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Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

Conceptual photography inspiration from Brian Oldham

Wow, this guy is so good and only 19, what a career he has in front of him, and he has only been photographing for a year! Shows there is no substitute for being creative

““ I’m a nineteen year old conceptual photographer from Southern California. I strive to create unique, realistic images with a surreal twist. I have been taking photos for a little over a year, and my passion for photography continues to grow each day. “ ~ Brian Oldham

Do go and see more of this young man’s work, it is all so impressive, here is his site

Views From the Night Sky: London and the U.K.

Oh my these are quite stunning, you must spend a while enjoying these gorgeous aerial images by Jason Hawkes. These I found on the excellent The Atlantic site, a source of just brilliant images from around the world, add The Atlantic to your list of must visits along with The Denver Post. Make sure you visit Jason Hawkes’ site, there are lots more to marvel at and you can create your own pdf of his wonderful images, what a star.

“Based just outside London, photographer Jason Hawkes has been making fascinating aerial images since 1991. One of his specialties is nighttime photography, where he mounts his camera to a gyro-stabilizer and takes photos directly from the open door of a helicopter. Jason has been generous to me over the years, and once again he has shared a group of stunning images. As we approach the London Summer Olympics, let Jason give you a preview tour of London and other cities in the U.K”

Night aerial view overlooking Bank and the City of London. (© Jason Hawkes)

Five a side football pitches, 20 Union Street, Manchester. (© Jason Hawkes)

Night aerial view over the River Clyde and Central Glasgow. (© Jason Hawkes)

Night aerial view over Swiss Re Tower, and the Lloyds Building, City of London.(© Jason Hawkes)

96 Fantastic Photography Links

from Lightstalking By

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Dodging and Burning With a Purpose: Photoshop CS5 – Blake Rudis creates and shares a new 10 minute tutorial video that takes the viewer through the process of using the dodging and burning tool in Photoshop CS5.

HDR – The Capital Transit Snow Sweeper – Monochrome HTDS – Mark Neal shares a brief article on the drama inherent in monochromatic images.  Using a true HDR shot as the source, Mark takes us through his steps in converting this shot and posts examples of the workflow in progress.

Learning Speedlights – The First Step in Expanding Your Photography with Lighting – Chase Jarvis introduces us to what looks like a wonderful online workshop to help those just starting out with speedlights.  Mark Wallace hosts a 3 day symposium online that is free to register for that looks to be of huge benefit to those breaking into this genre of photography.


Return to the Penitentiary – a leader in the realm of incredible UrBex HDR photography, Mike (Theaterwiz) takes us deep inside the famous Eastern State Penitentiary for a close-up look at two presentations on display there.  You will find some of the most incredible colors, details and textures in these mesmerizing images.  Great drama is found in the details visible, but the real strength in these shots lies in what remains unanswered.  An absolute must-see post in this week’s list.

Hayley Lewis Photography – Hayley is an amazing 15 year old photographer with much passion and hope for her life.  She has a natural knack for photography, and her site contains some really great examples of her work broken down into categories.

Shepherd with 300 – the power of the ability to express scale and scope in a single image is shown in this great photograph by Marcin Sobas.  A shepherd works his flock on a beautiful hillside, and we get an incredible image that is sure to captivate the imagination of all who visit.

Tower of Dust – Mike Olbinski captures a stunning image of a natural phenomenon.  A massive dust cloud creates a scene of incredible drama, and Mike takes a picture that leaves the viewer absolutely astonished.

More to marvel at