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Clara Gamito: Photography and Travel combined in perfect harmony

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 18th of June 2021


Clara Gamito  joined 1x two years later than her husband Juan Pablo de MiguelSharing her life and passion with an extraordinary photographer is a privilege and great encouragement to her. 
Using photography as a motivation to travel and travelling as a motivation to photograph, Clara fully enjoys her two main passions in perfect harmony. Let's take a journey together to Clara's favourite locations and learn more about her through this interview.

 


'Mystic dark Bromo'

 

Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, dear Clara.
I was born and grew up in a small town Alentejo along the coast from Portugal.
Professionally, I have a master degree in Chemical Engineer and I’ve been working in the petrochemical industry in Portugal and Spain.
Currently I live in Madrid, with my husband and my daughter. My husband is a professional photographer and we share the passion for photography and travelling.
Photography occupies almost all my free time, but I also dedicate some time to gardening and follow meteorological, geological and astronomical events.


How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
I have always had a camera in my life, there was always a camera in my house. My parents instil in me the importance of register the important moments and I had my own point and shoot camera when I was about 12. My mother used to scold me when I return from a school trip and almost all my photos were landscapes and not portraits of me and my friends. To capture landscapes and the beauty of the places I visited has always been my natural photographic instinct.

I got my first digital camera for my 21st birthday, the best birthday present ever, an amazing Sony DSC-P71. It was my camera for about 8 years and I took it everywhere, without any artistic ambition, I only wanted to register the moments and save memories, as I’ve always seen in my house.

During those years I was quite busy studying my degree and starting a career as engineer, but in 2009 my life took a great change, when I accepted a job in Madrid. Suddenly I was in a different country, with a different culture, I had a new job, in a different language and I had no friends nearby. This change gave me the opportunity to explore new and old hobbies, and the most important of them was photography.  In 2010 I bought my first reflex to replace the old point and shoot and enrolled in a photography course that indeed changed my life.  It was the awakening of a great passion.  I start taking photography more seriously as a mean of expression and relaxation, and promptly it became my main hobby, occupying all my free time.

Some years later and thanks to photography I met my husband, Juan Pablo de Miguel  during a photographic trip. Sharing the common passion for photography with him, has undoubtedly pushed me to evolve photographically and artistically.

 


'The Hidden Valley'

 

 


'Between'

 

 


'Sunrise at the Canyon'

 

Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
My art is the result of the time I spend photographing and my own personal evolution in the environment that surrounds me: the artists I follow, the films I watch, the books I read, the music I'm listening.
My passion for landscape photography is a reflection of my main interests: travelling, the Earth Sciences and technology. Sharing my life with an extraordinary photographer is a privilege and a great encouragement also.

 
What first attracted you to photography?
I’ve always been fascinated by the magic of being able to stop the time and capture an unique moment and its beauty. It was when I understood the power of the technique to create an artistic view of that moment, that  I fell in love with photography.

 


'Winter Sun'

 

Describe your overall photographic vision.
I would describe my photographic vision as the result of what I’ve experienced in a wonderful place, using the photo to transmit its beauty, the sensations and feelings  I had when I was there.
In the field, I naturally look for colourful wide-angle sceneries, however, lately I have been developing more interest for details and smaller scenes.

 
Why are you so drawn by landscape photography ?
It’s something totally spontaneous.  I guess that it is because in landscape photography I can merge my interests and passions.  It allows me to bring home the beauty of the places I visited and at the same time to express myself artistically.
Photographing outdoors also has an extraordinary relaxing effect on me, I make my mind empty and clear and all my attention goes to my subject and its beauty.

 


'Frozen'

 

What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
Both are important and for me one does not make sense without the other.
I need to photograph places that inspire me for their story and/or beauty.
Out of control elements like a dramatic sky or a stunning sunset makes it easier to create a great photo, but if I don’t have amazing conditions, I try to find my inspiration in other elements available. Creativity, composition and technical skills are all fundamental and the  tools making it possible to me to create the images that I want.
As a perfectionist, I always try to reach technical perfection.

 


'The lake temple'

 

 


'Stormy temple'

 

What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
I need to connect with the place I photograph.  When I am contemplating a beautiful environment, I'm completely clearing up my mind to give space to my creativity and to focus on photographing.  I try to maintain the interaction with every location with respect for the environment, the rules of the place and private properties.  I do not move rocks, I do not remove bushes.  I photograph what really is there and if a disturbing element like a branch or so, I can easily remove it in Photoshop without any harm to nature.
I also try to act respectful with other tourists and photographers because everybody has the same right to enjoy the locations.

 


'Water trails'

 

 


'Mistaya'

 

 


'Dragon tail'

 

 


'The Moon on Earth'

 

 

Do you carefully prepare the locations where you are intending to photograph?
Yes, when I go on a photo  trip, I prepare it very carefully, in order to maximize the opportunities to photograph diverse locations with good conditions.  Beyond the well-known sites,  I always search for less known locations, mainly exploring Google Earth, Google Street View, 360º pans and people’s (tourists) photos of those places. To me, the best way to judge the potential of a location, is to look at it through other people's eyes.   But I try not to watch other photographer's work of that location, not to influence my own vision.
Once I have decided where to go, I study which light conditions could work the best for each location and plan a route with enough marges to adapt myself to the weather circumstances.
When I shoot near home, I do not really prepare it.  Most of the time too much and I decide to go at the very moment.

 


'Star Pocket'

 

 

'Frozen Kinderdijk'


What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
For the last 4 years I have been using a mirror-less full frame camera, a Sony alpha 7Rii. My main lenses are a Sony 16-35 f/4 and a Laowa 15 mm f/2, but I also use a 24-105, a 70-300 and a 90 mm macro lens.   I also use circular filters (ND and polariser).
For short runs I use an old Lowepro Passport Sling that I have since my first reflex and it’s very handy. When I need to carry more gear or being more comfortable, I use a Dakine Mission Photo backpack, and for longer trips and travel I use a Dakine Sequence backpack.

 
What software do you use to process your images?
I use Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop and Nick Collections Color Efex filters.

 
Can you tell us something more about your workflow?
I don’t have a strict workflow, and I’m quite spontaneous when I’m editing.  I use Adobe Bridge to select the photos I will work on and prepare them there, adjusting the exposure, white balance and cleaning any dust spots on the sensor., and in Camera Raw I prepare the image adjusting the exposure, white balance and cleaning any sensor dust.   I then use Photoshop and Color Efex to work on colours, contrasts and to emphasize the light. The filters and the tools I use depend on what result I want to obtain.

 


'Between Continents'

 

What is your most important advice to a beginner in landscape photography and how do you get started?
I first learned photography by participating to workshops, by reading technical books and internet forums.  I was totally obsessed and I practised whenever I could.
My advice to a beginner is to study the technique and practice until you have your gear fully under control.  When you don’t have to worry any more about the technical part, you’ll be able to focus only on the creative part and enjoy the process.  Above all, do it with passion and don’t photograph to get  “likes”.

 
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
I really enjoy seeing other photographers work and I’m constantly learning from those I'm following and they are plenty of them. To name some of those who inspired me the most: Erin Babnik, Albert Dros, Simona Buratti and of course my partner and mentor, Juan Pablo de Miguel.   I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to learn a lot from exceptional photographers like Joel Santos, a Portuguese landscape and travel photographer that also is an extraordinary teacher.  I was also influenced by the energy and skills from the well-known Spanish landscape photographer Javier de la Torre (javierlt) and by the Portuguese landscape and social photographer Sonia Guerreiro.

 
Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
Maybe the first photo I’ve seen from Mount Bromo in Java, by Joel Santos. I have a particular passion for geology and when I saw his photo, I thought that it was the perfect volcanic landscape.  Some years later I had the opportunity to visit Mount Bromo and make my own photos of this amazing place.  It is absolutely one of my favourite landscapes in the world.

 

'
Dreaming Bromo'

 

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?
Photography is my passion and a particularly important part of my life, and I wish it will stay my peaceful place where I can find joy when I need to relax and escape from daily rush.  Fortunately, I have the freedom not depending on photography for a living.  I can enjoy it without the pressure of achieving some goals.  But of course, like everybody, I like to have recognition for my work, and I genuinely enjoy when other people appreciate my photos.  There are some projects on long term which I have in mind.  But for now, I collaborate with my husband in his photography education business, where I’m mainly focused on content development.

 


'Buttes road'

 

Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
A most difficult choice to make, because every photo has a story behind it and an experience that makes it special.  To answer this question, I will borrow a quote from Imogen Cunningham who said : 'my favourite photo is the one I’m going to take tomorrow'.

 


'Arctic Dream'

 

 


'Dead Horse colors'

 

 


'Dark Light'

 

Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
1X has been really important in my development and progress as a photographer and  artist. 1X is currently the best showcase for my work, and through 1x  I had my photos featured in important publications and some partnerships contacted me.
It’s undoubtedly the most complete network for photographers and for people who love photography.

Clara Gamito

www.instagram.com/claragamito/

www.claragamito.com

 

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A magnificent interview and selection of photographs. Congratulations
Noticing Nature

by Editor Lourens Durand 
Published the 16th of June 2021

 

by Lourens Durand

 

 


by Lourens Durand

 

KRR-TRrrrr

The strident call of the Woodland Kingfisher proclaims the arrival of spring in South Africa and the return of the bird from its winter visit to the north. On a morning walk our breath was taken away by a male of the species fluttering into a bush not 5 metres away. We paused to look and the kingfisher, after casting a scornful look at us, fanned its wings with a flourish, exposing the brilliant white lining underneath. Strutting now, it flipped intermittently, flashing its cobalt blue wing feathers and black wing-tips followed by the dazzling white under wings in a mating display. Flip blue, flop white.

Eight seconds and it was all over ...

 

'What's up'' by E. Amer

 

How many special moments of beauty, such as this, have we missed because were too busy to stop to look at the small things?

Often the benefits of encounters with nature or wildlife are perceived to be the bigger the better, as in Big 5 safaris and the Great Serengeti Migration. They are, of course, spectacular, and Africa is renowned for these experiences.

 


'The King in the morning light' by Xavier Ortega

 

 


'Suspicious look' by Jaco Marx

 

 


'Rhino learning to fly' by Justus Vermaak

 

 


'Encounters in Serengeti' by Alberto Ghizzi Panizza

 

 


'imagine' by Piet Flour

 

But we do not always need to go to these extents - we have it all at home.
We just need to go out into the garden, or a park, or even gaze at a scene through a window, and look for the small things.


As Einstein said, some time ago: "Look deep, deep into nature and you will understand everything better".

As an experiment, when next you are in the garden or a park, try this: stop and appreciate the presence of nature around you; the variety of trees, flowers, grasses, birds, insects, soils, reptiles and even the fungi on rotting branches. Then look deeper and pick out the lichen and moss on different sides of the trees, as well as the countless insects scurrying about on the leaves and the bark;  smell the vegetation,  listen for the array of sounds, touch the leaves; feel the velvety texture of some compared to the sandpaper roughness of others; the smoothness of some barks compared to the corkiness of others. Sense the breeze, or the lack of it. Is it going to rain; or is going to be a scorcher?

 

Looking still deeper, the whole food chain in the garden may appear; from the midge feeding off the juices of the caterpillar that is devouring the vegetation to the beetles and spiders that will have the caterpillar for lunch; the starling that will snatch the midge in mid-air; the frogs that will gulp up the spiders; the mongoose that will scratch for bugs and stalk small birds. If we are lucky, we may even glimpse the hawk that is eyeing the starlings, who will put up a racket and mob it till it leaves...

 


Eventually, it may occur to us that everything in nature is connected and that we are but a small part of it, and yet we can do it so much harm.

 

Here is a selection of photos from 1X.com photographers illustrating moments of beauty in nature...

 


'Sunrise in Etosha NP' by Piet Flour

 

 

'Halleluja' by mathieu irthum

 

 

'Flat Crep Fungi' by Gary Pope

 

 


'My Best Friend' by Edy Pamungkas

 

 


'The Water is Too Cold... Brrrr... o_o' by Lessy Sebastian

 

 


'Down Curve' by Fauzan Maududdin

 

 


'Funny Face Caterpillar' by Fauzan Maududdin

 

 


'Nature frame' by wilianto

 

 


'Curro' by Jose Garcia

 

 


'Shut up' by Savas Sener

 

 

 
'Eurasian scops owl' by Milan Zygmunt

 

 


'The Common Starling, Sturnus vulgaris' by Petr Simon

 

 


'Palestine Sunbird with Kalistemon' by Shlomo Waldmann

 

 


'three little birds' by Ahmad Gafuri

 

 


'Starling Couple' by Jacqueline Hammer

 

 


'Agent 007' by Margaret Halaby

 

 


'Dragon-fly' by Lucia Gamez

 

 


'Angel' by mustafa öztürk

 

 


n/t by michel manzoni

 

 

 


'Little Dragonfly Mating' by Rob Li

 

 

'Alien' by Alexander Zubrickij

 

 


'Parachutist...' by Thierry Dufour

 

 


'Incontro romantico' by [email protected]

 

 

 


'Hey Bro Move Over!' by Liza Rock

 

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Wow what a great set of photographs! Thank you for the inclusion guys, appreciate it! (:
Our pleasure, Jaco !!!
Erhard Batzdorf: Featured 1x Photographer

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 14th of June 2021


Erhard Batzdorf  has a diversified portfolio of outstanding images in several categories such as air show photography, dance photography, architecture photography including bridges and more.
  Discover some more about the man behind his images through this interview and enjoy !

 


'View upwards' (Dusseldorf – Germany)

 

Even as a teenager I was enthusiastic about photography and learned the basic elements of photography. In the beginning I photographed my surroundings, friends and family, later I added sports and special events.
The enthusiasm for sports and big events have remained until today.
Since 2009, I have regularly travelled to the Hanse Sail, one of the largest maritime events, as an accredited photographer.

 


'Wylde Swan'


I live near the Dutch border and have only a short drive to the great Dutch and Belgian air shows. A small air show photo fan group has already formed.

 


'Magic Airshow II'

 


'Perfect show'

 

As a young man I got to know a ballet group through acquaintances, admired their personal commitment and tried to show the aesthetics of movement and bodies.... until today :)

 


'danced the movie'

 

 


'Body sculpture part 5'

 

 


'striped legs'


In 2002 I bought my first digital camera and got to know the incredible possibilities of digital editing. I really learned Photoshop and still use it today. Lately I've been sympathising more and more with Affinity Photo ;-)

From 2007 onwards, a very active period began with numerous participations in art markets, group and small solo exhibitions, activities in photo groups and photo communities, successful participation in numerous photo competitions. 

Outstanding certainly is the BREWERRENT FOR LIFE, a winning creative competition of the Krefeld brewery KÖNIGSHOF. For 11 years I have received a crate of beer every month, if that is not an argument for our beautiful hobby :)

In 2009, I was in Valencia for the first time and was immediately captivated by Calatrava's artful architecture. These snow-white, elegant constructions never let me go and were the start of my intense interest in architecture.
It was quite difficult for me to choose the architectural pictures, after all, I have accumulated 10 TB pictures in the meantime.

 


'Duch settlement'

 

 


'Havenhuis'

 

 

 
'Modern lines'

 

 


'Great View' (La Defense)

 

 


'Philharmonie' (Hall LUX)

 

 


'light well' (Bonnefantenmuseum)

 

 


'Dynamic view (La Defense)

 

 


'A little part' (Bilbao)

 

Bridges have a special significance for me, here are three examples from my area:

 


'Uerdingen Bridge (1)'

 

 


'Uerdingen Bridge (2)'

 


'rush hour' (Wesel Rhine Bridge)

 

So, what remains to be said? I enjoy going on photo tours with photo friends, communication and togetherness are important to me. Photography has enriched my life wonderfully.

Of course, tours are well prepared, which increases the anticipation and the quality of the photos. For longer trips I like to take the lightweight Sony (A7r3) and for day trips and sporting events the very reliable Canon (5Ds R).

The creative and photographic quality of 1x is brilliant. An eternally bubbling pool of great images with endless inspiration, also for your own further development.

A big thank you to Yvette for the invitation to the interview and for the realisation of this article.

Erhard Batzdorf 

 

 

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Great photo's. All of them are masterpieces. Congrats!
What a great compliment. Thank you Guido!
Excellent works Erhard nothing else to say. Now I'm following you with great pleasure. Thank you too Yvette. Best Regards
My pleasure, Frederico !
Thank you very, very much, dear Frederico.
Ungewöhnlich wäre alleine schon das konstant hohe Niveau deiner Aufnahmen - was es darüber hinaus besonders macht ist deine enorme Vielseitigkeit- Glückwunsch!
Bin richtig stolz auf dein großes Lob. Herzlichen Dank Reimer! Hoffentlich klappt es mal wieder mit einem Usertreffen!
Erhard, love your work. Keep them coming!
I'm very pleased with your recognition. Thank you very much Patrick.
Sorry, Erhard, für die wiederholten Anmerkungen. Irgendetwas funktioniert hier nicht, und ich kann auch nichts löschen?!
Was mich am meisten beeindruckt, ist die Vielfalt der Motive, die du allesamt perfekt fotografiert hast! Außerdem find ich es sehr schön, etwas über den Mensch hinter der Kamera zu erfahren. Chapeau, Erhard!
Ganz herzlichen Dank, Wolfgang, für deinen anerkennenden Kommentar. Freut mich sehr. Komm gerade aus dem Urlaub, deshalb die späte Antwort.
Was mich am meisten beeindruckt, ist die Vielfalt der Motive, die du allesamt perfekt fotografiert hast! Außerdem find ich es sehr schön, etwas über den Mensch hinter der Kamera zu erfahren. Chapeau, Erhard!
Ein großes Kompliment für deine fantastischen Fotos, die mir schon die ganze Zeit ins Auge stechen! Wie schön, hier in diesem Interview ein wenig mehr über dich zu erfahren!
Ganz, ganz lieben Dank für deine Anerkennung, Susanne. Freut mich!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser tollen Würdigung! Ein Portfolio, das ganz viele Facetten deiner Kunst und hervorragende Fotos aus vielen Bereichen zeigt!
Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine Würdigung liebe Ursula!
我真很喜欢Erhard的作品,赏心悦目,太好了!
Big thanks for your support XibiaoHuang.
Ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch, Erhard, zu dieser schon langst fälligen Würdigung. Deine Fotos sind einfach Spitzenklasse und das Interview sehr interessant und aufschlußreich. (A very heartfelt thanks to Yvette) . Beste Grüße, Herbert
Thanks, dear Herbert !
Ich bin begeistert von deiner Würdigung. Ganz herzlichen Dank Herbert. Gerade aus dem Urlaub zurück, deshalb die späte Antwort!
With much pleasure I read this interview. Congrats Erhard for being in the spotlights this way. I love every picture shown. You are an amazing photographer and I'm a big fan of all your work! Thank you for sharing this and thanks to Yvette for this interview.
Thank you, Greetje ;-)
I am very happy about your really great comment dear Greetje! Have a nice weekend!
强大,当之无愧!!!
Auch ich gratuliere dir herzlich! Die Breite deines Portfolios ist außergewöhnlich. Du zeigst in jedem Bereich absolute Spitzenfotos.
Ein total netter und aufbauender Kommentar. Herzlichen Dank Stephan. Ich antworte so spät, weil ich gerade aus dem Urlaub komme.
Congratulations Erhard! A well deserved feature in the magazine for the great work you did! And I hope do, in future!
Big thanks for your support, Gabrielle.
Congratulations for your well deserved featuring in the magazine dear Erhard !
Many thanks Luc for your kind appreciation. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
Thank you very much, dear Erhard, for the interview and for your excellent and splendid works. Many thanks also, dear Yvette, for your impeccable and interesting article(s)... :)
Thanks, Francesco for your compliment... (blushing)!
My pleasure, dear Yvette... :)) Have a nice day !
I am very happy about your really great comment dear Francesco. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
My pleasure, dear Erhard... Have a great weekend, my friend ! :)
Congratulations Erhard for the interview. It was a pleasure to read and see your awesome work. Superb curation of photographs and lovely presentation too.
Many thanks dear Souvik for your kind appreciation. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
Erhard my compliments for your really wonderfull work.
Big thanks for your great comment dear Theo!
It's nice to learn something about the person behind the sensor. Erhard, your appreciation here is long overdue, the selection of your pictures is terrific, I know, making such a selection is not always easy. Many thanks also to Yvette for the well done presentation, compliments.
Thank you for your appreciation, Rolf !
Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine tolle Würdigung meiner Arbeiten, Rolf. Ich komme gerade aus dem Urlaub, deshalb diese späte Antwort.
Verdientes Feature, tolle Fotos und Präsentation, informative Texte. Well done!
Herzlichen Dank Martin für dein Lob und deine Anerkennung!
Ein interessanter Überblick über dein fotografisches und künstlerisches Schaffen. Glückwunsch dazu, Erhard!
Ich danke Dir sehr, Roswitha!
was lange währt.....ich gratuliere Dir ganz herzliche zu diesem sehr verdienten Artikel hier. Sehr interessant und mit einer sehr spannenden Auswahl von Deinen Bildern versehen. Many thanks also to Yvette
My pleasure to interview Erhard, Hans-Wolfgang ;-)
Danke Dir sehr für Deinen anerkennenden Kommentar lieber Wolfgang. Bin gerade aus dem Urlaub zurück, deshalb so spät.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser verdienten Präsentation.
Ganz herzlichen Dank für Deine Anerkennung. Freut mich!
Colorize, hello again!

by Editor Wicher Bos
Published the 11th of June 2021


Color is an important element of the overall composition of a photo. We all know color can evoke emotions.

 


Rainbow storm' by Victoria Ivanova

 

A recent update of Photoshop has some interesting new filters. ‘Neural filters’ for instance, artificial intelligence (AI) (beta) technology made available to us, photographers. One of them is filter ‘colorize’, it allows you to turn a monochrome image into a color version with just a single click.... of course, I tested it and was impressed...  why? Look at this example - the image is a rephotographed image from our family album, original photo early 1950’s and monochrome. Honestly, just a one-click job… and it makes people so much more alive… amazing.

 


family album colorization

 

It also made me smile, because it means ‘colorizing’ makes a comeback... obviously, color is a photographic feature that connects to our emotions… adding color to the old captures evokes an intense experience and enhances our memory. People come to live…

Do you know the expression that ‘history repeats itself’? Well, that thought came up after testing this filter. During the 19th century photography had no choice, all images were monochrome. Fortunately, many photographers were also trained painters, so some of them took up colorizing their photographs themselves or hired a professional ‘colorizer’.

Colorizing portraits was an accepted practice...  an example is just below...

 


A hand-colored daguerreotype by J. Garnier, c. 1850

 

The first hand-colored daguerreotypes are attributed to Swiss painter and print maker Johann Baptist Isenring. Hand-coloring remained the easiest and most effective method to produce full-color photographic images until the mid-20th century when color film was introduced.

Right from the beginning of this practice there was a debate if it still would be photography. Here is a quote from Alfred Henry Hall’s book ‘A manual of Artistic Coloring, as applied to Photographs: A Practical Guide to Artists and Photographers’ published in 1861 with lots of hints and methods for hand-coloring:

“Colored photographs occupy an undeservedly questionable situation: the artist curls his lip at them, because, as he says, they are not paintings; and the photographer sneers at them, because, as he says, they are not photographs. They are peremptorily denied admittance to galleries of paintings, and it is continuously and frequently urged that they should not be admitted to photographic exhibitions.”

The photographer admits the beauty of color in a painting, and admires it as warmly as need be. The artist admits the truthfulness of the photograph, and admires its wondrous delicacy of detail, faithfulness of drawing, and perfection of chiaroscuro just as warmly. Why, then, should an art which combines the truth of the one with the loveliness of the other be thus unsparingly denounced by these two important classes?

More or less a similar discussion we could have today about the new AI-filter options (or any other CGI and AI mixing with photographic images). Whatever we feel our think about these new technologies, the new filter is there and makes colorizing a bit easier, should you want to train yourself then an interesting starting point could be the book by Alfred Henry Wall one of the most influential authors of the late 19th-century.

Even today some contemporary artists specialize in colorizing old black and white’s using the modern digital tools. They do extensive research to discover what the correct colors are. Austrian photographer and digital artist Mario Unger is a fine example – his work is also evidence that human artists can still outperform AI solutions. Other examples are: Jordan Lloyd, Dana Keller. Google them and you will find some of the best colorizations.

I couldn’t find examples of real colorization in the 1x.com collection (I assume because it is because of the old reasons). Yet, there are many examples in which color has a key role, that wouldn’t be as interesting to watch if color wasn’t there…

The key word ‘colorize’ didn’t yield many hits, in fact only one:

 


Colorize the darkness' by Heidi Westum

 

However, there are quite a few photos where color features as a protagonist… Just to enjoy color as much as we can, I selected some images that prove color can play a key role in our pleasure of viewing…

 


'An old computer game' by Victoria Ivanova

 

 

'The waves of calmness' by Victoria Ivanova

 

 


'Yellow Triangels' by Jef Van den Houte

 

 


'RED' by Antje Wenner-Braun

 

 

'Let's Dance' by Kent Mathiesen

 

 


'Time Gate' by sulaiman almawash

 

 


'David vs Goliath' by Marco Redaelli

 

 


'Magic Land – an Aerial Abstract' by James Bian

 

 


Red truck' by Jure Kravanja

 

 


'You and Me' by Edy Pamungkas

 

 


'A little murder among friends' by Enez -Eusa

 

As always, your comments, criticism, or views are appreciated very much…

Wicher

 

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Marie-Lou Chatel has an 1X-account. She has a colorized version of an 1910 photograph published. https://1x.com/photo/988679/ The link to the 1910 original photo: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/ggbain.19461 Cheers, Hans-Martin
Thanks for the interesting links, Hans Martin !
Thank you for this addition Hans Martin!
Marie-Lou Chatel from Belgium is another very good "colorizer" in these days. I already saw a lot of impressive works by her. Her "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange: https://world-street.photography/en/photo/200328 Cheers, Hans-Martin
Fine and interesting article, Wicher !!! Great choice of colourful images to document it. Thanks and congratulations to all the authors. Have a nice weekend ahead. Cheers, Yvette
Erhard, love your work. Keep them coming!
I'm very pleased with your recognition. Thank you very much Patrick.
Sorry, Erhard, für die wiederholten Anmerkungen. Irgendetwas funktioniert hier nicht, und ich kann auch nichts löschen?!
Was mich am meisten beeindruckt, ist die Vielfalt der Motive, die du allesamt perfekt fotografiert hast! Außerdem find ich es sehr schön, etwas über den Mensch hinter der Kamera zu erfahren. Chapeau, Erhard!
Ganz herzlichen Dank, Wolfgang, für deinen anerkennenden Kommentar. Freut mich sehr. Komm gerade aus dem Urlaub, deshalb die späte Antwort.
Was mich am meisten beeindruckt, ist die Vielfalt der Motive, die du allesamt perfekt fotografiert hast! Außerdem find ich es sehr schön, etwas über den Mensch hinter der Kamera zu erfahren. Chapeau, Erhard!
Ein großes Kompliment für deine fantastischen Fotos, die mir schon die ganze Zeit ins Auge stechen! Wie schön, hier in diesem Interview ein wenig mehr über dich zu erfahren!
Ganz, ganz lieben Dank für deine Anerkennung, Susanne. Freut mich!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser tollen Würdigung! Ein Portfolio, das ganz viele Facetten deiner Kunst und hervorragende Fotos aus vielen Bereichen zeigt!
Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine Würdigung liebe Ursula!
我真很喜欢Erhard的作品,赏心悦目,太好了!
Big thanks for your support XibiaoHuang.
Ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch, Erhard, zu dieser schon langst fälligen Würdigung. Deine Fotos sind einfach Spitzenklasse und das Interview sehr interessant und aufschlußreich. (A very heartfelt thanks to Yvette) . Beste Grüße, Herbert
Thanks, dear Herbert !
Ich bin begeistert von deiner Würdigung. Ganz herzlichen Dank Herbert. Gerade aus dem Urlaub zurück, deshalb die späte Antwort!
With much pleasure I read this interview. Congrats Erhard for being in the spotlights this way. I love every picture shown. You are an amazing photographer and I'm a big fan of all your work! Thank you for sharing this and thanks to Yvette for this interview.
Thank you, Greetje ;-)
I am very happy about your really great comment dear Greetje! Have a nice weekend!
强大,当之无愧!!!
Auch ich gratuliere dir herzlich! Die Breite deines Portfolios ist außergewöhnlich. Du zeigst in jedem Bereich absolute Spitzenfotos.
Ein total netter und aufbauender Kommentar. Herzlichen Dank Stephan. Ich antworte so spät, weil ich gerade aus dem Urlaub komme.
Congratulations Erhard! A well deserved feature in the magazine for the great work you did! And I hope do, in future!
Big thanks for your support, Gabrielle.
Congratulations for your well deserved featuring in the magazine dear Erhard !
Many thanks Luc for your kind appreciation. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
Thank you very much, dear Erhard, for the interview and for your excellent and splendid works. Many thanks also, dear Yvette, for your impeccable and interesting article(s)... :)
Thanks, Francesco for your compliment... (blushing)!
My pleasure, dear Yvette... :)) Have a nice day !
I am very happy about your really great comment dear Francesco. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
My pleasure, dear Erhard... Have a great weekend, my friend ! :)
Congratulations Erhard for the interview. It was a pleasure to read and see your awesome work. Superb curation of photographs and lovely presentation too.
Many thanks dear Souvik for your kind appreciation. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
Erhard my compliments for your really wonderfull work.
Big thanks for your great comment dear Theo!
It's nice to learn something about the person behind the sensor. Erhard, your appreciation here is long overdue, the selection of your pictures is terrific, I know, making such a selection is not always easy. Many thanks also to Yvette for the well done presentation, compliments.
Thank you for your appreciation, Rolf !
Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine tolle Würdigung meiner Arbeiten, Rolf. Ich komme gerade aus dem Urlaub, deshalb diese späte Antwort.
Verdientes Feature, tolle Fotos und Präsentation, informative Texte. Well done!
Herzlichen Dank Martin für dein Lob und deine Anerkennung!
Ein interessanter Überblick über dein fotografisches und künstlerisches Schaffen. Glückwunsch dazu, Erhard!
Ich danke Dir sehr, Roswitha!
was lange währt.....ich gratuliere Dir ganz herzliche zu diesem sehr verdienten Artikel hier. Sehr interessant und mit einer sehr spannenden Auswahl von Deinen Bildern versehen. Many thanks also to Yvette
My pleasure to interview Erhard, Hans-Wolfgang ;-)
Danke Dir sehr für Deinen anerkennenden Kommentar lieber Wolfgang. Bin gerade aus dem Urlaub zurück, deshalb so spät.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser verdienten Präsentation.
Ganz herzlichen Dank für Deine Anerkennung. Freut mich!
Message Leaf

by Sophie Pan
Published the 10th of June 2021


People say that photography is the art of painting with a camera. Being a photographer myself, I can easily say this is true. As an experienced free-form author, I also feel that the same applies to writing. When I write, I see the story as a series of images as opposed to a string of words, and I believe that a successful writer merely transforms this imagery into words to convey a message that re-forms as imagery in the minds of readers. For me, photography is a form of poetry, written by the camera.

 


 
Nikon D610  .  Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8  .  f/16

 
It was the 2014 holiday season, and the Christmas lights created beautiful bokeh. I glanced at the leaves, as if they were still living. They were dry but contained endless stories in their fleshless veins, stories filled with sunshine, gentle breeze, smiles and love. I thought to myself: Why not capture such wisdom in the form of a picture?


Macro photography equipment does not take up much space; my indoor macro creation was done mostly on a desk. I set up my camera on a tripod and then simply used blue and red Christmas lights as the background lighting. Between the lights and the camera, I placed a green leaf on a slab of glass. The leaf had disintegrated into a veiny skeleton, but after much careful handling, it was able to support a water droplet on its very tip. The glass reflected it like a mirror. Off to the side I set up a tiny LED light to highlight the droplet; however, the light was not soft enough, so I wrapped it with a white cloth to diffuse it.

"To increase cohesion in water, add sugar. If this method does not work, consider replacing the water with a drop of glycerine."

The main characteristics regarding the formulation of a perfect water droplet are cohesion and adhesion. Cohesion is the attraction between molecules of the same substance. Adhesion is the attraction between molecules of different substances. Cohesion in water creates surface tension, which is why droplets stay round. To increase cohesion in water, add sugar. If this method does not work, consider replacing the water with a drop of glycerine.

To arrive at the final piece, I shot more than thirty photos. At first, I experimented to find the best angles and graphic composition. It's important to remember that in macro photography, the tiniest nudge can make a huge difference between frames. After I determined the composition according to my original idea, I took three individual pictures that I would use as layers in Photoshop: the background, the green leaf and the reflection in the droplet.

"This leaf was much larger than the green leaf, and it was placed right in front of the background of colored light bulbs, which can clearly be seen in the reflection."

All three photos had the same focus point on the tiny water droplet. To capture the detail of the leaf reflected in the droplet, I used a 36mm extension tube between the camera and lens. This leaf was much larger than the green leaf, and it was placed right in front of the background of colored light bulbs, which can clearly be seen in the reflection. To emphasize the clarity of the reflection in the droplet and to capture as much detail as possible in the leaf, I chose the smallest aperture of f/22. For the main subject in the second image, I chose an aperture of f/16. To create the smooth background light, an aperture of f/3.2 was chosen for the third image.
 

POST PROCESSING
The three RAW files were processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop and Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 4 plugin.

1) I opened the three images in Camera Raw and set them to the same color space, color temperature and auto correction for lens distortion. Since I took the pictures at ISO 100, I didn't apply any noise reduction to ensure that the file didn't lose any tiny details. I then exported the three photos as TIFF files to Photoshop.

2) Using layers masks, I blended the three layers together to reveal the parts I needed in each picture. To achieve a seamless image, I adjusted the Size and the Opacity settings of the Brush, while gently brushing hundreds of strokes over the layer masks.

3) I flattened the layers and then opened the image in Nik Color Efex Pro 4 plugin to enhance the details of the veins and the leaf in the reflection.

4) I made this image in a romantic, simple way and in accordance with my original idea. I believe too much sharpness would have ruined the soft mood, so I made sure to sharpen only slightly and only in a few specific areas to draw attention to the details. Also, when I reduced the image size in Photoshop, I specifically chose to reduce it in the smoothest way possible by selecting Bicubic in the Image Size dialog box.
 

TIPS
1) If possible, stick with ISO 100 or below. The slightest amount of noise can be annoying in post-processing for macro photography.

2) Use a tripod, mirror lockup and either a remote shutter release or a cable release to prevent camera shake.

3) Shoot in RAW format to maximize the file's ability to retain every detail and to give you more flexibility when you are processing the image.

4) Before taking the picture, sketch your idea on paper; it helps you to visualize your concept.


BIOGRAPHY
I'm from Canada. I work in a library and write for newspapers as a free-form author. I got my first DSLR in the middle of 2009. Before that, I was looking for beautiful pictures on the web to illustrate my poetry. One day, an idea popped into my head: Why not take the pictures myself? That's when I started learning about photography so I could explore the world from a new angle: a visual expression of poetry.

Check out my homepage:  http://1x.com/member/stringrain


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Interesting article, thank you!
Great info and processing tips, nice work.
Fine and interesting article, Wicher !!! Great choice of colourful images to document it. Thanks and congratulations to all the authors. Have a nice weekend ahead. Cheers, Yvette
Erhard, love your work. Keep them coming!
I'm very pleased with your recognition. Thank you very much Patrick.
Sorry, Erhard, für die wiederholten Anmerkungen. Irgendetwas funktioniert hier nicht, und ich kann auch nichts löschen?!
Was mich am meisten beeindruckt, ist die Vielfalt der Motive, die du allesamt perfekt fotografiert hast! Außerdem find ich es sehr schön, etwas über den Mensch hinter der Kamera zu erfahren. Chapeau, Erhard!
Ganz herzlichen Dank, Wolfgang, für deinen anerkennenden Kommentar. Freut mich sehr. Komm gerade aus dem Urlaub, deshalb die späte Antwort.
Was mich am meisten beeindruckt, ist die Vielfalt der Motive, die du allesamt perfekt fotografiert hast! Außerdem find ich es sehr schön, etwas über den Mensch hinter der Kamera zu erfahren. Chapeau, Erhard!
Ein großes Kompliment für deine fantastischen Fotos, die mir schon die ganze Zeit ins Auge stechen! Wie schön, hier in diesem Interview ein wenig mehr über dich zu erfahren!
Ganz, ganz lieben Dank für deine Anerkennung, Susanne. Freut mich!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser tollen Würdigung! Ein Portfolio, das ganz viele Facetten deiner Kunst und hervorragende Fotos aus vielen Bereichen zeigt!
Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine Würdigung liebe Ursula!
我真很喜欢Erhard的作品,赏心悦目,太好了!
Big thanks for your support XibiaoHuang.
Ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch, Erhard, zu dieser schon langst fälligen Würdigung. Deine Fotos sind einfach Spitzenklasse und das Interview sehr interessant und aufschlußreich. (A very heartfelt thanks to Yvette) . Beste Grüße, Herbert
Thanks, dear Herbert !
Ich bin begeistert von deiner Würdigung. Ganz herzlichen Dank Herbert. Gerade aus dem Urlaub zurück, deshalb die späte Antwort!
With much pleasure I read this interview. Congrats Erhard for being in the spotlights this way. I love every picture shown. You are an amazing photographer and I'm a big fan of all your work! Thank you for sharing this and thanks to Yvette for this interview.
Thank you, Greetje ;-)
I am very happy about your really great comment dear Greetje! Have a nice weekend!
强大,当之无愧!!!
Auch ich gratuliere dir herzlich! Die Breite deines Portfolios ist außergewöhnlich. Du zeigst in jedem Bereich absolute Spitzenfotos.
Ein total netter und aufbauender Kommentar. Herzlichen Dank Stephan. Ich antworte so spät, weil ich gerade aus dem Urlaub komme.
Congratulations Erhard! A well deserved feature in the magazine for the great work you did! And I hope do, in future!
Big thanks for your support, Gabrielle.
Congratulations for your well deserved featuring in the magazine dear Erhard !
Many thanks Luc for your kind appreciation. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
Thank you very much, dear Erhard, for the interview and for your excellent and splendid works. Many thanks also, dear Yvette, for your impeccable and interesting article(s)... :)
Thanks, Francesco for your compliment... (blushing)!
My pleasure, dear Yvette... :)) Have a nice day !
I am very happy about your really great comment dear Francesco. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
My pleasure, dear Erhard... Have a great weekend, my friend ! :)
Congratulations Erhard for the interview. It was a pleasure to read and see your awesome work. Superb curation of photographs and lovely presentation too.
Many thanks dear Souvik for your kind appreciation. Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation.
Erhard my compliments for your really wonderfull work.
Big thanks for your great comment dear Theo!
It's nice to learn something about the person behind the sensor. Erhard, your appreciation here is long overdue, the selection of your pictures is terrific, I know, making such a selection is not always easy. Many thanks also to Yvette for the well done presentation, compliments.
Thank you for your appreciation, Rolf !
Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine tolle Würdigung meiner Arbeiten, Rolf. Ich komme gerade aus dem Urlaub, deshalb diese späte Antwort.
Verdientes Feature, tolle Fotos und Präsentation, informative Texte. Well done!
Herzlichen Dank Martin für dein Lob und deine Anerkennung!
Ein interessanter Überblick über dein fotografisches und künstlerisches Schaffen. Glückwunsch dazu, Erhard!
Ich danke Dir sehr, Roswitha!
was lange währt.....ich gratuliere Dir ganz herzliche zu diesem sehr verdienten Artikel hier. Sehr interessant und mit einer sehr spannenden Auswahl von Deinen Bildern versehen. Many thanks also to Yvette
My pleasure to interview Erhard, Hans-Wolfgang ;-)
Danke Dir sehr für Deinen anerkennenden Kommentar lieber Wolfgang. Bin gerade aus dem Urlaub zurück, deshalb so spät.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser verdienten Präsentation.
Ganz herzlichen Dank für Deine Anerkennung. Freut mich!