Posts Tagged 'Photography'

UVIVF Photography

UVIVF is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it?  Just when you thought acronyms were supposed to make things easier, “ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence” comes along and says otherwise.

But I’m inclined to forgive and forget on this occasion, because UVIVF is quite simply stunningly beautiful.


Photographer Craig Burrows uses this UVIVF technique which appears to make the flowers glow by using high intensity UV lighting.  UV light has a shorter wavelength than the range of visible light that humans can see, but given the right light source, filters and camera settings you can capture the reflected wavelengths of light as a visible fluoresce from the subject matter.



These resulting colours have a ghostly, ethereal quality that makes them look like something from a fantasy world, but by using natural flowers their shape is so instantly recognisable you know that they aren’t.


My favourite is this close up of a dandelion seed head.


Craig’s next step is to expand the scene and capture entire gardens using this technique, only with much larger light sources (Craig, if you need a lighting assistant just let me know!).



Be sure to check out more of his work on Flickr.

Via This is Colossal.




Colourant is a superbly fun idea that features a series of floating “sculptures” of colourful liquid thrown into the air by Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner of Floto+Warner.


The images capture the imperceptible as the camera shutter blinks for 1/3500th of a second, a fraction that your eye would barely recognise it before it was over and just a mess on the ground.

a momentary graffiti of air and space






Each of the shapes doesn’t quite look real, yet looks perfectly natural all at the same time.

Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. Transforming the non-discernible and ephemeral to the eternal.





The beauty is in the technical aspects as much as it is in the colour and landscapes, “the essence of photography – immortalise the transitory”.  A poetic a description of an optical illusion as I’ve heard.

Sochi Image Sequences

Many of the high energy and acrobatic events at the Sochi Winter Olympics happened at huge speed, with twists and turns blending into one movement.  Blink and you’ll miss the fractions of seconds that separate many of the top riders.

This speed, however, has prompted the likes of the BBC and The New York Times to produce stunning composite images of some of the ski and snowboard events (click through any of the images to view larger).

Austrian Alpine Skier Marcel Hirscher clearing a gate
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Canadian Snowboarder Mark McMorris landing two triple corks
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And this incredible sequence from American Sage Kotsenburg‘s gold medal winning run.





Then you have Henry Stuart‘s impressive 360degree images.  Head over to his page to be able to zoom and navigate amongst them all.  A couple of my favourites are the Mens Moguls and the Ski Jumping.

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Some creative and fantastic photography all round.

Nightvision – Incredible Architecture

First things first – I’m back!  It has been exactly one month since my last post as I’ve been all sorts of busy (getting married and being away on our minimoon!).  It was also a good excuse to disconnect for a bit and come back refreshed with lots of ideas and enthusiasm for the new posts I have lined up.

To get the ball rolling again we have an absolutely spectacular video from Luke Shepard, Nightvision.

It’s hard to believe that each of these is a still image and not a continuous video clip, the whole thing is stunningly captured as thousands of images all stabilised and edited together.

Nightvision is a celebration of the “brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe” and took Luke a full three months to capture all the images.  Spread over 36 cities in 21 countries the video is a nod to “some of the greatest European structures”, showing them off in a “new and unique way”.

The video struck very close to me in particular.  My job as a lighting designer requires spending time researching and sourcing inspiration, particularly looking at architecture and how we can enhance and complement buildings and such through the medium of light once the sun has gone down.  Accentuating different features, illuminating different aspects, and using different colours and colour temperatures of light across each of these elements.

For the full building list and location map check out

Flickr 366 – 2012 Review

2012 was the year I undertook my Flickr 366 project, one photo a day for the whole year.

I am proud to say it was a success, 366 separate photos – one (and usually many more!) for each day was taken and uploaded to my Flickr set.

Now, it might not sound a lot but it was challenging.  The idea was about breaking habits and trying not to force myself to take photos, but about encouraging myself to notice interesting angles, frames and generally looking at my surroundings in a different way.  Yes there were days when, at 11:30pm, I realised I hadn’t taken a snap and scrabbled around my flat seeking out shadow effects, or looking to crop an everyday object into something mysterious, but I always came up trumps.

Some photos are better than others from a technical point of view, some made me laugh, and others I found I preferred just as much for the memory or feeling that they evoke for both personal and sentimental reasons.

If you’ve been a reader over the past year you will have noticed at the end of each month I did a quick review and highlighted some of my favourites from that month.  Now that the project is over this post will look back at the year as a whole and put forward one image from each month as my favourites from the year.

flickr2January – 09/01/2012 Freecycling spotted in Camden

2012-02-02February – 02-02-2012 Sunset view from work

2012-03-24March – 24-03-2012 Battersea Power Station

2012-04-08April – 08-04-2012 Above & Beyond at Brixton Academy

2012-05-14May – 14-05-2012 Holly posing

7415844276_9883abf724_oJune – 14-06-2012 Sunrise outside Space at Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza

2012-07-22July – 22/07/2012 Grass

2012-08-10August – 10-08-2012 View from apartment in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

2012-09-02September – 02-09-2012 Paralympics GB in the Velodrome

2012-10-13October – 13-10-2012 Hampton Court Palace Gardens

2012-11-30November – 30-11-2012 Autumn and winter

2012-12-28December – 28-12-2012 View over Covent Garden from the balcony at the Royal Opera House

Some months could easily have had two or three favourites, but such is the review that I had to be ruthless in selecting just one from each of them.

The twelve monthly reviews I undertook last year are neatly categorised and can all be viewed one after the other here, whilst the Flickr set itself is over here.

Hope you enjoyed the project as much as I did!

Van Gogh Tilt Shift

There are some fantastic examples of tilt shift photography all over the internet, making everyday scenes from the world look like tiny replica models or toy sets.  It is a fairly simple technique, though hard to judge and execute perfectly even using Photoshop (you can even achieve similar effects with built in focus sliders that Instagram has within the app itself).

The idea is to tweak an image’s colour and depth of focus (see tutorial here for more of an explanation) to achieve the desired effect.  When the same technique was applied to works of art, that’s paintings and not photographs, it really caught my eye.

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The tilt shift technique has been applied to some classic works of art by Vincent van Gogh, transforming even the most recognisable of his masterpieces into something new.  By adjusting the focus of the painting (presumably much to the annoyance of van Gogh!) it draws out key features and brings to life aspects of the image you may not have noticed before.

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Some elements that were deliberately painted as background features by van Gogh are now brought out so that we see them as the main feature.

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Wonderful stuff.

These are just some of my favourites from the set that has been manipulated, but there is a whole tilt shift collection to see over on Art Cyclopedia.

Flickr 366 – December

My first post of 2013, and it brings to a close the final month of last year’s Flickr 366 project.

I’ll take a look back at the year for the project as a whole in the very near future, but for now here’s a select few favourites from December.

2012-12-0505-12-2012 11mile cycle to work in the snow

2012-12-0707-12-2012 Kings Cross St. Pancras

2012-12-0808-12-2012 Christmas market in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral

10-12-2012 Robot Christmas tree decoration

2012-12-1313-12-2012 Bleak-turned-beautiful winter landscape

2012-12-1515-12-2012 Anyone else see the problem here

2012-12-2525-12-2012 Snow globe

2012-12-2828-12-2012 View over Covent Garden from the balcony at the Royal Opera House

2012-12-3131-12-2012 Alternative Bloody Mary (tomatoes soaked for two days in vodka, tobasco and Worcestershire sauce)

The completed project is on Flickr here.

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