Posture can affect a lot of things, including our confidence and how other people feel about us. Teach yourself good posture by practicing these exercises from the Army Field Manual. Good posture is a habit that pays off over time.
The Army Field Manual features ten exercises that require you to move in a variety of different directions and ways. I found performing Exercise 1, which involves a lot of arm swinging, to be particularly relieving when I get out of my seat. Some of these exercises are pretty conspicuous and may be difficult to do in a suit or formal pants, but a lot of them can still be performed in the workplace.
These exercises are great to get you out of your seat. While you're in your seat, you can do yourself a favor by fixing your computer hunch and other posture problems.
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L’artiste hongrois István Orosz imagine des illustrations anamorphiques incroyables. Il dessine et peint des images qui semblent n’avoir aucun sens jusqu’à ce que vous placiez un miroir cylindrique au sommet de l’oeuvre d’art. István utilise de des algorithmes qui lui permettent de concrétiser ses idées sur le papier.
A bronze bull head fountain is suddenly transformed into a minotaur. A decrepit corner of an alley becomes a holding pen for ostriches. If any of these odd happenings sound familiar to you, you’re probably living in Paris and have just witnessed the work of French artist Charles Leval (previously). Going by the name Levalet, the artist injects humor into the streets of Paris by gluing animal and human-shaped pasteups onto walls. A lot of thought goes into location too as each piece usually interacts with its environment in one way or another.
Levalet has been updating his site and facebook page with new work he’s created so far in 2015. When not on the streets, Levalet can be found in a classroom (he teaches art) and in a gallery (he held an exhibition late last year at Galerie Geraldine Zberro). “I was looking for places and contexts to operate,” says Levalet, referring to his prime medium: the wall. “The street became a creative space I had to invade.” (via StreetArtNews)
Depuis 2012, la photographe américaine Camille Seaman est ce qu’on appelle « une chasseuse de tornades ». Elle parcourt beaucoup de régions des Etats-Unis telles que le Nebraska, Texas, Minnesota, Kansas ou encore l’Oklahoma, à la recherche de la tornade la plus élégante. Elle se retrouve à chaque fois confrontée à un ballet de nuages qui semblent aspirer l’horizon.
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Can you tell what the translucent object is in the photograph above? It’s a single grain of sugar captured in a macro photograph by artist Pyanek, whose “Amazing Worlds Within Our World” project is a series of macro shots that show the beautiful details of ordinary things — things that we generally don’t (or can’t) see with our naked eyes.
Here’s the project presented in video form. For each of the photos, see if you can figure out what the photo is of before the answer shows up on the screen:
The photos were captured using a Canon T3i DSLR with a reversed kit lens and edited with HeliconFocus (focus stacking), Lightroom, and Exposure 5.
Here are the other photographs in the series:
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Pyanek has released the images in the series to the public for downloading, viewing, and sharing.
In Jessica Shyba‘s home, nap time is a sacred ritual. At the same time every day, her son Beau, baby Evangeline, and dog Theo take a cuddly nap together in her room. And while nap time is underway, Shyba will often take the opportunity to capture a heartwarming photograph of the little trio cuddling together in bed.
Shyba first began this project a couple of years ago when Beau was a toddler and Theo was a puppy. The images soon went viral online, attracting millions of views and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers for Shyba. Next month the images will be published in a photo book titled “Naptime with Theo and Beau.”
In September 2014, Shyba’s daughter Evangeline was born. The baby has since joined in on the naps, adding a whole new degree of cuteness to Shyba’s snapshots:
Shyba tells the Huffington Post that the little baby is “still a little confused by Theo, but she seems to find his kisses and attention to be affectionate.” On her blog, Shyba writes that Beau, Evangeline, and Theo form “a naptime trifecta”:
[…] of the three of them, [Beau] looks forward to and expects his naps the most every day. I suppose I would too if I had a sweet, loving and cuddly furball napping companion like Beau does. Lately, instead of me announcing that it’s time for “nite-nite”, Theo will already be waiting for Beau in our room at nap time, something that we both find endlessly hilarious and adorable.
She says she’s trying to enjoy these beautiful moments for as long as they last: “I’m trying not to get my hopes up that this magical nap time trifecta is a habit that will last, but each day this happens — with or without Evvie — I’m ever in awe at their sweet slumber.”
Image credits: Photographs by Jessica Shyba and used with permission
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Here’s an interesting look at the magic that goes into making movies look the way they do. The video above shows how scenes in one particular movie looked straight out of the camera compared to the finished version after color grading. It’s like the video equivalent of the before-and-after post-processing examples photographers often share on the Web.
The image is shot in a LOG format on an F55. In simple terms, this captures the image to maintain details. As stated, this allows me to be able to stretch the image in more creative directions.
You might compare it to winding a flexible 100ft extension cord up into a small circle. If the film only calls for needing 65ft to tell the story I have the ability to manipulate the cord and pull it out to 65ft. When cameras don’t shoot in their LOG or flat modes it is sort of like taking the flexibility out of the cord. It’s pretty much stuck at being 100ft long.
Jones also says that each of the shots you see above took around 10-15 separate adjustments. They were grouped into 1-4 sweeps for the sake of brevity.
Here are a couple screenshots of the before-and-after comparisons seen in the video:
In case you’re wondering, the movie is an independent feature film called “The House on Pine Street.”
P.S. If you’d like to see more of the finished product, check out this teaser trailer for the film:
Bristol-based illustrator and photographer Alberto Seveso (previously) just shared a new collection of underwater ink photographs titled Heavy Metals. Seveso achieves the ethereal forms in his photographs by mixing ink with metallic powders which are then suspended in different fluids. You can see more of his fluid-based photography and illustration in his portfolio.
“Portraits of Time” is a series of photographs showing the oldest and most majestic trees on the face of the Earth. Photographer Beth Moon traveled to the far corners of the world over a period of 14 years in the process of shooting the shots, traveling to remote regions where the trees have largely remained undisturbed by mankind.
Many of the trees have “survived because they are out of reach of civilization,” Moon writes. They were found on mountainsides, private estates, and protected lands. Some of the trees only exist in a very specific area (e.g. baobab‘s on the island of Madagascar).
Moon’s project has taken her to locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. She selects her trees based on three criteria: age, size, and/or notable history. After identifying a tree that would be suitable for her series, she will travel out to the location to capture a portrait of it.
The images are intended to “celebrate the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries,” Moon states. “I cannot imagine a better way to commemorate the lives of the world’s most dramatic trees, many which are in danger of destruction, than by exhibiting their portraits.”
On her website, Moon writes that she uses platinum printing as a “noble process in the digital age”:
With platinum printing, noted for its beautiful luminosity and wide tonal scale, the absence of a binder layer allows very fine crystals of platinum to be embedded into the paper giving it a 3 dimensional appearance. Unrivaled by any other printing process, platinum, like gold, is a stable metal. A print can last for thousands of years. This process gives tones that range from cool blacks, neutral grays, to rich sepia browns.
Here are some of the photographs in the series (some of the trees are thousands of years old):
Image credits: Photographs by Beth Moon and used with permission
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Family portraits are usually meant to be idealized representation of families, with nice clothes, pleasant smiles, and beautiful backdrops. The portraits in “Best Case Scenario” are different. In each of the images in the project, lifestyle photographer Danielle Guenther attempts to capture the reality of being a parent of young children. Things aren’t perfect and peaceful — life is often chaos.
Guenther regularly visits families to shoot portraits in their homes. The traditional type of family portrait. However, during one home visit to a family with small kids, the photo shoot “spiraled out of control” and descended into chaos. Guenther then decided that she would start a series of “real” portraits showing what parents actually go through on a day to day basis.
After sharing some of her “Best Case Scenario” photographs online, Guenther began receiving requests from families who wanted their own “chaotic portraits” taken, and the series has been an ongoing project ever since.
Guenther’s images capture sibling rivalries, shopping disasters, messy meals, the fear of waking a sleeping baby, being late out the door, and more. Here are the images in the series so far:
(H/T SLR Lounge)
Image credits: Photographs by Danielle Guenther and used with permission
The 32-year old Tao Liu knows the city of Hefei like his backyard. Since 2005 he’s traveled up, down and across the city in Eastern China on his motorbike reading water meters for a local utilities company. The job was tedious, exhausting and unrewarding, until he picked up a camera.
For the past 3 years Liu has used his spare time to capture intimate, witty and humorous street photos of Hefei. “I like taking photos because I can hang around on the streets and capture an image when something interested me but was neglected by others,” Liu told the Global Times. “I want to remind people of the touching moments in life.” He was interviewed after his photos went viral on China’s social network Weibo.
Liu has no formal training in photography but cites Daido Moriyama – often referred to as “the father of street photography” – as a primary influence. “I found him [to be] a very focused photographer,” says Liu in an interview with TIME. “I chose my camera based on what he uses.” Liu’s photos, intentionally or not, seem to poke fun at things like commercialization and urbanization. Liu clearly has a knack, not only for being in the right place at the right time, but for a keen eye that spots charming, serendipitous scenes amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can keep up with him and his work on Lofter. All photos courtesy the photographer. (via Time)
There are now a number of smartphone tripods out there that are designed to fit inside your wallet when not in use. Before you buy one, though, here’s a random little tip: if your wallet is thick and sturdy enough, you don’t even need a separate accessory — your wallet itself can do just fine.
The idea is stupidly simple — many of you may have already done this before — but the trick can be helpful when you need to snap a picture and can’t find anything stable to rest your phone on/against.
Singaporean smartphone snapper Bang Ong shows us how he does this in this short video tutorial:
You’ll need the smartphone to snap shots by itself, but timers are built into many camera apps these days. You can also use this trick with your compact camera if it’s small and thin enough.
(via Laughing Squid)
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Michel Rajkovic is a fine art photographer based in Asnieres, France. He travels the world and captures photos of time passing through landscapes by shooting long exposure photographs on medium format black and white film.
His images show locations in countries that include France, Scotland, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Each shot is a demonstration of Rajkovic’s careful framing and keen eye for beauty.
Here’s a selection of his photographs:
You can find more of Rajkovic’s work through his online portfolio.