Ask any amateur or professional photographer who promotes their work online and most will tell you that in the past few years, they’ve jumped off other photo sites and are instead using 500px. The Toronto-based company has been on a roll lately, gaining a strong following within the photography community because it attracts high quality photos. In addition, it allows photographers to post, share and sell their photos in a quick and easy way. Today, we take a look at 10 talented photographers who decided to share their photos through 500px. This inspiring bunch will not only inspire you to pick up your camera, they’ll also make you appreciate the wonderful world we live in.
1. Thomas Hawk
If there’s one photographer who’s equally adept at capturing landscapes as he is cityscapes, that person is Thomas Hawk. In fact, this photographer is skilled at taking shots of virtually anything and everything from people and places to signage and art. Of course, it all makes sense when you find out what his ambitious goal is – to publish a library of 1 million photos by the time he dies. Why? As he says, “My work is less about individual images and instead more about the power of a massive amount of excessive and disjointed images where stories, characters and places sometimes stay and other times reappear or disappear entirely for no good reason at all.”
2. Trey Ratcliff
Though photographer Trey Ratcliff has far fewer photos on his 500px page than most, you still can’t help but be amazed at every single one. Though Ratcliff specializes in HDR, get to know this photographer for more than just that technique. His photos are taken from all over the world, giving us a wonderful look in places we could only dream of one day visiting.
3. Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson
If you just can’t get enough of those gorgeous aurora borealis shots, then check out Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson’s page. This Icelandic photographer knows a thing or two about capturing the bright and colorful lights that streak across the sky. He has a knack of capturing this natural phenomenon in a wide variety of ways. You’ll also find your fair share of magnificent erupting volcano photos here.
4. Will Burrard-Lucas
You haven’t seen real wildlife photography until you check out Will Burrard-Lucas’ page. Hailing from the UK, Will works with his brother Matt to capture incredible photos of animals in their natural habitat. They use cutting-edge technology to get unusual perspectives of everything from panda bears to meerkats. If you’ve never seen a squawking penguin, you must check out this page.
5. Joserra Irusta
If gorgeous landscapes and serene seascapes are more your cup of tea, then check out Joserra Irusta’s photos. The 36-year-old self-taught photographer lives in a village on the northern coast of Spain where he captures most of his amazing shots. As he says, “Waves, currents and winds transform so that no two identical images are ever taken. I can spend hours on a cliff watching the waves break, looking at its frequency and waiting for the foam, blown by the wind, to hit my face. When the sun goes down is when I pull out my camera and start taking advantage of the best time to take pictures.”
6. Tom Ryaboi (aka Roof Topper)
Tom Ryabo can be credited for starting that crazy trend of taking photos dangling off the edge of buildings, otherwise known as rooftopping. As he hilariously states, he’s “been on more roofs than Santa Clause.” The Tornoto-based photographer seeks out tall skyscrapers in major metropolitan cities, and then daringly takes photos perched on top of the roof. If you don’t mind that feeling of vertigo, you’ll enjoy these amazing shots. But don’t say we didn’t warn you if you start feeling a little dizzy!
7. Navid Baraty
Ohio-born and raised Navid Baraty left a career in engineering to pursue photography full-time. His fantastic photos have since been published in National Geographic and he’s won numerous awards for his ability to show human stories in a sometimes raw almost always poetic way. While he’s skilled at taking beautiful landscape shots, his true talent lies in capturing important moments in our history or times we should never forget.
8. Ben Torode
On a quest for the cutest kitten photography? It’s time to call off your search. Ben Torode is a Tokyo-based photographer who captures his little kitten Daisy in a variety of sweet ways. The Australia-born, Tokyo, Japan-based translator is not a professional photographer, but he sure has a way of inspiring us to pick up our camera and shoot our pets in wonderfully creative ways.
9. Daniil Kontorovich
If surreal or dark portraiture is more your thing, then let us introduce you to Russia-based photographer Daniil Kontorovich. Here you’ll find page after page of interesting portraits, sometimes shot in stark black and white and other times touched up with a rainbow of colors. One thing’s for sure, you won’t get bored looking at all those interesting-looking faces.
10. Corrie White
Corrie White takes some of the most incredible macro photos of water drops we’ve ever seen. Using her Canon EOS 50D camera, she captures water and milk in such a way that they appear like delicate glass sculptures. Recently, she gave 500px an inside look at her process so that others could learn how they could get started in water drop photography. “The fancy drops you see on the internet are achieved with lots of experience, testing and skill and there is a long process to get the ultimate water drops,” she says.
[Top image courtesy of Ben Torode]
Which photographers, who have portfolios on 500px, do you follow?
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