The story behind Lorenz Holder’s architectural action photograph

Action sports photographer Lorenz Holder dreamed of shooting skateboarding in a fine art style at a spectacular viaduct that he’d seen pictured online. He reveals the technical and creative steps he took to achieve his ambition, and how the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV proved key.

“I’m not a typical action sport photographer – I’d say I’m a fine art action sport photographer,” says Lorenz Holder. “Somebody once asked me what the perfect action sport photo is. For me, it’s an image that people would put on their wall even if the athlete was not in it. If you create a great surrounding and manage to get an athlete in there as well, then in my opinion this is the perfect action shot.”
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The story behind Lorenz Holder’s architectural action photograph
more at Canon

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The Essence of Feminine Beauty

Tatiana Lumiere is an international award-winning portrait photographer specialising in women’s portraiture and fine art conceptual photography which highlights the elusive and fragile essence of feminine beauty.
She is known for her creative use of natural elements such as water and fog. Combining photography and digital painting with precise posing results in the creation of timeless portraits that look more like artworks than photography.

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Tatiana Lumiere
Philadelphia, PA and Sarasota, Fl
more at seamless photo

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Monochrome Photography Awards

Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional and amateur photographers. Our mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover the most amazing photographers from around the world.

Fashion / Beauty – 1st Place Winner
Marta by Albert Södgård
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Landscapes – 3rd Place Winner
Hope by Patrik Minar
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Wildlife – 3rd Place Winner
Arctic Fox by Arnfinn Johansen
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Portrait – 1st Place Winner
Maja and Rufus by Simona Nálepková
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Fine Art – 2nd Place Winner
Sanctuary by Viki Murray
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Nude – 1st Place Winner
Cliffhanger by Paul Giggle
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Monochrome Photographer of the Year
Muse by Dmitriy Rogozhkin
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Monochrome Awards
International Black & White Photography Contest
more at monoawards

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Shades of Grey | Huibo Hou

Huibo Hou is a Chinese born photographer, now living in the USA. She is working on Landscapes with the will to turn these images into Art. Her framing is perfect, and so is her post-processing. You will recognize some Masters influences that helped her create her unique style.

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Landscapes by Huibo Hou
more in Shades of Grey Magazine

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Femmes Fatales

L’image de la femme fatale est largement représentée dans tous les domaines de l’art. La photographie s’est inspirée de ce thème et de nombreux artistes mettent en scène la Femme, mystérieuse, indomptable, ensorceleuse, qui use de sa féminité pour séduire, fasciner, voire piéger le spectateur.

De Eve, la tentatrice, l’origine du péché et de la chute de l’homme, en passant par Salomé ou Dalila, mythes de la littérature judéo-chrétienne, ou la figure historique de Mata Hari, danseuse exotique et espionne, jusqu’à nos icônes modernes du cinéma avec Marlène Dietrich, archétype de la femme fatale, toutes ces héroïnes ont inspiré les plus beaux chefs d’œuvre.

Les photos sélectionnées dans ce numéro sont un hymne à la vamp sortie tout droit d’un film hollywoodien, séductrice, irrésistible, parfois maléfique et dangereuse.

Ainsi Malo la voile de tulle noir, nimbée de mystère. Remi Rebillard la met en scène, toute de blondeur, parée de broderies translucides, ceinte de pétales de rose, faussement offerte. David Bailey la voit manipulatrice, à la fois exposée dans sa nudité mais inaccessible, enfermée dans sa cage. Ali Mahdavi la fait provocante, moulée dans un fourreau rouge. Pour d’autres ce sera l’archétype hollywoodien, porte-cigarettes, ongles laqués de rouge, parfois masquée ou accompagnée d’un chat dont les prunelles vertes sont lourdes de symboles.

N’oublions pas les guerrières, telle l’amazone de Chuando et Frey, bottées, casquées, armées, les cavalières, Zorro féminin dans le soleil couchant ; la femme panthère, au corps sculpté dans l’ébène, de Thierry Le Goues. Et la femme cygne, habillée de plumes, de Mariano Vivanco est-elle ange ou démon ?

N’est-ce pas Baudelaire qui en chantait la beauté dans ces vers :
Viens-tu du ciel profond ou sors-tu de l’abîme
O beauté ? Ton regard infernal et divin
Verse confusément le bienfait et le crime
Et l’on peut pour cela te comparer au vin.

L’essentiel n’est-il pas dans la part de rêve que suscitent ces héroïnes, sculptées par la lumière des studios, à la voluptueuse sensualité ?
Philippe Guédon & Guillaume Rogez

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Tous les numéros de Normal Magazine sont tirés en édition limitée, parfois cachetés, signés ou gaufrés à destination des collectionneurs passionnés. Dans ces pages sont présentés les plus grands photographes contemporains et les talents émergents les plus prometteurs.
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Why Tony Hewitt’s photography business thrives on diversification

“It’s fair to say that I’m not someone who likes to sit still.”
Anyone who’s met Tony Hewitt wouldn’t argue that. An Australian Institute of Professional Photography Grand Master of Photography, Hewitt is former Australian Photographer of the Year with a resume full of accolades. The Perth, Australia-based photographer started out in weddings, covering about 1,000 of them before evolving more into portrait work, then commercial photography, then fine art, landscape, and aerial images. His current mix has him traveling the globe for assignments, teaching engagements, coaching, and keynote speaking, with projects ranging from an aerial documentation of the coastline of Australia to a series of workshops in Ethiopia.

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Why Tony Hewitt’s photography business thrives on diversification
more at ppmag

Teach Yourself Fine Art Photography

Fine art photography is one of the most difficult genres to define. Everyone has their own interpretation and that is what makes it an incredibly exciting genre. It all begins with a concept. Fine art photography is a way of expressing a message or emotion. It is a way of pushing boundaries and creating more than just a photograph, and a way of creating a piece of art that would not look out of place on the wall of a gallery.

Teach Yourself Fine Art Photography introduces you to the idea of fine art photography and explains how to go from concept to execution. Discover how to refine your compositions, shoot stunningly striking black and white imagery, impactful portraits and tasteful nudes. Learn from the informative features and follow the in-depth shooting and editing tutorials that will help you to produce high-quality professional looking captures. If that wasn’t enough, hear from four experienced photographers about why they got into the genre and how they develop and produce a successful body of work.