Friday Shout-Outs, New Words, and Staff Faves

This week we learn a whole new word, and examine a natural phenomenon, all at the same exact time! Also, the PhotoShelter staff makes a list of their favorite member websites. Oooo! Shout-tastic, I say!

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.


I learned a new word today – and maybe you will to. “Haboob”. It’s an intense sandstorm, and Mike Olbinski shot one in dramatic fashion as it swallowed up the city of Phoenix on July 5th, 2011.

Olbinski, a Phoenix-based wedding and lifestyle photographer, saw it coming. He grabbed his camera and positioned himself at the top of a parking garage. From there he shot images and a time-lapse video. He’s now selling the images on his website.

Did you know that the PhotoShelter staff keeps a list of “Cool PhotoShelter Websites”? It’s true. Every time we come across a cool design, or a unique idea, we add it to the list. There are some really awesome examples on this list.

I thought I would give a shout-out to the people who most recently made the list.


Mark Gee is a freelance photographer & digital visual effects artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile & Oscar award winning feature films, & his love of surfing & the ocean is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.


Jeffrey Murray Photography specializes in fine art landscape photography, and has a really great series of “super panoramic” and “vertical panoramic” images that are available for sale as prints. I love how he has the print size and price information displayed with every image.


Jesse Speer has a passion for finding uncommon perspectives of the wild, scenic and rural places throughout the Rocky Mountains and the West. Not only that, but he’s multi-talented because he designed the website himself! Check out the cool slider on the front page, allowing the user to select between photo galleries for each of his specialties. He’s using PhotoShelter, WordPress, and Graph Paper Press to pull it all together.


Michel Piccaya is an independent and freelance travel photographer currently based in Brussels, Belgium. His website is called “Watch the world” because he travels so frequently. He’s even placed a Google map into his PhotoShelter website, which keeps track of where he’s been.


A collection of retro images deserves a retro design, right? That’s what you’ll find from U.K.-based Retro Stock Express, a new boutique image site offering a wide range of unusual, kitsch, classic and quirky digital images. is a totally independent boutique image library offering original vintage photos and retro stock images that are simply not available anywhere else.


Italian photographer Massimiliano Tiberi specializes in studio portraits and street photography. His website is clean and simple, and allows his style and vision to show through.


Ben Langdon is a professional photographer based in Oxfordshire, England. He shoots weddings, portraits and events. I like what he’s done with his navigation — he doesn’t just list the names of the sections, instead he adds a little more info.

Underneath the word “Weddings” he places “Creative & informal”. Below “Portraits” he adds “Relaxed & fun”. This is a nice way to connect with potential clients. Nice touch!

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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  1. Carita Aarnio at 5:59 pm

    Hi Grover and Team,
    Thanks so much for featuring one of my photos (old wooden boat) in Featured Photographers. Ironically, the same photo was published in the January issue of Shutterbug!

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