Featured Photographer – Alexander Šanike Šurlák

11 November 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

Hmmm… I do not know what to say… Every photo I create is a unique artwork. At least to me. In this photo I wanted to show the beauty of a danseuse’s long legs in accordance with the straight lines in the photo.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I wanted to take a picture in an unusual environment for the dancer, but at the same time to show off the beautifully symmetrical, straight and graceful lines of the female dancer. In general, I have been inspired by the renaissance painters and modern advertising photography for my photos

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3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

The Canon 6D Mark II DSLR camera with the prime lens 24 mm was used in this particular shot. Parameters. ISO: 100, F8, Time: 1/160. Well, setting the lights was more difficult. At the top, I had an octabox with a diffuse tarpaulin (soft-box) and a light modifier with a Fomei Power Flash in the height of 4 meters. From the right side of the character-level, I had a softbox with Fomei Power Flash, and the same line-up was set from the left. These two flashes were used to better portray the character.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

The adjustments were simple, as the actual shot itself, and the light was set to my liking. I made all the adjustments in photoshop. Of course, I made some additional edits. I change a little brightness, contrast and played with the colour tonality of the photo. I removed the mess from the right window by simply copying and mirroring the left window to replace the right one. The last major adjustment consisted of a slightly dimmed the luminosity of the background. Also, the female-ballet dancer object was softly lightened.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

This is a very tough question. I like simple and clean photos. I like to work and experiment with the lights and shadows, but my artworks are dark-lighting style-oriented, as you already could notice. I also try to reflect on my work the ideas that are in my imagination. I love to create portraits creatively and unconventionally. Perhaps, the most appealing to me is, that I truly love taking portraits pictures with a wide focus lens, and actually almost everything else as well. In short, I am enthusiastic about working with the perspective.


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Featured Photography – Gavin James

09 November 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

Mike Laverdure and I tend to shoot creative works like this piece in tandem. We called this portrait “femme elegant”. Our model Alaska was very patient with us, the bottom half of the “dress” was actually a curtain that we fastened to her dress with safety pins to give us the extra fabric we needed to create the beautiful flowing effect.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

Our concept was partially inspired by a youtube video, using fabric to create an added element to the photo with angular lines. We ran with the concept and made it our own. I wanted more flow than angles, we achieved great shapes and angles with our model and used the dress to draw attention to our subject instead of distracting from our subject.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

This image was shot using the new Canon EOS R, 18-55mm kit lens, ISO100, f5.6, 1/200s. It was lit with Flashpoint eVOLV 200 R2 strobe in a deep parabolic softbox as the main light and an AlienBee 800 with reflector dish and a 30% Grid, gelled right behind the model onto the thunder grey seamless backdrop.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

The editing process was pretty fun. I used pieces of the fabric from several other shots to meld the dress together to create a beautiful flow. I colour matched the curtain fabric to the colour of the dress, then used the smudge and liquefy tools to blend the two pieces together to give the appearance of once long blue dress. The skin was retouched using frequency separation. I then colour graded the image.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

Mike and I have been slowly perfecting our crafts together, both feeding off each other and teaching each other. This piece is a very good representation of the ebb and flow Mike and I have established. Mike’s technical knowledge of lighting and my photo retouching/composite skills pair well together. Like fine wine and Gouda.

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Featured Photography – Mary Bel

07 November 2019 | 1 Comment

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

The title of this image is called “Freedom”. It is a self-portrait. I use photography to help convey a message. I find using myself as the subject in the messages has become a manifestation of the thoughts and feelings I observer due to my inner growth and self-awareness.

2. What inspired you to take the shot? This image was shot in a photo studio (KDS One Studio in Orlando, fl) against a white wall. I was renting space in the studio for a different project, and decided to take a quick self-portrait in between clients. I used a black table cloth as a cape, and as the self-timer triggered the camera shutter, I flung the table cloth in the air behind me. I captured several images of the table cloth flying in the air behind me. This would come in helpful during the post-processing.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting? Nikon D5300, 35MM Lens, tripod, shot against a white wall.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I love playing in photoshop and I used a Dispersion technique in photoshop to give the illusion of the birds forming into human form. I created all the shadows using several curves layers. I changed the background from white (how it was originally shot) to a light yellow. I added a subtle gradient to the background to give it a bit of dimension and interest.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

As an artist, we are often influenced by others. As humans, our subconscious is moulded by our parents or adults in our lives who influenced us in so many ways. We grow up to be adults with the imposed perception of ourselves and the world engrained in us. This image is about breaking free from those imposed ideologies and being brave enough to embrace your freedom. It’s about evolving into a person whose mind is open to embracing who you really are. You discover who you really are, because it makes you happy and brings peace, thus freeing yourself from those preconceived notions, customs, and habits.

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Featured Photographer – Anna Giannina Cicone

04 November 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

This image is of my dear friend Lena, a talented contortionist and aerialist. Lena and I have worked together numerous times over the past few years, since the start of my professional photography journey and her contortion one, each of us growing and evolving in our skillsets with each shoot. Lena celebrated her 42nd birthday just a few months ago and, having begun her contortion training in her 30s, is an inspiration to many of us in the circus community. This image showcases the incredible breadth of ability the human body has with proper training, dedication and resilience. With each portrait taken during this shoot, Lena would set a flexibility goal for herself (i.e. pulling the back of her leg to head, or hair to tush), and each time she nailed it. This shot spanned the course of about 2-3 minutes (quite a long time to be in the pose), with Lena pulling her legs closer and closer to her head, little by little. This is the pinnacle of that incredibly difficult process.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

This is a position we had in mind going into the shoot. I love the teardrop shape, and the profile angle creates quite an impact on the viewer.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

My camera is an Canon EOS R. My key light is a Paul C Buff strobe placed camera left, and a continuous fill light placed camera right.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I used a variety of techniques in Camera Raw and Photoshop, some self-taught and many learned by the amazing Barbara Macferrin. They include incorporating textures and using the dodge and burn technique to name a couple. My goal with the gold color was to make the whole aesthetic appear soft and ethereal.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

I am an aerialist, and I specialize in fine art portraiture of circus artists in my community. For the subject, these shoots are incredibly challenging as they require an artist to hold uncomfortable or difficult positions for a prolonged period of time. My goal with each shoot is to find a moment in there where the artist is pushing themselves to the best of their ability while still maintaining a semblances of serenity. I want the photograph to appear as though the subject doesn’t even know I’m there. I think this piece showcases all of the above, while also signifying a new direction that I’m thrilled to explore further.

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Featured Photography – Alexander Sviridov

12 November 2018 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

This is a portrait of my daughter. I attempted to make the photo look like as if it were a painting, similar to the Old Masters.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I was inspired by Jan van Eyck’s famous self-portrait. I wanted to recreate this portrait in my own style using my daughter as the subject.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

Canon 6D, Canon Macro 100/2.8. Single soft box in front of model and painted background.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I edited the picture through Photoshop. I wanted to emphasize the shadows, so I made them a bit more prominent through editing. I used a brush over the picture to create the feeling of a painting.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

This piece reflects me as I am always looking for new ideas to create with fine-art photography. As a father, I use my daughter as the subject for many photos. I find interest in capturing her varying emotions and strive to express myself through photography.

 

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Featured Photographer – Stéphane Rouxel

24 October 2018 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

This photos was taken during an evening with friends photographers, Amélie came to play the models with two other young women this evening there.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

This photo was taken uninspired particular, the session was a little improvised. I am inspired many of the work of the photographers which I admire the work and the light as Peter Lindbergh and Peter Coulson. This evening there, my friends photographers Yann Ronxin, Yann Fauchier, Olivier Martin and myself tested our setup light to deepen them during prepared sessions. I just managed the model in its position of body, charm and Amélie’s natural beaté made the rest.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

The camera used for this shot was a canon eos 700d with a 50mm 1.4 lens, the flash was a Elinchrom RX1 with a octobox 120cm, i used a reflector on Amélie’s knees too.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I open my raw with LR, correcting basic assets then i work in Photoshop for retouching. My Black and White is made with SIlver Efex.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

This piece doesn’t reflect me as an artist, i am not an artist, i’m just a lucky man with very good friends, pretty models and sometimes, not everytime but sometimes, i make a good photo

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Featured Photographer – Wenche Jostad

13 October 2018 | 0 Comments

 

1. Tell us a bit about this image?

The image means a lot to me. I wanted to keep it simple, telling a story of emotions that only an image can do. The locations is Bangkok.

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

The models sensual and femenine posture that reflected her emotion and made me empathise with her. I could feel her emotions. The “golden” light brought me feelings of hope and love and positivity.

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

Canon 5D, Mark III. The shot is done outside and I’m using natural light and a reflector.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I love editing but this time I wanted to keep the image as natural as possible. I use Photoshop. I made the texture of the gold paint stronger and the background darker. I also removed some redness on her back.

 

5. How does the piece reflect you as an artist?

As an artist, I want to describe a feeling without words and this is what I’m aiming for in all of my images. It’s important for me to capture a unique moment in time. I love the power of photography.

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Featured Photography – Luis Alonso Ramírez

25 July 2018 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

A challenge for me to mix the human body in ways that project the complexity of my thoughts.

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

The good and the bad, the darkness and the light, are always present. The body is always the bridge to decide which side you want to be on.

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a 17-55 2.8 lens. Natural light and an octabox of 42 cm to eliminate shadows.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

The editing is not very complex, only fine-tune the contour of the fabrics and the added effect around the image to hide the floor.

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist

I love the portrait, and mainly play with the emotions that the female body can provoke. The mind is unpredictable, and as an artist you must not force your results, you must let them flow. This image is a true reflection of what flows in my mind.

 

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Featured Photographer – Olga Gridina

09 July 2018 | 4 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image.

When I shoot portraits, I always prefer the image to speak by itself. My aim is to create an image that will draw you in without letting you know how it does it. To me it is the intangible aspect of an image that draws someone in without them knowing the precise reason why.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

When I met Keira, I was so driven by her unique look. I tried to create an image layered with emotion, used the contact of red and green to create depth, and the dandelion brought me memories from my own childhood.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I used Canon 5D Mark III with Sigma Art 50mm/1.4 lense, and it was shot outdoors in the evening with the available natural light.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

After a simple processing in ACR, I edited this image in Photoshop. I used some micro dodging and burning for skin retouching, play with Channel Mixer and contrast to enhance the freckles, and then applied my own color grading technique.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

While I often shoot fashion and beauty, portraits are still my favourite genre that captures the essence of you and not the product. My aspiration is to craft an evocative visual narrative, with an element of storytelling.

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Featured Photographer – Itamar Yissachar

19 June 2018 | 3 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

This image was taken in my home town as a part of a personal project I have taken on – portraits of the various vocation in the Golan Heights in Israel. I personally know this baker and asked him if I can take his portrait. His response was”yes.I love art. I bake because I cant play music”. It always helps that the person in your pictures takes some interest in art. Some portraits are more difficult than others but this one was a pleasure for me ( I got a big bag of bread when I finished 🙂

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

Trying to find people for this project is not easy. This one was a no brainer. The texture of the bread,the look of the bakery and the baker himself inspired me

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I think good glass and lighting is essential for a good photograph. I used an off camera flash through a soft box with a 56(85 ff) lens on a fuji body.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I edited this photograph in lightroom. I warmed up the light and gave the bread more texture. I used brush for parts of the photograph . I do not have any problem with editing and do not believe that a photograph should not be retouched (although many of great photographers do). I use every and any tool I can to turn a vision into a photograph.

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist

Emotion. I try to bring out the emotion of the subject through the photograph .I do this by talking to him about his job and more importantly having him talk about it. And so, when its time to click on that shutter he is relaxed and ready.

 

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