In portraits it all is about the person and expression shown. Some portraits clearly benefit from the square format, they get more powerful.
By choosing the square format the features of the face get more attention and the character of the person becomes more relevant. This portrait has been made in a house entrance, the background almost is pure black and helps to put even more focus on the man shown.
More portraits can be found in the portraits section of the galleries section on this website.
A while ago… I was working on my pictures in the working room, the window is open… suddenly, some saxophone tones came from the street. At such a moment you have to decide quickly: I rushed down and took these portraits just in front of my apartment in France.
Sometimes at places far away from home a DéJà Vu feeling shows up. I see a scene very similar to a photo I made at another place. I collected have several sets, today the first two images from Cuba and Oman.
A few days ago I posted a tip to motivate to use the manual mode. A comment in dutch, was that sometimes one want to play with DOF (Depth of Field). The video in the post post is staring with shutter speed then the f-stop. This method works very good street photography and allows to create a consistent look for series of images made in various directions.
Of course it also is possible to start with the f-stop, then shutter speed and if needed ISO, this might work for static subjects where image composition is important. I however think that the benefit of manual mode is not that high. For photos where DOF is important I prefer to work in automatic mode with aperture priority (A Mode) and then use exposure compensation to play with the light.
Conclusion from my side is that manual mode is perfect for street photography.
In another post I explained why I started publishing color photos. Today I took one from the Ethiopia trip and let the colors play. The colors in the original RAW file where too poppy for my taste, I carefully reduced them and this is what could make out of it.
For my taste this is the kind of color I am looking for in my photos. One of the visitors of this blog (Stefan) took his time to look closer to the photo and gave some valuable feedback.
The image slider on the right shows the original and new version (slider left). In the new photo the background has been blurred and color is a bit more desaturated.
I invite everybody to make critical comments to my posts, a bit more than beautiful, wonderful is highly appreciated!
As promised in the comments on the previous post today another photo taken in manual mode. After some practice I now remember the things I had to do 30 years ago, maybe it is like riding a bicycle, if you try it again after years you instantly manage it.
Recently I saw a very inspiring YouTube video explaining about manual mode in photography. It is a bit long but, for me it was a source of inspiration and a way to take back control over the light and shadows in my work.
The video let me think about things a bit deeper. I tried it and it worked very well I think. Here is the first result that shows manual mode also works for images in color.
Just give it a try, it is worth it…
Update: there is an additional post on the subject.
Sometimes waiting is boring and sometimes it is exiting… These children where leaving from Kandi (Sri Lanka) for a two day excursion to the north of the country.
At the moment at the home page of this site this picture is displayed. What is happening there?
Back in 2007 we where traveling in Mali. As you might expect it is a country not easy to visit, it is very different from the world we are living in. There is little to eat and drink but a lot of sand and dust. We stayed some days in Djenné and from there went for a walk in the desert. Far away we saw some houses and dry threes, enough to not get lost for ever.
On our way back we met this group of young women, they got water from town and where on their way to their homes. Even when they carried a heavy load they wanted to have their picture made. The fun and happiness they showed where simply impressive and they exposed a high level of pride and confidence. Basic feelings everybody strives for. What is different is how people are showing such feelings; in the western world people are often hiding their feelings while in remote places people often are much more open even to strangers.
In the galleries section of this website I show portraits of people that look directly to me. In some portraits this is not the case but they are still worth to share here. Here a portrait of my brother Marcel at home in Holland.
The Amhara people also known as Abyssinians, are an ethnic group from the northern and central Ethiopian highlands.
The neck and facial tattoos called Nikisat are standing out against the traditional white clothing and elaborate jewelry. Lines of tiny crosses along jaws and traditional Ethiopian shaped crosses on foreheads prove the intensive dedication to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
A YouTube video/slide-show about the celebration of Timkat in Gondar (Ethiopia) can be found here.
Earlier this year I visited Ethiopia a country with an incredible variation of people. These 3 portraits are from the beginning of a visit to the Omo Valley in the delta of the Limo River (sometimes called Weyto or Dullay. The Arbore tribe with a total population of 6850 is living in 4 villages: Gandareb, Kulaama, Murale, and Eegude. Their economy of subsistence depends largely on the periodical floods of the river. Visiting the village was a smooth experience and I took some first portraits of young woman, at first there was some shyness but after a while, they where looking directly to me. This is the kind of portraits I like, for me direct eye contact is a main element in my photography.
Till recently, I showed my work only as black and white. While processing the images sometimes I start to think about color. For me this was a difficult decision, it took me months to take the step to color. Finally I published two photos in Color on my old Photo-Vinc website.
On this website I now will bring more color. I am trying to find my style, not too much colors, decent slightly de-saturated.
Bellow some samples:
More colorful work in the portraits section here on this website.
In the portrait section of this website I show portraits of people looking directly at me. No candid portraits; I always ask for permission even when I do not speak the language of the people I do manage this.
Well I am looking for your feedback on this website.
If for you something does not work as expected, please then let me know. You can do this bellow in the comments or via the contact form.
Welcome at my new website,
After a long time of preparation, this website just went online. On the long-term it will replace my old site: www.photo-vinc.com.
What is new and why such a complete remake?
My (old) website Photo-Vinc.com has been online now for more than 5 years, time came to create a new site with larger images and a more modern and smooth design.
Long ago, I published some photo-video reportages on Photo-Vinc.com. Those reportages, are small on today’s screens and based on the Flash/Shockwave technology, a no-go today. I decided to follow a new approach and move to YouTube videos. There are already some new reportages from the recent trip to Ethiopia and remake of “The Moustache Brothers” reportage from Burma, this reportage is now in color. More to come soon!
The number of pictures in the galleries has been dramatically reduced, I now only will show the very best.
Color yes! That is another change. After long and almost endless considerations, I decided there will be color photographs in the galleries, first work in the portraits section Black and White is great but sometimes, color is magic too.
And last but not least I will change the way how I post in the blog. I will only post if the image is really good and I am going to write little more about the photos.
So, what is happening now with the old website? I don’t know yet, for the time being it will continue to exist, however there will be no new work there. Sooner or later it will retire completely.
I do hope you’re enjoying this brand-new website,