The striking black and white world of Dennis Ramos, native of the Philippines now working the USA, has undertones of Modern Timesand more than a hint of the threatening realities of Lovecraft or Stephen King. He turns the brilliant light of Florida’s St-Petersburg or Atlanta, Georgia, into a night lit by some alien moon – usually with the aid of neutral density filters, a polariser and the combination of regular short exposure with very long ones. Add to this some graduated effects in Photoshop, bringing street lamps to life or a glow into the black sky, and the result is a unique series of fine art prints which have won acclaim and sales.
Congratulations to Christchurch’s Mark Waddington, who has been recognized as this year’s overall winner of the 2016 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year. His Aerial-category image graces the cover of this issue, and he’ll take away a Sigma lens kit worth a massive $4K to experiment with in his future photography endeavours.
1st Place Winner: Chris Helliwell
1st Place Winner: David Steer
1st Place Winner: Kane Hartill
1st Place Winner: Louise Savage
1st Place Winner: Rob Lynch
Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2016
more in D-Photo | August-September 2016
The King of Kink
He’s one of most famous, prolific and widely imitated fashion photographers the world has ever known. Both abhorred and adored, Helmut Newton’s iconic images are renowned for their voyeuristic, sadomasochistic and fetishistic overtones, and have caused controversy and critical acclaim throughout his 70-year career. But whether you loved or loathed his photography, it caused a reaction, creating a lasting legacy that would shake up and shape fashion photography forever.
more in Professional Photography – August 2016
See the winners of the third annual Dronestagram contest.
First Place, Nature-Wildlife
Wielding his Phantom 3 drone, Michael Bernholdt took this photo of Demark’s Kalbyris Forest. “To my luck it had snowed all day so that the pine wood really stood out,” he says.
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Second Place, Travel
Todd Kennedy took this photo on his honeymoon in Cable Beach, Australia. When he and his spouse went on a sunset camel tour, he brought his drone and captured it from above.
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The Chinese know how to breed the popular bears. Now they’re releasing them into the wild, where the animals and their habitat face risks.
Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve. Her name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations. Ye Ye’s cub Hua Yan (Pretty Girl) is being trained for release into the wild.
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Living a Photo Artistic Life
Siegart von Schlichting
» In a way through my art I can be a child again. There is so much to discover, so much to express. Many things appear, which are new to me and take me by surprise — crazy ideas, sophisticated and erotic ideas, dramatic and dark aspects of living. «
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Siegart von Schlichting
Living the Photo Artistic Life
Pushing Photography Further
Issue No17 – July 2016