The subway

Although the subway is a difficult place to shoot, it has one advantage: it’s noisy. There’s always enough noise to drown out the click of the shutter. I have taken thousands of pictures on the subway with the camera to my eye without running into any sort of trouble other than the occasional nasty stare. However, before the camera is raised to your eye it should already be focused. This rule is true for most street shots.

You can focus on your subject when they aren’t looking, set the camera lens to manual and wait for “the moment” if it ever happens.

Whether on a train, or some other location, the easiest time to shoot is when there is a distraction. For example, when the mariachi band enters the car, everyone will be looking at them. You can shoot other passengers without being noticed.

And even if you are seen, people will understand that you have your camera out if you take a few shots of the mariachi Band as well. This is the same technique as using a landmark as a reason for taking pictures.

Another modern phenomena which makes life easier for the street photographer: everyone, whether on the street or in a subway car, is already distracted by their iPods, cell phones, e-books, and Blackberry devices. One day I was on the train, and noticed that everyone around me had earphones, or were reading their email. Combined with the noise of the train, I was able to take closeup shots of a passenger who was about a foot and a half away from me without being noticed by anyone. I found that amazing. It wasn’t like that ten years ago.

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Determined diver

This is one determined little dog. Diving into a swimming pool to fetch its orange tennis ball, the dachshund is all in — eyes bulging, mouth open, paws reaching — that ball is his. 
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The Green Tunnel

Known as the most beautiful street in the world, the Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil is like a bit of rainforest in the middle of a metropolis. Formed by over 100 tipuana trees lining both sides of the street with serpentine branches creating a canopy overhead, the “Green Tunnel” stretches for approximately 500 meters (over 1,500 feet) through the middle of the city. 

Originally planted in the 1930s by German workers employed at a local brewery, the stretch of trees was at risk for destruction in 2005 to make room for a shopping mall, but residents fought to protect the natural wonder, which has now been classified as an environmental heritage site.

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The largest cave in the world

Recently opened to the public (that is, to individuals who can pay $3,000 plus a flight to Vietnam for a guided adventure tour), Hang Son Doong cave is the largest cave in the world. Guarded by the lush and treacherous jungle of Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park near the Laos border, the cave was first discovered in 1991 by a local man named Ho Khanh; it was later rediscovered by British explorers in 2009.

This rare view of the cave, taken by photographer Carsten Peter, was published in a National Geographic article about the cavern:

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As the meaning of its name (“mountain river cave”) suggests, Son Doong features a raging subterranean river called the Rao Thuong. The cave is a mammoth, stretching for more than 2.5 miles with continuous passages as wide as 300 feet and over 600 feet tall—that’s room enough for 747 planes and skyscrapers, respectively.

“There are longer caves than Hang Son Doong—the Mammoth Cave system in Kentucky, with 367 total miles, holds that record,” wrote Mark Jenkins in the National Geographic article. “There are deeper caves too—Krubera-Voronja, the “crow’s cave,” plunges 7,188 feet in the western Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. But for giant passages, there are few caves that can compare.”

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The captain of the ship

Queen Mary 2 and Captain Kevin Oprey.
In order to capture the ship’s impressive size–to really honor it–Morgan asked Captain Kevin Oprey to stand on the bulbous bow, which sticks out from the front of the 151,200 tonne liner. The photograph was shot while the ship was docked off the coast of Bali. From a small boat in front of the QM2, Morgan used a Nikon camera with a very wide angle lens to capture the grandness of the ship

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Best friend

There’s nothing like the relationship between a boy and his dog, alone against the world. That’s what Russian photographer Elena Shumilova so beautifully captures in this image from her quiet farm outside Moscow, Russia:

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She uses a Canon 5D Mark II body with a 135mm lens. But it’s truly the post-production that makes the picture sing “magical realism.” She likely works with an undersaturated shot, increasing the yellow tones and desaturating the image for a pseudo-sepia feel. Shooting at f/2, her lens is wide-open, which distinctly blurs the background. Of course, it helps that her kid is pretty adorable and that her backyard looks like the set from a Narnia movie.

“When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image.” – Elena Shumilova

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Catch of the day

A 65-year-old man made a pretty amazing catch at Wrigley Field recently when a home run hit sent the ball over the railing of the left field bleachers where he was sitting. Mike Pullin snagged the ball with a stretched out, backward, one-legged teeter, which was pretty cheer worthy on its own, but what he did afterward earns him extra sneaky props:

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The age-old Wrigley tradition is to throw the ball back if it was hit by the opposing team, but Pullin pulled a sly move: The Rochelle, Illinois veteran smoothly picked up an old ball he had brought to the game, transferred it to his mitt and threw it back onto the field. He kept the real game ball for himself!

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