Volcanoes: Burning Beauties

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 24th of September 2021

All Nature's  wildness tells the same story: the shocks and outbursts of earthqueakes, volcanoes, geysers, roaring, thundering waves and floods, the silent up-rush of sap in plants, storms of every sort, each and all, are orderly, beauty-making love-beats of Nature's heart.

~John Muir~

'La Fournaise volcano' by Barathieu Gabriel (Reunion Island)


For a long time, volcanoes and volcanic mountains have been interesting subjects for many photographers, because these mountains often show a powerful force of nature when they are erupting, illustrate some perfect symmetric cone shape on the top when they are in silence, and are visible from a very far distance. All these features consist of special attractive elements from a photographic perspective.

1X has been a rich source of volcano images taken by the talented members and published over the years as well as recently.  

Enjoy these beautiful volcanoes or volcanic mountains – either in erupting of silent form
from all over the world.


Mt Bromo' by Angela Muliani Hartojo (Indonesia)



'Bromo and His Excellency' by Rifky Setya (Indonesia)



'Fagradalsfjall Volcano' by Genadijs Ze (Iceland)



'Volcano Eruption' by James Bian (Iceland)



'Lava Abstract' by Bragi Ingibergsson – BRIN (Iceland)



'Dragon's Awakening' by Leonardo Papèra (Iceland)



'Eruption and Lava' by Muhammad fauzi (Indonesia)



'Volcano' by Takumilkeda



'Facing the inferno' by Marco Calandra (Etna - Sicilia)



'Hell on Earth' by Marco Calandra (Etna - Sicilia)



'Midnight at the Devil's Kitchen' by Rafal R. Nebelski (Iceland)



'Fire at dawn' by Denis Budkov (Kamchatka – Russia)



Dragon's Lair' by Denis Budkov (Kamchatka - Russia)



'Lava River Abstract' by James Bian (Iceland)



'Mystic dark Bromo' by Clara Gamito (Indonesia)



'Ulan hada volcano' by Simoon (Mongolia)



'the bromo volcano' by MiracleGuo



'Soul Awakening' by Leonardo Papèra (Iceland)



'Dragon's Fury' by Phil Green (Bali)



'Tunupa Volcano – Bolivia' by Hernan Calderon Velasco



'Lava fields' by INIGO CIA (Hawai)



'DOOM' by Marian Kuric (Iceland)



'The Explosion' by Ryan Dyar (Hawai)



'Bromo vs Semeru' by Juan Pablo de Miguel (Indonesia)



'What lies Ahead' by Ryan Dyar (Hawai)


Wonders of Nature in beautiful photos. Thanks of lot Yvette.
It's a wonderful shoot where the power of the volcano is approaching! It is overwhelming to convey the state of the eruption realistically. A group of wonderful works with high resolution.
So Amazing, stunning, great captures lucky I am that I can enjoy such great pictures at once here
Amazing shots, congrats to each and all the authors!
What a great series. Inspiring and wonderful! Thank you so much Yvette.
Beautiful images and great selection!
Awesome and beautiful image compilation.
Awesome work, an enjoyable article, bis bis!
Dear Yvette, my compliments on this great article and mesmerizing photos! Absolute delight! Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
Beautiful images Yvette!
Nice topic and well selected presentation๏ผ
Well done to all selected artists. It takes a lot to come up there, be there at the right moment and take a good shot. Impressive subjects and impressive works.
All images are so impressive and magnificent! I enjoy them very much! Thanks for !x. Magazine!
Those are so impressive and besutiful, Yvette! excellent selection of photos.
Thank you, Lindsay !!! Yes, they are ...
Excellent choice, I'm happy to be a part of it.
Love your point of view and compo, Marian!
Great topic Yvette, congratulations on your choice. I admire those who take these amazing photos. It's really a brave thing to go out there and record these images. All of them are amazing and impressive.
You're so right, Emel !!! Thanks a lot for your appreciation ;-)
Beautiful selection Yvette!
Thank you dear Wicher !!! Impressive works, indeed!
Based on a true story ...

Interview / Tutorial by Editor Michel Romaggi in collaboration with the author Arnon Orbach
Published the 22nd of September 2021 

Arnon Orbach's photos, architectural details with cut-out shapes and bright colours, are reminiscent of abstract paintings. This is the case for 'Based on a true story...' and many of his other works.  That's the reason why I asked
  Arnon how he creates such delightful images.


'Based on a true story...'


Why this title, Arnon?
First of all, thanks a lot for inviting me to discuss my photographic work. I deeply appreciate it.

The name  'Based on a true story...'  gives it away. The photo only served as a sketch for the final "drawing".  Two years ago, I was travelling for a few weeks along the shores of the Baltic Sea and visited Rostock in Germany. I came across a row of buildings in different colours, one adjacent to the other which had pointed roofs, the weather was not very good, and I did not get the photos I wanted so I used one of the photos only as a base to reconstruct and creatively edit the image to get to the desired result.

I would like to quote Picasso who said: 'I paint objects as I think of them, not as I see them'.
I believe it applies to my vision of my photography works.

Where does this taste for architectural pictures come from?
When I started photographing at the age of 15, I was more interested in people and landscapes, my interest in architecture was developed during my student years in London where I studied art printing and design. I was always fascinated by sculptures (my mother who was an artist made sculptures all her life). I realized that architecture structures are like sculptures as they come in all shapes and forms, and they involve different materials, textures and they can come in a variety of colour combinations.

When I walk in the streets of a new place, I feel like I'm in a huge museum of sculptures, some of which are fascinating and always create great excitement in me. So, for many years I found architecture to be my main involvement in photography.


'Facade-Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark



'Sunset – Tel Aviv'


How do you choose your subjects?
When I travel abroad, I read about the places I am going to visit, and I walk all day in various neighbourhoods looking for interesting subject to photograph. Usually, the photographs I like most are of buildings I knew nothing about before visiting. I also like industrial architecture and would drive to any Industrial Park in the cities I visit.

I try to find a POV or angle that will show the architecture in a way that I feel will give it my personal interpretation of the building.

Most of my professional life I lived in London and worked as Creative and art director. I am not a documentary photographer, I try to give my vision, at times I prefer to show a detail from a place as I find it more pleasing aesthetically.

In the last 10 to 15 years If I see an architectural object that I feel that by making some changes in textures or colours I will produce a more interesting work, I will edit the original photo accordingly.


'Jerusalem urbanism'


What equipment do you use, what image processing software do you use? How do you manage to give the impression that they are paintings?
My main camera is Nikon D750 I use only 2 lenses, one is the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8F that I use for 80% of my photos and the other is Nikon 70-200mm 2.8F I also edit my photos with Adobe Photoshop.

I took some courses years ago and I enjoy editing on PS as it can really bridge between the photograph and my vision of the 'ideal'.


'The red door'



'Freedom 2'


Finally, can you tell us a little more about yourself and the place of your photography in your life?
I was born and raised in Tel Aviv over 74 years ago. I owe my passion for Art and Aesthetics to my parents who had a graphic design studio during my formative years
My father loved photography and used to take photos to document our life.
He bought me my first Nikon camera when I was 15 and I quickly developed a passion for photography.

At the age of 20, I went to London to study art printing and design.
In all the companies that I worked in, I always also had the role of Creative and Art director. I briefed photographers, picture editors and designers. I learned that cropping a photo correctly is an art on its own. It is all about arranging elements in a given space in such a way that they create a composition which attracts the viewer and offers a new interpretation of a familiar scene. Colours, for me, are tools to arouse emotions.

I find that photography gives me the ability to take a detail out of context which, when I succeed, gives it a new meaning.


'Green on red'

Thank you very much for these interesting explanations about your excellent work, Arnon!

Thank you for this insight of your beautiful work Arnon!
Thanks so much dear Elizabeth for your kind appreciation. Kindest regards.
Sentir...isso vem de dentro! Genial
Many thanks dear Jorge for your appreciation. Words, warmest regards
Very beautiful post .Amazing images .
Thanks a lot dear David for your appreciative words. ืชื•ื“ื” ืจื‘ื” ื• ื•ืกื•ืคืดืฉืดืฉ ื˜ื•ื‘
If I'm not mistaken, this is the second interview at 1x. Not many people succeed in this. Congratulations my friend ! ))
Thanks so much dear Vladimir for your kind words and appreciation. Best regards. Shana Tova.
Very inspiring post with fanatical pictures.
Thanks a lot dear Stepha for your kind words, greatly appreciated. Best regards.
...many congrats, Orban. Very interesting.I continue to follow you with great pleasure and attention. Best regards...
Many thanks dear Cristiano for your kind words, deeply appreciated, Kindest regards.
Thanks so much dear Helena for your appreciation, Warmest regards.
I follow Arnon's work with interest. Congratulations.
Thanks a lot dear Emine for your very kind words, much appreciated. Best regards.
Quite interesting - very well done!
Many thanks dear Erik for your kind appreciation, Kindest regards.
It is a great pleasure to listen to the story of his photographs, which I always admire. Heartfelt congratulations dear Arnon
Thanks so much dear Emel for your kind words, and appreciation, Warmest regards.
Congratulations Arnon, your work is excellent and always an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your interesting story!
Thanks a lot dear Wayne for your very kind words, much appreciated my friend, Best regards.
Thank you very much my friend, you have a very impressive gallery, ืืœื•ืฃ ืขื•ืœื
ื”ื™ื™ ืื™ืœ, ืชื•ื“ื” ืจื‘ื” ืขืœ ื”ื”ืชื™ื™ื—ืกื•ืช ื•ื”ืชืžื™ื›ื”. ื—ื’ ืฉืžื— ื•ืกื•ืค"ืฉ ืจื’ื•ืข ื˜ื•ื‘ ื™ืงื™ืจื™.
Thanks to share your experience
Thanks to share your experience
Many thanks dear Dennis for your kind words, much appreciated, Kindest regards.
Hello Arnon, your interview is very interesting! In some passages it coincides with my knowledge about your paintings. In other places my suspicions were confirmed. And last but not least, there were also new things to discover - thank you for the insight into your photographic work !!! Best regards Markus
Thanks so much my dear friend Markus for your kind words, and appreciation, Warmest regards.
Congratulations Arnon, really stunning works!
Many thanks dear Thomas for your kind words, much appreciated, Kindest regards.
Great insight into your work and congratulations on the appreciation dear Arnon.
Thanks a lot dear Erhard for your very kind words, highly appreciated, Best regards.
Great interview! Amazing work, Arnon! Congrats!!
Thanks so much dear Raceala for your kind words, and appreciation, Warmest regards.
Nice Interview and pictures
Many thanks dear Martin for your kind words, greatly appreciated, Kindest regards.
Arnon, so good to see that you are so nicely represented here. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I always enjoy seeing your works.
ืชื•ื“ื” ืจื‘ื” ื’ื™ื ืœื”ืชื™ื™ื—ืกื•ืช ื”ืื•ื”ื“ืช ืฉืœืš ืœื›ืชื‘ื”. ื—ื’ ืฉืžื— ื•ืกื•ืค""ืฉ ื˜ื•ื‘ ื•ืจื’ื•ืข.
Thank you so much for telling about your passion and your way of photography! Great look of design!
Many thanks dear Gabrielle for your kind words, truly appreciated, Warmest regards.
Arnon, what a great pleasure seeing your art here and knowing more about you. I have always said, you have an amazing eye for design, composition and light. Wonderful interview.
Thanks so much dear Joe for your very kind words, deeply appreciated, Kindest regards.
.ืฉืคืข ื‘ืจื›ื•ืช ืขืœ ื”ื›ืชื‘ื” ื”ื™ืคื”. ืžืงื•ื•ื” ืœื”ืคื’ืฉ ื‘ืงืจื•ื‘. ื›ืœ ื˜ื•ื‘.
ื™ื”ื•ืฉืข ื™ืงืจ, ืชื•ื“ื” ืจื‘ื” ืขืœ ื”ื”ืชื™ื™ื—ืกื•ืช ืœื›ืชื‘ื”, ืžืขืจื™ืš ืžืื•ื“.ื—ื’ ืฉืžื—
Very interesting article, perfectly selected photos from the great work of Arnon, reflecting the words of the interview. Congratulations!
Many thanks my dear friend Slawomir for your very kind words, much appreciated, Warmest regards.
Very nice article and always a pleasure to know more about you, my dear Arnon.............My sincere compliments!!!!!!!!!
Thanks a lot dear Alfredo for your very kind words and appreciation, Warmest regards.
Excellent article and your images are always creative and inspiring ..Best wishes Arnon ...very well written interview compliments
Thank you Rana, I am happy that you like it
Dear Rana thanks so much for your very kind words and appreciation, kindest regards.
Dear Arnon, I admire and enjoy your wonderful artistic images since several years now and I'm really happy about this little inside view of your photographic biography and your creative activities. Thanks a lot und keep up your great work. Best regards Franz
Thanks so much dear Franz for your very kind words and appreciation, warmest regards.
Thank you so much for that informative Article Arnon. I like your work, with your mostly clearly recognizable handwriting ! Thanks also for Michel to realize that Article. Best regards, Marcel
Thank you Marcel :-)
Many thanks dear Marcel for your appreciation, kindest regards.
Thank you very much for this interesting article about your artistic work in photography. I'm surprised how much we both have in common. You have been a great role model for me for a long time and I love your work very much. Many thanks also to Michel for presenting this interview. Best regards Hans-Wolfgang
I am very pleased that you like it.
Dear Hans thanks so much for your very kind words, I really feel honored that you like my work as I look at you as a grand master in this field. My warmest regards my friend. Have a good weekend.
Thanks so much dear Arnon for this interesting article . I am a fan of your work . Warm regards ,Sas
Thanks so much dear Saskia For your appreciation ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
Joe Gliozzo: capturing the best nature has to offer

by Editor Rob Li
Published the 20st of September 2021

Joe Gliozzo combines his two biggest passions: photography and the outdoors.  He always is in pursuit of capturing the beauty of what life has to offer.  He used to take pictures at all the rock and roll concerts in New York when younger but now really enjoys wildlife photography.

Many of Joe's works were awarded.  He won numerous wildlife pictures of the month in the 'Universe of Color Photography' editions. His photographs also were published in magazines such as 'The Wild Planet magazine', 'Bird watching magazine', and the 'National Geographic magazine'.  In the National Geographic 'Owl' calendar 2020, one of his shots is to be seen in November.  In the NATGEO Canada wall calendar 2020, the cover image and the image in December are his works too.

'Live Another Day'


First let me say thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my life in photography. I will try to be brief but let's start by telling a little about myself.

I grew up in Staten Island, NY and was raised by my parents who are of Italian descent. After graduating from USF, I accepted a summer job on Wall St,  where I spent the next 36 years on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. For approximately half of my career, I owned my own business on "The Floor" as a commission broker and had a dozen employees working for me. In 2018, at age 57, I retired from Wall St. and now have a very relaxed job selling Cadillacs for my friends dealership close to home.

When and how did you start your photography? What first attracted you to photography
As a 14 year old, I went to my first Rock and Roll concert in New York City and was completely blown away by the whole experience. Soon after, I went to my second concert and decided I had to borrow my dad's Nikon SLR camera that had a 135mm portrait lens, which I used mostly in the beginning. We also had a darkroom in the house and I quickly learned how to develop my own images. It was quite easy since my dad had everything written down with step by step instructions. Within a couple of years, some of my images were published in R&R magazines and I was even selling 8x10 b&w prints in my high school courtyard. It became very lucrative for me.

I continued my photography in college where I shot some of the University of South Florida's' sporting events for their school paper.

Can you please describe in a few words your photographer philosophy and mission?
My philosophy with photography is the same as my philosophy in life and that is to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors, whether it be playing golf, which is a true passion of mine, or out with my camera photographing nature and wildlife. In addition, I am a very passionate photographer who is consistently searching for that special light and moment.

Over the years, how do you maintain and grow your passion for photography, especially concerning wildlife photography?
As far as maintaining my passion for photography, it's simple, I am a perfectionist in everything I do and photography is no exception. I continually search for better opportunities to display what nature has to offer us. Also, I get great pleasure knowing that others enjoy seeing my images whether in publication or on social media. Photographing wildlife just seems like a perfect fit for me since I do love being outdoors and always have.





'Guilty Innocence'



'Grey Ghost'


What is more important to you, the mood /story behind your images or the technical perfection?
Technical details are always important in my images, especially if they are for print or sale but the mood and artistic impression is what I really like to portray.


'Fire and Ice'



'Indigo Bunting'


What do you think are the top three secret ingredients for a remarkable wildlife photographer?
Sometimes, I specifically set out to capture an image showing the entire environment my subject is set in. Keeping my distance and letting the wildlife just act naturally is a key ingredient in getting the best images I believe along with having the best light possible and patience.


'Cotton Candy Skies'



'From Afar'



'A Trip North'


Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
When I set out on a photographic adventure I first check my database of images to see what I have captured in previous years. That way I can prepare for what might take place and possibly improve on the images I already have.

Relating to the prior statement as far as preparing goes, I was on a trip to Acadia National Park back in 2015 and 2 images that I had in mind were Atlantic Puffins showing some courting rituals and capturing Bass Harbor Lighthouse at sunset with a really intense sky. Well I succeeded on both. "Bass Harbor Light" won me a National Park Services photo of the year and it remains one of my all time favourites. I was also able to capture that puffin image titled "Puffin Lovin" and it too has won awards while both hang proudly in my home.


'Puffin Lovin'

The puffin image was captured on Machias Seal Island which now has become a more popular destination for bird photographers. That took a lot of planning between scheduling the trip, getting up to Cutler, Maine from Acadia and coordinating with the weather. It had to be calm clear skies to be able to land on the island.  I have also been very fortunate with a couple of other images being selected by National Geographic for their publications and one in specific graced the cover of their 2020 Canada wall calendar. That photo was taken in a tiny fishing town in Stonehurst, Nova Scotia and it too is one of my favourites.

What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
All of my images have been captured with Nikon equipment. I have been using their gear for 45 years and just don't have any intentions as of right now on switching. I have a Nikon D5 and D850 as my "go to" cameras. My lenses include the 600mm F4 prime, a handy 200-500mm F5.6 walk around lens and a 200mm-400mm F4 lens. I do have a bunch of others but those are the most used. My camera bag is an F-Stop Loka backpack along with a Think Tank case. I use a Really Right Stuff tripod and a Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead along with a Wimberly Gimbal Head.

What software do you use to process your images?
For imaging processing, up until recently, I solely used Lightroom but the past year I am trying to familiarize myself with Photoshop and have been using it to some extent. I also use Topaz Denoise for some higher ISO images.

Can you please tell us something more about your workflow for wildlife photography?
My workflow is fairly simple. I import to a Lightroom catalogue, which I find very helpful. Everything is sorted by year, date and location. Keywords help when I'm looking for a specific subject upon a request. I adjust highlights, shadows, whites and blacks first. Then, maybe a slight exposure adjustment if I haven't nailed it in the field. From there I might do some dodging and burning of light or any other effect I would like to pronounce that is already in the image but maybe not as noticeable as I would've liked. From there, maybe some minor noise and sharpening done in Topaz and then possible spot removal in PS. That's basically it. I try to get it right in camera and after 45 years of photography, I seem to get fairly close to the image I'm looking for.


'Out of Nowhere'



'Perfect Camouflage'


What is your most important advice to a beginner in Photography and how do you get started?
My advice for beginning photographers is to start with something that really invigorates you. If you like walking the streets of a city and seeing all the different faces and characteristics of them, then start with street photography but if you are like me and love animals, then wildlife is the thing for you. You have to love what you do to succeed and it will definitely show in the images you produce. When I teach others I try to emphasize to them that I believe there are 3 important elements to a great image. 1-Light, make sure you shoot in the best light of the day. 2-Composition, you must have a good subject and framed right. 3- Background, an image with a distracting background is destined for the trash bin. When you have all of the mentioned, LCB, in the image, you then have a winner.

Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?  
Going back to my early years photographing Rock Concerts in New York City, the one photographer I always looked up to was Bob Gruen. It was amazing to me to see his work and his images of live shows. I still to this day can not believe what he got out of the equipment from the 70's. The lighting was always low and ISO capabilities were 400 or 800. You know how hard it is to get a shot of let's say, Mick Jagger, running all around the stage and freezing the action? With today's equipment it is so much easier with the digital era but back then no one could do it like him.

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?
In the future my goals are to travel more and get to places that will offer me opportunities that I have never had here in the north-east. I do travel as much as possible but it will be a lot better when I'm fully retired. This year alone I am travelling to the Cooks Inlet in Alaska to photograph coastal brown bears. Next year I will be going to Washington to photograph various colours of red fox and their kits. Who knows after that?

Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you? 
I think my favourite photograph of all time is an image I took of Paul Stanley of Kiss. I had attended their concert back in 1977 and had a front row seat. One particular moment was late in the show and Paul was really sweaty and his make-up was starting to come off. He posed right in front of me leaning against one of the amplifiers and I just filled the frame with a 50mm lens. Here is the link to the image on my website.

I know you are new to Can you tell us about your initial impression about based on your observation?
Looking at the website,  I am really impressed with the quality of the images displayed upon 1st look.


'Grand Finale'



'Red-headed Woodpecker'











Wonderful works
Thank you very much for this interesting, valuable article, and sharing๐Ÿ™
amazing job! thanks to share your experience.
Fine presentation with some great photos. Love it. Thanks for share with the world. Wish you blessed work. From TheJar You welcome if you want go ร…lesund Norway.
Thank you!
A really enjoyable read, thank you for sharing.
Thank you too Jenny!
Wonderful work and a great interview!
Thanks so much Gerda!
Awesome work, thanks for sharing your wonderful gallery, congrats!
Thanks so much Vincent!
Very nice portfolio Joe, congrats!
Thanks so much Marco!
Great gallery Joe, greetings from New Jersey!
Hi Patrick. Thanks so much for the compliment!
Definitely stunning nature shots, congratulations!
Thanks so much Thomas!
Autumn Stories

Interview / Tutorial author Svetlana Melik-Nubarova
by Editor Despird Zhang
Published the 17th of September 2021


'New friend'

In my opinion, any creative ideas are born from cultural luggage - piggy banks of images. My money box I fill the best examples of painting and cinema.

Images settle somewhere in the unconscious brain. Then they mix in a strange way and arise in the imagination in a completely new form.
It is this image that becomes the inspiration for creativity.

The source of inspiration is also the models themselves.
In my case, these are children whom I know well, who are interested in me by their faces, characters, ability to convey emotions. Gradually, the idea begins to become more concrete. So, the place of shooting is the autumn park. Mood - Golden autumn. Models are three wonderful girls, each of which has a unique character. The theme of the photo session is a lyrical autumn mood, a readiness for the meeting of the new Spring. Thus, the image of the photo session was born 'Autumn stories'.

Before each photo shoot, especially the one that takes place behind the door, it is important to choose the location of the shooting and take photos of the prospective photo locations. This not only activates the imagination, but also helps in developing the image and especially the costume, since it is very important that the costumed image of the model fits seamlessly in the environment. Especially it concerns the general colour decision of a picture of a photo.

Sometimes, looking at the future location of a photo shoot, you can find something that is useful in the work. So, I had the idea of a birdhouse.


'About Hope'

I have three girls in the photo, and I need to combine them by the colour and shape of the clothes. Therefore, I decided that all three girls will be dressed in draped coats of a similar style, black pantihose and shoes. But if you perceive a coat as colour spots, they combine with each other - gray, scarlet and a cage gray with pink and red. The red hair of one of the girls echoes with the red leaves of the trees.

I think that sketches in the form of drawings, drafts or in any other form help in the visualization of the picture.

For the model, especially if it's children it's important to put a clear task. I came up with short stories that will help the girls understand what to do in front of the camera.

At the very beginning of the photo session, I told the girls about their task - about the mood they need to convey in the image, about the emotions that the viewer must see in their eyes. I said - we are seeing off the autumn, winter will come soon, and it makes us a little sad. But we know that the winter will end and then Spring will come again.

So, in life, all the sad things come to an end and warm and bright days come. I very often include in my work elements of phototherapy, especially in working with children.

We used natural light. To the desire to work with non-professional models must adjust to their schedule. My girls, or rather their parents, had only morning freedom. The sun was bright. And we used a reflector to soften the bright light.

In working with models, especially children, it is very important to establish good contact with them. Children rarely like to be photographed. Moms like to photograph their children. Therefore, I always try to motivate children in the process of photography. I constantly repeat how beautiful they are, how well they convey emotions, etc.

Now we are playing with the girls the story that we believe that Spring will come and prepare for her meeting. As attributes we use a birdhouse and wind vane.

Often during the photo session, moments of improvisation arise. So, we thought of throwing dry leaves. This is a fairly common effect, but my young models have received great pleasure from this game.


And then all three girls are already on the trip. They have with them a magic lamp and a magic leaf that will be useful to them in their adventure. Again, it is important to see each model and tell each of them the right posture and mood.

The final story of the photo session was the story of three faithful friends. They can not live without each other. I wove them together with their hair and it became a metaphor for their strong connection. We talked about loyalty and responsibility in friendship. The importance of support. Since the girls are actually friends, this topic was very close to them.

So, this is how the 'Autumn Stories' started ;-)





Correction In Camera RAW

-          Colour temperature

-          Vibration and saturation

-          Exposures

Compositional construction of the future picture.

-          Choose correct colour workspace

-          Correct/Adjust composition. Use Stamp Tool to extend canvas if not big enough

-          Figure and background, reduce the effect of background and make the subject matter

Elements of Collage (dog, leaves, etc)

-          Create a composite by introducing additional elements

-          Make the elements toning match with the main picture

Creating a depth of field in collage.

-          Create a Radial Blur to blur the background

-          Using liquefy filter to reshape subject matter and secondary elements

-          Skin refinement, removing spots

Creating an atmosphere.

-          Spot defects and remove them

-          Using linear gradient tool to reshape the lighting disposition

-          Desaturate background if it is too high

-          Darken the background if it is too bright

Final touch

-          Final colour corrections

-          Filters and plug ins (Topaz or Nic)

-          Overlays – oil painting background, etc

-          Grains

My name is Svetlana. I'm a musician, psychologist and photographer. In addition, I really love painting. I have been doing photography relatively recently - about 10 years. In photography, I especially like the portrait genre and especially the portrait of a child. As a psychologist, I also work with children a lot and therefore I am interested in children's feelings, experiences, children's emotions. I really like to take pictures of children because they are very sincere and spontaneous. As I said, I love and know the painting well. Therefore, I strive to bring my portraits closer to painting. Especially I like painting masters of the Middle Ages - Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Vermeer, etc. This list is long enough. I am very pleased when my work finds a response when they like. Many thanks to everyone who supports me in my creative search.

If you would like to have a discussion with me regarding more about my artistic perspectives or post-processing techniques, you can reach me at
[email protected]
or simply throw a PM in the 1X site.



Congratulations for your stunning works!
She's got the Black

by Petko Petkov
Published the 16th of September 2021

I wanted to create something provocative, different and unusual. The image had to be simple but memorable. This is how I got the idea to paint my girlfriend's skin black.

Nikon D90  .  Nikkor 80-200mmf/2.8  .  f/11

I created my work for the KOSHMART exhibition, featuring young digital artists. It was staged by the advertising agency I work for as a graphic designer. You might think that as a member of a team I had more time to prepare my work, but it wasn't like that. I was busy with other projects and I didn't have much time for this one at all. My girlfriend  is the one person who always understands exactly what my idea is and what I am trying to accomplish. This is why I used her as a model for this particular work.

I called my friend, a makeup artist, to help me out. Armed with black and red carnival paint, we went to the studio. The makeup artist painted my girlfriend's skin. I wanted everything to be perfectly and completely covered, so we decided to even paint her hair. The paint is absolutely safe and easy to remove. Some areas of black paint were wiped away using cotton. This was done because I wanted these areas to be painted red, and the red had to be as bright as possible.

"I instructed my model to bow her head, and then suddenly look up as if she was thinking about something, but got distracted."

My idea was to make a low key photo, so I chose a black background as well. The lighting was very simple. I put two 36—24" (90—60 cm) softboxes directly in front of the model and slightly overhead. I wanted to achieve a natural look and maximum symmetry. I instructed my model to bow her head, and then suddenly look up as if she was thinking about something, but got distracted. The session was easy for both of us. It didn't take much time, and I was very pleased with the results.

The name of the photo came up spontaneously. Someone asked me about the image, but I didn't have a name for it at that point. So I just said the first thing that popped into my head. I think I got it right. To be honest, I didn't expect to do so much or to make something so memorable in such a rush. I am very pleased, not only with the results, but also with the way my work was appreciated.

Adobe Camera Raw was used to export the image to Photoshop where all of the post-processing adjustments were made. To smooth the skin, the Topaz Clean 3 plugin was applied.

I considered post-processing would be the easiest part for me, but I came across a problem that I didn't expect. The paint made my girlfriend's skin appear unusually rough, as if I could see every pore on her face.

1) First, I converted the file from RAW format to a 16-bit TIFF file with an embedded Adobe RGB color profile.

2) Then I tried to make the skin look smoother, but it wasn't turning out the way I wanted it. At one point, I even thought that I would not be able to achieve what I had in mind and all my effort would have been in vain. Then I tried the Topaz Clean 3 plugin, using the DeGrunge preset, and the result was stunning. The image began to look like the one I had imagined: the face looked nice and soft.

3) Another concern for me was that the black paint made some color highlights look unattractive. I made a new Hue/Saturation layer, added a Layer Mask to it and decreased Saturation to 100 except for the red line, which I had masked and excluded from desaturation.

1) Choose the paint very carefully and always read the instructions. The paint I used is especially made for skin.

2) Be very careful with the eye area in particular. Make sure you have fresh water at hand in case you need to flush the eyes quickly.

3) Work with a patient model if possible, painting the head is time consuming and not very pleasant!

I live in Bulgaria and I've been working as a graphic designer and a photographer for six years. I try to make photos that will remain in peoples' minds. I believe that in photography, quantity has nothing to do with quality, and every photograph speaks for itself. So I try to give my best to each and every one of my photographs, hoping they will be appreciated for what they are.

Check out my homepage:
Great article and some great tips, thanks very much and congratulations on such a fabulous image Petko