Behind every picture…

…lies an interesting story.

It may not be captioned or monologued there where you can read it; but many times the most interesting story are the ones left to your imagination and wonder.

Not my absolute favorite kind of photography, though I still think it’s note worthy. Joe Wigdahl’s work is more photojournalism than fine art photography. Pictures of people, locations and things make up this pretty compelling portfolio. Take a look for yourself. Enjoy!

Eye Candy: HDR Images are Awesome

Reykjavik Summer HDR Image

High dynamic range imaging is a technique, or several techniques rather, that provides a much wider range of exposures compared to normal digital imaging. Charles Wyckoff is the original creator of this technique and introduced it to the world sometime in the 1930’s and in the 1940’s, he had several of these images published in Life magazine.

Later, in 1997, Paul Debevec used dynamic range imaging to produce a single HDR image for use in the computer graphics industry. This is the technique most often used today since everyone has a computer and digital camera these days.

Ok, thats enough of the history lesson. If you want to see some wonderful examples of this imagery, check out this HDR gallery from Ásmundur Þorkelsson. There are so many awesome photos here and what’s even better is that Ásmundur even provides a great description with each one of his images.

If you want to create your own, you can check out this HDR tutorial, which shows you the steps using Photomatix or Photoshop. Keep in mind, this stuff is kinda confusing and somewhat more advanced, so prepare to spend some time figuring it out, but if you have a higher end camera and understand a little Photoshop, you should have no problem at all. Get to it!

Impossible is nothing- when it comes to Photoshop.

With the birth of Photoshop, we’re able to create our own reality- nothing is off limits or impossible. Take, for say, the art of Li Wei. He’s created a world filled with jaw-dropping actions.

Just remember not to try this at home, or at the office, or on top of skyscrapers… Happy viewing!

Designers, Here Is Your Goldmine

Skout Wallpaper

If you are a designer in any shape or form, there’s one site out there that you need to keep in your arsenal. Skout’s tagline is “resources + for designers + by designers” and they aren’t kidding either. Skout has links to tons of websites that can help any person who works or has a hobby in a creative field.

Here’s a list of the categories they offer sources in:

  • Fonts (free and commercial)
  • Color tools
  • Icons
  • Stock Photography
  • Stock Illustrations
  • Photograpers
  • Patterns
  • Textures
  • Print Tutorials
  • Web Tutorials
  • Text Generators
  • Web Tools
  • Frameworks / Web
  • Libraries / Web
  • Sounds
  • Typography
  • Photoshop Brushes
  • Magazines
  • Downloads / Misc.
  • Wallpapers
  • Inspiration

How’s that list for ya? You’re probably saying “holy crap” by now, just like I did, and you’re getting ready to add the site to your bookmarks. Even if you don’t do design work, there are so many great resources here, you might just want to consider it because anything you need is being handed right to you. Have fun!

A daughter’s life turned into art

Photojournalism has always been a controversial subject. But what about when a photographer endures in a project on his daughter? Where is the line drawn?

A series of black and white photographs target photographer Jack Radcliffe’s daughter, Allison. Beginning with what every father does; a picture here at the time of birth, there at infancy, and continuing through toddler, pre-teen, and teenage years, all the way through to young adulthood. Except Jack approaches these photographs with more than just the intention to preserve sweet memories; a family portrait turned photo project.

Take a look here at the simply named gallery, Allison. To view some of Jack’s other work, you can visit them here.

Tools of your trade

HIV+ camera

For most professions, tools are just an aid for your job. But in art, your tool can do more than aid, it can become a piece of art in and of itself.

Wayne Belger, a fine art photographer, uses his own pinhole camera that he has made to photograph his subjects. He explains, “The same air that touches my subject can pass through the pinhole and touch the photo emulsion on the film.” So what does Wayne make his pinholes out of?

Depending on the subject, the camera varies in material from wood, aluminum, brass, acrylic, to needles, human infant hearts, and blood. However morbid that may sound, after reading the artist’s statements and seeing his work, it’s all in the name of art, beauty, and awareness.

Death right around the corner

German photographers Walter Schels and Beate Lakotta have recorded what most would consider taboo. In this series, Life Before Death, the lives of terminally ill patients are documented twice; once as they were alive and then as they are after death has swiftly visited.

Some patients were ready to go after being content with the way they lived their life. Others were just beginning to live their life and were heartbroken knowing they had but a mere few months to live life.

If you’re looking for a first-hand experience on what life and death truly is, this somber series, including interviews, will definitely describe the situations well.

Playing Mind Games on Domestic Vacations

Julie Blackmon

If you like odd, awkward and just sort of atypical all together photographs, take a good look at Julie Blackmon‘s work. Maggie Taylor-esque with a modern day twist, Julie takes the context out of Jan Steen household and slaps a photograph right on it.

Growing up in a family of nine and now a mother of three of her own, she really illustrates the chaotic and tiring role of a mother past and present. Julie photographed children crying, laughing, jumping, swimming and giving the meanest of mean faces. Both bodies of work evokes the artistic spirits from Maggie Taylor and Anne Geddes, while still carrying a very unique and interesting look of their own. Enjoy!

Foodscapes

Foodscape

In studio photography, it’s extremely easy to create your own world; from any room in your house, to your wilderness of a backyard, to a scenic foodscape, all you need is a little imagination.

Take a look here for Mr. Carl Warner’s deliciously artistic take on everyday food items turned into beautiful landscapes. Warner has made everything from scenes of the country to underwater spectacles all created from cheeses, lettuce, potatoes, cabbage, strawberries, broccoli, onions, and so much more. Enjoy!