Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – October 2017

It’s that time of the month again when I see how the last month has been and make a top of the most notable photos added to Stocksy. October was a great month. Like always, a lot of the photos that I uploaded are special. Adding them to the Stocksy collection makes them even more valuable. My top 5 picks for the last month are:

Dark spider on Halloween

Dark creepy Halloween spider on green background
Dark spider on Halloween

Mountain peak in autumn

Mountain peak in autumn through colorful trees
Mountain peak in autumn

Man walking in winter dream

Man walking on winter day in fantasy landscape with river in forest
Man walking in winter dream

Man hiking in birch tree forest

Man walking in birch tree forest on autumn day
Man hiking in birch tree forest

Man with lantern on Halloween night

Man with lantern in the dark
Man with lantern on Halloween night

Witching Hour

Halloween witching hour
Scary hands on old tree roots

This image is one of the favorites of people who visit my website and browse through the categories, so I thought I’d write a bit about how it was made. The timing should be great too – what better time to write about a dark scary image than Halloween?

Although it was June, the weather had been particularly cold so the weather conditions were great for mysterious foggy forest shots. Me and my brother had been wandering all day through the forest. The weather changed a lot of times from sun to rain so this brought a lot of opportunities. We ran like mad searching for light rays to capture and hid everything away looking for shelter when rain came pouring down. This happened throughout the day so later in the day we were pretty tired.

After chasing sun rays through the forest we reached a part that we didn’t know really well and were amazed to find some giant old trees with big twisted roots. It was really one of those special moments, one in which we felt our steps were guided there. One of those old trees stood out and I knew we had to make something special with it.

I’ve mounted my tripod in a strange position so I was afraid the camera was going to fall over, but it was worth it. I used a wide angle lens at 19 mm, an aperture of f/8 and an exposure of 1/3 seconds because the woods were really dark at that time. I had used hands before in photos to create a creepy surreal atmosphere and to make it seem like some kind of monsters were coming out from the ground. This time I used the hands of my brother coming from the sides of the frame and to the center. The final shot is a composite of 4 photos to make up for the fact that I didn’t have so many “hands models”. I love the darkness, the surreal feel and the overall mood of this photo.

That place really felt surreal and special so I am glad people like the image. For those of you who want to license dark scary surreal images, you can find it exclusively here: https://www.stocksy.com/1334681

Works featured on book, album covers and posters

These are some examples of book, album covers and movie posters made with photos from PhotoCosma. Over the years the list has grown, there are more out there but these are some of the most representative ones. Some were commissioned, others were made under my supervision while others were made with images purchased through various agencies.

The majority of the covers featured here are made by adding text to my images while others have bits of my images and bits of images from other artists . Here are some photos from PhotoCosma used for artworks:

 

 

Stocksy Top 5 – September 2017

It’s time to make a top of the most notable photos added on Stocksy in the previous month. September was a great month and it’s always hard to choose only 5 of them, but these are my top 5 picks:

Colorful autumn tree in winter

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Colorful autumn tree in winter

White butterfly

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White butterfly

Dark mysterious mountain peak

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Dark mysterious mountain peak

Abandoned football field at sunrise with fog

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Abandoned football field at sunrise with fog

View from top of mountain on cloudy day

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View from top of mountain on cloudy day

Thats it! If you like what you are seeing please don not hesitate to like, share or comment.

Alone in the Dark

Night falls fast on the shore. There is no way back. I try to light my lantern but the chilling wind blows it out. I finally manage to keep it alight. This light should get me through the night. It’s warmth pierces through the black. I am an island of light in an ocean of darkness, easily spotted. I can’t escape the feeling that I am being watched, and my heart races. I can’t see very far but whatever might be lurking can see me. I have to calm down and find my way. The light paints strange and scary shapes. I have to keep going…

 

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Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – August 2017

The month of August was really prolific in terms of accepted images on Stocksy – 28 of them got added to the Stocksy collection and it was really hard to choose only five of them. I did it in the end, and I hope you like them as much as I do. These are my Stocksy top 5 picks for the month of August:

Man in awe in enchanted forest with fog with sun rays

Mysterious scene with man in awe looking at sun rays through the fog
Man in awe in enchanted forest with fog with sun rays

Black moth at night in pale moonlight

Black moth in moonlight at night
Black moth at night in pale moonlight

Autumn mountain landscape with magical light

Mountain wall in autumn landscape
Autumn mountain landscape with magical light

Winter scene with man walking in the snow

Man walking through snow in winter scene
Winter scene with Man walking in the snow

Night landscape with stars over mountain at night

Starry night mountain landscape with Milky Way
Night landscape with stars over mountain at night

The Killer in Me Book Cover

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The Killer in Me Spanish Version by Margot Harrison

Glad to announce you that one of my photos made it on to the book cover of the Spanish version of “The killer in me” book by Margot Harrison. The bottom part of the image is a forest image I shot in 2015:

 

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Silhouette of man near strange light in haunted mysterious forest with fog at night

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The Visitor

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Alien silhouette at night under sky with stars

The last month was really hot where I live. There wasn’t much to do in the day as long as photography goes because the temperatures were (and still are) unbearable so I took this opportunity to do some night photography and also test a new piece of gear that I’ve got.

A moonless night followed so the timing was perfect. Me and my brother have some places that we have done night photography before but no two nights are the same. The thrill of night photography can’t be matched by any other type of photography, maybe because in the dark we feel so exposed. We looked for interesting trees and angles at daytime because once the light drops it’s really hard to move and find subjects for the images. Some of the photos resulting from this shoot will probably surface on this blog too at a latter time, but it was the photo above, “The Visitor” that first caught my attention.

There was orange light that came from a nearby town and that was polluting the night sky so there was no way it would get better no matter how long I waited, so I decided to use it to my advantage. The strange eerie orange glow still let some stars be visible so I placed the subject in the center of the frame so it would almost be framed by this light. I used the flash of light to make the silhouette visible and it seemed to me that this looked like an alien apparition scene. I used and aperture of f/4 with ISO 3200 at 20 mm at 30 seconds so the stars would appear as points for this one.

The blue light adds a bit of contrast and makes me think of Sci-Fi, as does the field and stars. I love the mystery that comes with this one, it’s a great addition to my night photos.

Surrealism in my images

 

Surreal multiverse scene with multiple selves
Surreal multiverse scene

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love surrealism. I like surreal films, TV shows, images, paintings, literature, music and quite anything that has a surreal theme. Surreal art has always caught my attention and a lot of inspiration for my images comes from it. I guess surrealism bleeds through some of my images that have a mysterious and strange atmosphere just like dreams sometimes bleed through reality. My best known images have a hint of the surreal in them and I think it’s one of the things that draws people to them, or should I say into them.

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Surreal forest scene with tree shining at night

It’s a no-brainer that one of my favorite TV shows is Twin Peaks. It’s resurrection and the first episodes got me in the mood for surrealism so I came up with some images to reflect on that. They fall in the surreal and fine art category, much like my Dark Dreams series. I think they would make for great prints, or backdrops for imagination, passages for the mind into other realms. They are mainly strange experiments that have materialized into something more coherent.

 

Dark Dreams Series

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Old cabin in dark forest

The Dark Dreams series is something that’s been a work in progress for the last five years or so. The majority of photos from PhotoCosma have a dark and mysterious side but this is taken even further in the series. While browsing trough our portfolio in the early days, we noticed that there are some photos that work well with a darker edit and that don’t fit in any particular series, but could be used to create a story on their own. After some time we got our hands on a selective focus lens – a Lensbaby – and realized that this type of approach could bring a whole new dimension and really made sense given the fact that PhotoCosma is all about mood and atmosphere. It seems to me that it’s a great tool for creating surreal fine art photography and seeing the world in a different perspective. This type of lens makes the edges become out of focus so it seems the viewer is drawn into the frame. I think this is why these images are so powerful and alive, sometimes even inducing motion feelings. Everything becomes blurry, dreamy, soft and some have even told me that some photos give them a sense of nausea, anxiety and restlessness. Putting it all together we realized that this is how some  dreams that are surreal make you feel so the title stuck trough the years.

You can see selected works from this ever evolving series here: http://www.photocosma.net/portfolio/G00008kNAkAGjN00