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The House in the Woods

The House in the Woods

Jim Brandenburg | Professional Insights | Nikon Professional Services My name is Jim Brandenburg and I am an American nature photographer. Most of my career has been with National Geographic Magazine and in television. Today I am on the west coast of France testing the Nikon D800, a very exciting new product. I am honored to be able to be one of the first to use this camera. When I was young, I was very shy, I didn't speak much, so I developed a visual language early on to express myself. The camera was quite a nice tool for this: I would go off and make pictures of animals and then come back to show my family. This past month, I opened a retrospective of my work in Europe. Sometimes, I can't even think of it as a career when I look back at my five decades as a photographer.

Abandoned House in the Woods Taken Over by Wild Animals Finnish photographer Kai Fagerström presents unique photo series, where he captures wild animals making themselves comfortable in abandoned houses in the woods of Finland. Titled The House in the Woods, the photo series is set in cottages near Kai’s summer house, which were abandoned by their tenants after the owner of the place died in a fire. Award-winning photographer noticed how the place was slowly being reclaimed by the nature, and what started as a few snapshots, ended up being a book, published in Finnish, German, and English. “Deserted buildings are so full of contradictions,” says Kai. “I am fascinated by the way nature reclaims spaces that were, essentially, only ever on loan to humans.” Kai usually works with a clear image of what he wants to achieve in his head, although it make take some time for all elements to fall into place. Website: (via: nationalgeographic, imgur)

Sayaka Ikemoto | Professional Insights | Nikon Professional Services Digital and film photography can be radically different from one another, and not just from an operational standpoint. Each medium instills a different feeling when shooting, and both require a different approach to subject matter. It is true that recent D-SLRs can improve your chances of capturing the right moment dramatically. Moreover, the post-production process with digital allows for more freedom than with film, and you can shoot more frames with less consideration about how much film is left or when might be the right moment to use your last frame. However, there is something special and visceral that I feel when I concentrate on a single shutter release for a single photo with film. This practice of using film also affects how I select a picture, which I also consider a great advantage in this digital era. The images made from film are not "perfect" in the ways digital images can be, and I consider this another advantage.

Real Monstrosities Nick Brandt : Photography MalaCo Photolucida: Jon Wyatt: Huangshan Ltd If you happened to attend the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward exhibition in Boston last year, you may have had the pleasure of seeing the work of Jon Wyatt. If you happened to attend this year, you would also have had the pleasure of viewing work from his Avalanche UK series. Jon made his way to Photolucida from London, bringing several bodies of work to the review. Born in Devon, UK, but now living in London, Jon states about his growing up: “Though I’ve spent none of my adult life there, I still consider Devon and the westcountry my spiritual ‘home’. Huangshan, (literally ‘Yellow Mountain’) in Anhui Province is one of China’s most iconic national monuments. The entire Mount Huangshan Scenic Area is owned and managed by the ‘Huangshan Tourism & Development Company Ltd’ and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Huangshan is renowned for the gossamer threads of ethereal mist which drape the mountains.

Un monde sans sexe, la fin d'un scandale scientifique de cinquante ans LE MONDE SCIENCE ET TECHNO | • Mis à jour le | Par Yann Chavance Chez les animaux, la règle semblait immuable : pour avoir une descendance, il faut un mâle et une femelle. L'omniprésence de la reproduction sexuée dans le monde animal est pourtant longtemps restée un mystère. Dans chaque cellule, les chromosomes, supports de l'information génétique, existent en deux exemplaires, l'un provenant du père, l'autre de la mère. Pour s'en convaincre, il suffit de regarder chez l'homme à quel point chaque enfant d'un même couple est différent. Le brassage génétique apporté par la reproduction sexuée semblait donc être un tel avantage évolutif que bon nombre de scientifiques jugeaient tout autre mode de reproduction voué à l'échec. Ce mode de reproduction asexué, appelé parthénogenèse, avait déjà été observé chez certaines espèces de lézards ou de poissons par exemple, mais était alors présent en parallèle d'une reproduction sexuée.

Amy's FAQs - Matt Moyer & Amy Toensing | On Assignment As a kid, I was obsessed with this book “The Family of Woman”. It’s a compilation of black and white photographs that tells the story of womanhood. It’s the feminine story of humanity; it has no borders in terms of race, politics or geography. I could never get enough of it and eventually the cover fell off and pages slipped out. The reason I was so drawn to it was it made me feel connected to the world. My schooling focused on anthropology and sociology, but I also just took whatever subjects interested me including poetry and art. I left SALT thinking I would never be a professional photographer or get paid. My biggest goal when I started was to find ways to keep making my pictures so I could grow as a photographer. After working professionally for four years, I went to graduate school for visual communication. Currently I use Canon, but when I shot film (before 2005) I used Nikon and Leica. A Petzl headlamp is really great for night shoots.

Le lynx : conservation et présence en France © Maurice Chatelain FERUS a pour buts, en France, notamment dans les massifs frontaliers et en relation avec les pays européens voisins de favoriser le retour et le maintien des populations de lynx. Alors que l’ours et le loup occupent régulièrement le devant de la scène nationale, le lynx se fait oublier. Malgré un impact limité sur les activités humaines, des signes de mécontentement sont parfois observés au niveau local. Au XVème siècle, le lynx boréal était partout en France, en plaine comme en montagne. Le retour du lynx Depuis les années 1970, le lynx est de retour dans les massifs montagneux de l’est de la France. Le mâle Frenz relâché le 2 juin 1993 sur le Massif du Grand Ballon – Markstein (68). Au début des années 1970, depuis la Suisse toute proche où une dizaine de lynx a été relâchée, l’espèce fait son retour sur le versant français du Jura. La population actuelle La population française de lynx est constituée de 3 noyaux. © Roland Clerc Bilan lynx 2005- 2007 Bilan lynx 2008

Interview: Magical Insect Photographer When we first came across Nadav Bagim's macro insect photography, we were taken aback by just how magical he could make their miniature world look. His photos seemed like they came out of a storybook or a Disney/Pixar movie. Filled with beautiful colors and a generous helping of bokeh, they seemed almost out of this world. After we found out that he only uses Photoshop for slight tweaks, we were even more impressed. So much so that we got in touch with the photographer to ask him a few questions about his creative process and to see if he might share with us some of his tips. What inspired you to start this series? When I started working on the series, I didn’t even know it was going to become one. I would also like to note the works of two extremely talented photographers whose work inspired me greatly through the earlier stages of my photography - Leon Bass and Igor Siwanowicz. How did you shoot all of this all in-camera? There are two aspects to that. The other element is the cast.

LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) | Accueil Spotlight | Kento Mizuno Kento Mizuno’s keen eye, skill, and passion for capturing nature are far beyond his years. A senior at The Bay School of San Francisco, Mizuno has already interned with a National Geographic photographer and won several nature photography awards including a high school scholarship sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). His photographs are featured in private collections in Paris, New York, and San Francisco. In this interview with, he shares feelings about photography and his creative process. What piece of equipment can’t you live without and why? Kento Mizuno: Besides my Nikon D300 and my computer, I wouldn't be able to live without any of my f1.4 lenses. What role does Adobe® Photoshop® software play in your photography? Kento Mizuno: I want as much control over any given photograph as possible, whether it’s destined for Facebook or a studio wall. Kento Mizuno: About a hundred. Kento Mizuno: Hiroshi Sugimoto