ESPN the Magazine's 2014 Body Issue

ESPN the Magazine's 2014 Body Issue Photos

ESPN the Magazine's annual "Body Issue" is set to hit newsstands this Friday. Featuring athletes of all sizes, the Body Issue celebrates athletes from all different sports and body types, ranging from super slender swimmers to super buff boxers. In fact, Texas Rangers' Prince Fielder is one of the six featured athletes on the cover, which attracted some notoriety considering Fielder's size. Nevertheless, this is further proof that ESPN the Magazine is willing to showcase a wide variety of body types. Other athletes featured on the cover include snowboarder Jamie Anderson, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Oklahoma City Thunders' Serge Ibaka, and tennis star Venus Williams. Also included in the "Bodies We Want" shoot are Team USA hockey player Hillary Knight, motocross rider Travis Pastrana, surfer Coco Ho, snowboarder Amy Purdy, boxer Bernard Hopkins, Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry, and more.

You can check out some of the photos below, but be sure to check out the full collection of photos from the "Bodies We Want" shoot on ESPN.

[via ESPN]

Sony Xperia C3

Sony Xperia C3 Smartphone Is Built For Selfie Lovers

I guess it was only a matter of time before a company would make a smartphone aimed directly at those that love taking selfies. It seems like nowadays, taking selfies has just become the norm and has become part of the culture we live in. If you enjoy taking selfies, the Sony Xperia C3 might be a match made in heaven. What Sony has created is a smartphone that sports a wide angle 5 megapixel front-facing camera with a built-in soft LED flash, making it very easy to capture those special moments.

Not only does the Sony Xperia C3 have front-facing flash, there are some other software features that should help make the selfie-taking process a little easier, like a Smile Shutter, AR effects, and a feature that lets you tap the back of the phone to take a picture. Now, this smartphone probably won't change the digital photography game, and it won't be for everybody, but if you really like taking selfies you might want to give this a try.

[via Slash Gear]


Leica M

[Video] 100 Years of Leica Photography

Leica has proven to stand the test of time, as this year marks it's 100th year of Leica Photography. This means that for the past century, some of the most famous photographers from around the world have been capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments with their Leica camera. Moments that trace history and time with quality.

Leica is celebrating this time stamp with the announcement of the release of their special edition of the Leica M model, that will be available for a short time only. The limited "Edition 100" model is truly unique, as it comes with the silver chrome and the black paint versions and is technically identical to the current model of the Leica M, but is engraved with the ‘100 years of Leica’ logo on the top plate. Equipped with a 24-megapixel full-frame Leica Max CMOS sensor, designed especially for use with M and R Lenses and with a multitude of features like Live View, full-HD video and additional focusing methods, the Leica M combines the capabilities of innovative, state-of-the-art digital technology with the latest developments from decades of expertise in rangefinder construction. Yet another model that sets the bar even higher for other camera brands.

This Leica M "Edition 100" model is strictly limited to 500 sets, so be sure to click here, where there are a few other notable "Edition 100" models to look at as well. With this, Leica also features a short clip of some of the most famous and iconic photos shot with Leica, and it's pretty incredible. Take a look at the video below, and find more of their iconic photos here.

[Via US Leica]

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Apple OS X Photos

Aperture Replacement APP OS X Photos Will Offer Many Features

Last week, Apple made an announcement that they would no longer be developing the popular photo management software Aperture and have instead decided to discontinue it. The reason being was that the company wanted to focus its time and energy developing the new Photos App. Since the Photos App is still in the works, there has not been a lot of information released to the public but it is known that the app will offer "professional grade features such as image search, editing, effects, and most notably, third party extensibility."

With some of these features, it will be interesting to see what the final product will look like and if it will become a full fledged replacement for Aperture or possibly something more. What will prove to be interesting is the third party extensibility feature and what it means for the users as far as editing capabilities go, but I guess will have to wait and see what unfolds for Apple's new Photos app.

[via Mac Rumors]

IG Weekly @laura_austin

[IG Weekly] laura_austin

Everybody is on their phone. Thousands of people everyday wear out their thumbs scrolling through photos, deciding which ones to post on Instagram. It’s so easy to do whether you’re a photographer or not; just point, shoot, choose a filter and post whatever you created. From funny duck face selfies, to breathtaking landscapes, to gritty city streets. Some use it as visual journal giving glimpses of their lives, while others have taken it to another level by creating works of art. All of us at Ruby Hornet are fans of the social media platform and decided to do a weekly series highlighting people whose Instagrams stand above the rest. Let us know in the comments section if you’d like to be featured, or let us know about some other cool Instagrams. Be sure to follow Ruby Hornet on Instagram, too.

This week’s featured Instagram comes from @laura_austin. This is one of my favorite Instagram accounts because of the photos this photographer takes on her adventures. There are a ton of  landscape shots that capture some amazing scenery that make me want to pack my bags and go explore. Whether she’s taking shots during the golden hour or at night, she has a style all his own definitely worth checking out . You can see some of her photos here and make sure to head on over to her gallery for more awesome imagery.

[via @laura_austin]

Waves by Photography Clark Little

Capturing Photos Inside a Wave by Clark Little

Photos by Clark Little

Photographer Clark Little is incredible at capturing photos inside some of pretty fierce waves. In fact, some of his photos were shot by diving head first into some of the world's largest waves, and he's not stopping.

Little started out as a surfer lover on the North Shore of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. After wanting a good photo of a wave for his home, he ventured out into the ocean to capture it himself, and the rest is history. Now he conquers the big surf with nothing more than flippers and a camera, and his work has reached audiences around the world. 

The photos really just speak for themselves, they are crisp, dangerous, refreshing, all natural and just beautiful. Check out some of our favorites below, and be sure to follow his Instagram here. Also check out this very intriguing interview, and tag-along with Vice here.

[Via ReshareWorthy]


Emily Ratajkowski for GQ July 2014

Emily Ratajkowski Covers GQ's July 2014 Issue

It's officially summer, so it's only natural that Emily Ratajkowski graces the cover of GQ yet again. Ever since EmRata appeared in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video, her stock has steadily soared, perhaps even matching fellow model Kate Upton's popularity. With a role in David Fincher's upcoming Gone Girl this October, it's only a matter of time before Ratajkowski becomes an international sex icon... if she wasn't already considered one. Considering EmRata's popularity on Ruby Hornet in the past, it's only fitting that we spotlight her latest spread in GQ with these photos shot by Michael Thompson. Honestly, what makes a summer photo spread possess more of a "summer" vibe than a girl in a bikini covered in dirt and mud?

Check out GQ's latest photos and a behind the scenes video with EmRata below.

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[via GQ]

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Announces Photoshop and Lightroom Bundle for iPhone

Adobe has recently announced some new stuff that should interest all of those that subscribe to their Creative Cloud service. Not too long ago, Adobe announced that they would be releasing a mobile version of Lightroom to all of its Creative Cloud subscribers, but it was initially only available for the iPad. That has recently changed as users will now be able to use the mobile version of Adobe Lightroom on their iPhone as well.

There is also an upgrade to the Photography Creative Cloud plan which is still being offered for $9.99 a month, but includes more bang for your buck. Included in the bundle is Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile, and the newly released app, Photoshop Mix. This free app was designed to organize all your photos into one central spot, as well as having photo editing capabilities. Everything is available now at Adobe for download, and it should be quite valuable to all the photographers out there.

[via Adobe]