Photograph Windows Around The World

Like the structure of houses, they change from region to region and “Windows of the World” was born, a big evolution from the earliest windows that were only a hole in the wall.

More info: andrevicentegoncalves.com

Venice

Ericeira

Burano

Evora

The Alps

Albufeira

Guimaraes

Lisbon

Porto

Sesimbra

Trento

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Tric is the World’s First Professional Flash Trigger for iPhones

There may soon be a way to use flash units and studio strobes in iPhone photography. A new product called Tric wants to be the world’s first professional flash trigger for iPhone users, allowing them to bring serious photographic lighting to their mobile work.

The Tric system includes a physical unit that you connect a speedlight or strobe to via the hot shoe mount or PC terminal, respectively. It’s paired with a dedicated Tric camera app that tells the unit to trigger the flash every time you press the on screen shutter.

Tric says it has developed a patent-pending technology that helps to synchronize the iPhone camera and external light source perfectly for shots via Bluetooth. “It took quite some time to figure out how iPhone camera is capturing its images, and calculate the various transmission time spent in protocol layers,” the team writes.

There are some limitations, though. One is that the shutter speed is limited to 1/30s. “We knew this sucks, but it is the fastest we can achieve with current iPhones,” Tric writes. “Unless Apple decides to make changes to their image sensor sub-system, we are constrained by this.”

The system is also X-sync only, not TTL. “This means that output power needs to be controlled on the flash unit side, and we may need to try several shots to obtain the perfect exposure.”

Finally, Tric is only planned for the iPhone right now with no plans to bring the concept to Android phones.

“Yes, these limitations mean that Tric is not for everyone,” Tric writes. “But we are confident that those who are serious about using iPhone for photography, and enjoy their own lighting arrangement will love Tric.”

The team has turned to Kickstarter to try and raise $28,114 to launch the product. A pledge of $75 will get you a Tric unit if/when it starts shipping out in December 2015.

(via Kickstarter via DPReview)

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‘The Ghetto Tarot’: Haitian artists transform classic tarot deck into stunning real life scenes

death

Welcome to the Ghetto Tarot, a project from award-winning documentary photographer Alice Smeets and a group of Haitian artists known as Atis Rezistans. The idea was to take the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck of 78 cards and create a photographic version of each card using settings and objects in the vibrant ghetto of Haiti.

As Smeets says, “The spirit of the Ghetto Tarot project is the inspiration to turn negative into positive while playing. The group of artists ‘Atiz Rezistans’ use trash to create art with their own visions that are a reflection of the beauty they see hidden within the waste. They are claiming the word ‘Ghetto,’ thus freeing themselves of its depreciating undertone and turning it into something beautiful.”

Smeets also related some of the memorable incidents while executing the photo shoots:

There have been plenty of little, funny moments. One example: when we were shooting the scene of the Death card, I asked the artists if they had real skulls to place them in the picture. Five minutes later, Claudel, one of the artists and my dearest assistant, came along holding a plastic bag filled with skulls in his hands as if it was the most normal thing in the world to carry dead peoples heads around.

It constantly surprised me how the artists almost always found immediately what I asked for. For the picture of the High Priestess, we needed horns to place them next to her feet. I hadn’t let them known beforehand that we would be in need of them. As soon as Claudel found out, he ran and came back a moment later with two horns in his hands. They never told me where they found all of the materials, they just happened to lay around somewhere in the Ghetto.

The Ghetto Tarot has been fully funded on indiegogo, and you can place an order for a full deck at the price of 32 euros (about $36).

10 cups

The Nine of Cups

justice

Justice

9 swords

The Nine of Swords

king swords

King of Swords

hanged man

The Hanged Man

hermit

The Hermit

6 swords

The Six of Swords

8 cups

The Eight of Cups

5 cups

The Five of Cups

sun

The Sun

3 swords

The Three of Swords

Here’s a brief video featuring interviews with some of the photo subjects (very interesting):

via ‘The Ghetto Tarot’: Haitian artists transform classic tarot deck into stunning real life scenes.

How It Feels To Have An Anxiety Disorder Explained In 12 Self Portraits

Photographer Katie Joy Crawford has wrestled with anxiety disorder her entire life, which is why she was especially qualified to create this gripping photo series showing us what it’s like to live with this burden.

“Anxiety bars the sufferer from the risk of discovery, the desire to explore new ideas, and the possibility of exiting a comfort zone,” she writes in the description of her project, ‘My Anxious Heart.’ “It makes sure that it will never be alone. It finds you when you’re in the midst of joy, or alone in your own mind. It is quiet and steady, reminding you of your past failures, and fabricating your future outcomes.”

The project is a deeply personal one for Crawford; “Using my own stories and experiences, I am capturing the raw essence of anxiety. Through this personal journey, I have grown and found that depicting my fears has become therapeutic, as well as a gateway for others to express their oppression and begin their own healing process.”

More info: katiejoycrawford.com | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: huffpost, demilked)

A captive of my own mind. The instigator of my own thoughts. The more I think, the worse it gets. The less I think, the worse it gets. Breathe. Just breathe. Drift. It’ll ease soon.

No matter how much I resist, it’ll always be right here desperate to hold me, cover me, break down with me. Each day I fight it, “you’re not good for me and you never will be”. but there it is waiting for me when I wake up and eager to hold me as I sleep. It takes my breath away. It leaves me speechless.

They keep telling me to breathe. I can feel my chest moving up and down. Up and down. Up and down. But why does it feel like I’m suffocating? I hold my hand under my nose, making sure there is air. I still can’t breathe.

A glass of water isn’t heavy. It’s almost mindless when you have to pick one up. But what if you couldn’t empty it or set it down? What if you had to support its weight for days… months… years? The weight doesn’t change, but the burden does. At a certain point, you can’t remember how light it used to seem. Sometimes it takes everything in you to pretend it isn’t there. And sometimes, you just have to let it fall.

I was scared of sleeping. I felt the most raw panic in complete darkness. Actually, complete darkness wasn’t scary. It was that little bit of light that would cast a shadow – a terrifying shadow.

Numb feeling. How oxymoronic. How fitting. Can you actually feel numb? Or is it the inability to feel? Am I so used to being numb that I’ve equated it to an actual feeling?

My head is filling with helium. Focus is fading. Such a small decision to make. Such an easy question to answer. My mind isn’t letting me. It’s like a thousands circuits are all crossing at once.

You were created for me and by me. You were created for my seclusion. You were created by venomous defense. You are made of fear and lies. Fear of unrequited promises and losing trust so seldom given. You’ve been forming my entire life. Stronger and stronger.

Cuts so deep it’s like they’re never going to heal. Pain so real, it’s almost unbearable. I’ve become this… This cut, this wound. All I know is this same pain; sharp breath, empty eyes, shaky hands. If it’s so painful, why let it continue? Unless… Maybe it’s all that you know.

I’m afraid to live and I’m afraid to die. What a way to exist.

Depression is when you can’t feel at all. Anxiety is when you feel too much. Having both is a constant war within your own mind. Having both means never winning.

It’s strange – in the pit of your stomach. It’s like when you’re swimming and you want to put your feet down but the water is deeper than you thought. You can’t touch the bottom and your heart skips a beat.

via How It Feels To Have An Anxiety Disorder Explained In 12 Self Portraits | Bored Panda.

16+ Of The Most Creative Baby Announcements Ever

Pregnancy is one of the biggest things that could possibly happen in a couple’s life, so if you’re gonna tell the world, do it with a bang! The couples in this list came up with some of the funniest and most creative ways to announce their pregnancies that we’ve ever seen.

If you or someone you know has announced their pregnancy in a fun and unique way, please share it with us! Don’t forget to vote for your favorites, either!

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Photographer Freezes Dancer In Time As She Spins Through Clouds Of Powder

Brussels-based photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte and film director André (Nicolas Vantomme) have created a photo series and film that beautifully capture a dancer’s elegant movements with expressive bursts of white powder. The concept was created by creative agency Norvell Jefferson and CD director Jurriaan Eversdijk.

The whole photo/video shoot was organized as an advertisement for Campina Friesland Kievit, a Dutch company that makes coffee creamer. The results, however, are art nonetheless. The team used high-speed cameras to capture slow-motion footage and photos of each cloud of powder left behind by professional dancer Noi Pakon’s expressive movements.

Vanhoutte has a lot more visually striking work, so be sure to visit his website to see some other great projects! Read on to see his answers to Bored Panda’s questions about his work.

More info: jeffreyvanhoutte.be | norvelljefferson.com | kievit.com | thisisandre.net (h/t: mymodernmet)

The client requested to have a new – teasing / disruptive – approach in a conventional market,” Jeffrey Vanhoutte told Bored Panda. “This was the ultimate idea to capture the attention on a matter that is otherwise pretty ordinary within their buyers’ market.

Norvell Jefferson’s idea was to capture the beauty (metaphore) of a dancer (using elegance and beauty) together with the explosion of the new creamers range

NJ’s production team has create lots of mixtures and samples that would work well on photo but also, importantly, high-speed recordings. We ended up with a special blend that includes stone, sand, milk, holi powder, chalk, and secret ingredients that we will not give away for free 🙂

The film was SHOT on a Phantom Miro at 1500fps. The pictures are taken with a phase one camera with a Credo 60 back, 60 million pixels and Broncolor flashes at 1/6.000 sec speed

The Advertisement:

The Making-Of Video:

We’d like to thank Jeffrey Vanhoutte for answering our questions about his work together with Andre and the Norvell Jefferson agency.

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25 Of The Best Award-Winning Wedding Photos Taken In 2014

Photography contests are great because they tend to attract the best of the best to submit their photos. The International Society Of Professional Wedding Photographers, for example, holds a quarterly competition among their members that collects their best wedding photos for the world to see.

There are 20 different categories that highlight all the different features that can make a wedding photo great – from lighting and composition to dynamic movement or raw emotion. The ISPWP’s website highlights what it is about wedding photography that makes it so challenging and so special: “You have to get it right the first time, every time. You have to be a master of the craft and know your gear so well that you can make adjustments on the fly, without thinking or hesitating. And you have to do it for 8, 10, or 12 hours in close quarters with clients who have put their trust in you to get it right.

Check out some of their best photos from 2014 below!

More info: ispwp.com (h/t: mymodernmet)

1st Place in All About Light, Winter 2013, Taipei, Taiwan

Photo credits: Chris Huang

1st Place in Pure Art, Fall 2014, New York City, New York

Photo credits: Emin Kuliyev

1st Place in Framing The Subject, Summer 2014, Vigo, Spain

Photo credits: Paula Boto

1st Place in The Decisive Moment, Summer 2014, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Photo credits: Dennis Berti

1st Place in Ceremony, Spring 2014, Zaragoza, Spain

Photo credits: Nacho Mora

1st Place in Emotional Impact, Spring 2014, Phoenix, Arizona

Photo credits: Tina Wright

1st Place in Family Love, Fall 2014, Canton, China

Photo credits: Allen Ko

1st Place in The Decisive Moment, Fall 2014, Zaragoza, Spain

Photo credits: Victor Lax

1st Place in Bridal Party Portrait, Fall 2014, Nanping, China

Photo credits: Xiang Qi

1st Place in All About Light, Winter 2013, Taipei, Taiwan

Photo credits: Matous Duchek

1st Place in Engagement Portrait, Summer 2014, Singapore

Photo credits: Raymond Phang

1st Place in Venue Or Location, Summer 2014, Cracow, Poland

Photo credits: Szymon Nykiel

1st Place in Ceremony, Winter 2013, Frankfurt, Germany

Photo credits: Raman El Atiaoui

1st Place in Venue Or Location, Spring 2014, Wiesbaden, Germany

Photo credits: Dennis Jagusiak

1st Place in Emotional Impact, Fall 2014, Florence, Italy

Photo credits: Andrea Corsi

1st Place in Pure Art, Winter 2013, Paris, France

Photo credits: Dan Petrovic

1st Place in Kids Will Be Kids, Spring 2014, Hong Kong

Photo credits: Nick Chang

1st Place in First dance, Summer 2014, Canmore, Alberta

Photo credits: Erika Mann

1st Place in Reception, Winter 2013, Ubeda, Spain

Photo credits: Aurora Lechuga

1st Place in First Dance, Fall 2014, Zwolle, Netherlands

Photo credits: Peter van der Lingen

1st Place in Emotional Impact, Summer 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

Photo credits: Tito Rikardo

1st Place in Wedding Details, Spring 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Photo credits: Ivo Popov

1st Place in Kids Will Be Kids, Winter 2013, Cinque Terre, Italy

Photo credits: Julian Kanz

1st Place in Family Love, Winter 2013, Boston, Massachusetts

Photo credits: Masao Okano

1st Place in Framing The Subject, Winter 2013, Novorossiysk, Russia

Photo credits: Ruslan Myts

1st Place in Pure Art, Spring 2014, Denver, Colorado

Photo credits: Nathan Welton

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