Light & Composition http://www.lightandcomposition.com Towards the true essence of photography Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:12:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Night Train to Brawley, by Mickey Striderhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-27-night-train-to-brawley-by-mickey-strider/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-27-night-train-to-brawley-by-mickey-strider/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:26:01 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40584 After spending the night shooting around the Salton Sea and surrounding area, I went looking for a pair of old and dented silos I had seen on a previous trip to the area. Turns out those had been demolished, which disappointed me, but I came across this scene and was stopped in my tracks- no […]

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After spending the night shooting around the Salton Sea and surrounding area, I went looking for a pair of old and dented silos I had seen on a previous trip to the area. Turns out those had been demolished, which disappointed me, but I came across this scene and was stopped in my tracks- no pun intended, really. It was the last shot of the night and I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to end the night of shooting. Full moon, train tracks headed off into the distance and touching at the horizon with just enough cloud movement to make the long exposure that much more interesting.

Night Train to Brawley, by Mickey Strider

Canon 60D with Sigma 10mm-20mm | Exposure 300 sec @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Focal Length 14mm
Night Train to Brawley, by Mickey Strider

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 27
Award Score: 66.5 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 12.5, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Night Photography
Photograph Location: Brawley, California | The United States

Photographer: Mickey Strider (Encinitas, CA, USA) Registered Photographer
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mickey Strider got his first taste of film making by taking first runner up honors at the Baltimore County Film Festival with a stop motion animation short, “The Coo Coo Conspiracy” in 6th Grade. He later studied art at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art and an advertising career soon followed. First working as Jr Art Director, Mickey then moved into film production where he worked as an Assistant Cameraman and Assistant Producer on commercials, music videos, films and television shows.
In 1989, Mickey made the jump to New York City as a Producer at ad agency Bozell. There he worked on productions for Chrysler, Merrill Lynch, A&P Supermarkets, Valvoline, FEMA and Tyco Toys among others. While working on the Tyco campaign for their smash toy hit, The Incredible Crash Dummies, Mickey gained a credit on the FOX TV Saturday Special featuring The Crash Dummies- becoming the very first TV special produced entirely using CGI.
A move south to Richmond, VA followed, where Mickey eventually started up his own commercial film production company with friend and long-time collaborator and DP, Frank DeMarco (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “Rabbit Hole”, “Margin Call”, “BeerFest”). The directing duo, cleverly titled MICKEY+FRANK, helmed spots for agencies and clients from Atlanta to Charlotte to New York City. Mickey also worked on the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels” starring Patrick Dempsey, Angelica Huston, Vera Farmiga and 2-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. He also netted a brief cameo in the film opposite Ms. Swank. Mickey then contributed second unit camera-work on the 9/11 Documentary “Rebirth”, filming scenes in NYC on the One Year Anniversary. During this time Mickey also directed and produced the short film, “Zilch” with writer Brian Fox. The film went on to screen at over a dozen film festivals across the country including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, DC International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, where Mickey and Brian also helped lead a panel on screenwriting. “Zilch” was also screened at the famous Anthology Film Archives in New York City and was awarded First-Runner Up at the James River Film Festival.
Winston-Salem, NC and advertising shop Mullen was the next career stop, where Mickey took over Head of Production duties and shepherded campaigns for Wachovia Bank, CSX Transportation, Sealy Mattresses, Marshall’s, LaQuinta Hotels and TJ Maxx, which garnered a Shortlist nod at Cannes. Mickey currently resides in San Diego, CA and as Director of Broadcast at ViTRO, he has produced TV and Web campaigns for Asics (Cannes Silver Lion 2012, One Show Bronze Pencil 2012, FWA Site of the Day 2012), Newcastle Brown Ale (Cannes Shortlist 2010, FWA Site of the Day, 2011 Webby Award), IHOP, Kwikset, Alaska Communications, PF Chang’s and Quickie/Lysol.
Mickey also continues his art and photography pursuits as well. In the past year his photographs have been selected for exhibitions across the country including the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, Linus Gallery in Pasadena, CA, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX and has been included in two exhibitions at Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. He has also been featured in several online exhibitions, including Still Point Art Gallery and the Light
Space and Time Gallery where he was awarded Special Recognition. Mickey was a Finalist in the International Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition 2012 at Artspace in Richmond, VA and had three photographs and one sculpture as finalists in competition at the 2012 San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA. Mickey also had photographs selected and published in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best Of Photography 2011 Annual and also in the Best of Photography 2012 Annual. Mickey’s artwork has recently sold to buyers in New Jersey, Ohio, California and Japan.

Website: http://www.mickeystriderphotography.com
500px: http://www.500px.com/mstrider
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mstrider/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mstrider
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/mstrider
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mstrider

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Girls from Kaza, by Karan Zadoohttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-26-girls-from-kaza-by-karan-zadoo/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-26-girls-from-kaza-by-karan-zadoo/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:18:04 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40579 I saw these girls in the town of Kaza, the subdivision headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas of India. It is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of 3,650 meters (11,980 ft) above mean sea level. Award […]

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I saw these girls in the town of Kaza, the subdivision headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas of India. It is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of 3,650 meters (11,980 ft) above mean sea level.

Girls from Kaza, by Karan Zadoo

Nikon D700 | Exposure 1/500sec @ f/3.5 | ISO 200 | Focal Length 60mm
Girls from Kaza, by Karan Zadoo

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 26
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 16, Style 13, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Kaza, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh | India

Photographer: Karan Zadoo (New Delhi, India) Registered Photographer
Born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir photographer Karan Zadoo came to Delhi with his parents as a young boy. After getting educated in Delhi and taking a job with an advertising agency the life of marketing executive and the harshness of a job with little love returned was the turning point in his life. Karan left his agency, returned home and left for a long vacation to the hills (Himalaya). That’s where he realized his love in exploring new things getting close to nature or any beautiful unexplored or explored travel destination. Even a village or anything would do just backpacking. Delighted to realize his dream but yet he also realized that he needed to figure out what he could do to help his dreams get established in life. Zadoo noticed that everywhere he went there was a DSLR/SLR camera on each and every tourist. That gave him a thought to experience and become a Photographer for which he came back to Delhi and started learning and understanding the role of light in writing with a camera and lens which included aperture, shutter, ISO, white balance & so on and on… Amazed and thinking what a lucky person he was to be aware of all that he learned. Even after six years of capturing images Zadoo still gets a certain thrill when taking pictures that he cannot be express with words. Even with no idea about the dark room maybe because he touched the camera at a later age when the darkroom was pretty dark and replaced with rooms full of computers and software like Adobe and all. Zadoo relies on his Nikon cameras D200 and D700 which accompany him on every occasion. Throughout his travels across the country Zadoo has learned that the eclectic range of people throughout India offers untold photographic opportunities, whether it’s from the back lanes of Delhi or the hills of Himachal stories are waiting to be captured. With a love of landscapes, food and people India offers the perfect backdrop. Whether capturing people at a place where they are dressed to the occasion like a fair or festival or their respected state and place where they belong is what gives the audience a feeling of that person’s life and way of living in his own small town and village or a state or any place. These moments also aspired Zadoo to understand the documentation of certain people in their life like many others photographers do. Learning Photography is based on endless tries and unlimited pictures and you can never be called the best or ace because every time you grow things turn on table. As a photographer Zadoo always wants to be learning and evolving with his shutter release and the photographs he takes. Zadoo says “To make it simple all I can say that photography has changed things deep in my thoughts and I want to be one of the decent photographers of this time.”

Website: http://karanzadoo.wordpress.com/

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Serendipity, by Minh Nghia Lehttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-25-serendipity-by-minh-nghia-le/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-25-serendipity-by-minh-nghia-le/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:50:53 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40574 With manual focusing, you lend yourself much more towards the serendipity, which to me is the wonderful joy of photography. Who do not enjoy the surprised gift? Take this as an example. Here is my favorite shot from the trip to Vietnam in 2012. I saw the boy jumping while walking along the beach in […]

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With manual focusing, you lend yourself much more towards the serendipity, which to me is the wonderful joy of photography. Who do not enjoy the surprised gift? Take this as an example. Here is my favorite shot from the trip to Vietnam in 2012. I saw the boy jumping while walking along the beach in the morning. I was not sure if I got it until I saw the scan and smiled happily.

Serendipity, by Minh Nghia Le

Leica OM2 + Zuiko 50mm f1.4 with Fuji Neopan 400 | Exposure 1/1000sec @ f/4
Serendipity, by Minh Nghia Le

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 25
Award Score: 66 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Black & White Photography
Photograph Location: Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam

Photographer: Minh Nghia Le (Singapore) Registered Photographer
Minh Nghia Le and his wife Mai Phuong Duong are two Singapore-based photographers. Photography has nothing to do with their daily job but it has become their passion for years. His main interests currently are street photography and portraiture, which certainly have influences on his other work in travel and wedding photography. His favourite quote is: “Well, I don’t believe in photography as an art or a job or anything. I think of photography as a language and I think a language should be used to speak, to say what you have to say. So, the only things I have to say about my life and what I know about the world, is the way I see it.” – from Antoine d’Agata”

Website: http://a2nh.com
Facebook: http://fb.me/analox.admire
Twitter: http://twitter.com/a2nh

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New York City Subway, by Rodrigo Lufthttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-24-new-york-city-subway-by-rodrigo-luft/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-24-new-york-city-subway-by-rodrigo-luft/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:01:25 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40454 This picture was taken inside a New York City subway station, south of Manhattan. I waited a while until no one was passing though. I always like this kind of symmetry, especially in black and white. Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 24 Award Score: 66 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 16, Style […]

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This picture was taken inside a New York City subway station, south of Manhattan. I waited a while until no one was passing though. I always like this kind of symmetry, especially in black and white.

New York City Subway, by Rodrigo Luft

Nikon 7100 with 10-24mm | Exposure 1/15sec | ISO 320 | Aperture f/3.5 | Focal Length 10mm
New York City Subway, by Rodrigo Luft

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 24
Award Score: 66 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 16, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Night Photography
Photograph Location: 5th Avenue, New York City, New York, The United States

Photographer: Rodrigo Luft (Porto Alegre, Brazil) Registered Photographer
Rodrigo Luft was Born in south of Brazil, and lives and works there. He has been trying to define his style between landscapes, architecture, abstract, and everyday ordinary things. Rodrigo has a strong taste for Black and White, but has been using more colors lately. He is an amateur, and photography is his hobby. In 2013 www.see.me choosed 3 of his photographs for the exhibition “History of Creative” in New York. This year he submitted photographs at “luftrv.see.me” exposure 2014. He usually publishes his work in 500px and Flickr sites.

500px: http://500px.com/luftrv
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/luftrv/
See.me: https://luftrv.see.me/exposure2014

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Young Nuns, by Ryszard Wierzbickihttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-23-young-nuns-by-ryszard-wierzbicki/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-23-young-nuns-by-ryszard-wierzbicki/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:44:05 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40459 I have decided to visit Cambodia, Siem Reap and Angkor for the third times. With my friend Ra Rath, who is a licensed travel guide in Angkor, we were exploring local villages and communities, in search of photography topics. We accidentally met these young nuns on a bike at a suburb of Siem Reap. Bald […]

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I have decided to visit Cambodia, Siem Reap and Angkor for the third times. With my friend Ra Rath, who is a licensed travel guide in Angkor, we were exploring local villages and communities, in search of photography topics. We accidentally met these young nuns on a bike at a suburb of Siem Reap. Bald monks are very often can be seen in rural Cambodia. However, meeting young girls, who adapt Buddhism happens not very often. So, I was lucky to take there photograph.

Young Nuns, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D90 | Exposure f/8 @ 1/60sec | ISO 200 | Focal Length 32mm
Young Nuns, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 23
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 17, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Candid Photography
Photograph Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Photographer: Ryszard Wierzbicki (Swindon, United Kingdom) Registered Photographer
Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdańsk in Poland, and completed his master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education in 1992. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, where he served the positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist, and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches including child care, dentistry, orthodontics, and IT. Apart from his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted as an instructor level in PADI. After emigrating to UK in 2006, he began his real travel and photography experience. He loves to explore South-East Asia, where he volunteers occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans (stuandthekids.org). He established two forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling (instanttravelling.ning.com) and World Around (worldaround.co.uk) in 2010. Changed to an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, and knapsack, Ryszard have been managing freely the passion of photography, traveling, and scuba diving. He is now self-employed as Marketing Advisor and Tour Organizer, happily divorced, and has no kids.

Website: http://instanttravelling.ning.com
Website: http://worldaround.co.uk
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/worldaround.info
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryszard.wierzbicki
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryszard1963

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El Morro, by Tisha Clinkenbeardhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-22-el-morro-by-tisha-clinkenbeard/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-22-el-morro-by-tisha-clinkenbeard/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:25:11 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40447 Taken at the San Juan National Historic Site, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, US. Officially the Castillo San Felipe del Morro or El Morro which is a fort that was originally started in 1539 by King Charles V of Spain and finished to the 6 level structure you see today in 1787. The fort came […]

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Taken at the San Juan National Historic Site, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, US. Officially the Castillo San Felipe del Morro or El Morro which is a fort that was originally started in 1539 by King Charles V of Spain and finished to the 6 level structure you see today in 1787. The fort came under the control of the United States in in 1898. This is the tunnel that leads from the entry level of the fort to the cannon level. This ramp was used to roll the cannon down and has stairs on the sides for people to walk down.

El Morro, by Tisha Clinkenbeard

Nikon P90 | Exposure 1/350sec @ f/5.6 | ISO 64 | Focal Length 5.2mm
El Morro, by Tisha Clinkenbeard

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 22
Award Score: 53 (Value 10, Clarity 10, Composition 13, Style 10, Skill 10)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Travel Photography
Photograph Location: Juan National Historic Site, San Juan, Puerto Rico, The United States

Photographer: Tisha Clinkenbeard (Powderly, TX, USA) Registered Photographer
Tisha Clinkenbeard works have been in exhibits at The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Black Box Gallery in Portland, and in several fine art shows in Texas. She believes photography captured her years ago before we had the digital wonders for cameras. Her life offers many opportunities to capture the things that she sees as she wanders this earth. Her goal is to share what she finds Round & About – which was the inspiration for her photo blog: foundroundandabout.com. Two of Tisha’s photos have been appeared in the Birds & Blooms monthly online newsletter – April and December of 2011.

Website: http://foundroundandabout.com
Gallery: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/tisha-clinkenbeard.html
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Found-Round-AboutTisha-Clinkenbeard-Photography/

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A Night with Stars, by Obayda Jamalhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-21-a-night-with-stars-by-obayda-jamal/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-21-a-night-with-stars-by-obayda-jamal/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:11:34 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40436 I took this photo in July 2013. When I saw this amazing startrails I knew I had to capture, so I stood near a mountain, set the camera towards the sky and shoot this photograph. Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 18 Award Score: 69.5 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, […]

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I took this photo in July 2013. When I saw this amazing startrails I knew I had to capture, so I stood near a mountain, set the camera towards the sky and shoot this photograph.

A Night with Stars, by Obayda Jamal

Nikon D90 with 18-70mm | Exposure 25sec @ f/3.5 | ISO 3200 | Focal Length 18mm
A Night with Stars, by Obayda Jamal

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 18
Award Score: 69.5 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 12.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Night Photography
Photograph Location: Road to Arava, Big Machtesh | Palestine

Photographer: Obayda Jamal (Palestine) Registered Photographer
Obayda Jamal was born June 02, 1990. He is from Palestine, and currently a 4th year student of physical education. Photography is his passion, and his ambition to become one of the most famous photographers of the world. He has learned Photography via Internet, and practices it every day and experiences everything. Obayda loves traveling, but so far he did not travel any area outside of Palestine other than Saudi Arabia, where he traveled 3 times. He believes photography is the most amazing thing in this world, because with photography we can freeze moments to keep it with us as long as we can, and show the world how great is this universe and the creation of Almighty.

500px: http://500px.com/ObaydaJamal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/obayda.jamal
Facebook Page: hhttps://www.facebook.com/ObaydaJamal.Photography

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Floating Village Victory, by Ryszard Wierzbickihttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-20-floating-village-victory-by-ryszard-wierzbicki/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-20-floating-village-victory-by-ryszard-wierzbicki/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:02:10 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40432 Floating villages areas around Siem Reap are the poorest places in Cambodia. They are not very popular among tourists to visit. However, the boat trips to the buffer Areas of “No Mans Land” where illegal Vietnamese Refugees are most attactive. It is silently accepted by Cambodian government to stay on water area. A pocket full […]

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Floating villages areas around Siem Reap are the poorest places in Cambodia. They are not very popular among tourists to visit. However, the boat trips to the buffer Areas of “No Mans Land” where illegal Vietnamese Refugees are most attactive. It is silently accepted by Cambodian government to stay on water area. A pocket full of sweets for kids could open local people’s hearts and allow you to capture stunning images.

Floating Village Victory, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D90 | Exposure f/8 @ 1/60sec | ISO 200 | Focal Length 32mm
Floating Village Victory, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 20
Award Score: 60 (Value 11, Clarity 11, Composition 16, Style 11, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Travel Photography
Photograph Location: Around Siem Reap, Cambodia

Photographer: Ryszard Wierzbicki (Swindon, United Kingdom) Registered Photographer
Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdańsk in Poland, and completed his master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education in 1992. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, where he served the positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist, and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches including child care, dentistry, orthodontics, and IT. Apart from his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted as an instructor level in PADI. After emigrating to UK in 2006, he began his real travel and photography experience. He loves to explore South-East Asia, where he volunteers occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans (stuandthekids.org). He established two forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling (instanttravelling.ning.com) and World Around (worldaround.co.uk) in 2010. Changed to an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, and knapsack, Ryszard have been managing freely the passion of photography, traveling, and scuba diving. He is now self-employed as Marketing Advisor and Tour Organizer, happily divorced, and has no kids.

Website: http://instanttravelling.ning.com
Website: http://worldaround.co.uk
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/worldaround.info
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryszard.wierzbicki
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryszard1963

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Red Hill Three and the Supermoon, by Mickey Striderhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-da-august-19-red-hill-three-and-the-supermoon-by-mickey-strider/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-da-august-19-red-hill-three-and-the-supermoon-by-mickey-strider/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:50:53 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40425 On the southeastern shore of California’s Salton Sea, you will find the Red Hill Marina and a set of three well photographed dead trees. I have shot these trees from various angles and times of day. This particular photograph was shot around 3:30am on the night of the recent Supermoon. The moon shadow being cast […]

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On the southeastern shore of California’s Salton Sea, you will find the Red Hill Marina and a set of three well photographed dead trees. I have shot these trees from various angles and times of day. This particular photograph was shot around 3:30am on the night of the recent Supermoon. The moon shadow being cast was amazing to see even to the naked eye and I knew I wanted to be in that shadow for a long exposure shot. I was very pleased with the resulting photograph and decided that converting to black and white was the correct way to go. Shortly after taking this photo, I was actually approached by a couple of Imperial County Sheriffs who were patrolling the area. They were curious what I was up to out taking pictures of trees in the middle of the night by myself. I had to explain the concept of long exposure photography to them and after showing them this photo they understood and said they liked it. I hope you do as well.

Red Hill Three and the Supermoon, by Mickey Strider

Canon 60D with Sigma 10mm-20mm | Exposure 120 sec @ f/5.6 | ISO 100 | Focal Length 10mm
Red Hill Three and the Supermoon, by Mickey Strider

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 19
Award Score: 67.5 (Value 12.5, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 12.5, Skill 12.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Night Photography
Photograph Location: Calipatria, California | The United States

Photographer: Mickey Strider (Encinitas, CA, USA) Registered Photographer
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mickey Strider got his first taste of film making by taking first runner up honors at the Baltimore County Film Festival with a stop motion animation short, “The Coo Coo Conspiracy” in 6th Grade. He later studied art at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art and an advertising career soon followed. First working as Jr Art Director, Mickey then moved into film production where he worked as an Assistant Cameraman and Assistant Producer on commercials, music videos, films and television shows.
In 1989, Mickey made the jump to New York City as a Producer at ad agency Bozell. There he worked on productions for Chrysler, Merrill Lynch, A&P Supermarkets, Valvoline, FEMA and Tyco Toys among others. While working on the Tyco campaign for their smash toy hit, The Incredible Crash Dummies, Mickey gained a credit on the FOX TV Saturday Special featuring The Crash Dummies- becoming the very first TV special produced entirely using CGI.
A move south to Richmond, VA followed, where Mickey eventually started up his own commercial film production company with friend and long-time collaborator and DP, Frank DeMarco (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “Rabbit Hole”, “Margin Call”, “BeerFest”). The directing duo, cleverly titled MICKEY+FRANK, helmed spots for agencies and clients from Atlanta to Charlotte to New York City. Mickey also worked on the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels” starring Patrick Dempsey, Angelica Huston, Vera Farmiga and 2-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. He also netted a brief cameo in the film opposite Ms. Swank. Mickey then contributed second unit camera-work on the 9/11 Documentary “Rebirth”, filming scenes in NYC on the One Year Anniversary. During this time Mickey also directed and produced the short film, “Zilch” with writer Brian Fox. The film went on to screen at over a dozen film festivals across the country including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, DC International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, where Mickey and Brian also helped lead a panel on screenwriting. “Zilch” was also screened at the famous Anthology Film Archives in New York City and was awarded First-Runner Up at the James River Film Festival.
Winston-Salem, NC and advertising shop Mullen was the next career stop, where Mickey took over Head of Production duties and shepherded campaigns for Wachovia Bank, CSX Transportation, Sealy Mattresses, Marshall’s, LaQuinta Hotels and TJ Maxx, which garnered a Shortlist nod at Cannes. Mickey currently resides in San Diego, CA and as Director of Broadcast at ViTRO, he has produced TV and Web campaigns for Asics (Cannes Silver Lion 2012, One Show Bronze Pencil 2012, FWA Site of the Day 2012), Newcastle Brown Ale (Cannes Shortlist 2010, FWA Site of the Day, 2011 Webby Award), IHOP, Kwikset, Alaska Communications, PF Chang’s and Quickie/Lysol.
Mickey also continues his art and photography pursuits as well. In the past year his photographs have been selected for exhibitions across the country including the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, Linus Gallery in Pasadena, CA, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX and has been included in two exhibitions at Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. He has also been featured in several online exhibitions, including Still Point Art Gallery and the Light
Space and Time Gallery where he was awarded Special Recognition. Mickey was a Finalist in the International Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition 2012 at Artspace in Richmond, VA and had three photographs and one sculpture as finalists in competition at the 2012 San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA. Mickey also had photographs selected and published in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best Of Photography 2011 Annual and also in the Best of Photography 2012 Annual. Mickey’s artwork has recently sold to buyers in New Jersey, Ohio, California and Japan.

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Al-Quran, by Obayda Jamalhttp://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-18-al-quran-by-obayda-jamal/ http://www.lightandcomposition.com/photo-of-the-day-august-18-al-quran-by-obayda-jamal/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:46:34 +0000 http://www.lightandcomposition.com/?p=40342 I took this photograph in July 2013, in my house at Jatt Al-Mothalath, Baqqa-Jatt, Palestine. Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 18 Award Score: 69 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 12) Photo of the Day Award Category: Islamic Photography Photograph Location: Jatt Al-Mothalath, Baqqa-Jatt | Palestine Photographer: Obayda Jamal […]

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I took this photograph in July 2013, in my house at Jatt Al-Mothalath, Baqqa-Jatt, Palestine.

Al-Quran, by Obayda Jamal

Nikon D90 with 50mm 1.8G | Exposure 1/200 sec @ f/1.8 | ISO 320 | Focal Length 50mm
Al-Quran, by Obayda Jamal

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 18
Award Score: 69 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Islamic Photography
Photograph Location: Jatt Al-Mothalath, Baqqa-Jatt | Palestine

Photographer: Obayda Jamal (Palestine) Registered Photographer
Obayda Jamal was born June 02, 1990. He is from Palestine, and currently a 4th year student of physical education. Photography is his passion, and his ambition to become one of the most famous photographers of the world. He has learned Photography via Internet, and practices it every day and experiences everything. Obayda loves traveling, but so far he did not travel any area outside of Palestine other than Saudi Arabia, where he traveled 3 times. He believes photography is the most amazing thing in this world, because with photography we can freeze moments to keep it with us as long as we can, and show the world how great is this universe and the creation of Almighty.

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