Photos by @jkost || I find that if I take the time to research the location that I’m going to visit, it often predisposes me to make better photographs. And, planning ahead and familiarizing myself with what I might see or experience helps me to prepare for the unexpected. I find that I make more “successful” photographs when I set up a structure in which to work. ⠀
I start by defining the project that I want to accomplish, then limit the scope to avoid becoming overwhelmed and finally, I commit to seeing these objectives to completion. It doesn’t mean that I can’t take a detour on the journey, but knowing what I’ve set out to do provides me with a map which I can follow - allowing for more energy to be creative because I don’t have to worry about where I’m going.
#CapturePlay photos by @luisadorr || I believe we think of play as a part of the day, when some rules are suspended or completely obliterated. We see it almost as a luxury, and many as something irrelevant and unnecessary. But in fact, the whole human existence is a play, a game. We take our lives and the things we do too seriously. And we always forget that this is a game with the same final for all of us. Which shall be a reminder in itself that we must play more and have more fun.⠀
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Photos by @jkost || I believe that as a photographer, it’s your willingness to experiment—to break the rules and try something new, without the fear of failure—that will set you apart. Right before we came upon these horses, I distinctly remember overhearing a conversation that strongly advised against cropping off any portion of the animal. I took a lot of photographs of “whole” horses, but sometimes when people tell me not to do something to a photo, I can’t help but try to see if I can break the rules and make it work. In the end, this triptych ended up being my favorite images of the day.
Photos by @jkost || I delight in making intriguing photographs of what others may consider to be mundane. I believe that there’s always a photograph that can be made, regardless of where we are - we just need to take the time to find it. I often find myself excluding elements that would provide the image’s sense of scale. I find that when the viewer loses that frame of reference, it’s easier for them to bring their own imagination to the photo and they are more likely to engage with, ask questions about, and be open to experience another's point of view.
Photos by @jkost || I often use photography as a reason (and excuse) to slow down and observe my surroundings when I travel. I constantly challenge myself to see more than just the initial "grab shot”, and often direct my attention towards the details of the location, organizing and compartmentalizing elements in the scene into strong graphic lines and minimalistic shapes. Being an introvert, I often find that crowded locations can quickly lead to sensory overload, but my camera enables me to wander off the beaten path and spend time alone to recharge.
Photos by @jkost || Hey everyone! Julieanne Kost here. I’ll be taking over the Lightroom Instagram for the next two weeks—hope you enjoy!⠀
My love for aerial photography actually grew out of a fear of flying. I frequently travel for work, and have always been anxious from the time the plane takes off, to the time it lands. But early on, I discovered that taking pictures out of the plane window allowed me to view the scenery in a different context: not as the earth some 30,000 feet below, but as an immense, constantly scrolling image. I became a spectator – an observer of the scene, rather than part of it. While I still fear flying, I know that the discomfort is worth the experience. Today, I look forward to every opportunity to explore the world from a small aircraft - even with the doors off.
#CapturePlay photos by @melissafindley || As a travel photographer, I have spent most of my career capturing places that provoke an emotional connection to nature and our place within it; in search of places both awe-inspiring and inspiring. I wanted to share the beauty of Australia and show that it is a giant playground with endless opportunities to explore. ⠀
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Photo by @arieljfields for #AdobeRisingstars || The Negev Desert in Israel can be so beautiful and peaceful at sunrises, watching the Nubian Ibex clash in the silent desert, with the sun rising. I love coming back from an early morning shoot with some great images, it makes for a fantastic day. With less than 1,000-1,200 Nubian Ibexes left, I believe that if we spend a bit more time outdoors connecting with the natural world and its animals, we can spread awareness to ensure that future generations can enjoy the natural world too. Thank you for joining me this week during my Rising Stars takeover!
Photo by @arieljfields for #AdobeRisingstars || A Common Kingfisher. But despite the name, they aren’t very common. After two attempts to find a Kingfisher with zero success, I found this friendly fellow. I find it best to use hides when photographing sensitive species that are fairly shy. In general, I hardly use photo hides since I love wandering about in nature and hoping to encounter something, rather than sitting in a hide for days/weeks staring at a plain scene.
Photo by @arieljfields for #AdobeRisingstars || The Little Owl is my favorite bird species. I just find them so cute and beautiful. It was two years ago when I followed this cute couple of Little Owls to my house. Photographing the owls was a major step to getting into artistic/dramatic photography. By experimenting with all types of light conditions on them, I realized that my best results occurred when I broke the informal rules of photography. My best images were the ones which were taken against the rule of shooting with the sun behind you, for example side lighting / backlighting.
Photo by @arieljfields for #AdobeRisingstars || One of my key rules in photography is getting down to eye level when photographing animals. In this photo, thankfully the elusive Striped Hyena let me get up close and personal. Photographing this Striped Hyena became quite a project for me. The project’s mission was/is to raise awareness about the diminishing Striped Hyena population with an estimated amount of only 10,000 left on Planet Earth. This Hyena is a young female known in Israel as a “Ruthy”. As dusk fell every evening, she’d enter the city to search for food from the open trash bins. Since I first saw her, I started observing her behavior and routines so that I’d capture the shots I visualized.
Photo by @arieljfields for #AdobeRisingstars || Hey everyone! I’m excited to share my best work and the stories behind it during this Rising Stars Takeover! I am a nature photographer who focuses on conservation and awareness of our spectacular natural world.
In this photo, featuring the Striped Hyena, I used a technique known as “spotlight", when your subject is lit and the background is naturally dark. By underexposing with my camera and taking advantage of the sidelight, I managed to capture a rare moment I will never forget. I love being creative and unique in my photography, though of course, it is hard to capture original work nowadays. Therefore, to stay unique it’s important to add my “personal touch’’ in each and every photograph. I hope you enjoy the takeover!