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Something Borrowed

Published by Diana Tula · November 12th 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: Something Borrowed. For announced theme and deadline continue reading.

New theme is: The Little Things

Theme is open to interpretation so get creative, get snapping and send us the links to blog@500px.com. Deadline is November 18th at 12pm (EST).

Big thanks to everyone who participated this week!


     

Pleased to meet you!

Published by Diana Tula · November 9th 2012

To discover more about the living life behind a lens we started series featuring 500px photographers, their photos and stories behind them. This guest post is by Konstantin Escher...

After four years of studying psychology and working in different ad agencies in Germany and Switzerland I wanted to get out of the routine and take some time to explore a part of the world that was new for me. Together with my girlfriend I planned a stay in Tanzania for five months. We didn't just want to travel around, primarily we wanted to do some work. So we were looking for some projects on the internet we would like to support.

For one month now we live in Moshi, Tanzania submontane Kilimanjaro. The project I work for is called Social Reality Tour which gives small groups of tourists a feeling for real social problems people in Tanzania have to deal with. Most tourists will take Safaris or climb the Kilimanjaro or relax at the beach on Zanzibar. And we think this is not enough to understand the country and understand the cultural differences between Africa and the western world.

Mama Kishe

Mama Kishe is a social worker taking care of more than 60 people who need support in the slums around Moshi. The families know that once in a while some guests from all around the world are visiting them and they like to tell their stories. So the Social Reality Tour has the idea of getting to know real issues you originally maybe only heard of before from poverty statistics.

Most of the people in the slums around Moshi have about 1 US-dollar to live per day. The life expectancy is around 40 years which means many children have to grow up with no parents. They will not be able to pay school fees because they have to focus on getting at least something to eat. But with no education they will not have the chance of earning more money some time in their lives. 

Queen

My job is to optimize the tour, create a new website, collect facts and information about the social reality in Eastern Africa for tourists to take with them. Besides the five senses experience we want the guests to go home smarter and more respectful towards the poorest people in the world.

The people you can see on my 500px profile are some of the people living in the slums around Moshi. We visited them with Mama Kishe so we get to know them and find out how we can support them. Most of them do not speak English, they speak Swahili, the most common language in Eastern Africa. I only know a few words of Swahili ("Habari" = Hello, "Asante sana" = Thank you very much) so Mama Kishe was our interpreter translating into English. Sitting inside their private places talking to them is a really intense experience. You hear, smell, feel and see their situations. But in a strange way you also feel bad because my camera alone is worth more that everything the whole family owns.

Rajab

So why do I take photos of them? Mainly because I think it is wrong how African people who live in poverty are mostly presented on TV in order to acquire money. I have never seen crying children screaming for help. These people are poor, they are really poor but they are smiling. They have a vision for their future, they have goals they want to reach. And they are extremely thankful and proud. I want to show all of this in my photos to free them from the abstract poverty statistics. We all know the numbers but no one of us can imagine how to feed four children with one US-dollar per day. What can you see on the faces of people who live these lives?

This is the camera equipment I took with me: Canon 5D I, Canon 28mm 2.8, Zeiss 50mm 1.4, Canon 85mm 1.8. All the photos you can see on my profile were taken with available light. I did not use any flash or reflectors. I was showing some on these photos on different photography pin-boards and people kept writing me messages that they want to spend money for these people. I was overwhelmed by the large-heartedness of these people. With the money we already collected we were able to pay the school fees for Queen and we can make Bernhard learn a job as a wood worker because this is what he would love to do. 

Bernhard

Did meeting these people influence me in any way? Yes, sure. Of course I started thinking about how these social differences we can find in the world could have happened. I became more thankful for basic stuff. And I thought a lot about excessive consumption. Of course one of the mayor problems down here is education. They need more education. At the same time we need more education to be able to understand and to help. Sending money down here is important but not most important. Empathy is most important. And I hope my photos can help in creating some empathy and respect.

Juma-Ali

Konstantin Escher is currently in Tanzania continuing his work. If you would like to support Social Reality Tour please write to Konstantin Escher directly contact@social-reality-tour.com for IBAN and BIC information. You can donate for a project, sponsor a student or ask about becoming a volunteer.

To meet Mama Kishe, Queen, Rajab, Bernhard, and Juma-Ali click on their photos or visit Konstantin Escher’s website k-e.me. If you would like to meet them in person and take the Social Reality Tour visit social-reality-tour.com.

Thanks for reading!

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The Big Endeavour

Published by Diana Tula · November 8th 2012

It’s great to watch videos made by photographers as you can witness photographs literally come to life. Last time we shared with you ”Warsaw: The People” by Adam Witeczek, a street videography. Today’s featured video tells the story of Space Shuttle Endeavour and its last trip.

On September 21, 2012 the Space Shuttle Endeavour was delivered to the Los Angeles International Airport and spent the next three days being slowly transported 12 miles to the California Science Center. Dedicated timelapse team lead by Matthew Givot has beautifully captured this once-in-a-lifetime event in a video “Mission 26 The Big Endeavour”.

This project was made possible by the help of a truly amazing and talented timelapse team which included:
Joe Capra, Chris Pritchard, Brian Hawkins, Andrew Walker, Ryan Killackey and Matthew Givot.

To commemorate Endeavour's last trip we have gathered nine photos of the space shuttle captured by 500px photographers. Enjoy!


     

500px and CanvasPop Join Forces

Published by Diana Tula · November 7th 2012

Market is now better than ever! We’ve partnered with Ottawa's CanvasPop to offer you more printing options at preferred prices, higher commission for photographers, lowest price for printing your own photos, and new shipping rate for our fellow Canadians. Did you know that both 500px and CanvasPop are Canadian companies? 500px is based in Toronto and CanvasPop in Ottawa. Only five hours of driving apart we sure do think alike, a premium user experience and highest quality is built into both of our DNAs.

What are the new sizes?
There are three more sizes added to the canvas prints, making a total of five sizes: 24x36, 30x30, 20x40, 12x48, and 18x48 inches. Now photographers can set the size and crop in Store settings, selecting the exact crop of their photo pixel-to-pixel.

Are you selling prints at 500px?
We have negotiated a better rate, which means that with reduced shipping costs you will get a higher commission rate. Now your commission from each print increased to 46% and averages in profit to $63 per print.

Were you planning to print your own photos?
We worked to bring you the lowest price anywhere for the top quality canvas prints, guaranteed. If you enable your photos for sale, now you can buy your own prints without commission for just $109 plus $8.99 shipping.

Are you living in Canada?
We got great news for you! The shipping rate is no longer $38.99, the new rate is $8.99 per print without duties on delivery charge. Working with CanvasPop we’ve decreased the shipping cost by 70%. Hence, we matched our U.S. shipping rate.

Why join forces with CanvasPop?
"We take our photographers needs seriously," says Oleg Gutsol, CEO, 500px. "We only partner with brands that share our vision and commitment to excellence. With CanvasPop, we’ve found a company whose attention to detail, values and customer service matches the passion we have for photography."

Visit Market today to find the next great print for your home or office. There are photos for any taste, at great quality and large sizes. Finding that perfect photograph is easy with the offered browsing options. You can browse through photos which you’ve already added to Favorites, check out suggested Featured Sets, see what others are buying in Just Sold or use Search with keywords and places that you have in mind.


     

Alejandro Ferrer Ruiz

Published by Diana Tula · November 6th 2012

Today we'd like to introduce you to Alejandro Ferrer Ruiz, a macro photographer from San Roque, Spain. He translates his love of beauty that exists in most miniature things into colourful and delicate photographs of bugs. Making it easy to fall in love with his tiny world of insects.

Did you know that Alejandro has shot all these photographs with a Nikon D90? Visit his 500px page to find out more about Alejandro Ruiz, add him to friends and view his work. Also check out his Store page to see what photos can be bought as prints or desktop downloads.

Thanks for reading! Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their wonderful 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.


     

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