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Stunning Photographers

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 15, 2012, 2:17 AM

From time to time, I highlight people that I have come across on DeviantArt whose work I think particularly good. Here are two of my favourite photographers whose images, techniques and creativity I admire and sorely wish I could emulate: Insolitus85 :iconinsolitus85: and feigenfrucht :iconfeigenfrucht:


Insolitus85  (Rowan) is a photographer with a diversity of vision that astounds my tastes in photography: abstract, infrared, conventional, exposure techniques, monochromes, aspect ratios (especially the square format), combinations, tone-mapped hdr, patterns (including kaleidoscopes), jaw dropping complexity and stunning simplicity - all produced with consummate ease . Here are some of his works, reflecting this diversity, with short comments.


Mono Square Series IX by insolitus85 This fine, long exposure image in square format is a highly abstracted coastal view, presented as a study in subtle greys. Note the compositional devices of the lead lines and the horizon on a "third".

Mono Square Series XII by insolitus85 Abstraction in architecture, with the dynamic nature of the structure reflected by the diagonals.

InstasKope by insolitus85 This is a "kaleidogram", constructed from an image of floor tiles!

instagram.0003 by insolitus85 An "instagram" from a smart phone camera - who needs a big beast DSLR when you have this photographic eye?

ir.0014 by insolitus85 Rowan is one of my main contributors at the Infrared-Club (Extra-Visible Imaging) :iconinfrared-club: and this is an example of the work he makes in this more specialist field. 

kinderdijk.0003 by insolitus85 I was particularly struck by this image - a tone-mapped HDR image of a canal in the Netherlands. This reminds me of Netherlandish painting from much earlier times, for example the works of Ruisdael.

Abstract by insolitus85 An unashamedly abstract colour image made with a fairly long exposure (1/6th second) while on a walk about town - dynamic and dramatic.

devID website advert by insolitus85 If you post on DA be sure your ID will be found! 

Abstract by insolitus85 Style and simplicity are summed up in the image, one that has earned Rowan a Daily Deviation. :squee:.

rotterdam.0017 by insolitus85 Finally, a stunning panorama of Rotterdam made from 4 images and enhanced with some HDR techniques, again technically and compositionally of the best quality.

Would that we all had such talent! Please visit Rowan's page :iconinsolitus85:

:iconsparklesplz:


My second choice is feigenfrucht :iconfeigenfrucht:.  One of my best friend on DA, feigenfrucht and I have worked together on ArtWorldToday :iconartworldtoday: and more recently I have been privileged to help her run :iconnon-real:, a Group that looks for images that are out of the ordinary, that are odd, that are non-real! In many ways :iconnon-real: is a parallel group to my :iconinfrared-club: Infrared-Club (Extra-Visible Imaging). Whereas my group targets images that the camera can “see” that our visual system cannot, :iconnon-real: focuses on what the individual photographer can see that the rest of us almost certainly miss.

However, while we have been working together, until recently I had not looked at feigenfrucht's own photography. When I did, I was as astounded at the creativity and vision in her work as I had been with Rowan's photography. In addition, feigenfrucht sometimes uses a very special lens (f/1.0 Voightlander) to devastating visual effect. As with Rowan, feigenfrucht turns the ordinary into abstract and takes us into that non-real world that she can see and bring to us with her camera. Here is my selection from her extensive portfolio.


:thumb337597350: Simplicity itself, but beautifully captured notwithstanding the very limited tonal range; note again the use of the compositional device of placement on a "third".

:thumb295053328: The use of symmetry in images is an often overlooked technique, but here feigenfrucht uses it to good effect to produce that "odd" feeling from a commonly seen object.

Lost II by feigenfrucht The title (Lost II) and image are in harmony with this shot. How many of us have been stuck in such a situation feeling were are out of our comfort zone?

Feel the storm by feigenfrucht When I first saw this I thought it a pure abstract painting, but it is a capture of natural patterns that leads to the abstraction.

Sankelmark2 by feigenfrucht This striking image with its reduced palette of colour and dramatic reflections gives pause for thought - should the horizon be sloping? 

Salbei by feigenfrucht As with Rowan, feigenfrucht's work has attracted a daily deviation from DA with this macro work. The idea of a simple and elegant study.

Der Farn by feigenfrucht This fern shot hits the spot with the use of the f/1 lens, a combination of simplicity and complexity.

:thumb305497029: Feigenfrucht is a real master of the very selective depth of field.

:thumb262343212: There is a host of excellent colour shots of flora in feigenfrucht's gallery. This is one of dozens that I could have picked - I'll just pick the frui,t I said to myself :lol: (Now, I'll have to explain that that is a pun - pick the fruit... pick the image with the fruit....geddit!).

feigenfrucht bw by feigenfrucht  Finally, no one escapes my beady eye if they have a self-portrait on DA. Here's to you feingefrucht!


Please, go visit her galleries now! :iconfeigenfrucht:


I hope you enjoyed these artists and their images.


Carpe Diem


David



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:iconmikeloveridge:
mikeloveridge Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
stunning. my kind of imagery, thanx
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:-) Thanks a lot
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Glad you like these, Mike - there is so much talent around, but within that these two stand out.

Cheers

David
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colinbm1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Another great journal of two very talented artists David.
Cheers
Col
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much :hug:
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:iconokavanga:
Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Thank you, Col - much appreciated.

Cheers

David
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martaraff Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
:D :clap:***
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:iconfeigenfrucht:
feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, dear Marta :heart: :thanks:
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:iconokavanga:
Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Glad you like it Marta!

Cheers

David
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freMDartet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Just wow! :clap:
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Many thanks, Michael.

Cheers

David
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freMDartet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You´re welcome :wave:
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UnexpectedLearner Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know exactly what Robson means! I think, unfortunately, compared to the two featured here, I may be the same with photography (and art in general) as the writer/philosopher was with piano. I watch both these artists, and know, firsthand, how good they are, and I can only hope someday to be as skilled. David, you seem to have a terrific eye for talent and a great ability to explain photography in detail. Very nice feature! If you ever have the time, I'd love it if I could get your cumulative critique of my work and how I might be able to advance a little further with my next projects. I have just a snapshot camera, but I know I can get better. :)
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thank you Derek for those kind words, and share your sentiments. You may wish to read my reply to Robson. I shall take pleasure in looking at your work, in due course, but as to my talents, well, they are in the amateur league. However, taking some of the work of Rowan as an example, it is not the camera, but the eye that matters. Sure, a snapshot camera cannot take great macro pictures, and it would struggle with some advanced techniques, but you have got to be able to see to capture an image.

Cheers

David
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UnexpectedLearner Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much! I think you have some wonderful shots! I really look forward to getting your opinion. :)
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
:thumbsup:

David
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Derek, thanks so much for your kind words about us :hug:
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
David, my friend :hug: You make me crying while reading this sensitive, personal nearly private and tellingly feature :heart: You make me nearly speechless (:lol: as you know my english is anyway limited) and you touch my heart with what you have written. As you know I'm also very glad to work with you together. This is one of the greatest gifts I get here at dA - that I have met you and that I'm one of the privileged people which can have contact with you in a frequent way. Thanks for all David and feel :huggle:
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Well, feigenfrucht, we have done some good work together here, and you have been very kind and helpful to me. I have also learnt a great deal from looking at your work (and that of Rowan) and this feature seems a small token for all those things. Thank you, too, for your kind words here, and I would not wish your English to change - you and I learn more that way!

I'm always available, deo volente, to help when I can.

Cheers

David:heart:
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: I hope we will work a long time together. So (if right translated) God will :-)

In this case here I would like to give a feedback in my mother tongue. The English language has not enough words ;-)

Greetings

Your feigenfrucht :heart:
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
"The English language has not enough words" - lovely! I know that in German new words can be made by linking together a set of other words - that is generally not possible in English. The one I remember from school was "spitzensparken" (??)unless the teacher made it up! We would have to say "spitting and sparking". Do write in German and I shall use my wits and Google translate to make the best of it!

Cheers

David

PS deo volente would translate as "God willing" or "If God permits". Note the "ing" on the verb "will" - a weird grammatical point.
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol: Or better my vocabulary is too small to give the intention to the words :heart:
Yes, we have wonderful wormwords ;-) Therefore I love to do my professional searches in english - not wormword needed to search for.

Lieber David, ich bin Dir für das Feature sehr sehr dankbar. Deine einfühlsamen Worte zu meinen Bildern haben das getroffen, was ich mit ihnen ausdrücken wollte. So freue ich mich sehr, dass Du ein tiefes Verständnis für meine Bilder und so auch für mich hast. Zudem bin ich sehr gerührt ob dieses Zeichens Deiner Freundschaft und teile eine tiefe Verbundenheit mit Dir. Tja, was soll ich sagen, in deutsch geht mir das doch sehr viel einfacher von der Hand als in englisch :heart:

Viele Grüße
feigenfrucht

Oh, thanks a lot. But if I will remember, I'm not sure. Sometimes I feel like getting an information overflow :hug:
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
"Wormwords" - I love that - I must remember to use that! Politicians speak wormwords! :lol:

Now I have worked my way through those very kind and touching words that you have written in German, feigenfrucht. I guess I understood about 1/3rd of what you have said from my limited understanding. I tried Google Translate and it made a hash of it! However, another 1/3rd made immediate sense, and the rest I then worked out. That is very kind of you and I reckon we do have a very good understanding. In English the last sentence would read, "Well, what can I say, it is much easier to express myself in German than in English."

David:heart:
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you think the politicians looks like this :wormnomnom:? ;-)

I'm glad you have understood the intention of my words :hug: And as I see, you have translated it quite well :-)

Greetings
Your feigenfrucht :heart:
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
:blush:

Cheers

David
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insolitus85 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this big amazing feature and your kind words David! You left me a bit speechless.... :D
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
No probs, Rowan - you have been a huge help on my Group, and are much valued as a contributor. Your work does amaze me with its versatility and diversity and technical ability - long may you keep it up.

Cheers

David
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insolitus85 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, yes I hope so too! Thank you again David :bow: :thanks:
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
:thumbsup:

David
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robsouzza Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
There's a writer / philosopher here in Brazil who once wrote that he loved piano, and so he went on to take piano lessons. After some time he found out he was quite terrible at it. Why did some people show so much talent on the instrument and he did not? He came to the conclusion that those people already had the piano inside them and were just getting it out, while in his case he was trying to get it in, which proved to be much harder. I fully understand what he was talking about when I see the work of some people here in :dalogo:

Robson
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
What a very nice story, Robson, and how apt for my two friends - they play the chords and melodies with understanding and feeling - while mere mortals like me look on in amazement.

Many Thanks

David
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robsouzza Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Mere mortals like us, David. But you have the piano inside you, as well!
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
More like out of tune bagpipes, Robson :lol:

Cheers

David
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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insolitus85 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:manhug:
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