A Collection of Great Silhouette Photos

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines silhouette as: a dark shape in front of a light background. It is a dramatic way to use backlighting to create stunning photos. Silhouettes are often associated with portraits but there are many other forms as well. Here’s a selection of a variety of silhouette photos  – enjoy!

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Off Camera Flash for Your Travel Photography

The creative use of artificial light in travel photography is a powerful tool that can take your images to the next level. While there’s a myriad of information available on getting started with off camera flash, the tutorial here is tailored for you. It will give you a start using these techniques with relatively cheap and portable equipment while on the road. The tutorial will cover the basics of gear you will need, along with real world examples of different techniques you can use to make your images pop.

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Insane Makeup Turns Models Into 2-D Paintings Of Famous Artists

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When we think of face painting, we usually think of clowns, county fairs and this turtle-loving zombie kid. We certainly tend not to respect it as an art: instead, it\’s considered a dabbling at best, the sort of medium best left to teenage girls raising money for charity during a parade by painting children’s faces.

But as Russian make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan shows, there\’s nothing trivial about face painting. The human countenance can be an unparalleled canvas, and accounting for its contours takes great skill. For proof, look no further than Kutsan\’s latest series, 2D Or Not 2D. Teamed up with photographer Alexander Khoklov and post-processing expert Veronica Ershova, Kutsan has used a breathtaking array of techniques to paint the faces of models to resemble the flat, two-dimensional works of famous 20th-century artists.



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Fine Art of Architecture: B&W Photography by Joel Tjintjelaar | Urbanist

Highly refined yet ever-evolving, the work of this photographer started with portraiture, moved through landscapes and seascapes, and has for a time now focused on architecture, capturing even conventional structures in amazing ways.

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Revisiting Martin Luther King’s 1963 Dream speech


As people gather today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we look at images from that event in 1963 and from tumultuous times during the civil rights movement. King’s pivotal speech addressing racism in this country was a crucial event in the history of civil rights and one that will always be remembered, not just on this milestone anniversary. -Leanne Burden Seidel ( 20 photos total)

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Paper City Animation: “Rise & Fold” of a Fragile Metropolis

Very cool animation of a growing paper city!

A summary from the creator of this cool short animation, Maciek Janicki: “The streets are paved with paper. This delicate animation follows the charming rise and fold of a fragile metropolis. Captured by an unseen helicopter, the narrative unfolds through winding roads, erupting forests and emerging mountains. Paper City grows in one fluid take, with skyscrapers rising from the page – only to crumble, wrinkle and gently crease back into the ground.

Dubai Timelapse

Dubai Timelapse from dimid on Vimeo.

This video was filmed during our trip to UAE in January 2013. Visiting all of rooftops in video was totally illegal and made by our own risk, but no fine was payed =)

Canon 7D
Sigma 10-20 mm 3.5
Canon 24-105 mm 4
Sigma 30 mm 1.4
Benro C-257 tripod

Sound: Foreground set – Go with the wind

See Every Ray Harryhausen Creature in One Video

I grew up on the very first special effects that Ray created and it was some of the most awesome animation your imagination could phantom! The images are branded in my mind and will live on forever! Thanks Ray, you were the greatest!

Before CGI invaded the movies, there was stop-motion animation. And the king of stop-motion was Ray Harryhausen, who died Tuesday in London, aged 93.

Harryhausen is best known for his work on a slew of amazing animated fantasy movies. If you’ve seen any of the Sinbad films of the 1950s, or Jason and the Argonauts, or One Million Years B.C., or the original (and by far the best) Clash of the Titans, you know his work. You’ve thrilled to his dinosaurs, his gorgons or his terrifying sword-wielding skeletons.

The Harryhausen technique was known as Dynamation. You can see how well it worked in this tremendous compilation, courtesy of YouTube veteran Mat Bergman, featuring every one of Harryhausen’s creatures in chronological order:

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Sophia Loren, 1961 | Sophia Loren: Rare and Classic Portraits | LIFE.com

Sophia Loren, 1961 | Sophia Loren: Rare and Classic Portraits | LIFE.com

This is the story between a photographer and his subject. I must admit, this was the beginning of my fascination with the tasteful  beauty of woman, and Sophia set the pre-adolescent standards (1964, I was 7 at the time) for my future selection of women. Need I say, I tried hard, but…!

Powerful, enduring relationships sometimes develop between photographer and subject, and such was most definitely the case with LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt and the luminous Italian movie star Sophia Loren. Over the course of their decades-long friendship, Eisenstaedt would take countless pictures of the Oscar-winning legend — most of which never made it into LIFE magazine, and many of which were never intended for the magazine.“Eisie must have shot thousands of pictures of me,” Loren once told LIFE.com, fondly recalling her camera-toting “shadow.” Here, on the Rome native’s 78th birthday, LIFE.com presents a series of Eisenstaedt’s finest portraits of Loren — many of which were not published in LIFE — made at the very height of her international fame.

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