Apr 14

Photography is not just about taking pictures

Before the age of smartphones, back when photography demanded darkrooms, chemicals and films, almost each top American city had a camera club. And, most members of the club were hobbyists who really wanted to know how to take beautiful snaps. But, the Lexington Camera Club was not the same.

It started its operation in the year 1936. The members of the club included lawyers, doctors, as well as businessmen and they were unusually more than serious when it came to developing their craft as well as exploring artistic expressions.

The club disbanded in the year 1972. But, till that time, they have produced 2 top figures in art photography as well as a whole lot of well known photographers. University of Kentucky’s retired special-collections curator of rare books James Birchfield would give a free lecture regarding this remarkable camera club on Sunday at 2 pm in President’s Room of UK’s Singletary Center for Arts.
Speaking about the club, Birchfield told that it was not a provincial outlook. It was a huge vision of the history of photography as well as what everyday photography was doing. This cluster of people appeared to bring forth an over-the-top flowering of fine photography.

Birchfield’s lecture is in alignment with an exhibit at Art Museum at University of Kentucky which includes prints from a stunning photography collection it has gathered since the 90s, thanks to one of the member of the camera club.

Jan 14

Art Photography

A brand new arrival at the Fashion Island is introducing a world of visuals to Newport Beach and also letting pro photographers to show their works to new audiences. YellowKorner, Sleek French art photography gallery, gives limited version prints from photographers across the world, along with an aim of democratizing art photography. Every high quality snap is supplied and numbered with an authenticity certificate.

Melissa Geens, the owner of YellowKorner gallery, told that after analyzing different choices, Fashion Island appeared to be a real perfect fit. Not just it offers them a good exposure to open the first gallery on West Coast, the public here matches their aim customers. Lots of their visitors express their excitement when discovering YellowKorner concept.

Prices at revolving gallery ranges from $75 to $4500, as well as sizing include 40 by 60 inch, 24 by 36 inch, 10 by 15 inch as well as 8 by 12 inch options, as told by the photographer. Geens told that new photographs are included to the catalog in every 2 weeks. They also alter the display at gallery every other week. Continue reading →

Nov 13

Pat Toth-Smiths encounter with buffalo

Confronting a herd of buffalo on a snowbound path in the Yellowstone National Park in United States, Pat Toth Smith counted her options. She called up all the tales she had been told regarding bison charging people and cars who would get very close to them, ensuing in terrible wounds and even death. Smith sat noiselessly on her snowmobile and she waited.

Around fifteen minutes in the standoff, the resident of Benicia did what comes to her naturally – she took out her camera and begun taking pictures. Some of those snaps, with a description of how they were taken, are shared in her book called – Wild Among Us: True adventures of a female wildlife photographer.

In a recent interview, the fifty seven year old told that there is something incredible about seeing a wild animal. It is like you’re tapping into a primitive side.

For over twenty years, Smith went to wild places to click amazing snaps of animals on their home starting from mountain lions to wolves to polar bears. A former also carved out a niche selling those snaps in art shows, galleries as well as on her website.

She told that this is a kind of a process which evolved for her. She had a whole lot of fears regarding traveling or hiking alone, but she has always had a philosophy that she would rather fail than to not do something because she was afraid to do that. Therefore, she had to push herself to do it.

Sep 13

Doctor’s love for wildlife photography

For a doctor at the Timmins and District Hospital, play and work have clashed in a stunningly positive way. Dr. Daniel Kelly has spent the past fifteen years travelling from one end of the nation to another in his barren time to catch the snaps of wildlife. Now, as he finishes his 1st year at the TDH, his photography work is being displayed as well as sold for a good cause.

He told that he has been doing wildlife photography for around fifteen years. He only take wildlife snaps, he has never got into portraiture or scenery or anything of that sort. Nature is a thing that he had always been into. Continue reading →

Jul 13

Get involved

Now you can vote for your favorite nature snap and you will enter into draw to win Orana Wildlife Park family day pass. The best snap voted by the readers will get the photographer a visit for one on the Heritage Expeditions’ “Forgotten Islands of South Pacific” voyage leaving Invercargill on 23rd December, 2013, valued at over US$ 5000.

3 categories of ten nature pictures will be put to between 15th July and 24th July with categories altering each Monday as well as Thursday. After that, the best 2 of each category will form a “best of ……” category for voting that will take place between 25th July to 28th July. The winning snap will be published in The Press.

The Nature’s Great Photography contest attracted a magnificent nine hundred photographs from well known photographers vying to get the tour of a lifetime to sub Antarctic Islands. The judges have focused over the big number of magnificent entries and they have selected thirty finalists – ten in each three categories – nature, wildlife and bird.

The readers of the Press are now invited to participate in 4 rounds of voting for the favorite pictures from their finalists and be in with a chance to win a family day pass to Orana Wildlife Park. The first round voting will select the best 2 snaps from the Birdlife category. Voting for top two Wildlife snaps will start on 18th July, Thursday and for the best Nature photograph from 22nd July, Monday.

May 13

Salgado’s new exhibit opens at Natural History Museum

Sebastião Salgado’s photographic exhibition’s world premier Genesis has started at London’s Natural History Museum. The balance of human relationships and majesty of nature with this fragile planet are invented through more than two hundred magnificent black and white snaps by this world renowned photographer.

The culmination of his photographic work, ‘Sebastião Salgado: Genesis’ exhibit draws together pictures of wildlife and landscapes, along with depictions of human communities which goes on to live in accordance with the old culture and traditions. The exhibit builds on Museum’s reputation as the home of the world’s best photography exhibitor.

speaking about this new photography exhibit, Salgado  told that this has been one of his longest photographic adventures – 8 years exploring, researching as well as celebrating the unspoiled legacy of nature. He has journeyed through thirty two nations re-discover the oceans, mountains and deserts; the animals as well as the people that have escaped the imprint of modern society till now.

He added that this is a pictorial depiction of the lives and lands of a still pristine world. Genesis exhibit also speaks to this age by sketching the magnificent beauty of a lost world which somehow survives. It says that this is what is in peril and this the thing that we must save.

Genesis is Salgado’s 3rd long term examination of recent global issues, after his previous well known collections Workers and Migrations. He has received numerous major photographic awards in recognition of his photography accomplishments. Recently, he has received Gold Medal Award for Photography from New York’s National Arts Club.

Mar 13

Three Vietnamese pictures shortlisted for US magazine competition

Three photos clicked by Vietnamese photographers in their country have been selected as finalists among forty seven others for Smithsonian magazine photo competition. The three photographs are ‘People Harvesting Salt at Sunset’ clicked by Hoang Giang Hai of Hanoi, ‘Alternating Rice Plots in the Bac Son Valley’ taken by Hai Thinh Hoang, who is also from Hanoi and ‘Rice Terraces Close to Harvest Season’ clicked by Vo Anh Kiet of Ho Chi Minh City.

The first photograph, showing the hardship of diligent lady working the salt fields. The snap was taken  in August 2012 in Ninh Hoa District which is in Khanh Hoa, the central coastal province. The second picture, a click of an early fog over the yellow rice paddy in Bac Son in Lang Son, the northern upland province.The photographer took the picture after he reached a 617 meters altitude after climbing up a mountain for 2 hours on 15th July 2012.

The third picture, depicting rolling rice terraces which are almost ready for harvesting in Mu Cang Chay in Yen Ba, the northern upland province. The photographers were among the several photographers who were there to click a picture of the life cycle of the grain in September 2012.

All these pictures have been grouped under ‘travel’ category which comprises of ten best pictures elected by US Smithsonian magazine’s editor. They selected the ten best pictures from 37600 pictures from 112 countries.