Robert Buelteman is a California photographer who developed his own technique for capturing images of plant life using high voltage electricity and optical fibers. Kirlian Photography is the use of electricity to transfer an image of coronal discharge onto film. Robert has applied that to various parts of plants and flowers to create astounding images that aren’t so much an image of a flower or plant as they are images of the feelings that plants can evoke. Very surreal, very original. Also, visit Mr. Buelteman’s website for his other work, which is every bit as fantastic.
Now this is just amazing. Astrophotography is one of my favorite things. Thierry Legault, a French engineer and photographer, managed to catch the ISS as it made it’s away in between the earth and Sun in January of 2011. The image is fantastic, almost sci-fi. Go to his homepage to see his other fine work, including the transit of Venus and the Hubble Space Telescope at the same time.
Sean F. White is a photographer who has created an amazing time lapse video of various locations around the world. It’s about six minutes long and features locations such as the pyramids in Egypt, penguins in Antarctica, ancient trees in Africa and shots of the Milky Way out in the desert. There are many timelapse videos out there, especially on vimeo, but this one is just a cut above the rest.
Incredible macro photography from Nadav Bagim, of Israel. He sets up miniature scenes on his kitchen table, adds an insect or two, and the results are nothing less than fantastic. The color that he manages to bring out in his photos is amazing in it’s own right, but add that to the nature of each scene he’s created and the way he’s managed to give personality to the subject of each photo, and you can see that there is something extra special here.
A small whale washed up on the beach here in Wilmington. It apparently is a Minke Whale. There is no cause of death at the moment, but officials from the local aquarium are picking up the carcass at some point to do a necropsy. The whale was torn up quite a bit, with a huge section of flesh torn out, most likely by sharks. In recent weeks a fairly large great white shark has been spotted, and also a sperm whale, off the southeastern North Carolina coast.
Technical details – I only used flash in one of the images seen here, it should be fairly obvious which one. The others were exposures of around thirty seconds or so, using moonlight and light coming from the boardwalk behind me. This enabled me to almost completely eliminate the yellow police tape and spectators walking around the whale, as well as giving a nice cool blue tone to the picture. I love shooting this way.
Here’s a shot of a bridge that I took deep in the mountains of Alum Rock in San Jose, CA. I just came across this sitting on my hard drive and realized I’d never really shared it with anyone. Now, this was taken with a Droid X, but it’s a pretty decent camera for a phone and the light was just amazing when I took this, so it turned out very well. Ethereal, almost like a painting. I wish I could duplicate this, but the technical ability to turn out pictures like this at will eludes me. One day…
I wrote a few days ago about a method of using a standard lens for macro photography. I shared only a few photos that day, but there were many shots that turned out well. I thought about going through the whole set and picking and choosing which ones to share with you, but then I decided to just upload the whole batch, all 81 images. So without further adieu, here they are.
And here are a few notable images that stood out to me.
Macro lenses are hard to come by if you’re on a shoestring budget. Luckily, there is a trick for us DSLR owners. Simply turn your lens around backwards. I experimented this evening with the technique, and got some surprising results while shooting a bouquet of roses that I gave to my wife on Valentines day. It took some experimenting to get just right – you must focus by moving closer to and farther from the subject, and the position of the focus ring, as well as the zoom, determines the focus distance. But once you get the hang of it, it’s fairly easy and makes for some fantastic results. The photos you see here are straight out of the camera, except for being resized.
Give it a shot, then leave a link to your result in the conmments!
Today was such a nice day; the sun came out (it’s been rainy for weeks), the temperature rose (mid 70′s!), and I found myself with some time to do something creative. I haven’t had my camera out since before Christmas, so I came up with a little plan for myself. I’m going to try to take at least one picture a day. Hopefully there will be one interesting picture each day, but a picture there will be nonetheless. We’ll see how long I can stick with it. So for today’s photo, I went into the woods behind my house and started shooting in black and white. This is something I never do – I figure why not shoot in color, then convert to b&w in photoshop? But I realized I am shooting myself in the foot by trying to preserve the color – I can be more creative if I’m doing something different. Anyway, it occurred to me that the EOS 450D, when in RAW+JPG mode, captures the color in the raw anyway. Bonus!