This is an absolutely spectacular piece of timelapse photography of emerging flowers by a Czech photographer, Katka Pruskova. The video is 2:41 and best viewed in HD fullscreen. The music is “Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra. Katka Pruskova’s website is here, and a page of “behind the scenes” information on the flowers video here. The video is copyright 2012 by Katka Pruskova.
This work is magnificent and exhibits both extraordinary skill by Ms. Pruskova and exceptional artistic flourish. The flowers are truly fascinating. Flowers include Amaryllis, Lilies, Zygocactus, Rose, Gladiolus, Tulip, and Gardenia. Relaxing and deeply enjoyable!
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Tagged Amaryllis, Flowers, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Katka Pruskova, lilies, rose, timelapse, tulip, video, Vimeo, Zygocactus
Summer is the season of the midnight sun in the far northern hemisphere. There is splendid landscape and time-lapse photography in this video of “Midnight Sun | Iceland” shot by Scientifantastic.
Best viewed fullscreen and in HD (the embedded video is HD), “Midnight Sun” was shot over a 17-day period in June 2011 by Scientifantastic. If you like mountains, sky, water, oceancoast, and spectacular scenery, you should love this video! Some of the mountainscapes almost look like abstract paintings.
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Tagged Iceland, Landscape, midnight sun, nature, Scientifantastic, summer, time-lapse, video
Photo by Timothy Allen. Click image for BBC Human Planet Audio Slideshow.
This is a marvellous audio slide show featuring the photography of Timothy Allen. Timothy Allen accompanied film crews shooting the BBC series Human Planet.
From the icy Arctic to Africa’s dense jungles – and the mountain tops of Mongolia to the deep waters of the Pacific – the BBC series Human Planet has explored mankind’s incredible relationship with nature. Accompanying the film crews was photographer Timothy Allen. His stunning still images captured unique glimpses of people living in the world’s most extreme environments. Take a look at some of them, and listen to him explain how he snapped the most arresting shots.(*)
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Tagged BBC, culture, ethnography, global geography, human cultures, Human Planet, nature, Photography, slideshow, Timothy Allen, world scenes
Every time I go shooting in the gardens, I need to try (increasingly these days) to put a different spin on flower photographs. Or sometimes it’s a different approach in post, but it helps to have an interesting image to start with. It’s all too easy for flower pictures to start looking all the same. Here’s a helpful short article by Tiffany Mueller in LightStalking with Top Five Tips for Photographing Gardens and Flowers.
It’s not uncommon for nature and flower photographers to keep taking the same old picture of different plants and flowers. However, flexing your creative muscles and pulling yourself out of that rut isn’t all that difficult to do. Just remember, flower and garden photography is essentially another form of portraiture; most of the same lighting rules will apply.
The Top Five Tips…
- Pack Your Bags …
- Life Cycle …
- Depth of Field …
- Don’t Forget the Little Guy …
- Look for Angles …
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Tagged flower photographs, Flowers, garden photography, gardens, how to, Light Stalking, nature, photo, Photographing Flowers
Although I have not posted any images in this blog, I have recently been doing a lot of documentary photography. With such shooting, I have been finding that the Fuji X100, fixed lens and all, is often a far superior instrument than a big bulky noisy DSLR with long lens attached. I guess this is what Leica users have known for years, and the Leica – and now the X100 – has long been a preferred camera of street photographers.
Not that one must use a Leica or an X100, but this excellent article from the Phoblographer offers a handful of really good tips for approaching street photographer learned from experience using the X100. Including such tips as slowing down, getting up close and personal, and paying attention to details, I recommend this article to anyone interested in street photography.
It turns out that all the recent excitement about Vivian Maier’s images actually represent only part of her archive. And her complete archive is even bigger than first thought.
Vivian Maier, from the Goldstein Collection
The images published to date, and which I saw in Santa Fe, were printed from negatives purchased by John Maloof. That was a huge collection. But another complete lot consisting of 18,000 negatives was purchased by Jeffrey Goldstein who is now beginning to publish the images from his collection.
This week, The New York Times, in their outstanding photoblog, Lens, is featuring a selection of images by Vivian Maier from this more recent Goldstein collection. The Times makes the interesting suggestion that the more we see of Maier’s work, the better it gets.
Go to →Lens at The New York Times here… Tab through one or two galleries to get to the Maier images. The Goldstein collection of Maier images has its website also, →here.
Sor Juana's Dream. Ceramic Sculpture by Deborah Rael-Buckley. Nikon 8700. ISO 100. 20mm, 1/140 sec at f/6.1. Photo (c) Copyright Joanne Mason 2011.
I found this large ceramic sculpture, titled Sor Juana’s Dream, in the garden of a Canyon Road gallery in Santa Fe (→Blue Rain Gallery). The title or the work is “Sor Juana’s Dream”, and the work is by Deborah Rael-Buckley (→website here). Just as ceramic art, this work is outstanding. Rael-Buckley does many large sculptures working in ceramics.
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Detail.
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz’s story is fascinating (and elements will be seen to be reflected in Rael-Buckley’s work).
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was born (illegitimate) in 1648 in New Spain, in what is now New Mexico. (New Spain consisted of all New World lands controlled by Spain, an empire which included all of present-day Mexico and Central America and stretched to what is now the Canadian border, from the Mississippi River to the Pacific.) A feminist, opposed by the church all her life, She became a playwright, poet, and mathematician, and possibly had a love affair with her benefactor the Marquessa de Mancera, wife of the Spanish viceroy in New Spain.