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Chicago Lights: Flash Street Photography by Satoki Nagata

March 14, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This winter Chicago-based photographer Satoki Nagata produced a series of abstract, black and white street portraits of people caught in the frigid elements. Nagata says that he lights his figures from behind with a flash using a slow shutter speed and doesn’t rely on double exposures or glass reflections as it may appear. The results are some pretty striking photographs of people that look nearly transparent yet appear to be almost perfectly surrounded by a crisp halo of light. Nagata’s primary work centers around documentary photography which is also well worth a look.

 

 

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Ghostly Hands and Feet Photographed Through Milk Glass by Marek Chaloupka

March 12, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Just spotted this great series of hands and feet photographed through milk glass by Czech creative director and photographer Marek Chaloupka. The vertical perspective coupled with the ghostly silhouettes makes these really special. See more of Chaloupka’s work over on Behance. (via it’s complicated)

 

 



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Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

March 12, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Photographer Martin Rietze recently traveled to Japan where he had the incredible opportunity (or near grave misfortune?) of photographing the Sakurajima Valcano in southern Kyushu as it spewed forth smoke, fire, and lava bombs. If that wasn’t enough the hellish volcano also caused a lightning show that lasted over 20 seconds giving the photographer ample time to flee for his life take these stunning photographs. You can see many more images from the series right here. Of note, the photographer’s grit and fearlessness landed the top photo a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week. (via spoon & tamago)

 

 



Art Photography

Black Hole: Photographs of Paint Flung by Centrifugal Force by Fabian Oefner

March 9, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Black Hole is the lastest project from Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner who is known for his photographic work with vibrantly colored paints, most notably manipulating it with sound and magnetic ferrofluid. For this latest project Oefner connected a metallic rod to an electric drill which was then covered in paint. Activating the drill then caused to paint to fling violently outward which he then captured with a precisely timed camera.

The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, I connected a sensor to the drill, which sends an impulse to the flashes. These specialized units are capable of creating flashes as short as a 1/40000 of a second, freezing the motion of the paint.

To see a video of the entire process you can visit his page on Behance, and you can see many more high resolution photographs over on his website. If you want prints just get in touch.

 

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The Street Photography of Nils-Erik Larson

March 6, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I’m really enjoying the street photography of Swedish photographer Nils-Erik Larson, who shoots primarily in black and white and has a wonderful knack for being in the right place at the right time. See much more of his work over on DeviantART.

 

 



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Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

March 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Vo Anh Kiet

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Raul Amaru Linares

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Colin Hutton

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Colleen Pinski

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Md. Akhlas Uddin

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Giang Hai Hoang

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Nathan Carlsen

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Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists in their 10th Annual Photo Contest. This year the competition saw 37,600 photo submissions from photographers in 112 countries and Smithsonian’s editors selected 50 finalists organized into their usual five categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People and Travel. Like last year the photos are open to a public vote through March 29, 2013 and a ‘Readers Choice’ award will be announced along with the rest of the winners in June. Here are ten of my favorites by take some time to go see the rest.