by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 2nd of June 2023
This month's featured exhibition is titled 'Movement, dance, contrasts' by Eduards Kapsha
The introduction to his exhibition : My love for photography is blind, it satisfies my ego and ambitions, heals like a psychotherapist and intoxicates like an ordinary wine. Thousands of frames shooting ballet both in performances and at gala concerts in servo from prompters and sound direction rooms and many hours spent at the computer selecting pictures. However, in the end, this resulted in around ten pictures approved for publication. Ballet has its own rules. So has photography. Movements and poses must be precisely fixed. Everything has to look perfect. That’s what ballet is - perfectly precise in choreography and music, the athleticism of dancers and mind blowing realization of movements. The spring of 2020 was the time when exhibition halls and performance stages were closed. Culture was paralyzed, as a result, many professionals and also aspiring artists were left without work, training opportunities and without the attention of audiences. They trained in apartments, parks, and by the seaside. Away from people. During this quiet and inactive time, an idea emerged to invite ballet artists to collaborate, using abandoned factories, old manors, and castle spaces as the stage, which would contrast with the model, but at the same time highlighting the depressing mood of the pandemic.
This exquisite exhibition celebrating the elegancy of ballerinas will be exposed on the opening page / Gallery of our site during the whole month of June 2023.
Click here to see the entire exhibition: Movement, dance, contrasts by Eduards Kapsha (1x.com)
To trigger your curiousity, here is a small compilation of images out of
Movement, dance, contrasts by Eduards Kapsha
Splendid! The composition and lightings are just spectacular.Bravo!
By Editor Michel Romaggi in collaboration with the author Izis
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 31st of May 2023
Izis's creative portraits are remarkable, but I was at once attracted by the wonderful light in her flower pictures.
Your portfolio is diversified, has variety?
Yes, it's true. I often jump from one style of photography to another. The reason is my neurotic personality and my aversion to monotony in my creations. When too much attention is consumed by nature photography, I start to get frustrated and feel the need to create something different, sometimes extremely different. I set it aside to devote myself to the portrait form of painting. The same is true for creative portraiture, during which I use double exposure, layers, textures, and filters in photo-montage. I mostly use this editing when I am going through a more difficult time (emotional or environmental nature). After all, our lives are not only happy moments but also a conglomeration of the hardships of everyday life, challenges that trigger various feelings. Art for me is a valve, a respite from joy, happiness, and a sense of beauty, but also sadness, fears, and tribulation.
There is special light in all your photos. Can you explain how you get it?
I love natural light, found in the morning or evening. It is the most valuable, magical for me. I work with models on cloudy days, I avoid midday because such light is too flat, and not very attractive. I prefer late afternoon or dusk for shooting. I sometimes use a blender for portraits to illuminate the face. I haven't worked much with the light obtained by photographic lamps. I have soft-box lights at home, but I don't use them. This light is not appealing to me. Maybe someday, when I have more time at my disposal, then I'll experiment with other types of artificial light. For the time being, foundational light is enough for me.
For natural, bokeh colouring, I use sunlight in the early morning or just before daybreak - in summertime around 9 pm. In wintertime, I already have a favourite light at 1-2 pm. Many issues depend on the season.
About the image titled 'poppy', can you tell us under what circumstances you took it? When, where, what camera, what circumstances, what settings?
I took the entire series with a Pentacon 50/f1.8 fixed focal length lens, according to my preference, that is, with ambient light, in front of my kitchen window.
There are days when the wind blows hard, the motion in the images taken with the manual lens, used to be out of focus. I then take pictures from my apartment. On the poppy flower, rays of sunlight are falling on it but in the upper part, the sun was low behind the poppy. I placed a glass sprinkled with water. This gave me a decorative background in circles. For this picture, I used a double exposure: the first shot of the flower, and the second from the background with a dewy glass. I set the exposure time to 1/1600s and the aperture to f1.8.
To finish, could you tell us about your vision for photography?
My photographic passion is not commercial. I even find it disconcerting to treat it in a businesslike manner, or more precisely, tailoring my vision to the client, shallows its form, and objectifies it. I avoid commercial shoots because there I have to meet the requirements of the people paying me for the photos. Although sometimes it still happens if someone insists. But I don't like to do it. I can't really express myself then. I often create my works in solitude or with one person (who poses for me), so that the superfluous "crowd" does not drown out my alter-ego.
For me, photography is a form of introverted communication with the world, an attempt to abstractly depict what is in my thoughts, feelings, and subconscious, as well as a creative play with my imagination. It is a kind of meditation on the past, present, and future. My passion for creating also helps me organizing my thoughts and treat the world optimistically. It has a therapeutic effect on me.
I am grateful to God for giving me the talent and sensitivity to share with other sensitive people.
'in the hands'
Wanghan Li PRO
So beautiful, so artistic and so dreamy! Excellent interview plus the fantastic collection! Congratulations!!!
Heike Willers PRO
Great article! Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork.
Beautiful images, congratulations Izis
Beautiful images, congratulations Patrick
Great article, nice to know a little more about you and your process.Best regards, Patrick
Very nice work, Thanks Ivette!!
Editor Michel Romaggi and Izis did a great job together ! Thanks for your appreciation, Joan -:)
Franz Engels PRO
Thanks a lot for the short dive into your beautiful work! Your portfolio is unique and stunning. My compliments!
Hans Günther PRO
Fantastic portfolio, my compliment and thanks for this inspiration!
Fantastic ART images! Love this ❤️
by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 29th of May 2023
Benny Pettersson's landscape photographs all have an wonderful ethereal touch and contain a lot of emotions. Photography gives him calmness, harmony and allows him to create. He also has a tremendous respect for Mother Earth and is concerned with the way we, humans, live and behave. Let's wander through his work and discover more about the artist behind the images in this interview.
'The day wakes up'
Dear Benny, first I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer this questionnaire! To begin, please introduce yourself shortly and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in!
My name is Benny Pettersson and I'm from Sweden.
I live just outside Gothenburg,on the Swedish west-coast.
I work at Volvo Cars as a test driver. I test cars that will go to customers.
When I'm not photographing, I ride MTB and swim.
When and how did you start your photographic journey?
My first camera was a Kodak instamatic that I got when I was maybe 8 years old.
I got my first real system camera when I was 13 years old. I photographed until I turned 17.
Then there was a long break because I rode motorcycles until I was 30 years old.
'Evening by the sea'
For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?
Photography is very important to me, because I have a great need to create and experience what I see. Photography gives me a calmness that makes me forget all the musts of everyday life.
What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
For me, the atmosphere is a very important part of my work. It gives me harmony and a lot of satisfaction. Then I really feel good. And of course, the technical perfection is also necessary and fun. But first there must be emotion in the image to go for the best processing.
'Towards the end of the road'
'The handicap bath'
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
My relationship with nature is that we humans must be more aware of it. We have too think more about how we live and behave. As it feels right now, we humans are destroying what we are supposed to consider as our place to live. We should respect the way we use water, air and earth.
I don't do much preparation before i shoot. The most important thing for me is the weather report.
'A foggy morning'
What are the main features of a successful landscape photographer in your opinion?
The most important good qualities to become a fine landscape photographer are patience and getting up early in the morning. You should be there before the sun rises.
Can you please tell us something more about your workflow from the idea to the final product?
I process my images in Lightroom and some final adjustment in Nik software.
'Dawn at lake Haketjärn'
Where do you look to find inspiration and what inspires you the most?
A lot of what gives me inspiration can be found in all the pictures at 1x. But it doesn't necessarily have to be landscape shots, action and architecture shots can work just as well. The important thing is that the pictures are giving me a good feeling.
Many are of the opinion that the gear is not very important when the passion for photography is strong. However, can you please share with us what gear you use (camera, lenses, lighting, tripod, etc.)?
To me the equipment is somewhat important. Not the camera brand but filter and stands, which should be of good quality.
My camera equipment: Nikon D800e,D800,D3s Nikkor 16-35f/4 , 24-120 f/4 , 70-200 f/4, 50f/1,8 ,Micronikkor 105f/ 2,8 ,Tamron 150-600 f/ 5-6,3 Flashes SB700, SB800, SB910, Nisi filters, Leofoto tripod.
Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?
My favourite photographers and inspirations all are here on 1x. Thanks everyone. But if I have to name one, it would be Mikko Lagerstedt.
Now, since we have almost reached the end of this interview, I would kindly ask you to share with us your plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.
My plans for this year are to visit some car graveyards here in Sweden. And of course there will certainly be a visit to the Swedish West coast.
'The new day'
Wanghan Li PRO
Clean, simple and beautiful! Learning! Appreciate the excellent interview and the artistic works displayed! Congratulations!
Congrats! Beautiful !
Beautiful calm and soothing images, congratulations Benny
Slawomir Kowalczyk CREW
Excellent photos, excellent mood and workshop. All well-thought-out compositions hit the spot and regale with calmness. Many congratulations and thanks to Yvette for a great article.
Thank you, dear Slawomir.
Yanyan Gong PRO
I have truly enjoyed this interview and the calming/peaceful landscapes! Congratulations dear Benny!
Very Much absorbing and Picturesque shots. Lucid Narrations.
Tony Galvin PRO
Succinct and to the point. Let the images do the talking. Very enjoyable interview. Thanks
Estupendo. Me ha encantado esta entrevista. Enhorabuena, Benny.
by Editor Lourens Durand
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 26 of May 2023
'Goodbye My Lover' by Ismail raja sulbar
Classical music is a genre of entertainment that has been around for centuries and has evolved over time, in tune with historical changes in social mores. If we look closely at its structure, we will see that it has always had several layers of complexity that contribute to its unique beauty and appeal, all of them together evoking emotions, captivating moments of import, and telling stories.
These layers include melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, form, emotions, and expression, each requiring a high level of skill and knowledge, both for the composer and the performer (and the listener).
There is nothing like experiencing the interplay of the different orchestral instruments reflecting a balance of pitches and melodies above a baseline of rhythm and complemented by harmony and drama, building a series of pictures that build up to a crescendo of emotion that tells a story, evoking memories and emotions, whether of happiness, toil or sorrow.
Similarly, good photography uses layers of complexity to evoke emotions and tell powerful stories, capturing moments in time that are memorable and making them stand out from the thousands of other pictures seen daily.
The most basic layer is the technical skill of the photographer in using aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focal length in an optimal way to get the message across. Complementing this is the photographer’s ability to process the results optimally in post-processing, either in the darkroom or in image editing software.
One of the most important layers after this is composition, the conscious arrangement of elements like lines, shapes, and combinations of tones and colour to create a sense of balance and harmony, whilst adding to the emotional effect.
Also important is that the blend of light and shade, the direction and intensity of the lighting used enhances the mood of the story.
Then there is the setting, the choice of background, the clothing (in the case of portraits), and the props, all of which add to the story.
Finally, there is the story. All the elements in the photo need to be carefully thought through and planned in advance, anticipating the situation, the overall scene, the lighting, the mood, and even the use of symbolism to enrich the story. All of this requires the EYE – the ability to see the final picture well before pressing the shutter button.
Here is a selection of photographs taken by 1X.com photographers, illustrating the value of visualization, planning, and storytelling in photography, in the same way as classical music masterpieces are built up, primarily in the mind of the composer.
Or, sometimes, the moment just arrives.
But still the story behind it needs to be recognised…
'Persian musician girl' by Moein Hasheminasab
'Repairman violin.' by Israel Fichman
'High seas 2' by Adrian Donoghue
'Still life with violin and candle' by Andrey Morozov
'The Greatest Love of All' by Ario Wibisono
'symphony to my best friend' by dete
'Music Lesson MMXV' by Karol Szejko Zeiko
'Sophie' by Chris Bos
'Mysteries of Depth' by Sergey Parishkov
'Through time.' by Silvia Simonato
'Story Of Family Farmer' by A.Madestra. W
'Gift' by Natalia Simongulashvili (NATALIORION)
'What shall we do next?' by Ineke Mighorst
'Maasai Mother and Son' by Yuzheng Ren
'Happy hour' by Adrian Donoghue
n/t by Leila Emektar La_
'The silence of water' by Mohammad Sorkhabi (Sorkhe Abi)
'Red Rose 3' by Sebastian Kisworo
'The Rhythm of Sorrow' by Sebastian Kisworo
'The performer' by Marc Apers
'Long LOVE' by Sarawut Intarob
'Shepherd' by Mustafa Cebecioglu
Гармонист by Viktor Cherkasov
'When you say nothing at all' by Lita Pratikto
Aydın/klasikler by Yavuz Arslan
'Swimming of Memory' by Kenichiro Hagiwara
'Insomnia!' by Ali Khataw
Ali Khataw PRO
Thank you for selecting my image! The whole series was an experience. Kudos to the amazing photographers and a big thanks to Laurens and Yvette!
Roland Weber PRO
Wow. Just Wonderful. A big Thank you and off course congratulations to the creator of the stories.
Yanyan Gong PRO
Thanks for sharing these amazing story-telling images, and congratulations to all the photographers who have told the stories!
Franz Engels PRO
A wonderful collection of storytelling photographs. Thanks a lot and my compliments to the photographers!
Pang Teng Lin PRO
Beautiful collection of storytelling photos .
Wonderful collection of beautiful storytelling photographs
Excellent repertoire of images, congratulations to the authors.
Allan Li wp PRO
Both in terms of composition and colour tone are very extreme, exquisite.
William Trainor PRO
This is a wonderful collection of images. I aspire to get stories in my images and these are good examples.
Excellent images, it was treat to watch
By Editor Miro Susta
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 25th of May 2023
A beautiful effect is created when you move the camera along with the motif. We call it 'motion panning'. It adds dynamism to a photograph.
'Flying to the light' by Joan Zhang
In other words, the photographer wants to have the moving motif in focus and the rest of the scene blurred to convey the motion of the subject, to make speed visible in a photo.
'white horse' by Ummu Nisan Kandilcioglu
Photo motifs for motion panning can be found all around, flying birds, moving animals and people, rolling rail and road vehicles, even flying aircraft's, basically everything that is in motion.
'White swans taking off' by Katsu Uota
'2' by Vito Castrignano
'Great migration' by Giuseppe DAmico
'full trotting' by mihai ian nedelcu
'Panning Havana' by Andreas Bauer
'Racing in Motion' by Li Jian
'Rescue Me' by Piotr Wrobel
'Roundabout' by arminMarten
Motion panning technique is great to use when it is already too dark to freeze the movement. You can take photos with a relatively low ISO value because you must lengthen the exposure time to pull along anyway.
'KEIRIN' by Masatoshi Ujihara
'Lights chaser' by Hayk Shalunts
'Flying at sunset' by Sufang Wang
'Night moves' by Jason Crockett
Again, depending on the motif, motion panning shots can be successful with different exposure times.
The Sound of Speed by Lucas Gnarini
Lowrider by Leif Løndal
Dynamic trotting race by Erhard Batzdorf
For a racing car or racing motorbike at full speed, perhaps shutter speeds as fast as 1/125 sec are necessary: with a telephoto lens, such panning shots succeed even at faster shutter speeds.
Streamlined by Dan Thompson
High concentration by Rudra Sen
For a normal moving car or motorbike 1/60 sec, and for a cyclist or pedestrian at five to ten metres, 1/25 sec to 1/10 sec or even 0.5 sec are good starting values if you use an 18-55 mm wide-angle or normal lens.
Head to Head by Dan Thompson
Urban Cyclist (Amsterdam series) by luisfer
The further you are from the motif, the more difficult it becomes to the camera along.
Velodrome II by Masatoshi Ujihara
Sport is an ideal subject to practice motion panning technique, whether the subject is running on the road, on a racetrack or moving around a circuit.
Pokhara Marathon by Yvette Depaepe
'cycling track' by Gilbert Claes
'Revolution' by Masatoshi Ujihara
To make your motion panning successful, use the following approach:
* Stand so that you are looking slightly in the direction the motif is moving. This will give you a much more stable stance than if you were standing parallel to the moving motif.
* Since you want the moving motif to be in focus, you must focus on it.
* Find the right background because you need details that can blur. For example, if you wanted to do this technique with an airplane in the sky, it will not work because the blue sky will not blur. Lamps, city scenes, trees, anything that can blur will work.
* Activate the Servo Autofocus mode for motion panning, then the camera automatically and continuously adjusts the focus of a focused object as soon as it is in motion.
* Set the camera in Manual or Time Mode to the appropriate exposure time between approx. 1/125 and 0.5 s (rule of thumb).
* An approximate guideline for the exposure time is the reciprocal of the speed in km/h - for a car with a speed of 50 km/h this would be 1/50 second.
* Set the ISO is in Automatic Mode. Thus, the ISO takes over the fine correction over the entire panning range.
* Press the shutter button all the way down without releasing it.
* Follow the motif with the camera until it is in the optimal position.
* Release the shutter and continue to follow the motif in motion so that there is no abrupt jerk.
* It is advisable to use a Polarising or Grey Filter for slow shutter speeds and a mono- or tripod for better stability.
'Chasing' by Shi & Wei
Do not give up! The technique of motion panning requires a lot of practice. But success brings a lot of excitement and fun.
'Flamboyant' by Annie Poreider
I wish you much pleasure and satisfactory results in your own motion panning actions, and I would be happy to see your best photos in our 1x photo gallery.
Thank you very much Yvette and Miro for a very valuable collection of information and photographs. I watched it with pleasure, Regards.
Thank you very much for your lovely words of appreciation dear Ummu Nisan.
Rudra Sen PRO
Very nice and informative read!
Many thanks, Rudra
Eres muy bienvenido, Eduardo
Kenneth Zeng PRO
Thank you very much Yvette and Miro for the exceptional collections.
Thanks for your appreciation, Kenneth!
Erhard Batzdorf PRO
Very, very inspiring, creative and powerful works. Thank you very much Yvette and Miro.
Thank you, Erhard!