Friday Shout-Outs, Well-Played Hands, and Natural Talent

This week’s Shout-Outs start with a controversial 400 year-old tradition, and end with the beauty and disorder of nature. In-between we take a look inside every room of the White House; get to watch a photographer shoot a portrait from a very different location; admire some beautiful photos of Cuba; and learn how to make money by mastering a niche.

Shout-Outs are a regular Friday thing, and you can be part of it, too. Send us suggestions! If we think it’s worth shouting about, it will show up here in the blog on a Friday. To submit something, scroll to the bottom to see how.

Photographer Benjamin Rasmussen‘s photo documentary “Grindaboð: The Faroese Whale Kill” is incredible work, but it’s not for the faint of heart. His images tell the story of a 400 year-old tradition that is still taking place today in the protectorate of Denmark.

“Though it is very controversial internationally, the practice is valued and closely protected by the Faroese,” he writes. “Entire communities take part in the whale kill, known as “Grindaboð”, and the meat and blubber is divided up equally between everyone in the village.”


Todd Bigelow shot every single room within the White House – kinda. The miniature White House, which is a scale model on display at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA.

“A miniature model of the official White House was created over the course of fifty years by architect John Zweifel who gained access to the President’s home (even the bedroom for the first time ever) hundreds of times. Each room is exactly how it is in the White House down to mini replicas of rugs, books, photographs and furniture.”

I must admit, I looked at every single photo in the gallery. Maybe I am just a political geek, but I spent some extra time looking at the Lincoln Bedroom. 🙂


German-based photographer Bastian Ehl shot a portrait of Sören Herbst high atop a giant wind turbine used to generate electricity, and somehow managed to bring someone along to shoot video of him at work. It’s always fun to see photographers at work – so I appreciated the video (below).

Enercon E-126 Portrait-Shoot Making-Of from Bastian Ehl on Vimeo.


I think I am a little late to the party on this one, but I loved the images so much that I decided to include it as a shout-out this week. Photographer Dado Galdieri put together a gallery of images titled “Cuba” shot during the last few months of Fidel Castro’s command. I’ve seen many images of Cuba over the years, but Galdieri really brings his own style and vision to make them really pop.

I like his treatment of light, his composition, and the subtle moments that he’s able to catch. Great great job.


The team at Cradoc fotoSoftware (the makers of fotoQuote and the fotoKeyword Harvester) are always producing great educational content for photographers, and this week they featured photographer and PhotoShelter user Richard Wong in an article he wrote titled “Five Ways to Make Money in a Popular Photography Niche.”

“You know what I think? I think you can still make money selling the photos you want to shoot — if you know how to market yourself,” Wong says.

Great information here about making money from a niche.


Photographer Russ Bishop specializes in stock photography, and his gallery of images titled “Chaos Theory” is a really nice group of images of “the natural beauty of disorder in nature,” he writes.

The photos got a nice reaction on Twitter, which is where I first learned about them. My favorite image of them all has to be the lava-covered highway in Hawaii (below). So cool.

I am always looking for things to include here in our Friday Shout-Outs – so if you have anything you think is worthy, let me know. One great way to do that is to post a note to Twitter with my name in it (@heygrover), and that way I won’t forget it later. Don’t have Twitter? Email me: grover-at-photoshelter-dot-com.

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