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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Summertime Photography

So in theory we are in the middle of summer, well actually to most school kids summer is just about to start but we are in the middle of the year and by now we should be sun drenched but in the UK it is more like October. So cold, so wet and windy as a very windy place…. These fantastic pictures found on The Atlantic website are a reminder of what summer used to mean. There are about 30 odd pictures in total and certainly a good way to cheer you up is to have a look at the site here

Four-year-old Solaris Arias (right) jumps through water spraying from an open fire hydrant in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 20, 2012. Much of the state remained under a heat advisory Tuesday afternoon because of the steamy air mass that has moved into the region resulting in temperatures in the 90s. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A boy slips down a waterslide in the German city of Hameln on May 22, 2012 as temperatures rose to up to 30 degrees Celsius (86F). (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images)

A Bengal Tiger named Akasha dives into the water after a piece of meat at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on June 20, 2012 in Vallejo, California. On the first day of summer, temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area ranged from the mid seventies by the coast to mid nineties inland. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

See the rest of these magnificent images here

Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2012

TPOTY at the Royal Geographical Society in London

One of the joys of doing well in TPOTY is having your images displayed at the TPOTY exhibitions and being seen by thousands, sometimes millions, of people.

The home of the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibitions is the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The Society’s gallery is situated close to Hyde Park on the corner of Kensington Gore and Exhibition Road, and adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall, in the heart of London’s museum area.

Next exhibition – 22nd June to 19th August 2012

2012 is TPOTY’s 10th years so in addition to showing all the best images from the 2011 awards, along with the historical of travel photography from the Royal Geographical Society’s amazing archive, we’re planning additional exhibits to celebrate.

The 2011 exhibition received over 16,000 visitors. In 2012 the exhibition will be extended to eight weeks and run both before and during the London Olympic Games. This area is a cultural centre and is being pedestrianised in preparation for the high visitors numbers expected in London during 2012.

And there’s more… at the beginning of October this year we’re staging TPOTY Live! – three days of photography talks and workshops at the Society, giving you the chance to learn from some of the world’s leading photographers, writers and travellers. Click here to learn more.

When to visit TPOTY at the Royal Geographic Society:

Exhibition runs:

22nd June to 19th August 2012

1 Kensington Gore,
London,
SW7 2AR,
England.

Opening Times

The 2012 exhibition opens to the public on daily (including weekends and public holidays) from 22nd June until the 19th August. Admission is FREE. The exhibition is open from 9.30am-5pm (Monday to Friday) and from 10am-5pm (Saturday & Sunday). We will be announcing special evening events and judges’ tours of the exhibition nearer the time.

You can view all the winners from the previous 9 years here

Here are some from 2011

All ©Louis Montrose

Biography

Winner, Louis Montrose

Louis Montrose was born in London, grew up in New York City, and has lived in the San Diego area of southern California for many years. His engagement as a visual artist springs from a passion for creating and viewing images that began in childhood. During a successful academic career in the humanities, he also wrote and taught about the history and cultural power of images.

Formerly an Elizabethan scholar and professor at The University of California, he now pursues his calling as a photographer full time.  He works in a number of photographic genres, including cityscape, environmental portrait, travel and night photography. As someone with a compelling interest in the power of photographs to capture the vibrancy and diversity of human cultures, he values color as an essential expressive and communicative medium. At the same time, he remains deeply drawn to the formal power and tonal richness of black and white, and to the challenge of creating strong black and white images through digital capture and digital inkjet printing. His work has been exhibited in shows in London, Madrid, Copenhagen, and Buenos Aires as well as in California, Colorado, and Ohio; and has been published in LensWork, Black & White, COLOR, and other fine art photography publications.

Anyone Can Learn Photoshop With Tutorials At Photoshop Essentials

I am not in the habit of recommending places where you should spend money but in this instance I make an exception. I found Photoshop Essentials in the usual way, looking for something else, followed some links and ended up at a place I hadn’t expected but found something interesting. Isn’t that what everyone does…..?

So Photoshop Essentials is a site with lots and lots of photoshop tutorials, so what you say. Well this is really well organised and every tutorial I have looked at is on the button. They are organised as pdfs which you can download and then follow the very easy steps to achieve the result you were looking for. There are tutorials dealing with absolute first basics through to quite complicated procedures. There is some free stuff there but the thing that costs and which I think is worth the money is the opportunity to download all the current pdfs available for less than $20, that is about £13.50 in real money.

You can sign up for the one month membership which is $20 or longer if you want more regular use. In the first month you can download all the current pdfs if you want to use at your leisure, if using photoshop is how you spend your leisure time.

OK that is enough of a plug, just to say I am not connected to this site I just think it is pretty good, check it out for yourself here.

10 Photography Pet Hates – It’s All About Being Professional

This rather accurate article comes from Lightstalking

This is a guest post by Phil Hill, a travel photographer from the UK based in Australia. You can see more of Phil’s great work at his travel photography blog or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

If you fancy yourself as a pro then you have got to raise your game, and raise it high. I have a few pet hates within the photography world, things that make you look plain un-professional and professionalism is paramount.

Purely my own opinion of course, some of my gripes have been properly executed by many (professionally) and readily create fantastic imagery, just steer clear from these clichés and already you will be a step ahead.

‘Be wary of selective colour’

Click Here: 10 Photography Pet Hates – It’s All About Being Professional

5 Great War Photographers

Here at OSP Towers we try to bring you a varied diet of equipment news, tutorials and great photography. As part of that we feature photographers we think you should be interested in. We have covered war photographers occasionally because they have always had such an impact on our understanding of the suffering handed out by those who wage war and what atrocities our governments undertake in our names for the sake generally of the need for hydrocarbons. Anyway this article by those good people at Lightstalking gives you a brief insight into 5 of the greatest war photographers. Don McCullin ( we featured him here), James Natchwey (we featured him here), George Silk, Robert Capa and Margaret Bourke-White (who we featured here)

Don McCullin – Nikon F by martsharm, on Flickr

This is what Lightstalking has to say:

In any profession, there are wild pioneers who do things that others won’t do and go places that others won’t go. In photography, we have quite a few of these individuals. But some stand out from the crowd. Some go where nobody sane would even consider. And they come back with the shots that we all say, “hey, I wish I could have taken that.” War photographers especially are a special lot. Their stories and their photographs make and shape history. But let’s face it – some of these heroes are simply fearlessly insane to go where they go and do what they do with the almost certain danger of great physical harm that they accept as part of the job. Thank god for these folks. Here are some of our favourites….….MORE

Pictures of the Week: June 15, 2012

From the most excellent Denver Post

A Pakistani girl holding her sister, center, looks at a group of boys playing marbles in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

TOPSHOTS
Rohingya Muslims, trying to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence in Myanmar, look on from an intercepted boat in Teknaf on July 13, 2012. Bangladesh on Wednesday refused three more boatloads of Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar, officials said, despite growing calls for the border to be opened. Bangladeshi guards have turned back 16 boats carrying more than 660 Rohingya people, most of them women and children, since June 11 as they tried to enter from neighbouring Myanmar across the river Naf. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/GettyImages

Brazil’s Santos fans cheer during a Copa Libertadores soccer match against Brazil’s Corinthians in Santos, Brazil, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

TOPSHOTS
Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya Muslims shout slogans during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012. Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar’s Arakan state and demanded the United Nations’ intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced. AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANMOHD RASFAN/AFP/GettyImages

There are another 15 superb images to view here

Renaissance Photography Competition 2012

I am really sorry not to have known about this before and to have failed to alert you to the exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London SW1 that closes today. If you are in London and have the time go and have a look, it is always so much better to see photographs as prints than viewed on a screen.

The Renaissance Photography Competition is in support of young women with breast cancer, a very worthy cause and one to give your time to. Set up in 2007 by Fiona Gifford, an amateur photographer who survived cancer after being diagnosed in 2006.

Many photography competitions in support of causes seem to attract rather dull images, nothing to shout about, that is definitely not the case with Renaissance. As soon as I saw some of the winning images I was struck but how intelligent and mature the art of photography was being used by the entrants. The website has all the winning entries for you to see and buy as prints and your love of photography would have to be a moribund husk not to find something that you would want to own.

Exhibition

100 photographs selected by judges Monica Allende, Michael Hoppen, Brigitte Lardinois, Mary McCartney and Brett Rogers will be exhibited in the Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 11 June to 16 June 2012 (admission free).

Photographs will be available for purchase.

Renaissance Prize 2012

Anastasia Taylor-Lind (United Kingdom)

disorientation
Digital
From The Series The National Womb: Baby Boom In Nagorno Karabakh

Calumet Film Prize 2012

Julieta Sans (United Kingdom)

expression
Film
Untitled

Untitled

Category Prize - Disorientation

Dom Agius (United Kingdom)

disorientation
Digital
Matthew: Under My Umbrella

Category Prize - Environment

Tom Hatton (United Kingdom)

environment
Film
Madaba

Madaba

Category Prize - Expression

Mimi Mollica (United Kingdom)

expression
Film
Untitled

Untitled

Category Prize - Memory

Mattia Vacca (Italy)

memory
Digital
Srebrenica. Requiem For A Dream

Srebrenica. Requiem for a dream

Category Prize - Perspective

Alessandro Falco (Italy)

perspective
Digital
Vengeance N° 1

Vengeance n° 1

The following images were shortlisted for awards.

Mustafah Abdulaziz (Germany)

memory
Film
November, 2010.

November, 2010.

Philip Cheung (Canada)

expression
Digital
Soldiers’ Angels – U.s. Mortuary Affairs In Afghanistan

Soldiers' Angels - U.S. Mortuary Affairs in Afghanistan

Cristina De Middel (United Kingdom)

memory
Digital
Bongo

BONGO

Régis Defurnaux (Belgium)

perspective
Digital
Contemporary Identities

Contemporary identities

Salomon Fargeon (France)

memory
Digital
Seventy Years Later

Seventy Years Later

Colin Hutton (United Kingdom)

expression
Digital
That Royal Wedding

Florence Iff (Switzerland)

environment
Digital
Post Arcadia 1

Post Arcadia 1

Simon Impey (United Kingdom)

perspective
Digital
My Point Of View

My Point of View

Alvaro Laiz (Spain)

environment
Digital
Transmongolian

Transmongolian

Cynthia O’Dell (United States)

memory
Digital
Tullig Village, Kilrush, Co. Clare, 2006/1849

Tullig Village, Kilrush, Co. Clare, 2006/1849

Istvan Prem (United Kingdom)

disorientation
Digital
Tin Foil Dream

tin foil dream

Greta & Manu Schnetzler (United States)

perspective
Film
Wow

WOW

Luke Smith (United Kingdom)

environment
Film
Isolation

Isolation

Catrine Val (Germany)

disorientation
Digital
Fem!nist#4

All Photography Tutorials and Links June 2012

These come to you from Toad Hollow Photography via Lightstalking, put your feet up, take a break and catch up with the latest tutorials and links.

It’s been a very eventful week in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching the internet for the best tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone.  This week’s list is full of great content and images, and we sincerely hope that everyone enjoys viewing and reading these posts as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you……MORE

Here is a taste of the links:

Low Light Portrait Photography Tips – sometimes the simplest things can generate the best results.  This brief and straightforward post highlights some great tips and tricks on low light photography.

Quick Photo Tip: “When You Get Lucky, Be Ready” – perhaps simplistic in nature, these words provide the perfect backstory for great photography.  Joe Baraban shares some insights and tips about preparing for that next “wow shot” as well as shows some of his best work that exemplifies this concept.  Absolutely well worth the time to visit and read, this post is rather inspiring.

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY

Nisqually Glacier – Scott Wood creates another of his totally unique and utterly captivating IR based pieces in this post.  The otherworldly feel that you take in from this image really creates a strong juxtaposition in the viewers mind that helps to create a renewed sense of interest and love for the world we all live in.

Ione: Unfinished Business – Bob Lussier does a fabulous job of creating this image which exemplifies the pure nature and essence of what drives us personally in our love of photography.  This ability to tell an incredible story with one frame is something that we find to be dramatic and emotional in nature.  Bob finds and shoots a scene that has remained untouched for 50 years, leaving the viewer with a strong sense of connection and longing for more.

Young Turkish Couple, Taksim Istanbul ©John Wreford

John Wreford Photographer Damascus

In the 30 years that The Photographers Workshop has existed we have been lucky enough to meet many wonderful photographers, skillful, artistic professional photographers. For perhaps more than 20 years John Wreford has been a friend and colleague whose work we have greatly admired. In the recent times he has been based in Damascus and lives there with a house in the old city. Using this as a base he has traveled widely through the middle east and taken the opportunity to work for a number of the worlds great magazines and newspapers and to add to his stock of intelligent intimate, mature images. He is a man with great vision and empathy for his subjects. Do go and have a look at his excellent site here is the link

Galatasaray Football fans celebrate winning the Turksih domestic league, Galata Istanbul. ©John Wreford

Samia a Turkish transgender sex worker at home in Istanbul ©John Wreford

A Turkish boy plays on an abandoned car in the run down Fener neighborhood of Istanbul. ©John Wreford

The Maidens Tower at sunset, Uskudar on the Asian shore of Istanbul. ©John Wreford

Young Turkish Couple, Taksim Istanbul ©John Wreford

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, National hero regarded as founder of modern Turkey ©John Wreford

Do go and have a look at the rest of his pictures here