Sunday, April 17, 2016

++INTERSTING PHOTOS OF THE WEEK **** 04-19-2016 ++



Well, this is what is fun about photography!  Finding, not only great photos of the week, masterpieces if you will, but, some of those strange, maybe, quirky photos that you just scratch your head at. Those type of photos that are rare, maybe some photos that are just hard to explain.  But, anyway, very
entertaining to say the least.  Here is this week's specials:


We’ve all heard the saying: a dog is man’s best friend. Most people probably wouldn’t take it as literally as Galen Löfstedt, who brings his adorable furry friend on leisurely kayak trips— just like two old buddies:
Dexter the fun-loving, kayaking pooch. (Via Imgur. Click to view full size.)
Löfstedt snapped this chuckle-worthy photo on his GoPro after passing under the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver, BC. Löfstedt put it quite simply, “Dexter likes to kayak!” Judging by the smile on Dexter’s face, we certainly agree!
Seeing human emotions incarnated in animals makes us all happy. Almost as happy as this joyous ringed seal, as it surfaces for air in Admiralty Inlet, Nunavut, in northern Canada:
seal coming up for air
(Via Imgur. Click to see full size.)
Like this seal, photographer and biologist Paul Nicklen was born and raised along the icy banks of northern Canada—Baffin Island to be exact. His home and his upbringing led him to a career exploring the frosty ends of the earth, with a special focus on the delicate relationships between marine life and healthy polar environments.
It’s no secret that climate change is increasingly threatening ringed seals, as well as the other members of their ecosystem. Through the power of photography and his work withNational Geographic, Nicklen is trying to raise a global awareness of these pressing issues.
“I call myself an interpreter and a translator,” says Nicklen. “I translate what the scientists are telling me. If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire eco-system. I hope we can realize through my photography how inter-connected these species are to ice. It just takes one image to get someone’s attention.”
We hope this seal, and its entire Arctic family, will stay just as content in their icy ecosystems for years to come.
People like to take pictures of the sky — fluffy fair-weather clouds, sunsets shot with pinks and golds, great expanses of clear blue. But sometimes foul-weather skies can be beautiful in their own way. A prime example is this picture of a magnificent storm brewing off the coast of Riva Levante in Liguria, Italy:
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Ominous storm with waterspout touches down off the Italian Riviera (Imgur)
The photo, captured by Gian Paolo Chiesi, depicts a weather phenomenon known as a waterspout, a tornado-like formation that occurs over water. Above the waterspout, many different types clouds tower overhead, looking dark and ominous while bits of blue sky try to peek through behind. Chiesi used a Singh-Ray Reverse filter with a 2-stop density on his camera.
Breathtaking are the wonders of an Aurora. But imagine those ebbing polar greens and pinks from four-hundred kilometers in space. Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this incredible moment while floating high above the continent of Australia inside the International Space Station:
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The International Space Station floats high above the polar Aurora in Australia (Via Imgur. Click image to view full size.)
Gerst, a member of the International Space Station Expedition 40 crew, has just arrived to earth after five and a half months in space. When he wasn’t working for the Blue Dot Mission, Gerst was often found photographing our beautiful planet from afar.
This image is one of thousands captured by Gerst, at a rate of one per second at a resolution of 4256 x 2832 pixels. This selection of high resolution images was transformed into Ultra HD (4k) 3840 x 2160 pixel movie by the European Space Agency production team.
What makes a portrait prize-worthy? Contest judges are faced with this difficult question every year when hundreds of photographers from around the world vie for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which “celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.”
This year’s competition saw breathtaking entries from many genres, including editorial, advertising, and fine art photography. Winners were announced at a much anticipated awards ceremony today.

From 4,193 entries, the prestigious first place award—which includes a £12,000 prize—has been awarded to fashion photographer David Titlow of London. His winning photo features his young son meeting a dog after a midsummer celebration in Sweden.
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“Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow” by David Titlow
“Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow, was captured by Titlow the morning after a large midsummer party in Rataryd, Sweden. ‘Everyone was a bit hazy from the previous day’s excess’, says Titlow. ‘My girlfriend passed our son to the subdued revellers on the sofa—the composition and back light was so perfect that I had to capture the moment’.”

Jessica Fulford-Dobson received second place for her portrait of a seven year-old girl at a skate school in Kabul.
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“Skate Girl” by Jessica Fulford-Dobson
“With the Skate Girls of Kabul portraits, I wanted to show these young Afghan girls with their skateboards within the liberating environment that Skateistan provides for them. It is here that for a few hours a week they are able to have some semblance of a childhood in a place that is detached from the war and their working life on the streets. Like so many other girls across the world, when given the chance to do something positive that they love, each starts to discover their own identity and strength, their own distinctive style and personality.”

Birgit Püve of Estonia took third place with her photo of identical twin boys with their great grandmother’s chicken in the countryside.
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“Braian and Ryan” by Birgit Püve
“Braian and Ryan is from the series Double Matters. Püve was working on the series for a photography book on twins and triplets living in Estonia. Püve visited the nine-year-old twin boys at their great grandmother’s house in Saue, an area of idyllic countryside outside Tallinn, where she spent a few hours photographing them in different locations in the surrounding land.”

And the fourth prize was awarded to Blerim Racaj for his portrait of a group of young people on the street in Kosovo.
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“Indecisive Moment” by Blerim Racaj
“Indecisive Moment is from a recent and unpublished series about young Kosovars—a project triggered by the socio-political landscape in Kosovo and high level of unemployment amongst an increasingly young population. The photograph was taken at the base of the National Library, a place chosen by the sitters as an ‘escape zone’. Racaj says: ‘The photograph signifies that moment in time infused with uncertainty and vulnerability whilst knocking on the door of adulthood.’”
These winning photographs, along with more than 50 other entries selected by the competition’s judges, are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London until February 22, 2015.
All images via National Portrait Gallery and used with permission.
Great photographers are those who can find interesting and inspirational subjects right in their own backyard. Amateur photographer Moli Lin captures the unique geological features of Vase Rock on a perfect morning in Liouciou, Taiwan. Lin uses HDR to achieve the most detail and color in the image:
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Vase Rock, Liouciou, Taiwan (Via 500px. Click image to see full size.)
Does this photo encourage you to look in your own backyard for inspiration? As an amateur photographer, Moli Lin exemplifies that amazing photos can come from anywhere and anyone, regardless of their background or experience.
Hope you enjoyed this week's photos.  Interesting, for sure.  See you next week for more interesting photos.