Oxford School of Photography

insights into photography

Daily Archives: April 27, 2012

Mitch Dobrowner wins 2012 Sony World Photography Awards


Image © Mitch Dobrowner, USA, winner of L’Iris d’Or, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.

Olivier Laurent reports in the BJP:

“My passion has always been to photograph landscapes during interesting weather events,” Mitch Dobrowner tells BJP. “Mainly because they offered the most interesting lighting conditions. So I asked myself, ‘Why not try to experiment?’ which brought me to research photographing storm systems in Tornado Alley.” Tornado Alley is a loosely geographically defined area located between the Rocky and the Appalachian Mountains in the US, and Dobrowner has now been shooting there for a couple of years, creating a portfolio of photographs that has won the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.

Dobrowner was selected from more than 112,000 entries from 171 countries, and a shortlist of more than 120 photographers. He received the top prize in the Fine art/Landscape category, as well as L’Iris d’Or worth $25,000 at a high-profile ceremony in London on 26 April.” FULL STORY HERE

Other winners are here,further information can be found at www.worldphoto.org


Image © Luis Henry Agudelo Cano, Columbia, Winner, Travel, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © PALMER+PAWEL, United Kingdom, Winner, Sport, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Jacek Kusz, Poland, Winner, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Kasia Bielska, Poland, Winner, Contemporary Issues, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © David Airob, Spain, Winner, Architecture, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Irina Werning, Argentina, Winner, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Peter Franck, Germany, Winner, Campaign, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Manuel Geerinck, US, Winner, Conceptual, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Peter Franck, Germany, Winner, Fashion, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Donald Weber, Canada, Winner, Current Affairs, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Rob Hornstra/INSTITUTE, The Netherlands, Winner, Art & Culture, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Image © Simon Norfolk, UK, Winner, People, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


“In July 2009, I tracked a severe weather system for nine hours. I eventually stopped in a field outside Valentine and stood in awe of the towering super-cell,” says Mitch Dobrowner. “It was building with intake wind gusts of 60+ mph, and I felt like we were standing next to a 65,000ft high vacuum cleaner.” Image © Mitch Dobrowner, USA, winner of L’Iris d’Or, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.


Photos: The Conflict in Sudan

From the excellent Denver Post pblogs

“Sudan’s president has threatened to topple the government of South Sudan during a visit to an oil-rich border town that has sparked a recent surge in violence between the two countries.

Omar al-Bashir’s comments Monday were the latest in a war of words against Sudan’s southern neighbors.

The two countries disagree over where the border between them lies and ownership of oil resources in the region.

This latest outbreak of violence threatens to escalate into a full-scale war.

Al-Bashir vowed during his visit to Heglig to press ahead with his military campaign until, according to him, all southern troops or affiliated forces are chased out of the north.

His forces bombed a major town inside South Sudan Monday. (AP)”


Sudanese jet planes bombed near the bridge in Bentiu, South Sudan, on April 14, 2012. The attack killed at least four civilians. (Alan Boswell/MCT)


A Sudanese soldier rides a bicycle during a patrol following clashes between the army and South Sudan’s forces in the town of Talodi in South Kordofan, about 50 kms (30 miles) from the disputed frontier with South Sudan, on April 12, 2012. The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan accused each other of wanting war, with each denying the other’s charge, as Sudanese war planes bombed a bridge in the South after days of fighting in a contested border region. (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)


This photo of Sunday, April 15, 2012, shows a soldier from the Darfuri rebel group Justice and Equality Movement at a South Sudanese position in Heglig, South Sudan. Sudan has accused South Sudan of fighting alongside the rebel group in the recent clashes along the disputed border. Two Sudanese Sukhoi fighters dropped 6 bombs in the Bentiu area, killing five and wounding four others. (AP Photo/Michael Onyiego)


A picture taken on April 14, 2012 shows Peter Yien Chuol, a local farmer, waiting for treatment at the Bentiu Hospital after being injured by a bomb in Bentiu. A Sudanese plane bombed Bentiu, capital of South Sudan’s oil-rich border state of Unity, on April 14, killing five civilians and wounding six, a local government spokesman said. Gideon Gatfan, spokesman of the Unity state government, said one bomb fell beside a car market near a bridge which was the target of the raid. (ADRIANE OHANESIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

See the rest of these moving pictures here

How to Photograph Lightning

From those nice people at Lightstalking we get this tutorial on how to photograph lightning.

“The Technique for Photographing Lightning

The Simple Explanation

In a perfect scenario, photographing lightning at night should be quite simple.

Just make sure the camera is on a tripod and you have a cable or remote shutter release. Set the focus to infinity, the ISO to 100 or 200 (on DSLRs) and choose the aperture accordant to the intensity of the lightning. Then open the shutter until the lightning goes off and then shut it just after you get a flash of lightning.”.….MORE

Lightning on the Columbia Riverphoto © 2007 Ian Boggs | more info (via: Wylio)

sky is crackingphoto © 2006 G Meyer | more info (via: Wylio)

89 Awesome Photography Links and Photographs

Another batch of tutorials and great links to give you something to read this weekend

Never one to spend too much time lounging, the Toad is always searching the internet for tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone.  This week’s list contains a set of links to some truly incredible pieces of art posted by some truly talented artists.  We really hope you enjoy seeing and reading these posts as much as the folks at Toad Hollow Photography did in bringing them to you.

The Toad is well into writing his second publication of eBooks intended to share some tips and insights into the world of HDR photography.  These publications are made available for free to subscribers of his Free HDR Guides, Tips and News.  If you haven’t signed up already, head on over and subscribe to get your free copy of his first edition “The f-stops Here”.

Ikea cardboard camera…..it’s not a joke

Well I say it is not a joke but I found this on a Spanish website and had to rely upon google translation……. my Spanish goes little further than asking for a beer and then thanking the very nice person for providing the same.

There has been an interest in improbably simple cameras for so many years, I started out 40 years ago with something that it only had one button, it got me hooked. You are right, that was the dark ages, fun for a small boy then usually involved mud and or worms or perhaps puppet cartoons such as the excellent Thuderbirds. Think of the post from earlier this week about the World Pin Hole photography day, I asked if that was a joke but no one stood up to be counted in either direction so I assume it was real.

Canon, Sony and company can start to shake. Ikea has decided to create its first digital camera, but yes, cardboard. Now I would like to bring you more but when you copy and paste a google translated page it seems it to revert to the original language here is the link I have for the translation, go see for yourself

Alternatively here is the Spanish, perhaps you can tell us what it means, here is a link to the original page

Canon, Sony and company can start to shake. Ikea has decided to create its first digital camera, but yes, cardboard. . The chassis or Kämeroschiflen Ikeacam is not like we’re used to, but fortunately this time it’s a product that already assembled, do not pull manual for assembling pieces go.

Includes a small target, a memory and an image sensor. Operates on two AA batteries and is controlled by a button board. No LCD screen, or exposure controls, and filters. You can not ask for more.

 Can store a total of 40 images.  These are then passed to the computer via USB.  Then you have to do is reset the internal memory to capture 40 images.

So far this camera is not so curious for sale.  Has been presented on the occasion of the celebration of the International Furniture Fair of Milan.”