Oblivion: The Cinematography of Claudio Miranda

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Out of the top ten highest-grossing films of 2014, nine were either sequels or reboots for franchises already long-established – the remaining film was Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. With the current film industry an unarguable golden age for comic book adaptations, it’s become customary for most studios to play it safe and rely on audience familiarity to sell their productions. And it’s unfortunate – original stories like Edge of Tomorrow end up suffering in sales as a result while at the same time gaining critical acclaim (Edge of Tomorrow was even retitled Live Die Repeat around the time of its home video release in an attempt to re-market the film).

Given the criticisms warranted towards Interstellar (Oh man, that dialogue…), it was still refreshing to see a new, original, and all-around good science fiction film become a box-office blockbuster in the middle of Oscar season. For directors not as well-known as Nolan, making a film like that is a particular risk when taking sales into account; back in 2013, Director Joseph Kosinski took that exact risk with the release of his second film. After his debut with Tron: Legacy, Kosinski brought the cinematographer Claudio Miranda on board once more for a story he’d been working on since 2005. The result was a film released eight years later, titled Oblivion.

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Dutch Photographer Shows The Athletic Side Of Pole Dancing In Original Photo Series “Pole Fitness”

 

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It’s pretty safe to assume when someone hears mention of “pole dancing” their mind automatically starts thinking of dark, smokey strip clubs. There’s some fairly negative connotations, and for the most part, the stigma attached to the term is not necessarily a prudent one. However, a Dutch photographer by the name of Bart Erkamp is on a mission to show the other side of pole dancing.

You see, pole dancing isn’t just something found in sketchy clubs on the outskirts of town, it’s also a the basis of a rapidly growing fitness movement. In fact, gyms all around the globe are beginning to offer pole dancing classes as a legitimate way to get fit–no sultriness required. There’s classes for men, women, children–people from all walks of life are invited to get in on the fun. There’s also a world championship and governing body, the International Pole Sports Federation, that is trying their darnedest to make pole dancing an Olympic sport. [Read more...]

Video on a Budget: Using MS Paint for special effects editing

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As a kid, I liked my slingshot and spent many hours practicing with a variety of ammo. However, as an adult, Joerg Sprave is nothing short of absolutely obsessed with slingshots and launchers, and his (currently) 553,302 YouTube subscribers are a testament to that fact. From high-powered, more traditional slingshots to lethal monstrosities that launch saw blades and decapitating arrows, Joerg knows how to have a good time.

So, what does a mad wood-and-rubber-band scientist do when a test goes awry and he gets nailed in the head with a fast-flying, half-inch steel ball on camera? He posts it online for the world to see, obviously! The video looks incredibly painful, but, after a little digging, I uncovered the truth. The truth of the matter is, Joerg used a little ingenuity, visual slight-of-hand, and cheap-ass-MS-Paint-wizardry to deceive the world (give or take a few billion souls). Let’s see how he did it…

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Is Live Sports Photography Really Photography?

What about concert photography?  Fashion show photography?  Paparazzi? Red carpet event photography?  Or pretty much any circumstance where there are multiple photographers taking the same photos from the same location, in the same light, with the same gear, at the same settings, producing photos that look pretty much the same as every other game / concert / fashion show / celebrity photo ever taken?

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Photographer Spends 40 Years Shooting The Same Buildings Over And Over To Document American Ghettos

Ransom Gillis Mansion; Detroit, Michigan 1993-2013

Ransom Gillis Mansion; Detroit, Michigan 1993-2013

Rewind back to the 1970′s and Chilean born photographer, Camilo José Vergara, had just begun what would become one of the most extensive and important photography projects taken on by a single photographer. Armed with a 35mm camera and some Kodachrome 64, Vergara hit the inner city streets of 16 different cities across the United States and began documenting the evolution of the ghetto one photo at a time.

Over the course of the next 40+ years, Vergara would continue on his journey, revisiting many of the same locations he’d already documented year after year to photograph them again, in similar, if not exact, fashion. Vergara now has 10′s of thousands of photographs that, together, provide a visual history of decay and rebirth in America. [Read more...]

What It Was Like To Photograph 7 Volcanic Vortexes At Once

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Volcanic Vortexes by Bruce Omori

Hawaii really is a photographer’s paradise. It’s filled with beautiful people, dramatic landscapes, brilliant night skies, and enough varieties of sea life to keep an underwater photographer busy for a lifetime. Given the diversity of Hawaii’s climate zones (there’s 8 of the world’s 13 climate zones on Big Island alone), we also get some pretty wicked weather.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Extreme Exposures Fine Art Gallery in Hilo, Hawaii where two photographers, Tom Kuali’i and Bruce Omori, display their work. Of course, all of the work gracing the walls of the gallery were eye-catching, and one photo in particular really stood out. The award winning photo has made its rounds on the internet and has even made its way into the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Seeing Bruce Omori’s “Volcanic Vortexes” in person (and beautifully printed on metal to boot) was even grander than one can imagine.

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Kodak Brownie – The Most Important Piece Of Photography Cardboard Ever Made

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A recent article shared on the BBC website asked it’s reader’s if the Kodak Brownie was the most important cardboard box ever made. Since it’s introduction in 1900, close to 100 different cameras models proudly display the Brownie moniker. Many of which can still be found in antique stores and collector’s shelves around the world.

Kodak’s Brownie is credited with bringing photography to the masses, as it was the first portable camera available. The Brownie’s predecessors were generally made from heavy, bulky materials such as wood and metals. Not only were they difficult to use, but they also required the use of tripods and unnaturally still subjects. The cost of early cameras also made photography a hobby in which most people could not afford at the time. [Read more...]

In Santa’s Sleigh Tracks: Watch The International Space Station Crossing The Moon

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The ISS crossing the moon. Eidelheit extracted this frame from the video he shot.

How high must your shutter speed be in order to photograph an object traveling at 17,500 mph while crossing another object moving at 2,288 mph? Not very high actually, when the nearest of the two objects is over 200 miles away and the other is over 225,000 miles away. However, you must be prepared well in advance and ready for the action as you will have less than one second to get your shot!

Gadi Eidelheit of Venus Transit did just this when he captured some rather rare footage of the International Space Station crossing in front of the moon.

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Some Hard Truth And Encouraging Words For The Beginner Photographers

A lot of time when you start at something you feel that you suck at it. And there is a good chance that you are right. We were all beginners at one point and we all made stupid and cliche photos. Here is an interesting view on what separates the artists who break through to create significant work and the ones who stay behind.

It is the ability to be persistent at your work and keep producing work until your skills match your taste (or your vision).

Actually, having a strong vision may be just the thing that drive you to be disappointed with your initial work.

If you have not made any 2015 resolutions yet, here is an idea, complete a project each week of 2015, the volume of work will help bridge the gap between your skills and your vision.