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Sun Dec 28, 2008, 11:41 AM
Gilad's Journal

You know,
I don't have much time, as I would like to have, to be as active on DA as I would like to (and I would like to). Still, I have some things I think I always try and do with my time here, and I would like to recommend them to you as well...

And these are the things:

1. Go through fresh photography and art.

You know, some might forget we need good inspiration in order to create.
The Ideas can come from nothing, but sometimes you see something, and it gives you an idea for a spin, of something else. Use fresh talents for that "brain storming".

2. Give feedback and support for young artists.

We all were new, we all struggled for people to know us, and give us feedback.
It's hard on such a huge community to be heard, to be seen.
It's easy supporting the popular. They are on our watch, on the main page, they are all over the place. The gain power, and the fresh ones find it harder and harder to be noticed. Let's say it loud and clear It's not enough to be talented. Sad, but true.
So many talents start here, find out how hard it is to get noticed, and leave.
We all loose from them leaving (see reason number 1 why is it our loss).
So, what can we do?
I add to my watch fresh talents, I go through new deviations, I randomly enter galleries of those who left me interesting comments.
Don't be afraid to :+fav: fresh work. It may be just an icon, but it's a huge Impetus for them. Leave them a short message of what you liked, or could make their work better. Share you taste and knowledge.
This is the best part of being in a positive community
You know, there are so many galleries where you can be negative to other people work. In rank, critique, etc' and you can be negative even being anonymous. I hate that.
People are being negative to others, to promote themselves.
The whole concept makes me sick.
One of the things I love here, is that ignoring others, is probably the most negative you can get.

3. Teach from what you know. Share.

Isn't it wonderful when you have something you can share?
If you have a certain way to work your magic, a wonderful technique, or even graphic skills... I feel it's much more fun passing it on to others, than having it as a "secret" for others to admire.
Seeing others improve, learn, and broad their skills, because of your help, is so much better than a "secret".
So comment, answer when asked, explain.
This is the best feeling, when somebody grows artistically, and you are a part of it.

4. give feedback back to those who found time to comment on your work.

Tricky, I know.
Over a certain amount of comments, it becomes impossible to answer everyone. So don't answer all, but answer questions when asked, or answer long and well thought of comments.
Hey, they gave you their time, and this is the least you can do to appreciate them.

5. Use your journal entry for tutorials and promotion, for others

One thing I don't like is when the journal is used for self-promotion.
I just don't get it... The system offers you a way to communicate a journal, and you use it to tell how great you are? I just don't get it.
If people want to see your work, they go to your gallery.
If people want to buy your prints, they go to your store.
Right? That should be enough IMHO.
Well, I think journals should be used to share thoughts, knowledge, news, promotion for fresh artists, most favorite work. Etc'
You know what I mean?


We all have our own reasons for hanging out around here.
Some for fun and killing time, some for friends, some for profit of selling prints. All is cool.
I just say we should give something for this community. Not just because it's the right thing to do, but also because it's the way it should be. And, it's the way I like it.
Just my thoughts on the subject.
What do you think?

  • Mood: Affection

The Beijing Special

Fri Aug 29, 2008, 2:23 AM

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This week, a special journal to conclude the wonderful Olympics in Beijing 2008.
I don't know if you followed but It was a wonderful event with many unforgotten moments (Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps on the good, and Angel Valodia Matos on the bad). For sports fans around the world it was a time of glory, but also for the ones that simply loves to enjoy the human struggle and journey. The sadness and the endless effort along with the moment of triumph. So, this week I collected a special of those moments.
This week I bring you the photographic highlights of Beijing 2008. Enjoy.

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Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Wow!

Gilad's Journal




Here is a direct link to my recent submittions on Flickr --- >

Gilad Benari - View my recent photos on Flickriver

</u>Another update,
I told you a few weeks ago about the exhibition I do at Vienna. The Exhibition went well and a wonderful decision was taken to take it further. They took a cable car running through the center of Vienna and covered it up with RoieG and my pictures. It's very cool, running all through the streets there. I hope I'll get a chance to travel there and see it with my own eyes soon. Here are some captions they sent me to see it.

Vienna 1

Vienna 2

Vienna 3

Vienna 4

Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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I love the atmosphere in this one.
The Depth of field makes it poetic and expressive. As a viewer you focus on the tips of the hand and it brings it out of context


Total views up to now: 194
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Girl in old school by GDALLIS

Wonderful work with light.
A little girl in a dark room, walking towards the light from the window. Iconic.


Total views up to now: 136
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-friends- II. by Trifoto

A wonderful shot.
The textures are so strong. The point of view is unique. The cat enjoying himself on the rough floor and the girl watching. The colors are wonderful. I would maybe flip it, but that's still is beautiful.


Total views up to now: 727
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94 by felixlu

felixlu is an example of smart street photography. The eye, the intellect of showing the humor in small under statements. Check his gallery out, and start with this one.


Total views up to now: 688
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Toby 19bis by Sanae78

And to this week's sweet candy...


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long for life by incolorwetrust

I love this kind of photography. With a minimal photo so much emotion is coming through. It could be as easily a best seller painting. Am I right?


Total views up to now: 442
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Poetic. Make up a story for this one.
Expressive as good art should be. A simple Canon powershot A460 is enough if you have the imagination to use it the right way. Bravo!


Total views up to now: 44
Total Favorites up to now: 7


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upsideup by onabibano

The beauty that is a photographer mind. The idea to flip it was enough to make it stand out (literally)


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Mystery Model - 012 by Daniel-West

A beautiful shot. The composition and the delicate lines. The tender B&W and a very soft feeling, like fragile but strong pose.


Total views up to now: 394
Total Favorites up to now: 43


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The Usual Suspects by justfrog

Wonderful Macro. Great colors and technique. ANd the title... just my favorite movie make it irresistible


Total views up to now: 58
Total Favorites up to now: 19


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Self-Sacrifice by josephacheng  Silent Violin by Vivian-Rose   Harvest by maxwas
a curve by tomasNY
cinq by ambrosia3

Ablak by Bazsitoo  Atomium by helena-rocks   Sunrise breath by ivecus


It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity
No disrespect intended...
Digital Asset Management (DAM)is a tool you should learn about.
I want to present two basic ideas, in 3 simple steps (and tips), to help you manage your photography work better. The first is managing you work on you computer (organizing it), and the second is the keywords and tags you add to it when submitting your work on-line.
A few words of introduction first. If you are a starting photographer, this is very important for you. The experienced ones will find it hard to Re-manage all the work they have done, and they probably have a system they work with (working, or not). However, if you are starting now to accumulate your photographs and submitting it on-line, this is essential for you, and easier to do.

Shell we begin?

1. Managing your photographs
This simple method is based on dates and places. The steps are all centered on creating a folder structure organized around the dates and places you took the pictures on.
This organization method is based on dates and places. Why? It’s simple: You can browse through your folders by the general time you remember the shots were taken, and easily find the places when it was taken. It's easier today, in this digital age, to find pictures by the dates they were taken and all you need to fill is the places they were taken in.

STEP 1: Have only ONE folder that contains all your pictures folders.
All your pictures folders should be contained in only one folder. If you start creating multiple folders on your drives, and duplicate, you will be lost.

STEP 2: Start with the year. Open a folder for 2008 (for example) and add inside a folder for the month (let's say June). Inside this folder you can add a folder for each date you took the pictures in, and add to the folders name - the location of the shoot (for examples 06_08_11-NewYork_GroundZero, 06-08-12-Paris_Museum). If you taken the photographs in different places, split the folders to show the same date but the different locations they were taken in.
REMEMBER: These folders DO NOT represent the subject of the pictures, but they are groupings of dates and places. We’re just grouping them into large categories. This way you’re dividing a large quantity of pictures into more manageable chunks.
It should look something like that:
» My Pictures
    » 2008
    » June
    » 06_08_11-NewYork_GroundZero, 06-08-12-Paris_Museum
    
STEP 3: Be consistent!
Now, use the same techniques every time you transfer more pictures from your camera to your computer. However, it is very important that you remain consistent every time you transfer new pictures to your computer. If you become lazy, you will have to go through the same process later on. However, it will take more time because you will not remember what has been organized and what hasn’t.

Conclusion:
After you used this system for a while you will see a map of your work by dates and places. All you will need to remember is the rough date you took it in (month is enough), and if you don't a few clicks is enough to locate it. It will also make it easier on you to remember the names of the places you've been. The EXIF data in your files will make it easier on you to find the specific shoot your looking for. Let's say a friend sees one of your pieces on-line and asks you if you have a few more shots from there... simply see the date this shot was taken on (the EXIF shows it) and locate the date in your folders.
Easy, isn't it?

2 tips:
1. Besides your folders run by dates make a special folder in you "My pictures" main folder. Call it "My collection" (or something like that). Add to that folder a few photos for each shoot you really liked. Not everything, just 2-3 photos you feel you might want to publish later. It will make it easier for you to backup you most treasured photographs, and also locate pieces for uploading later on
2. When you do post processing on your work, don't overwrite the original piece. Open a folder inside the folder your looking at and add the edited pictures in it. Also add the resized picture (for uploading) in a different folder inside of it.

2. Keywords and Tags
What do we need these for? Well, the Internet sort of works on that to help you get better marketing. You can also use software to add keywords to your files, but I just think it's too much work to begin with.
I can tell you from my experience that adding keywords and tags is not something I did from the beginning but once I learned, I found it made a big difference. 20% of my Flickr account traffic comes from the Tags I add. Different searches in Google, or Yahoo have generated lots of traffic to my images.

STEP 1: Imagine what searches you would be performing
Try to think about the kinds of pictures you’re taking and imagine what you would be searching against. For example: You want to find out all the pictures taken in New York with a yellow taxi showing. All these highlighted words would represent actual keywords but at this time try to think in terms of categories that these keywords fall under. So, would you be searching against cities? Or cars? Or colors? There might be more than one answer to this question, like both cities and cars, or both cars and colors. The answers to this question would help you identify the domains that you currently have for your pictures.
You should think like a searcher - Add "USA" since it defines the location, and also "NY" "NewYork" "New York" "NYC" and continue to the next word - "Yellow" "color", and "Taxi" car" "taxis" "cab" and so on.

STEP 2: The subject of the photo is not enough
OK, you added keywords for the subject of the photo. What about the atmosphere in the photo, or the general colors, category? You can always add categories, as you know them, like "Urban" "Abstract" "Landscape" "portraits" and if the pictures shows strong color you should keword it, like "red" "yellow" "black" and so on. The most important (for me) is trying to capture the atmosphere of the shot, like "lonely" "happy" "expressive" and so on. Taking it further you can add to a landscape shot the words "sky" "clouds" "meadow"

STEP 3: Who is you audience?
Who do you want to attract to your photographs? Do you want people that buys stock to find it? Animal lovers? Friends your age? This is an important issue since it defines the way you choose your words. If you want them to attract stock buyers you will use "stock" "landscape photographs" "paris postcards". For animal lovers you will emphasize what animal lovers like "cute kitten" "my cat" "whiskers". For friends your age you will use the words in your lingo and so on... You need to think about that when you choose your words.

Conclusion:
Generating traffic to your on-line work is important, and Keywords and Tags are the ways to do it (among others). You should be a "copy writer" and try and aim the photo to the possible searches that may want to find it in the results. Don't be too predictable since you result won't show. Find the unique thing about your photograph and highlight it.  

2 tips:
1. Use combinations of two words or more (don't forget to put them in commas). You have more of a chance they will be found in a search.
2. Search engines look for the title of the piece, the name of the file, and the keywords/tags before all the text in the description. If it's really important to you - try and insert a strong key word to the title of the image and even the file name.
3. Follow the statistics of what searches brought up your photos. It's possible on Flickr, but not here.. I know. You can learn from it a lot about what you did good, and where you missed.

OK - Good luck!
G

My Hidden treasures spotlight

Fri Jul 4, 2008, 2:45 AM

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Hi everyone,
You know I upload a new piece every couple of days, but I actually update my Flickr account more frequently since I don't get as many comments there to respond to. If you like, you can see some more work from me you didn't already see. Feel free to tell me what you liked and I'll be happy to submit it here, on DA.
Here is a direct link to my recent submittions on Flickr --- >

Gilad Benari - View my recent photos on Flickriver

</u>Another update,
I ordered an IR glass from LifePixel.com to convert a canon 400D for IR.
The glass arrived and I bought a used canon 400D and brought them both to the Lab. Now, the people in the Lab told me they didn't know how to replace the original Hot mirror with the IR one since the is a dust removal mechanism in the 400D. They didn't do the conversion. Now, I'm stuck. Does anybody know how to work this out? What can I do?

Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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break ranks by Propaganda-Panda

From the description:
"we just live to subordinate ourselves.
everyone who's thinking out of the box is wrong to us.
we are contented with everything in a very stupid way.
we don't want to change a thing because we've never tried.
we are getting ignorant :-/ "
All I can add is well put, both in words and visually. Bravo!


Total views up to now: 121
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The Last Breath by ISO25

It doesn't take much to do a great photograph. Basically it takes a good idea, and a camera. Creating an image is simply a creative process. Take this as an example of creative.



Total views up to now: 43
Total Favorites up to now: 7


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? by zeligue

Is there anything to add to this? a question mark? You think?


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Call to arms. Burning empires by Tommy-Noker

nuclear beasts... how cool.


Total views up to now: 225
Total Favorites up to now: 25


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The Perfect Storm by gazdapavo

The perfect storm. A long exposure of a beach captured a perfect lighting. The power of nature...


Total views up to now: 68
Total Favorites up to now: 13


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Where is my mind ? by Rizhrd

This is my favorite this week. Great creative and understanding of a photographers point of view. Great use of the colors and the composition to really put a big smile on my face.


Total views up to now: 131
Total Favorites up to now: 13


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Classic B&W shot. Perfect for your wall, isn't it?
Great technique getting just the right light and composition. Great sky in the background compliments the mood perfectly.


Total views up to now: 162
Total Favorites up to now: 35


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Such a strong impact in this shot. It looks distorted in first impression, but with deeper look you see why. The shadows, and the way the street twisted makes that illusion. That's a great shot!


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Op.8, No.4 by Musht

A classic expression of a piano concert. Helps hear it in my head. The combination of perspective with the longer exposure on the "dancing" hands makes it work this good.


Total views up to now: 296
Total Favorites up to now: 71


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Wall-type by AidaBabayeva

A wall packed with B&W classic photos, and the only thing that indicates reality is a touch of color hiding from the lamp. How brilliant is this for a photographer?


Total views up to now: 303
Total Favorites up to now: 29


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:thumb90533346:  my town by tiki1   Thats All by Jurnov
Imperfect Reflection by deathfish  order by nakitez   :thumb89614091:
BMW Compact M3 01 by miki3d  :thumb89655566:   Last Samurai by OfirAbe

Three Trees by urbantrip  :thumb90534790:   Loneliness by H1lle
:thumb90035947:  belangloser realismus by jazstereo   Where do we go from nowhere? by Adanedhel-Noir

Green by Hartmut-Lerch  duo II by Brazilero2002

Into the wild by matmoon  Bank of Glass by alimuse

178 by kalemkar

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

My Hidden treasures spotlight

Wed Jun 18, 2008, 6:38 AM

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ok... Let me see if this works...

Gilad Benari - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

It does :)

Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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Pictures of animal, and especially dogs, are always great to embrace, but this is very different. Very unusual and touching. Great studio work makes it less random, and like a classic portrait it tells a story.  


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How beautiful... by Michel-Lag-Chavarria

I update the picture I featured here because it seems it was a stolen one (God, I hate this). Instead here is a wonderful picture by Michel-Lag-Chavarria that is a joy to see.



Total views up to now: 352
Total Favorites up to now: 45


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Alignment by Sortvind

This is RAW power. The sun shows it's power penetrating throuh the woods. Great post work (HDR?) shows the details and beautiful nature at it's best.


Total views up to now: 559
Total Favorites up to now: 110



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I saw the light by nicolehinrichs

I just love silhouette work so much that I have a special liking to it. Minimal frame with good light work, and that's all, but it's just beautiful.


Total views up to now: 202
Total Favorites up to now: 29


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punch by yondus

Playing with light... what a concept


Total views up to now: 44
Total Favorites up to now: 7


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face to face by S-t-r-a-n-g-e

A mans best friend, and in this case - a photographer son best friend


Total views up to now: 391
Total Favorites up to now: 86


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Cat Sitting by zapfino

Is that cat a bad sign (as some might think)? I think not.. It's a sign of a great photo.


Total views up to now: 219
Total Favorites up to now: 70


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Hilulla by yondus

"Lag BaOmer" is a Jewish Holiday in which families sit around burning wood and celebrate. Want to know more about it? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag_Ba%2…
The photo captures with great symbolized silhouettes the spirit of the orthodox way to celebrate it  


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162 by kalemkar

Great Waterscape shot. Great colors and sky details. The lond exposure works wonderfully


Total views up to now: 176
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Generations holding hands. A beautiful symbol.


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Lake in Bavaria by Hartmut-Lerch  Weather is not good by MissSad   16 by yondus
Little Owls by RoieG  UFO by nele102   perception. by Pretty-As-A-Picture

sq0932 by onane  The Unusual by tonyelieh   BTZ 2 by julie-rc
Mazamet - Tunnel by TotoRino  Baby Doll by the-belu   Understanding You by MultiCurious

Myth by Sortvind  always by verycre8iv   

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

My Hidden treasures spotlight

Wed May 28, 2008, 3:26 AM

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How are you all doing?
I'm doing great. I'm in the middle of doing this year campaign for Israeli tourism department. If you want to know more about it, I wrote about it in a previous journal -> gilad.deviantart.com/journal/1…
Other than that I'm living my "day job" in Media marketing and I'm starting an Internet research department for my Company (Walla.co.il) that I hope will me more satisfying and will broaden my horizons to the future of how the web is going to be, and how is should be. Of course, photography will always be a major part of my personal future.

Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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Jump by Stridsberg

Great beauty and strong expression. That's the best combination. The photographers point of view, standing far from his "model" created that point of view. Most of us think that in order to get a good model shot we want to be close, but here is an example of what we can do differently.


Total views up to now: 94
Total Favorites up to now: 17


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Misty lake by Fanfnirr

The tone and atmosphere here is what makes this one special. The composition and minimalism is great for the mood, and of course the mist as well.


Total views up to now: 125
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And here is a sharp and clean landscape, not as moody, but just as beautiful. Sharp lines, good composition and great graphic lines.


Total views up to now: 119
Total Favorites up to now: 26



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Now, that's a creatibe photographer. Using whatever he can to make a "point of view" statement. A street bench makes this one flow and much more interesting than usual. Bravo!


Total views up to now: 275
Total Favorites up to now: 45


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cat's world by alexkatana

Hey you cat... listen, I got great light here. Would you mind striking an interesting pose? Naa... you can do better than that. Ohhh... that's it! Yes.. It worked!


Total views up to now: 683
Total Favorites up to now: 112


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026 by harmonist

Graet colors and sweet reflection. I love the street scene, and the expression (trying to clean up the streets for puddles?)


Total views up to now: 348
Total Favorites up to now: 50


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Clarks Grebe by ForeverCreative

Poetic photo. The work of an artist. The composition is brilliant, and I just love the lines and overall resault.


Total views up to now: 131
Total Favorites up to now: 36


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Choose me by cagdash

Very nice shot using the space, prespective, and the composition (including the graphic arrow).


Total views up to now: 172
Total Favorites up to now: 22



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Sossusvlei12 by parliamentstreet

When you look at this one.. do you really need my words for something?


Total views up to now: 140
Total Favorites up to now: 45


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Zindagi Trust by UsmanBaloch

What will I read now?


Total views up to now: 554
Total Favorites up to now: 56


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absurd staircase by icarus-ica  her Paris are gone by MotyPest   Walnut tree by skyjano
The rule of thirds by bingbing51  :thumb86382713:   Webb Bridge III by GVA
:thumb86113111:  La melodie du bonheur by gunpici   Spring lake III. by env1ro

Emotional Winter by alexandre-deschaumes  :thumb84130706:   rain istanbul by abdullahcoskun
:thumb86308847:  The twentieth spring by Dabadus   Golden Lake by Lank217

Freedom of mind by ElenaOprea  Island Of Dreams by soulofautumn87  Spring Tree by Osiris81

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

My Hidden treasures spotlight

Thu Apr 17, 2008, 9:14 AM

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Hi all,
I don't know if you remember my work for the Israeli tourism department. For example this one –

Tel Aviv Dance by gilad

Well, I'm going to do the follow up to this campaign this year. The campaign was a big hit and one of the shots was even selected as "picture of the day" by the BBC. I will be shooting 2-3 more portraits this year and I'm looking forward to that.
You can read more about it, and see some more of the campaign ads I did in this link – Putting Israel on the map
One more thing, it's possible that I'll be visiting Vienna (Austria) for a local exhibition around 8-10 of May. If you any suggestions of what to see, I'll love to know. Also, if you want to attend the exhibition, I'll update as soon as I have more details.


Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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Big Sur by ForeverCreative

Superb presentation of the beauty that is nature. The dark blue sea and flaming skies above. The saddle long exposure adds the needed magic to the shore line and the composition puts it all in wonderful balance.


Total views up to now: 231
Total Favorites up to now: 59


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Boats - Study II by pedroinacio

This one captured me because of the mood it has. The slightly moving boats and distant city lights, and the vast ocean clear as ice… It has something dark, but very beautiful to it.


Total views up to now: 288
Total Favorites up to now: 71


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Oscar III by Eman333

So cute… I simply can't resist it. Sorry


Total views up to now: 111
Total Favorites up to now: 13



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074 by muratpulat

My favorite kind of shots. Great color contrast, smart composition, and a great visual candy, yet a so simple urban city objects that you simply understand how beauty is all around us if we know where and how to look.


Total views up to now: 287
Total Favorites up to now: 58


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TheEYE by GoranDA

Well, I don't know this building ("Westfield shopping center - Downtown San Francisco") but it sure is a beauty. The photographic work is superb. The balance, the composition, the symmetry.. Superb.


Total views up to now: 223
Total Favorites up to now: 43


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Tuscany N 4 by minotauro9

Tuscany… what a place. I haven't been there yet (I can't wait) but there is something about this place that simply is recognizable from the first glace. Makes me love our planet, and worry for it that we don't destroy it to the point we could destroy this kind of scenery, and maybe a whole lot more…


Total views up to now: 192
Total Favorites up to now: 35


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Footprint on the beach by Spanishalex

So simple. Perfect shot.


Total views up to now: 109
Total Favorites up to now: 15


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Flower on Berries on Black by sourcow

Brilliant shot. Almost iconic.
Great use of color and composition, and also of the materials. A great creative as an example of what we can do with some imagination.


Total views up to now: 255
Total Favorites up to now: 42



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Under the same sun by betyzuzukid

The use of shadow here is fantastic. The cat looking ahead doesn't discover that he is about to leap away. The shadow tells that story. The smart composition allows us to see the story and enjoy it.


Total views up to now: 101
Total Favorites up to now: 30


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Contemplacion I by tocom8

Remarkable view and landscape. The view itself would have made a great shot, but the addition of the legs adds a story and a feeling to the shot. I just love the use of legs and the way this was composed and cropped.


Total views up to now: 69
Total Favorites up to now: 13


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.thoughts. by joynsorrow  :thumb80001235:   Gloriette  Schonbrunn Wien by mikeb79
kaczka xD by leiloca  Old House IV by PhilipRL   :thumb79370553:
Life by wailerbless  Mushroom Paradise by SAMLIM   Grafton State Hospital 19 by alexgirrrl
breaking lee bay by sassaputzin  Sunset 2 by nrasic   The Warming Hut by CezarMart

Energetic Place 'updated' by PictureElement   Red avenue by Cubaya   

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

Hidden treasures spotlight

Mon Mar 10, 2008, 9:55 AM

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Hi there,
First, I want to share with all of you the new home site of a great member in our DA community. Check out www.galitz.co.il/en/ for the Roie Galitz (RoieG) for his gallery, but even better - for a lot of articles on photography, aimed to make it as simple as it gets for beginners. It's great!



Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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Freedom is such a great title for this one. The sense of open beach, hint of clouds reflection, running through the air... this transfers the feeling like a painter's brish, like a poet's lyrics. Very moving to sea work as simple, and yet brilliant, as that.


Total views up to now: 170
Total Favorites up to now: 27


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Projections II. by meandthesun

What a great frame this is. Sexy, and yet only suggestive.
When you hear someone refers to "ARTISTIC NUDE", think of this one.


Total views up to now: 219
Total Favorites up to now: 29


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Breathe by TazGold

I don't know about you, but I can simply hear this picture. Tes, hear... with my ears. A distinct sound. Amazing.


Total views up to now: 230
Total Favorites up to now: 39



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Light-Shadow by LuceAnima

Perfect graphics in a beautiful abstract frame. I love how clean and crisp it is.


Total views up to now: 121
Total Favorites up to now: 16


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The Floyds by BlackDogBarnyard

How cute is that?


Total views up to now: 182
Total Favorites up to now: 23


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playing... by pace067

Parallel World in Infra red. The strange colors add so much surreal to this already great frame. Usually I'm not a big fan of how people urn out in IR, but this one showed me I should open up to new options.


Total views up to now: 442
Total Favorites up to now: 55


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Police Funk by emrerende

Great street shot. Good portrait with a twist. I just love this scene. It shows the street while "looking it in the eyes".


Total views up to now: 366
Total Favorites up to now: 30


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Great expression coming through this.
The falling snow, the silhouette, the distent city, the dramatic B&W. Bravo!


Total views up to now: 373
Total Favorites up to now: 50



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I just love running through the thoughts of the photographer in this scene. "Wow.. I wish they wouldn't move... I'm so lucky... The colors... They are all looking away... I'm so lucky... I am king of the world!"
Do you know what I mean?


Total views up to now: 131
Total Favorites up to now: 32


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Bouquet de nerfs 1 by edredon

Wonderful artistic frame. Minimalism and class. The B&W fits so well. Brilliant.


Total views up to now: 760
Total Favorites up to now: 181


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:thumb72633238:   rainbow vii by PatriciaD   :thumb79312281:
:thumb73605994:   If a Tree... by Violet-Kleinert   Young Stray II by ochenta
Stray . by Peach-chelle   Malbork Korytarz by smiertelny   32 by hakancaydasi

Pride and prejudice by Kleemass   Wet + Disgruntled Kitty by substar   And Then I Understood by MartinStranka

:thumb75012612:   Run scattered by imo518   nohakpeace by alefrarte
Urban Shell by paikan07   Easy kitty by Caoshica   Fire Starter by Photosbykev

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

My weekly spotlight - hidden treasures

Sat Jan 19, 2008, 12:54 AM

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Hi there,
I've been really busy lately so I haven't been as active as I regularly am.
Sorry for that, but there are times like that.



Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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City Lights: London part IV by sebastianwuttke

London city lights...
The composition is not usual. The rotated frame allows getting more details and better graphic lines into the frame. Good riming on the human figure crossing the bridge. I love this square frame, and that's a part of a series so I'll keep my attention the others as well.


Total views up to now: 15
Total Favorites up to now: 4


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Picot by wytrvn

Wonderful shot and deep expression hidden in it.
The sharp symbol of war and pain is softened by a water coating making it harmless and beautiful. This one is simply worth a Bravo!


Total views up to now: 7
Total Favorites up to now: 3


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Lovers Bench - Winter by ab-origine

"Lovers Bench - Winter" is a part of a series of three shots (four is promised to come) each one taken at another season of exactly the same frame. A bench and a tree and a background of sky. I feel this shot (winter) is the best of the series so far.


Total views up to now: 336
Total Favorites up to now: 50



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Run, Jesus, Run by aviazn

Running on water. I think of Jesus (the famous walk on water in the Kinneret) and I also am remembered of Remo (remember the 80's movie?). Very well taken with great composition to show the movement


Total views up to now: 139
Total Favorites up to now: 18


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Scottish Beauty 2 by Hamrani

Some places are so unbelievably beautiful that all you have to do is not mess it up... and also be there :)


Total views up to now: 168
Total Favorites up to now: 31


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Parallel World by EmilieDurand

Parallel World... indeed. Perfect composition and great atmosphere captured in it. I love this surreal setting.


Total views up to now: 316
Total Favorites up to now: 41


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Paepalanthus at sunset by MarcioCabral

Remarkable landscape. The way the frame is built is very pleasing to the eye. Great composition and also a wonderful exposure allowing to get everything clear and balanced. Not your typical sunset shot.


Total views up to now: 494
Total Favorites up to now: 88


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Wonderful atmosphere shot.
The man and dog walking a stormy and cold beach (waves, clouds and the way the man is dressed). The mountains and distant wind mills compliment a wonderful composition and state of mind


Total views up to now: 328
Total Favorites up to now: 58



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Wonderful winter frame. A frozen lake, a lonely tree, minimalism in B&W.
This would look wonderful hanged on a wall, don't you think?


Total views up to now: 116
Total Favorites up to now: 22


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Going Right... by ditya

Great urban shot. What's going on here? Where is the focus? why is there a circle in the middle of that frame?
I love the complexity of it, and yet a very simply frame. Great work!


Total views up to now: 377
Total Favorites up to now: 29


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:thumb72942138:   NYC Central Park by Omega300m   Bug eye at Times square by myist
:thumb75002976:   the pet store by dechobek   Untouched by TripleVIII
Breaking the ice by Seffis   Companions by RoieG   .:...way:. by Edhelamarth

Lighthouse again by Hamrani   New Icarus 2 by anthonyasael   :thumb74704019:
Faded Solstice by KirlianCamera   Bizzare Love Triangle by hamkahatta   Set Me Free by alireza1

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

My weekly spotlight

Fri Dec 21, 2007, 11:02 AM

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If you're interested.. I joined Facebook --> www.facebook.com/profile.php?i…
You are welcomed to say hi :)




Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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You probably know by now how much I like cat shots, especially when taken in the street, in natural surroundings. This one must be one of the best in that category. The clean frame, almost engineered. and the eye of the cat breaking the color and the cat's figure breaking the pattern.  A lucky shot, taken the best way possible. Bravo!


Total views up to now: 233
Total Favorites up to now: 40


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alone tree3 by aykanozener

beautiful landscape. Wonderful composition and technically superb.
There are a few more shots from that series, but I loved this one the most. Go and see the rest as well.


Total views up to now: 220
Total Favorites up to now: 24


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Nature makes the best art possible. It takes a skillful photographer to capture it in a way that really shows it's beauty.


Total views up to now: 143
Total Favorites up to now: 14



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Banff Skyline by CJproductions

Almost a punch line to what I wrote for the earlier recommendation. The beautiful art of nature.


Total views up to now: 192
Total Favorites up to now: 20


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69 by felixlu

A portrait of a Headless society. Take a minute to embrace it.


Total views up to now: 386
Total Favorites up to now: 32


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2nd home by niko-likes

A beautiful use of long exposure. It's not technically perfect, but I think that in this case, it even adds something to the result.


Total views up to now: 177
Total Favorites up to now: 27


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A long way to go. Still, it seems like a calm road.


Total views up to now: 275
Total Favorites up to now: 40


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Birmingham's Underworld - 5 by silentuk

Clever use of the composition and space. The exposure and colors, and the depth is very well captured. The only thing that I dislike is the watermark...


Total views up to now: 252
Total Favorites up to now: 37



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We see so many portraits of beautiful faces on DA. I feel it must be the most popular subject in photography on DA. I can only wish they were up to this high standard. Great composition, exposure, clean frame.


Total views up to now: 330
Total Favorites up to now: 42


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Rest by oscarsnapshotter

The beautiful mountains of Turkey, and a lonely traveler (though someone must have been taking the photo, so he wasn't so lonely after all).


Total views up to now: 257
Total Favorites up to now: 35


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Defiance by QwikDrah   fireball by rHytHm123   Northern latitude by asiantuntija
The Dark Hills by jadden   Kiss by BeKa15   My lil teddy... by SuzyTheButcher  

Energy and communication... by Michel-Lag-Chavarria   '09 by dechobek   i'm hidden by S-t-r-a-n-g-e  
Shiny Little Tree by tonyelieh   291 by lenagnl   :thumb72163573:

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

My weekly spotlight - Animals spcial

Sat Dec 1, 2007, 12:02 AM

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I wanted to focus my weekly spotlight, on overlooked photographs around DA, on charming animals. I stumbled across a few this passing week and it seems like a great topic to focus on.




Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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Berantakan by kikapu

I love this close up. It allows us not to see just "the cat" rather have a look into his eyes and expression. The strong colors makes it hard to look at him, but his eyes makes it pleasing to at the same time.


Total views up to now: 93
Total Favorites up to now: 11


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Double Act by Northline

Like the guardians of the field. A kind of heroic (and very cute at the same time) shot of the two. I love how they stand on top of each other, and the composition is superb.


Total views up to now: 46
Total Favorites up to now: 8


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Cat at the window by Seb-z

This one is wonderful.
I think that watching it on a computer screen is wrong...
Imagine it on a large print, dark frame. The eyes will have a much stronger impact and the mood of the shot will be overwhelming. This one is really special.


Total views up to now: 135
Total Favorites up to now: 10



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Untitled by Seb-z

Great street action shot with a smart composition transferring the street feeling.
The puddle leads the eye across the frame.


Total views up to now: 52
Total Favorites up to now: 10


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White sky by Lunchi

Perfectly timed shot.
It's not often you see a shot so well timed, composed that also has the perfect technique, background, sharpness.. This one has it all. Wonderful to look at.


Total views up to now: 58
Total Favorites up to now: 7


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Black by myist

I don't know if each eye is different (what happens often with black cats) or the difference is cause of the way the light falls on him leaving one eye in the dark.
Either way, this is a classic composition and frame. Beautiful and unique.


Total views up to now: 83
Total Favorites up to now: 13


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41 days old by RodriguezVillegas

Well... nothing needs to be said. Cuteness.


Total views up to now: 189
Total Favorites up to now: 34


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a pure soul by genichi82

Very casual and yet irresistible. The way he puts his leg, sinks his head... I guess I just love cats


Total views up to now: 139
Total Favorites up to now: 27



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My Rare Happy Moments by EvranOzturk

A wonderful frame of nature. Has the quality of a painting with the colors and elements (birds, tree, horse). Classic beauty.


Total views up to now: 185
Total Favorites up to now: 26


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Cat On A Fence by Teophoto

I love the focus here. The cat is located in half way from the background what creates the blur in the background. That brings out the sharpness of the cat even more. The expression on the cat's face is so common for street cats not trusting a strange photographer


Total views up to now: 122
Total Favorites up to now: 13


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RRRR..don't touch my food. by InsaneLight   Cute. by cellists   happy by uurthegreat
:thumb70251683:   kitty by jeteng  

it's calling by madisonleelee   jairo a color by nitsugaphotography   How To Kiss A Square... by DeadStarKew   
Trees by JACAC   Emerge by CaterpillarOfAngst   I Can't Take by recepgulec
Solo by coppersnare   just hanging here by pemelie   :thumb70026519:
Hiding In My Shade by neilash
line by salmasterz

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

My Weekly Spotlight

Tue Nov 13, 2007, 3:41 AM

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Hi :)
How are you guys doing?

A quick update... I just bought the Canon 135mm F2 lens.. and wow!
That one is a beast. So sharp that I am exited to see results.
I will finish my military reserve duty in a week, so see you soon.
My latest frame from the army -

Freedom is My Nationality   




Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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nikki 4 by Eskimo626

The love for the next generation.
This is very emotional and is able to capture this beautiful time in the family life.


Total views up to now: 34
Total Favorites up to now: 3


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Coffee III by uswcm

Very creative. Looks like an add to a coffee brand. Makes you want to have a zip of it right now.. I can smell it.


Total views up to now: 87
Total Favorites up to now: 13


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papa... where are you? by kamalphotography

Great capture. The colors and composition is skill, and the moment is pure timing and luck. Charming


Total views up to now: 177
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I'm glad to see a different portrait. A composition that brings something fresh to the viewer. I love the expression, and beauty.


Total views up to now: 24
Total Favorites up to now: 3


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Streets of Paris by MarcoFiorentini

A great street shot. Well planed and timed.
Graphic lines and dynamics of street movement.


Total views up to now: 115
Total Favorites up to now: 19


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The Giving Tree by gokuyert

Great force. The colors, light, composition, the figure and pose...
A classic shot.


Total views up to now: 27
Total Favorites up to now: 8


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It's abstract, surreal, strange, and simply wonderful.
A creative shot, with no real subject to it. A clever use of reflection to get this "layered" feeling. Reminds me of the work I did double exposing films in the old times...


Total views up to now: 36
Total Favorites up to now: 3


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Point Of View by neilash

We are nothing but small dots, making lines in the sunset...


Total views up to now: 111
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The richness of this shot is excellent.
The colors and details and unbelievable beauty is captivating.  


Total views up to now: 240
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The shape of the cross makes me think that some people can easily consider this cross to be their religion...


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Lake Tanuki by rubberman542   :thumb49754018:   
Winter Wonderland 2 by triola   Washington Unknown Mountain by mysteriumtremendum   Over the rainbow by pomiletta
m e m o i r e. by matthieumarangoni
Dark Breeze by mrcool256

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

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About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity

Time for another weekly spotlight

Mon Nov 5, 2007, 4:59 PM

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Hi :)
How are you guys doing?
Some great pictures in the spotlight this week. Good work out there...

Just so you'll know, I wrote a new tutorial for Infra red photography here ---> news.deviantart.com/article/36…

Some New frames from the army I'm taking these days -

Casualtie of War   

Moving forward, looking back

The battle outside the window   



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Beautiful portrait that touches and makes you relate.
This is not about beauty, though very beautiful. It's not about the details, though there are many. It's about how it makes you feel.. and it does. "Afraid" deserves my Bravo!


Total views up to now: 104
Total Favorites up to now: 20


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.the gathering by shiek0r

A classic. I love the details and the mood. It shows the beauty of nature, and the expression of man. Really something to imagine on your wall. Thin black frame.


Total views up to now: 248
Total Favorites up to now: 43


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Out there by Koggamojj

Windows can be used in many different ways in photography. Natural light is a beautiful way to use it to create a silhouette. Natural framing is always a great touch. When you have great view from that window, it's bingo. Add to that a great capture of pose, and a little girl to enhance the likability... and you got yourself this weeks spotlight number 3


Total views up to now: 29
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Distant Thunders by Zan61

I just love this frame. The way it comes together.
The B&W and the dramatic clouds. The strange statue (structure) adds surreal elements into this. The composition is great. If you look closely you will also see the distant silhouette in between the blades of hat statue, what adds proportions, and the strong human element.


Total views up to now: 128
Total Favorites up to now: 39


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Tops by NonIntentonal

I just love, love, love it!
Look at this perfect frame. So well composed and balanced. A skilled eye got a perfect shot from this urban surroundings. I'm not sure there is a better way to capture this place and it's looks. I found this one really exiting. Well done!


Total views up to now: 252
Total Favorites up to now: 63


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Jokulsarlon, Iceland by adamsalwanowicz

Iceland.. BBRRRRR... that's cold.
The photo transfers that cold feeling, yet makes it so appealing. The clarity, the depth and color combination. The ice... Not something you see everyday.


Total views up to now: 203
Total Favorites up to now: 37


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Seems harmless from first glance.
Well, it is, just a little naughty. I would love to see this is a big print. This has the potential of becoming a huge hit.


Total views up to now: 290
Total Favorites up to now: 25


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Cancer: Light manifestation by coachman

The 27th of october there was a light manifestation for the victims of breast cancer in Gothenburg, Sweden. This photo captures the spirit of the event. The endless candles spread out on the street. A candle like a fragile light of the victims to that horrible death.  I hope in some way this event, and this image, can help awareness to that breast cancer. Awareness is a huge part of preventing that from happening to you.


Total views up to now: 47
Total Favorites up to now: 4



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Oblivion by narcotistu

Well, this is my kind of frame.
Great use of a small puddle to add a different look to the scene. Well timed and composed with all the elements I like. The texture, the clues that allows you to understand it's a puddle, lighting. Creative and pleasing.


Total views up to now: 37
Total Favorites up to now: 8


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Canyon Lake Bed by Nestor2k

A great landscape shot. The texture and details are wonderful. The way the composition leads you through the depth all the way to that mountain in the back, and through the cracks back to the front.. that wonderful photographic vision.


Total views up to now: 13
Total Favorites up to now: 4


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Run in to the light by mARTadinata   :thumb68995404:   :thumb56604849:
:thumb69027062:   Blue by SuperTerrific   October Sunrise by rgmcleish
Up or down? by Azram   spiral static by EstacionEsperanza
How to Smile by rawkchiq   :thumb68715533:   Afternoon Daze by andsheburns
Empty Memories by Netvampyre   .......................... by soneryaman   Playing On The Escalators II by paddimir
Sunsetting eye by Synkedam

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity
In General

Well, a few words about Infrared.
I will not get too technical cause it’s not my strong side, just a few words about it. Infrared photographs show a kind of thermo effect. Trees with white leaves and luminous white clouds against colored skies are the most common use for it. Many photographers on DA have tried it in the last few years and it seems to be more and more popular.
The Infrared opens a window on a parallel world intriguingly different to the one we usually see. The effect is surreal ans it shows a different kind of "documenting reality".

Here you can see the scene in normal view
Regular before IR by gilad

And here is when using the IR filter -
After IR by gilad

We can't see Infrared light without the filter, we can only see it when It's isolated. Infrared photography is often confused with thermal imaging. It's not, It's just shows an effect similar to that. The difference is basically one of wavelength of electromagnetic radiation.
The filter shows the object because the sun (or some other light source) shines infrared light on it and it is reflected or absorbed by the object. You could say that this reflecting or absorbing of infrared helps to determine the object's color in a four-dimensional color space made up of blue, green, red and infrared.

Forest Contemplation by gilad His Own Life by gilad

Camera and filter

If you are using film camera, I won't get into this.
Important you know! Digital cameras don’t work evenly with IR filter.
Digital sensors have a special infrared-blocking filter in front of the light-sensitive CCD array, as the IR light degrades the visible-light image quality. The question is how much of infrared will the filter let through.
There are a few great compact digital models like the Sony 717, The Olympus C-2020z, Minolta Dimage 7, and the canon G1 (the G2 is great too). Among the DSLR the Nikon D70 and D50 are the best option right now. Canon popular models don't support high quality IR (and most other models and brands). That means that it can shoot IR but in lower quality (clarity, sharpness, colors) then the Nikon D70 (D70s) and D50.
Check out more about the Infrared sensitivity here www.jr-worldwi.de/photo/index.…

Of course it’s much harder working IR with DSLR, since you have no preview of the result, and it’s impossible to see anything through the viewfinder, with the filter attached. I’ll get to this later (In technique).
The filter I use and recommend is Hoya R72.
There are several others that get good results, but this one gets the classic color effect in the best way possible.

Family Tree by gilad  In Fields Of White by gilad

You can test your non DSLR camera for IR photography
Use the “TV remote test” to determine if your digital camera is sensitive to infrared light.  Television remote controls use infrared light to turn the TV on and off and to change channels.  Aim your TV remote control at the lens of your digital camera from a few inches away, push a button on your remote, and view the image on the LCD panel (not the optical viewfinder) of the camera.  If you see a white flash of light coming from the TV remote on your camera’s LCD screen, you’ve just determined that your camera is infrared-sensitive. That only means that the camera is capable of shooting IR, but not the quality of the results.

The Ocean Diamond by gilad  A PLACE TO DREAM by gilad  

What if my camera is not IR sensitive?
Well, there are options to shoot IR with models that don't support it. However, they mean you damage the ability of the camera to capture 'normal' photography. Basically you remover the glass that protects the CCD in the camera.
You can remove it and replace it with a built in IR filter (convert the camera completely for shooting IR), or simply replace the glass for a regular glass and reducing the IR block of the camera (could damage you normal photography, and you still need to use a filter for IR).
If you really love IR it is recommended you convert your camera. Working with a converted camera is much easier. You can shoot short exposures and get better details. However, you need to do it on a spare camera since the camera is useless for regular photography.

For more on that - www.lifepixel.com/index.html and khromagery.com.au/digital_ir.h…

Hats On Fire by gilad Final Destination by gilad

Technique

OK, so we are talking about shooting IR with a DSLR (a regular one)

Tripod -
Besides your digital camera and filter, a tripod is an absolute necessity since exposures through the infrared filter should be long.  For long exposures, some cameras will automatically fire the flash to light the scene, because the camera’s “brain” thinks its dark.  But you don’t want to use flash. Be sure to turn off the flash so the camera will make the exposure by infrared light.
  
Iso settings -
Work in low Iso (50-200) so you won’t pick up too much noise.

Camera function -
Work in fully Manual (if possible) to get a good light reading from the camera, so You’ll know if you are using a long enough exposure.

Set White Balance -
This is the part that most beginners go wrong...
You will have to measure the white balance yourself. That’s the secret of getting a good color balance in IR photography (with digital photography). Measure the WB in ‘PRE’ condition with your filter ON from something green as green grass (not in the shade.. in a sunny area). That would get you the right balance. Test the result, and if needed, try measuring it again.
You should know: Nikon generates more colors in IR then Canon. The canon will get almost B&W when adjusting the WB. Nikon will get B&W and also brown.  

Composition -
To begin, photograph a daylight scene in auto WB.  Mount your camera on the tripod and compose the shot normally (Take the widest angle possible for a landscape shot) without the infrared filter over the lens, and make a normal, color picture.  The color picture will be a “reference” picture.  You might want to combine it with the infrared picture for creative effect later.

Final steps -
After you composed it, and focused it, in the color version, take it out of Auto focus. Mount the filter carefully, so you won’t destroy the camera position and composition. Switch your WB to the pre position (that you measured earlier). Now, shoot a second picture in exactly the same way except go through the infrared filter.  With the infrared filter on the lens, you’ll see the infrared effect on the camera’s LCD viewing screen (or only in the result in DSLR cameras).  The image will appear dark and a monochromatic red-pink in color.  This is normal for an infrared picture.  After you shoot the picture, you should review the image on the camera’s LCD screen and check for proper exposure.  If the image is dark, you might want to switch the camera to manual and increase the exposure.  


The Flaming Tree by gilad World Harmony by gilad


Post processing

Once you’ve captured your infrared images, you’ll want to do a little clean up in an image-processing program like Photoshop.

PP first step by gilad

When you open the infrared image file, you’ll probably see a monochromatic red-pink image that might be a little bit dark. You may want to adjust the curves or levels to brighten the image.  

PP second step by gilad

PP third step by gilad

Also, you may want to adjust the contrast to your liking.  By Now you have an image very similar to one shot on infrared film, but without the hassles.

IR step 4 by gilad

I usually love to change the channels, to replace the red with a blue.
In Photoshop go to Image>Adjustments>Channel mixer you will first see the setting to the red channel.

IR step 5 by gilad

The red is on 100 and the green and blue are on 0. Turn the red to 0 and the blue to 100.

IR step 6 by gilad

Now go to the blue channel (the top drop down menu in the message box). Turn the red to 100 and the blue to 0.

Now, look at the difference -

Before - Before PP by gilad  After - After PP by gilad

The channels have switched and if you want a better balance change the settings a bit.

If the ‘Whites’ are a bit ‘Reddish’, you can go to Image>adjustments>Hue/saturation and lower the saturation of the red (and yellow) channel.

That’s the IR story in short.
Photography by the “invisible” light of infrared can open a new world of artistic expression. I love it, and I hope you do too :hug:
Feel free to add from your own experience, add tips, and ask questions.
Again, I’m not sure I’ll be able to answer all, But I’ll try.

Out Of My Mind by gilad  Silent prayer by gilad

Good Links: www.cocam.co.uk/CoCamWS/Infrar… www.apogeephoto.com/mag1-1/mag… And a wonderful galley to enjoy www.photo.net/photodb/folder?f…

I submitted a tutorial on IR in my journal, and I got many questions regarding technique ans models fitting for IR photography. Please take a look to know more - gilad.deviantart.com/journal/5…
What do you do when you don't know what to do</u>

You get these "I don't know what to do next..." phases? When you want to do some photography, but your creative ideas simply ran out... Well, I can tell you what I do. You should know that what works for me may not be right for someone else. I am more of a "street photographer", I don't direst my shots, don't plan them. I'm not into models or stills in particular and so I depend solely on inspiration.

1. Check out the weather.
When I have an idea what I want to take pictures of, it's easy.. I go there. When I have no idea what to shoot, I simply go without knowing where. I check the weather to decide on the general idea. Warm days (without clouds in the sky) are good for urban shots since I don't need the sky in the frame, and it's mostly shaded anyway. Warm days with nice clouds are perfect for IR or landscape. Colder days are great for nature, Macro and reflections (puddles of rain), and they are also good for indoor shots and moody landscapes. Think of nice places you know that can natch these conditions, and simply go. The world is moving, and all you need is watch it revolve around you.

2. Get the perspective of your sensor
So, now you know the direction you match the gear. Wide lenses for landscapes, tele lenses for nature, middle length for urban...
I love taking the lenses I plan on (not the whole bag) and limit myself to the gear. That gives me aim at what I look at and help me focus on a perspective looking at the world. Looking at everything without that focus can make me miss a few ideas. It's kind of limiting yourself to think like the camera, instead of the person you are. I always feel more focused as a photographer at seeing things, than I feel when I don't have the camera on me.

3. Watch and think before you shoot
Don't force yourself to shoot. Blend into your surroundings. Feel the tempo of what happens around you and things will look differently. Take some time to examine things from a wider point of view, and then start breaking it don to details, scenes, corners. For an example, look at a street and feel the commotion. Direction people go, people that stand, compositions, the way the light falls, advertising billboards, colors, shapes, patterns.. now break it down to what will happen if you focus on a someone if he passes the building in a exact second.. What if you take the tall building from a wide angle, including a bus stop from a low angle... So, take some time to look before you act.

4. Dare yourself to try it differently
You've seen something interesting? Good! Now try and think of the way to present it. If you present it exactly like you see it, it has to be really special not to look corny. I mean, that's the way everybody sees it all the time... So, take a second and think as a photographer. The angle changes a lot. Maybe go to a higher point of view, maybe a lower, maybe through a reflection, maybe against the light, and maybe with a different depth of field. The point is to challenge yourself to think differently because there is someone that you want to show it to, and you need to make him stop and think to make an impact.

5. And back to the first stage... your ideas
This is a very important stage for a creative photographer, one that wants his pictures to be more than beautiful and have a meaning. The ideas don't have to come from planned scenes. You have an opinion on things, a personal thought. How can you make it come to life through photography? That's maybe the hardest part, but when you figure this out - you are on your way to making a difference. People want to see ideas and opinion in photographs, and not only beautiful colors. When you look at something you want to shoot stop for a second. Think. How can I show it in a way it will show it is you that's taking the picture. A lot of who you are as a photographer hides in this.

Good luck
G

My Weekly Spotlight

Tue Oct 30, 2007, 12:12 AM

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Hi :)
Had a small break, so that's my chance to update my journal and my spotlight.
See you when I get back



Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight


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Zincir by Ba2

I can imagine an old boat, almost soaking in the water.
I can imagine that, but I can't see that...
That's the great effect of good photography.


Total views up to now: 134
Total Favorites up to now: 25


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view of setu gunung by Boebhu

Wonderful details in this landscape shot.
The depth is awesome, almost 3D due to the haze and lighting.


Total views up to now: 318
Total Favorites up to now: 39


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midnight waterfall by mzkate

We all have seen water in long exposures.. this is different. The black surroundings of the white water and the composition.. it works so well!


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Total Favorites up to now: 43



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Middle North Falls-Autumn by natureisgrand

And a more "classic" use of the waterfall long exposure. The composition here makes the difference. Beautiful landscape and the balance makes the waterfall stick out to glorify the frame.


Total views up to now: 202
Total Favorites up to now: 38


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fields cottage study by kidscruff

This one is recommended not because it's such a great picture, but because of the panorma technique and because the description and the Info kidscruff shares about the technique. Something new to learn is always nice.

Total views up to now: 134
Total Favorites up to now: 10


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The color combination is overwelming and it's nature's art by definition. It's minimal, abstractic, well composed, and very well metered. I can imagine this framed on my wall.


Total views up to now: 107
Total Favorites up to now: 14


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Lontananza by FaTTzZO

Watching the veautiful sunset, in the RAW beauty of nature. The composition and the trail helps me imagine myself as that tracker, awed by the amazing powers of nature.


Total views up to now: 175
Total Favorites up to now: 23


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Parallels by simply-J

Wonderful Urban work.
So ordinary, yet a unique way to look at it.
A game of light, shadow, and composition. Almost an abstract.


Total views up to now: 39
Total Favorites up to now: 11



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Spin Of Lights by piur1241

Dynamic, colorful, abstract, balanced. A lot of beauty and clever photography, all in one frame.  


Total views up to now: 106
Total Favorites up to now: 8


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balloons by film400

WTF... hard to figure out what makes this frame look this way.
It looks like a a macro shot inside a vein, or something like that, and yet in closer look it's easy to realize these are balloons. So these are what 1500 balloons look like... Bravo!


Total views up to now: 166
Total Favorites up to now: 21


And - a special thank to BenHeine for doing a wonderful portrait of me, and releasing it all over the place... Here it is:

Gilad Benari by BenHeine


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October IV by madxhatter128   ...Dolomiti 26... by eugi3   Verticals by Hubzay
Au carre by marrian   :thumb68329273:   A Minute. A Century. by d-minutiv
Highway to Heaven by barcstamaas
Sunset Palms by Swanee3
Through Red. by derangedx-xinsanity

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



*****

Gilad's Journal

About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

****

Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


****

General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

  • Mood: Pity
Well, I thought I'll sum up some pointers and tips regarding composition. I used some of my photos as examples in the different topics. I hope I can help, or even refresh, some of you photographers out there. If you have anymore ideas to share here, please do.

What would you say is the most important thing in a good photograph?
Colors? Idea and expression? Sharpness? Perspective?


Well, since there are no "right and wrong" (just opinions) everyone is right, but in my book, one of the most important thing is definitely composition.
It's the same in almost every art form, but since in photography you don't always have time to plan the situation in details, composition becomes a very important skill in your decision making.
I never learned photography in the "old fashion" way of school or teachers, and my composition skills have developed by my own sense of intuitive point of view. It's only later that I diagnosed the decision making I made without thinking about it.
I want to share with you what I learned, and maybe in a way, help you diagnose your own decisions.
I have no intention of mentioning all the different approaches to composition, you can add to this as much as you want. I only want to make my own beliefs prioritized and organized here.

General statement</u>
There are many things to think about while deciding on a composition (that you have a split of a second to think about). That means that you have to realize all the parameters in a spontaneous way, without breaking it down like I do here. What do I mean?
You have to consider all the lines in the frame, you have to consider the dynamics of movement, the direction, the things outside the frame, the Depth of field you are using. It's impossible to forecast everything. What makes a good photographer skillful is deciding on the right composition, without thinking about it. In my opinion, you have to add something to all I mentioned - be original.
Don't go with the composition you feel comfortable with.. explore different options while being aware of what you want to show with the photo that would be forever yours.


Finding Serenity by gilad   On The Fly by gilad   Catouflage by gilad


The subject</u>
What's the photo about?
To make it clear is the first thing you have to consider while thinking of the composition.  It should be very obvious with a single glance to every viewer what the photograph is "about". That doesn't mean the subject should be in the middle of the frame, not at all. That means that you should build your whole composition while being aware to what is the subject. You can lead to it with graphic lines, focus, angle, negative space, colors, and lighting.

Tip: The subject maybe something that you can't even see in the photograph. Think about it.


Life Support by gilad   The Catcher in the Rye by gilad   Reality Show by gilad

Leading the viewer</u>
How the viewer's eye is lead from one part of the photograph to another?
One way to give flow to a photograph is to use lines. They can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, converging or diverging lines. This will create the illusion of motion (or lack of motion if so desired). Diagonal, converging or diverging lines are considered to be "dynamic" while horizontal and vertical lines are considered to be "static". A careful balance of dynamic and static elements will give an overall sense of motion to your photographs. You should also consider the direction of leading the eye. If you place someone watching to the right, on the right side of the photo, you loose the leading of the viewer and create a sense of something missing. You should leave some space for the movement in the frame. Use perspective to draw the eye or use it to give a point of view and create the illusion the viewer is on the scene.

Tip: If you place the subject in the middle of the frame, it's much harder to lead the eye to him and the photo might become flat.


Here's Lurking at you, kid by gilad   Fading away by gilad   Crossing the Bridge by gilad

Perspective and proportions</u>
You want to show something is far, something is huge?
Think of proportions, of scale. The viewer must be feeling what you feel while you are "out there". If you shoot a wonderful sunset and you want to show how huge the sky looks, you have to include something in the frame to give scale. Without it the feeling can't be transformed. If you can show something repetitive in the frame you will get good dynamics to the frame, but you will also get a sense of perspective. Using this is one of the things I really love to do.

Tip: If you have the ability to control light and composition, you are a master in technique. Think of using light in your composition to get a silhouette or a nice lighting that shows the difference between your foreground and background and help the feeling of depth or scale.


The Meeting Point by gilad   Then There Were US by gilad   Walking on Clouds by gilad

Rule of 3rds </u>
I've been told there's something psychologically appealing about groups of 3's.
I used this rule in my work, without even knowing.. I just knew I shouldn't center my work. The eye goes to the center as default. If you satisfy the viewer right at the beginning, you lost the chance to lead him inside a good photograph.
In the rule of Thirds we play around that center, placing objects a point about two-thirds up a page. Crop your photo so that the main subjects are located around one of the intersection points rather than in the center of the image. Divide your frame to 9 even squares and imagine the points where the lines meet.
For example in landscapes you can apply the rule of thirds when you place your horizon line one-third up from the bottom, leaving the sky to take up the top two-thirds of the picture.

Tip: Don't use a tilted horizon line. That can always make a good photo look amateur. Align the horizon line with something straight in the frame. Still, use it if it balanced the frame, only then will it look intentional.


World of Imagination by gilad   Scars Of Humanity by gilad   In the middle of the road by gilad

Negative Space </u>
Basically a large areas of empty space in the frame. Psychologically, we humans want to fill that space with our imagination (kind of like a cartoon thought balloon). Use it in a minimalist frame, or to give the frame a more "dreamy" touch.

Tip: A busy frame with lots of details on one side, and negative space on the other is not good. It will break the order and destroy the feeling of balance. Use negative space in minimal compositions.


Tall City by gilad   Just the two of us by gilad   Free Fallin by gilad

Framing </u>
If you can find a way to naturally frame your shot, do it. That adds a wonderful sense of order to it. Look for things such as doorways, bridges, signs and other things to frame your subject under. It gives a sense of perspective and intimacy to the image.

Tip: A door, the way you close in on a face, branches of trees, buildings on the side of the road


The Observers by gilad   Between Earth and Sky by gilad   Moving ahead in Red by gilad

Balance </u>
Sometimes keeping the balance is the greatest thing in a photograph, and sometimes, it's exactly the opposite. Be aware and think about the meaning of balance in your frame. It could help create a sense of illusion (when it's not balanced), or just make it classy (when there is a good balance).

Tip: Use the rule of the thirds to put a lot of weight on one side, but always look for someone to balance it of the opposite third of the frame.


Through and Beyond by gilad   URBAN FLOWER by gilad   City Fragment by gilad

Cutting the details </u>
Sometimes you cut important details in the frame not on purpose.. That's very bad. The viewer always knows when it was on purpose. Think of what you cut and how. Sometimes you have to cut and crop things (sometimes you want to), just think of the best way to do it.

Tip: I love using intentionally cropping of details in portraits; It makes a face look much more interesting, and allows to zoom in to the details.


With a fist and a smile by gilad   8 by gilad   Feeling Most Alive by gilad

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Well, last week I did my first News article of the " Finding your style in photography" topic. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of response. I may use this for further publications of my tutorials and thoughts on photography.
I will be leaving for 3 weeks now, for military reserve duty (it happens once a year, what can I do...). Try not to send me too many notes or questions, not to overflow my messages, and try not to miss me too much :)



Now, I invite you to take a look with me, at 10 of my favorites Under my weekly spotlight
to examine this frame, and it simply takes your imagination out of this world

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Sanctuary by andras120

A beautiful Macro work.
There is the standard way to take a picture of a flower, and then there is this one that shows you there is still room to be creative, think of composition, and do unique photography where all has been done before...


Total views up to now: 195
Total Favorites up to now: 42


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I find this very expressive.
It seems like the woman is praying, searching for answers from above, while the man is searching for answers right here, and now. The blend of the two, very different, expressive "role playing" makes this one conceptual and brilliant. Bravo!


Total views up to now: 226
Total Favorites up to now: 21


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It is simply that cute.. no other real reason :)


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Total Favorites up to now: 23



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doggie wheels by akkict-photo

Very interesting frame. Both visually and conceptually.
I guess it's like a handy caped dog that needs help walking, but it a strange way.. he looks like an urban race dog.


Total views up to now: 28
Total Favorites up to now: 6


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I simply love these frames.
A different point of view, angle, composition, graphic, well timed. This is a fine example of how the world around us can be seen differently.


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Total Favorites up to now: 38


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Hidden Visitor II by Raventhird

This is surreal. The idea has been done before, but it works very well here.
The shut eye makes the additional one "put a spin" on the original face. I love how it looks, and I love the fact it could also be understood differently by the viewer.


Total views up to now: 319
Total Favorites up to now: 36


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smoke 'em if you got 'em - 4 by insanitylabs

"Fine Art" is this. Very clear, elegant, minimal. Strong colors and a beautiful use of negative space. I love the feeling in this one, with the mild smoke blowing.


Total views up to now: 63
Total Favorites up to now: 6


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Wonderful landscape shot.
Layers of colors, depth. Very sharp, hugh quality details.
Like a beautiful 3D reality. The composition is very good, giving this mountain landscape become an abstract painting.


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Sunset with Champlain Bridge.. by AmirNasher

Great use of the reflection to complete a beautiful shot.
Great tones and details to break up the perfect reflection.  


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Vertigo...
The exact name fitting. The upside down frame makes the optical illusion work on our brain, making me dizzy just thinking about it. Nice pattern and perspective. The title suggests that the photographer knew exactly where to take us


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Close Encounter by GVA   yellow by toko   :thumb67216483:
final tunnels light by Kemao   Barus by Loupcka   Meerkat in the Eve by hexentanz
inside_the_mirror_I by sianxian      Standing by eXcer
toll.kirsche III by silent-order

It's amazing to see how much beauty and quality is passed un-noticed here in all one week. I hope that more great work will get noticed here. It's up to us. Use the comments favorites power to support the un-noticed.

Keep supporting!



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About Me:

1. All the Info you can probably get on me; The BTL with G

2. Special Interview - An Eye On The World

3. Where you can see the project "A Different Look At Israel"

4. My flickr

5. 4 years for me In DA

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Tutorials & Tips:

1. Infra Red

2. Composition

3. Working with light

4. Shooting indoors

5. Recommended filters

6. Using the build in flash

7. Copyrights

8. Making money in photography

9. Exposure tips

10. Shooting RAW or JPEG?

11. Dust on your sensor?

12. Getting inspired for photography

13. Finding your style in photography


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General thoughts:

1. Art is all about expression

2. About Photography, and Israel too

3. DA Thoughts

4. About freedom of speech and ethics

5. When does photography become manipulation?

6. A Light unto the Nations

7. How important is Expression in Art?

8. Questions of popularity

9. love Israel from the first Shalom

10. DA art book?

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I, for one, believe that art is all about expression.
I'm a photographer (and a writer too) but this is not right just about photography, but for all kinds of art. There are many forms of expression, but ultimately it has to make you feel.
Isn't that what art is suppose to do?

Make us think, challenge us to ask ourselves how do we feel about what we see? Translate our vision to feelings. Every little thing can be expressive.
But, do we all try to express something with our work?

Looking at something beautiful or ugly can be expressive, as long as it not just showing it but making a statement. Transferring the atmosphere, putting an angle on things, making us look differently at the world. Isn't it expressive?

It's all a matter of what we are trying to show. Of our intentions while taking the photograph. I don't care what kind of a camera you have, If you thought we all want to see your dog, or your dinner. Put some creative effort into your work.

Think

Feel

Express



I don't care about technique, only intentions and resault.
If you wanted to show the connection between a father and a son, how do you do that? Is taking a picture of an old man and a younger one good? Is it creative? will it chalange people to think? to feel?
Mybe...
But if you use symbols and chalnge the viewer to understand, and feel - you made art. Don't get me wrong, It still can be bad art, but It's art, and a very good start.

The cetegory "Conceptual" is the closest thing to expressive ideas on DA. When the subject, or the technique, play no role in the basic intention of the piece - being expressive. Of course every other category can still show many expressive works, and I invite you all to search for that expressive elemnts in art, and think a minute if that is what draws you into one piece more than another.. I bet it is :)

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