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