500px Art is celebrating 3 months
of bringing beautiful wall art to your homes and offices! We’re so proud to be able to offer this great service to both photographers and lovers of photography. To kick things off, we are offering a 25% off discount
to all prints ordered between today, February 26, and Friday, February 28, 2014.
To add to the festivities, we have featured 16 of the top selling photos on 500px Art with some interesting anecdotes about them and their photographers. Please enjoy!
Alexander Dragunov is a Russian from Saint Petersburg living in Stockholm, Sweden.
“There was a long weekend last year at the end of March. I decided to go to Berlin, as I never been there before. Reichstag was one of the must-see places in my list, but it was not easy to do. The electronic booking system was broken so I had to stand two hours in the queue to get a permit to visit it the next day. There are no restrictions in taking photos inside the dome, so I took quite many from different levels at different angles and finally chose that one.”
Atsushi Hayakawa is a magazine and book writer from Japan.
“The first time I visited this place it was already nighttime. I went back the next day before the sun went down and this scenery greeted me. It is very mystical and almost divine. The shadow feels as if it is looming towards me.”
Sebastian Wahlhuetter is an anthropologist and photography based in Vienna, Austria. He says he uses his anthropological knowledge to inform his photography.
“The image was actually the first one I had ever uploaded on 500px. Intentionally I just wanted to give this platform a try and within hours this image started its way to fame and glory on the internet, going straight to the Nr.1 rank on the front page with a [Pulse] of 99.9. It couldn't have wished for more. Since 500px also provides the possibility to promote images on 500px Art I just wanted to give this feature a try as well. A great service and a real benefit for me since it gives people in North America access to my work which otherwise would be really difficult.”
Roberto Melotti was born in Bologna, Italy, and has a deep passion for wildlife photography.
“In terms of nature photography, I deeply advise aspiring photographers to love and respect nature in all its aspects. From an ancient Indian proverb: ‘We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.’
In nature photography, the photographer really needs to have a lot of patience and volition. He needs to wake up in the early morning to shoot during golden hours. He needs to be prepared to walk or stay in the cold, in the heat and humidity, inside the mud, backpacking with really heavy photo gear.
Most importantly, he needs to respect nature. For example, some "nature photographers" don't want to wait for a bird to take off. Instead, they simply throw a stone at the bird, which then flies away and then they can easily take a photo. This is the worst way to be a nature photographer. Nature is the most important thing and then the photo, even for the most professional photographer. Unfortunately, some of them ‘forget’ that this so important point.”
Michael Woloszynowicz is a photographer and retoucher based in Toronto, Canada. He shoots a variety of things from portraiture, fashion and beauty to architecture and travel.
“Don't focus all your attention on 'how' to do something. There are so techniques out there both in-camera and in post processing, but those will only get you so far. Generally the techniques can be learned in a few months, but then what? Too many people disregard the 'what' and 'why', and although they're technically proficient, the results still end up a bit short. You have to marry it all together and combine the technical elements with the intangible ones in order to create something eye-catching. The best way to do that is to look at photos, lots of photos and try to analyze what makes them speak to you. Don't dwell on how they were created, what settings were used, etc. Focus on the colours, the conditions, the composition and the light quality and direction and train your eye so to speak. The techniques will help you but your imagination and vision will serve as the guide throughout the process.”
Pat Bryan describes himself as a father, husband and friend to those around him, living in Bellevue, Nebraska.
“This photo was taken during a trip to Alaska this past year. I was lucky to be able to find a group of similar individuals who wanted to go out and experience the Aurora Borealis this night, and many of them from the area that this photo was taken. What inspired me on this night was just the absolute beauty that was displayed in front of us. It was nothing that can be man-made, and it rose above us stretching far into the reaches of space, one of the reasons for the title “Above and Beyond”. I remember looking up and almost forgetting at times to press my shutter in order to take a photo because of it being so awe inspiring.”
Mark Brodkin is a native Torontonian but has travelled the world in pursuit of his images.
“This location is incredibly difficult to shoot because of the weather. You need to get to the location well before sunrise to have a any chance to get the shot. I visited the location over ten times and in most instances I saw only fog, there was literally nothing to shoot. On this morning, the fog slowly sank into the bay revealing the orange bridge and golden skyline. One of the most exciting moments I have had in photography.”
Aaron Brethorst is a prominent software developer living in Seattle, Washington.
“[My favorite] photographs [are the ones] that tell a story. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but it's incredibly challenging to capture both narrative and context within a single image.”
Matt Molloy is a Canadian who loves most forms of art, including photography, music, drawing, painting, land art, digital art.
“I love lots of different types of photography, but timelapse is my favorite, especially landscapes. I think it's really interesting to see a different perspective of time, how things change and evolve over time, in a way that you don't normally notice in real time. It's also great that you get lots of still photos to choose the perfect shot from, a video, and a "time stack" (all the photos in one image) So you can get a lot out of a timelapse.”
Steven Suwatanapongched is exploring work in software development design and photography in Los Angeles, California.
“A friend of mine had his wedding at the Adler Planetarium several years ago. I remember walking out and seeing the view of Chicago and thought, 'This is a great view of Chicago, I need to come back and photograph this some time.’ So the Adler is one of my go to spots for Chicago skyline photos.
This was also taken just after the ‘Polar Vortex’ that hit the Midwest this winter. There was ice everywhere. I had to use my tripod to help find the black ice so I wouldn’t slip and fall that night.”
Coco Moni is an Argentinian living in Miami, Florida, and works as a private Swiss banker.
“The picture la habana from the Cristo is a nice view to all the city from the Christ which is 150 meters higher and the lighting was perfect that evening. What drives me to photography is a need to share with others the beauty I see around me.”
Sue Hsu has a passion for photography and lives in Taipei, Taiwan.
“In [the] suburbs in Taipei, I am lucky to find so many kinds of birds. I find them very charming and beautiful. An example would be the kingfisher. They are easy to find here next to the streams. The female is a little shy. The male, on the other hand, would catch some fish and hand it nicely to the female during the mating season!”
Dale Johnson is an engineer for Boeing living in Seattle, Washington, and travels the world his job.
“Spend some time looking at other peoples work, and 500px is a good place to do that. Pay attention to what you like about the images and what you don't like. Notice how the light interacts with the elements of the photo, such as its direction and quality. It's also important to really know how to use your camera and how the key variables (f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO) can affect the resultant image. When you are comfortable with your camera and don't have to worry about how to get the settings that you want for the effect that you are after, you can focus on setting up the scene at hand and composing the elements to tell the story that you are after.”
Steven Blackmon is a musician by profession, choral and orchestral conductor, and occasional composer, but is truly passionate about photography these days.
“I try to be always in a ‘photo capture’ mode with my eyes, and it’s a habit that has served me well over the years…it also explains why my portfolio really runs the gamut of subject matter. [...] I most especially enjoy nature photography, I suppose…you’ll notice that there are not generally a lot of people featured in my gallery, though I’m working on making myself branch out a bit into portraiture. Recently, several friends have asked me for headshots, and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of accommodating them.”
Dmytro Cherkasov is from Kiev, Ukraine, and is a passionate traveler. He discovered photography through travel.
“Most of all I am enjoying to shoot landscapes and animals. With a landscapes photos you could express your vision of the World's beauty and share it with others. While, with animals you are finding yourself in whole new world. I cannot claim that I have achieved a technical perfection in animal photography, I am far from there. Nevertheless, I am always fortunate to have fascinating meetings and exciting moments during the observations. I believe, that my ‘Golden Shot’ is still ahead.”
Nicole Young is a full-time photographer and author, currently living in the US.
“When I fell in love with photography in high school I never thought I would make a career out of it. I thought that doing photography as my job would eliminate the passion I felt for it. After being a professional photographer for several years, I have found that is not the case! The key is to keep doing it in a way that works for you, and that you enjoy. You also need to allow yourself the time and freedom to photograph image just for you to keep the adventurous spirit alive.”
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