Following my recent 1x.com publications, I was contacted by two UK photo agencies. I now have separate contracts with both of them for separate sets of funny squirrel pictures. 🙂
One of the series was published online by the UK’s Mail Online and also picked up as a Picture of the Day by Softpedia!
“1x is an online photo gallery and social network. What makes 1x different from most other photo sites is that every photo displayed has been hand picked by a professional curator. Only 1/20 photos uploaded are published, which has resulted in a gallery of world class photography.”
(quoted from 1x)
I am very excited to have my first photo published at 1x, actually only the second one I submitted!
Sorry, it’s been quiet on the blog so far this year, since I’ve been trying to catch up on several projects.
In the meantime, I’ve started doing a Picture a Day again. I try to post something from the some day, but sometimes I use a photo from a previous day.
Here’s a fun photo of Feuerzangenbowle that kicked off this year’s Picture a Day project:
For those who might need some extra cheer during the winter season, here are a few images from a tennis fashion shoot for Xennes we did last summer. Click on any of the photos to view them in a carousel viewer. For extra fun, reload this page in your browser to view them in a different order.
Canon EOS 60D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/640s f/10.0 at 170.0mm iso400
Hoping that you are able to look back on 2012 as a good year and wishing you a peaceful and blessed 2013!
(Swans in Schermbeck, Germany, with Secret Service duck in the background.)
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Canon EOS 5D ,Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
1/160s f/11.0 at 25.0mm iso200
Depending on where you are in the world, you might need a little help getting into the winter mood, so here’s a panorama view from the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain (about 2960 m or close to 10,000 ft).
Many compact cameras already have a built-in panorama mode. All you have to do is swing it around.
However, if you are preparing to stitch a panorama from individual shots, as I did here, you want to set everything manually, i.e., aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and color temperature or white balance. All the individual shots will match without the camera having made changes from one shot to the next.
The latest versions of Photoshop have an excellent Photomerge function. Otherwise, there is a good deal of specialty software that serves the same purpose.
Canon EOS 5D ,Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro II USM
1/400s f/8.0 at 105.0mm iso400
How many pictures of elephants have you seen? Enough? Probably. But how many photos have you seen looking down an elephant’s throat? Probably not that many.
The lesson here is that even familiar objects can make for interesting and novel photos. Sometimes you just have to get close (maybe not physically close, so use a long lens). Try zooming in on a zebra’s stripes. Shoot just the hairs on the back of its neck. Shoot down an elephant’s throat…
Of course, some opportunities have to first present themselves, and when they do, you have to act fast. In this case, a San Diego Zoo keeper was showing off this elephant’s reactions to various commands and one of them was to lift its trunk and open its mouth.
By the way, the tusks were sawed off by zoo keepers for two reasons. This female was too dominant and would have potentially hurt other elephants newly introduced to the exhibit. In addition, she had a habit of rubbing them against the wires surrounding the exhibit, practically filing them off herself. You can clearly see the deep mark left on one of the remaining stubs. Not to worry, sawing off the tusks does not hurt the elephants.