Stanley Kubrick's One-Point Perspective

Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick (my favourite director) was big on using one-point perspective for dramatic effect, often with the vanishing point in the dead center of the frame, disorienting the viewer and creating tension for his scenes. Kubrick started off as a photographer and his films are always a visual feast. Film enthusiast kogonada recently took a bunch of Kubrick films, collected the shots showing this technique, and put together this wonderful clip.[petapixel]

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

One vanishing point is typically used for roads, railway tracks, hallways, or buildings viewed so that the front is directly facing the viewer. Any objects that are made up of lines either directly parallel with the viewer's line of sight or directly perpendicular (the railroad slats) can be represented with one-point perspective. 

RoadNevada Desert.1960 ~ Ansel Adams

Architectural photographer Julius Shulman mastered a one-point perspective that almost physically draws the viewer into the image.

Architect Raymond Krappe's Pregerson House photographed by Julius Shulman in linear (single-point) perspective.

Julius Shulman

Raphael's "School of Athens" in the Vatican is an excellent example of the simplest version of this so-called linear perspective.

How to Draw with One Point Perspective:

Try incorporating more one-point perspective into your own photographs. Have fun and keep shooting!
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Milton Glaser: The Greatest Graphic Designer Alive on Art, Purpose, and the Capacity for Astonishment

“That’s the great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears.”

Milton Glaser (born June 26, 1929, in New York City) is an American graphic designer, best known for the I ♥ NY logo, his Bob Dylan poster, the DC bullet logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and also founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968.

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Stunning Hubble Telescope 'Hidden Treasures' Photo Contest Winners

In May 2012, The folks at Hubble asked members of the public to delve into Hubble's vast science archive to uncover pictures that had never been seen outside of the scientific community — and then to try their hand at processing the scientific data into attractive images. Here are the winners

First prize and winner of the public vote:

Josh Lake (USA) submitted a stunning image of NGC 1763, part of the N11 star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

**click on images for a larger view**

Second Prize:
Andre van der Hoeven, spiral galaxy Messier 77

"Since 1990, Hubble has made more than a million observations. We feature many of these on, and the most stunning are in our Top 100 gallery and iPad app.
But there are thousands of pictures in Hubble’s science archive that have only been seen by a few scientists. We call these images Hubble’s hidden treasures — stunning images of astronomical phenomena that have never been seen and enjoyed by the public.
Every week, we search the archive for hidden treasures, process the scientific data into attractive images and publish them as the Hubble Picture of the Week. But the archive is so vast that nobody really knows the full extent of what Hubble has observed.
This is where you come in.
Searching Hubble’s archive for hidden treasures is a lot of fun, and it’s pretty straightforward, even if you don’t have advanced knowledge. So we’re inviting you to come and help us find iconic Hubble images that have never before been shown to the public."  Click here for more info

Third Prize:

Judy Schmidt (USA) Picture of XZ Tauri, a newborn star spraying out gas into its surroundings and lighting up a nearby cloud of dust, was the jury’s favourite. 

Fourth Prize:

Renaud Houdinet (France) submitted a hugely ambitious mosaic of Hubble images. Chamaeleon I is a large nebula near the south celestial pole, and it does not fit into a single Hubble image. Renaud painstakingly tiled the exposures together. Despite the small gaps between the Hubble images, the jury was impressed by the technical achievement of putting together this ambitious vista.

Fifth Prize:

Robert Gendler (USA) is a well known figure in the amateur image processing world. His version of Hubble’s image of NGC 3190 is the default desktop image on new Apple computers. This image of Messier 96 was the jury’s favourite.

Sixth Prize
Claude Cornen, SNR 0519-69

Seventh Prize:
Josh Barrington, PK111-2.1

Eighth Prize:
 kyokugaisha, NGC 1501

Ninth Prize:
Nick Rose, Abell 68

Nikolaus Sulzenauer, dwarf galaxy IC 10

How does one find hidden treasures in the archive?

 Click here

Watch this video for more info on the Hidden Treasure project and how to take part!:
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On Set with James Bond 007 by Photographer Greg Williams

 British photographer Greg Williams  has been on the set of the Bond films since 1997
Williams' series known as Bond On Set feature photos from three separate Bond films—Die Another DayCasino Royal, andQuantum of Solace—that include two leading Bond men in Pierce Brosnan and Craig Daniels. Also making an appearance in the series are famed modern Bond girls Halle Berry and Olga Kurylenko. WIlliam's new book, Bond On Set: Filming Skyfall, is due out on October 1, 2012.[mymode]

On the set of the Skyfall 

Greg Williams website

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Fantastic Underwater Images of Jellyfish by Marine Biologist/Photographer ~ Alexander Semenov

Alexander Semenov's Bio:
In 2007, I graduated from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in the department of Zoology. I specialized in the study of invertebrate animals, with an emphasis on squid brains. Soon after, I began working at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) as a senior laborer. WSBS has a dive station, which is great for all sorts of underwater scientific needs, and after 4 years working there, I became chief of our diving team. I now organize all WSBS underwater projects and dive by myself with a great pleasure and always with a camera.
When I first began to experiment with sea life photography I tried shooting small invertebrates for fun with my own old dslr camera and without any professional lights or lenses. I collected the invertebrates under water and then I’ve shot them in the lab. After two or three months of failure after failure I ended up with a few good pictures, which I’ve showed to the crew. It has inspired us to buy a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes. Thus I’ve spent the following field season trying to shoot the same creatures, but this time in their environment. It was much more difficult, and I spent another two months without any significant results. But when you’re working at something every day, you inevitably get a lot of experience. Eventually I began to get interesting photos — one or two from each dive. Now after four years of practice I get a few good shots almost every time I dive but I still have a lot of things that need to be mastered in underwater photography.[via]

As head of the scientific diver’s team at the White Sea Biological Station in northwestern Russia, marine biologist Alexander Semenov has been studying—and photographing—the life cycle of Cyanea capillata, aka the lion’s mane jellyfish. The creatures only live for about six months, usually from May to September, but grow to a diameter of two to three meters with tentacles as long as 36 meters. “I’m trying to study marine life through the lenses, and from year-to-year I get more and more knowledge about the underwater world of cold waters of the north,” Semenov says.[via PDN]

 Alexander Semenov at work

Portrait of Alexander Semenov
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