This Flow Motion Video Will Blow Your Mind. Guaranteed.

Dubai Time Flow

Forget everything you know about the word ‘amazing’ as this flow motion video of Dubai has just redefined the word.

Using his signature flow motion technique, filmmaker Rob Whitworth shows us once again why he is one of the most prominent time-lapsers these days.

This jaw-dropping video joins Whitworth’s incredible flow motion video of Barcelona and is sure to become an all time favorite.

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How ‘Do What You Love’ Can Be A Realistic Career Option

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To quote a recent article I read titled “Do What You Love” Is Horrible Advice:It’s easy to confuse a hobby or interest for a profound passion that will result in career and business fulfillment. The reality is, that type of preexisting passion is rarely valuable.”

Um…no.

If you haven’t read that article go ahead and take a trip over there when you get a chance…or not, if you’d rather not be fuming the rest of the day. The author is a great writer, with many other fantastic articles, but this one was just so…wildly inaccurate. I tried to just label it as one of those unfortunate things orbiting the internet, but it was just gnawing at me. How many potential artists are out there now, squashing their dreams because they’re reading fear-mongering articles like this on the internet?

Well hopefully not a lot, but still, the thought of some teenage kid selling his guitar because too many people told him music was a “hobby” and not a career choice just kills me. He’s a teenager. Anything is a career choice.

Of course people are all entitled to their own opinions, right?

Exactly, which is why I’m going to spout mine off right now.

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Gotham City SF Features Entrancing Black And White Footage Of The City By The Bay

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Outside of pushing resolution to all new heights, a lot of the techniques being used in timelapse photography at the moment are somewhat stale. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see a departure from the norm surface in the vast pool of timelapse videos. Toby Harriman’s Gotham City SF is just that. We’re used to seeing cityscapes and San Francisco, the beautiful town it is, is a frequent muse to photographers. Harriman, however, spent well over a year looking at the city in monochrome from all different perspectives.

And if all that fancy camera work isn’t enough for you, it’s paired with an incredible soundtrack that was composed by a very gifted 14 year old composer by the name of James Everingham[Read more...]

BTS Look At How The Mesmerising “Parallax” Superbowl Commercial Was Photographed

 

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Blair Bunting had all of three days to play around with his new Profoto B1 lights before he set out to photograph that awesome parallax Superbowl commercial for National Bank of Arizona. In case you missed it, you can watch it at the bottom of the post, but first, you can take a look at how he captured the ultra high definition moving photos in the 12-minute long behind the scenes clip he just posted over on Vimeo.

Bunting calls the gorgeous technique parallax, a term he borrowed and explains like this:

“What is parallax? Think of when you were in grade school and you had to do one of those cheesy plays…there is always a part in that play where some kid is on a boat made of a tricycle and cardboard, and they are in the rough ocean. In order to create this imaginary ocean in the elementary school cafeteria, they use whats called parallax. This is where they have on set of blue waves on a stick in front of the kid and one behind. The movement of these waves back and forth creates in your mind the idea of the ocean.”

To pull this off, he called on his Nikon D4s‘s burst mode and the wicked fast high speed sync capabilities of the B1 flash units. Check it out: [Read more...]

Hubble Telescope Captures Space Smiley

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Photo: NASA/ESA

There’s a saying that goes “Smile, and the world will smile back”. In this case it was the universe that smiled back, as the Hubble Space Telescope photographed deep space galaxies.

The smiley in the photo appeared thanks to a cosmic lens which was created due to warped spacetime (English explanation below).

Photographed at least three years ago, The Hubble team processed the photo after the smiley face was spotted during a public contest.

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Friends Recreate Entire Rambo Movie With Groom To Be as John J.

Everyone has their favorite movie hero whom, as kids we dreamed we could be. For Dana Saint is was Rambo. (If you don’t know who that is, just move along… you are not old enough for this).

Dana breathed, ate and dreamed about Rambo every waking hour. It did not end there and he made many, many home videos of the movie. In fact, I guess there is quite a big chance that Dana was Rambo biggest fan (Sylvester Stallone excluded). So for his wedding, his best friends did not send him out on the casual drinking night, they made him Rambo instead.

The reenactment included the entire movie including the cop chase,  freeing the POWs, that car battery scene and an epic compound explosion.

It just goes to show how far you can go when you set a creative target and put your heart into it.

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Legendary Photographers Pose With Their Most Iconic Photographs

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“Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible,” the book starts. The potent quote by the late Edwin Land seems quite apropos given the nature of the pages that follow it. The project Tim Mantoani documents in his book, Behind Photography, has been nearly a decade in the making. Beginning back in 2006, when Mantoani got his first taste of a Polaroid 20 x 24 Land camera, he had just gone through a painful battle with a rare form of bone cancer and soon after found himself mourning the premature loss of his close friend and mentor, Dean Collins. Though Mantoani was devastated by the loss, he was profoundly moved at the lack of control one has over his own fate. [Read more...]

How I Built The Set For The Holy Mary Photograph

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I met Viviane many years ago when we were added to a project together as photographer and stylist by a designer friend. The project never launched but we always kept in touch to see what each was doing. So at some point after we few years we both said: “Why don’t we ever shoot???” This started a 30 min brainstorm through facebook chat. We both wanted something very stylized. She suggested something like a “holy mary”? Then I came in and suggest something darky holy mary. And the idea was born. “The Holy Sinister Mary”.

…on the edge of your seat? Onwards…

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4 Questions Amateur Photographers Need to Stop Asking – And What They SHOULD Ask Instead

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“Love your photos! What kind of camera do you have?”

“… …”

Look, I get it. I’ve been there. Being an amateur photographer is tough for a lot of reasons, but a large one is having to humbly ask questions you desperately wish you didn’t have to say out loud. At some point in our lives, every professional has started out as an amateur. We’ve all been on the other side of the coin, secretly trying to make sense of all the photo technical jargon while still trying to appear like a coherent adult that deserves to own a camera.

Photographers are irritated by this question because when someone asks this, they are essentially reducing their entire profession to what they are currently holding in their hand. It happens a lot, and the insult is literally always on accident, but that doesn’t mean hearing it gets any easier. But while my blood boils every time I get asked this, I just have to tell myself to chill the eff out. It’s my fault for being annoyed, not yours. I know you don’t mean to be insulting; you just want to learn. You’re simply trying to figure out a little more about the process, and asking about the camera is your go-to step one. And that’s what everyone does! Hell I did the same thing as a newbie – upon observing the fact that my point-and-shoot just wasn’t achieving the same effect as a pro, the question out of my mouth to any photographer that would listen was, “What kind of camera do you have?” I was naive and stupid and I didn’t know any better.

But now I do know better. It’s not that it’s a stupid question, it’s just that it’s not the best question, and sometimes rewording things just a bit can get you a much more useful answer. It’s not that pros are mean or anything, they’re just human beings, and human beings respond differently to different questions. So in the spirit of helping new photographers get the information they’re actually after (while at the same time avoiding pissing off every established photographer they ever hope to learn from one day), lets lay down a few ground rules.

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