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The world’s best photos now on 500px iPhone app

Published by Diana Tula · November 28th 2012

World’s best photography is now available in your pocket with 500px iPhone app. Indulge in an all-new iPhone experience designed from the ground up. The new iPhone app offers tappable menus that fade way, endless stream of retina-ready photographs, unique full-width Flow timeline, activity push notifications and much more. Not a photographer but a photo admirer? Enjoy community & editors’ curated galleries, and be the first to discover new talent and fresh photos wherever you are.

500px for iPhone Features:

  • Enjoy a world of incredible images in your pocket — the greatest photos, anywhere.
  • Interact with the community by commenting on photos, liking them, or adding them to your favorites for later viewing.
  • Stay up to date on your friends' activity using Flow, now available for the first time on a mobile device.
  • Browse through incredible community-selected galleries and 500px editors' curated selections.
  • Receive notifications when the community members interact with you and your photos.

All this only from 500px for iPhone. Try it for yourself, available for download at the App Store.

Looking for explained iPhone app navigation and more details about the app? Read latest TechCrunch article by Sarah Perez or visit 500px Apps page.


Hengki Koentjoro

Published by Diana Tula · November 27th 2012

Today we'd like to introduce you to Hengki Koentjoro, fine art photographer from Jakarta, Indonesia. His beautifully composed black and white photographs have a striking surreal quality that transport the viewer into a parallel reality. Enjoy his underwater and on land photographs.

Hengi’s first camera was a present from his mother — Kodak Pocket. He has been photographing since the age of 15 and now he shoots both Nikon and Canon, a Nikon D700 and Canon 5D on 35mm lens. To get to know Hengki Koentjoro better, follow his new photographs and add him to friends visit his 500px page.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. Every week we do a mini feature introducing you to a photographer from 500px community and his/her body of work. This could be you, email us blog@500px.com and let us know about yourself and your work.

Thanks for reading!


Colours of Autumn

Published by Diana Tula · November 26th 2012

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. Upload photos to your 500px profile, then email us the links. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. This week's theme was: Colours of Autumn. For announced new theme and deadline continue reading.

New theme is: Reflections

Theme is open to interpretation so get creative, get snapping and send us the links to blog@500px.com. Deadline is December 2nd at 12pm (EST).

Big thanks to everyone who participated! Did you know that on average we get over 100 entries per theme? We would like to celebrate your contribution and thank you for your hard work. Every week we add a random draw giveaway, giving a chance to everyone who enters to win 2 months of Awesome membership. One lucky victor is announced every Monday on the blog. This week’s winner is Dave Pluimer.


Pixel Hack 2012

Published by Diana Tula · November 23rd 2012

What is Pixel Hack?

Pixel Hack is an annual local event hosted by 500px. Bringing together talent from the Toronto development and design community to envision and create great apps using open rich media APIs with just a bit over twenty-four hours to spend. It’s a perfect environment with free food&drink for great minds to mix, mingle and innovate.

Hack Day Recap

Pixel Hack was a huge success! The event was last weekend Saturday November 17th to Sunday 18th with over 100 attendees, 31 hours of coding and designing and 19 final hacks presented. We are overjoyed with the number and quality of hacks submitted, you can check out all the apps on Hacker League page.


Apps were judged by a panel of 5 tech-savvy judges who after much thought and deliberation announced the winning apps, teams and individuals. Join us in congratulating...

Overall Winner: Camo —Andrew Sibley and Tyler Ball.

Best Business Idea: 500px - InSitu — James Cam and Garth Gutenberg.

Best Design: Travelby500px — Bartek Ciszkowski and Scott McAllister.

Best Windows 8 app: Gridpix — Kare Desu and Sinthushan Sivapatham.

Winner of SendGrid and Aviary: PixelCard — Eugene Yagrushkin, Arseniy Ivanov and Katerina Lyadova.

Best use of Context.io: Why Can’t I hold All These APIs — Adam Shutsa.

Though this hack wasn’t submitted for judging, a special win goes to our very own business developer Dustin Plett who under an hour hacked a new business idea with a $4 kisses sign.


To our sponsors — Canon, Aviary, Context.IO, GelaSkins, Henry’s, Jet Cooper, Microsoft, Moo, SendGrid and La Cantina. Thank you for your generosity, Pixel Hack would not be possible without your support.

To our panel of judges — Andy Yang, Oleg Gutsol, Russ Martin, Jon Lax, and Erin Bury for contributing your time, arbitrator skills, and for being awesome.

To Roxy 500px executive assistant and Dustin 500px business developer, who opened and closed the event, prepared nifty swag bags, ordered food, drink, coordinated with sponsors, arranged everything which needed to be arranged, and hustled and bustled to ensure everyone’s comfort and content. You are our stars.

To Extreme Startups and landlords of The Burroughes for providing us with prime Toronto downtown location and great space.

To everyone who attended! We are looking forward to seeing you again next year!


Wish you were there? Relive the event with us with photos and videos from Pixel Hack day. Here are some photos from Pixel Hack 2012 photographed by our COO Evgeny Tchebotarev:

For all photos from this set visit Evgeny's 500px page. Also check out time-lapse videos from Day 1 and Day 2 filmed by our software developer Vova Drizepolov. Want more photos? Search Instagram for hashtags #pixelhack #pixelhackday #pixelhack2012. If you're interested to see how last year's Pixel Hack went visit last year's recap.


Niko and the Black Swan

Published by Diana Tula · November 22nd 2012

To learn about the living life behind a lens we started series featuring 500px photographers, their photos and stories behind them. This story is about Niko Tavernise’s behind the scenes photos of deeply psychological masterwork — the Black Swan film.

Niko Tavernise is a man of many trades. He is entrepreneur, videographer, producer, director and behind-the-scenes photographer. Originally from the mountains of Massachusetts he now resides in NYC, coincidentally the city where the Black Swan was filmed. Niko worked behind the scenes photographing, as well as working on the making-of movie. Please enjoy Niko’s photographs, their honesty and elegance.

All photos that Niko Tavernise took during the filming of Black Swan where photographed with his trusty cameras Canon 1D MKII and 5D MKII. For video footage he used a Canon 5D. During all the shoots Niko favoured 28 1.8 lens, in his words “...basically, it was so light and on a full frame 5D it was fantastic. I usually have 3 cameras dangling from my neck so having a light lens is a life saver.”

Did you know that Natalie Portman danced all of her parts while filming Black Swan? In the movie it is 80% Natalie Portman dancing and 20% her double. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched and 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane.

To add Niko to friends, comment on his photos and follow his future posts visit his 500px page. If you are captivated by Niko Tavernise’s photographs and would like to see more visit his website nikotavernise.com or take a sneak peek at "Metamorphosis" the making-of video by Niko.

Thanks for reading! This could be your feature, email us blog@500px.com and let us know about one of your photographic stories or future projects.


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