Inspiration Tuesday: new series on the blog

I'm excited to bring in some images directly linked to 500px.com and reveal a little about each one.  In this series I'd like to show what is great about the images and hopefully just inspire a little bit about a topic or genre that may be interested in.  

This is good for me to to dissect the images, how they were shot, what works, what doesn't perhaps.  It's not a direct portfolio review.  

Let me know in the comments if you enjoy and if we have enough images, too few, etc.  

Without further ado...

The image above is by Maxim Guselnikov who has some excellent portrait work.  The image is subtle with great depth of feild and toning.  I'm not thinking it was shot with a a speedlight, it looks like a vignette was added to darken the corners and keep the subject well exposed while creating drama on the image.  EXIF data shows this was shot at 1.4 with the Sigma 35mm ART lens.  I've heard such wonderful things and clearly this one stands out.  At that depth of field he separated the background wonderfully and stood far enough from the subject to avoid losing depth of field on the subjects face.  

Her look is so simple, but curious.  She has great hair and makeup, and the photoshop dodging/burning plus retouching is just amazing.

Our next image comes from Ivan Gevaerd.  It's a very simple image of an eye but has such a soft and beautiful quality to it.  Once again we see depth of field as a major player to the success of this image.  The color tone and palette is very pleasing and the soft blur and grain you can see just melt this into such a dreamy image.  The sharpness of the eyelashes brings you in as the focal point here and it's possible there was some skin softening done but if so it's not a distraction at all.  

The final image here is from Artur Stanisz.  The image is an iceberg floating along a stream and the dynamics between the landscape and the iceberg are phenomenal.  This is a great use of toning in Lightroom and Photoshop to ensure the distinction is made between the warm tones of the sky and the cool tones of the iceberg.

The photographer made an excellent composition highlighting the foreground elements, the subject in the middle ground, and the sky and mountains in the background.  Shot using the legendary 14-24 Nikon 2.8 lens and the Nikon D810, this 6 second exposure really pulls you into the scene and you image yourself there watching this iceberg float along.

Well done to all the authors of these images this week.  I'll post some more next week on Inspiration Tuesday!  Please share this post with anyone who enjoys photography.  

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