FULL CIRCLE

FULL CIRCLE

I have been thinking about you, my dear photographic friends. You have stayed with me over the years reading this blog and supporting me in my endeavours and I am so grateful for your interest.  

It has been a while so I thought I would give you an update on my photographic activities. There is no question we are all excited about the possibility of travel. In fact, some of my friends have already booked incredible trips for late this year and 2022. I suspect it is going to be a very busy photographic season. 

In terms of being busy, that’s an understatement. I have spent the last few months planning, preparing and launching a brand-new magazine dealing with landscape photography and called ELEMENTS. I am thrilled to report that the first issue of ELEMENTS is now available for download at www.elementsphotomag.com

Steven Friedman, a dear friend and co-editor of the magazine, has been shaping the DNA of ELEMENTS. You may ask: Why another magazine? That’s a great question. In the last few years, we have seen an acceleration in the use of post-processing software to alter and create photographs – especially landscape imagery. We are not against such tools but we thought there is a place for those who appreciate a more traditional approach. Steven explained it in this way: 

“At the heart of the magazine is our commitment to curate this publication to give you every opportunity to feel you are standing alongside the photographer in the field as they see, craft, and produce their imagery. Our goal in this magazine is to take you on a journey with the photographer so you experience the effort, dedication and passion they apply to their work.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s not about fixing your photograph back in the studio. This is not only related to landscape photography. I used a similar approach in my street work over the years. 

Another reason we started ELEMENTS was to expand the idea of landscape photography. There is so much underappreciated work out there, not necessarily screaming with colours and golden light, but which offers a willing participant a deep visual experience. It’s the sort of imagery that doesn’t scream but once you give it a chance it will linger and engage you on much deeper level.     

That brings me to another point. If there is one change that came from the lockdowns and the pandemic, is that we all found a way to appreciate the smaller things in life. For me, it was greater contact with nature. I am very lucky because we are surrounded by stunning nature here in British Columbia and the time I have spent outside helped me to deal with the challenges of the last few years. You may not know that I started as a landscape photographer and then moved to travel and eventually street photography. Now my interest in travel and landscape is growing once again. It is not that I don’t like street anymore – I don’t think in those terms. For me photography is one huge world of seeing. In fact, I have been experimenting with ideas to break down barriers between what I call overly guarded genre borders. 

Along with my passion for driving, I enjoy taking my street photography ideas and applying them to seeing and reconstructing landscape, once again. I may well be completing a full circle. As mentioned in my recent posts, I have been inspired by the works of Jan Tove, Ned Pratt and recently Sandra Herber, whose work you will find in the upcoming issues of the ELEMENTS Magazine.  

Strangely enough, what I’ve enjoyed even more than photography in recent months is the challenge of curation and working on editorials and design. I find it very satisfying to work with the best photographers in the world – exchanging ideas and working on articles, interviews and ideas. Each time I know I have to go beyond my comfort zone and be exposed to wonderful talent way beyond my seeing capabilities. It helps me to grow as a photographer. 

Last, I would like to ask you to spread the news about the ELEMENTS Magazine. Please share the www.elementsphotomag.com link with your photographic friends and invite them to our new FB group. 

In the meantime, once I finish writing this, we are going to work on an extended interview with Bruce Barnbaum, an iconic photographer whose book, “The Art of Photography” I consider to be the bible of photographic thought, regardless of genre. Stay well, my friends, and I will report back soon.            

2021 © OLI Publishing Inc. All rights reserved.

Become a founding member

Become a founding member

After months of preparation and planning I would like to invite you to join us on this new adventure in landscape photography. We have just begun the sign-up process for the ELEMENTS Magazine and are releasing a limited number of FOUNDING MEMBER SUBSCRIPTIONS with a special, one-time introductory price of $US79 per year ($6.58 per issue). Once the subscriptions have been taken, we will return to our regular price of US$99 per year.

In addition to this one-time special offer, you will receive updates about our design process, a sneak-peek into upcoming articles and features, and much more.  

Starting March 1, 2021, you will receive the first issue of ELEMENTS, the digital magazine dedicated to elegant landscape photography, containing insightful editorials and set in fluid, clean design. ELEMENTS is carefully curated by the same team that brings you the Medium Format Magazine. 

In the first issues you will find some truly amazing names in landscape photography such as Hans Strand, Bruce Barnbaum, Christopher Burkett, Christian Fletcher, Erin Babnik, William Neill, to name just a few.

Our team’s objective is to convey an experience allowing you to stand alongside a photographer in the field as they see and craft the image. This learning experience is at the core of ELEMENTS Magazine and we cordially invite you to join us on this adventure.

2020 © OLI Publishing Inc. All rights reserved.

ELEMENTS Magazine

ELEMENTS Magazine

There have been many announcements on this blog lately and I promise I will soon return to my usual photographic ramblings. In the meantime, I would like to share one more piece of news. 

Steven Friedman, as co-editor, and I are launching a brand-new photography magazine called ELEMENTS. This new monthly magazine is dedicated to elegant landscape photography, insightful editorials and clean design, of course carefully curated like the Medium Format Magazine with one difference – it is not related to any technical format. You will find exclusive interviews, editorials and pieces from the best landscape photographers in the world. You can get more information on our landing page www.elementsphotomag.com

While the word “landscape” implies a typical beautiful vista, our magazine will go well beyond that. The best way would be to see it yourself. I will share more information with you shortly. 

In the meantime, I would like to ask for your help:

In mid-December we will launch an extended sign-up website. Of course, I will share the link with you. 

I am very excited about this new publication and I hope you share this excitement with Steven and me. 

2020 © OLI Publishing Inc. All rights reserved.

Photographic Ways

Photographic Ways

It has been an intense but important start to the new year. As someone who worked on numerous projects in 2018, my plan was to narrow the focus and put my energy just into key areas. That is exactly what happened and I am very pleased with my choices. I will share more about this shortly.

Today, I would like to say a few words about my own photographic ways. I was never a proponent of narrow visual specialization. For the last few years you could classify me as a street sort-of photographer but my interests are much broader than that. If there is one theme in my imagery it would be the exploration of light and shape in terms of my own visual sensitivity. I am telling visual stories which are encoded in those strange worlds created by light and emotions. One of the greatest compliments I have ever received are notes indicating that you needed to pause over my images and go deeper into them. Some of you found a powerful meaning behind them and I must admit that such a deeply personal response makes this whole craft worthwhile for me. Thank you to all who share those emotions with me.

Having said that, such experiences are not related only to my urban imagery. I often like to diverge and escape certain patterns, even if they are superbly successful. I believe that a variety of subjects and themes only enriches our seeing, not destroys it, as some argue. So, one weekend I jumped into my car and drove 700km around British Columbia. Of course, this is a blip in comparison to my previous trips but that’s all I could manage at this time of year. The images I would like to share with you are from this trip – they are certainly not shot on the street! 🙂

I hope you enjoy something different from me at the beginning of this exciting new year. That’s not the only surprise I have for you. I will be mixing up street, travel and landscape photography this year.

All imagery was shot with the GFX 50S, GF 110mm and GF 45mm.  

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF7909

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF7913

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF7923

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF7945

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF7955

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF7966

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF8020

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF7984

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF8024

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF8005

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF8008

osztaba_pemberton_20181227__DSF8075

 

For those of you who would like to dive more deeply into the craft of photography, I have re-launched the Simplicity-In-Seeing website in a brand new, much more interactive format. I would be delighted if you joined me. 

sis_front_page      

 

The Palouse – A Visual Journey with the GFX (Intro)

The Palouse – A Visual Journey with the GFX (Intro)

Every year we try to make a pilgrimage to the Palouse region in Washington, not just to encounter the stunning landscape but to take a break from street photography. An unspoken rule in the industry says that in order to be a successful photographer you need to focus on one area of photography. There is no question that this approach is highly marketable but I strongly disagree with such an approach. Taking a break from your usual visual interests not only allows your seeing to expand but also allows you to rest visually.

This year’s trip to the Palouse was very special for two reasons. First, I was privileged to lead a private workshop with a small group of amazing people and photographers. Second, the weather conditions we encountered this time provided us with a remarkable range of light and visuals. It fact the light got so crazy that while processing our images we had to tone down saturation (Vibrance, usually –10), otherwise we might be accused of some sort of colour manipulation.

Fortunately, we had the right tool for the job thanks to the amazing team at Fujifilm Canada and the cooperation of BIGHEADTACO. We travelled around the Palouse with the Fujifilm GFX50S medium format beast coupled with the GF 120mm F4 OIS and the GF 32-64 F4 zoom lenses.

Over the course of five days we captured stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Unfortunately, three days in a row, rainbows blocked our stunning vistas so we had to include them in our compositions 🙂

Did I mention some crazy lighting?

Most people associate the Palouse just with landscape photography but the region offers great street photography opportunities.

With our group, we visited and photographed the annual Hot Rod show, which is where my students had a primer on street and portrait photography. In fact, one of my students shot the best street photography image I have seen for a very long time – stay tuned because we will share it here in one of our upcoming posts.

We also visited a derelict house we found a few years ago. The GFX and the right lighting allowed us to complete the “The Forgotten Place” series, which we will share with you shortly.

All images are processed in LR, the Fujifilm Astia, Velvia and Classic Chrome.

There is much, much more to come in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

 

And don’t forget about our upcoming Vancouver Street Photography Workshop! There are still 2 spots left. I promise, NO rainbows!

 

 

 

2017 © Olafphoto. All rights reserved.