Speckyboy Design Magazine » Photography http://speckyboy.com Web Design News, Resources & Inspiration Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:55:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Intriguing Levitation Photography by Bairon Rivera http://speckyboy.com/2014/07/11/intriguing-levitation-photography-bairon-rivera/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/07/11/intriguing-levitation-photography-bairon-rivera/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:14:18 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=50047

Photography is not about the pictures you take with your camera, it’s about the concept that you have in your mind which you give physical form to. Maryland-based photographer Bairon Rivera has defied gravity by...


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Photography is not about the pictures you take with your camera, it’s about the concept that you have in your mind which you give physical form to. Maryland-based photographer Bairon Rivera has defied gravity by creating a series of conceptual, bizarre yet intriguing ‘levitation‘ photographs that recently caught our attention.

Bairon has beautifully manipulated his art by blending a surreal levitation concept and using his models to the fullest to create some of the most amazing dream like photographs. His outtake on levitation photography is unique in the sense that he has created multiple instances of showing people in near-collision or near-falling positions, thus isolating his style and concept totally from traditional levitation photography.

Levitation? by Bairon Rivera

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Skymetrics – Contrasting Minimal Urban Photography with a Beautiful Blue Sky http://speckyboy.com/2014/07/02/skymetrics-minimal-urban-photography/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/07/02/skymetrics-minimal-urban-photography/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:22:32 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=49856

Neapolitan designer Lino Russo has recently published a photography series entitled Skymetrics. The project contrasts modern geometric, colorful architecture with a beautiful clear blue sky. The results are simply breathtaking. Describing his project, Lino said...


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Neapolitan designer Lino Russo has recently published a photography series entitled Skymetrics. The project contrasts modern geometric, colorful architecture with a beautiful clear blue sky. The results are simply breathtaking.

Describing his project, Lino said that what these shots have in common are a “completely square, regular and schematic, so achieving geometric shots in a minimalist context, where the simplicity and cleanliness reign supreme”.

‘Simplicity and cleanliness reign supreme,’ describe this photography series perfectly. Have a look for yourself:

Skymetrics – Minimal Urban Photography

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Minimal urban photography

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geometric photography light sky blue background

geometric shots in a minimalist context

Minimal urban photography

systematic organized compositions structures minimal photography

geometric photography light sky blue background

systematic organized compositions structures minimal photography

Check out the series here: Skymetrics.


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Little People – A Beautiful Miniature Photography Series http://speckyboy.com/2014/05/26/little-people-beautiful-miniature-photography-series/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/05/26/little-people-beautiful-miniature-photography-series/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 11:23:24 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=49022

Miniature photography has been around for quite some time, but very few photographers have been able to capture and successfully depict its true form. Slinkachu is one of those photographers who have used miniature models...


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Miniature photography has been around for quite some time, but very few photographers have been able to capture and successfully depict its true form. Slinkachu is one of those photographers who have used miniature models and human figurines to create some of the most interesting and profound scenarios on a micro scale and highlighted some of the most dreaded norms of our society.

His work encompasses the true form of miniature art, and with his accurate depiction of real urban situations, Slinkachu is without doubt one of the most inspiring photographers out there. He began his ‘little people’ project back in 2006 and since then he has been able to publish a number of photo journals of his work.

He has put his miniaturized models in different urban situations like skiing, camping, grocery shopping, fighting and dying, and then photographs them to create different set of breath taking pictures. Check these out:

The Little People Project

Play Fighting in Wandsworth Common, London

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photographs miniature human figurines Play Fighting in Wandsworth Common

Alpine Skiing in Fulham, London

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Hop, Skip and Jump

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little people photography miniature human figurines Hop Skip and Jump

Electrician

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Fez – Protests in Turkey

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Construction Workers in Paris, France

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photographs miniature human figurines Construction Workers in Paris

Saleswoman in Paris, France

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Scientist

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Stroll in Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia

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Guard in Paris, France

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The Reflections Photography Series http://speckyboy.com/2014/05/01/reflections-photography-series/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/05/01/reflections-photography-series/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 10:51:15 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=48362

Dallas based photographer Tom Hussey is renowned for his award winning wistful photography series “Reflections“. The highly conceptual photographs depict an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror. The...


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Dallas based photographer Tom Hussey is renowned for his award winning wistful photography series “Reflections“. The highly conceptual photographs depict an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror. The idea came to Tom after having a conversation with an 80 year old WWII veteran who shared his bitter experience of how fast time has passed for him, and how quickly his body has transformed in front of his own eyes.

In this series, Tom has utilized the services of younger looking doppelgängers of the older subjects in order to depict how the mind stays connected with one’s younger self and how the body outgrows the mind, thus channelling the separation between mind and physical body.

Tom is renowned for his advertising photography and this personal project took his work to the whole new level. Take a look at his amazing work and you’ll be amazed at how bizarrely realistic and poignant the images appear.

The Reflections Photography Series

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Reflections on Behance →


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Breathtaking Photography: Shooting in the Golden Hour http://speckyboy.com/2013/09/06/shooting-in-the-golden-hour/ http://speckyboy.com/2013/09/06/shooting-in-the-golden-hour/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:02:50 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=43551

The golden hour is the time of day, usually in the early morning or evening, when the light creates a very special effect in photography. During the golden hour (sometimes also called the magic hour),...


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The golden hour is the time of day, usually in the early morning or evening, when the light creates a very special effect in photography. During the golden hour (sometimes also called the magic hour), the light is soft, with a reddish hue, which brings warmth and depth to a photo. At the same time, lighting conditions change rapidly offering the possibility for very varied shots. In this article, I will explain why the golden hour is so special and give you some general tips on how to improve your photography.


Photo by Sergiu Luculescu

What is the Golden Hour?

In photography, “golden hour” refers to a certain time of day when the sun is at its lowest and creates a unique type of lighting that is considered particularly appealing for photography. The exact time and duration of the golden hour will depend on where you are in the world and also on the season. Typically, the golden hour occurs in the very early morning and evening, and even though it is called an “hour”, the duration can vary greatly.

But why is the golden hour so special?

The Basics of Hard and Soft Light

To understand why the golden hour is so special, you need to know something about lighting in photography. Photographers often talk about hard and soft light. A sunny day with no cloud cover will generate hard light; i.e. light from a single source that shines directly on the subject, casting sharp shadows and generating strong contrast. Soft light on the other hand generates soft shadows and little contrast. It is generated when light comes from multiple sources or when it is reflected or diffused. An overcast day is a great example of soft light. Here, the light rays are diffused or scattered by the clouds, creating lighting that is very even.


Photo by Sergiu Luculescu

For the most part, the best photography is done in soft light, since it better depicts the colors and shape of the subject. Some photographers do use hard light, particularly to generate specific effects, but overall soft light is preferred for virtually all kinds of photography.

What Makes Golden Hour Photography so Special?

In the golden hour, the light travels farther to reach us, since the sun is low in the sky and the light shines at an angle. This diffuses the light, causing soft, warm lighting with long shadows and reduced contrast. The atmosphere filters the light, creating an effect that is quite unique. Anyone can create soft light, even by artificial means using a diffuser, but the color and feel of the golden hour is very special.

At this time of day, lighting conditions also change rapidly, allowing the photographer to get varied types of shots within a relatively short time span. Within that “hour”, the photographer will be able to experiment with all the intermediary types of lighting and shadows as the sun sets or rises.

Shooting during the golden hour is considered excellent for virtually any kind of photography, including people, landscapes, cityscapes, and wildlife. The versatility of the changing lighting conditions can create wonderfully warm pictures with vivid colors, and give the scene a three-dimensional feel due to the long shadows. It can also be used to create dramatic effects in landscape photography.


Photo by Simon Allanach

Notice the warm glow and pinkish color in the picture above, taken just as the sun had begun to set.

Calculating the Golden Hour

As mentioned earlier, the exact time and duration of the golden hour varies depending on where you are in the world. The easiest way to figure out when you should be out there is to find your location here: http://www.golden-hour.com/.

Tips for Photography in the Golden Hour

So what do you need to know for great golden hour photography?

  1. Make sure you have the right weather: Very cloudy conditions will block out that special light.
  2. Come early and be prepared: Things change quickly and you need to be ready. Find the right location(s) and scout out interesting subjects (this can of course be done at an earlier time). A torch is always useful, particularly if you come before dawn.
  3. Experiment with your camera settings: Often, auto mode will try to negate the effect of the golden hour, thus ruining all your hard work. Try using the camera in manual mode and setting your white balance to “cloudy”.
  4. Use a tripod: Not only because of the practical difficulties of shooting in darker conditions, but because you may need longer exposure times.
  5. Experiment with angles and positions: Take advantage of this time and experiment with different subjects and angles. The effect of front vs back lighting can create very different kinds of pictures.
  6. Take many pictures: Conditions change rapidly making it possible to take very different shots of the same subject. Furthermore, if you are experimenting with camera settings take many pictures to make sure that you learn what works best and also so you do not end up wasting your time.

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