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'January mood' by Kristina Zvinakeviciute

by Editor Michel Romaggi  in collaboration with the author Kristina Zvinakeviciute 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 22nd of January 2024

 

'January mood'

I really like the poetic way you photograph flowers, moss and mushrooms Kristina.
Why are you so drawn by this kind of photography?

I’m passionate about macro photography. Each plant, flower, or small creature has its unique appearance, mood, hidden beauty, and character. Meadows and parks serve as my workplace throughout the seasons, where I always discover something interesting and unexpected to capture, showcasing nature’s art to every passer-by. Significant publicity is required to draw attention to my subjects, just like billboards. I hope to draw people’s attention to nature through my work as we often overlook the beauty of nature in our hurried lives. With my photos, I aim to showcase the indescribable beauty of plants and give them the same level of attention as a captivating advertisement. Moreover, I hope to instil in people a desire not to harm nature but to protect it.

 

Can you tell us some more about  your workflow to realise 'January mood'?

I captured 'January Mood' in the late morning when the sun was low, creating dim light - a common occurrence in England. I positioned myself to capture the sunlight at an optimal angle, using clouds as natural diffusers. For equipment, I used a Nikon D810 camera with a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens and the ground as a stabilizer. Settings were set to a shutter speed of 1/60s, aperture of f/5.6, and ISO 1000 due to the dark, gloomy day. Post-processing was done in Photoshop, focusing on enhancing colours, shapes, and textures to accentuate the plant’s uniqueness without overwhelming the image.

 

Where do you usually take these pictures?

I live adjacent to a large park, which I affectionately refer to as “My Forest,” where I frequently seek out my creative subjects. Occasionally, I simply photograph in my back garden.

 

'Golden moss'

How do you get this special light in each of them?

Photography, derived from the Greek words for φως (phos) - “light” and γραφις (graphis) -“drawing”, emphasizes the importance of light in creating images. I meticulously observe how light falls, its angle, and its overall impact on the scene. Photography is about perception and capturing what is already present in nature.

 

'Meadow buttercup'

To end this tutorial, can you please tell us what photography means to you?

I am a visual artist based in Manchester, originally from Lithuania. I started as a fine artist and only later found myself interested in photography as my primary creative expression. Through macro photography, I aim to reveal the intricate details and fragility of nature’s beauty. I see myself as a conduit, communicating nature’s delicate rhythms through my art. I prefer to describe my photography as Nature Art, inviting viewers to pause and appreciate timeless moments amidst our fast-paced world.

 

'Autumn flower'

 

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I am a fan of your work! Thanks for such wonderful pictures!
Wonderful gallery, thanks for sharing!!
Such gorgeous images - congratulations. I love how you see nature and how you manage to capture and present the scenes.
National Winner Sony World Photography Awards 2024 - Editor Lourens Durand

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 21st of February 2024

 

The World Photography Organisation and Sony Middle East and Africa are delighted to reveal
Lourens Durand as South Africa’s National Award winner for the Sony World Photography Awards 2024.

 

The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, with 54 countries taking part this year.

Over 395,000 images from over 220 countries and territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2024.

Lourens Durand was anonymously selected by judges for his photograph 'Fantasy Shapes', entered into the Creative category of the Open competition. Fantasy Shapes is a close-up photograph of an arrangement of dry leaves and a snail shell on a black tile.

EXHIBITION: 19 APRIL - 6 MAY 2024 | SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON. © Lourens Durand, South Africa, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2024



Durand
is an amateur photographer and retired Industrial Chemist/Technical Services Manager. He’s a long-time member of the Photographic Society of South Africa and the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), and his photographic Honours include: LPSSA Colour; DPSSA (Cls) and Excellence FIAP.

Commenting on his win, Durand said:“I’m absolutely thrilled to be named the winner and represent South Africa! This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I hope to have inspired current and upcoming photographers who have the same dream”.

As South Africa’s National Award winner, Durand receives Sony digital imaging equipment and will be included in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book.

The overall winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2024 will be announced on 18 April 2024 and will go on display as part of the exhibition at Somerset House, London (19 April-6 May 2024)


Congratulations, dear 1x Editor Lourens Durand 

Here are some more of his works.

'String of pearls'



'A Word in Your Ear'



'Vintage Camera Still Life'



'Skeleton Leaves'



'Pensive'

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Congratulations Lourens
Congratulations! A beautifull body of work that merit the recognition!
Beatiful
Congratulations Lourens
Excellent work! Especially the 1st price. Grat light creating mysterious composition and atmosphere! Congratulations!
Congratulations. Very good work.
Extraordinary
Awesome work - Congratulations, Lourens love the photos, especially A word in your ear!!
Huge congratulations!!!
Congratulations!
Nancy Xu - Photographing the beauty and spirituality of nature

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 19th of February 2024

 

To Nancy Xu, photography integrated her heart and became a part of her feelings. Landscape and wildlife photography mean the world to her.  She quotes: 'I like nature. It makes me relaxed and happy. I enjoy immersing myself in nature, quietly seeing, listening, smelling, touching, and imagining conversations with the mountains, rivers, flowers and trees. Wildlife fills me with curiosity. I am touched by their beauty and spirituality.'  And she fully succeed in that purpose.  See by yourself and learn more about this excellent lady photographer through this interview.

 

'What is this?'

 

 

'Grand sand dune'

 

Please introduce yourself shortly and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in, dear Nancy.

I am a retired software engineer living in Los Angeles, USA. I grew up in Beijing, China. My studies and work had nothing to do with art, but I have always loved Chinese paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics. After I retired, I learned oil painting, ceramics, and flower arrangements. I started learning photography in 2018, and now I devote all my time and energy to photography.

 

'Fashion Show'

When and how did you start your photographic journey?

I like travelling, and I like to take pictures of the beautiful sceneries during my travels as materials for paintings. In order to improve my photography skills, I bought my first DSLR camera, Nikon D750 in 2018 and I took a weekend photography class to learn basic photography techniques. The teacher was an excellent photojournalist. This study made me feel the magical expressive power of photography and started my exploration of photography.

 

'A Dancer'

For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?

In the beginning, photography helped me record the sceneries I saw and the artworks that I liked. Gradually, as I studied the language of photography and the pre- and post- photography techniques, I became more and more interested in using photography to express my feelings about nature. Photography gradually integrated into my heart and have become a part of my feelings.

 

'Desert Trip'

 

 

'An unknown world'

What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?

In 2018, I learned about 1x.com from my photography friends. I was deeply attracted by the high-standard photography works there. It became a very important platform for me to learn photography. In 2020, my photos were published for the first time by 1x. It gave me great encouragement. It was the recognition of my photography skills and expression. I began to spend more time delving into the art of photography through various channels including books, lectures, and videos. I also participated in photography clubs. In 2022, I began to participate in photography trips led by photography masters, which greatly broadened my horizons. Thanks to Yunman, Ah Liu, Jeffrey Wu, Marsel van Oosten , and Marc Adamus  for their guidance in pre- and post-photography, which greatly improved my photography level.

 

'Spring Farmland'

 

 

'A maple tree'

You have your very own style. Why are you so drawn by landscape and wildlife photography?

I like nature. It makes me relaxed and happy. I enjoy immersing myself in nature, quietly seeing, listening, smelling, touching, and imagining conversations with the mountains, rivers, flowers and trees. Wildlife fills me with curiosity. I am touched by their beauty and spirituality. I hope my photos express my feelings about nature.

 

'Sweet moment'

 

 

'Birds, man and sea'

What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

For me, the mood and story of a photo are the most important, without them there would be no need to click the shutter. Photography technology helps me better express the mood in a photo and tell stories more vividly and excitingly.

 

'Mommy Boat'

 

 

'Love story'

 

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?

I like to communicate with the photography subject, have a dialogue with it in my mind and find what moves me. When choosing a shooting location, I try to go online to find photos, and analyse the shooting time and various possible shooting angles. I also like to join the tour groups led by photography masters and learn how to choose the best location from the best photographers.

 

'Out of the water'

 

 

'Impressions of Namibia #2'

Describe your overall photographic vision, dear Nancy.

Photography is an art, and it requires the photographer’s passion and vivid photographic language to impress the audience. A photographer must be able to discover beauty and express it well so that the audience can feel it. This requires long-term study and practice, and it is also the goal I want to work hard for.

 

'Pebbles on the beach'

 

What are the main features of a successful landscape/wildlife photographer in your opinion?

In my mind, a successful photographer must have keen observation, unique perspective, rich emotions and superb expression techniques. What to shoot and how to shoot is a question that photographers always have to ask themselves. 

 

'Waves'

 

Can you please tell us something more about your workflow from the idea to the final product?

For post-processing, I use Adobe Camera Raw to first adjust the overall tone of the photo. If necessary, I will recompose the photo, and then make further partial adjustments in Photoshop. Sometimes I use the Nik plug-in for rendering, and the Topaz plug-in for noise reduction and sharpening.

 

'Dancing Lemur'

 

Where do you look to find inspiration and what inspires you the most?

My photography inspiration mainly comes from reading the works of photography masters. I like to go to their websites, visit their galleries and buy their photography albums. In addition, I also like to listen to some photography lectures to broaden my horizons and ideas. Reading some books on photography theory and visiting various art exhibitions are also very helpful in improving my photography artistry.

 

'Thinking'

 

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)?

The cameras I use are Nikon D850, Sony A1, Sony A7RV, and the lenses are 14-24mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/4, 24-105mm f/4, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, 200-600mm f/5.6 -6.3, 600mm f/4. My tripods are Gitzo Traveler and FLM Series II. My favourite camera bag is f-stop Mountain Series. DJI Air 2S drone is my new toy.

 

'Bird's eye view of Giau Pass'

 

What would be your favourite photo? Please tell us the story behind it.

I don't have any works that I'm very satisfied with yet. I'm still in the initiation and learning stage. I would like to share this lotus picture, it inspired me a lot. Before sunrise, my friends and I went to a local park to take pictures of lotus flowers at sunrise. However, the clouds were too thick that day and there was no light in the pond. I was very disappointed. Then I noticed these lotus leaves and lotus flowers on the edge of the pond. They are so small and lonely, but they are arranged in an orderly manner. Their postures interested me. During post-processing, I did not rigidly enhance the light and shadow, but let nature take its course to make the photos more softer and hazier, and the colours more elegant. The final result is the lotus in my mind. This photo makes me understand the joy of discovering beauty and realize that the natural expression is the most beautiful.

 

'Summer memory ...'

 

Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?

First of all, I would like to thank my first photography teacher, Bin Xu. He is an excellent photojournalist. From him, I not only learned photography techniques, but also learned how to shoot with emotion. I have many favourite photographers, such as the master of wildlife photography Jeffrey Wu. I am deeply moved by the wonderful moments and charming light in his works. Landscape photography master Marc Adamus's unique perspective and magical light were sensational to me. The black and white minimalist works of Michael Kenna and Yueheng Duan give me peace, ideas, and dreams. I also follow many photographers on 1X, such as John Fan, Phillip Chang, Bingo Z, Larry Deng, Milan Malovrh, Thierry Dufour and Robin Wechsler. Their unique works inspired me a lot.

 

'The moment'

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.

Photography is an art that deeply attracts me. In 2024, I will shoot more to find my way of expression and enrich my photographic language. I will focus on black and white photography, and also want to try some humanistic subjects.

 

Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

1X is the only platform for me to share photos. Every time my work is published, it gives me great encouragement. I am very grateful to the curators for their review. No matter whether the photos are published or rejected, it is a good learning opportunity. There are many talented photographers on 1X, and their works are examples for me to learn from. 1X is the biggest promoter of my photography progress. Thank you very much for interviewing me. I am very honoured to share my photography experience here.

 

'Deadvlei at night'

 

 

'Running on the dunes'

  

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Stunning
Stunning work, fantastic images, congrats Nancy !!!
Thank you for your encouragement!!! I really like the light, color and mood of your photos.
Very impressive work, Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story and thought about photography!
Thank you for your warm comment, Jian!
谢谢分钟享受很棒的摄影作品,恭喜。期待2024有更多的好作品
谢谢你的鼓励!
谢谢分钟享受很棒的摄影作品,恭喜。期待2024有更多的好作品
verdon PRO
Outstanding portfolio, congratulations
Thank you for the comment, verdon!
Bellissimo servizio, congratulazione per le Tue meravigliose fotografie. L'inno per la natura.
Thank you very much, Izabella!
Congratulations. Nancy Xu.
Thank you for your encouragement!!! Your reviews help me a lot to improve my photography skills.
Your work is amazing
Thank you very much, Gaby!
lovely interview lovely images lovely artist
Thank you for warm comment!
Congrats Nancy! Beautiful photos.
Thank you very much, dear Linda! Looking forward to shooting together!
Awesome art works. Congratulations.
Thank you very much, chong!
Amazing art works! Great interview! Congratulations, Nancy!
Thank you so much, dear Yun! Looking forward to shooting together!
Q Liu PRO
Awesome photos and great interview! Congratulations, Nancy.
Thank you for your warm comment!
So beautiful and inspiring! Learning. Congratulations!
Thank you very much, Wanghan! I also learn from your pictures!
What wonderful work. Congratulations, Nancy!
Thank you very much, Jane!
Fantastic images filled with emotion and beauty. Congratulations.
Thank you Tessa for your encouragement!
Amazing images of landscape and wildlife. Congrats, Nancy!
Thank you very much, Louie! You are my role model in learning photography!
The passion, the dedication and the hard working make the successes, Great works, Nancy, congratulations
Thank you for your warm comment!
Congratulations, Nancy!
Thank you for your encouragement!!! Your reviews have greatly helped me to improve my photography skills.
Magnificent images with emotional content and exquisite processing. Pleasant and close interview. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for your kind comment!
Beautiful images, lovely interview, congratulations Nancy
Thank you so much, Anita!
How to create EXHIBITIONS

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 16th of February 2024

 

As many members still are struggling making exhibitions, I hope this detailed article will help them.

This feature is a most powerful tool to create online exhibitions with your photos just like a gallery curator arranging prints on the walls of a gallery.

'Gallery' by Zoltán K. Bartha


 
By using exhibitions, you can customize, control and completely change what your profile looks like.

To see the many exhibitions created by our members go to the opening gallery page.
You will see the currently presented spotlight exhibition titled 'Romanticized Nature'  showing works of Hansen and Daams. 

 


On the lower right side you have a small menu box 'View Exhibition' and next to it 'Show all featured'.
When you click on it 'Show all featured',  you will see this: 'Featured' and 'All'

When you click on 'All', you will see all the exhibitions created by our members.

 

 

 
The very best exhibitions will be featured and presented on the opening gallery page and will stay there for a month.
However, all the exhibitions have a change to be presented in the 1x magazine. The ones with a fine introduction text will have more chances to be published.
It doesn't have to be long, take an example by having a look on the Featured exhibitions.

 HOW TO CREATE AN EXHIBITION

Under your name on your landing page, you can see 'About' and 'Exhibitions'.
When you move the cursor to 'exhibitions' you will see all exhibitions you created.
If you didn't create any, you still will have the default exhibition showing all your photos.

 

 
You can create and add more exhibitions and make one of them your default exhibition on your profile, if you want.   You can add quotes, change the order of your photos and align them in different ways and change the size. 

 
STEP BY STEP
To start creating a new exhibition go to your profile. Click the account menu in the top right when you are logged in to 1x and then the button "Go to your profile". Click "Create a new exhibition" at the top to get started.

 


Name your new exhibition and then click "Select photos". Select all photos you want to include in the exhibition. Numbers will indicate how many photos are selected. When you are done click "Create".


In the exhibition editor you can re-arrange the photos by dragging and dropping either the large photos to the left or the thumbnails to the right (in the desktop version).


Under the large images you can align them to the left or right or make them appear in big size.
By clicking the button "Add object" you can add a title, or bigger or smaller text block in between your images. The texts can also be re-arranged by dragging and dropping.
Click "Delete" to remove an image or text.

 

Remember to click "Save" when you are done editing your exhibition and make it visible to the public by checking the box "Open for visitors" in the lower right.
You can also make it the landing page of your profile by using the other checkboxes.



HOW TO EDIT EXHIBITIONS
To edit an existing exhibition hover the "Exhibitions" menu on your profile, hover the
exhibition you like to edit and click the blue "Edit" button.


HOW TO DELETE AN EXHIBITION
Edit an exhibition and then click the red "Delete" button in the lower right.


Why not creating your own exhibitions...
Here are some examples of great exhibitions.

Enjoy and go for it !

[12] Murmur of the Sea by Jean-Luc BILLET (1x.com)

[12] On the road with the thunder gods by Yvette Depaepe (1x.com)
Lightning shots with quotes and short poems

[12] Street as Space and Muse by Marius Cinteza (1x.com)

Some without any text:

[12] Still Life by Lydia Jacobs (1x.com)

[12] Abstract by Luc Vangindertael (laGrange) (1x.com)

[12] 1940's by Daniel Springgay (1x.com)


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Thank you so much, dear Yvette! This is a very helpful article.
Thank you Yvette for the reference to the "Murmur of the sea" exhibition. Have a nice evening.
My pleasure, Jean-Luc. Perfect example ;-)
I somehow knew that there was an exhibition feature in my 1X profile, but I never got around to trying to use it. Thanks to this article, I would like to compose an exhibition of the series I am working on here in addition to my own web. " Maybe" I will try in the near future. Thanks for writing this article.
My pleasure, dear Asako !
Results Contest : Bikes in photography

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 14th of February 2024

 


'Bikes in photography' : Waiting for just the right person to pass by that doorway, or a bird to land on the bike handlebars to complete the scene. Bikes make great shadows. People riding bikes make great panning subjects. The possibilities go on and on! Images of all kinds, creative and excellent, were submitted.

The winners with the most votes are: 

1st place :  DDiArte
2nd place : Zina Heg  
3rd place : Saskia Dingemans

Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants in the contest 'Bikes in photograph'

 


The currently running theme is 'A slice of silence'
Simply try to express the visual representation of silence by translating mood and emotion, whatever the subject is.

This contest will end on Sunday the 25th of February at midnight.
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 DDiArte

 

2nd place : by Zina Heg

 
 
3rd place : by Saskia Dingemans


 
HONOURABLE MENTIONS
 
by Franke de Jong

 
 
by Piet Haaksma

 
 
by Jorge Pimenta

 
 
by Ivan Lesica

 
 
by Ina Tänzer

 
 
by Luciano Caturegli

 
 
by Joshua Raif
 
 
You can see the names of the TOP 50 here.  

The contests are open to everybody except to crew members.

Submitting images already published / awarded on 1x is allowed.

AI. GENERATED IMAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED.
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Congratulations to the winners and all participants of the competition, awesome!
Congratulations to all. Great curation of the shots in this collection.
Congratulations to all!
Thank you very much, Yvette, and to the voters! And congratulations to all.
Thank you so much !!! Very exiting! Congrats to all.
Congratulations everyone, some beautiful images!!
Thank you very much, dear Yvette! My best compliments to all winners and participants!
Many thanks ,Yvette and congrats to all.