Wonderful Machine

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New work from Andy Smith, shot in Valencia, Spain.

A Written Reflection: Prison inmates write letters to their younger selves. Photos by Trent Bell. 
"Creating the connection and that realization between people and giving them compassion to possibly reach out to others more often and help, to get people to realize we all have the ability in hard times, in split seconds to be these men. To inspire more empathy, nothing could be better than that.” - Trent Bell 

A Written Reflection: Prison inmates write letters to their younger selves. Photos by Trent Bell.

"Creating the connection and that realization between people and giving them compassion to possibly reach out to others more often and help, to get people to realize we all have the ability in hard times, in split seconds to be these men. To inspire more empathy, nothing could be better than that.” - Trent Bell 

Surf’s Up! A little pick me up from the “polar vortex” occurring in the midwest. Photo by Steve Niedorf, taken during a very unusal 25 ft. surf on Kahului Bah on the Big Island.

Surf’s Up! A little pick me up from the “polar vortex” occurring in the midwest. Photo by Steve Niedorf, taken during a very unusal 25 ft. surf on Kahului Bah on the Big Island.

reuters:

The Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China. Photos by REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

sethlowephoto:

Went mountain biking at @chasetrails in England. The trails were absolutely intense, and we found a bit of a break in the woods where my brother in law decided to ride across this fallen tree (he nailed it). I took a small spill at the beginning, but after that it was non stop mud, rock climbs and jumps for about 10 miles. Now for a shower and a beer.

sethlowephoto:

Went mountain biking at @chasetrails in England. The trails were absolutely intense, and we found a bit of a break in the woods where my brother in law decided to ride across this fallen tree (he nailed it). I took a small spill at the beginning, but after that it was non stop mud, rock climbs and jumps for about 10 miles. Now for a shower and a beer.

craigmulcahy:

Right at the end of 2013 I had a great assignment from Forbes Magazine to shoot a portrait of Hollywood Trucks owner Andre Champagne. 

My brief was fairly open. Forbes needed a portrait, possibly including one of Hollywood Trucks new ECOLUXE trailers. We shot at Second Line Studios in New Orleans so that we’d have enough space to bring the trailer in. 

I decided I’d shoot a classic head and shoulders portrait then capture a variety of images incorporating the trailer however I could. I wanted to provide the photo editor with some great options so I made sure I covered  both wide and tight, sometimes pulling back to allow negative space incase they wanted to overlay and text. 

These are two shots that I felt drawn too. 

The first shot was set up with a gridded beauty dish to the right and a large on axis fill. I also had a hair/rim light set up initially but turned it off about half way through to vary the look of the shots. 

The second image here was shot with a large soft light source to the right and a soft box as fill on the left. 

I believe that having real-world experiences in a variety of topics makes me a better photographer due to the fact that you know what is going on and you can anticipate and plan for “the moment” more so than someone who is inexperienced in the subject at hand. I’m trying to take my love of the outdoors and knowledge of things like fly fishing and apply it to photography and eventually commercial work. - Hollis Bennett 
Shooting on the Fly

I believe that having real-world experiences in a variety of topics makes me a better photographer due to the fact that you know what is going on and you can anticipate and plan for “the moment” more so than someone who is inexperienced in the subject at hand. I’m trying to take my love of the outdoors and knowledge of things like fly fishing and apply it to photography and eventually commercial work. - Hollis Bennett

Shooting on the Fly