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Alicia Katsur's "Fun with the Son": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Fine art photography, conceptual photography, action photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, instagram giveaway, Son of Man, Rene Magritte, Beacon, New York

Rene Magritte was a Belgium surrealist artist best know for a number of witty, thought provoking images that influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art of the 1960's & 1970's.

Congratulations to last week's SideKick360 winner, Alicia Katsur, who takes inspiration from Magritte and shares with us her own piece of conceptual art:

"The mural you see in the photo is located in Beacon, NY and reminds me of Rene Magritte's painting called "Son of Man". The painting is quite famous and the image is of a face with a green apple in front of it. I made the apple you see in the photo and wanted to take a photo of it in front of the mural. The idea originally was to hold the apple closer to the camera to make it appear larger as in Magritte's painting. Instead, I decided to have a little fun and take some action shots. What you see is the result." - Alicia

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Sunil Sharma's "Distant Light": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Fine art photography, HDR Photography, Landscape photography, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Sabe Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, Lighthouse

Soaring up to 112 feet, Big Sable Point Lighthouse, offers a commanding view of the shores of Michigan's Ludington State Park. Built in 1867, the light is still an active guide to navigation. Like many of Michigan's more than 130 lighthouses, Big Sable had fallen into disrepair until it was given into the hands of Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association in 1987. Since then, SPLKA has restored much of the lighthouse and seawall protecting it. Visitors willing to walk along the 2 mile entrance trail can tour the grounds, visit the original Keepers Quarters or check out the view from the top of the tower from May - October. 

Sunil Sharma, SideKick360 winner for 8/1, shows off the beauty of the tower in the "off" season.

"I wanted to shoot an HDR image of this lighthouse for quite some time now. So i drove 7 hrs and hiked 2 miles in 15°F to get to this place and fired away a series of shots with my Nikon D4.

I was glad I had a MeFOTO Carbon Fiber Tripod with me which made the hike in that cold wind a little easier on my shoulders!" - Sunil

Dominicka Jemmott's "In God We Trust": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Macro Photography, Fine art photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, still life photography, SideKick360

With digital photography, it's easy to experiment. Using trial and error, we can quickly shoot as a many images as it takes - often hundreds! - to walk away with with one or two winners.  Who won't love more winners though? Try Previsualization. Previsualization is the process of imagining your image and seeing that image in your mind's eye before you take the shot.

Dominicka Jemmott, this week's SideKick360 winner, used exactly this technique on her winning image:

"One day I decided that I wanted to see how far I could go by being creative with just my iPhone 5. And since I love fine art photography, I decided to gather a few old pennies that I found inside an old jar in my closet. After looking at these pennies, I immediately saw how I wanted to capture the image. So, I stacked about 10-15 pennies on my window frame with the blinds & window open, some facing upward and the rest facing downward. Then I began taking a few shots (about 3-5). I didn’t like the first three, but the fourth one was a charm. I wanted to give the image a micro type of feel, so I had to give the camera a little tilt and move closer to get my focus on the one coin you see most.

I edited my image in Snapseed. I went for an old dirty grudge, slight HDR feel because that was what I had envisioned. 95% of the time, before I take an image that I’m being creative on... I see it in my mind before I capture it. Then BOOM you have a winning shot!" - Dominicka