Chinese New Year 2018 – Chinatown, London

When I arrived at Leicester Square this morning, I assumed there was no chance to see the New Year parade… So once again, I went behind the scenes and enjoyed the morning sun in a not yet busy Chinatown.

Happy New Year!

My photos on Vogue Italia

My photos published on Vogue Italia.

CEWE photo competition feature

I just got an e-mail from CEWE photoworld today that one of my photographs submitted to their competition has been featured in their monthly selection. What a surprise! Made my day. ^_^ Thank you very much, Hayley @CEWE !

First punters of November.

https://cewe-photoworld.com/blog/news/owib-november-winner

The Moon and the Stars

It's not easy to find the perfect model when you have a certain image in your head. Even if you find someone who meets your "visual requirements", there's still a chance that they simply can't bring the character to life. No offense, just a fact.

As I started a new life in another country a few years ago and I'm pretty bad in connecting people, I hardly meet any potential models. 🙁 Which is quite frustrating when you have so much in your head, but if you keep on believing in your mission, your prayers might be answered - sooner or later, haha . And she came.

Here's the first image of our second photoshoot which happened on the same day as the Madame Renarde series. I've always been fascinated by the glorious women on Alfonse Mucha's paintings. They're so powerfully inspiring, I believe that every lady has an idol among them. One of my favourite is The Moon and the Stars.

The Moon and the stars

It was Mother's day, so my first thing in the morning was running to Tesco and grab 2 huge bouquets of chrysanthemum. So yes, her "tiara" was made of real flowers. ^_^ We spent a great afternoon together. <3

Further pictures coming soon.

Retouching with GIMP 2.8

I came across some challenging situations with lights… I mean the lack of lights.

We just wanted to have a chat with my friend on a late Sunday afternoon and thought: if the weather and lights were fine, why not take some pictures of her just for fun. The last sunbeams were escaping quickly behind the buildings of the city park. I had no other source of light so I hoped that my non-existing retouching skills would save the not too well-lit images.

I chose gimp 2.8 – a legally free, Linux compatible software – to improve my editing skills on the picture below.  🙂

 

After brightening up the model, I had some ideas from the below tutorial to enhance the portrait a bit more.

Hackney City Farm and the Canal side

Format Gallery

Some pictures of East London were uploaded in my second Kiev test album. Now I’m completing the gallery with some photos taken with my digital cam.

My lovely friend, Jasmin took me to Hackney’s city farm then we walked down the canal side. No need for more words, the pictures talk for themselves: the East is full of hidden treasures and FUN. 🙂Continue Reading

Beyond visible – IR photography

I have always been “gifted” with the ability to recall my dreams. Those visions are clearly there in my mind. Beautiful, bad, peaceful, disturbing, vivid or dark… whatever. I’ve been thinking a lot how to depict them. Since I’m not good enough in painting or drawing, I’m trying to find a way through something else. So far, infrared photography seems to be the right step forward to reach my goal. 🙂 (Continue reading to see the gallery.)Continue Reading