Friday, March 23, 2018

25 photos that will inspire you to join in Earth Hour 2018

Earth Hour is much more than just turning out the lights—it’s a symbol of commitment to the environment, biodiversity, and protecting the health of our planet. Get inspired for Earth Hour 2018 with this collection, curated by 500px Photo Editors, and share your favorite Earth-Hour-inspired photos in the comments below.

group hug by Denise Kwong on

feels good to be lost in the right direction by Anthony Sotomayor on

In the darkness by Chris Schmid on

The Green Thames by Giuseppe Torre on

Special Evening by Igor Bondarets on

NYC's Queensboro Bridge by Raymond Haddad on

Asian monks lighting candles in temple by Gable Denims on

Cabin on the lake by Hayden Scott on

African sky by Julia Wimmerlin on

At the edge of the world by Marco Grassi on

Lucky lanterns by Eduardo Teixeira de Sousa on

silver creek winter by Sam Brockway on

Bridge Crossings by Hayden Scott on

Chasing curves by Keith Mokris on

Full of love by Ruslan Grigoriev on

Praying on the river by Pham Ty on

Wind turbines by Julia Wimmerlin on

"Golden Hour" by Chun Chau on

Wintry Sunrise by Stacy White on

Lanterns by Sreekumar Mahadevan Pillai on

By the fire by Bridget Rule on

Elegant yet majestic. by Chun Chau on

Before the storm by Chris Schmid on

Celebrating History by Brandon Donnelly on

We're not alone by Diaa Arfan on

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

How to capture moody, misty mountain photos

During my eight years as a professional photographer, I’ve come to appreciate the moody and somber aspects of photography even more than the bursting sunsets: you can often find me in the forest or on the beach in the harshest of conditions, or in low-light. But I’m a real sucker for mountains, mainly because we don’t have those here in the Netherlands. There’s just something about the merging of land and sky in mountains that I find truly attractive.

Cimon by Alberto Salvaterra on


Your destination is determined by the material, age, and shape of the mountains in a specific range. Without getting into geology too much, hard mountains are shaped more smoothly than relatively-soft mountains.

The Dance of Eternity by Daniel Laan on

Expect rounded domes in areas where glaciers have eroded the hardest materials. Conversely, mountains that are relatively young and soft are eroded much more by water, which makes them jagged. Dolomite rock is a good example for this, and it’s where the Dolomites get their name.

The Big Shyness by Federico Antonello on

If you’re more of a hiker than a climber, it’s a good idea to start with smooth mountains. More interesting viewpoints can be achieved rather easily.


To bring more variation in your portfolio, it’s a good idea to mix up viewpoints and perspectives. From down below, the base of the mountain will look more massive than its peak. This will make the mountain appear to be looming overhead.

The Fortress by Daniel Laan on

If you can increase your altitude relative to the mountain you’re shooting, the summits will be more prominent, and some interesting details could appear that may have otherwise stayed hidden. Increasing your altitude isn’t without danger, but in some cases (especially in the Alps), you can hitch a ride to the top with a cable car. I recommend a hike up the slope, since there’s nothing like the fresh air, and you’ll never know what hidden gems you might find on your way up.

Druid Falls by Daniel Laan on

Lens choices

A mountain shot that focuses on the summit benefits from the use of a telephoto lens. Some of the best examples I’ve seen are shot at 300-600(!) mm; definitely not wide-angle lenses.

The Unfolding by Alexandre Deschaumes on

Deschaumes’ work is inspiring to me personally, not in the least because his mountain shots always seem to come straight from Mordor.

Dragging a telescope like that up a mountain is admirable, but a less-hefty wide-angle lens does have its place in this genre. Should you want to incorporate a foreground, a wide-angle’s distortion is exactly what you would want, since that enhances the apparent height of the mountains. Dramatic foregrounds can then be part of the composition as well, although getting them as sharp at minimum focus distance is challenging.

Land of the Lost by Daniel Laan on


I’ve kept a record of the most stunning telephoto mountain shots over the years in a gallery called “Ghostly Mountains” on 500px. Here are some of the best. Follow these photographers, because their work includes regular uploads of these spectacular subjects.

Golden Titans by Nicola Pirondini on

Ered Luin by Giuseppe Chiauzzi on

Stone teeth by Aurélien BERNARD on

Pink Lady by Bruno Pisani on

The Peak by Greg Boratyn on

dark mountain by Marco Barone on

Echoes of the past by William Patino on

Twin Peaks in Yosemite by Michael Bandy on

Aiguille of the Vanoise by Gérard Darnis on

Unfurl by Daniel Laan on

Mtn Mist pano by Michael Bollino on

Vertical by Fred Bucheton on

Other mystical atmospheres

My creative desire to engage in the development of mystical atmospheres is at an all-time high, but I’m a firm believer in the plasticity of art. There comes a time when you’ll want to explore other areas, other subjects, and other ways of processing as well. That’s fine, since painters had their artistic periods as well. Mountain photography is definitely worth exploring, but take care of yourself in this pursuit, because it’s not a genre without hazards. I hope that you will read between the sky and the land and see the potential in ethereal photography someday, too.

Journey to Caradhras by Daniel Laan on

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Spotlight on Italian Winemaker: Piero Lanza

Poggerino signage. FWT Magzine.

Italian wine maker Piero Lanza prides himself on such things as having a deep understanding of Chianti Classico’s regional differences, on using organic practices to solve curly problems to do with soil vitality – and having never worn a suit to work. Jacqui Gibson catches up with Piero at is Radda vineyard, Fattoria Poggerino.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

32 spring pictures that will awaken you from hibernation

Spring is officially upon us. So regardless of whether or not your local weather got the memo, it’s time to celebrate flowering trees, dewy landscapes, and bright flashes of color on our plates and outfits alike. Welcome the most hopeful season with this gallery of spring photos curated by 500px Photo Editors.

Garden Golden (Green tumb) by Dina Belenko on

Row of Raincoats and Rubber Boots Tofino, British Columbia, Canada by Radius Images on

Fresh spring toasts by Vladislav Nosick on

Spring in Detroit by Hayden Scott on

Pink Lady by Amel Herzi on

Waffle cone with composition of flowers by Yaroslav Danylchenko on

Dream on... by Julia Dávila-Lampe on

Evans by Yannis Guibinga on

colors by Ahmed Abdel Hamid on

Love by Natália Viana on

Untitled by Y?hei Sawamura on

SAKURA cupcakes. by Miki Fujii on

Singing In The Rain by Jennifer Kapala on

Hayle by Laura Ferreira on

Easter background with blue painted eggs and napkin on dark blue by Olga Zarytska on

Destiny by Tobias Hägg on

Tunnel of cherry blossoms by Kohei Endo on

Springtime III by Iza ?yso? on

Man with a pipe by Jovana Rikalo on

the box of the graces by Kindra Nikole on

Potted Succulent - Off Center by Scott Webb on

Above all. by Oscar Nilsson on

Early Spring by Austin Scherbarth on

Radishes by Raquel Carmona Romero on

The house on buttercup lane :) by Catherine MacBride on

Julia. by Sollena - Photography (Sandra) on

Spring in Copenhagen! by Alana de Haan on

Classic view of Mt.Fuji by Julia Wimmerlin on

I'm alone by Danny Iacob on

Lilacs by Elke Vogelsang on

effervescent as mist in the sun after rain by Taya Iv on

Spring by Janet Kwan on

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