Miranda Kerr by Mario Testino

Miranda Kerr by Mario Testino
for Vogue Japan

Supermodel Miranda Kerr teams up with fashion photographer Mario Testino for the cover story of Vogue Japan‘s November 2014 issue. In charge of styling for Miranda Obsession story was Anna Dello Russo.

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Mario Testino Photography

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‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry & Sensuality


The stunning art book captures runway veterans such as  Gisele Bündchen, fresh faces like Kendall Jenner, as well as Rihanna, and Victoria’s Secret stars including Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima —all of them posing nude.

I hope people see images that are sensual, empowering to women and that show my love for light, shape and form.

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‘Angels’ By Russell James

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USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

The 2014 Winners’ Gallery | USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

usaLPOTY001Light of the Wild by Nagesh Mahadev
Glacier National Park. The dramatic jagged peaks of Glacier National Park are so imposing and a magnificent spectacle to experience. The beauty of this unique place beneath peaks spiralling skyward is indeed magical. The innumerable photo opportunities whether it’s getting off the beaten path or jagged peaks catching light right off the road makes it the most stunning place to photograph. Light of the wild unfolded right off the road. It’s a mesmerizing experience. D600, lens Nikkor 28-300 @28mm. Blend of 2 exposures – One exposure for the sky and another exposure for the landscape to properly record high dynamic range light. Sky exposure f/16, 1/5s, ISO 400; Landscape exposure, f/16, 1/3s, ISO 100.

usaLPOTY002Reynold’s Wrap by Nagesh Mahadev

usaLPOTY003Soul of the Ancients by Nagesh Mahadev

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Young USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

usaLPOTY004Morning Mist by Vincent Bonafede
Morning Mist was taken at tunnel view in Yosemite National Park. We arrived just as a large storm was clearing. There were clouds over us and mist was coming up from the valley. This reminded me of an Ansel Adams image that I had seen in one of my books, it was amazing.  I wanted to create an image of my own that made me feel the same way. I took this image at ISO 100 @ f10 and then blended 3 images in NIK software to create an HDR image before turning it into black and white.

usaLPOTY005Shadow Tree by Vincent Bonafede

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Classic View Winner

usaLPOTY006Metlako Falls by Jarrod Castaing
Metlako Falls: While travelling the border of Oregon and Washington, I was amazed by the countless waterfalls tucked along the Columbia River Gorge. Hiking the icy trail at Eagle Creek on an overcast winter’s day, I had hoped to find low-lying mist hovering between the trees. What I didn’t expect was a feeling of stepping back in time as I saw the majestic Metlako Falls raging down to the river below. Clinging to the edge of the cliff face, the light broke through, and I knew this was the shot.Technical: Canon EOS 5D; EF 70-200mm f/4L at 70mm; 8 sec at f/22; ISO 50; Feisol Tripod.

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My USA Winner

usaLPOTY007Apocalypse Now by Miles Morgan
Apocalypse Now:  High on the flanks of Johnston Ridge across from Mt. St. Helens, natural rebirth soldiers on 30+ years after the eruption of 1980.  Located in the Pacific Northwest in Washington State, summers typically see a few weeks of lovely paintbrush and penstemon bouquets pushing through the ash and dirt.  This annual bloom brought my friends and I to the mountain for some sunrise photography.  The weather was a surprise.  Thunderstorms are relatively rare in this part of the country, particularly in the morning.  I called on my vast experience with lightning photography (first attempt) and got lucky.

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Black & White Winner

usaLPOTY008Manhattan Stands 13 Feet Above Me by Nicholas Hill
Manhattan Stands 13 Feet Above Me: I travelled to Manhattan with the goal of taking an original picture. One morning whilst using a fisheye lens for street photography I came across the iconic Apple store on 5th Avenue. The glass structure intrigued me enough to go inside. Whilst sat for a few minutes I leaned back, looked up, and immediately saw the potential. I grabbed my camera, took a guess at some settings, and dived under the staircase. It did not take long for security to stop me, but not before capturing this unique view of Manhattan.Technical: Canon 5D MK III, 15mm fisheye, ISO 800, F11, 1/125.

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Urban Winner

usaLPOTY009Chicago Canoes by Adrian Almond
Chicago Canoes was taken last August very early in the morning on the Chicago shoreline, near to the Navy Pier. The BIGart outdoor art exhibition offered me good opportunities for fresh images. I found Nancy Rubin’s work “Monochrome for Chicago”, which is made from aluminium boats, stainless steel armature and wire cables. I was attracted by the warm morning light blending in with the stark cool tones of bright aluminium and I loved the sharp fine detail in the scratched aluminium. and cabling.The image was taken with a Canon 5D MkII and Canon 28-70 f2.8 L lens at 64mm. ISO 400, 1/500 sec f16 and Gitzo tripod cable release and mirror lock.

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Landscape on the Move Winner

usaLPOTY010Impressions of Yosemite by Claire Onions
Having returned from a long walk in Yosemite, I left my SLR in the car and went for a stroll along the Merced when I saw this lovely reflection in a still section of the river. I only had my TZ with me but could not miss capturing the image. It was not until I looked at it later that I realised that it reminded me of a Monet painting.

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Judges’ Choice Award

usaLPOTY011Thoughts by Samuel Feron
Thoughts was taken in the Sand Dunes (Death Valley) at the end of the day. I saw this silhouette walking on a majestic dune. I waited for the moment he would be at the very top. Though it would be more classical to compose with an empty space in front of him instead of behind him, I thought it was more relevant to break the rule this time because the silhouette seemed to be lost in his thoughts. It was thus important to leave the mystery by hiding the direction he was following.

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Runner Up Images from the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

Runner Up Images from the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

usaLPOTY012McWay Falls by Jarrod Castaing
Image made in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California, USA.California’s State Route 1 offers an incredible range of scenery and inspiration between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Driving from LA, I reached Big Sur in time for sunset, only to find the road closed just a few miles short of the falls. Watching the sky explode with colour from the car, I grudgingly detoured north before returning the following day to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Capturing the evening glow along this rugged coastline, with it’s impressive beach waterfall, made it all worthwhile.Canon EOS 5D; EF 17-40mm f/4L at 40mm; 30 sec at f/11; ISO 50; Feisol Tripod;

usaLPOTY013Death Valley Dunes by Jarrod Castaing

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My USA Runner Up

usaLPOTY014Surfer’s Secret by Craig Bill
My goal was to visit this pier before turning North and heading up to Oregon to photograph hunt. I had seen this iconic pier in other photographs and travel promos for several years. I thought “Scripps Pier” always made a great photography subject. But I knew that although the pier does not change, the weather and surf conditions might make this out of the way trip a possible photo failure. By the time I finally found it along California’s La Jolla coastline, it was looking not to good for great sunset clouds and light. The air was hazy and thick making for a brassy, unremarkable sky. For the last several nights, however, there was an exciting level of sunset activity – at least on the road to California.  I ended up having plenty of time to explore and compose while admirably watching the surfers dance around this pier. Everyone seemed to be enjoying and playing in the sun. It just felt so… well, California!  Then at the last of the Sun’s journey, a fantastic display of color flashed across the sky soaking the entire area with a warm glow. This was the sunset I had hoped for, and this is the sunset that gave me “Surfer’s Secret”!Camera: Sony A77. Lens: Sony 24-105mm @ 24mm. F stop: F/22. Time: 1/25 sec. ISO: 1600.

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Black & White Runner Up

usaLPOTY015Mid Winter Canal Thaw by Tom Kredo
Mid Winter Canal Thaw: was taken on the Erie Canal, in Pittsford New York, just a few miles from my home. This is a small part of the recently designated Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor that spans 524 miles across upstate New York. The combination of a short lived January thaw and a cloudy day were the perfect ingredients to make the moody portrait of the railroad bridge.I shot this on a tripod using a full frame Nikon D-600 with a Nikon 16-35mm f4.0 lens. It was shot at 1/200th of a second at f 5.0 with an ISO of 160. Post processing was done using Adobeís Lightroom, and Googleís Nik tools. The original photo was shot in RAW mode and later converted to black and white to highlight the isolation of the winter scene.

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Classic View Runner Up

usaLPOTY016Oak Island by Art Donahue

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Urban Runner Up

usaLPOTY017New York New York 1 by Gail von Bergen-Ryan
New York, New York 1 was taken in Soho, near Prince Street, NYC, walking up to the Bowery from Chinatown:Why? Because these brushstrokes on a window pane were so beautiful they had to somehow become more permanent, saved from being washed away or broken. I wanted to know that I could see them again long after leaving the city.Technical: Leica S2, Apo-Elmar-S 180mm lens, 1/1500 at f/3.5, ISO 1250.

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Landscape on The Move Runner Up

usaLPOTY018Patience by Christina Keaton

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Youth Runner Up

usaLPOTY019Big Sur Coast by Timothy Aiken
I have to give some of the credit for many of my best photos to my parents; they provide me with the opportunity to see places that most people could only dream about, whether it be the Ventana Wilderness only two hours from home or the snows of Kilimanjaro. We spent this Thanksgiving week down in Big Sur, and I found a cliff in a secluded cove well above the crashing waves to watch the end of another amazing day in California.

usaLPOTY020Skyline Sunset by Timothy Aiken

usaLPOTY021Storm San Gregorio by Timothy Aiken

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Highly Commended Images from the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

Highly Commended Images from the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

usaLPOTY022Huggen Angeles

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usaLPOTY025Peter Coskun

usaLPOTY026Charlotte Gibb

usaLPOTY027Elizabeth Carmel

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Chris Stein “Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk”

Chris Stein “Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk”
Written by Chris Stein, Afterword by Shepard Fairey, Contribution by Deborah Harry and Glenn O’Brien

ChrisSteinBook1On the occasion of Blondie’s fortieth anniversary, Chris Stein shares his iconic and mostly unpublished photographs of Debbie Harry and the cool creatures of the ’70s and ’80s New York rock scene.

ChrisSteinBook2While a student at the School of Visual Arts, Chris Stein photographed the downtown New York scene of the early ’70s, where he met Deborah Harry and cofounded Blondie. Their blend of punk, dance, and hip-hop spawned a totally new sound, and Stein’s photographs helped establish Harry as an international fashion and music icon. In photos and stories direct from Stein, brilliant writer of hits like “Rapture” and “Heart of Glass,” this book provides a fascinating snapshot of the period before and during Blondie’s huge rise, by someone who was part of and who helped to shape the early punk music scene—at CBGB, Andy Warhol’s Factory, and early Bowery. Stars such as David Bowie, the Ramones, Joan Jett, and Iggy Pop were part of Stein’s world, as were fascinating downtown characters like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Hell, Stephen Sprouse, Anya Phillips, Divine, and many others.

ChrisSteinBook3As captured by one of its greatest artists and instigators, and designed by Shepard Fairey, this book is a must-have celebration of the new-wave and punk scene, whose influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago.

ChrisSteinBook4Chris Stein “Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk”

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