3 photos curated by Stocksy

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Glad that Stocksy United liked my last batch of photos and even added 3 of them to the curated feed. All full of mysterious surreal vibes, so that makes me even more happy!

The fist one is Mysterious dark autumn forest lake, the second one Centipede insect close-up and the third one is Sunset river

Great to see something a bit different from the usual getting a bit of the spotlight 😉

 

Stocksy Top 5 of the Month: March 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, I guess I’m still trying to figure out what direction it should take. The Stocksy Top 5 of the Month is a section that gets a lot of attention and some of my best photos are available for licensing at Stocksy United, so I’m definitely going to continue this section, even though I’ll most likely be a little late, like this month, because we’re already pass the middle of April.

About 20 photos were added to my Stocksy collection of premium stock photography so it was really hard narrowing them down to only 5. I’ve chosen a bit of everything: strange night forest photography, symmetry on moody empty fields, surreal cave photography, misty spring morning landscapes and a strange forest detail. Here are my Top 5:

The Visitor

Strange forest night scene with alien
The Visitor

Symmetry

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Symmetry

The red cave

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The red cave

Mist over spring forest

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Mist over spring forest

Dark scary tree

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Dark scary tree

 

Fantasy landscape Photoshop actions

We have been trying to find ways of keeping some “recipes” of our photo editing process for some time. I like to document any interesting tries and have a collection of effects that can be applied to (most) nature photos. Then it struck me: the easiest way to keep track of these effects would be to make some actions of the adjustments that we have come to love over the years. We really like the way they turned out so we’ve made them available for others that want to try and get the “fantasy look” in their photos.

The first two packs are available on Creative Market:

The Fantasy Landscapes Photoshop actions

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Fantasy landscapes Photoshop actions

Winter Dream Photoshop Actions Pack

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Winter dream actions pack

All the actions have been tweaked and tested on hundreds of photos and have been made so that the effects are easily adjustable. Most of the edits are kept on separate layers so the layer opacity can be adjusted.

I hope there will be more actions available in the coming months because it’s a great way to make use of the editing skills that we’ve acquired in nearly a decade.

Here are some before/after images. As you can see the edits are subtle but can really enhance the look and feeling of a photo and give it that mysterious/dreamy/fantasy feel:

01 Dreamy Nature02 Eerie Night03 Autumn Sunset010304

 

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

Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – July 2017

It’s that time of the month when I bring you a selection of my top five photos on Stocksy from the previous month. It was a tough decision because there were a lot of new uploads the last month and every one of them was carefully chosen. These are my Stocksy top 5 picks for the month of July:

Abstract colorful light near spider web

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Abstract colorful light near spider web

Tree under starry sky at night

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Tree under starry sky at night

Aerial view of country road

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Aerial view of country road

Cave entrance

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Cave entrance

Sun rays shining trough enchanted forest with fog

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Sun rays shining trough enchanted forest with fog

 

Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – May

It’s that time of the month to bring you a selection of my top five photos on Stocksy from the previous month. June is almost half gone but due to unforeseen circumstances I couldn’t write until now. It’s not like I didn’t have where to chose from as this month selection was really hard. These are my 5 top picks:

Man in mysterious dark haunted forest with fog

Man in dark mysterious forest with sun rays
Man in mysterious dark haunted forest with fog

Abstract surreal fiery red background

Abstract surreal red background
Abstract surreal fiery red background

Mountain cave entrance with stalactites

Mountain cave underground entrance
Mountain cave entrance with stalactites

Green grass with wild flowers background

Yellow wild flowers in green grass background
Green grass with wild flowers background

Green meadow with sunlight

Green meadow with sun spots
Green meadow with sunlight

 

Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – March

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. March was a great month in terms of uploads on Stocksy and these are my top 5 picks:

Sunset over spring trees in bloom

Spring sunset over trees in bloom
Sunset over spring trees in bloom

Scary hands on old tree roots

Scary hands in haunted forest
Scary hands on old tree roots

Forest fog sunrays

Enchanted magical fairy tale forest
Forest fog sunrays

Night sky with stars and man

Man watching night sky
Night sky with stars and man

Lake fog

Early morning lake fog
Lake fog

 

 

Shutterstock’s Most Viral Photos of 2016

Deer in mysterious forest with fog
Deer on road in dark forest after rain

One of my photos – “Deer on a road in a dark forest after rain” is on the list of the most liked and shared photos from the past year from Shutterstock’s social media feed.

I caught this moment a few years ago. I got to the woods early in the morning and a deer herd kept appearing and disappearing trough the fog almost like it was watching me. I got a glimpse of them running and jumping trough the air as they appeared only as silhouettes in the magical glowy light. I saw them doing this a couple of times but they were too fast for me and the light was too dim to photograph the scene. After a few hours I was following a forest road and saw the herd standing in the middle of it. I had a short zoom lens on my camera and thought there is no way I can get the shot right. As I was approaching two of the deers started to run but one stood curiously in the middle of the road watching me. I kept taking pictures and approaching bit by bit until it ran away. I said it before – for me it’s almost like a supernatural moment when I cross paths with wild animals so I was really excited to see this scene and photograph this special moment.

I have also made it available on NatureStockPhotos.net for those of you who don’t have a Shutterstock account or don’t like the subscription model.

Latest Stocksy Images

The latest batch of approved images on Stocksy focuses on the autumn and winter with some surreal, some ethereal images and a close up that’s almost abstract. Something for anyone. You can find many of my best shots on Stocksy United