There Is No Value In Beauty

Do you want this image? You can have it — free. I don’t care. Hi-res, all rights, whatever you want. Why? Because it’s just beautiful.

Beauty began losing value years ago, as soon as the effort required to achieve it starting dropping. And it dropped fast — sampled music let us have quality drum tracks, piano and guitar chords without needing the actual instruments. Target started carrying Michael Graves-designed household items. Everyone got a pretty nice camera. YouTube taught us all the tricks. Google offered up images that people used in their blog posts and articles with a simple search. Filters and editing apps have given us all an understanding of post work (a photographer recently showed me an exchange with a model where she showed him how she liked her face to be retouched). And now, images and video that once took tens of thousands of dollars to achieve are being grabbed on the cheap with camera technology that puts high-end production in the hands of the masses: gimbals, image stabilization, sliders, editing effects… anyone can do anything. It’s not hard, you just have to want to go get it. …
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There Is No Value In Beauty
by Josh S. Rose
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Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year

Take a look at the latest batch of beautiful entries to the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. With more than 3,500 entries overall, it’s definitely getting harder to pick out our favourites! What you see here is just a tiny proportion of worthy entries.

Still Life — Claire Fahey
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Creative — Matt Kirk
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Monochrome — Andy Cole
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Architecture — Carl Richardson
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Landscape — Jo Bryant
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Welcome to the 2019 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition!
The competition is now open for entries!

There are 11 categories to get involved in, and we’re excited to welcome new additions Astro, Still Life, and Portrait.

There are great prizes to be won for each category, plus the fantastic grand prize winner’s bundle from Sigma.

Entries close 11.59pm on Sunday, 23 June 2019.

details at D-Photo

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Tree Or Island?

Sometimes, seemingly boring and uninteresting places have the considerable potential. It is the ordinary water reservoir, located next to an industrial plant. It looks quite ordinary from the ground, but after rising into the air and changing the perspective, suddenly the pipe which goes into the small island, starts looking like a tree. Dark water and birds float on the surface resemble a night sky with stars. An unusual picture in an ordinary place. Shot on DJI Mavic Pro, DNG, little postprocess in Lightroom, 90m AGL. Cracow, Poland

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Photo of The Day
Tree Or Island?
by Patryk Morzonek

via Siena International Photo Awards

Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image : A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Photographic Process

Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image illustrates the creative photographic process from start to finish. In this book, Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon pulls back the curtain to prove that creating amazing photographs is a well-thought-out process that involves several stages.

Comprising 50 case studies that examine photographs taken by Rick around the world in a wide variety of shooting situations, Evolution of an Image shows the power of creative thinking, getting it right in the camera, and the careful use of image processing using Lightroom.

By including his outtakes — and the reasons that he considers them outtakes — Rick suggests the steps that every photographer should take in order to improve their images. Combining technical advice with tips on lighting, composition and using Lightroom, this book will motivate and encourage those looking to evolve as creative photographers and digital darkroom artists.

Key features include:
• More than 200 before-and-after photographs
• Fully illustrated sections on wildlife, seascape, landscape, scenic, action and people photography
• Screen grabs showing Rick’s Lightroom adjustments
• Suggestions on working in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as well as Adobe Photoshop
• Special section on Rick’s ‘Sammonisms,’ or quick tips on getting the best in-camera image
• Advice on evolving as a photographer
• Inspirational photographs from Provence, the Palouse, Kenya, Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, Myanmar, Colorado and more
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Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image : A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Photographic Process
via books

Au coeur du Kamchatka

Ce n’est pas pour rien que le volcan Bakening est appelé le cœur du Kamchatka – il est magnifique !! Les mots ne peuvent pas décrire, il faut le voir! Et ce n’est pas l’hiver, mais juillet. Un vrai lac de glace dans la caldera d’un volcan! Pour voir cette beauté, il valait la peine de traverser des passages difficiles et plusieurs kilomètres à travers champs et forêts en compagnie de milliers de moustiques du Kamtchatka affamés! —Elena Pakhalyuk

В сердце Камчатки
Не зря вулкан Бакенинг называют сердцем Камчатки – он прекрасен!! Словами не описать, это надо видеть! И это не зима, а июль. Настоящее ледяное озеро в кальдере вулкана! Чтобы увидеть эту красоту стоило пройти сложные перевали и многие километры по полям и лесам в компании тысячи голодных камчатских комаров! —Elena Pakhalyuk
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via 35photo