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Roland Weber : 1x Featured Architecture Photographer

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 10th of May 2021

Roland Weber quotes : 'With the camera I can finally show the pictures that I have always had in my head and make them accessible to others. Some of these pictures have been with me for a long time.'

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oland likes particularly architecture photography and landscape photography too.  He loves to play with light and to create his vision and perception of the surroundings to share it with the viewers.  He is still in search of his very own style but already succeeds to provide us amazing and outstanding photographs. 
I invite you to enjoy Roland's work and personality through this fine interview.

 


'Skyhigh'

 

Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, Roland.
I cannot believe it myself, but I am 60 years old. I live in Germany, right between Heidelberg and Mannheim. After a solid education and some years as a volunteer in the German Army I did change the subject and started working as a Medical Engineer. After  years of travelling all around the globe, I am now working for a diagnostics company in my area. I did travel to so many countries, have hosted so many nations in my house that I hardly can count all of them.
Besides photography I try spending a reasonable amount of time on my race-bicycle and I learned not to carry out the two hobbies at the same time.

 


'Pylon Bridge'


I have to say that the pandemic and the time spend in my home office had a heavy impact on me. Sometimes I have the feeling that I lost something. It seems that my muse has
  other duties at the moment. Travelling was always an inspiration and to be honest, I miss the ocean and the sound of the waves.


How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
Being a child from the 60's and growing up during the time of the cold war and a separated Germany, it was first of all the comic books from that time as well as famous books like “Lord of the Rings” and the popular science fictions stories and movies who inspired me. Superheroes, new worlds, space travel, robots and the universe, a clear distribution of good and evil, all of that somehow, had a huge influence on me and on my perceptions.

 


'Levada Walk'

 
Some painters influenced me a lot too, just to name classic once like William Turner or Casper David Friedrich playing with expressions and light. They were able to create worlds and stories of their own, and also showed those worlds which I did imagine from books and movies. I have photo postcards from their paintings in my drawer, and I still look at them to get ideas for light and mood.


What first attracted you to photography?
As for photography I did start late and… I did start digitally right away. It was the view through the viewfinder that attracted me. I could not believe how much the world around me changed while looking through it.  I found a way to express my perceptions and suddenly there was an open field of opportunities from which I could keep on learning for eternity.

 


'Spiral Staircase'



Describe your overall photographic vision.
I still do enter my private world when looking through the viewfinder. Leaving all others behind, allowing only me to enter that world, I can easily play with perspectives and create my own look on things.  It is very important to find a way to express  my own private perception and point of view.

 


'Floating Reflection'

 
Every photo published is a view into my private world and an expression of all the things I experience and see around me. That is what I want to share with others.


Why are you so drawn by Architecture and Abstract Photography?
I could state that I was too lazy for landscape photography. I was not willing to stay up long, too hike for hours or getting up so early to chase the right moment in the right light.

 


'The Road'

 
I definitely have to say that I was more influenced by photos from other architecture photographers who somehow, triggered me much more than looking at nice landscape images.  Watching those photos, I often couldn't believe they were real, so I tried to come up with some similar photos. Later on, I realized that this was exactly the way and the style I wanted to pursue.

 


'Blue Night'

 
What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
Good question. We all know that technically perfection is the only thing which really can be measured on a photo. And many viewers hook on to that as it is the easiest to get from a photo. But we also learned that a good photo does not just care about technical perfection.  I am clearly going for the mood or the story behind my photos.  Showing mood in architectural photographs is often difficult, but I always try to convey at least my feelings which is difficult too.  I truly think that the photographer as well as the viewer must share a common feeling.

 


'The Lower Level'

 

What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
Now, mostly I try to share my feelings or my personal mood and how I did experience the area or the subject matter. Sometimes I want to say: “Look, that is how I did see it”. I don’t want to take photos just for documentation purposes, but I also know how long the way is till a story and an emotion can be expressed in one photo.

When travelling, I prefer to look for interesting locations in the surrounding area. The Internet offers enough possibilities for that.  Knowing the area allows me to travel quickly to the target, to make decisions about the equipment and to what I might expect beside. But I am always eager to find subjects off the mainstream, I try to stay sharp for surprises as I am also a big fan of making totally “different photos” from well-known locations.

 


'Rain in Paris'

 

What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
Oh, that is quickly answered.  I am travelling with small luggage. I have a Sony Alpha 7RII and two lenses. A 16-35 mm f/4 and a 24-105 mm f/4. In addition, I carry standard filters, ND and gradient, a solid tripod and that’s it.

 


'The Harp'


I have been through many cameras and lenses, just to learn that limitation helps to concentrate on the photo and on the subject to “get the right one”
  prior to the release of the shutter.  'A photo is made behind the camera', as mentioned so often.  And that is the truth one has to learn over time.

 

What software do you use to process your images?
Here, I think I am part of the “gold standard”, like many others. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, on top the NIK collections. I did try a lot of tools and gadgets but always came back to build my workflow with those programs.  One more reason for this personal choice is also the basic knowledge and a lot of additional information, tips and tricks, can be find easily on Internet.

 


'The Gateway'

 

Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
Also here, I am sure that I cannot tell much news. I am importing, applying keywords making automated backups and marking photos with Lightroom first. I do my selection on photos and start working on just some selected ones. The good ones make it to Photoshop for the final touch. The Nik-Collections are additional tools to find new creative ways and also often is an invitation to play around and to try new things.

For sure, the workflow differs a little bit depending on the photo, sometimes I am done in a few minutes, sometimes it can take even days to finish the work.
Normally I know in advance how I want to process a photo, but it is important to mention, that I look at older photos to find out if I can use them to create a new work. Developing  skills also allows to give older photos a completely new meaning and a “second chance”.

 
What is your most important advice to a beginner in Architecture and Abstract Photography and how do you get started?
Practice, practice, practice. Look around, see as many photos as you can. It was never so easy than today to do that. Even if your impression is that you will never reach the level of those photos, practice.
Here in Germany, Photography is a craft occupation. Means three years of full-time education.
Try to spend that time next to your job… that will take a few years to catch up just with the basic education. And beside taking photos, learn to handle your post-processing tools.
  Nowadays, software is a modern substitute for the analogue work done in the dark room. Finally, the skills and techniques remain similar.

 


'Container Harbor'

 
For Architecture and Abstract Photography, it is very important to train your eyes and to fully understand perspectives.   You need to … correct and practice, practice, practice!!!
I am learning since years and to be honest, I didn't found any shortcuts in the learning process.
Last words on that:  Continue to take photos...  That means steadily learning.
If you stop learning, your start ageing !!!

 
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
Living near Mannheim in Germany, it is easy to find the tracks of great photographers.
The first to name is Robert Häusser, who once mentioned that “colour was too "chatty" for him". 
That's a statement and it took me a while to understand it.  It is in my mind since I did visit, less or more accidentally, one of his exhibitions.  Believe it or not, I was just looking for some shelter from the pouring rain...
Then Horst Hamann. A view to his photos, especially the vertical once, explains easily which things can be done with a camera, with passion and an idea. His work is a very good inspiration for me and indeed, I still find it difficult not to copy him.

One of my other favourites is Wolfgang Mothes. His photos are popular and not only on 1X.  His work influenced me very much. His vision and style are always a challenge for me. I think Wolfgang’s photos trigger me quite often to keep on trying new things and to continue learning. Thank you for that, Wolfgang.

Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
This is one of Wolfgang Mothes’ photos and today I'm still wondering how he did it !!!
The first time that I saw it, I hardly could believe how he got that selective light, the shades and the amazing perspective.  That question drove me to learn more about the technique to make those magnificent black & white photos. And still, I have the strong impression those photos were taken by night with a strong torch. You can't  imagine how often I appeared a bit tired at my office.


Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
One of my previous goals – and that is not a joke - was to get one photo published on 1X. At the time, I looked up to 1x like a child in front of a giant.  But now, 1X learned me not to be afraid of colours anymore.

 


'Red Car'

 

When travelling will be possible again, I'm planning to visit several Architectural highlights in the future.  But my list gets longer and longer. My learning path will continue, and I will always follow my inspiration and new ideas, though I cannot define a specific goal, yet.
Meanwhile I discover again the possibilities here at home and I think going back to Comic adaptions, space adventures and also drawings and the basics of composition.
It’s too early to call it a project but my head is full of ideas.

 
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?

 


'Under the Pergola'

 
A while ago, I was living in Barcelona for some time and discovered the Port Forum.  It’s a place outside the city with a big marina. The place is mostly abandoned, and I had the feeling that locals were avoiding this location. Sometimes it is used as a meeting point and sometimes as a shelter for the sun.
The amount of concrete there is really unbelievable, it is a complete sterile place.  It would fit even on a different planet. On top, the sun takes most of the colours away and just keeps strong contrasts.  No need to mention how hot it was there, I guess ?
And then, there is the Photovoltaic superstructure of it.
I visited the place a couple of times though it was really strange to me. The whole setup did reflect my mood and feelings at that time. Being alone in a foreign city, overwhelmed by strange impressions such as language, culture, people and habits, just looking for a place to be covered.


Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

Today, 1X is certainly a home base for my work.  When I joined I didn't feel 'ready' at all but really got a 'kick'.   At the beginning I was almost 'shocked' by the high level and quality of the amazing works. For me, that was exactly the inspiration and the challenge I needed to increase my skills.
'The wind is hard and blowing from the front', especially when it comes to curation and critique. But one should not forget that the written word appears harder than the spoken word and that the feedback and critiques are about the images and not targeting persons.

 


'The Moving Walkay'

 

 

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Rounded'

 

 


'Building with a Crown'

 

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Herzlichen Glückwunsch, lieber Roland, zu dieser Würdigung, die du dir redlich verdient hast. Auf die Schnelle: Wegen akuten Zeitmangels habe ich es noch nicht gelesen, wollte dir aber als einer der Ersten gratulieren! Go on!
Stunning dynamic architectural photography Roland, and very interesting background and ethos, thank you very much and congratulations! Thank you very much to Yvette for her incredible energy to make these features really interesting and educational, congratulations Yvette!
Thanks, Wayne ...You make me blushing !!! But today, Roland is in the spotlights ;-)
Published / Awarded ... how does it work ?

The 1x management answers frequently asked questions
Published the 7th of May 2021

 


by  Roswitha Schleicher-Schwartz

 

Why have you launched a new version of 1x?
The idea behind the new version of 1x is to create an online photo gallery experience which is more like a real arts gallery. In a real photo gallery, photos are enjoyed in big size and not as a catalogue of small thumbnails. You can now change the order, size and alignment of photos on your profile page and create different exhibitions, just like in a real gallery.

We aim to raise the quality of the whole site by curating all photos, even photos on photographers’ profiles, which were not curated in the previous version. This is truer to our artistic vision of 1x and the original version launched in 2007, where all photos were curated. Our artistic vision is to create an online photo exhibition with all and only the best photos in the world.

We want to involve all photographers more in the curation process to give you more power to publish and reject photos. Curating is a great way to gain experience and learn to be able to take your photography to the next level. In the curation process we also provide much more feedback than before about your photos and different aspects of your photos such as composition, technical quality, colours, light, editing and originality. It is very easy to request critique on photos and the curation experience is much more dynamic than before when providing feedback while curating.


How does curation work?
Curation of photos takes place in three different steps. In the first step all members vote on photos to give photographers an idea about how popular they are with the general public, which is interesting to know when choosing photos for an exhibition. The bar for being passed on to the second step, the expert curators is quite low, so most photos are sent to the second step.

In the second step, the expert curators decide which photos are published or rejected. Published means published in your profile and under “Latest published” in the drop-down menu in the front page. To make sure only very high-quality photos are published, there is a built-in test in curation which determines how skilled each expert curator is. The most skilled curators get much more power in curation, to make sure that all decisions are accurate and taken by very skilled curators. In this step you will get a score on your photo about how popular it is among experts. The first two steps usually take 2-3 days to complete.

Published photos are passed on to the official head curators to have the chance to be awarded. Awarded photos will be exhibited directly on the front page under “Popular” and “Latest awarded” in the drop-down menu. This normally takes 1-2 weeks. A notification will be sent out if the photo is awarded.


What does “published” mean?
Published means that a photo has been approved by the members and expert curators and will be displayed on your profile and under “Latest published” in the drop-down menu in the front page. This means that all photos on 1x are now curated and that the quality is significantly raised compared to the previous version where photos on profiles were not curated. A published photo will not be displayed directly on the front page and it will not be displayed under the different categories unless it is awarded by the head curators.

What does "awarded" mean?
Awarded means that a photo has been approved by the official head curators and will be displayed directly on the front page of 1x. Awarded photos are found under “Popular”, “Latest awarded” and the different categories in the drop-down menu on the front page. Only photos awarded by the head curators will appear under these menu options and directly on the front page. It usually takes 1-2 weeks after your photo has been published for your photo to be awarded. If your photo has not been awarded in 2 weeks, it means it will not be awarded.


How many photos can I upload at the same time?
As a paying member, you can upload 20 photos per week. In the new version you can only have one photo in curation at the same time. When the photo has been published or rejected by the expert curators you can send a new photo to curation. This normally takes 2-3 days, which means that you can send 2-3 photos to the curators each week. The reason for only having one photo in curation at the same time is to make it easier to follow the curation process for each photo and to take part of all the feedback. The idea is also to make sure only the absolute best photos are uploaded (self curation), reduce the number of photos in curation and give curators more time to evaluate each photo.
 
When a photo has been published and passed on to the head curators, you can immediately send a new photo to curation, without having to wait for the head curators to award your photo.


How do I upload photos?
Click the big green “Upload”-button in the top right corner. You can upload 20 photos every week. When you have uploaded photos click on a thumbnail to send a photo to curation. You can only have one photo in curation at the same time. When a photo has been published or rejected by the expert curators, you can send another photo to curation.

 

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Thank you very much for your explanation. However, on the new site, switching from latest awarded to latest published, the few first pictured depicted do not change. That behavior does not match the expected duration for each process. If the awarding process is longer than the publication process the same pictures should not appear simultaneously on the two galleries. Which is still unclear for me is that during the curation process I don't know how to distinguish the popularity score of phase 2 from the score obtained in phase 1. I always see only one score, evolving in time. Best Regard
In short, if a photo is marked as "published", it realistically means not published if it is not "awarded".
A not awarded but published image is exposed in the portfolios as 'published', Martin. And visible on the Gamma version 'latest published' + for sale if the author marked it.
Thank you very much for this article! Now everything is clear to me! But I have a question if 5 pictures were sent to the format in the old version! Are all of them considered or only one picture,?
They will all be considered but one at the time, Ibrahim. When one is curated the next one will go to curation. Same system as if you upload them in the Gamma version.
How do I see a picture of what was published in the new version
If published & awarded: Gamma most popular If only published : Gamma latest published Both on the frontpage. You also can ask for 'thumbnails' to have a better overview.
Where do I see a picture of the new version?
Dear Yvette, You can provide 5 versions of 1x in the same time, I'm still here because I still perceive this site as one of the best in the world. So.. I don't mind how many versions you create! Just keep your level high! My best! :)
;-) That a fine comment, Bogdan! Anyway, I'm not involved personally in any changes and there will never be more than 2 versions (only temporarly). Best regards, Yvette
The steps especially 2 and 3 is anonymous to curators or the curstors know who posted the photo?
Only the Head curators who decided to 'award' an image can see the name of the author. Member curators and expert curators don't !
Thank you very much for explaining the new curation process. If I have understood correctly, should it no longer happen that a member is represented with a image on the 1x front page every day?
If published and awarded: yes in most popular on both versions. If only published: yes on Gamma in latest published.
已经解释的很清楚了,明白了,感谢亲爱的Yvette!
Thanks, Xibiao ;-)
Hello Yvette! Now it's clear for me too new new system. Only I'm a bit confused about - "Why we have to "work" with two versions in the same time) of one site?" Despite this, the Gamma version works extremely annoying on the smart phones. What is the purpose? It's like eating the same food from two plates, but from one plate the food goes to stomach and from the other plate you just pretend eating, but you have to complete the task :) - Good - hope your system will work! As all the updated versions, they do nothing else, just to complicate things and regret the initial version, simply and clear. My best regards and good inspiration in this process! :)
Dear Bogdan, working on two versions at the same time is very confusing, I agree. Both will stay for a while till they are similar except for the new curation system and for the presentation. Just as everybody, I have to deal with it too. The only thing I can do is posting articles written by the managers to explane and clarify things. I'm glad to be able to help this way and pleased with the many reactions which will be read by them. Cheers, Yvette :-)
Thank you for the fine explanation, then what about the old photos in the portfolio of the member which are not published ( according the new nomenclature) ? did they remains in the portfolio ?
Keeping the portfolios with the unpublished photos is a general request, my friend. Unfortunately, I don't know the answer here.
Thank you very much for the explanation Yvette. Now I understand everything much better! Also the time to get from net selected to published and from published to awarded. Also the explanation of the popularity is clear to me now! Have a nice weekend!
Glad this helps, dear Anita ;-)
Hi Yvette, thank you very much for this explanation. I'ts much more clear to me how the new version works. It is not clear to me about the sales: when a photo is publiced and not awarded is this photo visible for sales partners? Hope you can answere me about this. I regret that the sales overview becomes different. I hope that the old version will stay.
Yes Greetje, published but not awarded images also are visible for sales partners now. The sales overview and much more features in the Classic version will be similar in the Gamma version soon. They are working on it and will not be fixed in a short term.
That is quite a relief Yvette for the future. Thank you very much for your answer. Nice weekend!
Thank you Yvette(:
My pleasure, Jaco :-(
thanks for your informations, makes it a little bit clearer. But what are with the photos which we can upload and send to curation in the "classic version" are they lost for the the frontpage or what?
No, not at all, Christine ... Just only one by one will go to curation. If published and awarded they will still be seen on the frontpage of the classic version. If only published and not awarded, you can see them in the Gamma version (latest published).
I like the changes you've made. I agree, while navigating the site, it does feel more like a photo gallery experience. I am also pleased that you have left the classic 1X embedded in the site. This is a helpful tool for photographers to navigate the changes and access addition information only available in the original format.
Thank you for your article, dear Yvette. Have a beautiful weekend... :)
Thanks Francesco ... ;-)
My pleasure, dear Yvette... :-)
我想问的是,如果是发布的照片,没有获奖,没有出现在首页,这样的照片在个人的画廊中是否能删除?
Oh! I understand. In short, there are two ways, one is that it is posted on the top page even if it is published, and the other is that it is not posted on the top page! It's an extreme example, but even if it's published, it may not be posted on the top page all the time, right? If so, it feels a little sad even if I was published as an honest feeling. I think it's the same as when it wasn't published ... But thank you for explaining in detail. I pray that the new rules will move in the right direction. Thank you very much. I used translation software. I'm sorry if it doesn't get through well.
I don't have the answer here either, Teruhiko. I guess you can't but why should you ? It is taken in account with the number of published photos and is visible in your portfolio also for our sale partners. Cheers, Yvette !
Dear Yvette. Thank you very much for your answers! I think I understand more. Have a nice day!
Hallo Yvette, Danke für die ausführliche Erläuterung, die aber sehr spät erfolgt. Transparenz sieht in meinen Augen anders aus! Wenn Fotos „published“ sind, erscheinen sie auf der Startseite unter „latest“, schreibst du. Das stimmt so nicht bzw. es funktioniert nicht. Bei meinem letzten Foto war es jedenfalls definitiv nicht so! Der Sinn der Neuerungen erschließt sich mir, auch abgesehen von dem oben angesprochenen Problem, nicht. Und es überzeugt mich auch nicht! LG Martin
Hello Yvette, Thank you for the detailed explanation, but very late. Transparency looks different in my eyes! If photos are "published", they appear on the start page under "latest", you write. This is not true or it does not work. With my last photo it was definitely not so! The sense of the innovations is not clear to me, also apart from the problem mentioned above. And it does not convince me either! LG Martin Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Martin, A published photo comes not always on the starting page only when he is awarded. If a photo is published it is also known if he is awarded it only takes longer for it to get to the startpage. In the old classic version you can see if your published photo is awarded. Go to your last published and awarded photo. If there's a triangle on the left, you can see the next one which is awarded. I was on your site and your last published photo did not follow the earlier awarded. So he will not come on the startpage I think. Theo Luycx SC.
Dear Martin, I ony can give you the explanations the 1x management gives me to upload as information in the magazine. Only published and not awarded images appear in 'latest published' in the Gamma version, not in the Classic version (here only published and awarded images on the front page).
And dear Theo, the trick with the triangle on the latest published and awarded photo doesn't work anymore since the Gamma version and new curation system was officially launched ;-(
Yvette it still works in classic. If you go to your profile and there are P+awarded photos and only P photos. If you take there a P+awarded photo he jumps only to P+ awarded photos. You can try on every site. kind regards Theo
With a free account it is possible to submit 1 photo per week; given the new curation process, there is not any reason at all to pay a subscription to have as many as 20 stand-by pictures in queue
Hi Filiberto, since several years, it is no longer possible to subscribe for a free account on 1x. There are only a few free accounts left as it is your case.
Sure, I didn't know it. Happy to be still among the few lucky guys
Ladybirds

by Ellen van Deelen
Published the 6th of May 2021


To make sure I have the flowers that I want to use in my backgrounds, I plant them in a park in my village. Growing your own set takes time, but it gives you great control of your work.

I love to take macro photos, and especially ladybirds on flowers. When I first started to take these photos, I photographed the ladybirds in their natural surroundings. But soon I realized that I really didn't like most of the backgrounds. So I started buying flowers that I liked, and then I planted them so I could use them later in my backgrounds. I do not have a garden at home, so I planted the flowers in a nearby park. It is a safe and quiet place, and there are lots of plants and insects there.

"So I sat with my back to the sun to project my shadow over my small subjects and set. Instant and convenient diffusion!"



 
Canon 5D Mark III  .  Canon 100mmf/2.8LMacro  .  f/5.6
 

For this shot, I put my tripod at its lowest setting, and as I positioned myself behind the camera I noticed that the afternoon sun was too strong. So I sat with my back to the sun to project my shadow over my small subjects and set. Instant and convenient diffusion! I put my camera bag on the ground and then propped up a white piece of paper against the bag. In front of the paper I arranged some forget-me-nots,  the blurry, out-of-focus blue flowers in the background. I pointed the camera a bit downward so that both the light and the background worked well for this composition. In my left hand I held the flower on which the ladybirds sat. This way, I could move the flower around until it was in a good position in the photograph.
 
"One more thing: I almost forgot to mention how I found the ladybirds!"

I was happy with the result. It was most important to me that the ladybirds appeared sharp and that the composition was strong and effective. Just as important is a colorful and complementary background, and I was happy with the way this one turned out. The ladybirds moved all the time, so I had to be quick to capture them at just the right moment. I have learned to take photos very fast. If you wait too long, you’ll probably be too late. One more thing: I almost forgot to mention how I found the ladybirds! There are some boxwoods (buxus) in a graveyard near the park. Last time it took me half an hour to find a few of my models! After the shoot, I put them back where I found them, but of course, sometimes they just fly away.
 

POST PROCESSING
This image did not need much editing. When I process my photos, I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and I often use Nik Color Efex Pro plugin to enhance the colors.

1) I always make sure the Levels are good.

2) I reduce Noise and I Sharpen my photos a bit.

3) In this photo there was some sand on the ladybirds and flowers. I removed it by using the Clone Stamp tool.

4) I used Nik Color Efex Pro plugin to adjust the colors to the beautiful color scheme that you see in the final image.


TIPS
1) I usually take about 400 photos in one afternoon. The number of photos I take depends on the light, the ISO and the aperture — I like to make sure all bases are covered. I frequently need one more stop so I don't underexpose my photo. I under- and overexpose a lot, especially with macro photography.

2) I always check the histogram on the camera's LCD while I'm shooting to make sure my exposures are correct. It's a great tool and I watch it closely to ensure that there are no spikes in the shadows or highlights.

3) The light is very important. I try to never take close-ups in full sunlight. Also, I prefer to shoot when it isn't too windy or dark and dreary outside — a bit of sun and a bit of clouds is ideal.

4) I use autofocus because the insects move most of the time. I like a blurry background, so I always choose a wide aperture which produces a shallow depth of field. In addition to ladybirds, I like to photograph bees and many other insects.


BIOGRAPHY
I am from the Netherlands. My favorite hobbies are painting, drawing, photography and music.
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非常感谢你的解释,亲爱的Yvette!
Knappe foto!!
Hart bedankt Guido!
Love your works, Ellen. Congrats on the feature.
Thanks very much Atul!
Thanks very much Yvette for sharing, appreciated!
My pleasure, Ellen ... Love this photo and interesting tuto ;-)
You always have super macro work. I have been watching with admiration for years. stay healthy. My dear friend.
How kind Mustafa....thanks so much!
Dear Yvette, You can provide 5 versions of 1x in the same time, I'm still here because I still perceive this site as one of the best in the world. So.. I don't mind how many versions you create! Just keep your level high! My best! :)
;-) That a fine comment, Bogdan! Anyway, I'm not involved personally in any changes and there will never be more than 2 versions (only temporarly). Best regards, Yvette
The steps especially 2 and 3 is anonymous to curators or the curstors know who posted the photo?
Only the Head curators who decided to 'award' an image can see the name of the author. Member curators and expert curators don't !
Thank you very much for explaining the new curation process. If I have understood correctly, should it no longer happen that a member is represented with a image on the 1x front page every day?
If published and awarded: yes in most popular on both versions. If only published: yes on Gamma in latest published.
已经解释的很清楚了,明白了,感谢亲爱的Yvette!
Thanks, Xibiao ;-)
Hello Yvette! Now it's clear for me too new new system. Only I'm a bit confused about - "Why we have to "work" with two versions in the same time) of one site?" Despite this, the Gamma version works extremely annoying on the smart phones. What is the purpose? It's like eating the same food from two plates, but from one plate the food goes to stomach and from the other plate you just pretend eating, but you have to complete the task :) - Good - hope your system will work! As all the updated versions, they do nothing else, just to complicate things and regret the initial version, simply and clear. My best regards and good inspiration in this process! :)
Dear Bogdan, working on two versions at the same time is very confusing, I agree. Both will stay for a while till they are similar except for the new curation system and for the presentation. Just as everybody, I have to deal with it too. The only thing I can do is posting articles written by the managers to explane and clarify things. I'm glad to be able to help this way and pleased with the many reactions which will be read by them. Cheers, Yvette :-)
Thank you for the fine explanation, then what about the old photos in the portfolio of the member which are not published ( according the new nomenclature) ? did they remains in the portfolio ?
Keeping the portfolios with the unpublished photos is a general request, my friend. Unfortunately, I don't know the answer here.
Thank you very much for the explanation Yvette. Now I understand everything much better! Also the time to get from net selected to published and from published to awarded. Also the explanation of the popularity is clear to me now! Have a nice weekend!
Glad this helps, dear Anita ;-)
Hi Yvette, thank you very much for this explanation. I'ts much more clear to me how the new version works. It is not clear to me about the sales: when a photo is publiced and not awarded is this photo visible for sales partners? Hope you can answere me about this. I regret that the sales overview becomes different. I hope that the old version will stay.
Yes Greetje, published but not awarded images also are visible for sales partners now. The sales overview and much more features in the Classic version will be similar in the Gamma version soon. They are working on it and will not be fixed in a short term.
That is quite a relief Yvette for the future. Thank you very much for your answer. Nice weekend!
Thank you Yvette(:
My pleasure, Jaco :-(
thanks for your informations, makes it a little bit clearer. But what are with the photos which we can upload and send to curation in the "classic version" are they lost for the the frontpage or what?
No, not at all, Christine ... Just only one by one will go to curation. If published and awarded they will still be seen on the frontpage of the classic version. If only published and not awarded, you can see them in the Gamma version (latest published).
I like the changes you've made. I agree, while navigating the site, it does feel more like a photo gallery experience. I am also pleased that you have left the classic 1X embedded in the site. This is a helpful tool for photographers to navigate the changes and access addition information only available in the original format.
Thank you for your article, dear Yvette. Have a beautiful weekend... :)
Thanks Francesco ... ;-)
My pleasure, dear Yvette... :-)
我想问的是,如果是发布的照片,没有获奖,没有出现在首页,这样的照片在个人的画廊中是否能删除?
Oh! I understand. In short, there are two ways, one is that it is posted on the top page even if it is published, and the other is that it is not posted on the top page! It's an extreme example, but even if it's published, it may not be posted on the top page all the time, right? If so, it feels a little sad even if I was published as an honest feeling. I think it's the same as when it wasn't published ... But thank you for explaining in detail. I pray that the new rules will move in the right direction. Thank you very much. I used translation software. I'm sorry if it doesn't get through well.
I don't have the answer here either, Teruhiko. I guess you can't but why should you ? It is taken in account with the number of published photos and is visible in your portfolio also for our sale partners. Cheers, Yvette !
Dear Yvette. Thank you very much for your answers! I think I understand more. Have a nice day!
Hallo Yvette, Danke für die ausführliche Erläuterung, die aber sehr spät erfolgt. Transparenz sieht in meinen Augen anders aus! Wenn Fotos „published“ sind, erscheinen sie auf der Startseite unter „latest“, schreibst du. Das stimmt so nicht bzw. es funktioniert nicht. Bei meinem letzten Foto war es jedenfalls definitiv nicht so! Der Sinn der Neuerungen erschließt sich mir, auch abgesehen von dem oben angesprochenen Problem, nicht. Und es überzeugt mich auch nicht! LG Martin
Hello Yvette, Thank you for the detailed explanation, but very late. Transparency looks different in my eyes! If photos are "published", they appear on the start page under "latest", you write. This is not true or it does not work. With my last photo it was definitely not so! The sense of the innovations is not clear to me, also apart from the problem mentioned above. And it does not convince me either! LG Martin Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Martin, A published photo comes not always on the starting page only when he is awarded. If a photo is published it is also known if he is awarded it only takes longer for it to get to the startpage. In the old classic version you can see if your published photo is awarded. Go to your last published and awarded photo. If there's a triangle on the left, you can see the next one which is awarded. I was on your site and your last published photo did not follow the earlier awarded. So he will not come on the startpage I think. Theo Luycx SC.
Dear Martin, I ony can give you the explanations the 1x management gives me to upload as information in the magazine. Only published and not awarded images appear in 'latest published' in the Gamma version, not in the Classic version (here only published and awarded images on the front page).
And dear Theo, the trick with the triangle on the latest published and awarded photo doesn't work anymore since the Gamma version and new curation system was officially launched ;-(
Yvette it still works in classic. If you go to your profile and there are P+awarded photos and only P photos. If you take there a P+awarded photo he jumps only to P+ awarded photos. You can try on every site. kind regards Theo
With a free account it is possible to submit 1 photo per week; given the new curation process, there is not any reason at all to pay a subscription to have as many as 20 stand-by pictures in queue
Hi Filiberto, since several years, it is no longer possible to subscribe for a free account on 1x. There are only a few free accounts left as it is your case.
Sure, I didn't know it. Happy to be still among the few lucky guys
Senior Critic's review on 'A Kayak at Sunset' by Guy Sapir

Published by Yvette Depaepe  in collaboration with Mike Kreiten, Head of the Senior Critics
Published the 5th of May 2021

1x has a unique feature the founders are very proud of: the photo critique. Members can submit pictures to a team of knowledgeable senior critics. Their feedback and different suggestions are useful, interesting and enriching even for the best of us.

 

Critique on 'A Kayak at Sunset' by Guy Sapir 
Hi dear senior critics,
I took this at the end of a wonderful day trip in Israel. As the day ended I wanted to finish it with a nice sunset photo. It turned out to be the road to the beach I was aiming to was blocked and by the time I reached this beach the sun was already below the horizon. Nevertheless, the light was still beautiful and a very impressive cloud just split the skies into two.
I really like the way the cloud blocks the light from the left side of the frame while lets the beautiful colours of the sunset show on the right side of the frame. I intentionally waited for the kayak to get to the point when a golden line of colour is lit.
How would you improve this photo?
Metadata:
Camera - Nikon Z6
Lens - NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Speed - 1/160
ISO - 100
Aperture - F/6.3

 

ORIGINAL IMAGE

'A Kayak at Sunset' by Guy Sapir

 

RE-PROCESSED IMAGE AFTER SUBMISSION TO THE CRITICS

 



Senior Critic  Daniel Springgay 
Thank you for sharing this fine image 'A Kayak at Sunset', Guy. 
I have to admit I'm struggling with you image.  It's about the two half's composition.  I love your sunset sky on the left but not the sky on the right.  I also love the kayak complete with paddles. 

I see plenty of quality and a good processing.

I might have moved my camera to the left and go for full overall colour, if that has been possible.  That said a good title may weld the idea together for the viewer to enjoy.
Maybe 'A Journey's End' or 'Into the Fire'.

Guy Sapir 
Thank you Daniel for your kind words and special thanks for drawing my attention to the importance of a good title. I never took it into consideration.
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Senior Critic Mike Schaffner 
Thanks for sharing this beautiful image. Thanks also for providing the exposure information which is useful in evaluating the image. It also serves as a learning tool for others.

My major comment is in regard to the composition. You've broken two so-called "rules" or composition by centering the subject left to right and centering the horizon.

This is not necessarily a bad thing though. We should always question those types of rules and it okay to break them when it helps the composition. It could work in this composition were it not for the fact that it leaves the right side empty with not a lot of particular interest.

To minimize that emptiness I would suggest cropping up from the bottom right corner taking out about 7% from both the bottom and right edge.

I believe this draws more focus to the subject and still shows lets the beautiful colours of the sunset show on the right side of the frame.

One minor item is the hill in the background. There appears to be some haloing along the top edge. This can be quickly and easily fixed in Photoshop using the Healing Brush Tool set to Darken.
I hope this helps. Keep in mind this is all just my personal opinion. Your opinion, as the photographer, is the one that matters.
Best wishes,  Mike S. - Senior Critic

Guy Sapir 
Thank you Mike for your kind words. With regards to your composition suggestion, I will play with it and see if I love it. My reasoning for "breaking the rules" are: 1. The background is partly unusual because of the major differences between the right and left side of the photo as well as the above and below the rocks formation. I wanted these dramatic changes to be part of the story of the picture. 2. I truly love the colour of the water on the right end side. That being said, I do understand how it can be considered "wrong" or unpleasing to the eye.
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Senior Steven T 
Thanks for sharing 'A Kayak at Sunset' with us in Critique. I like the photo for it's simplicity, drama, and lush colours. The 'stillness' is a nice feeling too. You timed it well to get both sides of the paddle showing. That's a small detail, but it adds to the balance of the composition.

The composition: Daniel and Mike both commented on the 'half and half' style. Perhaps that's the strong point of the design. When I first saw it I thought of 'halfway there', as if the subject were on a journey and just past the halfway mark between the light and the darkness.

What I wanted, though - what I thought would be a more optimistic theme - would have the boat moving the other way - out of the darkness towards the light.

A Master Photoshopper could probably flip the boat and have it go left to right cleanly, but I'm not sure how.

A simple eyedropper selection with 'Select>Conor Range' and then 'Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal' would do it, but there would be a lot of work with the Clone brush to neaten it up. Maybe another member can offer an idea here?

I don't want you to accept this idea as something that must be done . . . . it's just an idea . . . something I might try if it were my photo to play with. Isn't it interesting, though, that dark to light or light to dark are two different themes? For viewers compelled to find meaning in everything it could be the story of 'Life's Journey'. Then the position of the subject becomes even more important - are the close to the end, or is there still space?
Thanks again for posting, Guy. I enjoyed viewing and pondering.
Steven, senior critic

Guy Sapir 
Thank you so much for your response Steven I'm happy that correctly understood my composition decision. (See also my reply to Mike below) I really enjoyed following your thinking path. Thank you so much for viewing and pondering.
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Hi, I love taking photos of sunsets as they keep changing as the sun goes down. Thank- you for sharing this. I dont often post on here but something compelled me to comment. For me I would crop the top of your photo to lessen the sky that still has a lot of blue . Down to the second or third little cloud point before it does its big curve to the left. That way you still have a little bit of bluish sky but it doesn’t dominate that brighter side of the photo. I know you do like the contrast between the two sides and cutting out some of the blue at the top totally changes the photo. I find my eye goes to the kayaker more than the contrasting sky if cropped but if not cropped it definitely goes to the sky which becomes the main focus for me. I guess it depends on whether you want the sky to be the focal point or the kayak.
Thanks for giving your own advice/critique, Lindsay !
Knappe foto!!
Hart bedankt Guido!
Love your works, Ellen. Congrats on the feature.
Thanks very much Atul!
Thanks very much Yvette for sharing, appreciated!
My pleasure, Ellen ... Love this photo and interesting tuto ;-)
You always have super macro work. I have been watching with admiration for years. stay healthy. My dear friend.
How kind Mustafa....thanks so much!
Dear Yvette, You can provide 5 versions of 1x in the same time, I'm still here because I still perceive this site as one of the best in the world. So.. I don't mind how many versions you create! Just keep your level high! My best! :)
;-) That a fine comment, Bogdan! Anyway, I'm not involved personally in any changes and there will never be more than 2 versions (only temporarly). Best regards, Yvette
The steps especially 2 and 3 is anonymous to curators or the curstors know who posted the photo?
Only the Head curators who decided to 'award' an image can see the name of the author. Member curators and expert curators don't !
Thank you very much for explaining the new curation process. If I have understood correctly, should it no longer happen that a member is represented with a image on the 1x front page every day?
If published and awarded: yes in most popular on both versions. If only published: yes on Gamma in latest published.
已经解释的很清楚了,明白了,感谢亲爱的Yvette!
Thanks, Xibiao ;-)
Hello Yvette! Now it's clear for me too new new system. Only I'm a bit confused about - "Why we have to "work" with two versions in the same time) of one site?" Despite this, the Gamma version works extremely annoying on the smart phones. What is the purpose? It's like eating the same food from two plates, but from one plate the food goes to stomach and from the other plate you just pretend eating, but you have to complete the task :) - Good - hope your system will work! As all the updated versions, they do nothing else, just to complicate things and regret the initial version, simply and clear. My best regards and good inspiration in this process! :)
Dear Bogdan, working on two versions at the same time is very confusing, I agree. Both will stay for a while till they are similar except for the new curation system and for the presentation. Just as everybody, I have to deal with it too. The only thing I can do is posting articles written by the managers to explane and clarify things. I'm glad to be able to help this way and pleased with the many reactions which will be read by them. Cheers, Yvette :-)
Thank you for the fine explanation, then what about the old photos in the portfolio of the member which are not published ( according the new nomenclature) ? did they remains in the portfolio ?
Keeping the portfolios with the unpublished photos is a general request, my friend. Unfortunately, I don't know the answer here.
Thank you very much for the explanation Yvette. Now I understand everything much better! Also the time to get from net selected to published and from published to awarded. Also the explanation of the popularity is clear to me now! Have a nice weekend!
Glad this helps, dear Anita ;-)
Hi Yvette, thank you very much for this explanation. I'ts much more clear to me how the new version works. It is not clear to me about the sales: when a photo is publiced and not awarded is this photo visible for sales partners? Hope you can answere me about this. I regret that the sales overview becomes different. I hope that the old version will stay.
Yes Greetje, published but not awarded images also are visible for sales partners now. The sales overview and much more features in the Classic version will be similar in the Gamma version soon. They are working on it and will not be fixed in a short term.
That is quite a relief Yvette for the future. Thank you very much for your answer. Nice weekend!
Thank you Yvette(:
My pleasure, Jaco :-(
thanks for your informations, makes it a little bit clearer. But what are with the photos which we can upload and send to curation in the "classic version" are they lost for the the frontpage or what?
No, not at all, Christine ... Just only one by one will go to curation. If published and awarded they will still be seen on the frontpage of the classic version. If only published and not awarded, you can see them in the Gamma version (latest published).
I like the changes you've made. I agree, while navigating the site, it does feel more like a photo gallery experience. I am also pleased that you have left the classic 1X embedded in the site. This is a helpful tool for photographers to navigate the changes and access addition information only available in the original format.
Thank you for your article, dear Yvette. Have a beautiful weekend... :)
Thanks Francesco ... ;-)
My pleasure, dear Yvette... :-)
我想问的是,如果是发布的照片,没有获奖,没有出现在首页,这样的照片在个人的画廊中是否能删除?
Oh! I understand. In short, there are two ways, one is that it is posted on the top page even if it is published, and the other is that it is not posted on the top page! It's an extreme example, but even if it's published, it may not be posted on the top page all the time, right? If so, it feels a little sad even if I was published as an honest feeling. I think it's the same as when it wasn't published ... But thank you for explaining in detail. I pray that the new rules will move in the right direction. Thank you very much. I used translation software. I'm sorry if it doesn't get through well.
I don't have the answer here either, Teruhiko. I guess you can't but why should you ? It is taken in account with the number of published photos and is visible in your portfolio also for our sale partners. Cheers, Yvette !
Dear Yvette. Thank you very much for your answers! I think I understand more. Have a nice day!
Hallo Yvette, Danke für die ausführliche Erläuterung, die aber sehr spät erfolgt. Transparenz sieht in meinen Augen anders aus! Wenn Fotos „published“ sind, erscheinen sie auf der Startseite unter „latest“, schreibst du. Das stimmt so nicht bzw. es funktioniert nicht. Bei meinem letzten Foto war es jedenfalls definitiv nicht so! Der Sinn der Neuerungen erschließt sich mir, auch abgesehen von dem oben angesprochenen Problem, nicht. Und es überzeugt mich auch nicht! LG Martin
Hello Yvette, Thank you for the detailed explanation, but very late. Transparency looks different in my eyes! If photos are "published", they appear on the start page under "latest", you write. This is not true or it does not work. With my last photo it was definitely not so! The sense of the innovations is not clear to me, also apart from the problem mentioned above. And it does not convince me either! LG Martin Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Martin, A published photo comes not always on the starting page only when he is awarded. If a photo is published it is also known if he is awarded it only takes longer for it to get to the startpage. In the old classic version you can see if your published photo is awarded. Go to your last published and awarded photo. If there's a triangle on the left, you can see the next one which is awarded. I was on your site and your last published photo did not follow the earlier awarded. So he will not come on the startpage I think. Theo Luycx SC.
Dear Martin, I ony can give you the explanations the 1x management gives me to upload as information in the magazine. Only published and not awarded images appear in 'latest published' in the Gamma version, not in the Classic version (here only published and awarded images on the front page).
And dear Theo, the trick with the triangle on the latest published and awarded photo doesn't work anymore since the Gamma version and new curation system was officially launched ;-(
Yvette it still works in classic. If you go to your profile and there are P+awarded photos and only P photos. If you take there a P+awarded photo he jumps only to P+ awarded photos. You can try on every site. kind regards Theo
With a free account it is possible to submit 1 photo per week; given the new curation process, there is not any reason at all to pay a subscription to have as many as 20 stand-by pictures in queue
Hi Filiberto, since several years, it is no longer possible to subscribe for a free account on 1x. There are only a few free accounts left as it is your case.
Sure, I didn't know it. Happy to be still among the few lucky guys
Ryan Dyar : 1x Featured Landscape Photographer

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 3rd of May 2021

 
Ryan Dyar  is a great artist painting sceneries with his camera.  He describes himself  as 'pointing cameras on stuff' ;-)  Ryan has a charming personality, he is honest, humble and full of healthy humour.  I really enjoyed every single word in this interview and hope the same for all of you.

Big thanks for sharing all this with us, Ryan !

 


'Fortress of Erosion'

 

Dear Ryan, please tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
I’m a chubby man child living in Seattle who points a camera at stuff. By some stroke of luck, I’ve been able to call photography my full time job for almost a decade now. Since photography takes up most of my life, I don’t have too many hobbies I guess. I like to play video games (like I said, I’m basically a 37 year old child) and I love to cook. I guess cooking and learning to be better in the kitchen is my biggest hobby these days.


How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
I got into photography many, many years ago after getting clean from opiate addiction. It was a real weird time in my life when I had removed myself from all of my friends that I had at the time, was trying to figure out what life would look like without using drugs, and filling this new void I had with something positive. I had been gifted a camera and decided to just travel alone a lot. It was a very therapeutic thing to be alone in nature and taking little snapshots for memories. Then I got bit by the photography bug and here I am now doing it for a living. It honestly feels very weird to look back on it. Those early days of just travelling alone, finding myself again, and starting to learn a little about this new hobby I had was truly life changing… even though I know that probably sounds pretty lame.

 


'A Portrait of a Mountain'

 

 


'Like Daggers'


What first attracted you to photography?
I had always been interested in landscapes and oil painting. At a young age I tried to paint landscape scenes. It turned out you have to be pretty talented to do that, so I gave up after about a week… as kids do. But for me, a camera is a much easier way to create the landscape scenes I wanted to paint. I’ve always said that if I had any talent with a paintbrush I would probably toss my camera out of the window.

 


'A Chill in the Air'



Describe your overall photographic vision.
I like to create the big landscapes scenics that I fell in love with as a kid while looking at the work of Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, etc. A lot of those painters of the Hudson River School and the whole Luminism movement made a big impact on me. The way they handled light and atmosphere is something I take a lot of inspiration from and try to mimic in my dumb little photos.

 

'Sunstorm'

 

Why are you so drawn by landscape photography?
Like I said, I’m not necessarily drawn to photography in itself. I’m more drawn to creating landscape scenes. I just happen to only be able to do that with a camera. Funny enough, I actually took a photography class in high school and absolutely hated it. I thought photography was pretty lame. I skipped class several days per week and only passed the class because I cheated on my final. I’m still great friends with two guys from that class 20 years ago. They never stop reminding me of how ironic it is that I’m now a photographer.


What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
I’m definitely more mood oriented. If a photo I make isn’t technically perfect, I don’t mind at all. As long as it sparks something in me that I resonate with. Unfortunately this only happens in 1 out of every 5000 photos I take.

 

'Polterzeitgeist'


What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
I generally hope to portray a scene through my own interpretation. I try not to do too much planning when arriving at a location to photograph so that I can just interpret it myself with very little preconceived notion of what I want to make. My favourite images I make are the ones that are truly unique and not influenced by a photo I had previously seen from a location.

 

'Disintegration'

 

 


'What Lies Ahead'


What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
I’ve yet to jump to the mirror-less dark-side. I’m using a Nikon D850, and a range of glass from 14-300mm. I’m also very pleased to be working with a new camera bag company called NearZero who aim to create the lightest camera bags on the market that can be fully customized to your own aesthetic. I also love to shoot with a drone, but I try not to be an annoying jerk about it.


What software do you use to process your images?
Because I’m getting old and stuck in my ways, I’m one of the few folks who still do not use Lightroom. I organize my images in Adobe Bridge, do all my RAW processing in Adobe Camera Raw, and spend several hours fine tuning and dodging and burning in Photoshop. Post processing for me is 50% of the enjoyment I get with photography. Again, because I’m useless with a paintbrush, I use Photoshop to essentially create painting-esque adjustments to my images.

Shameless self promotion here, my apologies, but I also teach all of the techniques I have developed over the years on my site www.ryandyar.com

 


'Making Haste'


Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
I spend a ridiculous amount of time dodging and burning my photos. We’re talking hours of dodging and burning in some cases. I do a lot of it through highly targeted luminosity selections with varying brush colours to enhance directional light and shadows. Light and atmosphere are the two key things I pay attention to both in the field and in post.

 


'Green Screen'


What is your most important advice to a beginner in landscape photography and how do you get started?
I always say to start looking for inspiration wherever you can. Paintings, photographs, different types of light, etc. These are all important in figuring out what type of work you want to create. I look at it like creating a Frankenstein monster. Take little bits of inspiration from various places and piece them all together to create your own thing. 


Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
I honestly don’t look at a lot of photography these days. Considering all of my friends are photographers, my wife is a photographer, and I do photography for a living, if I spent my free time looking at photography I would start to lose my mind. But I do love the work of people like Enrico Fossati (fox79) some truly beautiful work and handles atmosphere better than almost anyone else. He has definitely been an influence on me the past few years.


Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
I hope to just keep learning and getting better. Art, of any medium, is not something you ever reach the pinnacle of. There is always something new to learn, boundaries to push, and news ways of thinking. I hope to keep climbing this never ending mountain and creating more mediocre photos and awesome memories along the way.

 


'Emyreal Surge'


Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you? 

 


'Into The Valley'


It’s this photo I made in 2008 while sitting alone in a small creek in the Rocky Mountains. Wild Mountain Goats kept walking past behind me, the smell of fresh rain filled the air, and I watched the light change over the course of an hour. It was a truly special moment that I look back fondly on. I was still fairly new to photography and was very excited by all of it. When I made this photo it was the first time I was able to say to myself “Yes! This is the type of stuff I want to make!” It might not be my
best photo I guess, but the memories I made while creating it make this one pretty special to me. It really got me obsessed with photography when I made it.


Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
1X is one of the few places left that really takes photography seriously and doesn’t make it all about the instant gratification of likes. There’s no bot followers or spam comments, just like minded folks who love shooting. It’s nice safe-space for us to share our work.

Lastly, thanks for letting me spew my nonsense in this interview. I’m definitely not worthy, but I appreciate you taking the interest in whatever dumb things I had to say.

You can see more of my mediocre images at www.ryandyar.com

 


'Winter Portrait'

 

 


'Watercolour'

 

 


'Dark Was the Day'

 

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Fine and superb works.
Ryan Dyar... one of my favorite truly and original photographer in my hart !!
Dear Ryan, very interesting and honest interview. I enjoyed it. Marvellous photo collection. Congratulations!
Thanks very much Yvette for sharing, appreciated!
My pleasure, Ellen ... Love this photo and interesting tuto ;-)
You always have super macro work. I have been watching with admiration for years. stay healthy. My dear friend.
How kind Mustafa....thanks so much!
Dear Yvette, You can provide 5 versions of 1x in the same time, I'm still here because I still perceive this site as one of the best in the world. So.. I don't mind how many versions you create! Just keep your level high! My best! :)
;-) That a fine comment, Bogdan! Anyway, I'm not involved personally in any changes and there will never be more than 2 versions (only temporarly). Best regards, Yvette
The steps especially 2 and 3 is anonymous to curators or the curstors know who posted the photo?
Only the Head curators who decided to 'award' an image can see the name of the author. Member curators and expert curators don't !
Thank you very much for explaining the new curation process. If I have understood correctly, should it no longer happen that a member is represented with a image on the 1x front page every day?
If published and awarded: yes in most popular on both versions. If only published: yes on Gamma in latest published.
已经解释的很清楚了,明白了,感谢亲爱的Yvette!
Thanks, Xibiao ;-)
Hello Yvette! Now it's clear for me too new new system. Only I'm a bit confused about - "Why we have to "work" with two versions in the same time) of one site?" Despite this, the Gamma version works extremely annoying on the smart phones. What is the purpose? It's like eating the same food from two plates, but from one plate the food goes to stomach and from the other plate you just pretend eating, but you have to complete the task :) - Good - hope your system will work! As all the updated versions, they do nothing else, just to complicate things and regret the initial version, simply and clear. My best regards and good inspiration in this process! :)
Dear Bogdan, working on two versions at the same time is very confusing, I agree. Both will stay for a while till they are similar except for the new curation system and for the presentation. Just as everybody, I have to deal with it too. The only thing I can do is posting articles written by the managers to explane and clarify things. I'm glad to be able to help this way and pleased with the many reactions which will be read by them. Cheers, Yvette :-)
Thank you for the fine explanation, then what about the old photos in the portfolio of the member which are not published ( according the new nomenclature) ? did they remains in the portfolio ?
Keeping the portfolios with the unpublished photos is a general request, my friend. Unfortunately, I don't know the answer here.
Thank you very much for the explanation Yvette. Now I understand everything much better! Also the time to get from net selected to published and from published to awarded. Also the explanation of the popularity is clear to me now! Have a nice weekend!
Glad this helps, dear Anita ;-)
Hi Yvette, thank you very much for this explanation. I'ts much more clear to me how the new version works. It is not clear to me about the sales: when a photo is publiced and not awarded is this photo visible for sales partners? Hope you can answere me about this. I regret that the sales overview becomes different. I hope that the old version will stay.
Yes Greetje, published but not awarded images also are visible for sales partners now. The sales overview and much more features in the Classic version will be similar in the Gamma version soon. They are working on it and will not be fixed in a short term.
That is quite a relief Yvette for the future. Thank you very much for your answer. Nice weekend!
Thank you Yvette(:
My pleasure, Jaco :-(
thanks for your informations, makes it a little bit clearer. But what are with the photos which we can upload and send to curation in the "classic version" are they lost for the the frontpage or what?
No, not at all, Christine ... Just only one by one will go to curation. If published and awarded they will still be seen on the frontpage of the classic version. If only published and not awarded, you can see them in the Gamma version (latest published).
I like the changes you've made. I agree, while navigating the site, it does feel more like a photo gallery experience. I am also pleased that you have left the classic 1X embedded in the site. This is a helpful tool for photographers to navigate the changes and access addition information only available in the original format.
Thank you for your article, dear Yvette. Have a beautiful weekend... :)
Thanks Francesco ... ;-)
My pleasure, dear Yvette... :-)
我想问的是,如果是发布的照片,没有获奖,没有出现在首页,这样的照片在个人的画廊中是否能删除?
Oh! I understand. In short, there are two ways, one is that it is posted on the top page even if it is published, and the other is that it is not posted on the top page! It's an extreme example, but even if it's published, it may not be posted on the top page all the time, right? If so, it feels a little sad even if I was published as an honest feeling. I think it's the same as when it wasn't published ... But thank you for explaining in detail. I pray that the new rules will move in the right direction. Thank you very much. I used translation software. I'm sorry if it doesn't get through well.
I don't have the answer here either, Teruhiko. I guess you can't but why should you ? It is taken in account with the number of published photos and is visible in your portfolio also for our sale partners. Cheers, Yvette !
Dear Yvette. Thank you very much for your answers! I think I understand more. Have a nice day!
Hallo Yvette, Danke für die ausführliche Erläuterung, die aber sehr spät erfolgt. Transparenz sieht in meinen Augen anders aus! Wenn Fotos „published“ sind, erscheinen sie auf der Startseite unter „latest“, schreibst du. Das stimmt so nicht bzw. es funktioniert nicht. Bei meinem letzten Foto war es jedenfalls definitiv nicht so! Der Sinn der Neuerungen erschließt sich mir, auch abgesehen von dem oben angesprochenen Problem, nicht. Und es überzeugt mich auch nicht! LG Martin
Hello Yvette, Thank you for the detailed explanation, but very late. Transparency looks different in my eyes! If photos are "published", they appear on the start page under "latest", you write. This is not true or it does not work. With my last photo it was definitely not so! The sense of the innovations is not clear to me, also apart from the problem mentioned above. And it does not convince me either! LG Martin Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Martin, A published photo comes not always on the starting page only when he is awarded. If a photo is published it is also known if he is awarded it only takes longer for it to get to the startpage. In the old classic version you can see if your published photo is awarded. Go to your last published and awarded photo. If there's a triangle on the left, you can see the next one which is awarded. I was on your site and your last published photo did not follow the earlier awarded. So he will not come on the startpage I think. Theo Luycx SC.
Dear Martin, I ony can give you the explanations the 1x management gives me to upload as information in the magazine. Only published and not awarded images appear in 'latest published' in the Gamma version, not in the Classic version (here only published and awarded images on the front page).
And dear Theo, the trick with the triangle on the latest published and awarded photo doesn't work anymore since the Gamma version and new curation system was officially launched ;-(
Yvette it still works in classic. If you go to your profile and there are P+awarded photos and only P photos. If you take there a P+awarded photo he jumps only to P+ awarded photos. You can try on every site. kind regards Theo
With a free account it is possible to submit 1 photo per week; given the new curation process, there is not any reason at all to pay a subscription to have as many as 20 stand-by pictures in queue
Hi Filiberto, since several years, it is no longer possible to subscribe for a free account on 1x. There are only a few free accounts left as it is your case.
Sure, I didn't know it. Happy to be still among the few lucky guys