Nature Photography and Interpretation…

For those of you who may be anxious about the mixing of silver halide and pixels, be assured that beautiful light, with all its subtlety and variation, cannot be created in the computer. There is no substitute for being out there. And the love of being out there is the first prerequisite for successful Landscape Photography. The influence of the romantic School of Landscape…

Beware of the « Grand Vista Syndrome »…

When we encounter a wild scene with obvious visual appeal, the first decision to make is what stays and what goes ! Compositional choices might be limited by features such as fence lines or utility poles, but in the absence of these, main question is :  » What is relevant to  the story and what is not ? » I find that in these situations,…

Objectivity and Creativity…

In the making of any Photograph, the Photographer intervenes on numerous occasions to make subjective decisions. The camera is a conduit for the image, a connection between « External Reality » and the photosites, the sensor. In a process controlled by the Photographer’s mind and mediated by the technical limitations of the equipment at hand. A photograph is objective only as far as the light entering…

Make Truth Your Own Truth…

Let’s be cautious ! Whilst the Camera cannot lie, « Tt  cannot help being selective ! »  No matter how objective the image appears to be we are always as selective with our interpretations of photographs as we are with the choice of view. When I made this image, I had in mind to convey this dreamy mood as a stylistic conceit. A photograph is –…

Workshop : The Way Your Camera Sees…

Great Photographers have always talked about how they see and how they train themselves to see like the camera sees ! It’s not as easy as it sounds ! The more attuned you are to how your camera responds to these fundamental elements, the better a Photographer you will be ! As a Creative guy, you should be able to « preview » the image you…

50 Shades of… Green…

When I composed this Image, I set it up as a Challenge : Do More with Less ! I had this only declination of Greens and Blues and a lonesome tree in the far… The game was this one : You’ll not leave until you’ll get the Image ! I spent some time working on « The Connection », I mean, watching Light color, waiting for…

A Stroll in Giverny…

I have been hiking these last days in Normandy since I have a country house  in the surroundings. As most of you know, Impressionism has its nest in this wonderful area and, especially in Giverny. This little village is famous because of Claude Monet House and Gardens. I felt I had to make a very modest tribute to his memory. This landscape explains the…

The Creative Process…

There are places where I need to spend some time, relax and breathe, get the essence of the area, wander around, connect, sit down, and then… Photograph ! I need to get infused before I can express the soul of the place. Sometimes, it can takes time… I’ll frame once, twice and I’ll walk ten or twelve steps away to think of the Subject…

Let Your Heart Shout…

Springtime is always a fantastic season for Photography. Everything bursts out, Light reinforces vivid colours. I can spend hours in the fields, chasing for a « Light Instant », some kind of combination of Intense Shadows and Deep Colors.The blooming trees are communicating violence of Spring. Our mission, as Photographers, is to convey this sap through our images and emphasize what we perceive because photo gear…

Get It Down To Just The Basics…

All is about balance ! The image manipulation often happens by subtraction, just getting rid of as much information as possible : focus on the core meaning of the Subject Matter. Manipulation is not so much to trick you into thinking this is something that it’s not, but manipulation to get at the very basic structure of the scene. It goes to the very…