Print Sale for Flood Victims

May 22, 2014

PLEASE HELP BOSNIA, SERBIA, AND CROATIA FLOOD VICTIMS!

Join Seth Rubin Photography and Gordon’s Ink fine-art printers in raising money for the displaced people of Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia.

*** For a limited time only, order fine-art photographic prints from Bosnia and Croatia and 50% of all print proceeds will be donated to aid in recovery efforts. Special reduced pricing and donations in effect through 31 May 2014 . . . don’t delay, order now and help those in need! ***

As you’re aware, extreme rain over just a few days has produced the worst floods the region has experienced in over a century. Large parts of Serbia and a third of Bosnia & Herzegovina are under water. Landslides are occurring by the hundreds, wiping out entire villages in Eastern Bosnia. Epidemiological consequences are expected in the recovery process, as well as a danger from unexploded minefields remaining from the 1990’s war. The rain may have stopped, but the recovery process has just started and with hundreds of thousands displaced, the road ahead will be long.

We can all do our small part to help.

I visited these Balkan countries in 2008 and loved my time there. I look forward to going back one day very soon. It’s a beautiful land from the mountains to the sea, with some of the warmest people I’ve ever met. These images represent fond personal memories of places full of rich culture and a challenging, though rewarding, history.

Order one or several prints today and you will not only get beautiful prints, but you’ll help these kind-hearted people in need.

The images will be printed on premium fine-art Cotton Rag paper with a white border and each one hand-signed. These are not your typical photo prints . . . Chris Clancy of Gordon’s Ink is one of the premier fine-art printers in the northeast United States. They’ll make a great vibrant addition to your walls – or you friends’ or families’ walls – so order more and we’ll donate more. Remember, this special pricing expires 31 May, so order today!

8 x 12” – $50
16 x 24” – $100
24 x 36” – $180

To place orders, please email me at seth@sethrubinphotography.com or leave a comment below with your info and I’ll contact you.

Please add $15 per order (whether one print or many) for S&H within the continental United States. International shipping is available for an additional cost.

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Print One


Dubrovnik bound down the Croatian coast

Dubrovnik-bound down the Croatian coast, photographed from my bus window. I prefer to travel by bus and train, over planes, whenever possible . . . for the journey should never be overlooked nor underestimated.

Print Two


Stari Most bridge jumpers - Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stari Most bridge jumpers in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Stari Most bridge is a sign of rebuilding following the 1992-1995 war and is a central focus in Mostar. Young men spend their days relaxing on the bridge while they slowly collect enough contributions to dive off the bridge to the Neretva River, some 20+ meters below. Though the true treachery lies in the accuracy required to hit the small area below that’s free of the bone-crushing rock near the banks of the river.

Print Three


Sundown over Mostar's picturesque old town - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sunset over Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegoniva, photographed from the Stari Most bridge.

Print Four


Milanovac Jezero (lake) - Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Reflections on Milanovac Jezero (lake) in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. Plitvice Lakes, comprised of 16 interconnected and cascading lakes, is a truly remarkable and beautiful park where pictures are found in every direction. Though on 30 July 2008 as the sun set and the park slipped into shadow, I searched for a unique perspective of the often photographed Plitvice.

Print Five


Sunset over Split, Croatia from Zvonik Sv. Duje (St. Domnius' Bell Tower)

Sunset over Split, Croatia from Zvonik Sv. Duje (St. Domnius’ Bell Tower). This view of Split, as well as the sunset over Mostar above, present uncommon views of the cities as they are both photographed from the main symbols of their respective cities, largely forgoing them in the images themselves.

Happy Earth Day 2014

April 22, 2014

DC Snowball Fight 2014

January 26, 2014

It had been three years since the epic Snowmageddon 2010 snowball fight in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle, and this past week many of us enjoyed both a much appreciated snow day as well as a completely kick-ass snowball fight as the evening settled in and the snow continued to fall strong. As part of a community-strengthening initiative, the Washington DC Snowball Fight Association rallied-up the troops through social media and at 6:30pm kicked off one helluva friendly game of “pummel your opponent with a face-full of snow”. It was a battle of those in the fountain versus those surrounding it. And needless to say, there was only so much snow in that fountain…

ABC7 News, NBC4 News, and Fox5 News (< best video coverage) all covered the big event and even Mayor Vincent C. Gray made an appearance.

Here’s a glimpse:

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(And for the photographers out there, the evening was a great test of the Olympus OM-D E-M1’s freezeproof and waterproof (or more accurately, “splashproof”) abilities. All images shot with the E-M1 and 17mm f/1.8 lens. The camera (and lens, which itself is not weather-treated) held up well with the only relative “failure” being the electronic viewfinder sensor getting set off by the falling snowflakes. Once a flake settled into the EVF eye-hole, the camera recognized it as the photographer’s eye and shut off the LCD display. Not a show-stopper, but definitely added an additional element of unexpected difficulty to the falling snow, slippery conditions, relative darkness, and snowballs hitting me in the head. ;))

The First Snow

December 8, 2013

I love the snow. And the first of the season is often the sweetest.

This morning I got out for a walk around the downtown DC neighborhood with the new Olympus O-MD E-M1 micro-4/3rds camera with 12-40mm (24-80 equiv) f/2.8 lens. It’s the newest addition to the camera bag and the most excited I’ve been about camera… probably ever. I’ve been accustomed to the m4/3rds system for the last two years, using the Panasonic GX1, but E-M1 is in a class of its own. Great image quality, endless functions, in-body image stabilization, and feels awesome in the hands. And the 12-40mm lens is the perfect size for a walk-around lens without compromising on max aperture. With the GX1, I stuck to three prime lenses (12, 17, 45mm) and while they also work great on the E-M1, the new zoom is warmly welcomed… especially as the go-to lens for our upcoming Ecuador travels. And today the camera’s waterproof, or splash-proof, ‘feature’ was put to the test. Especially when the big beautiful flakes turned into a driving sleet storm.

On the streets, it was relatively quiet, although the Chinatown Holiday Market was hopping with exciting arts and food, both local and imported. Hector Zarate, owner of Toro Mata, an Adams Morgan shop specializing in fine crafts from Peru, was on-hand drawing visitors into the vibrant warmth of his small gallery. Down the street, an arts and antiques shop propped paintings up to collect snow on the sidewalk, sitting area and all.

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Amy & Nikolai: Princeton Wedding

November 25, 2013

Surrounded by loving family and friends, Amy & Nikolai tied the knot on the Princeton University campus in New Jersey on September 7th. And the weather couldn’t have been better for their garden wedding, under the most impressive custom-designed chuppah (symbolizing the home the couple will build together, a Jewish wedding tradition). The campus grounds, with buildings covered in ivy and dating as far back as 1756, provided an ideal backdrop for the romance of the day. And the campus’s long columned walkways and the Victorian-style Prospect House’s circular balconies provided for beautiful bride and groom portraits.

Princeton was a natural choice for the Brooklyn residents with their vintage theme in mind and Messay Shoakena and I had a blast photographing their special day.

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Getting ready at the historic Nassau Inn in Princeton’s famous Palmer Square, across the street from the campus . . .

With anxious excitement, Amy and Nik await their first look . . .

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Staying hydrated and happy with custom groomsmen flasks . . .

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And as wedding time approaches at the Prospect House and Gardens, Messay and I couldn’t have asked for better portrait locations, nor a cooler wedding party . . .

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Flowers and chuppa designed by Janene Puca of In Full Bloom . . .

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And the time is here, with guests having traveled from as far as California to Scandinavia to cheer on and party with the beautiful couple.

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A big congratulations to Amy and Nik and their families! It was a night to remember!!