Tuesday, May 10, 2011



Alone, among snow, fog, frost by Vin60
This tree has been for a while a preferred subject of mine: how it changed with seasons, weather, light and how I could change it by my photography!

Elusive bikers... by Vin60
The fascination of urban atmospheres, light, darkness, motion. A blend I like to experiment with and surely not yet exhausted.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?

I remember myself with my own camera in hand as a kid.
My first Reflex was a Yashica FX-3 that I equipped with all sort of gears
and used to experiment any kind of technique: from macrophotography to astronomy.
Later was the time of Minolta and Nikon (whose lents are still part of my today's gear suite)
and a long period of "NatGeo" style shots inspired by the many travels I did.

Despite being a technology fan, I was not an early taker of digital photography.
Eventually the power of millions of pixels combined with digital editing convinced me
to drop slides, filters and complex lab processing in favor of DSLR and Photoshop that opened the doors
to more creative forms of photographic art.

2: Equipment you use?

A Nikon D70 camera equipped with

Nikkor 35mm f1.8
Sigma 10-20 f4
Nikkor 28-105 f3.5 "macro"
Nikkor 70-300 f4

filters of various nature (less and less used), Manfrotto tripods;
without forgetting my faithful every-day companion Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 28-300รข

3: Mac or PC?


4: What inspires you?

Mostly Nature, in her diversified, sometimes extreme, manifestations.
Then light, how things transform has light changes, how they emerge from or melt into the darkness.
Finally technology: which is for me a real source of inspiration as the main, multiform tool to
represent reality and transform it into "art".

5: Preferred subject matter?

Nature, in her extreme manifestations
People, in their urban environment
Human artifacts, seen from a different perspective

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

Aurora borealis: always astonished when I see images of those great magic lights of the north.

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

When in doubt, publish! Then I wait for the comments of my friends on Flickr.
Their photostreams, the pools of various groups are often a source of comparison to gauge my own judgement which, at the end,
is the main driver of my art.

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop

Never taken a course in photography.
I read a lot and now I often look at tutorials published on the web. Still, as ever, experimentation, try and fail, is my primarily guide to learning.

9: Plans for the future?

I'm now in a sort of "reflexion" period. On one side there is a number of techniques and workflows I master that could be improved. I do not like to lock myself in a given "style" though. So I'm seeking for new sources of inspirations, in terms of subjects as well as processes. Surely looking forward to some new travels and to revisit the old ones, taking the time to scan and reprocess the tons of slides that sit since years in a closet.
On the gear side maybe a D7000, a high luminosity tele, surely new software which I expect to boost me in a new era of exploration and experimentation.

10: In one word, describe your photography.


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