Friday, 31 July 2009

Challenge #8


So as I wrote you in my email, here is the subject that I chose:

Subject: "Fallen"
Deadline: 9th of August

Have fun with it, and be imaginative!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Challenge #7 - Review

Hi guys. Here's my review for the last challenge. At first, and as always, congratulations for the pictures. All of them are covering the subject as I was expecting. I'll comment each one separately with my opinion as follows:

Le Mouton: you are always giving pictures playing with the meaning and the sense. I like it, because it's a way to give the contrast to the challenges. I like this picture, and I agree with your iterpretation of the image. You give in a bigger or smaller degree all those impresions with the shot.

Olivier: olala mon ami... hahahaha. Really, the picture looks very simple, and i like it a lot. The colour and the order, finally, the symmetry gives me the sensation of "perfect order". I like an equilibrium between both sides of everything. And I like the difused background. You are getting good control of your flash, I already knew it. Very nice.

Edu: Orchidea, this is one of my favourite flowers (professional deformation) one of the characteristics is the bilateral symmetry, and is one of the family with more species all over the world. The adaptations are quite widespread, even most of them are in the tropics... but farder than this comment, I like the idea. The only detail that i can see is that the shadow doesn't give symmetry, but I can imagine that is not easy to find it in the nature, almost not a perfect symmetry. Any way, i like the idea, in fact I was thinking on looking for the symmetry on the nature, but it was a bit complicated (takes to much time and I have not enough of it right now).

Fernando: like me, you decided to work with photo software. I always liked to do this, there are some cases that is not necessary or is not good to use it, but in my opinion is a very good tool to make good images. I like more the second one, because of the colours, and the perfect symmetry that you made. Clean, ordered and colourful, three things I like in a picture.

About me, Pepe: when I posted this challenge, I had no idea at all, about what I would do, in fact, I made the pictures one day before the deadline. I was looking for something that could give symmetry from different points. As I said, for me, symmetry gives an idea of perfect order, equilibrium, and calm. The stones, are giving the equilibrium, and the typical zen sense that we can find in the publicity. The contrast between the black and white stones is not symetric, but putting the picture upside down on the other side, gives a simple look. I tried to show the symmetry trought the equilibrium, and I'm satisfied with the result, but as I say always, those are my comments and my opinions, and I'm more interested on what does my image give than saying what I want to give with it.

Congratulations to all, and thank you very much for your work.

Have fun and good luck!!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Challenge #7 - Fernando R. Diz

First of all, I'm sorry for the delay! Here, in the South of Spain, we're living a very hard Summer (almost every day over 35ºC); so you can imagine I don't want to take pictures outside. Anyway, I did it, and I'm posting them.
This time I wanted to do something different. I selected two landscapes that I got during this month, and I used photoshop to look for the symmetry. The first one was done duplicating the image, inverting and using the effect of marine waves. Thus, the effect is like a reflect over the sea.

This second one, was done in a similar way, but in this case I duplicated the image, and inverted it horizontally. It's a typical mediterranean landscape, well, the original picture.

I hope you'll like them!!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Challenge #7 - Pepe

Hi guys. There is my proposal for this challenge. I have been playing with the PC, because it was a bit difficult to put the stones on the water surface without falling into the deep. I hope u will like it. Have fun.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Sperm whale fluke

I shot this photo when doing one of my last trips around Norway. To be precise we went to Andenes, a small town in Andøy (see map) and booked a safari (

Despite the windy weather, we managed to catch sight of three sperm whales. I have to say that one of the best moments was when the boat had to wait until the whale came to the surface; all the crew in silence, looking at the horizon, expecting to see its characteristic left aimed spout followed by the adrenaline rush when finally the whale appears.

By the end of the day we also could enjoy the Midnight Sun. An unforgettable experience!!

Monday, 20 July 2009

Challenge #7 - Edu

I'm not satisfied at all with it, but anyway. :P

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Challenge #7 - Olivier

Hello everybody :)

Al final, I'm a bit early too... I just had time today to put my idea in place and shoot it. I kept it simple, 'cause I'm just beginning to learn using my flashes... here it is :

Hope you like it !

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Challenge #7 - LeMouton

I decided this time to make the picture very early since I won't be as free as I want in the next 2 weeks...

First of all, I really liked the idea of this challenge, I really do. I had plenty of ideas for that.
But as you know I like to play a bit with the thema of each challenge, I came up with the idea of the asymmetry ^^ So with this idea and the help of my girlfriend, who made the mask, I realized a shot of myself representing the two sides of my personality: the known one that everyone knows and can see at the left, and the unknown one... To emphasize this idea, I made the shot very clear as it make me more like a good person, almost a holy guy, which put some more mystery to my "unknwon" side. I also tried to make the face expression in that way. Hope you'll like it and, of course, any comments will be appreciate.

Thanks :)

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Challenge #7

Hi to all. I know I'm giving the challenge so late. If there is not time enough for all, for me is not a problem to give more time (all you know that I have never problems with it).
So, for not lose time, there is the challenge:

Challenge: "Symmetry"
Deadline: Sunday, 26, July, 2009.

Have fun!!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Challenge #6 – LeMouton

Good evening everyone!

First, I didn't want to participate to the challenge for many reasons. But at the end, I found some time yesterday evening to try to do something. So I took the opportunity.

But since I didn't have so many time to think about an idea, this picture won't be as good as I wanted it at first. Sorry for that :(

Challenge #6 - Olivier

'morning !

Okay, here is my photo... seems like we're not gonna be a lot participating in this challenge ^^
Well I bet everyone's quite busy working on reports or returning back home...

So, my photo :

I'm not really sure, whether I'm satisfied with it or not... That's not what I wanted at first, I would have liked a big light coming from outside and one in the inside. But I'm still waiting for another trigger for my second flash, so I could trigger both flashes only from the same point.
Thus, I used one flash to light the floor towards the broken glass, and one up to the ceiling to add ambient light.

I've got another idea in mind, maybe I'll try to do it along with a photo for another challenge !

Challenge #5 - Review

Sorry about the delay, I have been very busy these last weeks.
It has been a very interesting challenge and the result is awesome.

Fernando - Simple as it is, I love the colours and the framing. Great picture!!!

Pepe - Very funny picture!! I like it a lot although I see there is some noise on it unfortunately.

LeMouton - I love how you handle each challenge, very creative as always. And I see you used the little squirrel a mexican friend of ours gave to you!! ;)

Olivier - Impressive picture!! I also agree with you about the flash light matter. BTW, your second picture it's even greater!!!!

About my picture there's not much to say, maybe I should try to change the way I take the pictures, always long exposure playing with lights. :P

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Challenge #6 - Fernando R. Diz

This time I will post two images that I really like them.

First one is named 'Flamingos have gone'. I took this image from a window of my home. This group of flamingos flies everyday in front of my home, at the sunset (I'm lucky, I know). For me, this image is full of sense about bird migrations.

The second one, I will called it as 'I tried a portrait, but the blackbird had gone'. ;)
I was coming back from a photography session in a salt mine, when I came across a blackbird really close to me, eating a worm. I prepared the camera to try the picture, but the blackbird had gone. Well, I got this surprising image. I say 'surprising' 'cause I got surprised when I saw it in the screen of my camera.

I hope you'll enjoy them!!