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The random photographer appreciation thread!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by tomO2013, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    I figured that it might be fun to share and inspire each other with work from other photographers (irrespective of the system they shoot or subject matter).

    Maybe we can keep this thread going with links to photographers that you may or may not have heard about in day to day life.

    Rule 1. : Photographer must be another photographer that is not you!
    Rule 2. : This thread is not specifically about equipment - it's about appreciating the work of others and sharing that work here with the community to inspire.
    Rule 3. : Provide a link to somebodies publicly available website, flickr, 500px, etc...
    Rule 4. : Pick your favourite 3 images from their body of work and say why you like them.
    Rule 5. : Respect differences of opinion :) 

    I'll get the ball rolling....

    I was on 500px last night and discovered this gentleman's work - Ivan Kislov - he's done a beautiful job of documenting the arctic fox and looks to shoot in really difficult weather conditions...


    Don't know why I particularly like this one other than I 'just do', but he has managed to convey big white expanse and the smallest drop of colours from the foxes coat.

    I love the breath coming off the wolf in this one - very atmospheric.

    Very intimate photo.
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  2. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I am constantly impressed by this particular photographer. He brings a sense of the ethereal to his subjects which both captivate and inspire me.

    Any second now, an armoured knight on a charger is going to enter from stage left:

    This photograph reminds me of my comic collection. It's almost like the 3 colour screen printing process and the subject is entirely unexpected in that location:

    Lastly but certainly not leastly, one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen photographed with an appreciation of the subject matter:

    As ever, thank you Max. A.K.A. LivingLoud. :2thumbs:
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  3. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Great nomination itchy biscuit. I officially love the first shot that you shared/nominated. Max is a real talented guy and very generous too to share how he does what he does!
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  4. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    This is another photographer that I discovered browsing flickr - Martin Kuhn,

    His portraits are phenominal and wouldn't look out of place in a high end fashion mag IMHO. His models are invariably gorgeous - but his street shots show that he is just as comfortable outside the studio as he is in it!

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    by Martin Kühn, on Flickr

    I like this one because it's original and reminds me somewhat of the character from Little Big Planet on the Playstation!

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    by Martin Kühn, on Flickr

    This is a stunning portraits start to finish

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    Julia Coldfront
    by Martin Kühn, on Flickr

    I like this one too as it is a non-conventional beauty shot which I think gives it a bit of originality.

    One thing that I noticed about his style of post processing and choice of model & location is that they are all built around each other so to speak.

    For example, it looks like he matches his model, choice of clothing and PP to a choice of theme/style. E.g. a girl with predominantly green eyes has them exaggerated in post, and she is then places against a background that has a lot of similar 'green' to the highlights of her eyes. He also looks to tone match his models to the PP. Again for example, a girl with red hair would have an exaggerated red tone background. Maybe I'm not describing this accurately but either way - it works!
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  5. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    The first time I was on 500px I saw a picture I really liked and I clicked on it to realise the photog was uploading the pictures at that moment. One that stood out blew my mind. I have spent lots of time soaking it in and I can now say it is my favorite image. Ever! Oh how I wish I could capture such magic. Unfortunately she is not very productive, at least she is not sharing much. But then the quality makes up for it. Her name is Julie Higelin and is probably totally unknown to most. She is a travelling freelance photographer from France and she is now in Madagaskar somewhere.

    Anyway here's my favorite: the anticipation, excitement, colors, light...everything, to me it's pure magic.

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    _C4A2722 by Julie Higelin, on Flickr

    Another amazing photo that is putting me right there in the scene. I can hear it, smell it, feel it.

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    _C4A8315 by Julie Higelin, on Flickr

    A portrait of a little girl I just love. Her shy but curious little smile and those intense eyes


    Her website: http://juliehphotos.com/
    facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliehphotos/timeline
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  6. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Here is another interesting post from Neil Buchanan Grant - I'm a massive fan of his work. Whenever he makes a post over on SteveHuffPhoto, he is one of those people that inspires me to get out and shoot. I particularly love the way he knows how to use natural light and works it so well.


    and this is his website and blog. What I particularly love is that he has added grain to most of his shots, even the super clean A7s shots. I've long said that adding a little grain in post does a lot for the actual texture of the image. I'd love to attend one of his workshops.


    Amazing stuff!

    EDIT: I'm unable to post direct to his shots. My 3 favourite from his shoot and blog entry with Steve huff are :
    - hotel Villa D’Este, in the games room (guy in white suit sitting at the table)
    - "Sony A7s + Leica M 50mm Summilux in available light, 1/320s f1.4, ISO 100 Model: Bethany Cammack" - this is no title for this one but it's a beautiful portrait.
    - Trannsylvania fashion show with the model not making eye contact and the sort of dummy in the background
    - Love the ballerina shot and the post processing.

    Actually looking back over that blog post I flip flop back and forth over which are my top 3 (ive cheated here with 4!). They are all excellent. Worth taking a look.
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