Ugly pictures….

Whilst some have it and some don’t – it is always debatable what defines beauty and what defines not so beautiful. And then of course, that opinion varies from person to person.

As for myself,  i find it rewarding to take pictures of people and portray them as beautiful as i can. Being quite the perfectionist myself, i throw out pictures that aren’t good enough in my opinion. Be it the lighting, the angle or the background. Same goes for my landscapes… I just don’t like to have people walking in them.

Having said that, i also don’t believe in photoshopping so much that it changes a person. Authenticity makes the person and is therefor beautiful in my book. The other day my friend and i came up with the idea to go out one day and take pictures of really ugly things, just to challenge ourselves and not be so idealistic about just trying to take beautiful images…

We will do that someday soon – but then i saw these photos and it made me realize: although every person is unique and beautiful in their own way – for animals that is certainly not always the case….

By: GK Hart/Vikki Hart/Getty Images

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5 Easy photography tips

Photography is all about capturing what you see in that moment. If you have a good camera, that’s great. But what you really need is good sight and creativity. If you are creative, that’s half of your great picture. Below are 5 easy to follow photography tips to help you get the bold and eyecatching photo people will look at.

Focus on your subject – When shooting a portrait, either inside or outside, take a few steps back, use a longer lens and set the aperture to create a blurry background. This will put the focus on the person, rather than what is going on around them. When the sun is out, shadows can appear very harsh which doesn’t do any favours to a persons face. Using a little bit of flash can sort this problem out.

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Photography Legends #2 – Steve Bloom

(www.stevebloomphoto.com)

A writer and a photographic artist who specialises in evocative images of the living world. Born in South Africa in 1953, he first used the camera to document life in South Africa during the apartheid years. He moved to England in 1977 and co-founded one of London’s leading photographic special effects companies. In the early nineties, during a safari holiday, he began photographing animals, and within a short time he had swapped his established city career for the precarious life of an international travelling photographer. Steve Bloom’s concern for the environment is strongly evident in his wildlife images. He strives to capture the animal’s spirit, and blur the lines separating different species.

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Bautiful People

A selection of my favorite portraits …

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Where i could also live…

17 Mile Drive – California

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