1000 Stocksy images

Last month, the 1000th photo by PhotoCosma got accepted on Stocksy United. The collection keeps growing every month and I’m really happy about the quality and variety of them. Here are also the top 5 images from last month – December 2018:

Snow Flakes Falling In Winter Wonderland Woods

snow_falling_
Snow Flakes Falling In Winter Wonderland Woods

Man With Lantern On The Shore

man_with_lantern
Man With Lantern On The Shore

Autumn Lake Reflection

autumn_lake_reflection
Autumn Lake Reflection

Man On Cliff Edge

man_on_cliff_edge
Man On Cliff Edge

Old Tree Texture

Old Tree Texture
Old Tree Texture

Moody Autumn Vibes

I’ve recently edited a new series of mysterious forest photos. I always take and edit dark mysterious forest photos, but these seemed to fit together so well that I’ve decided to make them available in a Halloween Forest pack on Creative Market. I like that marketplace because it gives me total control over what I upload and how I organize my photos.

Here’s the Halloween Forest pack 2018

If you want it for your dark moody projects you can get it on Creative Market in two different size options:

High Resolution

Low Resolution

 

Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – June 2018

It seems that the top for last month has taken a turn for the dark. There were a lot of great new additions to the Stocksy collection in June but these seem the most interesting because they go hand in hand and they all share this dreamy dark surreal esthetique. It’s almost a mini series of surreal imagery. The only image that is a bit merrier is the one with the winding road going through the enchanted forest, but it too is full of mystery. Here is my Stocksy Top 5 for June 2018:

Dark man silhouette

timeless_man_silhouette_in_mysterious_dark_forest
Dark man silhouette

Abstract fire texture background

abstract_dark_fire_spark_texture_background
Abstract fire texture background

Dark angel concept

dark_surreal_angel_concept_with_wings
Dark angel concept

Winding forest autumn road

enchanted_autumn_forest_light_shining_on_road
Winding forest autumn road

Dark surreal ghost

dark_surreal_ghost_silent_hill_haunted
Dark surreal ghost

Stocksy Top 5 of the Month: January 2018

It’s time for the Stocksy United Top 5 of the month – January 2018 edition. I’ve had a hard time choosing between 23 new accepted images that were added to my exclusive Stocksy United collection. There are some surreal landscapes (something in which I have a lot of interest in lately) and abstract winter details. One of the winter details –Abstract winter texture background  was also added to the curated feed by the Stocksy editors. Here are My Stocksy top 5 for the last month:

Mysterious apparition at night in winter forest

Man in surreal forest at night
Mysterious apparition at night in winter forest

Hand shape in snow

Hand shape on windscreen in winter snow
Hand shape in snow

The perfect storm

Surreal landscape with heavy storm clouds above meadow forming the perfect storm
The perfect storm

Abstract winter texture background

winter background detail with abstract lines
Abstract winter texture background

Surreal river waterfall

Surreal mountain river waterfall in autumn forest
Surreal river waterfall

So this is it for this top, but join us again next month for another top5 and in the coming days for something new and interesting we’ve been working on.

Moon over tree

moon_over_tree_minimal_landscape
Minimal landscape with moon up in the blue sky above tree

There is the theory of creative limitation saying that limiting yourself to a single mean of expression or technique – one instrument or style of playing in music, one technique of painting or one lens or technique in photography – can make you more creative and make you see things differently.  I have to be honest and say that I didn’t believe this to actually work, but  a couple of months ago I decided to try and use focal lenses that I don’t use so often. For me it means using tele lenses more and searching for scenes I usually ignore. I think this affected the way I see a frame and compose a shot, the way I search for subjects and points of interest in images. I’m pretty content with the results so I’m going to try and experiment further with different mindsets.

The photo that I chose to illustrate this article was taken with a 70-300 mm lens at 70mm. On one side the sun was setting and on the opposite side the moon was just rising above a tree. The terrain didn’t allow me to change my position too much and if I would have chosen a wider lens the moon would have only been a small dot in the frame. So I shot it just above a nearby tree with green branches and thought that less of the tree would make for a simple minimal and modern aesthetic.

Stocksy Top 5 January

The end of the month is here, some of my best photos are up on Stocksy United, so I tought about making a top 5 at the end of each month. So here are my top 5 favorite photos that have been accepted on Stocksy in January:

Fairy tale winter forest with deer

deer running in winter forest
Fairy tale winter forest with deer

Ice lines

Abstract ice lines on frozen lake
Ice lines

Man on road trough enchanted mountain woods

Man on mountain road to fantasy land
Man on road trough enchanted mountain woods

Fog over pine forest in winter

Pine forest in winter
Fog over pine forest in winter

Tree reflection in lake in morning

Lake tree reflection in autumn
Tree reflection in lake in morning

Aurora live concert backdrops

It has recently come to my attention that Norwegian artist Aurora is using some of my images as backdrops in her live performances. One of my images was seen by millions of people live on Stephen Colbert show last week.

Glad to see my images out there, and I really love that others see the beauty of the forest!

aurora artwork 2

aurora live artwork
Photo from the set of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, courtesy of Rob

Abstract nature

abstract colors in nature with spider web
Abstract colors in nature with spider web

Although I usually like muted tones, earth colors and atmospheric landscapes, I also enjoy looking for special patches of color in nature, small details that can be easily omitted by the naked eye. I like searching for interesting colors and textures in nature and then capturing them with my macro lens. I won’t get too technical, I use a 90 mm macro lens that does it’s job quite well. Looking closely I can find subjects that evade my sight when I am out to find bigger landscapes.

The photo above was taken when I was exploring a very interesting and hidden valley, while resting for a couple of minutes. What caught my eye was the really thick spider web with sand grains in it, but I realized I was looking at something interesting when I spotted the colors in the background, so I spend some time trying to capture something unique, and I am really glad I did because this is one of the most appreciated abstract photos of mine. It manages to have a strange atmosphere even though the colors are happier than usual.

I think it’s the micro-cosmos that captivates me in these kinds of images. It’s all about scale. Our world is huge compared to the tiny micro world, but tiny when compared to the immensity of space, just a sand grain caught in the web of time and space. This is why I like these small worlds I encounter on my journeys.

You can see more on my website:

http://www.photocosma.net/index/G0000kp_mc_q0vo8

You can license the image exclusively here: https://www.stocksy.com/836953