Sunbathers Shrunken to Specks in Aerial Photographs

Photographer Gray Malin‘s “A La Plage, A La Piscine” series shrinks sunbathers down to specks. Shot through open helicopter doors, Malin’s aerial photographs manage to capture serene patterns on the otherwise crowded beaches and pool decks of Europe, Australia, South America and the U.S.

While the photographer’s artist statement notes the color, light and shape of these “celebrations of summer,” one can’t help but also notice a pattern of what appears to be luxury and decadence in these photographs. From Las Vegas to Copacabana, the glitz of sunbathing seems to only be magnified when seen from above—which is, of course, ironic considering the scale of the people in these shots is  shrunken down. The series is truly mesmerizing to look at, no matter what ultimately catches your eye.

(Beautiful/Decay, via Lenscratch)


Fashion Photography: Tips from a Fashion Week Pro

photo: Jamie Beck / From Me To You

“When I first started there were 6-7 photogs shooting the shows. Vogue, WWD, NYT, the top publications. Before you had to be with a magazine or newspaper but now it has changed,” Condé Nast photographer Robert Mitra tells New York-based photographer Jamie Beck in a great interview on Beck’s site, From Me To You, about the realities of working the Fashion Week “pit” for 25 years.

If you follow fashion week photography, you know that saying “it has changed” is an understatement. These days, everyone from solo street style bloggers to online publications big and small are firing off photos of the runways and the beautiful people in the front rows from New York Fashion Week all the way through the final shows in Paris. And of course they’re doing so on DSLRs and iPhones alike, with Instagram shots uploaded in real time often serving as the public’s first views of the collections.

In the behind the scenes interview, Mitra lists his gear of choice (Canon 1D Mark IV, 70-200mm lens, monopod) in addition to sharing his tips for capturing candid backstage shots of the models and discussing why he shoots JPG rather than RAW. Check out the full interview on From Me To You.


Icelandic Aerial Photographs of Landscapes Look Like Marble Paintings

At first glance, photographer Andre Ermolaev‘s stunning aerial shots look more like paintings, or maybe even CGI landscapes, than actual photographs of the Icelandic countryside. And yet, photographs they are. My Modern Met quotes Ermolaev as saying that, as a photographer, “What has become a real discovery for me is the bird’s eye view of the rivers flowing along the black volcanic sand. It is an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns.”

Can you believe these are photographs? Also, how badly does this make you want to befriend a helicopter pilot so that you can take your camera up high and discover what unlikely scenes are yet to be captured of your local landscape?

(My Modern Met)


Time Lapse of Pacific Northwest Makes Us Starry-Eyed

Yep, I’m still utterly moved by well executed time lapse photography. This stunning compilation of 260,000 shots captured in various locations across the Pacific Northwest is no exception.

Portland, Oregon-based photographer John Eklund shot the photos between August 2011 and August 2012 on both a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 5D Mark III, using three different lenses. He needed 6.3 TB of hard drive space to store the year’s worth of shots. And, as you can see below, the resulting time lapse is truly amazing.


Purely Pacific Northwest from John Eklund on Vimeo.


Samsung EX2F Smart Camera Available Today for Lower Than Anticipated Price

Samsung announced today that their new EX2F Wi-Fi enabled Smart camera is now available nationwide for $499.99 ($50 less than the anticipated retail price when the camera was announced in early September). The compact EX2F offers full manual control, an f/1.4 24mm wide-angle lens, a 1/1.7-inch 12-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, and a 3-inch Swivel AMOLED display. With Wi-Fi connectivity, photographers can instantly share their shots via email or social networking directly from the camera. Users can also use the Remote Viewfinder app to frame shots on a smartphone or tablet’s screen.


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