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Fadzly Mubin: An Incredible ‘Capture’ from Malaysia

Fadzly Mubin is a Malaysian based photographer, his work mainly focuses on the beaches of Malaysia.

Whilst browsing Flickr as I often do, I came across these stunning captures of his today. The first (top) shot is so good… it can not be described in words. Fadzly likens photography to fishing, so I feel these images perfectly sum up his work. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did..

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Michelangelo di Battista: Beyonce Knowles in InStyle Magazine

This is a recent photo shoot of worldwide famous R&B/Pop Singer Beyonce Knowles by fashion photographer Michelangelo di Battista for InStyle magazine, I have made quite a few features regarding di Battista now on the blog. He is quickly becoming one of my favourite photographers in the industry, his work fills me with inspiration.

His photography is atmospheric, deep in colour and mood whilst representing his subjects/models in a very natural and relaxed fashion. His skill in perfecting dramatic lighting set ups is equally effective!

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Michelangelo di Battista: Gwen Stefani.. Stunning portrait

I came across this incredible shot today by fashion/portrait photographer Michelangelo di Battista, this is from his shoot of famed singer Gwen Stefani. This shot is so incredible in every aspect, the sense of drama and atmosphere is intense creating great impact. This is without even mentioning, the stunning composition and lighting of this photograph.

The bokeh to the right of the image is smooth and beautiful allowing the sharpness of the left side of the image to stand out just that bit more.

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My Best Bee Macro Shots – Tamron 90mm 2.8

Recently I invested in a Tamron 90mm 2.8 lens, it is simply one of the best lenses I have ever got my hands on! Incredible sharpness, colour, contrast and also amazing macro capabilities. The only area I find rather average is the build quality levels, but for the cheap price their has to be a slight flaw. Guess I will need to careful not to drop it too many times, but I will avoid doing this if possible! I value this lens too much to drop it.

From the things I’ve heard this lens will make a great portrait aswell, as a 135mm equivalent on my D90 it makes it perfect for head shots. Where the 2.8 aperture will do a great job of making the background vanish at the same time.

Macro recently became an area that I wanted to master, it really has been a great fun adventure. While challenging at the same time.

Bees are one of my favourite insects and I shot these last weekend as the sun was just breaking through the trees in late afternoon, was fairly pleased to get this close to these creatures.

All comments are welcome-

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Bee flower macro colour beauty photograph


Michael Angelo di Battista: Alicia Keys for Vogue Italy

I stumbled across this incredible photoshoot by fashion photographer Michael Angelo di Battista today for Vogue magazine Italy, the model is US R&B singer Alicia Keys. The setting/location is extremely powerful, the lighting is dramatic and there appears to be a strong representation of the personality of Alicia Keys as a recording artist. The photos speak for themselves..

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My Exciting new lens purchase… A Nikon? No A Sigma 50mm 1.4

I am highly excited as I have just ordered a new lens, shockingly though it isn’t a Nikon lens!

As a Nikon DSLR user, I have always been wary of third party lenses. I have always preferred to buy the real thing. The ‘real thing’ in my mind is Nikon lenses, Nikon has a rich history in optical design and have been making marvelous lenses for many decades. I always have aspired to buy Nikon lenses over all the other brands.. but was I right to do so?

It would seem not… it would seem I have been slightly blinkered in my view. I listened to many stories about how third party camera lenses are inferior to their Canon and Nikon equivalents. Maybe this was once the case, Sigma, Tokina and Tamron afterall are budget brands producing lenses at cut cost prices. So in theory they are not meant to be as good…

Anyway I digress, I was all set to upgrade my 50mm 1.8 AF D for the new Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-S G lens. That was until the Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX DG was recommended to me on one of the forums I regularly visit, I thought ‘Sigma! Why would I choose Sigma if I can afford the Nikon lens, as obviously the Nikon is the better lens!’. I carried on thinking this until I began researching the Sigma, from the reviews I have seen this lens clearly makes the Nikon 50’s look ‘old hat’.

Sigma have performed a savvy business move on Nikon and Canon here, providing a lens at a decent price point that outperforms the old fashioned lens designs the big two are still using!

Anyway, as you have probably guessed by now. I haven’t ordered a Nikon 50mm AF-S G, but I have ordered a Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX DG. Will I regret it?

Check out these great independent reviews-  http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/blog/2008/09/review-sigma-50mm-f1-4/  and here http://www.lenstip.com/177.1-Lens_review-Sigma_50_mm_f_1.4_EX_DG_HSM_Introduction.html

Samples from the Sigma 50mm 1.4 by Marcus Schwarze (Beautiful images)-

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My Second Portrait Photography shoot..

My second EVER portrait photography shoot was amazing fun! Tori was a really natural model, I was working in a beautiful location (Town of Farnham) and the lighting was great for portrait photography.

I’m still not sure whether it was successful shoot or not (I know I’m definitely not Mario Testino yet!).. but it was nice to come away with, what I felt were some half decent results.. your thoughts/comments are highly welcome!

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A Sea of COLOUR – Photography by Michael Greening

I came across these stunning examples of light trails today on Flickr, the photographer Michael Greening clearly has a knack of creating spectacular photography. I could look at these photographs for hours and not get bored!

There is something other worldly and unique about these photos, the fountain’s appearing as if they are unusually coloured flames of fire standing in great contrast to the darkness of the nighttime sky. Enjoy this sea of colour!

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Another of my ‘Better’ Photographs… hope you like!

This was taken on a day of typical English weather, one minute it was sunny and then 5 minutes later it was heavy rain. This pattern continued all day long!

On a positive note though, it was a great day for photography. The sky was stunningly dramatic, the sun often making attempts to break through the heavy black cloud cover.

Marsh ToneMap stunning grey rain sun landscape photograph


Hinius: Unreal Photography

On Flickr today I stumbled across two photographs that can only be defined as artistic masterpieces, enjoy this surreal beauty! if you hadn’t guessed it these are created through glass reflections. I have seen a lot of photography before now that has been created by using reflections, but nothing quite as creative as this appears to be!

Art photography= Meaningless junk, check  out Hinius’s work before you come to that conclusion. To see more of Hinius’s work simply click on the below photographs.

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