Tomasz Furmanek gets in his kayak one leg at a time just like everyone else. Except once he’s in the kayak, he takes photographs worthy of a 30-second open-mouth drool that most kayakers could only dream of. He has some help from nature, sure, but it’s not just the photography that makes Furmanek stand out—they’re also a representation of his extensive traveller’s résumé and evidently very interesting life.
Finger puppets can provide hours of amusement.
But this talented artist has put his digits to even more impressive use by turning them into lifelike recreations of famous faces. The inventive Italian, from Bologna, has produced versions of everyone from Jesus to Colonel Gaddafi and Hitler.
To exist even for a speck of time in this vast universe is a superb gift. This tiny splinter of time that we occupy is our only chance at life. The universe will continue, indifferent to our brief existence. Yet in the egocentric view of civilization’s march to economic progress we often forget to focus our attention on the wonders around us. Which may be why Thoreau wrote, “The universe is wider than our views of it.”
Instagram is full of creative, inspiring accounts that challenge our notions of art, photography, and different mediums. But every once in a while, an account pops up that completely makes us jump out of our seats — like Luca Luce’s 3D illusions page.
Luce, an Italian makeup artist, creates these jaw-dropping and sometimes terrifying 3D paintings directly on his hand. Many are cute and include our favorite characters from Disney movies, while others make us wonder if they’re paintings or real life. Get ready to gasp a little after seeing them and maybe even attempt something
One of the questions that crops up often on photography forums, sites, and even in photography conversations over a pint is “which lens should I buy next?” It is said with such sincerity and met with so many recommendations that are, in the end, mostly meaningless. It even rears its ugly head in the form of “What is the best lens for ‘X’ photography?”, as though somehow, another person’s answer will guide the asker to greatness.
In order to truly ask the right questions about the lenses we need or desire, we must understand what makes them different from each other. There are optical differences between lenses that cause different focal lengths to render scenes differently. For the sake of simplicity, all focal lengths in this article will be talked about in 35mm “full frame” terms.
Field of View
Let’s first consider two lenses, one 24mm and one 85mm. These two lenses differ in their field of view quite significantly. The 24mm “sees” approximately 84 degrees, whereas the 85mm sees around 29 degrees. In practical terms, this means a 24mm will “include” more of a scene or background than an 85mm. When photographing a person, for example, and keeping them the same size in the frame, a 24mm lens will see a lot more of the background.
Again, looking at the two lenses of 24mm and 85mm, we can see a significant difference in perspective distortion. With the 24mm lens, objects, or parts of objects closer to the lens appear larger than those farther away. The distance between objects can also be greatly exaggerated with wider lenses. This might be useful for showing how large and powerful a boxer’s fists are in a portrait, or for creating the “converging lines” effect with railway tracks. Tilting wide lenses up or down will also have a much greater effect on the vertical lines in your image than with a longer lens.
With the 85mm, almost none of this effect will be seen. Longer lenses will do the opposite, drawing farther objects “closer”. This is great for rendering far away backgrounds effectively closer to your subject in a portrait, for example.
Depth of Field
Although depth of field is a function of many variables, including aperture (larger aperture means less depth of field) and focus distance (closer focus distance means less depth of field), it is also greatly influenced by focal length. An 85mm lens, for example, has an inherently narrower depth of field than a 24mm lens. If you’re looking to send your backgrounds into buttery oblivion, a longer lens may be the ticket. An 85mm lens at f/2.8 will have a shallower depth of field than a 24mm lens at f/2.8, given the same focus distance.
My Lens May Not Work for You
The initial question is not a bad one in and of itself, but it’s the wrong question to ask most of the time, and asked of the wrong people. The way I use a 24mm lens may differ from the way you do. You might be asking for a recommendation for a portrait lens and I would certainly recommend my 24mm for portraits, whereas a beauty photographer will most likely tell you to stay away from a 24mm lens and go for something closer to 85mm. This lies in our differing intentions when photographing portraits. I like to be physically close to my subjects and am first and foremost looking for a genuine moment, not necessarily a flattering portrait. Thus, a more beneficial question would be: “what lens would achieve the aesthetic I want?”
Your Way of Seeing Is What’s Important
So, when looking for a new piece of equipment, or even simply taking a lens out of your bag to shoot with, consider the aesthetic before anything else. Consider what you want to achieve. After all, we are visual artists. We need to understand which tools to use so that we can create the image we want. This is what will make great images, not the lens that another photographer thinks we should have.
From the depths of the Grand Canyon, across the Caribbean Sea to Colombia’s transformative rivers, to the other side of the world in the valleys of China—the Earth is a colourful place. These places are not just vibrant, exciting, breathtaking and beautiful, but they are natural wonders: a gift to the world from itself.
Well certainly not Russell Powell, who has a talent for painting beautifully detailed portraits on to the palm of his left hand.
Russell – who works full time as a teacher in San Jose, California (yes, he’s a good person too) – has to work quickly, as once his portraits are complete he stamps them on to paper.
The resulting prints have a ghostly feel, with the lines on Russell’s hands merging with the faces he’s drawn.
Here are some familiar faces as you’ve never seen them before.
Foodscape photographer Carl Warner uses fresh fruit, vegetables and meat to bring his imagination to life. His latest book, A World of Food, includes this picture, entitled ‘Candy Cottage’. He compares his work to Willy Wonka’s creations in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Models may pose with exquisite jewelry, luxury handbags and designer garments. But perhaps the best accessory of all is not diamonds, leather or silk, but rather something more… cute and fuzzy.
When scrolling through the Instagram feeds of today’s top models, one is hard-pressed not to find photos with pets. Be they Italian greyhounds or fluffy white kittens, adorable pets make frequent appearances in the selfies and other artfully-filtered photos of fashion’s leading ladies. Is it because models’ a-typical schedules are better suited to pet ownership? Or because working out is way more fun when they can bring a dog on an outdoor run? Or because a yawning kitten simply makes any photo more like-able?
We do not know the answer, but one thing is certain: We cannot stop looking at these adorable pet-filled photos.
Perhaps Instagram’s most famous fashion pets are Norm and Bambi Jenner, the dogs belonging to Kylie Jenner. The two—who have appeared on Keeping Up With the Kardashians—are so famous, they even have their own Instagram account.