Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 4th of October 2022
This month, the spotlights are on the featured exhibition 'A woman's soul' by Alfredo Sanchez. His portraiture work is splendid and fascinating by carefully composing, lighting, choreographing and manipulating every minute aspect of every composition. He strives to transform the ordinary into perfection and to achieve, if only for brief instants, moments of pure utopia.
You can read more about Alfredo in the 1x interview from a view years ago, here.
About his exhibition 'A woman's soul', he quotes:
Sometimes I feel like the world has lost the capacity for admiration, to experience the incredible, to revel in astonishment. Life is filled with grace, motion, color, texture and beauty. If we only pause to look, we can see and experience these qualities everywhere. This is what I attempt to accomplish with my photographs, to call attention to the wondrousness of the world, to share the extraordinary richness of existence with others, to capture the magnificence of expression and gesture, and highlight what is so often missed in ordinary observation. That is the purpose of my work. By carefully composing, lighting, choreographing and manipulating every minute aspect of every composition, I strive to transform the ordinary into perfection and to achieve, if only for brief instants, moments of pure utopia.
This featured exhibition is exposed on the opening page or Gallery of our site since the 1st of October and will stay there till the 31st of October 2022.
Here are a few images you can admire in this exhibition, just to trigger your curiousity.
Published by Yvette Depaepe, the 3rd of October 2022
1x member Yan Zhang has recently been selected as the winner of 2022 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (Landscape), which is the most prestigious nature photography competition in the region.
His winning image Breaking Dawn reveals a rare and unique beauty in the extreme alpine environment in Tasman Glacier, New Zealand.
Judges’ comments:There is a magical sparkle in this technically excellent image. The bright stars are echoed in the glittering snow, and the landscape offers a natural arabesque that walks our eye through the valley.
“How I Undertake the Alpine Photography”
I started mountain photography from 2014, when I was greatly inspired by Pat Barrett’s book True South, where I was deeply attracted by so many beautiful photographs of the Southern Alps of New Zealand, that the author took during his mountain trips.
Then I participated in a mountaineering training course in Mount Cook, New Zealand, and started to climb some New Zealand’s alpine mountains. I want to make landscape photographs of high mountains from a mountaineer’s viewpoint.
However, different from the ordinary mountaineers’ snapshots, I want my images capturing those magic moments that most mountaineers have not seen before.
I For the climbing, I need rope, crampons, an ice axe, snowstake and other climbing equipment. For the photography, I need my camera, lenses and a reliable tripod. My pack in the mountain is always quite heavy, for instance, 20+ kg. I take as little camera gear as possible – my very reliable Nikon D850, with 14-24 and 24-70mm lenses, and a few packs of batteries.
When I took photos on the glaciers, cliffs or ridges, I was secured by a rope and my guide would also assess any potential risk at the location, such avalanche, rock falls, or crevasses. Over the years, I have established a very trustful bound with my mountain guide, which is very critical for undertaking a successful alpine photography trip.
Yan taking photos from the glacier Icefalls (2017)
Usually, I have two goals on these trips. Whenever possible, I want to climb some peaks as well as take photos.
I need luck with the weather to achieve both.
For example, there’s a peak called Mount Aspiring (3033 metres) in the South Island of New Zealand and it's quite a technical climb.
I’ve tried twice. The first time, the guide and I were stranded in a hut by two successive storms for five days.
The second time, we got to within 200 metres of the peak – one hour of climbing – but a storm was rolling in and we had to retreat.
In 2019, to extend my experience, I went to Nepal for long hiking and along the way I successfully climbed to the East Peak of Luboche (6119 metres).
Yan climbing the Himalaya, Nepal (2019)
My latest alpine trip was just completed at Mount Cook in September. Then I’ll be going to a territorial park in Yukon, Canada, in November to see it in winter. Also, next year, I hope to spend 10 days with a guide I’ve known before in Patagonia, in South America.
Yan climbing the Plateau Glacier (2022)
'Lighting of the Lens' by Miles Morgan
There’s a lot behind the ancient mariner rhyme Red Sky at Night, Sailors’ Delight, Red Sky at Morning, Sailors Take Warning, but only if you live in the mid latitudes with weather systems moving in an east/west orientation. Occasionally weather patterns can move from south to north, so you won’t get the visual weather warning.
It’s one thing to check your weather app on your smartphone every morning to see the forecast so you can plan your day. Imagine living in an era where your survival depended on being so in tuned with nature that you could predict with some degree of accuracy whether it was safe to go out on the open sea to fish. Animal behaviour also can be a predictor of oncoming weather; if you see a field of cows lying down, good chance a low-pressure system is moving in with rain on the way.
Our reliance on technology and everything that goes with living in a modern society has dulled most peoples’ connection with the natural world. Nature has a lot to tell us, if we would only slow down and take the time to stop, look and listen. We’re paying for those modern conveniences now, the last 100 years of widening the disconnect between humans and the natural world. Mother Nature it seems has had enough, she’s mad as heck and she’s pushing back. You go girl.
Like red skies and sleeping cows, lighthouses have been another aid to mariners that have their origins as far back as the 8th century bc with wooden beacon fires lit atop hillsides to guide ships and warn of dangerous coastlines. The ancient Romans built lighthouse towers as part of their empire building efforts across the coastal continent and remnants of some of these or rebuilt versions of same have remained on the same piece of ground for close to a thousand years.
These days the need for lighthouses have diminished somewhat with the electronic navigational aids available to mariners. Many lighthouses are being replaced with smaller beacons and lighted buoys to warn of navigational hazards. However, there are still a few of those iconic lighthouses remaining operational and necessary even today in some parts of the world, many of which have been photographed by our talented and sometimes brave 1x members.
The Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth Maine, the Felgueiras Lighthouse in Porto Portugal, the South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey, Wales and so many more, have all been photographed in some very original (unique) and creative ways.
A great way to find inspiration and set the bar really high for your own photographic journey is to search key words or locations on 1x. You’ll see how some of the world’s best photographers have pulled off an award-winning shot.
And so, this month, I would like to share some of those with you in the collection I’ve put together below.
'assist...' by Luciano Caturegli
'Storm rising' by Daniel Springgay
'Stillness...' by Carmine Chiriacò
'Sun is Down' by Denis
'Cabo Mayor' by Pablo Ruiz Garcia
'to the lighthouse' by Hannes Cmarits
'Cloud desending' by Like He
'Drama at the lighthouse' by Aleks Gjika
'alex anger' by Pierre Baccus
'Phare d'Eckmühl_Bretagne' by Herbert A. Franke
'Faro de Isla Pancha' by Jesús M.García
'At the end of the cliff' by Peter Svoboda MQEP
'The Lighthouse in the Morning' by Li Jian
'the fog' by Piet Flour
n/t by Tomasz Rojek
'Lighthouse in the fog' by Anna Wacker / Martin Wacker
'Show me the way' by Jabi Sanz
n/t by Mikhail Potapov
'Blue Harbor' by John Fan
'Lighthouse and Milky Way' by Carlos F. Turienzo
'Elements #5' by Marco Faria
'Colors and Lines' by Yvette Depaepe
'Lighthouse Staircase' by Gerard Jonkman
'Lighthouse' by Jose Beut
'South Stack lighthouse' by Peter Krocka
'Portland Headlight' by Michael Zheng
'Crack in time II' by Jörg Hubrich
'ChaniaStorm' by Marcel Egger
'Lofoten Reflections' by Sandeep Mathur
Wanghan Li PRO
Piet Flour PRO
once again a splendid series you present in the theme series. Compliments to all
Beautiful choice and photos, wonderful travel through some amazing lighthouses!
Breathtaking photography! Congratulations to the talented authors! Thank you for the inspiring article!
Shobhit Chawla PRO
A beautiful collection of images ! Each is a masterpiece and very inspiring.
Fantastic and inspiring collection of images!
Thank you very much for this magnificent collection of images.
Carmine Chiriacò CREW
Really very interested article, I fully agree with your every word dear Kimberly.
Carmine Chiriacò CREW
Wonderful images, great choice. Thank you Kimberly for selecting my picture too.
Daniel Springgay CREW
Wonderful set of Amazing images all with that Special Wow factor Congratulations to all great Article First Class
This picture by Yuzo Fujii of a dark alley, traveled by a shadowy figure carrying a suitcase and silhouetted by the glare of street lights beyond, captures the feeling of the night very well.
We don't see everything, in fact we hardly see anything, but what little we do see tells us everything we need for our imagination to fill in the gaps.
A very atmospheric image of the night, well done Yuzo.
It is impressive this interaction of the character with the night!
Tony Galvin PRO
A image that prompts a thousand stories. Who? Why? Where? I could look at it for hours and wonder. Thank you for the experience. It's so rare for an image to relate so much. Well done
Yuzo Fujii PRO
Thank you very much for choosing my work for the Pickup! I'm so honored!
Published by Yvette Depaepe, the 28th of September 2022
Searching for numbers or subjects that look like numbers was a fun challenge. One could even try it at home, arount town or much further afield! Many participants were looking at everyday objects to detect numbers in them, other participants set up their own creations. Some most creative and excellent images were submitted.
The winners with the most votes in this contest are:
Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants in the contest 'Numbers'
'Ghost' is the currently running theme.
They say seeing is believing. Nowadays some ghosty images are looking like the real deal.
Faking ghost photos through double exposure and in-the-lab-trickery has been around as long as photography itself, and today computer programs can easily and convincingly create ghost images.
This contest will end at midnight on Sunday the 9th of October 2022.
The sooner you upload your submission the more chance you have to gather the most votes.
If you haven't uploaded your photo yet, click here.
Good luck to all the participants.
1st place: by Emine Basa
2nd place : by Fernando Alves
3rd place: by MJoão Ferreira
by Piet Haaksma
by Christian Kurz
by Jorge Pimenta
by Aldolfo Urrutia
by Uschi Hermann
by Richard Correia
You can see the TOP 50 here.
The contests are open to everybody.
Images pubished or awarded on 1x are allowed.
MJoão Ferreira PRO
My congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions. Thank you so much, Yvette.
Fernando Alves PRO
Thanks a lot, dear Yvette. Congratulations to all participants.
Jorge Pimenta PRO
Another great contest with marvellous compositions! Congratulations to all participants and most of all to you, dear Yvette!
Thank you, Jorge !!! ;-)