When you are an artist, only your imagination is the limit. With modern technology, you can create pretty much anything you can imagine. And Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş is a living example of this. His vivid imagination, inspired by sci-fi and technical books, resulted in a fantastic series of unordinary landscapes called Flatland II. And “unordinary” may be an understatement. His images show warped reality, landscapes without horizons that seem like they’re wrapping around you. You will feel like you’re watching a sci-fi movie or riding a rollercoaster in another dimension.
I re-invented a new photographing technique. The technique is new in the digital domain but, in fact, the phenomenon itself was known since the early era of digital photography.
I don’t remember the name of the camera but I heard that digital cameras could not capture colours before the Bayer filter was invented so you had to take three shots—one for red, one for green and one for blue—and then they were merged into one photograph. However, if there was moving elements such as clouds, waves, cars, pedestrians, cats in the picture, you get unnatural colours.
Although people tried to avoid this effect to capture natural photographs, I thought it would be interesting to create such colours on purpose as a new way of artistic expression, and so I devised this technique. Let me tell you how to do it in details.
Whose image is it anyway? When does inspiration or imitation of a landscape photo cross the line or go too far?
Recently a few things came up that makes me ask if or when does the idea of copying someone else’s photo go too far, or is it just a form of flattery derived from a source of inspiration via the route of imitation? In the commercial photography world, this can have an impact in real dollars and sense (yes, that’s the word I meant to use), especially if you get caught deliberately copying someone else’s work. This was brought up in a recent article on PetaPixel, When someone copies your photo for Commercial Purposes, where the question was raised whether someone who (may have) copied many elements of a photo went so far as to push the boundaries of what’s right and permissible or was it a violation of the original photographer’s copyright? When there are things like models, props, studio lights, camera angles, etc., that gives the court leeway in deciding what elements of an image are protected expressions of copyright. There is a poll on this article where more than 2/3rds or the respondents felt what was done was unethical.
We’ve all seen all kinds of cameras and different ways of creating very artistic photos. But I have recently discovered one of the most interesting landscape series so far. Surveillance Landscapes is a series of photos by fine art photographer Marcus DeSieno. Landscapes taken by something that’s not really used for art – surveillance cameras.
His work brings the mood and spirit of Ansel Adams’ black and white landscapes, and it’s a series of masterfully done photos. But he takes these moody, monochrome images without leaving his desk or picking up his camera. Instead, he hacks into surveillance cameras, public webcams and CCTV feeds all over the world.
Marcus was kind enough to share some details about his project with DIYP. And the idea and message of the series are as powerful as the photos themselves.
When a country or region is associated with war and conflicts, it’s difficult to change the public opinion. But a young photographer Magomed Shapiev is fighting a different battle from those fought in his homeland. he comes from the Dagestan region in Russia. This part of the country has been a scene of outbreaks and conflicts since the 1990s. But thanks to Magomed’s amazing photos, he is emphasizing the stunning beauty of this region rather than its political situation.
Everyone has those days when it would be better if they just stayed in bed. Photographers also have them, and often things simply don’t go as you’ve planned. Thomas Heaton shows what it looks like when a landscape photographer has a bad day. And no matter what kind of photography you do, you’ve probably had a day like this, too.
Baikal is impressive. It’s the deepest and the cleanest lake on Earth. When we were planning a trip, we didn’t even suspect it is so wonderful, majestic and fairy. We were raptured over its beauty so much, that we almost didn’t sleep all 3 days we were here.
Lake Baikal is about 600km in length. The thickness of it reaches 1,5-2 meters. This ice can tolerate the vehicle of about 15 tonnes, but sometimes we saw cars that had been fallen down. Ice has different patterns in different parts of the lake. It happens because water is freezing layer by layer. Especially it is very interesting to find a fish or a branch in the ice. The ice in Baikal is the most transparent in the world! And this is true. You can see everything till the bottom: fish, green stones, plants and bluish gulf. The water in the lake is so clear, that you can see various objects on the depth of 40 meters.
Do you like traveling and taking travel photos? I know I do. But Elia and Naomi Locardi bring travel photography to a new level. They are travelers, artists and photographers who chose an interesting path. They are not just travelers, they are nomads, and they call themselves location-independent. In other words, they don’t have a single location they call home. Home is everywhere.
This is a story about their decisions and its beauties and challenges. It’s certainly an unusual lifestyle that takes a lot of bravery. In this nine-minute video, you’ll hear their story and see some of their great photos – and minutes will feel like seconds.
With the new year approaching people usually start thinking what they could do better or improve in within the new year. As a professional landscape photographer I thought it would be fun to give some tips to people starting out with landscape photography.