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17 Flying Dogs by Julia Christe

These hilarious photos of dogs are snapped by photographer Julia Christe.

It’s really a uniquely remarkable and heart-wrenching photo series because it captures the helplessness of the animals as they fall to their death.  That’s right, to capture not only the animals’ surprise feeling of weightlessness — but also the seldom-seen emotion exhibited by any living creature just before its doom, the artist decided to drop these pooches from the roof of a 10-story building.

In doing so, the viewer is forced to examine their own internal conflict: that of the impulse to smile at the silly-ness of the suspended hound, while struggling with the fact that your brief moment of pleasure was only made possible by the death of another.

I’m totally kidding, the dogs were dropped like 18 inches.

The images are available for purchase on t-shirts, posters, framed prints, and even in a book on FlyingDogs.info.

To prove that no animals were harmed in the making of this photo series (and to prove that it apparently took about 23 people to create), you can watch this little video:

source: mymodernmet

Bokeh Photography by Takashi Kitajima (10 pics)

Today I learned that…

“Bokeh” photography (pronounced BOH-kay) is

the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.


I also learned that Japanese photographer and software engineer, Takashi Kitajima is a bonafide Bokeh badass.

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See more of Kitajima’s work on his website or on 500px.

Source: atraversso

“Life of Ants” by Photographer Joni Niemela

Joni Niemela is one of the best all natural macro shooters out there. All of his photos in this series were shot with a 100mm macro lens on the body of either a Nikon or Pentax.  Joni said:

“The most challenging shot has to be the second one where the ant is spraying acid on the top of an ice block. That one included also a bit of luck as it was just walking over a tiny ice block when it noticed my hand waving above it as I took a series of images of it.”

Check out Joni’s website and view his work below.

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The camera (specifically, focal length) really CAN add 10 pounds

Dan Vojtech is a Czech Republic-based photographer who put together a cool visualization to help photography n00bs (myself included) understand how focal length can affect the perceived shape of a subject being photographed.


So Exactly how does focal length impact photographs?

Basically, the smaller the number (ex: 24mm), the “wider angle” the lens will be (capable of capturing a lot of stuff directly in front of the lens.  Contrastingly, a larger number (ex: 300mm) will be a “telephoto” lens (capable of zooming in very far, but not able to get a wide view at close distances).

This blog explains it in a lot of detail.

And here is a good explanation from Steven Cooper that details the relationship between focal length and the distance between the subject and the lens.

The reason the subject is occupying the same amount of space on the frame is because each time a longer focal length is used, the photographer is physically moving the camera farther away from the subject. The longer focal lengths actually have a more narrow field of view and so in order for the subject to appear to occupy the same space, the photographer must move back (otherwise you’d get the effect of “zooming in”).

How is that significant? Because the closer you are to the subject, the more substantial the distance between his features are. If you’re only standing 9 inches away from the man, his nose will be very close to you and his shoulders might be 3-4 times farther away from you than his nose; his nose will look quite a bit larger. It’s just like using a forced perspective technique by taking a picture of an arm where the fingers are right up near the lens but the person is standing in front of the lens; his fingers might occupy the same amount of space as his head!

As you physically move backwards, the relative distance of those features to each other doesn’t change but their relative distance to the camera does! Using a 200 mm lens you might need to be standing back a good 20 feet to get a picture like this (just estimating). At that distance, the subject’s shoulders are no longer 3-4 times farther from you than his nose; both his nose and shoulders are about the same distance from you. The result is that the nose gets less distorted and the subject flattens out quite a bit.

…for people who are self-conscious about their weight I tend to use a lens with a shorter focal length and wider field of view because it forces me to get closer to them. Getting closer to the subject causes their body parts to overlap more. Especially for female clients, this generally results in their curves overlapping in more flattering ways. Shooting from far away with a telephoto lens tends to flatten subjects out and make them look heavier.

Source: Dan Vojtech