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The Photography Links List

A long, very long, oh too long weekend here in the UK. Don’t get me wrong I prefer a Queen as head of state (although Graham Norton might be more fun) than some dick of a politician like say Bush or Blair, but do we have to grind to a halt and all be jolly and happy for her; basically for living a long time. I can think of so many better reasons for not going to work although for me most of them also involve visiting an airport and submitting to her majesty’s officials and being treated like a proto terrorist before being allowed to have my fun somewhere else. Admittedly this usually also requires obsequience to some other dictator’s whims.

Anyway I digress, this week’s photography links from the Toad should have been with you before the weekend but here the weekend still has  days to go so maybe….

Theses come to you via Lightstalking “The Toads have been very busy the last few weeks doing shoots on location, and as a result they missed creating their weekly list last week.  Thrilled to be back at it here this week, they have compiled an extensive list of links to tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs for everyone to enjoy.  We really hope you enjoy viewing the images of these talented artists and reading these blogs as much as the Toads did in bringing this list to you.  Without further ado, let’s hop into the great photography, shall we?”

Photographer – at the speed of light by LightStalking, on Flickr

Here are some tasters for you


HDR – Lens Correction – A Short and Simple Sample HTDS – Mark Neal delivers a concise tutorial that shows the reader how to use lens correction tools.  This technique works remarkably well considering the complexity of the image being manipulated.

Showing Scale to Your Photos | Showing Scale Part II – a pair of great posts teaches the reader about the importance of adding scale to an image.  Joe Baraban discusses artistic details in photography that can add a huge element of tension to an image, and in turn create a truly compelling piece.


http://justhundred.com/ – this is truly a special feature based on the great work from Ren Bostelaar.  This online exhibition features a new image every 24 hours and is really a must-visit destination as each day delivers a new image to enjoy.

Special Travel Perks – this is an absolutely epic study in lines in this great post from Theaterwiz.  An empty airport exposes a very compelling bit of architecture that forms incredible natural leading lines and geometries that are mesmerizing beyond proper description.  If you like lines, you will love this.

Photography Links and Tutorials of the week

From Toad Hollow via Lightstalking.

Many great photographs and posts have been made this week online in the field of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy compiling a list of the very best pieces. This weeks list contains some of the most outstanding tutorials, photography and interesting blogs as found by the Toad. We really hope you enjoy seeing some of these works as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.”

Check out the Toad’s photoblog featuring Canadian landscapes and historical artifacts, and his Canadian Fine Art Photography website.

Here is a taste of some of the links


Studio Photography Insights G+ hangout – an awesome post straight from the studios of Alex Koloskov that shares the results of a series exercise from a participating group, as well as some of the great details and tips that went into making the shots.  Alex puts on some great presentations and this is definitely one of them!

Quick Photo Tip: Kids and Dogs – a brief but highly informative post outlining a few simple tips and tricks on how to capture great shots of dogs and kids.  Joe Baraban always delivers great posts full of useful details to help all levels of photography fans improve their craft.

Image Processing Tutorial – Mark Blundell delivers a brief but detailed tutorial post, discussing his actions and processes for creating a specific image.  The image he presents to work with is really wonderful and the sharing of the steps taken to achieve these results really gives a lot of depth to the entire process, overall.


Treasures on the Farm – grungy, gritty and captivating are a few of the words that jump to mind when you visit Renée M. Besta’s latest post featuring a shot of a forlorn and decrepit Mustang that now forms the perfect subject for photography.  Incredible details, textures and tones all await the viewer, producing a wonderful piece that is a must-see shot in this weeks list.

Winter’s Effort To Maintain It’s Grasp – you have simply got to see this shot!  This has to be one of the most dramatic and incredible winter scene photographs I have ever seen.  Straight from the studio of Mike Victorino we get a winter scene that really tells a full story, a story of a lonely tree standing tall and proud in the midst of a serious snowstorm.  A very beautiful photograph, well worth the time to visit and view.

Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral – oh my word, what a WONDERFUL series of photographs from Anne McKinnell!  I just can’t take my eyes off these incredible shots of what has to be the cutest owls I have ever seen in my life!  This series is absolutely exquisite, with perfect depth of focus and compositions that really bring all the wonder and character of these little feathered friends to life for all to enjoy.  If you only have time to follow up on one post in this weeks list, this has to be considered.

Closeup with a Chicken – just because it’s a chicken doesn’t mean it’s not photogenic.  Kristi Hines grabs a photograph of a really interesting chicken, capturing all the spirit and character that this particular bird seems to possess.  A wonderful shot that is sure to delight everyone!

There is lots more to be found here
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