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Featured Photo Wednesday – Richard Lewis

I love the dedication… This story tells you how to become a great photographer! You go back, you do it again until you know you got the shot! Rich, your dedication paid off! This photo is amazing! The black and white is a great choice, the composition, the clouds over head all come together to create a magical image!

Thank-you for sharing with us, reminding us when you find a place you like and – go back!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Richard Lewis

I came across this area whilst out with the family and was struck by its beauty, at that time I didn’t own a camera and enjoyed it for what it was and without wanting to record it. Several years later I tried to find the area again, became lost and went home; following some research on the internet I discovered the name of the place and found it with ease, the rain at the time was coming down horizontally however so I didn’t get out of the car. The seed was planted for the image I wanted and three more trips resulted in failure due to weather conditions, to much fog, wrong wind direction and being in the Brecon Beacons National Park lots of rain.

During a small photo series of Welsh water (waterfalls and rivers in the Brecon Beacons), I was feeling confident, research showed the weather to be as I wanted and an early start found me shortly after sun rise with the camera on the tripod and looking at not much really, mist had developed and the wind as promised had not arrived.

I figured I had about three quarters of an hour before the sun became a problem at which point the wind started. The clouds were moving towards me and the mist was fast disappearing. A quick check of the composition and the filter went on. It’s a great feeling knowing you have a shot in the bag when you take it, it’s so much better when you have been trying to get it for a number of years.

I mainly shoot in black and white these days as I find colour can be a distraction and I think this image in monochrome works pretty well.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardamlewis/

Featured Photo Wednesday – Lidie Berendsen

The colors are amazing in this picture… They complement each other, the clouds the light, love it! To be able to see the sunset / sunrise out your window every night would be truly amazing. Most people can go their whole life and only see a handful of amazing sunsets. Thank you Lidie for sharing this beautiful sunset!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Lidie Berendsen

My name is Lidie and I’m a 41 year old housewife and mother of a beautiful 8 year old girl.
I’m so lucky that I live in the nord of Italy at Caselle Torinese near the big city Turin.
We have here almost every night the most credible sunsets. In the wintertime also the sunrises are amazing.
This means that every night I’m watching out and wait what for surprise the sun will bring me this night. The direction is every time the same but the sky is never the same. Every night it has it own colors and this is what I like so much about these beautiful sunsets.

I hope you will like my picture.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/lidie71/

Featured Photo Wednesday – Akshat Tewari

We create a photograph as we look for light and shadows. This amazing photo by Akshat Tewari captured both the light and shadows, but also the texture and shapes. Thank-you so much for sharing. When I see a photograph like this it inspires me to not only look at the shape I am photographing, but the shadows at my feet. To look for a photograph where the light touches the shadows…

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Akshat Tewari

Recently I was out shooting over the weekend, which is when I saw this. I visited Qutub Minar, Delhi, India hoping to capture some nice architectural shots and so were the others.
It was a bright sunny morning and there was this one guy trying to capture the architectural beauty of the ‘Alai Darwaza’.

The Shadows of the ‘Alai Darwaza’ and its shooter created this magical effect on the textured floor.
Like the three basic elements of any photo are: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO; likewise I feel the three prominant pillars on which this photo stands are:
(i) The shadow of ‘Alai Darwaxa’ – depicting its architectural beauty
(ii) The shadow of ‘The Shooter’ – pointing his lens towards the marvelling architecture
(iii) The ‘Textured Floor’ – embracing the beauty of the shadows

If any of the three basic elements are missing in a photo the picture looses its meaning, likewise if any of these three prominent pillars (subjects) wouldn’t have been there in the picture, the click would have lost its look and feel.

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91030442@N07

Featured Photo Wednesday – Alaine Pabayos

I love dedication, the fact that Alaine went back out to get the shot. Got up early just to see the sun at that perfect moment. That is pure love of photography right there, love it! If you have ever tried to capture the sun you know it moves fast. You only have a small window to capture it, and Alaine did an amazing job capturing the sun. A second more it would be above the bridge to soon it would only be half visible! Great job Alaine!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

twinklyblue

I have read somewhere that motivation is a result of an act that you do, where because the result is very satisfactory, gives you more enthusiasm to do more.

I had mentioned quite a lot of motivation from my attempts to improve my photography this year. And a couple of weeks ago, I have tried the most impossible attempt ever.

It was not an easy attempt as I am not a morning person. The first attempt, I was 30mins late, thus the sun was already up high when I reached my destination. As always during my photo adventures, I would meet a lot of old people, with old cameras, and I happen to again have a conversation with one of them. I was told that February is one of the rarest month to catch the sun right in the middle of the bridge. I was curious, and was motivated by this rarity. So again, I attempted the following day.

Once a year, it is said that the ball of the sun will be exactly in the middle of Yokohama Bay Bridge in certain months. One of those months is February. I was a little bit late so the sun is almost rising already.

My rarest attempt to catch the sunset. This is one heck of a motivation. Close but not close enough. I was still late, I was told. But heck, plus points for me for being an early owl.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/twinklyblue/
http://alainewrites.wordpress.com/

Featured Photo Wednesday – Hannah Wuensche

Such strength in this photograph! Can you imagine being there, seeing this magnificent wall! Touching it to feel those dark streaks that formed so long ago. Nice choice going black and white! Thank-you for sharing with us today Hannah! “Just me and the rock”, love it!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Hannah

I took this photo on a rock climbing trip that I went on with my friends with a Nikon D700. We found this amazing wall that made me think of a wave, being there makes you feel separated from the rest of the world- it feels surreal. I saw my dad walking off on his own and it amazed me to see him in contrast to such a large and impressive form.

I also found it quite beautiful to see him looking so comfortable on his own with nature, looking at this photo makes me feel quite calm; I feel it reflects the feeling I get when on the wall, the time that I am isolated from the rest of the world and the feeling of calm I get in the knowledge that it’s just me and the rock. I loved that I could share that emotion through this photograph.

When looking back at this shot I noticed the dark streaks on the wall- I wanted to highlight these. This and the simplicity of it was what made me choose to use black and white as opposed to colour.

Flickr: www.Flickr.com/hwuensche
Facebook: www.FaceBook.com/WuenscheFamilyPhotography

Featured Photo Wednesday – Keith Kwok

Now this is a great photo! Talk about capturing a moment… I love that the fisheye, it gives it just a big of distortion, but not too much. Bringing the entire scene into view. The light and the choice of black and white make it perfect! a big thanks for Keith Kwok this week, be sure to check out some of his other work on Flickr.com/KeithKwok

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

KeithKwok

Shoe makers in Hong Kong produce affordable leather shoes, though it’s a dying trade.

I took this shot on a humid summer’s day, the temperature must of been around 30’C.

This old man was in a very small and hot shop, but you can see he was concentrating with passion. There’s no air conditioning, just an simple electric fan beside him. (This isn’t just an workshop, he sells shoe as well.)

He hadn’t noticed me when I came into the shop, I took a picture of this humble man from 1.5 meters away. Because the surrounding area is small, I used a fisheye lens to capture the whole environment. The fisheye distortion gave a perspective that emphasize his concentration. I really liked the perspective and composition, because it made him look like he was working in a cave, feeling alone, and no connection to the outside world.

Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/keithkwok

 

Featured Photo Wednesday – Peter Kelly

Thank-you Peter for this amazing picture!  I love the composition on this photo, each officer lost within their own thoughts. I also love that you edited it in black and white. One of the reasons I like black and white photography is the timeless feel you get. This photo could have been taken 20 years ago or 4 years ago.

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Peter Kelly

If your interested, a short story about this photo. I shot this photograph on black & white film while on a visit to New York. I was just getting into black & white film for the first time. Some friends and I went to a giant food festival in Hell’s Kitchen. For about half an hour we parted ways to do our own thing.

I came across this line of New York’s finest waiting to change shift with the police already on duty. The scene stopped me in my tracks. I loved the contrast. In one way they are all similar in that they are all wearing the same uniform but at the same time the two principal characters are also very different. One; a very tall male with short hair. The other; a very short female with long hair.

I snapped it quickly before they noticed me, thus a bit of a blur but I think that adds to the documentary feel of the photograph. The officer coughing in the background somehow compliments the whole scene.

I often wonder how these officers fared during 9/11. Presumably, they made it through but undoubtedly they lost colleagues. Are they still working as police officers? Are they still living in New York? It’s still one of my favourite photographs.

Flickr: www.Flickr.com/peterkelly1
Twitter: @ThePhotovore

Featured Photo Wednesday – Wilson Chong

A big thanks to Wilson Chong for being our Featured Photographer this week! There is so much depth in his photography, such great use of the surrounding area to create these photos with such amazing composition. The first photo I ever saw from Wilson was “Heavy Duty Bicycle“, which like this photo has a life all it’s own. Thanks Wilson, you’re an inspiration!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

WilsonChong
“Two Old Ladies”
Leica-M Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH II + M Monochrom

Happy Chinese New Year of the Snake!

I love taking photos on the street and living in Hong Kong give me plenty of time to do that. Of course I love it and I ask myself why? Well, the answer is simple, because life is always interesting. However, when you living in the urban jungle for too long, you want to shot something else. So, during the Chinese New Year, I went visiting villages in Fujian, China, the land of Oolong Tea.

When I shot this picture, it was Chinese New Year and there were firecrackers everywhere but somehow this two village ladies just sat there and watch the world going on. however, you will see the Chinese New Year celebration poster up there on the wall in red, gold.

This photo was taken by Leica M Monochrom, which shots in black and white with Orange filter. It was a unique machine which brings me back to the old days of shooting black & white film. I shot it like I was shooting with an analogue camera, taking my time, just like the two ladies there and wait for the right moment and take the snap. And yes, it was not only I return home and look at the photo, I can see the details and tonality. Edited in Lightroom 4.2 and Silver Efex Pro 2.

My Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilson888/