Shallow DOF

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos using shallow depth as the main aspect in the composition in the Shallow Depth Of Field Photo Contest

“Shoes” by kelleyhurwitzahr
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“Midas touch ” by Ashrafularefin
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“Eagle’s Roost” by SRunningM
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“Butterfly” by Cbries
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“Radiant ” by kylere
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Shallow DOF
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Classical Cocktails – Drinks with a Renaissance Twist

Classical Cocktails – Drinks with a Renaissance Twist
by Greg Stroube

A Bloody Mary just seems more fun with over-the-top garnishes – vegetables and herbs billowing out like a bouquet of flowers. That’s how the idea for Classical Cocktails began. How would an Old Master style a Sangria, how would Vermeer paint a Lime Ricky?

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Classical Cocktails – Drinks with a Renaissance Twist
by Greg Stroube

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2015 Readers’ Photo Contest Gallery: Winners and Finalists

2015 Readers’ Photo Contest Gallery: Winners and Finalists

RPC2015pop03aGrand Prize Winner – Tamara J. Rodgers
When a baby raccoon was saved from a fall into a job site at just a few days old, Tamara J. Rodgers and her family jumped to the rescue. After they cared for the little creature and named her Squirrel-Girl, the loyal raccoon denied the family’s multiple attempts to release her into the wild, and she is now their companion.

RPC2015pop03bLandscapes Category Winner – Shane Wheel
Shane Wheel captured this breathtaking scene while exploring the Vatnajökull Glacier National Park in Iceland. The park, home to one of the largest ice caps in Europe, was the perfect setting to create an ice-cave self-portrait. “I wanted to capture the color, texture, and size of the cave in a way that created a sense of space and perspective,” Wheel explains.

RPC2015pop03cAnimals/Nature Category Winner – Ramesh Chandar
Upon hearing that a great gray owl had been spotted in a field two hours from his home, Ramesh Chandar set out to capture a photograph of the beautiful creature. Relentless determination was essential to this stunning wildlife portrait, for which Chandar had to brave icy winter elements and return to the site on 15 different occasions in order to get the perfect shot.

RPC2015pop03dArchitecture Category Winner – Slobodan Blagojevic
While gazing up at the Aqua building in Chicago, Slobodan Blagojevic was determined to find a new angle (literally) for photographing this well-known architectural landmark. “If you stand very close to it and look up, it offers almost endless variations of shapes and forms, as no two balconies are the same,” he says. After about two dozen frames, this winning image was actually Blagojevic’s last attempt.

RPC2015pop03ePeople Category Winner – Krista Long
When a water gun fight broke out between family and friends in the backyard of her sister’s home, Krista Long was camera-ready to capture the excitement. “I have always been interested in photographing the activities of everyday family life,” she says, “and I am drawn to motion and movement.”

RPC2015pop03fSports Category Winner – Braxton Wilhelmsen
A photographer by profession, Braxton Wilhelmsen is also an avid ping-pong player. While searching for new subjects to shoot for his portfolio, Wilhelmsen turned to the Table Tennis Training & Events Center in Salt Lake City for inspiration. With a Paul C. Buff AlienBees B800 flash in hand, he entered the club on the search for the perfect action photo.

RPC2015pop03gStill Life Category Winner – Coriolana Simon
Coriolana Simon has long admired 17th century Dutch still-life paintings and has taken on the challenge to interpret them photographically. While she doesn’t recreate specific works, Simon uses historically accurate props to create her still lifes. She also uses the natural light from two windows in her studio to echo the period’s lighting technique.

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Eleonora Grigorjeva

Eleonora Grigorjeva

EleonoraGrigorjeva11aЛедяная Принцесса
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EleonoraGrigorjeva11bКак выпрыгивает птичка
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EleonoraGrigorjeva11cПро зайку
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EleonoraGrigorjeva11dRats’n’Cats. Жизнь идёт своим чередом
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EleonoraGrigorjeva11eФилософия осени
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EleonoraGrigorjeva11fЛя муррррр
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Eleonora Grigorjeva

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Sumptuous, luscious and haunting

Beetles and Huxley are delighted to present the first major UK exhibition of Paulette Tavormina. Sumptuous, luscious and haunting, Tavormina’s photography is much more than just ‘natura morta’. Deriving from a set of influences that owes more to the art of the seventeenth century than that of the present, Tavormina’s work takes precedent from the Golden Age of still life painting.

Sometimes spending an entire week on the meticulous arrangement and photographing of her compositions, Tavormina fastidiously pulls together the visual and symbolic connections between quotidian objects to produce images of powerful emotional resonance. Featuring works from her series Natura Morta and Bodegón, this summer’s retrospective of Tavormina’s photographs will show her work to be part of a trend in contemporary photography towards reclaiming genres of art that have previously been the reserve of more traditional mediums.

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Sumptuous, luscious and haunting

Paulette Tavormina Photography

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Craig Varjabedian

Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait
Craig Varjabedian’s photographs, made over the nearly three decades that he has lived and worked in New Mexico, range over all the image-making forms–landscape, portrait, and still life–to offer a remarkably complete, varied and original portrait of New Mexico.

“I feel that land and people form relationships, and when I take a photograph, I’m forming a relationship, both with the subject of my picture (be it tree, cloud, building, or person) and the environment around the subject,” explains Varjabedian. “Nowadays, when I photograph I feel I’m creating an homage to the West, its land, and its people. The light and sky are spectacular, but the people who live here also affirm the strength, endurance, and magic of this place.”

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Craig Varjabedian

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Svetlana Pavlovskaya | Светлана Павловская

Svetlana Pavlovskaya | Светлана Павловская

Svetlanapavlovien01ОДИН ДОМА

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Svetlanapavlovien02Я требую продолжения банкета!

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Svetlanapavlovien03Вдруг как в сказке скрипнула дверь…

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Svetlanapavlovien04дочитана ль до точки “Маргарита”…

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Svetlana Pavlovskaya Photography

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