What a superb week yet again this week. It took me a little longer to come up with the wrap up this week. Call it what you want. But I was a bit busy. ;) I'm not saying I was productive. Just busy doing other things. Preparing for a workshop. Reviewing my notes on the portfolio review. Letting it all sink in. Amongst other stuff.
Let me start this week by thanking you all again for your continued support. Not only on the theme and spreading the word but on what I do as well. I can tell you that it means a lot.
This week's Fav of the Day award goes to for this killer photograph. What a beautiful composition. Love the rhythm in this photograph. Love the connection between the poles and how the visually stipulate the path the eye must follow. Absolutely LOVE the sun, the atmosphere, the detail and the toning of this photograph. This might be one of the best photographs I've seen by you Šárka! There is so much feeling in this photograph.
is a true master. I envy photographers that work in series. Because I can't do it. Or should I say I have a hard time doing it. I know by working in series, you are able to discover a subject in all it's glory. This is exactly what Nathan did with this series of rocks. Dude this is great stuff. Love the homogeneity of this series (I don't mean this in a bad way).
Maybe one slight remark if I may. The bottom left photograph's sky is slightly lighter then the rest and on my screen has a slight red tint to it (the mids on the gradient of the middle top photograph have a slight red feel to it as well). Don't know how or what it may have caused but it is different then the rest. But we are really picky here, because you are so good. :p
I'm excited to teach a workshop next weekend with in Calgary. This is such a beautiful photograph. Not only because it is made on Polaroid Type 55 'film' but because it is not perfect. Type 55 negatives are the famous source of the "Polaroid frame look" (aka the right hand side). Negatives are also quite thin and very sensitive to scratches and what not. I remember seeing some at school back in the day. Very cool looking stuff. Sadly with the bankruptcy of Polaroid, type 55 is no more. Tonalities in this photograph are great. Love the birds too. I'm still partial on the beams intersecting or touching the horizon line. It is my personal preference to avoid such things because it creates tension where it doesn't need tension.
created this stunner this week! Beautiful and subtle detail in this one. This too has a film look to it. I'm guessing here. I like the composition although in our Western society it is considered as 'backwards' or 'negative'. I just downloaded the photograph and flipped it horizontally and that totally gave me a different, albeit more conventional 'positive' looking photograph (you should try it). None the less, execution of this work, is perfect.
created this STUNNING photograph. I saw it last week on Facebook and it blew me away. Again composition is spot on. Toning is very classic, almost selenium like. Looks like when you tone a Warmtone RC print in selenium. You get this rich chocolaty/purple colour just like in this photograph. AWESOME WORK Sandra!
How do you mean when you say 'not be considered as one of my best images, for reasons yet to be determined it's a personal favorite'?! Are you out of your mind?! There's balance, detail, tonality. There's personal expression in it. And you photograph a nice couple of rocks here my friend. The sky is beyond gorgeous. The detail and the rendition of these rocks are phenomenal. Don't play this double square down man. This is good stuff!
SO many more people I want to mention this week. But these were the show stoppers for me. A big thank you to , , , and for adding your work and making my initial selection.
See you all next week friends!
They call the monthly feature 'the 60 second interview'. It is a section in the magazine where they present a photographer's profile that they feel their readers should know about.
I was very honored they chose me for the 'hot seat' and of course I was quick on the draw to say YES!
The March edition just came out. So I can finally share this news with you.
Black+White Photography is available through iTunes and in print.
Fotofilmic is a competition like no other because it is only open to submissions from photographers that still like to work with film as their medium of choice.
I'm proud to say I'm part of their first international selection of 30 photographers and honoured to say I am 1 of 4 Canadians on that list.
This competition is not over yet. 2 more selection rounds are coming up. So if you use film for your work you should check this competition out.
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Really appreciate it.
This week I had a very hard time trying to decide who got my 'fav of the day award'. There were about 4-5 photos to choose from. Each with their own qualities. I finally went back to my personal 3 criteria.
- Initial 2 sec feeling the photo gave me. I find the first few seconds of looking at somebodies work crucial. It's like the 5 sec 'skip ad' button on YouTube. If an ad is not catchy in those 5 seconds, that button is going to get pushed. Same with a photograph. If I don't connect with it in the first few seconds, I move on. Simple as that.
- Originality. Pretty self explanatory.
- Craft. How well post production is done to achieve the maximum reaction from the viewer.
With that being said. Here's my winning image for this week. That honor goes to . He posted a pretty fantastic square this week. Superb long exposure where is clearly see PSW's signature hand in. Soft gradients on the top and bottom keep your eyes locked in place. I love the movement in the tree. The tree is waving, dancing almost in this photograph. Thanks to the beautiful shape ofcourse. I also love the juxtaposition between the tree and the island in the back. Both are placed beautifully in the frame. There's tension and this photograph tells a story. A story about outcasts maybe or even scouting new grounds. And then there's another layer, those birds are sublime. WELL DONE PSW!
was again so very close to wining this week but like I previously said, I've seen too many photographs of this (or similar) places already. It's like photographing the gondolas in Venice or long exposures of skylines over water. I get it. These subjects are like magnets. But they are beginning to become classics on their own. And we all know the danger of classics. They become cliches rather quickly. None the less this is a photograph that has been technically executed to perfection. And I like it a lot.
Then there was this one by . Again perfection in every sense of the word. Technical and compositional. Too bad I've seen the same subject 2 weeks ago by Rohan. I know, you two hung out together! ;) Both your styles are very similar. And they almost could be a diptych. This is no critique, just an observation. Both your styles are done with a very steady, creative and soft post processing hand. Something I really like.
Great photograph by . In the last year or so I've really seen Gittan come into here own style. Very nicely done. I wish I had a higher resolution photograph to look at. This one is rather blocky so it's hard for me to judge the subtle nuances in the foreground. Very soothing composition.
That same soft hand can be found in 's photograph. I like the emptiness of the beach DD. It emphasis the weight the building carries in the composition and the triangle created by the sea on the left. All of which balance out nicely.
Another good photograph by this week as well. Great beach scene. I like the movement in the umbrella. And the whole scene calls out a bunch of different feelings with me. Questions too. Like what the hell happened? This is almost a post apocalyptic setting. 3 things I would tweak. There's a dust spot right above the umbrella and there's a black thingy in the water underneath the largest mountain. And there is that wedge in the clouds near the right horizon. I would clone those out. Especially the triangle in the clouds. Once you see it it takes my eye away from the real subject.
I also want to share good photo this week. Love the ghostly people in the water. And it's a good scene to photograph. Things I would have tweaked. I would have moved a couple feet to the left. That way the tower doesn't touch the pier in the background. Also level the horizon. And I don't really know what those 2 black featureless blobs are on the left.
I want to finish this week's wrap up with this gorgeous photograph by . If I am correct Martin has a few more photos of this scene in store for us. He posted one last week too. And I find this one the better of the two. But none the less this can be a fantastic diptych or triptych.
That's it for this week's wrap up. A little bit tougher on the curating side then normal. Nut that's probably because Saturday I'll be presenting my work before 3 portfolio reviewers. I've been looking at my work with a big magnifying glass lately. And probably that's the reason why I was a bit thorougher on the feedback.
Thanks a lot for that response and the link at the end.
This wrap up has been extra special for me. Thanks Olivier.
Just like last week I am extremely low on time to do the wrap up so here goes. I had a tough time finding a winner this week.
My fav of the day award goes this week to for his symphony of trees. I love straight forward scenes like this. You have the leading lines of the field in the foreground that draw your eye in and then a simple rhythmic line of trees.
A very close second this week was for his photograph 'Anderson Ranch 8'. I want to congratulate Adam as well on getting this work shortlisted for the next edition of the Gallery Book. Right on brother!
Here is something a little different by . Chris often looks at things a little different then most of us would do (which is a gift). I like this because it is thoughtfully composed. Maybe not minimal perse but a nice little intimate scene with nice soft lighting.
A very dark and moody square was submitted by this week. Again composition is spot on. It is a very mysterious photograph. I wished I had a higher res file to look at from this photograph. The compression is really hard on this file. Which is too bad.
Finally I want to share with you the persistence and patience by . It took him 7 tries and probably a few months to come up with this. I love the composition. That is spot on. Exposure is perfect. Soft light. Love it. But visually the frame falls to the right. Although the horizon is straight. But the horizon is a fake horizon that plays tricks on your eyes. I would definitely rotate this photograph like a half degree clockwise or so and visually straighten this thing out. Other then that Superb scene!
Sadly that's about all the time I can spend on this week's wrap up. This weekend I'm hosting a workshop with on the Prairies and as usual it's a mad dash to the finish. :D Artists are always with their heads in the clouds and work best under pressure. Right?
See you all next week!
My latest (and first) article is now out in Extraordinary Vision no 14, an amazing online photography magazine based out of New Zealand. You can get it exclusively in the iTunes store. Oh and I forgot to tell you about the best part. It's free!
Very excited for this workshop with , coming up in a few short weeks!
This going to be a very exclusive and unique 2 day winter workshop held in Calgary.
Really looking forward to teaching this together with
Hope to see you all there!
For all details and online registrations, see this link:
It was a busy week for me. And a stressful one as well. I'm obviously talking about the portfolio review I had on Saturday. It was a very interesting experience. And it went well. I got some good insights in what works and what does not work in my work.
I'd also like to thank for giving me a shout out this week and for genuinely asking about the review. Thank you friends.
Anyway on to the wrap up.
So who get's my fav of the day award this week. I can't make the choice so it's a dead tie in my opinion.
Both and submitted work of the highest quality this week. Let's start with DD.
- A very modern composition simplified by the long exposure technique used. I absolutely love the shape of this wreck. I also like the inclusion of the buildings on the right. I've talked about LE photography before and how it often is sterile in look. That is part of the minimalism trend I believe. But by including the shore, DD tells a story. The relationship between the two becomes an added element in the composition. Very well thought out. Great textures throughout.
(I wish I could share the post but I can't find it on his stream so here's the direct link. In the hopes this works.)
- Let's move on to 's photograph. ABSOLUTE CLASSIC! What can I say. Great diagonal composition with the obvious subject tastefully placed just off center. Perfect contrast. Has a very film-ish look to it. Very nice Martin. Well done. Kudos on going out in 'bad weather'!
Antelope Canyon. Talk about another classic but in another meaning. I've seen so many pictures of Antelope that after a while it becomes deadly boring. Remember last week's post? And then I see this. Which gives me hope that personal approaches to overshot classics are still doable. This is one sublime square . Super nice light or should I say sense of illumination.
Another very modern looking photograph by this week. Good contrast. Like said in the comments, inviting. Two things I'd like to remark. If you are going for symmetry, it needs to be bang on. Of course assuming that this thing is 100% straight (which I think it wasn't). The back seat is not quite lined up. And second, your horizon line is not exactly straight. It is a little high on the right. Other than that thumbs up BM!
Speaking of . Fantastic photograph by him this week too. Signature style by Stephen. Nice soft contrasts throughout. Masterfully executed!
I finally wanted to share photograph this week too. It's a really nice seascape. With a directional composition that dictates everything in the frame. Let me explain. I like this photograph but it would have been better if the ship was on the right side then where it is now. You see the rocks dictate the direction the eye is traveling within the framing of this photograph. My eye naturally loops around the rocks and almost expects something on the horizon on the right. It's funny how such a small object can throw a photo off balance. None the less this is well processed and well composed and executed!
That's it for this week ladies and gentlemen. I'll see you all next Monday and Tuesday for another edition of #minimalmonday
Thank you so much ;)
- Photography by Olivier Du TréOwner, 2009 - present
Olivier Du Tré (˚1977, Ghent, Belgium) is a fine art photographer based out of Cochrane, Alberta.
“Zo vader, zo zoon” the dutch equivalent for “Like father, like son” holds true for photographer Olivier Du Tré, who credits his father as his inspiration.
“He’s a fantastic painter and a gifted photographer. As a child, I marveled at his uncanny ability to ‘dial-in’ his Leica M3 and produce the most beautiful shots without the aid of a light meter. I don’t ever recall thinking ‘I want to become a photographer’ at that time, but because of him, I definitely knew I wanted to be an artist.”
After graduating as a graphic designer in 1998, Du Tré found his passion after enrolling in a three-year photography program at KISP in Ghent. During this time, Olivier immersed himself in film cameras, darkroom printing techniques and black and white photography, all of which continue to play a huge role in his work today.
After seven years of travelling back and forth, Olivier and his wife Sarah decided to make Canada their permanent home in 2009. They settled just west of Calgary in the small town of Cochrane.
“The move was a product of passion. My wife is an avid horseback rider and I wanted to be closer to the subject matter that I found so intriguing, the open spaces and the compliment/contradiction of man and nature, there’s a unique symmetry to it all.”
Olivier’s work has been published in multiple online magazines (ƒ11 Magazine no. 19, Stark Magazine no. 7, Landscape Photography Magazine no. 18, ...) on numerous photography blogs and in print in Lenswork Magazine no. 103.
Recently one of Olivier’s photographs received a bronze award in the annual international photography competition Prix de la Photography, Paris (PX3). And this year, Olivier’s work got noticed by the Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver who now represents his work for Western Canada.
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