living in Calgary, AB his photography passion includes travel, wildlife and landscape. Kamal also likes to play guitar when he can't get out to shoot.
This is Kamal's third article for the Canadian Nature Photographer.
E-mail Address: kamali2@shaw.ca

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domingo, 28 de octubre de 2012

In The Picture: Ricardo Pocci

Ricardo Pocci is a brazilian art director with curiosity and an Iphone to travel the world looking for interesting things which can add something to his life. Every city brings an amazing superior creation which speak with us in different ways. “Made by iPhone” unpretentiously intend to register the beauty of this dialogue:
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sábado, 27 de octubre de 2012

From the Edge of Finland: New Photos by Mikko Lagerstedt

Photographer Mikko Lagerstedt first taught himself to use a camera in 2008 and has since fallen in love with the medium, having captured hundreds of dreamlike images of the Finnish landscape he calls home. This latest body of work called Edge was taken exclusively in Finland over the last few weeks and captures perfectly his somewhat unsettling approach to landscape photography that can be equal parts beautiful and just plain eerie, with strange figures lurking just on the horizon. You can follow Mikko’s photography on his blog, via Facebook and on Behance and prints are available on RedBubble.

viernes, 26 de octubre de 2012

Incredible images: soap bubbles

At first glance these incredible images appear to show the mystifying surfaces of distant planets. But on closer inspection the oily photos reveal they are actually soap bubbles.They were created by photographer Jason Tozer, using washing-up liquid, a coat hanger bent into a hoop and a plate. 
'I looked online for bubble recipes and a bit of glycerine is apparently the key,' said Mr Tozer to Creative Review who commissioned him to create a series of photos based on the theme of bubbles. 'Ten parts water, one part washing-up liquid and a little bit of glycerine. We also used distilled water as well because hard water isn’t so good.'
He explained that his against a black background, his assistant would wave the coat hanger hoop through the air with washing-up liquid on.  
He would then attempt to capture them with the camera, although moving bubbles are a tricky subject to pin down.
By blowing through a straw into a plate of the solution, Mr Tozer created the more planet-like images.

He took the photo of what was formed on the near-side of the plate and then used a lens cap wet with solution to achieve a single bubble shape to photograph.

The beauty of the photos is that they are not digitally altered - they are produced completely in-camera.
Each bubble is unique and takes on its own individual shape, colour and photographic presence.
Mr Tozer found that  less colours appeared on the surface as further bubbles were made from the batch of washing-up liquid. 'The detergent seems to sink to the bottom of the bubbles, leaving the water behind, so you gradually get different images,' he explained. Mr Tozer has also used his skills with soapy snaps on an advertising campaign for a launch of Samsung phone.

Credits: Daily Mail
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