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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 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!
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(:
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... :)
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.
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 ;-(
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!!
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!
Thank you for your article, dear Yvette. Have a beautiful weekend... :)
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.
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 ;-(
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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Critique is also open to all members, and we learn together here. If you see an image you'd like to comment on, your words would be welcome.

 

 

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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!!
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!
Thank you for your article, dear Yvette. Have a beautiful weekend... :)
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.
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 ;-(
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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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!
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!
Thank you for your article, dear Yvette. Have a beautiful weekend... :)
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.
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 ;-(
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
Four seasons : Each has its own beauty

by Editor Miro Susta
Published the 30st of April 2021


A year can be divided not only into days, weeks and months, but also into Four Seasons.

These differ in their climatic characteristics. In temperate regions, there are the seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each period has its own charm and character—from snowy branches to coloured leaves.

 
'Spring attack...' by
Krzysztof Browko


The connection with nature and the passion for photography allows to capture the Four Seasons in all its facets. In the process, nature is unique in its beauty. The landscape thus looks quite different depending on the season.

'Beyond Dreams' by Russo Francesco


Now at the beginning of spring, it is certainly rewarding to talk - or write - about the changing seasons.


'In the forest' by Miro Susta


In this photo article I have taken a photographic look at spring, summer, autumn and winter using beautiful photographs from 1x photo gallery.
Many thanks to all authors for their excellent work and kind contribution.

 

SPRING

German philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder said
“What spring did not sow, summer cannot ripen, autumn cannot reap, winter cannot enjoy”.

Spring is the first of the Four Seasons. In spring, new life is born. The spring days become milder and longer. The power of the sun helps transform the white-covered winter meadows into a lush green.

 
'Spring fields' by Judit Bánszki


Warming rays of the sun make flowers bloom and the once cold branches of trees, buds sprout.


'Wake up' by Jutta Kerber

 
Birds return from the south, chirping from the trees - spring has awakened.

 
'A Blackbird in Spring' by Charlotte Fabian


Spring, sometimes snow-free, sometimes snowy. But always one of the most exciting seasons for photography. In the most diverse landscapes, it begins to bloom, the first shades of green and other beautiful colours come back to light.


'Spring mood' by Miro Susta


Warming rays of the sun make flowers bloom and the once cold branches of trees, buds sprout.


'Balley Dancer' by Leszek Paradowski

 

SUMMER

American writer Mark Twain has written
“Summer is the time when it's too hot to do what for it was too cold in the winter”.

The second of the Four Seasons is summer. In summer, the sky is a sparkling blue, yellow sunflowers and red poppies are the companions of the summer months, their scents are in the summer air.


'Sunflowers' by Piotr Krol (Bax)


Lively butterflies, bees and bumble bees in the light of the warm summer sun.

 
'Bumble Bee' by Guido Frazzini


Gold - yellow cornfields sway in the warm summer wind, waiting for the harvest. Summer meadows show themselves in their second flower dress.


'Countryside' by Piotr Krol (Bax)


Summertime is perfect for capturing spectacular shots. In summer, the colours are just popping and there are great opportunities to capture vibrant images.

 
'Velours de Lavender' by Margarita Chernilova

 

 


'Bluebells' by Adrian Popan

 

Long exposures during the day with ND filters are also particularly exciting when the sky is blue and there are the typical summer sheep clouds.


'The tree and the cloud' by Andreas Wonisch

 

AUTUMN

French Philosopher Albert Camus said 
“Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf becomes a flower”.

Autumn announces the third and most colourful season of the year. With autumn the days become shorter.


'November's fog' by Bor


Autumn sun rays make deciduous forests glow in their orange - red colours.

 
'Autumnal path' by Janek Sedlar


With the shortening autumn days come the storms, clouds are like works of art in the sky, bringing rain, thunderstorms and blowing the leaves from the trees, morning fog enter the forest.


'Forest walk' by Miro Susta


But it is photographer's favourite photo season. Especially at sunrise and sunset there are great light conditions, in front of which one can either put autumn-typical broadleaved trees or, towards the end of the season, the leafless silhouettes.

 
'Two Autumns' by Mikhail Trakhtenberg

 

 


'Trees' by Miro Susta


Autumn is simply incredibly diverse and offers just as much to the landscape photographer.


'Ox Bow Bend View' by Matt Anderson

 

THE TIME IN BETWEEN

And then there is this three-and-a-half season-the mixture of winter and autumn. Autumn does not really want to be over yet, and winter is already peeping around the corner.

 
'Grand Teton National Park' by UU


This often creates quite surreal picture compositions-in the valley orange-brown trees, up on the mountains already snow.

 
'Autumn in the Alps' by Alfredo Costanzo


Late autumn fog and low-hanging bad weather clouds are also providing exciting photo motif.


'Hello Autumn...' by Yvette Depaepe

WINTER

American writer Sinclair Lewis has written
“Winter is not a season, but a Task”.

Winter is the fourth and coldest season of the year. The once lush green meadows are covered with the white splendour, snow. Trees invite the snow to linger on their cold branches.

 
'winter fairy-tale' by taurus13


Winter sun rays glide over the white splendour from time to time and ice crystals sparkle like diamonds in the snow, this season also has its charm.


'Winter winding road' by Miro Susta


Winter is perhaps the most difficult season from a photographer's point of view. There are no real colours anymore, few structures and complicated lighting conditions.


'magical forest' by Dragisa Petrovic


The whole thing becomes exciting especially at sunrise, when the first red-gold light makes the snow sparkle.

 
'Winter morning' by Katarzyna Gritzmann

 
However, during winter, completely new shapes emerge, which can be captured well from the air.


'Between the lines' by Matjaz Cater

 

 


'Drawing his own' by Peter Svoboda


Remember that each season has its own beauty and direction of movement. When we connect with it, we experience more peace on the one hand, and more insight and direction for our daily lives on the other.


'SHE' by Lluis de Haro Sanchez


The next time you go outside in one of these seasons, take some time to enjoy its beauty.

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令人惊叹的风景大作!
非常感谢您的赞赏之词。
Beautiful selection of the representations of what nature brings to us every year. And such a beautiful photographs in diferent styles. Very inspirational
Many thanks Elisabeth for your kind words of appreciation.
Thank you Miro for your visit to my profile and adding some of my photos to your fav's
A stunning presentation of beautiful photography, congratulations to everyone who's work was selected, and of course a big thank you to Yvette for her incredible effort to organise this wonderful selection!
Many thanks Wayne for your nice appreciation.
Beautiful images, grateful to have one of mine in there, many thanks indeed
Many thanks Adrian.
Those are beautiful! Congratulations to all the photographers!
Many thanks Lindsay.
Wonderful. Congratulations...
Thank you Emine.
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.
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 ;-(
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