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Remembering Wildlife, the groundbreaking charity picture book series, has raised over £100,000 in ten days, for a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for its forthcoming book, Remembering Cheetahs.

 

The Kickstarter campaign launched on 13th March, and has raised £110,558 (with 10 days to go), d

 

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Got a big announcement, I have a Kickstarter running now and would love your support. Together we'll publish American Restaurant, a book of photography collected over the past 10 years. Please support the campaign here:

 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/americanrestaurant/american-...

This photo was featured in my client Meyer-Optik's new kickstarter for their new Trioplan f2.9/50 lens (www.kickstarter.com/projects/meyeroptik/awaken-the-legend...). It was taken at the FDR memorial during the Cherry Blossom Festival with a 1950s era Trioplan 50.

This is a convertible camera strap you have never seen before, Only two simple actions, Quickly switch between neck and shoulder mode, Free the pressure from your neck or shoulder

 

Join us on here

www.kickstarter.com/projects/silencecorner/pi-convertible...

Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet, my new book on Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com/projects/donkom/macro-photography/ ) just hit 200% funded, completing our second stretch goal! Check it out for a copy of the book this Christmas with a great discount off retail!

 

Having fun with this little ant series, here’s another fun image of an ant walking across some yellow-green gerbera daisy petals with a magenta flower in the background. This image is a great example of lines, shapes, and interactions of colours but also identifies a lot of technical challenges. Read on!

 

The petal set-up took roughly a half an hour of tinkering to figure out. How would the two petals interact across the frame, where would the water droplets be, and how much could I depend on the surface tension of the water to bend reflections and add depth to the image? Initial attempts were made with droplets in a great number of locations, but the ant wouldn’t allow for that.

 

Ants walking through scenes like this are oblivious to the droplets running into them and dragging them along, often combining them together and making them into tiny puddles of water. In this arrangement, however, the ant would only walk on the top of one petal and then onto the other, never entering the region of the image where the petals overlap or walking onto the underside of the higher petal. You can see the placement of these droplets allows for stronger refractions closer to the right edge of the frame with a refraction including the petal itself becoming more dominant as the droplets reach center frame. Normally I try to have a cleaner line-of-sight to the flower in the background, but it seemed to work well enough here.

 

This is a focus stack of 10 frames, two of which contained the ant. When I had a strong feeling that I got the shot, I then rocked the camera forward and back slightly until the camera buffer filled (this image was shot hand-held) to gather different points of focus to extend the depth of field across the top petal and refractions. The ant is predominantly a single frame, but its middle leg closest to camera was moving so quickly that motion blur made it invisible. Feeling like that was a little odd, I took that leg from an adjacent frame and manually added it to the final image – not forgetting about the reflection as well!

 

Getting the ant to walk along this path was the most difficult part of this image. The third hand tool outside of the frame on the left holding the left petal in place was raised slightly higher than the petals, and the ant was just hanging out on the highest point most of the time. The entire scene is surround by water, so there was no place for the ant to go but back and forth, and still that was a challenge. I ended up heading back out to the garden to get a second ant to offer up a greater chance of success, and soon after I was able to take this image. The ants were the returned to the yet-to-bloom peonies that they were spending time on.

 

Shot with the Lumix S1R and 24-105 F/4 kit lens, no extra attachments or tubes. Makes a great all-around lens including macro!

 

Want more macro photography tips and techniques? Grab a copy of my new book for exhaustive details on everything you might want to know: www.kickstarter.com/projects/donkom/macro-photography/

Dear flickerites - I'm 70% funded on my Kickstarter Photography Project but I haven't seen anyone back the project from Flickr. Come and join us: www.kickstarter.com/projects/wowflutes/the-great-southwes...

This the exclusive custom Minifigs'R Us German minifigure being offered as a reward for pledging towards out Kickstarter project. I will be posting the custom American minifigure as soon as I get that picture.

 

Link to the project: www.kickstarter.com/projects/2040435358/cologne-on-the-rh...

I launched a new Kickstarter project today for this silly Things-Could-Be-Worse Travel Mug. Curious? You can get the details here...

www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/things-could-be-wo...

If you’d like to learn more about macro photography, my Kickstarter campaign for the book Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet will be the ultimate resource!: www.kickstarter.com/projects/donkom/macro-photography

 

Macro photos with “actors” tend to carry stronger narratives, just like this one. The hardest part of creating this image is getting the ant onto the tendril! There are a lot of ingredients that go into an image like this, so let’s start breaking down the components:

 

1. Water surface. The entire image is built around the premise if reflection on the surface of water, with the entire subject emerging from the surface. This is done with a square ceramic vase / planter, roughly 12” square and maybe 5” deep, filled to the brim with water.

 

2. Flower background. The background of the image is a vibrant gerbera daisy, half-way submerged so that its reflection feels like the second half that is under water.

 

3. Tendril. This is part of a passion flower vine I have growing in my gardens. It is clamped just under the surface of the water with a “Third Hand Tool”, essentially a heavy base with two alligator clips on a swivel.

 

4. Water droplets. Placed carefully with a hypodermic needle, these droplets refract an image of the flower in the background – the more spherical the droplet, the better it will act like a lens.

 

5. The ant. Found exploring the extrafloral nectaries on my peony buds, he was easy enough to bring inside.

 

The scene is lit with a bright LED flashlight, positioned camera right with the intent to illuminate the background a little more than the foreground. This allows for the refracted image in the droplets to appear brighter than the surface they are attached to, adding a little extra punch to the image. Lighting angle / control is important, but so too is the angle of the lens!

 

Stronger reflections occur when the surface of the water is perpendicular to the focal plane. This means that the closer you get to the surface of the water and shoot across it, the better your reflections will be. To make this easier, it was shot with a lens better known for its “soap bubble bokeh” but is still a good performer when stopped down, the Trioplan 100. This lens has a very small diameter barrel compared to modern lenses with large front elements and complex electronics that need room inside. Because if the smaller barrel, I can get that little bit closer to the surface of the water.

 

So how about that ant? It’s easy enough to capture an ant in a small container, and not terribly difficult to get the ant to start walking down a twig. That twig is then placed next to the vine tendril in the hopes that the ant will keep traveling forward. Good theory, but the tendril is so small that the ant really doesn’t care. It took many attempts before I was successful, and then we encounter another problem: The ant is oblivious to the droplets, walking right into them and globbing things up, ruining the look of the photo. It is seemingly impossible to get this ant in the position he is in with nice droplets all around, requiring them to be replaced as the ant moves around the image. This photo is actually a composite of two shots partly for the purpose of focus stacking, but also because one images had the perfect pose of the ant, but fewer droplets. The second image had more droplets, but you could only see the backside of the ant. Best of both worlds here, and no Photoshop trickery than combining two separate photos taken minutes apart to overcome the chaos created by the actor.

 

Shot on a Lumix S1R at ISO 1600, roughly F/13 and 1/125sec. The camera was shooting on high-speed burst to capture just the right pose but also to avoid any motion blur that would be likely at shutter speeds this slow at such a small scale. Loving what these new full-frame Lumix cameras are capable of, especially the focus peaking feature in the EVF – I can instantly tell when I’ve nailed focus, which is hard to confirm otherwise with a manual lens that has been stopped down considerably.

 

Want to know more details about water droplet photography? Flowers, insects, snowflakes, ultraviolet, and so much more are all detailed comprehensively in my new book, Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet - www.kickstarter.com/projects/donkom/macro-photography/ - 352pg hardcover book due out this Christmas!

Only one week left of the Kickstarter campaign for my first book titled LONESOME CITY. Some good progress has been made but still 7K needed to reach the necessary goal. Please click on the provided link and consider helping me to make this book a reality!

 

kck.st/2DdgVrh

 

I've...I've done something.

 

I've gone and launched a Kickstarter project. Wanna make me a book, about couples, about our country...about...LOOK AT THE PROJECT PAGE!!!

 

I MADE A VIDEO FOR IT. I LIKE IT VERY MUCH AND IT IS EMBARRASSING.

 

It will be the biggest thing I have done in my entire life (except for the time I saved that baby's life from its crackhead dad).

 

I'm very nervous. It's going to be amazing. I'd very much like your help.

 

PLEASE HELP ME.

 

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

Kickstarter project to bring back this long-gone porcelain plate...with enhancements.

 

Get the whole story here

www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/calamityware-serie...

 

This is a convertible camera strap you have never seen before, Only two simple actions, Quickly switch between neck and shoulder mode, Free the pressure from your neck or shoulder

 

Join us on here

www.kickstarter.com/projects/silencecorner/pi-convertible...

***PLEASE READ***

 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

My wonderful ladies and gentleman I am proud to announce my latest project. The 52 Week project! Check it out! Click the link above! I need your help to get the project off the ground as I no longer have a camera, it was STOLEN. So please all contributions would be greatly appreciated, as well as sharing it with others! I need all the help I can get. In celebration of the release of this project I will be posting unreleased photos from my 365.

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Thank you all!

- Joshua

I just launched my latest Kickstarter project to produce the Creature Comfort Throw Blanket.

Details here...

www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/creature-comfort-t...

Here is a chilly icy blast from last winter as we all bask in the summer sunshine.

This photograph is part of my Boscage of Birch project which is currently on Kickstarter to gain enough funding to publish a book on the images.

Check out the project here >>> www.kickstarter.com/projects/thenorthlight/a-boscage-of-b...

Link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged to the 52 week Kickstarter project so far. My goal is $2000 and I am at $1475. If I don't reach my goal I don't get a penny! Every little thing will help! Help me keep shooting!

Thank you!

-Josh

 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigshot-toyworks/dream-big-f...

 

I really love the idea and creativity behind this doll. For now, this project only focuses on producing Yuna but maybe if it becomes sucessful enough, they'll consider making her friends.

 

I definitely plan to back this project.

Today, I had to make a brief video of myself napping. (Something I'm fairly good at.) The real star is the cotton throw blanket I’m using. I hope to make it a Kickstarter project in a few weeks.

This thing is just beautiful. Well worth the wait.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

THE 52 WEEK PROJECT IS NOW LIVE! Click the link!

 

My wonderful supporters I need your help to fund this project! My camera and equipment were STOLEN! Thank you to everyone who has helped me raise over $100 in 24 hours! In celebration I am reposting older photos of mine. Together with your help we can make something amazing! And in return you will get a REWARD such as a print! Thank you so much!

 

-Joshua

The much beloved Barbuto which sat on a beautiful corner of the West Village, hosting many happy customers through the years who enjoyed the atmosphere and chef Jonathan Waxman's open fire cooking.

 

If you have a moment check out my Kickstarter which is up and running and we have over 40 people so far but need more:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/americanrestaurant/american-...

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

***PLEASE READ***

 

As many of you know I have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for my latest project, The 52 Week Project. I can't start it without your support because my CAMERA WAS STOLEN. So I am trying to reach out to all of you for support so I can continue pursuing my passions. And the cool thing about it is there is REWARDS IN IT FOR YOU if you donate! Check out the link for more information. I'm releasing a photo day from the unreleased shots from my 365 project in celebration!

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Thank you guys!

 

-Josh

*PLEASE READ*

 

I'm nearing the FINAL for my 52 weeks kickstarter launch project. (Which means you'll finally stop seeing me post about it!) So far I've raised $1500+ for my $2000 goal. If I don't reach my goal, I don't get a penny of what I raised. Please help me reach my goal every penny counts! If you do pledge you get a print as a REWARD. Thank you my wonderful people! The link is below!

 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

THE 52 WEEK PROJECT IS NOW LIVE! Click the link!

 

My camera and equipment were STOLEN! Thank you to everyone who has pledged over $595 so far! I am stunned! Thank you so much for those who pledged in the past few days! For every $300 I reach I will announce a shoot idea so be on the look out because I will be announcing one tonight!

 

In celebration I am reposting older photos of mine. Together with your help we can make something amazing! And in return you will get a REWARD such as a print! Thank you so much!

 

-Joshua

 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

Hey everyone. I'm raising funds for a new camera and project. Even a dollar makes a difference. I just really need help or else I cannot continue to create, for awhile anyways. If you pledge to my project theres cool rewards such as prints (cheaper then I would sell at a normal rate). The link is above. Thank you!

Kickstarter Link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

*PLEASE READ*

 

I have 6 days to get to my goal of $2000 on Kickstarter. I am at $1135 currently. If I don't reach my goal, my project doesn't receive money, and everyone gets their money back. But if I do, you guys get cheap prints/rewards and I get to go through with my project. I really need your help. I want to be able to do this, and I cannot without you.

 

- Josh

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

Hey everyone. I'm raising funds for a new camera and project. Even a dollar makes a difference. I just really need help or else I cannot continue to create, for awhile anyways. If you pledge to my project theres cool rewards such as prints (cheaper then I would sell at a normal rate). The link is above. Thank you!

Started a new Kickstarter project today. Going to produce a cotton bandana festooned with irked paisleys.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/badbandana-7-peeve...

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

THE 52 WEEK PROJECT IS NOW LIVE! Click the link!

 

My camera and equipment were STOLEN! Wow thank you to everyone who has pledged over $595 so far! I am stunned! Thank you so much for those who pledged in the past few days! For every $300 I reach I will announce a shoot idea so be on the look out because I will be announcing one tonight!

 

In celebration I am reposting older photos of mine. Together with your help we can make something amazing! And in return you will get a REWARD such as a print! Thank you so much!

 

-Joshua

 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

52 WEEKS PROJECT LINK ABOVE!

 

My camera and equipment were STOLEN! In celebration I am reposting older photos of mine. Together with your help we can make something amazing! And in return you will get a REWARD such as a print! Thank you to everyone who has pledged over $600 so far! I am honored! Thank you so much for those who pledged in the past few days! For every $300 I reach I will announce a shoot idea. Because I've reached $600 I will be releasing an idea soon!

 

Announced Photo shoots:

 

$300 - Man On Fire shoot

$600 - Coming soon...

$900 - ???

$1200 - ???

$1500 - ???

$1800 - ???

Final goal -???

 

-Joshua

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

Hey everyone. I'm raising funds for a new camera and project. Even a dollar makes a difference. I just really need help or else I cannot continue to create, for awhile anyways. If you pledge to my project theres cool rewards such as prints (cheaper then I would sell at a normal rate). The link is above. Thank you!

I just launched a new Kickstarter project to make a big, giant, jumbo version of the Things-Could-Be-Worse mug. It's going to be a full 20 ounces of fun.

Check out my foolish video here...

www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/big-20-ounce-tcbw-...

Lomo' Instant Automat just received today from the Kickstarter project.

 

iPhone 6S+ + Instagram

 

© All rights reserved 2016. Please do not use my images without my explicit permission.

Kickstarter link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

I'm going to keep it simple tonight. I need your help to continue my photography. I'm raising money through Kickstarter. I'm close, but if I don't reach my goal, I don't get a penny, and it will be a challenge to continue shooting–my equipment was stolen. The project has 5 days left. If you pledge to my project you can get a print for really cheap and I can continue doing what I love.

 

Thank you so much,

Joshua

www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshuamichaelphoto/the-52-we...

 

THE 52 WEEK PROJECT IS NOW LIVE! Click the link!

 

My wonderful supporters I need your help to fund this project! My camera and equipment were STOLEN! Thank you to everyone who has helped me raise over $115 so far! For every $300 I reach I will announce a shoot idea! In celebration I am reposting older photos of mine. Together with your help we can make something amazing! And in return you will get a REWARD such as a print! Thank you so much!

 

-Joshua

Getting ready for a Kickstarter project in January. Going to make 100 original drawings available for aficionados of whimsical ink drawings.

I completed and mailed the first 50 portraits this week for my Kickstarter make/100 project. I still have 50 more to complete.

 

If you missed it, the story is here.,,

www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/omnivore-bowls

 

My Kickstarter project, the Phochron hand held shutter speed tester started shipping last week. So far, only to my backers. But it should be for sale to the general public soon.

 

Sooo much work... but it feels good to get them out to those that trusted me to move forward with this.

 

Read more about it on my website: www.phochronxa.com

 

the film photography project group reviewed it on their January episode.

Goal of this Mission:

 

This will be a 60-90 day photoshooting expedition into the heart of the American Southwest (that my friends, followers and backers) will get to be part of as I report daily to tell stories of America and its history through its rural decay, Indian reservations, and the sprawling rugged beauty of wastelands, swamplands and plains that define the Unites States. As this story unfolds, I want to follow in the footsteps of those who came before us and find those people who are living in the present who continue to tell their story. These places will soon be gone or forever changed.

 

I want to be a documentarian. I want to capture what is quickly disappearing, what is there now, and start trying to interpret what the future may hold in store for usl I've made it my life's work to document these places in the Southwest for future generations who will be able to look back on my work and see what things once looked liked. I am utilizing Kickstarter to achieve some of these goals through a thorough photographic expedition that will take me further than I have been able to go before and I would like your help.

 

I've spent my life visiting various places in the Southwest but I have have yet to undertake such a prolonged and detailed journey such as this. According to Roadtrippers - I can complete the main route in 166 hours if I drove non-stop but I will be following many byways, tangents, dirt-roads and trails that are not on the main road. The route according to Roadtrippers is about 6099 miles not including the stretch I'm taking from Farmington, Gallup, Flagtaff, Kingman and onto Las Vegas. In total, I will be covering upwards to 9,500 miles!

 

In addition to what's stated above:

 

There's an important artist's statement that I need to add about my body of work: I will not separate the human element from the natural scenery in my landscape photography because there is no such thing as "pristine wilderness." This is a false construct because humans are a natural part of the landscape. I wish to utilize what I see photographically as a way to educate people through imagery with a more objective story of American History. There is no such thing as virgin untouched wilderness. In fact, the falsity of this myth is a by-product of Manifest Destiny that runs strong in other causes such as the Environmental Movement. We need to be aware of where this idea started at its roots!

 

We do have some amazing rewards being offered to pledgers who would like to support our project. Thanks for taking the time to check it out! :)

 

Here's the project link:

kck.st/1C5F2mO

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