Just Add Water

Hey everyone! I kind of have somewhat of an underwater theme going on since once again we’ll be diving in ūüėČ ¬†to some underwater art. These photos were taken by photographer Benjamin Von Wong who I may need to take a closer look at later since I love these photos so much! I don’t know what it is but I think the vastness and mystery of the ocean is something that has always intrigued me. I don’t know how to swim and I think that adds a certain aspect of spookiness to the big blue. Whatever the reason, these photos are hauntingly beautiful. I just love the way the clothing and hair of the models move. This is especially true for the first photo. It looks as if she is descending from some world up above and is floating down into another realm. It comes across as very angelic to me.

I also love the movement and flow in all of these, it makes these models seem like they actually belong in these setting and are not just people being placed in a scene to make a pretty picture. I’m going to put the link to the article and images down below but let me just tell you now that these photos took a lot of work. In order to pull this off Von Wong needed freedivers who would also be the models, stylists, makeup, etc. This is one of the qualities of a good artist that I really admire. He had a vision and did what he had to make it come to life and he did it right without cutting corners. No one’s perfect and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly diligent when it comes to my craft. However, when I do something I try to put my best in it and do the best I can with what I know I can do. Effort is everything and it certainly paid off for Von Wong! As always below are my favorites (which in this case is all of them)and the link to the article! Until next time!

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Link to article: http://blog.flickr.net/2014/08/08/surreal-underwater-photo-shoot/

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I’m so Jelly!

Hey everyone! I found some amazing photos of jellyfish (hence the title ūüėČ ) that I thought were really beautiful and I wanted to share them with you! The man who photographed these is Aaron Ansarov and he did an amazing job with these in my opinion.¬†What I really liked about these was not only the vivid colors but also the focus on¬†the details that we normally don’t see. I love watching shows that explore nature and highlight the beauty of the creatures among us so this was right up my ally. Although these photos are really nice to look at I also found them very inspirational in a way. One thing I really liked about these are the natural patterns and shapes that occur in these photos. At times they look like some kind of abstract art rather than a jellyfish. These also kind of reminded me of ink blots since the shapes are so unique and seemingly random at times. I could easily see these recreated with watercolors or even pen and ink! If you go to the website, which I will link below, they are have some images that move and a video which are also really cool as well. Below are some of my favorites and the rest you can find at the link below. I was really inspired by these and I’d like to try create something showing that in the future so who knows! ;D

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See more here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/features/2014/08/140821-portuguese-man-of-war-animal-ocean-science-pictures/

Elke Vogelsang!

Hey everyone! I found these pet portraits and I thought they were pretty cool for several reasons! One of ¬†them is how well the photographer,¬†Elke Vogelsang, captures the expressions of the dogs. There are tons of photos of people’s pets online but these are different because they really capture the personality of the dogs. I liked the contrast of the dark background because it really highlights the dogs themselves rather than distracting us with their environment. I feel like her intent and focus is on the dogs so I think she was really successful in taking these images.

I have dogs myself and I’ve taken photos of them but never in a studio setting or without an indication towards their natural environment; which is basically the house since my dogs are lazy and don’t care for the outdoors much. I really liked these photos because they’re different from a typical dog photo and some of the expressions are hilarious! I recommend you check out all of them, the link is below, but I included¬†my favorites!

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/elke-vogelsang_n_5042132.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000023

Let Me Take a Selfie

Hey everyone! I debated about whether or not to post this because I wasn’t sure if it was artsy enough but I figured this is my blog and I thought it was interesting, so here it is. I read an article recently about camera that were installed in a koala enclosure in Australia. What really captured my interest, besides the cute koalas, was the idea that these cameras were used to take selfies of the animals. Basically the animal would have to approach the camera and get within its frame and a sensor would go off to capture the image and viola! The cutest selfie!

What stood out about images is how interesting they came out and how they look like a photographer took them. I thought it was a nice way to have the koalas engage in the process and have a more natural photo. Apparently the koalas liked the idea too since there’s plenty of photos. We’ve been talking a lot about the presence of social media within our world and selfies are a large part of that too. They allow us to capture what we are doing in the exact moment we are doing it, regardless of how ridiculous we look. That concept can be seen with these photos too as we are able to see the koalas explore and capture their personalities in the moment without human interaction. As always I have my favorites below but I’ll link the rest incase you need more! Until next time!

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Link:http://gma.yahoo.com/photos/cute-koalas-get-in-on-selfie-craze-at-australia-zoo-1396579723-slideshow/koala-selfie-photo-1396569776841.html

Eye See You…

Hey everyone! I recently found some really cool photos of eyes that I wanted to share with you! If you’re new to this blog I have a strange obsession with drawing eyes. They are the first thing I start drawing when I’m bored or otherwise. I’m not sure why but it’s just something I do so this group of photos really caught my eye. I’m sorry, but I had to, eye just couldn’t resist. Okay, enough of that, but I seriously thought these were pretty cool.

The majority of these are animal eyes, which was interesting to look at since I really don’t pay attention something like that. Also, all of the these images are really saturated with color and are just beautiful to look at! I can definitely see myself using some of these as inspiration within my own sketches, since like I said I don’t really pay attention to the physical features of animals like I do humans. As soon as I get some free time I want to try drawing some these and maybe even merging them with human features…who knows ;). Unfortunately Flickr does not like people just grabbing photos so I can’t post any images here but there will be a link down below. My favorites are the horse fly (first image), cat, and blue-eyed dog. Until next time!

Link:https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrfamous/galleries/72157640513882494/

Naturally Inspired!

Hello everyone! I wanted to do a quick post on some really inspiring photos I found. I’ve taken several photography classes in the past so I have images of various subjects but I’ve always loved photos of nature! I think part of it is the idea that all you really need is a camera since nature is all around us. In other words, it’s the easiest subject to photograph. I mean you don’t really have to go far to find anything natural to photograph. You can open your door and take a picture of your lawn, although¬†it might not be an award winner but hey it’s still nature.

 

These images that I found are basically entries in a contest that was called the¬†2014 DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition. The winning image is the one on the top with the tadpoles! ¬†I love all of these but I think the winner of the competition just did an amazing job when it came to perspective and subject. It’s a really beautiful image and I can easily see why it won! All of these photos are really well done in my opinion and I have a special appreciation for underwater photography. It’s probably since I don’t know how to swim but that’s besides the point. Below are my favorites and I’ll also include a link to the rest down below! Until next time guys!

 

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Link to article:http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/tadpoles-flying-overhead-unlikely-winner-of-underwater-photo-contest/

Flowerbombing!

Hey everyone! So what is flowerbombing you ask? Well, its photographing flowers while they explode, at least in my definition. Got your attention, right? Mark Klimas has found this unusual way to create some very unique and beautiful photographs. ¬†I was really attracted to these photos because of the shattering effect that they have. It was something that really caught my attention because it was something I’ve never seen before.2686266

Now you might say ‘exploding flowers, what’s the big deal?’ but I there’s just something about them that is really intriguing to me. His process is also really interesting because he prepares the flowers before they meet their maker.¬†First he puts the flowers in a box with liquid nitrogen to freeze them to about negative 326 degrees fahrenheit. After that point Klimas says that they are as fragile as a snowflake and are really easy to break. In order to get his beautiful photos he ¬†shoots the flowers from behind to get the shattered effect. It’s a really interesting process so I highly recommend that you check out the link below to learn more about this process.2686263

I love the photo of the dark rose, the coloring of the rose is beautiful and I love how the center of the rose is intact while the edges appear to have dissolved. I really love the pink flower, which may or may not be a rose, because of the way the colors blend and layer on each other. I picked the third flower because it looked as if it had been something so solid, almost as if it was ceramic. Remember to check out the link below to see all of the flowers! The ones here are just my favorites! Until next time!

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Link: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/photographer-captures-spectacular-images-shattering-slideshow/-photo-2686260-185600455.html

All Around the World…Again?!

Hey everyone! I found this really cool set of photographs with a great concept behind them! Basically it documents a photographer being lead around the world by his girlfriend. The photos were all taken with the girlfriend in the lead holding the photographers hand. I love everything besides the pose changes at each place they travel, they also have some local “props” that they use, such as a Frankenstein statue. I really love this concept because it such a simple and cool concept but he ended up with a ton of great photos from his travels.photographer-follows-girlfriend-around-the-world-holding-hand-photo-series-2

With a little investigating, which is sometimes necessary with stuff found on Pinterest, I found out that the photographer is ¬†Murad Osmann. I took a look and these photos are on his Instagram not his website, that I saw, so I’ll put a link for both below! His website also has some great photos that I am very jealous of. I’m working on portraits for my photography III class and they are nothing compared to his. Then again it is something really new to me, I’ve never done them before, so maybe I’m been a bit harsh but when am I not hard on myself? Anyways I thought these were awesome and I wanted to share! As always, I hope you guys enjoy this post!

Osmann’s Instagram:¬†http://instagram.com/muradosmann/

Osmann’s Website:¬†http://muradosmann.com/

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iLove It!

Hey everyone!

For this ¬†week’s post I found some photos that were taken via iphone that I really love! Unfortunately I don’t have an iphone butf92ea85f04a5ef74c7f2aad59e2ab70a 2ffca8bd94d8b53466f5834fff812998 b893c8b48ff42c8c61b5a84e3e74e90c 5b11c7e6ee89e7455f4922c4764203d9 ¬†I think this just shows you how you can make great photos with what you have. Any camera can make a good photo, you just have to know how to use it to your advantage! I thought that these were some cool photos and I wanted to share my favorites with you guys.

The photographer is Brock Davis and he has come up with some very interesting and playful ideas for his photos! I was also able to find some common ground with this photographer which a little bonus for me. One of the things I do with my own photographer is try to not manipulate my subjects very much. I feel like my photographs are too set up and unnatural. I like to photograph objects in my environment in their natural state which has really helped me I think.

I makes me take the time to look at things from a different viewpoint. Davis seems to do something similar and he also uses everyday objects to create his pieces. I know I’ve said this before but there are possibilities for creativity everywhere you just need to look around you.

Link to Brock Davis’ site and more photos:http://www.itistheworldthatmadeyousmall.com/46345/973711/new/2012-iphone-photos