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Fill Out the Feature Shoot Reader’s Survey for a Chance to Win a Cecilia Camera Strap

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Dear Feature Shoot readers, we want to know what you think! So tell us what you love, what you hate and what you want to see more of here on Feature Shoot.

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Screw the Sharks: 14 Surf Photos That Inspire Us to Hang Ten

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© Dalton Portella / Offset

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Watching the movie Jaws repeatedly as a kid ruined my chances of ever becoming a surfer but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the incredible beauty of the sport. From the amazing waves in Tahiti, to a frozen blizzard on the Jersey shore, our latest Offset show captures the magical allure of the ocean. As summer draws to a close and our beach days are numbered, this set inspires us to take the train to The Rockaways just one last time.

Photo du Jour: Invisible Junkie

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I’ve been watching a lot of Drugs, Inc. lately. Equal parts terrifying and thought-provoking, the National Geographic show covers drug culture (gangs, drug cartels, addicts, cops, etc.) in cities across America. The episode on Portland’s heroin epidemic was especially disturbing as it profiles a dealer that is actively selling the drug to college kids. He gets them hooked and then, when they don’t have money left, turns them into dealers, selling heroin to their friends in exchange for the drug.

Eyeballs, Vaginas and Raves in Chicago: Matthew Leifheit Talks to Us About Vice’s Latest Photo Issue

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Photo by Michael Bühler-Rose

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Photo by Cole Don Kelley

Every year I look forward to getting the Vice photo issue. If I could describe the issue in one word, it would be fresh: full of imagery I’ve never seen from (many) photographers I’ve never heard of. We don’t miss much here at Feature Shoot, and Vice always keeps it interesting. This year, with new photo editor Matthew Leifheit at the helm, is no exception.

I asked Leifheit a few questions about nudity, Terry Richardson, fruit topiaries and the opening party this Thursday night in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Get Off the Internet! 15 Camping Photos to Inspire You to Get Into the Wild

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© Cavan Images / Offset

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© Rebecca Stumpf / Offset

Everyone’s on vacation and my co-working space is deserted. As I’m typing this, my eyes are burning from looking at the computer too long and forgetting to blink.

If, like me, you can’t seem to get away from the glow of your computer screen (and related devices), we’re hoping this collection of camping photos we’ve put together using Offset images will inspire you to unplug — if only for the weekend.

Portraits of Hip New Yorkers with Their Bikes

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Quaddafi rides a custom single-speed tall bike photographed at Hudson St. and West 13th St., Manhattan, going to Pastis.

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Brian (with Fritz and Gromit) rides a Bullitt 11-speed cargo bike from Copenhagen photographed on North 6th st. and Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, cruising around Williamsburg.

We’ve recently moved back to Brooklyn after two-plus years in Austin and New York Bike Style was literally our first piece of mail. Since it was the only book in our apartment for awhile, it quickly became the go-to book for my 17-month-old’s bedtime story—she still squeals with delight every time she sees it.

New York Bike Style, photographed by Sam Polcer and published by Prestel, is packed full of colorful photos of equally colorful New Yorkers with their bikes. What separates the work from countless other street-style projects is yes, the bikes, but also the fact that most everyone looks genuinely happy—Polcer even managed to get some guys from the Black Label Bike Club to look friendly and approachable.

Photo du jour: Hokkaido’s Enchanting Blue Pond

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© Lawren Lu / Offset

Seen through the lens of photographer Lawren Lu, the Blue Pond of Hokkaido, Japan resembles a marbled tapestry or an eerily still mirror. The pond owes its otherworldly hue to to the existence of aluminum hydroxide, a mineral used in water purification that transforms the water daily from icy turquoise to emerald green. Lu’s composition captures the seeming immateriality of the water; richly toned tree trunks that emerge from its depths float weightless upon the electric shadows. Behind its reach, normal greenery resumes, but in the pond’s domain space and time is frozen, if only for one magnificent instant.

This photo and many others are available through Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world.

Offset is an exclusive category channel partner on Feature Shoot.

Quiet Images of Tokyo by Francesco Libassi

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© Francesco Libassi / Offset

Francesco Libassi is an Italian photographer based in Tokyo, Japan since 2007. He mainly focuses on landscapes, but is also into candid portraits, travel photography and architecture. His love for shrines, temples and traditional Japanese environments has him shooting some of the most beautiful locations around Tokyo. In the past few years he started focusing more on long exposure landscapes and architecture which helps him to show the true essence of a particular place by removing all the noise of the daily life.

The Piercing Gaze of Wild Animals Photographed by Sue Demetriou

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Black leopard © Sue Demetriou / Offset

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Pallas’s cat © Sue Demetriou / Offset

Photographer Sue Demetriou suspends lasting encounters between man and animal, even if in reality they were only for a brief second. With a fierce gaze, these stunning creatures have an intensity about them equal to their poise and grace—their eyes steady and strong as if they are looking right through us. Traveling the UK and shooting in various wildlife parks, wetlands, and zoos, Demetriou captures the wonders of the wild in what feel like soul-baring portraits, an intimate moment shared “that portrays them as unique individuals and reveals their aesthetic magic,” she says.

Feature Shoot + Offset: A Shared Passion for Storytelling Through Engaging, Curated Imagery from Around the World

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Feature Shoot is thrilled to announce that we are collaborating with Offset, a new curated collection that seeks out arresting and beautiful imagery from award-winning artists from around the world.

Offset has hand-selected images from top working editorial and commercial photographers, and their website is a carefully curated mix of personal projects and outtakes from commissioned shoots. From surreal landscapes in exotic locations to the photographer’s own children playing in the backyard, the collection is full of compelling images that have a story to tell.

In the coming days, we will be bringing you group shows, photo du jour’s and content from Offset’s own Tumblr. We’ve added a section to Feature Shoot making it easy for you to discover all of our posts featuring work from Offset at the top of the site (after “video”). All images on Offset are available through royalty-free licensing.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from the Offset collection. Enjoy!

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All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is an exclusive category channel partner on Feature Shoot.