Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – May 2018

I was away for some time and realized that the month is almost over and I haven’t posted the last month’s Stocksy top 5. Even though it’s really late this month, I had to do it as it has some great images. Either one of this images would also look great as a print:

Breathtaking view

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Breathtaking view

Dreamy night

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Dreamy night

Dark silent mountain landscape

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Dark silent mountain landscape

Night search

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Night search

Predator and prey

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Predator and prey

Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – April 2018

I’m back with another Stocksy United Top 5 of the Month – the April edition. This time it’s about mysterious dark lakes in the forest, spring pastures with trees in bloom, gorgeous autumn mountain sunsets, creepy crawlers and night photos of river under the stars. I’ve also had some photos added to the curated feed lately, more that in the past. It’s great that Stocksy is finally expanding its vision into promoting dark, ethereal, mysterious images. Here is my Top 5 for April 2018:

Mysterious dark autumn forest lake

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Mysterious dark autumn forest lake

Spring fairy tale

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Spring fairy tale

Late autumn sunset with cabin

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Late autumn sunset with cabin

Creepy crawler

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Creepy crawler

River and mountain under the stars

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River and mountain under the stars

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: February 2018

Hello everyone, it’s time to choose the best photos that were accepted on Stocksy the previous month. There have been some wonderful additions to the collection and this month the 800 mark will be passed.

Some of the best of my photos that were accepted in February include one of the last sunsets of the winter, surreal photos from approaching storms, night photos of trees in bloom and abstract photos of space nebula’s and snow disintegrating.

Here are my top 5 photos of the month on Stocksy United:

Man in winter dusk with moon above

Man in winter dusk
Man in winter dusk with moon above

Ghost Tree

surreal ghost tree in bloom in spring at nigh
Ghost tree

Waiting for the storm

Man waiting for the storm with heavy skies
Waiting for the storm

Violet space nebula

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Violet space nebula

Minimal abstract snow detail

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Minimal abstract snow detail

Winter Dusk

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Winter Dusk

This winter wasn’t particularly rich in snow or very cold for that matter. There were a few photo opportunities but with snow only lasting a couple of days at a time, we had to plan everything really well. It was also the case with our last trip, one close to home but higher in altitude. The day before it was raining heavily and we kept watching the forecast as well as the weather outside. At night the rain turned to a heavy snow storm. By morning everything was covered with a thick layer of snow. The roads were bad but we managed to get up in the forest mountain not far from home, now covered in snow and fog.

The higher we went, the thicker the fog became. We kept going through the fog and it started snowing again. The blizzard had knocked down a lot of giant old trees and there was a strange sense of danger lurking through the snow covered forest. Later into the day we reached a clearing near the top of the mountain just as light began to fall and everything was turning blue. The gentle hum of the wind in the trees was the only sound we could hear and the atmosphere was really heavy. No human in sight other than us, no man-made sound, everything seemed so far away and muted. It was almost like we were hearing some sort of white noise. Lonely trees with strange shapes grew out of the snow like antennas to the sky getting lost in the fog. Everything was overwhelming. Got as many images as we could before the light started to fall. When out photographing it is easy to get lost in time, but as the night drew closer we had to get back on lower grounds and back into this world.

For the next couple of days after something surreal and intense like this, everything seems to be at a lower volume and running at a slower speed for me. Maybe this is the consequence of visiting another world. I hope the gate opens again soon.

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

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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.

The Journey Continues

Man in surreal night landscape
Journey into the unknown

It’s been a long time since my last post. Hope you all had a wonderful end of the year and hope your new year is off to a good start. I’m off to a new start and lately at PhotoCosma we’ve been experimenting with some new things and also expanding some good old concepts that have become classics for us. With PhotoCosma entering it’s 10th year in 2018 we want to keep pushing things forward and experiment different things that add up to the atmospheric and surreal nature photography that you know and love.

The way things are, it’s always a journey into the unknown. But I am convinced that the knowledge we’ve acquired in the past 10 years will guide us forward into the night and all the pieces will fall into place.

Witching Hour

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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

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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