As you know, our community is the home of many great macro photographers!
Today we would like to show you some really great insect photos:
As you know, our community is the home of many great macro photographers!
Today we would like to show you some really great insect photos:
Years ago I visited together with a friend an annual meeting of hobby astronomers at Fort Davis, Texas. It was impressive to see, how eager and passionate those people follow their hobby.
When I was talking with people, someone told me, that also a professional astrophotographer joined that meeting and he introduced me to him. This was a thrilling experience to see, how simple his equipment was to take breath-taking pictures!
Only two devices were necessary: a good camera ( and yes, it was state of the art) and an adapter to mount the camera on the telescope (which could cost a little more then 30.000 $ at this time).
Still today I remember these days at Prude Ranch during the Texas Star Party. The event started late after sundown. The location is perfect due to the fact, that Fort Davis Observatory is in the vicinity and the whole area is under light emission control. I saw some planets as near as never before.
If you browse through fotocommunity, you will meet photos of aurora, the famous arctic lights. How do you get such awesome photos? Here you may find some instructions, if you get the chance to be in an area, where aurora is common:
However, I strongly recommend to browse through the winners photos, its an awesome experience!
The world is full of abundant colors. For this competion, announced together with Datacolor for the photokina 2014, we are looking for photographs primarily accentuating colors. We are not limited on certain motifs, wether colorful landscapes, buildings, plants, animals or persons, submit your best, most creative and most colorful shot. We are excited to see what you will show us.
Contest specific characteristics
This is an international contest, conducted simultaneously in all language regions of fotocommunity.
Members with a World Membership may, like the other participants, submit a total of two images only. This is only one comprehensive contest, even if it is also advertised in the other language regions of fotocommunity. This time after the first phase, the user voting, the first winners will be drawn. In each language region three photographs with the highest score each win a valuable prize.
But that’s not all. The 35 highest rated photographs (15 out of fotocommunity.de and 5 each from the other participating language regions) are evaluated offline by an expert jury. The three images with the highest score will be chosen as the overall winners. They win more valuable prizes and tickets for photokina. The first place winner actually will be invited for a day or two days (see prizes) to photokina 2014, the world’s leading image fair.
How it works:
each account is allowed to participate with 2 pictures in the contest
Prizes of the first round – results of the user voting of 5 language regions:
Prizes of the offline Juryvoting:
Information about the sponsor:
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You don‘t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
– Ansel Adams
The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.
– Robert Mapplethorpe
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ,how‘, while others of a more curious nature will ask ,why“. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
– Man Ray
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
For me, the subjet of the picture is always more important than the picture.
– Diane Arbus
The camera makes you forget you‘re there. It‘s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.
– Annie Leibovitz
What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that‘s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
– Karl Lagerfeld
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.
– Peter Gasser
The eye should learn to listen before it looks.
– Robert Frank
Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.
– W. Eugene Smith
My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.
– Helmut Newton
It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.
– Timothy Allen
What is your favorite quote about photography?
“the story behind” is not only the story of the photographer and the creation of images, but also the story of the viewers and their imagination. Think about it…..
The following are excerpts from “A Wide and Fleshly Love: Images, Imagination, and the Study of Christian Spirituality” by Wendy M. Wright, found in Minding the Spirit, Dreyer & Burrows, eds., Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore 2005) p 322-323
“…images shape the imagination and thus transform lives.”
“…the imagination [is] an essential capability inherent in all human perception. We need our imaginations to see what is familiar as well as what is unfamiliar. We do not directly perceive something called ‘reality,’ but perception and interpretation occur simultaneously. We image, sort, organize and see patterns and meanings in every moment of our lives.”
“Images engage the whole person. They excite emotions and encourage empathy… They inform the intellect by giving access to realms of being not immediately visible.”
As I was reading this article, some photographs came immediately to my mind. I have images from the gypsy camps in Italy, most notably the images of “Little Number 9.”
Here we see a little girl who lives in acute poverty, who is uneducated and disenfranchised and a member of a despised community living on the very margins of society.
Yet I captured her as she poses in her finest clothes, and we are brought to see realms of being not immediately visible in this young girl’s life—her dreams for herself, her soul beauty.
Wright tells us “…as a culture…we seem to have lost track of the arts of transformative seeing.”
That may be true in the aggregate, but I consider myself as a transformative seer whose work opens our perception and interpretation simultaneously.
Every image in the series is multi-layered and evocative, exciting our emotions and encouraging empathy.
Its a difference in seeing people in another environment. Its another point of view feeling poverty, feeling depreviation, feeling hopelessness, if you are living on the bright side of life. However, do all people see it the same way? In my experience satisfaction is not a question of abundance. The challenge is to make a life out of the situation we are in. Isn´t it?
Photography as part of our life can be a bit of voyeurism, it can represent the truth, it can be graceless, but it can also tell a story gently.
The perception, a photographer would like to point out, may not be identical with the viewer´s feelings. But photography always is connected to imagination.
Hello everybody, dear members of fotocommunity!
Today I would like to ask a favor.
For the master´s degree a student and member of fotocommunity, Iveth Claros, conducts an international survey focussed on “photo online communities” such as fotocommunity.
The results of this study are not just scientific, but should also give fotocommunity the opportunity to know your needs better.
The survey takes about 15 minutes and is completely anonymous, of course!
All participants will have the chance to win one of five vouchers for a one-year fotocommunity world membership.
Drawing and collection of data are totally independent from each other, no e-mail address, user ID, etc. will be queried. Each participant has the option to participate separately .
The poll will be open until June 6, 2013.
Here is the link to the survey:
We are looking forward to your participitation, thank you all ever so much in advance!
Photography for many encompasses different ideals, different purposes for shooting on the weekend or on holiday. I’ve heard people say they shoot for the fun of it, and shoot for the love of it and they say it’s relaxing. Meeting up with a group of friends. The hearty laughs and ales chasing down a hearty meal.
To really master street you have to become like the coyote. Follow the scent, pick up the tracks and imagine they are the pray.
Many people go to India to specifically shoot street photography. In India there is a lot of colorful that is meaningless for my taste, because color often distracts from the truer story within the picture. Unless color clarifies the story content I refrain from allowing color to derail the the truer purpose of the image.
I’m not a big fan of photography without direction. Many photographers repeat the same mistakes without realizing that the picture before looks like the image currently fresh in there camera. Photography should be something where you strive to grow by pushing yourself. You should be able to see and improvement in time from the weight of your image content.
When you shoot street there are a million stories around you. You are like a worm on a hook in the water. It’s up to you to decide which stories you want to hook onto with your camera, and see where it takes you. It is important you feel comfortable and believe in your heart that you can relate to the people you photograph as well as the viewer you will post to .
I’ve selected this picture to give additional background into the story that I saw and felt emotionally connected to. When you shooting documentary, which for me is a progression of shooting street, you really have to process even faster than setting up a project with a reproduced, and approved storyboard which allows all shots to be premeditative and agreed on in advance. There is on wing and a prayer or run and gun philosophy. Shooting street-documentary on the spot is not an easy task. Should you fail you crash and burn big time.
When Street phases into documentary photography, you lose the single narrator and you’re no longer in control of the image but rather you watch everything play out.
The subject matter, you can call characters, develop from flat to real people within your camera frame. Seeing the development is very exciting in comparison to shooting street portraits, because you never know who the real person is until they make that sentence clear to you.
I selected the school of the blind in India for a documentary project. I wanted to see and understand something about the division of man an his struggle and his belief in his journey to reach his goals in life. These struggles comes from encounters that highlight the many humanistic moments which lack empathy. In this school of the blind, I believe these are the strong and the privileged in relation to the thousands that never
have the opportunity to attempt a dream.
The school entry requirements are steep. Someone must be your sponsor in minor necessities . Your health record must be perfect, and you must already be able to comprehend on some educational level. Government aid is limited. If they could open their doors freely to everyone, the school itself would be as packed as a train in Mumbai during rush hour.
The phrase “abandon all hope”, is the reality you see and feel as you walk amongst the population with your camera, cautiously shooting. The next shot could be your last with your new theo-mracel camera, in a population, that in order to stay above the poverty line they half a euro a day. When you do the math you get an astounding idea of how well someone can live from becoming the new fortunate owner of your camera.
When you’re in the street you are a single camera narrative interpreting what you see and how you want to present it to a viewer. When you’re in the street abroad and you make yourself bait you’re no longer the single camera. The one person narrative becomes the living property of the subject and ongoing introduction of subjects who interact and develop from your flat character perspective to a full, round real person, or people with real questions that are important to them.
Together, as you follow your storyline, one dimension becomes two and finally, near the end, you get your three dimensions. That’s about when you are emotionally touched and not just emotionally in awe of what has transpired in front of your camera for the day.
This is the story behind the school of the blind as I moved around freely and for the early part unobserved. The privilege of being a fly on the wall and capable of silently moving about slowly so that my motion would go unnoticeable, as I moved in as if intimate without breathing to witness, people tuned into their environment.
This time in India was to be an adventure into low light photography with my new OMD, E-M5 a camera that is fearless in low light with its new M. Zuiko Digital lenses. In this case only my nikon 1 V 1 has an electronic mode where the shutter is completely silent. You can put the camera to your ear, and know you pressed the shutter and wonder if you had made an image because there is absolutely no sound. This feature was perfect for the task in sight. beside the Nikon1 fits so well in my hand It was both an extension of my soul, and eye and thoughts which amazed me every second while I shot. A big full frame camera would have been a disaster.
I slowly moved out of the way of people as if I was invisible. I performed ninja like moves between people in class rooms and in dormitories while I observed with my camera. After hours shooting, I wanted to become more of a curiosity as in the moving shadow. I became the shadow of the ninja passing a little more sudden in and out of their light which a few could detect. Switching the shooting mode to just above silent mode as I hovered around so their ears could pick up a faint mechanical sound as if it was like a passing fly buzzing off into the abyss. The camera shot from less than a meter away. At times I set the nikon 1 V1 to operate at intervals. Just enough for them to think that what’s ever around them is not the wings of a fly but something mechanical. In time I broke my silence and continued to shoot and observe. I was just a shadow, but also a human being.
At this point I was as curious as they had become curious of who I was.
“Who are you”, they asked. I replied, “I’m from America “. At that moment there expression was like seeing the first astronauts land, and walk on the moon. For me, and with all my experience I felt like I had just navigated my apollo space craft to the moon, and had begun communicating with moon men.
The conversation continued as people gathered around me touching my arms and face and realizing how tall I was to them. It was a moment out of Jonathan Swift’s travels amongst the Lilliputians.
They continued asking me questions about the world. I had become there eyes from their outside. At first you think news caster, but then you feel like the audio part of the national geographical library on the world outside of their tiny island, amongst the billion people of India.
“Are there other schools like ours in the world?”, they asked. “Yes” I said, “And where are they they”? they questioned. I paused, I didn’t want to appear too knowledgable. “In different countries “I said. “France, America, Germany, Spain, Canada, and South America”. I rattled off as I was beginning the see the number of blind students gather. “Which school for the blind is best?” they asked me. I quickly said their school is best. “Why is our school better?”,they asked. Speaking with their professors earlier I learned they study brail in English, Hindu and learn to read Sanskrit and learn music. I repeated what I learned from the professor and from exploring in and out of classes and dorms. The young men, and boys didn’t stop. They were thirsty for information. It was clear that what we see is a lot of how we intake information. They are still learning the skills needed for communication.
They continued to get to what I believed was the core question.
Are there women in the blind schools?” I recall covering a story for a blind school in Arizona. There was men and women attending. “Yes” ,I said, thinking that was the end. They all got silent wanting to make sure they are all hearing this breaking news from me. ” And are they pretty women?”, said the young man in the middle of my camera frame. “Yes”, I said. “Would they like us?” They continued.
I paused for a moment , a long moment with their heads all focused down to see with their ears. “Yes” I said with a heartfelt passion. What woman would not like you once they come to know as a real person?”
The clincher, and true purpose of their self esteem sprung out with the next question. They said, “But are we gentlemen, Glenn?” And I said ‘”Of course you all are gentlemen of the highest degree that can be found in man of the highest quality from any place on this earth”.
They all smiled and cheered, to know that their fears and realities of missing the gift of sight did not diminish their hopes to pair, have a family, be respected, and to continue with more than hope in a world where empathy is not found in the masses, the work force, and in the streets of India in the day to day fight to stay ahead.
Thank you very much, Glenn, for your excellent work and your outstanding commitment to fotocommunity.
Dear members of fotocommunity,
a few weeks ago I wrote something about the future path of fotocommunity. Some of you complained about certain points which did not yet contain any definitive statements. This is true. But to be able to think about where the path should lead, you first need to know where you are.
It can be compared very well with a house renovation: Before giving thought, which walls you remove and where to place larger windows, you have to know which walls are supporting walls and where pipes and tubes run through. If you have the original construction plans, it is easy, but if you don´t have any, you have to create it new.
As we had no detailed construction plan, we had to develop within the last weeks. This took time, because we wanted to avoid any unnecessary mistakes and to make sure not to hit a water pipe in the end. We also don´t want to give any temporal promises we cannot keep later due to inadequate planning. We now have Evelyn with us, a new designer who actively helps to work out the details (we are still looking for more help). Meanwhile we are able to identify the major new additions and changes to our house, which we will address and implement this year.
First, there is a question: for whom should the house be suitable? The clear answer is: for the old and new residents and visitors alike. So we like to increase the comfort and benefits for existing users, but also make it easier for new residents to access the house. It should be fun to live in this house.
We improve the access to fotocommunity by a new, easier registration and better explanation for new users, which accounts to the charm of our community. We are already busy with this issue and we will very soon achieve first results.
For new and present users would be interesting the from scratch newly developed upload process. In the future, uploading new images will be significantly faster and more comfortable. To continue with our construction: the upload is comparable to the electrical system, as it runs through the whole house and an exchange affects all areas of the house. Accordingly, it will take some time until we’re done. But when it is done everything will be much easier, better and faster – and more fun for all.
We will also allow for services uploading your own pictures to fotocommunity – be it from Lightroom, Aperture, directly from the camera or from your smartphone. And that for we will also increase the comfort. We want you to feel comfortable in our house, no matter how you use it. We will adapt and improve our apps. However, at first the electrical system needs to be (read: the upload) be revised. Some things can only be done when other work is already finished. The painters can only begin when the plasterers are ready.
Another point we will take care of in 2013, is the search engine. Currently, the search is good, but not perfect. We try to stabilize it and at the same time we will start with the planning to exchange the existing search in a medium term for a better technology, which will cover all areas of the fotocommunity simultaneously.
At this point I would like to mention that we are also working very hard on the technical infrastructure (which is the structural analysis of a house). We have invested a lot in new hardware and we are currently in the process of structuring and improving our entire server park. It will significantly reduce the risks of failure and increase the comfort for all – for the users and for the technicians
We currently giving thoughts to make your stay as present resients more enjoyable. We would like to provide more features to users, who own a paid membership, but give everyone else the opportunity to also use many exciting services in our fotocommunity. We will therefore simplify some features in a way, that it clearly shows which additional features are available to paying customers.
As part of our renovation we will also use the opportunity to repaint the facade. This means that all optimized functions will also be transformed to our new style. Our house should be comfortable and appealing not only from within, it will also give an impression to visitors.
As well as during a house renovation there are many little things, which we need also to take care of in the course of renovation work. I will not talk about every little detail, just in order not to lengthen this article unnecessary. My point is, that working on our house takes always you, the users, into focus of our considerations.
We will set up focus groups to discuss proposed new features on a regular basis. We will determine repeatedly what is important to you through surveys – therefore we would be very grateful for active participation in the surveys. In this way we can ensure that we never lose sight of our common goal: to design our beloved house, the fotocommunity for all, more attractive, comfortable and congenial for both guests and residents.