Trickle, drizzle, pitter-patter, pour, gush, torrential... these are some words used to describe how rainfall feels, looks and sounds like. However when it comes to describing smell, it gets a little more challenging.

There is a word that actually describes the smell of rain.

Derived from the Greek word for stone, “petra”, and “ichor” referring to the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods, petrichor is the name coined for the potpourri of aromas that form the smell of rain, attributed to a blend of oils trapped in rocks and soil that is mainly responsible for it (the blood of the stone).

 

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AMAZING PORTRAITS | agefotostock

A good portrait reflects the personality, charisma, mood and emotion of the subject. It should convey something more than just a face looking into the camera and reveal something about who the person is.

Be captivated by the expressions of this model released selection portraits from one of our most special collections, INSPIRATION. Images that feed your imagination.

 

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SKYLINES | agefotostock

A city’s skyline is its identifying feature. In this era of frenetic tourism, how many of us have been to places where we’ve never actually taken notice of its skyline?

It’s time to put down those selfie sticks and discover the defining shapes of cities around the world with this selection of artfully-taken skylines by agefotostock photographers.

 

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Here comes the sun | agefotostock

Spring has finally arrived! It's the season to feel and appreciate the sunshine on our faces and observe the first flowers bloom.

Let’s enjoy the reawakening of nature and its renewed radiance with this selection of images full of color, light, and energy!

 

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age fotostock photographer Jan Sochor artfully captures the social and cultural situation in the streets of South and Central America with a beautiful combination of composition, emotion and expression.

         

         

Documentary photography is a very powerful and narrative form of image-making that faithfully captures the reality of a situation in order to tell a story and send a message.

There are very different forms of documentary photography: images taken candidly at events capture the moments that mark the event special, sports photography document the game or race as it happens, while street photography immortalizes instances of everyday life in the streets.

Social documentary photography is a branch of photojournalism that focuses on documenting the day-to-day of a community, with the aim of drawing attention to ongoing and social issues, usually of the underprivileged or disadvantaged. The communication through emotions generated from this kind of photographs can be very impactful.

         

Some questions to ask when shooting documentary photography are: Does the photograph truly represent its subject? Why is this moment significant and how is it a symbol of a larger issue at hand?

         

A good social documentary photographer captures scenes as they happen naturally, in their environment, in order to produce truthful and objective images.

It is necessary to look at the big picture in order to accurately portray the environment and the setting of an occurance.

         

Similarly, it’s important to draw attention to details that can usually give unspoken information about a character or a place and add impact to telling the story.

         

Most essentially, each image or series of images should tell a story with an intention. This would be what is ultimately transmitted to the audience and what would provoke a reaction. These techniques, combined with a good eye, a compelling story and a unique visual style is what turns documentary photography into a form of art.

          

          

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