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Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Diana Tula · June 3rd 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. For announced theme, deadline and how to enter continue reading.

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Last week we announced “Chasing Cars” theme and got amazing and beautiful entries of car photos. From over 763 contenders we’ve chosen twelve to share with you today; these are thumbnails so make sure to click on each for a full size image. Take a look at all the entries & let us know which one is your favourite.

New theme: Teen Spirit

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "teenspirit".
3. You are done. To track all entries click here.

Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and tagging. Deadline is June 9th at 12pm (EST). To make your efforts worthwhile there’s a random draw giveaway for all who enter for a chance to win 2 months of Awesome membership. Lucky draw winner is Fabrizio Ellena.

Good luck this week!


     

Meet the Team: Alex

Published by Diana Tula · May 31st 2013

Hi! For you to get to know us better, to find out who are the folks behind 500px and what it is that we actually do, we started a new ongoing feature on the blog titled “Meet the team”. Last time we shared our favorite tunes of 2012 & introduced Diana. Now you are about to meet one of the team members — Alex Flint.

What’s your 500px story?

I’ve been a fan of 500px since 2009 and even had co-founder and COO, Evgeny, on a photography podcast I was producing a couple years ago to talk about 500px, as it was first launching. When I saw a tweet for a community support job posting I jumped at the chance and applied immediately. I guess they liked me, because here I am!

What do you do at 500px?

I answer your emails and tweets! I’m community support, so I’m here to help. I answer all of the questions sent to help@500px.com, all of the tweets to @500px_help & @500px, and all of the posts on support.500px.com as well! I also get to take all of the feedback that you guys share with me and work with our developers and designers to make 500px even better. I get the pleasure of helping Diana with our social media channels as well, sending tweets, Facebook updates and Google+ posts.

Do you photograph?

No, I don’t. But I love photography and have always been a fan of all types of art. I even owned a camera at one point and tried to learn how to use it. I think I managed to get a few decent shots out of it.

Tell us 5 random things about you.

  1. I run marathons and am training for a 100km charity race coming up in October 2013.
  2. After high school, I lived in Taiwan, then Calgary after that. But Toronto is my home.
  3. I’m vegan and my friends and co-workers mock me relentlessly about it.
  4. Our office is pretty evenly divided between iPhone and Android users. I’m an Android user.
  5. I blog and podcast about running at obsess.ca. I like to run and I like to talk about it!

Fun Fact

If you search for Alex on Google Images you can find an old photo of Alex sporting a full beard, be warned not all people in those photos are Alex. Another fun fact is that Alex has an adorable dog, her name is Cora and she is a 500px HQ resident. Cora often visits us at the office and brings us smiles. Here are a few Cora moments.

Thanks for reading :) If you'd like to add Alex to friends visit his 500px page, to follow Alex’s running achievements and photos of his cute dog Cora follow @alexfca and for twitter @alexflint.

If there is a question you'd like to ask our team or an idea for "Meet the team" feature please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear your feedback and answer your questions.


     

Listen to the inner voice

Published by RC Concepcion · May 29th 2013

Hey everyone. RC Concepcion here. I am a Photography and Photoshop instructor over at Kelby Training and a fellow 500px user. You can check out my 500px work here.

In this guest post I’d like to share a different kind of tutorial with you — instead teaching you technical skills, I will reveal the importance of listening to your inner voice. As a photographer this inner voice can save you from trouble, push you to take the best photo, aid you in letting go & discarding a bad one and in general it’s a great voice to listen to. Here’s my story of how the inner voice came through for me on my urbex journey in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

One of the things that I love about photography is the amount of stories that can go into the picture. Obviously, the picture itself has the 1000 words, but I’m talking about all of the stories that give the picture a personal level of meaning. Stories that largely go unnoticed until you sit with others and reminisce about the specifics. While I feel like I am lucky enough to be able to serve as a witness to the world in pictures (the charge of the photographer), I also create to give me these little signposts to my own life. Lessons I feel like I can pass forward at some point to my child. This lesson for me was simple — listen to the voice inside you and push. Very carefully.

I was sitting in Milwaukee, WI getting ready for a talk that I needed to do the following day at the Convention Center. I’ve been on a hunt for a set of pictures that fit an urbex feel for a revision that I am doing for my book on HDR. Driving in and looking at the area from the highway I just didn’t think that Milwaukee would be something that would be able to give me what I wanted. Feeling uninspired, comfort sat in. There I was, in shorts at the hotel, looking over the menu for what to have for dinner. The last thing that I wanted to do was get my camera and go shoot.

While we love to make pictures, there are times that you just get cold. It happens to everyone. Every photographer out there hits this crossroads, and wonders “I’ll go out there and what if I come back with nothing... I can just sit here.”

At these moments, there are two things that I remind myself. First, I am guaranteed to get 0 shots if I stay home. Getting out there increases that chance. The chance is why we do what we do. It is that moment where everything aligns and we are given the gift to make a shot. We train hard at our craft to be able to perform our best at that very moment, but we must be available to that moment in order for it to happen. Legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky famously said “You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” and it could not apply more here.

Second, it would shock many people to realize just how much goes into the taking of some of the best pictures. Many people on 500px hike incredible distances. Are awake ungodly early. Some don’t sleep at all. Some pictures are months in planning with many moving parts. And often, all of this dedication results in a picture that just doesn’t stand up. It’s been a hard lesson for me to learn that I can put so much into a picture and it can suck. And that is ok. Putting in that energy is part of the process of being a photographer.

This pushes me, motivates me, and mocks me. I grab my camera and sit with two browsers open. One has 500px up. The other Google Maps. I start looking through inspirational images where people have shown up to Milwaukee and represented, putting their fingerprint on photography. I decide I’ll aim simply. There was a big church that I passed on the way in — the Basilica of St. Josaphat. I will get there and conquer my apathy by making a shot.

How ticked off was I when I got there and it JUST CLOSED!!

Dejected, I throw myself into the car. This confirms that I shouldn’t have attempted to make a shot. While I was upset, I wasn’t going to make the night a complete waste. Pulling up Google Maps again, I opt to go along the water, trying to find locations that I can make a shot from. In a short amount of time, I run into an area in Milwaukee known for Urbex — the Solvay Coke and Gas factory. Now, there is a standing order to arrest anyone at that facility, but I didn’t care. Beaming, I ran into the facility to make some pictures, ever grateful that my dedication (that I normally would’ve caved on) paid off by getting me a location where I can try to make a shot. Sitting in the hotel, I would’ve never pushed through to find this and now I’m sitting in near darkness, trying for a picture. I could not have been happier.

As I am finishing up a shot, I get this feeling. “You have taken more than your share here. “ - I say to myself. Not wanting to be particularly greedy I decide to pack it in and head back to the car. There were a couple of other kids with some P&S cameras making shots. They giggled past me as they came in, perhaps finding it funny that a grown man was spread eagle face down in a burnt down factory. (Hey… you ain’t shooting if you’re not getting dirty.)

I pack it up and head to the car. Driving a block down the road, I cannot help but look at some of the iPhone shots I took while there. I quickly get one ready to post on my Google+ and write a short story on it.

As I am writing the post, I feel a car very slowly passing me. I look up to see not one but two squad cars on the opposite lane, wondering what I was doing. I smile, wave, and go back to writing my post. The cars slowly make their way down to the facility.

In photography, that same voice that tells you to push harder can also serve as a guide to tell you to pull away. I’ve learned (the hard way unfortunately), that the voice is never wrong.

Thanks for reading. You can read more about me at aboutrc.com, follow me on Twitter or visit my 500px page. For more tutorials visit previous blog posts on Long exposure photography by Matt Kloskowski or Great Gatsby portraits by Alex Huff.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!


     

Kim Leuenberger

Published by Diana Tula · May 28th 2013

Kim Leuenberger is 21. She always liked photography and started to photograph at a very young age, though she got her first digital slr camera only two years ago as a gift for her nineteenth birthday. Kim also loves to travel. Born and raised in a small Switzerland town, lost between two chains of mountains, she was hungry to discover more of the world and be a real explorer. As she has set out to travel Europe, Kim also started to document the adventures of her loyal photo subjects — car and automotive miniatures.

Please enjoy the exciting life and troubles of Kim Leuenberger’s miniatures. To discover Kim’s full portfolio and to add her to friends visit her 500px portfolio. There you could also buy one of her lovely photos.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. Every week we want to introduce you to new and up-and-coming photographers, whom you may have not discovered yet. If you’d like to be featured on our blog or nominate your favourite photographer leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!


     

Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Diana Tula · May 27th 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. For announced theme, deadline and how to enter continue reading.

Gallery

Last week we announced “What’s In My Bag” theme and received many creative photos shot specifically for this contest. From all entries we’ve chosen twelve photos to share with you today; these are thumbnails so make sure to click on each for a full size photo. Take a look at all the contestants to pick your favourite.

New theme: Chasing Cars

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "cars500px".
3. You are done. To track all entries click here.

Good luck this week! Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and tagging. Deadline is June 2nd at 12pm (EST). To make your efforts worthwhile there’s a random draw giveaway for all who enter for a chance to win 2 months of Awesome membership. Lucky draw winner is Dalia Fichmann.


     

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