Sunday, March 29, 2009

March25 -Anna

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: March25-Anna

Levitation
levitation

Denim Blue
denim blue

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I think it happened in the very childhood - I’ve got this passion from my Father, who took wonderful pictures, collected books and photo albums, I could spend hours with him in the “lab” that was organized in our bathroom.
My first camera was Ljubitel-2, then some 35 mm cameras and I had a lot of fun experimenting with them, developing films myself.
After a long break, I felt I need to shoot again and purchased my first digital camera in 2007, since that moment I’ve been carrying it everywhere.

2: Equipment you use?
Nikon D80, Nikon AF-S 18-200mm 1/3.5-5.6 G ED VR, Nikon AF 50mm 1/1.8 D, Sigma 105mm 1/2.8 DG

3: Mac or PC?
Both, but in last months I’ve got addicted to iMac.

4: What inspires you?
Difficult to say...feelings, book, music, nice conversation or even heated debate...

5: Preferred subject matter?
I’ve never thought about it...just things I see and wish to share with others. I think my main professional background influences profoundly on my choice and helps a lot, but always light and emotions it evokes plays the main role.
Oscar Wilde said it better than anybody : “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible”. We often forget about it.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
I am too spontaneous and just at the beginning, they are many :)

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
My best friend, guess who? Beatrice was “TWTME featured photographer” in May, 2008.
It is very important to have a straight-out “partner in crime”.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I am a self-taught photographer, still learning something new with every shot. In photography i use Photoshop just for basic things.

9: Plans for the future?
I’d like to realise some ideas I am working on.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
diagnosis

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sistereden2

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER:Sistereden2

Orchha * Early morning
Orchha * early morning
One of my favourite shots of a wonderful country, India. A timeless view of the magic city of Orccha, by the Betwa river in the soft light of early morning. Almost a biblical scene.

Paris in March

Paris in March #4
I love the city where I live : Paris. Most of my parisian pics are pedestrians (the series “people around the corner”). Maybe there are illustrations, a kind of modest tribute to a great book “Le piĆ©ton de Paris” from the poet Leon-Paul Fargue.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I’ve been seriously involved in photography about 4 years ago when I got my 350D Canon. I love travelling around foreign countries far from Europe, I’m specially attracted to Asian countries.

2: Equipment you use?
I use Canon 40 D with 2 main lenses 17-55 mm and EF 24-105 mm. The major problem is that it takes a lots of space so I always to carry a PowerShot G9 in my bag (just in case inspiration comes).

3: Mac or PC?
I’m working on a PC laptop but I am very tempted to switch it with one of the new IMac

4: What inspires you?
What inspires me in the first place is the pleasure to discover a new country, a new city but I also like to go back to places that I have already seen or that I know by heart.
Then, I could say that photography is for me a way to meet and to get closer to people, I feel no longer myself when I have a chance to catch a glimpse of their lives.
To conclude, Flickr is a daily source of inspiration. I am amazed by the creativity of all these talented photographers.

5: Preferred subject matter?
What I like most is to shoot people in the streets, expressive faces, figures that humanizes a place.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
Everything that needs long exposure, I don’t like to use tripods, I prefer to shoot with instinct.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Usually I don’t confide in anyone. I think that my best adviser is Time. I could be thrilled by a picture and then I can come to the conclusion that it’s not worth it. But I’m thankful for the support and the comments of Flick members

8: Qualifications/training in anything?
I am a self-taught photographer. I use Photoshop program, and try to improve myself with the help of tutorials that you can find on the web.

9: Plans for the future?
Many more travellings around the world and long walks in Paris and maybe a Blurb book on my indian trips.


10: In one word, describe your photography.
Glimpse.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

David Foster Nass

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER:David Foster Nass

Evolutionary Tendency
Evolutionary Tendency


Sometimes it snows in April

Sometimes it snows in April

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

Five years ago my best friend ceded a Sony Cybershot to me. I was hooked on immediately.

2: Equipment you use?

Two eyes that don't always tell me what they see and a Panasonic Lumix FZ50.

3: Mac or PC?

My first computer was a Schneider CPC 6128 in 1987. I stick to PCs since then. But that's not an ideologic matter to me - just the power of habit.

4: What inspires you?

Music, a good red wine, all of you great photographers out there and my wonderful wife.

5: Preferred subject matter?

I'm cross over, but especially interested in odd signs, profound streetart, surveillance cameras and the lonesome & melancholic.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.

Earth viewed from space.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?

I'm always full of doubt and nobody can ease this feeling.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

100% autodidact.

9: Plans for the future?

Fame, fortune and rock 'n' roll.

10: In one word, describe your photography.

Themeaningoflife.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Paul Grand

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER:Paul Grand

Girl on a shore
This is my current favorite, its a breakthrough picture for me, its when texturing finally clicked and I finished with something I was half proud of.
I've already talked about it in my Blog, if anyone is interested in the making of this image

Mannequin Lighthouse
The Mannequin Lighthouse is one of my most popular images, so who am I to argue?
I also wrote about it in my blog. It was done a few years ago, but still holds its own, even though I no longer use TTV's as they tend to cause many printing problems.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I did extra photography during the evenings whilst at art college, I didn't specialise because finally, whilst doing very well in the subject, I found B/W photography in those days was too limiting for me.
Then, when high quality digital photography and manipulation came about just a few years ago, I jumped at the chance to get back in there!
To answer the question, I recently sold an old College B/W photograph to a magazine and it was featured on the front cover. so, I guess it took over 20 years?


2: Equipment you use?
Sony alpha 350.
I've been using the combined 18 -70 kit lens and I'm just upgrading to a new "vacation lens" - an all round, wide angle to zoom lens.
I'm also on the market for a nice strong wide angle. (offers?)
The great thing about the Sony Alpha is the back tilting, upwards or downwards LCD screen, I always use it to shoot from the hip, it fools people and helps to keep them relaxed,
because as soon as I lift it to my eye, (being tall doesn't help) everybody runs or scowls. I really like it just for that, plus its 14 + Megapixels!

3: Mac or PC?
Just changed over to Mac last summer, I have a 24" Imac with an upgraded powerful ram card.
So far, I'm very happy with it. I could never go back, Just the HD screen alone knocks spots off the old PC. When I use the old PC these days, I feel like I have gone back about 10 years into the past,
everything seems so dated and clunky in the PC format. Sorry, PC diehards! :-/

4: What inspires you?
Normal things like raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, but no, really, great light, deep blue skies, interesting locations.
The golden hour in an ancient Mediterranean graveyard, that really does it for me!:-)
I started out with a cheap plastic Dianna camera in a dark sooty Yorkshire graveyard aged 14-15. And here I am, still lurking about them in other countries!
I'm also naturally inspired by my flickr contacts images, I'd love to list them all but it would be too long:-(

5: Preferred subject matter?
Coming from a depressing northern "Rustbelt City" and escaping to London as soon as I could, I go for classical painterly subjects and antique stone buildings, I despise industrial red brick and I'm not too fond of cheap modern buildings and structures like the ghastly new wind turbines that despoil our ancient landscapes, which I wished were all sited off-shore.
I do however admire the huge and magnificent and very useful nearby Millau Viaduct designed by a fellow Yorkshireman, Norman Foster (and partners).

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
A tornado? Failing that I'd love to capture an erupting volcano, from a safe distance of course, with the red hot larva flows, visit Pompeii, do the pyramids and perhaps Easter island and the Galapagos islands, etc,etc

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Easy, I confide in Jill aka Borealnz and Martine aka Petite Chose mostly. They are both experts at what they do, and I admire artists who really know their own pigeon.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I'm self taught in Photoshop, or rather, both Martine and I discovered it together.
At College I graduated at distinction level in Fine Art.


9: Plans for the future?
Lots of travel, and I'm off to Thailand next week!:-)
I'd like to sell much more and try to make a living from my images..


10: In one word, describe your photography.
Its not for me to say, but perhaps... 'Illustrative'?