Macro

Macro is an extreme close-up.
I believe these links deserve a close-up 😉

Fly away with me

By Sebastien Grobelny

Photoblog Challenges : Results #10

This week on Photoblogchallenges, the winners are Ruimnm for Best of 42 (07 Oct – 13 Oct) and Xerraire for Theme 42 : Skylines. Congratulations!

Celine and I are permanent guest judges and since the middle of the year we switched the roles a little. She has to pick one favorite from the winning pictures and I have to pick several “non-winners”.

Each week I will try to shed some light on some of my choices.

Photoblog Challenges - Best of 42 - Results

Photoblog Challenges - Theme 42 - Results

My pick of the week is Rue Du Lavoir for is beautiful dragonfly for Best of 42. Love the details and the vibrance of the colors.

Dragonfly from Rue Du Lavoir

By Sebastien Grobelny

Reeds in Monument Valley

Reeds in Monument Valley

We went back with Celine to Monument Valley in 2013. The scenery is still very magical but the vegetation and light was a great rediscovery there.

Macro

Macro is an extreme close-up.
I believe these links deserve a close-up 😉

Blue detail

By Sebastien Grobelny

Photoblog Challenges : Results #9

This week on Photoblogchallenges, the winners are Spectrum for Best of 41 (30 Sep – 06 Oct), Boxman for Theme 41 : Straight lines, Deja for Technique 20 : Macro of metal and Larans is the big winner for the Monthly Project 09 : Photo Hunt . Congratulations to them!

Celine and I are permanent guest judges and since the middle of the year we switched the roles a little. She has to pick one favorite from the winning pictures and I have to pick several “non-winners”.

Each week I will try to shed some light on some of my choices.

Photoblog Challenges - Best of 41 Results

Photoblog Challenges - Theme 41 - Results

Photoblog Challenges - Technique 20 - Results

  • For Monthly Project 09 – Photo Hunt: This project was slightly different from others and I was able to pick freely one picture as my favorite in each of the 5 categories. I picked Twiggy for the apple category for a tasty shot full of textures, Larans for bridge for a stunning light and great composition, Love2b for red for a great light and a vibrant red, Shaker for street for a nifty effect and Day One for “any” for a picture with a lot of story behind.

Photoblog Challenges - Monthly Project 09 - Results

My pick of the week is Deja for Theme 41 – Straight lines. I love the pattern and the abstract feeling of that shot.

Deja - Straight Lines

By Sebastien Grobelny

Long Exposure #7 : My first critic

On Tuesday Celine took me to our first ever photo critic. There was a bit of frenzy on Monday night to pick up what we would present. I wasn’t initially supposed to go but with a little bit of pushing here and there, I was convinced into going. It was at the B&H Event Space.

I ended presenting from my Studio Projects gallery. The idea was that I thought that a lot of people would present travel and portraits and I also wanted to be able to progress on this with targeted assignments. Thought it would be more difficult to re-shoot a landscape in Monument Valley on a whim ;).

Here are the 5 shots I picked in the same order I presented them.

Macro of a 1$ bill

1$ bill detail shot with the 100mm f/2.8 @1/10s

Play with paint

Processing experiment with paint. Shot with 100mm at f/11 and 1/15s

Detail of AlienWare laptop

Detail of my old AlienWare laptop shot with 60mm f/2.8 @6/10s

Detail of Angus Mc Donald Burger

Detail of a Mc Donalds Angus Deluxe shot with 60mm f/2.8 @1/125s

Troopers and Vador

Troopers and Vador with 100mm f/4 1/125s

I thought this would be one on ones, us versus the panel of critics. Instead the pictures of everyone where put up on screens and discussed by the critics and often times other participants. Celine went first, and I thought it went pretty well. I went close to the end and left with a ton of questions. I’m very grateful for the critics and the opportunity. I was able to see what I’m up against and how to better myself. I think I’m currently following a similar process than grief and am currently between denial and bargaining. I will eventually be there, but I will need some time.

Don’t hesitate to leave your critics in the comment section or if you want to get some constructive criticism put some links of your own there.

By Sebastien Grobelny

Macro

Macro is an extreme close-up.
I believe these links deserve a close-up 😉

Supergirl at New York Comic Con 2012By Sebastien Grobelny

Happy Birthday Celine!

Happy birthday love!
You’re my muse, my model, my inspiration.
Hope you will have a wonderful day!
Love you.

Celine ruffino Photography

Shot by Sebastien Grobelny – Edit by Sebastien and Celine

If you want to wish Celine an happy birthday, you can go to her website, leave her a comment on her aminus page, participate in Photoblogchallenges.

By Sebastien Grobelny

Sébastien/Céline 1

Sébastien and I met almost 9 years ago, and our passion for photography was one of the things that brought us closer. We have been taking photos together all this time, walking around New York, at various museums and gardens, doing various studio projects, during road trips in all 48 continental states of the USA…

What always made us laugh, was that we never took the same photos. We share our equipment and editing softwares, but even when we capture the exact same thing at the exact same time, we still get different results. I won’t lie: sometimes, I prefer my photos, sometimes, I am very jealous of Sébatien’s!

This post is the first one of a series called “differences”. The idea is to show these photos of an identical subject with a few words about the context and the technical informations for each of them. I hope you will enjoy these guest posts of mine!

Sébastien’s photo

LENS: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM – EXIF: 1/1600sec f/1.2 ISO 100

1SEB

Céline’s photo

LENS: EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM – EXIF: 1/800sec f/1.2 ISO 100

1CEL

These photos were taken in Santa Fe in May 2013, during a road trip, in a market where a lot of folk art was in display. We had our brand new Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens with us and were still very impressed with the 1.2 focal. I think that if we had to do it all over again, we would do it at f/4.5 or f/5 (we only recently learned that sharpness was better a couple of f-stops under the widest possible for the lens).

What I like in each of them: Sébastien’s photo has the most wonderful colors! I have no idea how he achieved such a wonderful result, but I am very impressed! I also like that we don’t see the cheapness of the table (that we see on mine). But I think I prefer my composition and point of focus (although it’s impossible to lower the visibility of the table this way).

Photoblog Challenges : Results #8

This week on Photoblogchallenges, the winners are  Tede for Best of 40 (23 Sep – 29 Sep) and Christine for Theme 40 : Aquatic Life. Congratulations to them!

Celine and I are permanent guest judges and since the middle of the year we switched the roles a little. She has to pick one favorite from the winning pictures and I have to pick several “non-winners”.

Each week I will try to shed some light on some of my choices.

Photoblog Challenges - Best of 40

Photoblog Challenges Results - Theme 40

My pick of the week is Love2B from Love2bHomeschoolers for Theme 40 – Aquatic Life. This is a great jelly fish shot very nicely done. I love especially the colors and crispness. Very nice picture!

Love2b Jellyfish for Theme 40 - Aquatic Life

By Sebastien Grobelny

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