Tuesday, December 21, 2010

~ania♥

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: ~ania♥!

"Choosing 2 favorite pictures seemed almost impossible to me. My favorites change as the time goes by, but finally I settled for these":
fall treasures
I really like this one... it's so autumny with lots of textures and contrasting smoothness and rich brown tones.

papery poppy
This one is just classic, simple - it's me..

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

Like most of us, I feel I've been taking pictures forever, but for the longest time they were just snapshots, snapshots of everything.... until a few years ago my husband basically forced me to change the way I understood photography by buying me my first digital SLR.

2: Equipment you use?

I'm a Canon girl all the way :) Currently using EOS 450D and all Canon lenses, favorite being 50mm f/1.4 and 100mm f/2.8

3: Mac or PC?

PC

4: What inspires you?

Life... things that surround me, little everyday objects, nature - a single leaf, flowers, light, shadows.
I love photographing the food I make - you'll find a lot of that on my photostream. And I have to say that I'm very much inspired by the Flickr community... I've learned so much since I uploaded my first picture just a year ago :)

5: Preferred subject matter?

Maybe I should be worried because I don't think I have one :) My photostream is a mishmash of every possible subject - lots of food, flowers, still life, buildings, leaves, insects etc.


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

One of those breathtaking, amazing landscapes :)

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

No one, I just leave it for a while and then come back and take a fresh look at it - it usually helps.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

No formal training, everything I know I've learned by myself.

9: Plans for the future?

Nothing specific - travel a little, maybe find my dream landscape :) At some point I would like to join a local photography group, learn how to take a decent portrait...

10: In one word, describe your photography.

homey.

Monday, December 13, 2010

David HR

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: David HR!

The Shadow...
View from the top of 'Levant Terril' at Mons in Belgium. A 'terril' is a hill made from mining waste. There are still a lot of them in the old mining regions like Mons, now being appreciated as green areas. For this shot I've used a ND1000 filter for a long exposure of 30 sec. One of my favorite! :)


La Mer VI
This shot was taken at Blankenberge (July 2010) in Belgium when I was on the beach with my wife and children ... not with a ball but with my tripod :) This shot has been included in my new calendar 2011 with some of the photographs from Blankenberge (set: www.flickr.com/photos/hdr400d/sets/72157603572145158/with...

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I started photography in 2007 with my first DSLR, a canon 400D with the kit lens and a Tamron 18-200mm XR Di-II. That's when I discovered HDR & DRI techniques on Flickr. I've used HDR for many of my photographs especially for the abandoned castle serie (set: www.flickr.com/photos/hdr400d/sets/72157602830114983/).

2: Equipment you use?

Previously the canon 400D and now the Canon 7D. My lenses are the tamron 18-200mm XR Di-II and the one I always use for landscapes: the wide angle Sigma 10-20mm. I've some ND filters (nd400, nd1000) for long exposures and some cokin and hitech filters (grad reverse 0.6 & 0.9). I should get the Singhray reverse gnd filter soon :) One thing I never forget: my tripod...I should get a new manfrotto soon.

3: Mac or PC?

I've never used a MAC but maybe one day... ;)

4: What inspires you?

Beauty and colors of the nature; the power in the sky and sea waves.

5: Preferred subject matter?

I've tried my cats, my children, my wife...even my fishes...but I still prefer landscapes & seascapes and sometimes abandoned places :)

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

A Real Storm...you know...something like a Hurricane...but we don't have that here in Europe... what I like in a storm is the power released into the sky and the beautiful clouds formation... and if you have the rays from the sun through the clouds...wow...just amazing :)

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

Usually my wife.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

I am self taught and I've learned a lot from friends on Flickr.
Concerning photoshop, I've learn a lot from the Extreme Photoshop Training Course (4 DVD) released by Mark Monciardini.

9: Plans for the future?

Belgium is a very small country with no extraordinary landscapes but I would like to prove the contrary! I also like France, which is a very beautiful country with amazing landscapes. I therefore intend to travel a bit more in France.

Creating a website with my photographs is also in my plans.

10: In one word, describe your photography.

unusual :)

Monday, December 06, 2010

Jaap Verhoeven

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Jaap Verhoeven!

Let me start saying that I’m very proud to be this weeks’ featured photographer! Thank you!
Jill was right: choosing two photos was the hardest part. I came up with these two. Please don’t ask me why. I don’t know. I just think these two are beautiful I guess…

Ascending
I took this photo at home in my kitchen. The light comes from the north. This is really a very tiny flower. I like the light and the serenity. I like it’s vulnerability. The red stands out. It’s peaceful.

-
This photo was taken at home as well. No flash, natural light. It’s my daughter Lisa. So I think it’s a nice photo anyway…;-)

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
Well, like most people I’ve made photos for the largest part of my life. Snapshots.
Obviously, the way we all relate to photography has changed when photography went digital. The ease of use, the instant feedback from the display on your camera or from your computer display and the huge capacity on your memorycard allowing limitless shooting has changed everything. Not to mention the possibilities to show, share and edit your pictures. All this has been very stimulating for me to pick up photography more seriously. But hey, I’m still an amateur and I do this just for fun.

2: Equipment you use?
I use Nikon equipment. I have a Nikon D300 DSLR and I use Nikon lenses. When I’m travelling light I bring my Canon S95 point and shoot.

3: Mac or PC?
Definitely Mac. At work and at home. No question about it…

4: What inspires you?
A lot of things. Nature, colour, shapes, a ray of light. But when I’m walking around in a city or a museum I always find something that probably will end up in a nice image. So...what can I tell? Photography is my passion. I do not necessarily strive for technical perfection. I just try to create interesting images: images that are pleasureable to look at. Doing so, Photoshop is not a dirty word... But most important of all, I want to have fun making photos and I hope it shows in my work.

5: Preferred subject matter?
I really like macro. So I like to capture little details, drops, insects, flowers. But there is also a more practical explanation for this. I have a fulltime job, so there isn’t as much time for photography as I would like to. I can make a macro shot in my kitchen or in my backyard. I don’t have to travel doing this. I just pick up my camera and give it a try.

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

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Time. I just back off for a little while.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
No. I’m an autodidact. So it’s all trial and error.

9: Plans for the future?
I don’t have any concrete plans in the near future. But I do have a wish list! I’d like to join up with a professional photographer and learn the tricks of the trade. I also would like to learn about studio photography, lighting, flash… There is a lot I don’t know…

10: In one word, describe your photography.
I have looked over my photos: a drop, a flower, a face, a ceiling, a tree. I would say ‘simple’.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Overthemoon

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Overthemoon!

flower power
For this one I was just filling in time while waiting for the train; it was a grey day and the red poppy stood out. I included the dilapidated building in the background because it is all that remains of the once-famous Mechanical Workshops of Vevey; I have always been attracted by that building with its big arched windows and was worried it would be demolished along with the rest of the buildings (they have been replaced by huge white apartment blocks). Now it looks as though it will be restored and I’m looking forward to seeing its reincarnation. For me this is a picture of nostalgia and hope.

faces at the window
You could say this is a typical “overthemoon” picture, a window, a reflection, shutters, tilted… Place Scanavin is a picturesque, enclosed square tucked away behind the streets of the old town in Vevey. I was rushing along trying to catch up with my husband when I caught a glimpse of two women looking down from a window; at my second glance I realised it was the reflection of a mural on the opposite wall. I whipped out my camera and took a quick picture while my husband was making his usual impatient noises. It came out well and I’m glad I stopped!

1: How long have you been involved in photography?


Choosing photos for travel guides (from individual reportages by professional photographers or from stock photo sites) has been part of my job since around 1990. I didn’t start taking photos myself, at least with any confidence, till I bought a little Lumix in 2005.

2: Equipment you use?


Just my camera, a little Canon that I can slip into my pocket or bag. I would hate to have to cart tripods, lenses etc. around with me.

3: Mac or PC?


Mac at work and PC at home.

4: What inspires you?


Anything I see out of the corner of my eye as I walk past – a reflection in a window, the light in a single leaf, a shadow or a bright colour…

5: Preferred subject matter?


To answer that I looked at my flickr sets. There is: chocolate, bicycles, books, cats, eggs, food and drink, architecture, machinery, shadows, doors and windows, clouds, trees, leaves, flowers, seeds, stairs, reflections, ripples, and things in shop windows. Views of my area (Lavaux on the north shore of Lake Geneva). I need to get interested in portraits.

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


I’d like to take a decent picture of the moon.

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



No one, I just sleep on it.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop



I fumbled around with Photoshop, which was already installed on my old computer when I acquired it, and got as far as Curves, but then the computer died and took PS with it. Now I manage with Picasa for cropping/retouching, and also for textures, though you don’t have the control over them that PS gives you. I’ve done several trips with professional photographers so have picked up some tips through observing them at work and talking to them. People say I have a “good eye”; I think that comes from my travel guide training: when you ask a photographer for a picture of North Cape and he comes to your office bearing two large leather cases containing 2000 trannies (colour slides) saying “I can’t choose”, you soon learn how to sort the wheat from the chaff in the blink of an eye.

9: Plans for the future?



Immediate future: sit down quietly and try to fathom out shutter speeds and apertures (my brain seizes up when confronted with figures). In the long term, maybe I’ll do a photography course when I retire; it might help me understand what I’m doing. And I’ll get some more sophisticated equipment.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
One of my contacts said my photos were “quirky” and I quite like that.

Monday, November 22, 2010

*Sakura*

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: *Sakura*!
Time To Go Home
This is the world through through my eyes. Can you imagine the world through the little frog's eyes?

Wind Kissed
This was taken in spring time this year in the center of Tokyo.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
As far as I remember, I got my first compact digital camera in 2004 and started shooting.

2: Equipment you use?
I've been using several Nikons since 2007. The first Nikon was D80 with 60mm micro/macro lens.
I really love Nikon's 105mm VR micro/macro lens now.

3: Mac or PC?
Only Mac.

4: What inspires you?
Small creatures in the nature just around me.

5: Preferred subject matter?
I love to photograph flowers on the roadside.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
Battle sites of World War II.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Online chat friends.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
Nothing.

9: Plans for the future?
I don't plan a future at all. I love to live an easy life.
But I have to go to pick up my laundry by Thursday!

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

Monday, November 15, 2010

(JT)

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: (Jt)!


My student Lucy. A great kid, that certainly dreams of bigger things.


Dedicated to my father.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I suppose not a very long time. My parents were always into it while I was growing up. My mom's Leica's were generally basking around the house. Heaven forbid I touch one though lol.

2: Equipment you use?

Wow, this is a tough one. I use a very wide range of equipment. For most of my street work, I use a Leica M6 or M8 with a variety of lenses. I've bounced back and forth lately between my 5D Mark II and a Nikon D7000 I picked up from Nikon Korea.I don't believe there is a perfect camera. A lot of my stream comes from my Iphone, which I dearly love! My favourite camera of all time is definitely the Leica Digilux 2, a 5 megapixel rangefinder style camera from 7 or 8 years ago.

3: Mac or PC?

All Mac. I use a Macbook Air for the road, and an Imac at home.

4: What inspires you?

People.

5: Preferred subject matter?

I don't discriminate, lol. However, I will say if you look at my stream you'll see a lot of the streets of Asia. A lovely and interesting place.

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

I would've loved to have taken a proper portrait of my Father. He's passed recently and I suppose I'll never have the chance. A big influence on my life, and easily the best person I've ever known.

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

I confide in myself. My Dad once told me that I have only have myself to blame when I make a mistake, and only myself to pat on the back when I succeed. I believe that. When I need someone to confide in I just look in the mirror.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

Nothing! But, my style of photography doesn't take a lot of work. I'm not sure I've ever spent more than a couple of minutes on a picture in Lightroom or PS.

9: Plans for the future?

Go back to Law School I suppose! It would've made my Dad proud. As of know, my friend and I are planning a cross world trip from Korea to Vancouver, the long way around, on motorcycles. Inspired by a Ewan McGregor trip a couple years back, it'll take 6 months or so and honestly, I can't wait! Starting a blog about it in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!


10: In one word, describe your photography.

I'm horrible with word count restrictions, but I'll make it easy.

It's me.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Bluesrose

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Bluesrose!
Spring in Parallel world
Spring in Parallel world - street moment from my hometown

empty VIP
Empty VIP - one of the most important things in the world - EGG :)

1. How long have you been involved in photography?
about 5-6 years

2. Equipment you use ?
Pentax K100D, Pentax K20D, Pentax K-7 and some tiny pocket cameras

3. Mac or PC?
PC

4. What inspires you?


Everything that I see

5. Preferred subject matter?


Reflections (water/puddle reflections, mostly I rotate them upside down, I see them like a parallel world); abstracts about everything; images on black (black&white, black&colours); shadows

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


I don't know, I think I haven't seen it yet :)

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



Sometimes I ask my daughter's opinion, but mostly when I doubt, I'll leave it and do something else instead

8. Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop



I've learned and discovered everything on my own, I like to tinkle .. and it takes time, I am very slow to learn new things

9. Plans for the future?



I don't make plans, what comes, comes

10. In one word, describe your photography. simple / weird :)

Monday, November 01, 2010

{cindy}

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: {Cindy}!!





1. How long have you been involved in photography?
I never showed any interest in photography at all. Until the summer of 2009, when I got a present - my first camera (a Canon 450d). I bought a few books to teach myself how to use it, started shooting and
haven't stopped since...

2. Equipment you use ?
Canon 450d with my 50mm 1.4 lens 99% of the time... and every once in a while I get to use my dad's Mark II, which I love and have to have one day ;)

3. Mac or PC?
Mac

4. What inspires you?


The simple things in life that make me happy

5. Preferred subject matter?


My boys, but they aren't always willing subjects ;)

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


I would love to shoot photos that tell a story and ask questions, with a little mystery, instead of only the simple straightforward approach (even though I do like those too). Even though I know I love that kind of photography, I never seem to be able to capture it that way...

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



In myself... I usually just take a little break and focus on other things.

8. Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop



Self-taught through books, the internet and lots of experimenting :)

9. Plans for the future?



I have no idea. I just started and there's still so much to learn. I hope I will keep shooting and grow up to be the photographer I want to be ;)


10. In one word, describe your photography.
Sweet

Friday, October 15, 2010

Slimdandy

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Slimdandy!!

Agave
This image of an agave plant in my garden was taken in the late afternoon with the sun slightly diffused by clouds. In photoshop, I was able to come close to replicating my warm toned silver gelatin prints by using the color balance sliders on the desaturated image. Then, using a black layer and layer mask, I was able to deepen the blacks.

Leaving Las Vegas
This image is almost completely drawn in photoshop using one texture. The only photographic element in the image is the car. The rest is illustrated. This is a relatively new direction for me.

1. How long have you been involved in photography?

My mother gave me a German rangefinder when I was nine years old. That thoughtful gift led to a childhood hobby, which led to photography classes in high school and college, which led to graduate work at California Institute of the Arts.
Everything seems to be connected. I became a professional photographer for nearly 30 years and now I teach photography at a local Community College. My mother’s gift just keeps on giving.


2. Equipment you use ?


Right now I’m shooting film with a Leica M-6 ( Yes, still using a German rangefinder). I shoot digitally with an Olympus E-500. I scan my film with a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 and I make prints on an Epson Stylus Photo 2000P.
I would like to upgrade my printer in the near future.


3. Mac or PC?

Mac

4. What inspires you?



I’m inspired by life in general. For me, it’s all about the light. I look for those situations where the light is expressing itself in a unique and wonderful way.
I am deeply inspired by my beginning photography students. A beginner’s mind is a powerful creative force.

5. Preferred subject matter?



I like to photograph nature, especially in my garden.
I love to shoot ancient ruins that have not been overrun by tourist.


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



The Inca ruins at Machu Picchu are on my bucket list.

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




I go within to stillness, meditation, contemplation and visioning.
That may sound trite to some, but it works for me. All the answers are there.


8. Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop




I have an MFA in Art and Design. About ten years ago I took a year long course in computer graphics that included some instruction in Photoshop. However, most of what I’ve learned about Photoshop has been through experimentation; trial and error.

9. Plans for the future?




I plan to continue teaching photography and sharing my work on Flickr.


10. In one word, describe your photography.

Luminous.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Jeff Dyck

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Dyck!!

Single Cloud Wave
This shot is reminiscent of the kind of photos I have been trying to shoot for years. I've made several trips to the "4-Corners" area and can't wait to return.

Least Flycatcher's Nest Revisit - Feedin' Time
This is a more recent shot and is representative of the direction my photography has been going of late. I put a lot of work into getting this shot and I'm very pleased with the result (although if I were to split hairs, I would love to have had the bird's tail in a different position - next time...)

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

About 25 years and change. My parents gave me a Pentax K1000 for my birthday when I was 14 or 15 and I have been hooked since.


2: Equipment you use?

Most of the shots you'll see on Flickr photostream were shot with either a Canon 5DII or a G10, but I am actually relatively new to digital photography - the 5DII was my first digital SLR (purchased in spring 2009). From the mid 90's until quite recently I was very focussed on large format film photography - I still shoot a lot of sheet film in a variety of formats from 4x5 to 11x14. I also have a couple Hasselblads and medium format Fuji rangefinders in the quiver but they don't see much action these days. Horses for courses.


3: Mac or PC?

PC


4: What inspires you?

The natural world. Beautiful light. New places.


5: Preferred subject matter?

I spent many years shooting a lot of landscape photography, but recently I've taken a great interest in wildlife and avian photography. This is really a result of some lifestyle changes. I made a work related moved a few years ago from the northern coast of British Columbia to (very flat) northwestern Ontario - while the boreal forest has a beauty of it's own, one doesn't have to look far to find a huge variety of birds and abundant wild animals - the grand landscapes seem a little harder to come by...


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

More than things, what I still really want to capture are places - I could fill pages with the places I'd like to visit and photograph. If I had to name a thing - an Ivory-billed Woodpecker.


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

No one really. I rarely have doubts.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

Nope...


9: Plans for the future?

I've been without a darkroom since my move to Dryden. I recently purchased a very good scanner and a fluid mounting set-up - my winter project this year will be starting to scan my way through 15 years of accumulated sheet film.


10: In one word, describe your photography.

f64-ish?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ben Heine

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Ben Heine!!


Pencil Vs Camera - 30
I took this photo near Hannut in Belgium. I also made the rough sketch. I wanted to oppose imagination and reality, drawing and photography. I only drew things that came to my mind, sort of an improvisation.

The Future is Bright
This is a photo I took during my trip in Kenya, Africa. I wanted to express the strong connection between family members (Father, Mother and Child...). When we all look in the same direction, everything seems possible...

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I started photography quite recently. I’m initially a painter and drawer
But photography is really my passion now. So much can be expressed with nice photos.


2: Equipment you use?

I used to take photos with a Nikon D70, a nice camera, but I’m now sponsored by Samsung Imaging, which sent me several new and powerful devices, cameras and lenses. Everywhere I go, I always have a camera with me. I take picture all the time, day and night, I’m still experimenting new techniques.


3: Mac or PC?

Mac, I had a PC before but Mac is really more appropriate for visual creators…


4: What inspires you?

Every single thing around me is an inspiration. I never lack of ideas and stimulation. I like challenges and always strive to find new ways to visually express feelings.


5: Preferred subject matter?

Landscapes and portraits


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

I’d like to try a shooting with ink in the water; there is so much texture and unexpected effects, like watercolors on paper…

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

Usually my father.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

I briefly studied Art (sculpture and painting) some time ago. I also have a degree in Journalism. I’m mainly a self taught artist and a pseudo journalist. I’ve attended several workshops as well.


9: Plans for the future?

I’m still developing “Digital Circlism” and “Pencil Vs Camera”. When I’ll be bored doing this, I might come back to fully traditional arts and make a huge series of abstract paintings on large canvas.
Many public events are planned in the coming weeks/months: I’ll be exhibiting several Pencil Vs Camera creations and digital circlist portraits this coming weekend at the Law Courts of Braives near Liege (Belgium). 2 other exhibitions are planned in popular places in Brussels. We also sent a few weeks ago a selection of my printed creations that will be shown in an art gallery in Miami, Florida.


10: In one word, describe your photography.

Indescribable

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bunny Spice

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Bunny Spice

Just a Girl and Her Bunny 18
I love my "Just a Girl and Her Bunny" series because I adore my bunnies. I love capturing the amazing bond I have with my rabbits.

Crab Walk
I really love color and the beach. This is one of my favorites because I was shooting blindly, chasing this guy all around the beach, and I wound up with this amazing shot. Serendipity. I love it.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I started taking photos as a toddler. I have always had a camera and even at a young age I was serious about creating art while documenting a moment. I continued to invest in better cameras and push myself creatively over the years, and somewhere along the way I started making a little money at it. I like it like that.

2: Equipment you use?

I have a Canon EOS 30D and Canon FTb, but I have neglected my poor film camera of late. I have a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that I use for shooting nature and sports. I want more lenses, but I make do with what I have. I prefer natural light, so I really don’t play with lights and umbrellas.

3: Mac or PC?

I go both ways.

4: What inspires you?

I love natural light. If the lighting is perfect, everything else falls into place for me. I love the unexpected, the moments when stars align and magic happens.

5: Preferred subject matter?

My adorable rabbits, of course. I love light and nature. I love my great state of Florida and its varied landscapes. Interesting architecture makes me happy, so does beautiful food. I reluctantly take posed photos of people other than myself; I prefer taking candid shots of others. I try to challenge myself often.

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

The elusive Yeti? I guess I would say the perfect bunny binky – which is a rabbit leap of joy. Timing is everything.

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

I have a wonderful boyfriend and a dear friend who are always supportive and encouraging. I never really doubt my art, though. I believe art is therapy; as long as I am taking photos, I am creating art and I am happy.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

I took one photo class in college years ago. We shot film and played in the darkroom. I learned a lot of useful technical stuff in that class, but I am mostly self-taught. Same goes for Photoshop. I just spend time playing around and figuring things out along the way. I have to continue to challenge myself in order to stay fresh.

9: Plans for the future?

I am starting a new librarian job that comes with a lot of traveling and interesting photo opportunities. I have some photo projects that I am working on, in addition to showing work at a few galleries. Thinking about MFA programs, too. Just dreaming big and working hard to make it happen.

10: In one word, describe your photography.

Serendipitous.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Moaan

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Moaan
golden days
Autumn is the best time of all. I love the momiji trees in my town.

What would you like Santa Pochiko to bring you?
This is my pet dog,welsh corgi "Pochiko".And she is my good model.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I begun to shoot for real since October,2003.

2: Equipment you use?
Cameras
Leica Leica Ⅲf
Leica M3
Leica M7
Leica MP
Leica M8
Leica M9
Lenses
Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 16mm f/4.5 Aspherical
Super Angulon 21mm f/3.4
MINOLTA G-ROKKOR 28mm f/3.5
Summaron 35mm f/2.8
Summicron 35mm f/2.0
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical
Rollei Sonnar 40mm f/2.8 HFT
Elmar 50mm f/2.8
Summicron 50mm f/2.0
Summicron 50mm f/2.0 NF
Summilux 50mm f/1.4
Noctilux 50mm f/1.0
Canon 50mm f/0.95
Konica M-Hexanon 50mm f/1.2

3: Mac or PC?
I have a windows PC and a MacBook Pro.

4: What inspires you?
Light. I am always looking for light.

5: Preferred subject matter?
My pet dog and flowers,trees,people in daily life.

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


7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
My wife and my friend "megu" who keeps photo studio.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I have no qualifications. Just a Leica maniac.I am taught myself about Photography and Photoshop.

9: Plans for the future?
I want to keep taking photographs until becoming sightless.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
Bokeh

Monday, September 06, 2010

.Malcolm

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Malcolm

Aden
I visit this place often - sometimes there is complete silence, not even the sound of birds,
the atmosphere is surreal

Hay
This picture reminds of of summer - Where I live the weather has been miserable for the last 3-4 weeks - Summers are short in Scotland.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I became interested in photography about 3 years ago probably the end of 2007.
My work sometimes requires me to do on-site surveys and I used a pocket digital camera, once I saw what possibilities there were for creating pictures & art I was hooked.

2: Equipment you use?

Canon EOS 400d (which is due to be replaced)
Canon 50mm f1.8 II (excellent colour reproduction & sharpness)
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (standard kit lens)
Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 (a handy lens for long walks when you do not want to carry loads of equipment)
Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 (great for shooting birds & wildlife)
Sigma 70mm F2.8 Macro
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
UV & Polarizing Filters
Various strength HQ diopters (close-up filters/lenses)
Various Cokin ND & grauated Filters
Manfrotto Tripod & a beanbag camera support!!

3: Mac or PC?

I have a laptop (windows) also a desktop PC. I back all my pictures up to external hard drives!
Top of my 'wish list' is a 27" iMac :-)

4: What inspires you?

I am inspired by the power & beauty of the nature that surrounds us!

5: Preferred subject matter?

Trees, lone trees, bare trees, forests, woodlands.
I have places and locations bookmarked in my mind which I return to depending on the light.

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

A bear in a river catching fish in it’s mouth!!

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

I always show my pictures first to my friends & family (especially my son) - they let me know honestly if the picture is no good.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

I am a qualified engineer and I design equipment used on sub-sea oil & gas wells.
For my work I use 3d graphics software every day, which probably helped me learn to use Photoshop.
I am self taught in terms of photography & Photoshop.
I have read countless books on photography and have learned all I could about composition & light, and with lots of practice I have learned to get the camera to do what I want it to.

I also learn from some fantastic photograhpers that I have became friends with on Flickr
I am still learning & I wish to continually improve.

9: Plans for the future?

I get lots of requests from people wanting me to take pictures like family portraits etc. and I have always refused.
This is probably down to laziness on my part - so this is the next area of photography that I plan to get to grips with.

I have just set up a New Website to show my images:
If you have a look - leave a comment - feedback is appreciated.
Hope you enjoy:

Malcolm Glennie ~ Art Photography

10: In one word, describe your photography.

Dreamy

Monday, August 30, 2010

Gumby*

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER:
welder
I love this one for the comments from the DeleteMe group on Flickr. They are so delightfully snarky, they feel just like family...

the red pill
And this, because there is something initially creepy about it, but its sense of calm has grown on me...

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I have had a camera since I was about 6, and can still remember the smell of the spent flash cubes.

2: Equipment you use?
I currently have a Nikon D700, and my most frequently used lenses are the 60mm 2.8, the 80-200mm 2.8, and the 24-70mm 2.8.
I have tried numerous times to use the SB600 flash I have, but the results are always horrible.

3: Mac or PC?
I use a Mac, but I used a PC until last year.
I am equally inept on both, which is saying something.

4: What inspires you?
I am inspired by Flickr, plain and simple. Many photographers here are better than the professionals, and there is always something fresh and uncommon here. It hardly takes any time at all to find a photographer that you have never seen, and a photostream that is a revelation. I have been hooked from the first day. Even better than this, I consider many of these people lifelong friends.

5: Preferred subject matter?
My preferred subject manner changes, but I am fascinated by the elk in the autumn in Banff National Park. I also seem to shoot a lot of flowers, but I have no idea why.
It could be the fault of my macro lens.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
I went to Death Valley this year and never caught on camera what I wanted, some elusive quality of light and land that would represent the place. I am terrible at landscapes.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
I think there is always a low-grade dissatisfaction with what I shoot, but when it becomes acute, I turn to Flickr, and although the comments are usually generous, I can tell by the quality of enthusiasm from my good contacts exactly what is wrong by the things left unsaid. That strangely convoluted honesty is wonderful....it inspires me to improve.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I took a landscape course at night school last year and failed miserably, apparently by refusing to put a person/clump of flowers in the foreground to demonstrate scale. I have CS4, but rarely open it. I am no purist...I just have no idea how to use it.

9: Plans for the future?
I have no specific plans. I love the luxury of photography as a hobby, and am deeply grateful that there is no pressure to shoot anything in particular, in any specific manner.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
One?!

11. I just wanted to personally thank Jill (borealnz) for her energy and enthusiasm on Flickr, and her outstanding photography, which has always been an inspiration.
There are many people who seem to guide the tone and level of creativity here, and Jill has always been one of those individuals who show untiring leadership.
And her photography is amazing...

Monday, August 23, 2010

mj.foto

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: mjfoto
Flaming Drop
Flaming Drop
The photo above is perhaps the most challenging of all macro shots I've taken to date. Not that it's super technical, but because it was super windy when I composed it. I had to create a makeshift barrier made of foam boards to accomplish this shot.

Star Trails -- Chasing Perseid
Perseid: Star Trails, Lake Ann
This photo was taken at Lake Ann, near Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker in the Cascades. It took a lot of effort to be able to take this photo -- all the effort certainly gives this more meaning (to me).

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I bought my first point-and-shoot camera roughly 5 years ago and have slowly progressed since. I've always been interested in photography, but I haven't had much time to devote to it until very recently.


2: Equipment you use?

I have a few in my arsenal. For those of you who have checked my stream and looked through the EXIF info, you should already know. I have two Nikon DSLR bodies (D700 and D300s) and a few decent Nikkor lenses including a telephoto zoom (70-200mm f/2.8G VR), macro (105mm f/2.8G VR), standard (50mm f/1.4G), and a standard zoom lens (24-85mm f/2.8-4). Looking to get a wide angle zoom lens and a film camera in the very near future.

3: Mac or PC?

Mac and PC (Windows and Linux/Unix). I run Linux for my file server/RAID array. I first tried OSX on a PC hardware and learned the ins-and-outs of the OS and its file system before I bought my first Mac. I also run Windows and a few Windows centric application.

There is no point on being a (Mac) fan boy! Every OS has its strengths and weaknesses.


4: What inspires you?

There are plenty of things that inspire me and I can't possibly write all of them, but I can list a few:

Life
Colors
People
Family and Friends
Art
Science
Flickr -- I take a lot of inspiration from other people's work. They certainly help me grow.


5: Preferred subject matter?

Anything under the sun. I love to travel and photography came along handy. I prefer to take photos that are technically challenging. For example: bees in flight, tiny droplets, landscape with dynamic lighting. Shooting photos that are technically hard engages me and helps me focus. I also like to shoot candid moments.


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

The Northern Lights, a bullet in flight (I've already caught spent shells in flight), and a bald eagle swooping in to catch a salmon. I've plenty of ideas and just haven't executed them yet.


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

I check with my kid brother who is also into photography.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

I don't have any technical training related to photography -- I'm self taught. Books and online articles have helped me a lot. Flickr has been an instrumental tool. EXIF info -- I love checking EXIF info -- on photos I've looked through has given me a good guideline for shooting different scenarios.

9: Plans for the future?

I plan to do more hikes to take landscape photos. I also plan to delve into high-speed photography and studio-type portraits including lighting.

10: In one word, describe your photography.

Dynamic.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eric Vondy

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Eric Vondy
Dirt Tracings
This is my son Seth wandering around San Pedro Riparian Preserve in Southern Arizona. This was shot with my Lensbaby. This is one of my favorite photos. It appears there's a story here but the story is up to the interpretation of the viewer.

Drift
This is my older son Griffin. The real photo is him standing in front of a pond looking at some ducks. I blurred him and placed a texture layer on top and added sunset colors. Once again, there appears to be more going on than what is revealed in the photo. One again, its up to the viewer to interpret.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
Since 2003. I grew up in Arizona but had been away for some years. When I moved back I saw the state in a new way. It didn’t seem like I would be here for very long & I wanted to document it. After while, when it was clear I was going to be here for while I moved to a more artistic approach – I have Flickr to thank for that.

2: Equipment you use?
I have a Nikon D70s and a brand new D90. I’ve got a 55-200mm Nikor lens, a battered 19-35mm Quantaray, a 500mm ProOptic mirror lens, Nikor 50mm and a Lensbaby.

I also have an iPhone 4 which I’m starting to use. I’ve started a series of iPhone portraits using a photo effects app called Lo-Mob that emulates stuff like old slide film and TTV.

I use Photoshop, Photomatix, and Tiffen DFX, as well.

3: Mac or PC?
I was a PC user for years but 2 years ago I moved to Mac. I have not regretted it.


4: What inspires you?
Being in new places. Flickr. The work of other photographers and artists. History. I try to find inspiration everywhere. In January I started a project to document Phoenix – mentally it was to be similar to W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh project but it devolved into me taking photos on my commute to and from work. I took a couple of thousand photos and only a couple of hundred were worth downloading. Of those only a handful were any good. What it taught me was that even though I was shooting on the same route I had taken for the past 5 years there was a lot that I didn’t see until I started looking for it.

5: Preferred subject matter?
Landscapes. The world. Cities. Collapsing buildings. I’m not fond of forests though. I was born in the desert. I understand it. Trees baffle me. You have 1 in a landscape and it makes for an awesome shot. You have a thousand and the shot goes all pear shaped for lack of a subject.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
There’s a lot: Europe, real cities. I’d like to move into more story telling photography; cinematic shots. I’m a big film noir fan. I’d love to do some noirish images.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
No one really. Usually I just need to go shoot something and then I’ll start feeling better.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
98% of what I’ve learned has been through experimenting. The rest is either through tips friends have given me or stuff I’ve found on-line.


9: Plans for the future?
Galleries? More on-line sales?


10: In one word, describe your photography.
Dreamish

Monday, August 09, 2010

Swiv

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Swiv

death knell of the republic
I trained as an Ancient Historian, and the forum Romanum has got to be one of my favourite places on the planet - I could sit there for hours and just be. This was taken when I was at a conference in Rome, and I had an hour free, so I fled down there with my camera (fortunately it was National Heritage week in Rome and everything was free). I was lucky enough to catch it just as storm clouds came rolling in across the sunny spring afternoon, and this was the result. One of my nerdier friends described it as "The Roman sky that Philip saw at Pydna."

consider...
This is a photo I'm particularly proud of because I feel like it managed to capture the atmosphere I was going for. I thought quite a bit about the kind of photographs I wanted to take when I visited Auschwitz, because I really didn't want to just take a bunch of snapshots. I wanted to capture something of the bleakness of the place - and with this one (taken from the guard tower above the entrance arch to Birkenau), the scale.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I got my first camera when I was seven, inheriting my mother’s old one for a family holiday to South Africa (it took 110 film... those were the days! ) I’ve been taking photos ever since. I had a few classes as a teenager, but it only really started being a proper hobby about eight years ago - and then I discovered flickr and it got serious.

2: Equipment you use?
Primarily a Canon 400D, with acollection of lenses – a 10-20mm, 17-70mm, 70-300mm, and 50mm 1.4f – that covers all the major bases, and a few filters – my ND-grad is one of my best friends. I also have a compact Canon Ixy , plus a Lomo Diana F+ and a Vivitar Ultra Wide for fun.

3: Mac or PC?
PC. I keep thinking I’d like to try a Mac, but I don’t have that kind of money – and if I did I’d probably spend it on a plane ticket first! But I'm quite happy with my PC.

4: What inspires you?
The beauty of the world around me – I grew up in Cornwall, near the sea, and if I’m stuck in a rut all I have to do is go to the beach to watch the sunset and then I’m ready to go again.

5: Preferred subject matter?
Travel sights generally – so landscape, architecture, people all feature. My favourite has to be beaches, though.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
The Galapagos Islands. One day I’ll get there.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
I’m more likely to try and work out what’s wrong, what I don’t like and how to improve it – so I’ll browse flickr looking at shots I like and try and work out why I like them and how I could use some of those things. Occasionally I’ll ask a friend of mine who’s a portrait photographer for some advice – if I’m feeling strong enough for his honesty!

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I had a little bit of Photoshop teaching when I was doing a writing course, but that was mostly learning to edit photos for publication, rather than post-processing editing. I’ve taught myself to use Lightroom and Photoshop for that.

9: Plans for the future?
More travel! I’m currently in the limbo that is job-hunting, though, so I want to start taking more photos around Cornwall and trying a little experimentation to get some new perspectives on things I’ve been seeing (and shooting) for years.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
Hmmm, possibly ‘gadabout’.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Eric Lafforgue

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Eric Lafforgue

Hulis Wigmen Papua New Guinea - Mount Hagen
Those warriors are Hulis from Mout Hagen. I was not pro when i took this picture 4 years ago, but this serie allowed me to become pro, thanks to the exposition i had with Flickr.


Kim North Korea DPRK 북한
This woman is called Kim I Sim. I met her on my first trip in North Korea 3 years ago as she is working in the “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” in Pyongyang. She speaks a perfect french, my language. It's one of my fav picture cos in NK, you are not supposed to take picture of the people and not supposed to be a photographer!

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
i have started 4 years ago now. Before i was in the mobile industry, something totally different, and i changed my life by going into photography.

2: Equipment you use?
I do not like to make promotion for the cameras i use, as i'm not happy at all with them, as i have many problems and it costs me lot of money, but as the exiff is on flickr: Hasselblad H3D39 and Canon eos1 ds mark3


3: Mac or PC?
Mac, ipad, iphone !

4: What inspires you?
the beauty of the people first and the so different cultures i can meet in my trips.
I'm also keen on the tribal life all around the world. They disapear so quickly... During my last trip in south Ethiopia, in Surma tribe, i could see them starting to use mobile phone!

5: Preferred subject matter?
portraits, potraits, portraits! So much to show in the eyes of a human being!

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
i like to take picture with a 1,2 aperture, so when people move, it's just impossible to get a good focus, but when you get it, there's something magic in the mood of the picture, so there are so many thing i want to capture that i've missed!
I think the picture of Kim Jong Il leaving North Korea like Caucescu would be a good subject!

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
everytime i come bacl from travelling, i have doubt about what i've done. Flickr is the best tool and help to be confident, as people, friends and contacts are so helpful. Even if i have became pro, i keep on posting on Flickr as it's the best tool to keep a close relation with the audience.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
no, i have learned alone, without book, or master classes... I use mainly Lightroom, and photoshop very little.
Photogrpahy is so simple: you see, you press on the button, and if it is not your taste you do it again!


9: Plans for the future?
i want to go on travelling in the remote tribes of the planet, i hope to visit the Zoes in Brazil...
i try to go in some countries very closed to tourism, but hard to get the visas ..
I also want to make things on Ipad, for me it is a revolutionnary tool for photography, thanks to the size, the quality, and the interactivity.
I work on it.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
I hate speaking about me, and my photogrpahy! As i say, a good photogtpahy is at 99% because of the subject you shoot, so speaking about the 1 % left would be so pretentious!
I just can say that i hope my work reflects the world i have the chance to visit, and the positive side of every country and people, even in the worst!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Barbera*

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbera*
••
An example of my love for colour and clean lines. Taken in the ever inspiring city of Berlin.

London mystery
A completely different shot... imagery, pictures with narrative value... the other side of me. From a trip to London with best friends.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
About three years.

2: Equipment you use?
I started with a Canon 400D and then upgraded to a Canon 50D. I own several lenses, but my baby is my 70-200. You won't find any filters, flashes or other gadgets in my bag. Pretty much all my photography is handheld as I find it way to cumbersome to set up and lug around my tripod.

3: Mac or PC?
Love my iMac and my MacBook Pro.

4: What inspires you?
I feel most inspired when I travel. Discovering without any kind of concrete plans works best for me. Often I get lost for hours playing with my photos in Lightroom or Photoshop.

5: Preferred subject matter?
Modern architecture, industrial stuff, shop windows, shadows, reflections.... anything where I can find lines, shapes, colours or imagery.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
Nothing specific comes to mind. I am hoping to continue to learn and grow by keeping an open mind.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Only occasionally do I annoy my friend j with my agonizing over millimeters :)

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
No formal training in either photography or editing. I wish I had more technical knowledge and would love to take courses, but there is such a thing called laziness :)

9: Plans for the future?
Not really... I am a drifter.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
One word!... hm... maybe abstraction?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Buckaroo Kid

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Buckaroo Kid

pub refit
One of the things I really like about living in London is that it doesn't matter how much you think you've seen everything, you might always spot something new. I often take photos of things because I know they won't be there for long. This was a pub undergoing major renovation, and a small glimpse of how it once looked.

buskers
This is quite an early photo of mine that i was actually quite disappointed in to begin with, because I knew how I wanted it to look when I took it, and it just didn't.
It was quite a dull day, but with a bit of work I was able to get closer to the image I saw in my head when I came across this terrific pair in Portobello Road.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
Only a few years. In fact, I only joined Flickr originally to keep in touch with friends abroad, and always thought I was pretty rubbish at taking photos myself. But I'd never really used digital, and got a lot more interested knowing I no longer had to leave the processing to someone else.

2: Equipment you use?
I started with a small Nikon Coolpix, and eventually 'graduated' to a Panasonic Lumix TZ3, which I still use. Although its still basically a point and shoot, I don't have a lot of technical photographic knowledge and find this camera deals quite well with most light situations, is easy to carry around and still quite simple to use.
I also admire a lot of 'lo-fi' film photography, so now have a Diana and a couple of other 'toy' cameras. However, I still take most pics with my Panasonic.

I almost always use Photoshop, which I know is a bone of contention for some photographers who think it should all be done In Camera. But although I'm not really a fan of what I call the 'science fiction' look, we all know that photographers we admire have always used all kinds of darkroom techniques to get the image they wanted, and that's mostly my aim. Its just another tool, which can either be used badly or well.

3: Mac or PC?
Definitely Mac. I have to use a PC occasionally and find Macs just seem much more geared to visual work.

4: What inspires you?
Well music and books mostly. But I also enjoy living in a city where you never really know what you're going to come across. I will sometimes just set off and walk somewhere just to see what I find.

5: Preferred subject matter?
I suppose I veer towards a vintage look, whether that's people, buildings or objects. I like things that tseem to tell a story, and do try to bring that out in an image

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
I'd like to be able to photograph music gigs well, and also long exposure and low light shots. But also I know I've missed several great spontaneous moments by just a second or so while fiddling around trying to get my camera out in time - I'd like to get some of those!

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Nobody really. I see it all as a process, and its inevitable that sometimes you'll feel unispired. You just have to hang in there, and maybe try something different.



8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I have a degree in Painting.


9: Plans for the future?
To continue to learn...


10: In one word, describe your photography.
Intuitive

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pdxsafariguy

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: pdxsafariguy

Baobabs at Night
I don't think I can leave out this shot of baobab trees in our safari camp in Tarangire National Park. It was quite an adventure to shoot: a group effort that required running around in the brush with a flash, backlighting those massive old trees. Little did we know that lions would wander into the camp soon after.

Sakura & Himeji Castle at Blue Hour
I had a difficult time selecting an overall second favorite so I have selected one of several favorites from a recent trip to Japan, a blue hour shot of Japan's Himeji Castle. We visited Himeji Castle to discover that the grounds, normally closed at 4pm, would be open after dark for a special display of lit-up cherry blossoms. To wander about and photograph a real Japanese garden and castle during the cherry blossom season (a BIG deal in Japan), all while listening to a live concert of traditional Japanese music - that was hard to beat!

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I started playing with photography back in high school, but then college, work, and life got in the way. I started picking it up again about 4 years ago when I decided to get a D70. Within the past year I have gotten some work published and made a conscious effort to devote more time to my photography.

2: Equipment you use?

Nikon D300 and an assortment of lenses from 12mm to 400mm, my favorite being the 24-70mm f2.8. It is heavy but the sharpness is hard to beat! I've become a faithful user of my carbon fiber tripod in the past year and it goes pretty much everywhere I intend to do any serious shooting. And I have a collection of filters – a must for landscapes – that I am slowly learning to use properly.

3: Mac or PC?

An old old PC. I really need to get something better.

4: What inspires you?

Travel. The outdoors. Different places, different cultures, the diversity of the natural and man-made world we live in. Anywhere away from the daily pressures and "daily grind" where I can capture something I do not normally see. Seeing the amazing stuff folks post on flickr gives me lots of ideas.

5: Preferred subject matter?

Landscapes, travel, wildlife, anything taken during blue hour or after dark, sunrises and sunsets. I've been slowly appreciating how difficult some of this subject matter is to capture well - often most of the elements of the scene are completely out of your control - so there is an element of patience and luck. But, when you do get lucky and happen to be in the right place at the right time, it can't be beat!

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

There are so many! How can I name just one? A few that interest me: penguins in Antarctica, the Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis, lightning during a thunderstorm...

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

Being a bit of a perfectionist, I am always seeking to improve and always in doubt about my art. Rarely, if ever, do I take a shot I am completely satisfied with. Maybe I am just my own harshest critic but I believe that photography is a continual learning process. Flickr has so many talented folks with amazing photostreams to draw inspiration from, and I love it when someone provides me with honest constructive feedback. Sometimes I feel like folks are afraid to do that because it might not be taken so well. Of course when something sells, that's a good feeling and erases a bit of doubt.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

Mostly self taught from experimentation, making lots of mistakes, and observing others. I've taken a few informal workshops and seminars, and have a few more on tap for this summer. In school, long ago, I took a few darkroom classes with a fully manual film SLR. I've been meaning to take a class on photoshop or photo processing but never seem to find the time.

9: Plans for the future?

Travel, travel, travel! I've still got two continents left to visit and am hoping to cross them off soon. Along the way, I hope to dedicate some serious time to capturing some amazing places with my camera. If I could make a living at it and quit my day job I would, but for now the 9-5 desk job will have to stay.

10: In one word, describe your photography.
Evolving. Hopefully for the better!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Biancavanderwerf

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Biancavanderwerf
nightcrawler

the watcher

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I hold my first (borrowed) camera in 2005. Before that time I made just like everybody snapshots on vacation. I always draw and painted but now I started a new medium for my ideas..

2: Equipment you use?
A Canon 5D with a Sigma 17-35mm, Canon 24-105mm, Sigma 12-24mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 15mm, Sigma 105mm, a lensbaby and a Holga camera and a Canon G9

3: Mac or PC?
Still PC, but I am saving for a Mac..... almost there :-)

4: What inspires you?
It can be anything: dreams, music, films, news and everyday life

5: Preferred subject matter?
My work can be devided in two streams. The more experimental, these ones I draw out before I make them, I think them through and I know what I want to shoot and create in Photoshop.
The second stream is what I come across on my travels, on trips or abandoned places and use them to make my own, this is more traditional photography :-)

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
There are many landscapes or cultures that I want to capture in different countries, like New-Zealand, Japan, Iceland, Bhutan and many more..... And maybe Bono of U2 if that's a possibility haha.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Nobody. I am not so uncertain when it comes to my work. I make what I want to make. Off course I have some favourites, but I never post something I am unsure about, then I have to work on it harder..


8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I went to Artschool in the 90's, I studied Architectural Design. Therefore I've learnt to watch and step out of the box perhaps. But with photography I am totally autodidact. I really really have to read some books now to enhance myself, but I don't like it :-)


9: Plans for the future?
To make better Art and to learn more about different ways of photography. And I want to combine different mediums together... But this is still a mystery, I have to figure it out!


10: In one word, describe your photography.
Surrealistic

Monday, June 07, 2010

Maloephoto

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Maloephoto

Rain on my playing day
Taken at home and is of my oldest daughter. I have some smiley ones of the kids but love getting the more emotional shots that seem to have more to say, it’s always important to have a camera on hand for me.

Tree Bone
This tree is like a fossil and must have some amazing stories to tell from growing to being washed up. The picture was taken on Auckland’s West Coast and is a real “soul” place for me. It’s a more raw and unpredictable coast than most and a place I easily connect with.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
Most of my life, my father is an amateur and my brother an accomplished Pro - no escape for me and really as a creative outlet photography was a simple choice. To be honest though, apart from a short stint years ago, I have probably have only fully concentrated on it for the past 2 years since I joined flickr.


2: Equipment you use?
Canon 5DmkII, 4 Lenses that cover 17mm to 200mm, Lee filters, rusty tripod and some good smelly seascape shoes that are always wet. I really like to immerse myself into my scenes and probably a bit to literally at times - fast legs are definitely a plus!
Really gear is secondary, my own creativity and knowledge is normally the limiting factor or the factor that helps me improve my images.

3: Mac or PC?
PC. I am swaying toward buying a Mac though but my bank says stop swaying and stay where you are.

4: What inspires you?
Lots…..
I have some great flickr contacts, some I which I have even shot with and they all certainly motivate and inspire me.
Having a go at anything at anytime, I find you are rewarded by effort and dedication.
Simply having fun, nature and my kids energy would be also count a lot.


5: Preferred subject matter?
Even though I take a lot of landscapes due to my passion for the outdoors my preference is colour abstract, minimalism and mixed emotion shots of the kids (and eventually other people). I still have so much to explore in those realms and I find these challenging. I really enjoy trying out all facets of photography though and I do get frustrated with my lack of ability in certain areas but that’s life. I don’t want me or my photostream to be a view of one form of photography so I like to try and mix it up at least a bit.


6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
A 22 kilogram blue cod, I love eating fish !
Seriously though, a moment that evokes pure positive emotion would be the one for me. Something that makes the viewer laugh out loud or feel very happy. I think often at a greater level we focus on the negative because that makes the news where the positive often struggles too and yet is equally if not more powerful,
Even a self portrait of me holding the National Lottery winning ticket, I am really looking forward to that…
Oops that’s 3 things!!!


7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
A glass of wine is good start but I find my family so valuable in this respect.
My kids - even at 5 and 6 they tell me what they think, I love their honesty.
My wife-she gives me a straight view of what she thinks is good or not, then I go ahead anyway :-) but generally she’s right, uuuurgh!, she’s always a source of good healthy debate.


8: Qualifications/training in anything? i.e.: Photoshop
I did a colour photography course in London back in the 90’s and graduated with a distinction. It was only a 3 month course after work but I spent about 30 hours a week doing it in middle of winter and most shots were long cold exposures at night or abstract. I didn’t really do much with it though after that apart from some basic stuff. Now I feel I have gone backwards, forwards and sideways!! All the rest is self taught, asking my family, or advice from flickr contacts- never be afraid to ask!


9: Plans for the future?
Keep taking pictures and continue to learn, make far more of the opportunities that come my way.


10: In one word, describe your photography.
Immersion

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tartalom

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Tartalom

day of the jackal
This was taken in Trafalgar Square in London - a great place for street photography. I like the fact that the pigeon is the only face in this as well as the slightly sinister feel to it.

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This is a more recent shot, taken with a vintage yashica. I like the softened light and tones you get with analogue photography. Also, I'm quite fond of the person in the picture, which helps.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
For about four years. I got a job with a local authority archive in London and part of my work was to photograph historic/endangered buildings. I discovered I really enjoyed taking pictures and have been at it ever since. I discovered Flickr round about the same time.

2: Equipment you use?
I have a Leica V-Lux 1 which I use for most things. As well as a couple of old film cameras - a Zorki 4 and a Yashica FX-3 which I am using more and more these days. I may invest in a tripod eventually.

3: Mac or PC?
Mac. My pix never look quite right on a PC.

4: What inspires you?
Other peoples’ pictures, on Flickr and elsewhere. My sister has been taking photographs for years and her work has always inspired me.

5: Preferred subject matter?
Humans, cats, dogs – anything with a pulse.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion - c-beams glittering in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate.

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

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
None whatsoever – it is all trial and error


9: Plans for the future?
To keep taking pictures and hopefully to get better at it.


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